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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 70
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

   We thank Donald Broome of Moultrie for sharing his old Moultrie Observers!

   We’re still enjoying browsing amongst the pages of the February 20, 1962 edition.

   At the Colquitt Theater you could see Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb (Did you know he was Robert E. Lee’s 3rd cousin, several times removed?), Sal Mineo, John Derek and Jill Haworth in Exodus.

   Starting tomorrow – Kirk Douglas in Town Without Pity.

   Admission prices?  These prices include cartoons and children were 25 cents and adults 75 cents, state tax included!

   There was a big story on page two about “Most Crucial Library Need Described as New Building!”

   The story reads: An adequate new building “is the most crucial library need of your community,” said Miss Lucille Nix, chief library consultant of the State Department of Education.  Addressing the Moultrie Carnegie Library Board and a group of invited civic leaders, Miss Nix said she shudders “to think what your community and surrounding areas are losing by not moving faster toward the achievement of your building goal.”

    It’s interesting to me that what she said in 1962 is still just as relevant in 2003. 

     Miss Nix said, “”Education is a great need of our time.  Young people and adults are being affected by the advancement of science, other fields of endeavor and by what is happening in Cuba, Russia and the world.  Knowledge is a ‘must’ in this era.”

     Miss Nix continued, “To realize the principal objective – maximum education – a community must have library personnel, materials, buildings and financing.”

     Homer Ray, Jr., and H.V.E. Platter were introduced as new members of the Moultrie Library Board.

     Brief reports were made on plans looking toward acquiring a new library building and financing its renovation were made by Mrs. Selman Johnson, R.B. Wright, Jrs., Chairman Campbell Ansley who presided…and Mayor W.B. Withers.

     Lynn Baell had just been elected as state CAR president!  A story on page three announced that Lynn Baell of Moultrie’s Lt. George Calvert Society, Children of the American Revolution, was elected state CAR president at the 23rd annual Georgia Conference held in Savannah.

      The story says that Lynn was to be installed in services to be held at Mt. Vernon during the National CAR Convention to be held in Washington, DC in April.  She was invited by the National President to serve on the reception committee in Washington.

     Lynn, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Baell, was a junior at Moultrie High School.  She was then a member of the Beta Club Delta Tri-Hi-Y, Student Government Association and president of the French Club.

      She was past president of the local CAR Society.

     Some of the personals that day included stories about The Highland Park Garden Club meeting at the home of Mrs. Lloyd Baxter; Mrs. Edward Muro and her children, Mark and Monica are expected in Moultrie to visit with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Medford Gregory; Mrs. R.B. Wright has returned from Macon where she spent a week with her sister, Miss Lillian Wright.   Finally, for today, Mrs. Ben Daniel, Sr., is at home after a trip to Florida.  While away, she and her sister, Mrs. Julian Strickland and Mr. Strickland of Valdosta enjoyed a cruise off the Florida coast on the Strickland yacht!

   You can see this newspaper and many, many others, on microfilm at The Odom Library in Moultrie.  We do have print capability, so you may have your own copy of your favorite stories.

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