LOOKING BACK: December 1

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LOOKING BACK: December 1


The Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the national championship. According to Tuscaloosans, a great team effort, the ability to come from behind and the best coaching job in the nation were responsible.

Coach Paul W. "Bear" Bryant was voted Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year and said he was not ready to retire.

Tuscaloosa Housing Authority officials were criticized by the City Commission for condemning several homestead sites in connection with proposed plans to enlarge the McKenzie Courts low-rent housing project. The commission had agreed to the expansion but had not been informed that land would have to be condemned to procure it.

James Grover Grammer, 71, died in a grist mill accident. Grammer had rebuilt the water mill dam on Binion Creek and restored the century-old mill.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Warner where honored by officers and board members of the YMCA for the part which the Warner family had in development of the YMCA. The Warners had contributed about $600,000 to the YMCA.

A Fayette company had the low bid on a trade school to be built for black students on the Kaul tract of land donated by the city of Tuscaloosa.

Ruth S. Suttles won $1,000 the previous April for her suggestion that the Veterans Administration could save 2 cents a pound on laundry costs for bedsheets if the government changed from muslin to more lightweight, longer-lasting percale. This week, Mrs. Suttles received a plaque from President Lyndon Johnson in Washington for the suggestion, which had saved the government about $65,000 the previous year.

A Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court jury convicted an escapee from the state prison system in the robbery-shooting of John Robert Kirk of Gordo in January 1968. The jury recommended that the man be sentenced to death in the electric chair.

The Crimson Tide received a big sendoff as they made the three- hour bus trip to Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Fans lined the streets and overpasses and cheered as the trip proceeded.

Alabama lost the Iron Bowl game against Auburn, 30-20, but Alabama officials got a call during last few minutes of the game inviting the team to the Sugar Bowl. Alabama's defeat caused the team to drop from No. 2 to No. 7 in the rankings.

The County Commission awaited a committee report before it made a decision on how to improve conditions at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. An architect had recommended a new facility the week before, citing space constraints and difficulty in renovating the present jail to meet required fire and safety standards.

A preliminary hearing was under way for a Walker County man described as a transient who was accused of the slaying of Father Francis Craven, a Roman Catholic priest whose beaten and burned body was found in rural Tuscaloosa County.

At a motion hearing at the Fayette County Courthouse, authorities unveiled evidence against a teen charged with the murder of Fayette police officers James Crump and Arnold Strickland and dispatcher Leslie "Ace" Mealer. …

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