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Fifty years ago today, May 1, 1957

Former Sheriff Ralph Mathews of Phenix City has been turned down a second time in an effort to get his civil rights restored.

Mathews, who was chief law enforcement officer in Russell County in the days of wide open gambling and vice in Phenix City before A.L. Patterson was murdered, was convicted of willful neglect of duty and fined $200. The conviction cost him his civil rights, including the right to vote.

Area M.D. Urges Polio Shots Dr. Jack Whitworth, a Greenville physician, said today a resolution was passed at the last meeting of the Meriwether-Harris County Medical Society to join with the American Medical Association in urging all people under 40 to receive polio shots as soon as possible. This action, he said, is extremely important.