AMERICUS — The Americus Times-Recorder and the Americus Rotary Club sponsored the first Collards & Cornbread Cook-off Saturday at Lenny's Market in downtown Americus. A steady crowd made its way through the booths sampling collards, cornbread and Hoppin' John while enjoying live music by Andy Miller. Look for more photos and a list of winners in Tuesday's paper and on americustimesrecorder.com
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The year was 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States and trying to navigate the country through the Vietnam War. Muhammad Ali was then known as Cassius Clay and would defeat Sonny Liston for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, and a group from across the pond known as the Beatles would make their historic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Postage stamps were 5 cents, gas was 30 cents a gallon and the average income per year was $6,000.
The year 1964 was also the year Yvonne Goggins, a native of Michigan, moved to South Georgia and took a job at the local hospital in Americus.
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