A look back to Jan. 25-31, 1962
Jan. 25, 1962—MCHS Principal J. C. Pettey today entered the race for Morgan County superintendent of education. Mr. Pettey has been the leader at MCHS since 1957 and before that taught and coached at Danville. Mrs. Beulah Pettey, his wife, teaches English and social studies at MCHS.
Jan. 25, 1962—Former Circuit Judge George Wallace has opened his second gubernatorial campaign with a speech blasting the federal government. Four years ago Wallace lost his only unsuccessful political race thus far in his career to Alabama’s present governor, John Patterson.
Jan. 25, 1962—Kyle Stover, who resides on Ivy Street here, is recovering today from injuries he sustained in a car wreck yesterday in Decatur.
Jan. 26, 1962—The MCHS string band took top honors in an FFA competition held this morning at Cotaco High. Randall Ward and M.G. Sivley constitute the two-man band.
Jan. 26, 1962—Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 at Friendship Baptist for Junior Bolan, a Hartselle truck operator who was killed earlier this week in a wreck near Madison.
Jan. 27, 1962—Betty Lavender, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Claude Lavender, is at Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee this weekend for dances being hosted by some of her friends who are students there.
Jan. 28, 1962—Funeral services were held this afternoon at the Hartselle Church of Christ for Tom Pettit, 85, who passed away at Hartselle Hospital Friday. In addition to the widow, Mr. Pettit leaves numerous other survivors, including five daughters plus a score of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Charles Stidham officiated at the rites today.
Jan. 29, 1962—The Morgan County Democratic Executive Committee met at the courthouse today to begin accepting candidate qualifying papers. The ballot this year will be a long one from governor on down and Democrats will be heavily favored to win all races. Hartselle men who qualified today were Guy Roberts, chairman of the county governing board, and Phil Wasson and Clyde Maples for board member, district three. (Rev. D. R. Jarrett also qualified later to run for this position.)
January 30, 1962—More than $36,000 has been allotted to finance improvements at the Hartselle post office, according to Congressman Bob Jones and Postmaster Hugh Penn.
Jan. 30, 1962–Morgan County Superintendent of Education Lester Wooten reports that school absences are higher than usual at present because many students have the flu. He has no plans to close the schools.
Jan. 30, 1962—In Morgan County tournament action tonight, MCHS trounced Priceville 80-49. Players in double digits for the Tigers were Logan, McDaniel, and Sparkman. MCHS did great with their free throws, succeeding in 30 out of 32 attempts.
Jan. 30, 1962—Audrey Hepburn stars in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” currently at the Ranch Drive-in Theatre.
Jan. 30, 1962—Bama and Georgia Tech have severed their football relationship. Tensions between the two schools rose considerably after the incident last season involving Tide player Darwin Holt and Tech star Chick Graning. Bama fans feel that basically Tech is in the process of reducing the intensity of its schedule.
Jan. 31, 1962—Rep. and Mrs. Bob Gilchrist left today for New York City for a few days of time off before Rep. Gilchrist begins his campaign in earnest for the State Senate.
Jan. 31, 1962—Theodore Willford Bridges retired effective today as a Morgan County farm agent. Mr. Bridges had worked in agriculture locally since the late 1920s. He was especially helpful to students at Morgan County Training School here in Hartselle.
Jan. 31, 1962—Mrs. Betty Owens was in charge of the “mothers march” fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes in Hartselle this afternoon and evening.
Jan. 31, 1962—A twist contest is being sponsored tomorrow night at the Rodeo Theatre downtown by the Hartselle Jaycees.