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September 15, 2012

From the September 15, 1961 - News Tidbits

PRINCETON — The following are brief news items that were printed in the Sept. 15, 1961 edition of the Princeton Times

* Approximately 100 more students enrolled in Concord College compared to the previous year's enrollment numbers. Enrollment for the Fall 1961 year stood at 1,456 full time students.

* The Times sponsored a  "News Tip" contest with a $10 top prize going to the winner each week. Last week's winner submitted a lead on a drowning story. Submissions for the previous week included: finding rattlesnake nests, a cat that walked five miles back home, and other pet stories.

 * The Mercer County Board of Education was split on the issue of allowing athletic events between Princeton and Bluefield that year as a result of a fight between Bluefield and Princeton teenagers, and the beating of a Beaver player during the Princeton/Shady Springs opener. The tie-breaking vote was expected to be cast at the regular board meeting.

* A Constitution Day luncheon was planned at the Virginian Hotel and was sponsored by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Matthew French Chapter. Miss Emma Peck, local chairman, urged all area schools and organizations to help observe the National Constitution Week with special programs appropriate to the ideal of rededication to defend and protect the Constitution.

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