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August 1961: Sports briefs, and a question of time
Mid-August 1961 found News editor Louis DeRossett ailing too badly to work, so his wife Betty took over for the week, doing the front page layout and most of writeups as well as acting as the photographer, bookkeeper, and taking care of ad sales.
Four sports stories dotted the front page of the Adair County News. John Mutchner, the Lindsey Wilson basketball coach, announced he'd signed a pair of high scoring Hoosiers for the Blue Raiders: Jerry Thompson, a 6'3" guard from Cambridge City, and Marion Pierce, a 6'5" forward out of Lewistown.
In recent days, a group of Little League players had journeyed north via bus to watch the Louisville Colonels play the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers. The guys got their money's worth and then some. The game went into extra innings, the Colonels finally winning 7-6 in the fifteenth, and the bus rolled back into Columbia about 2:30 the next morning.
Also in baseball, the Coburg nine took the Jessietown team to the woodshed with a 19-0 shellacking. Coburg's ace pitcher Billy Parson allowed but a single hit and set down 20 of the Jessietown batsmen on strikeouts, and the team's record remained perfect with nine victories, no losses.
Over at the Putt-nik Golf Course, 25 entries in a miniature (putt-putt) golf tournament came down to a match between David Lee Walker and Lanier Burchett, the former claiming a two-stroke victory, 53-55.
Other front page news included a list of teaching assignments for the 1961-62 school year, mention of a revival in progress at the old Concord Methodist church, and a list of admissions, discharges, and births at the Adair Memorial Hospital.
Without a doubt, however, the article that drew the most attention carried the headline, "Adair Countians to Vote on Time Situation Here." In short, residents would be given the opportunity to voice their collective opinion -- a straw poll -- via paper ballot, "whether they want to remain on their present time, Central Daylight Time, or return to Central Standard Time." A copy of the ballot appeared in the News, and more were available at the local Kentucky Utilities office. When the smoke cleared and the votes counted, daylight time won by a three to one margin in Columbia but lost eight to one in the county.
At the Columbia Houchens, a five dollar bill let you take home two pounds of chuck roast, two pounds of ground beef, five cans of corn, four cans of peas, a pound of bacon, and an 18 ounce jar of peanut butter, and put a copper penny in change back in your pocket. And, you got S & H green stamps! (In August 1961, five dollars represented pre-tax pay for five hours of work at minimum wage and had the buying power of about $45 today.)
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