From the Archives



The Southern Democrat

October 8, 1959

Burglars break into Ray’s Store

Burglars broke into Roy Ray’s Store on star route Oneonta early last Friday morning, Oct. 2, and stole between $2,500.00 and $3,000.00 worth of merchandise. Entrance was gained by boring through the door with an expansion bit, then reaching through and turning the bolt.

The main loss was in radios, watches, cigarettes, and clothing. Clothing amounted to between $700.00 and $1,000.00. Radios, watches, and cigarettes were valued at close to $1,500.00. Other items were also stolen. A complete check has not been made.

No arrests have been made as yet. Royal youth has Grand Champion

David Spike, 4-H’er from the Royal community, took top honors at the state fair with his three-yearold Jersey cow, Valiant Jester Queen. David’s animal was not only champion in the senior division of its breed but also grand champion of the Jersey show.

Winning cattle shows is no novelty to this 15- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Spike, who took the top award in the Bessemer district show last month and had the champion Jersey at Saginaw, Michigan, in 1955.

Other Blount County 4-H’ers participating in the show placed as follows: junior heifer calf, Diane Hallman, 6th, Elwy Sue Hallman, 13th; senior heifer calf, Richard Miller, 8th; junior yearling heifer, Joanne Spike, 15th, Elwy Sue Hallman, 16th; twoyear old cows, Janet Hallman, 5th, Dianne Hallman, 6th; three-year-old cows, David Spike, 1st, Joanne Spike, 2nd; five-year-old or older cows, Joanne Spike, 4th, Diane Hallman, 5th, Richard Miller, 7th.

Dick Miller ranked second in individual judging of Jersey breed and Garry Thurmond ranked third.