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ESTABLISHED 1900 Location Of One Hundred Forty Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER 42.8 PAGES PRINTED ON ! 00% RECYCLED PAPER JANUARY 4, 201 2 50 PER ISSUE IS^LEST^X,NCLUDED) " !iii :!!ii HOW WAS YOUR CHRISTMAS? Our daughter, Sherry, and her husband, Mr. Larry Strickland, were hosts to the family. We call him Mr. Larry to distinguish between the two Larrys. Thirteen of us enjoyed a non-traditional dinner. Sherry chose :; :: to serve lasagne' and Gary brought the salad. It is always so beautifully done and tastes good to boot! The recipe we all use for lasagne is one shared by Joe Breck Gantt. It is so good, you wouldn't look for one better. Larry and I brought a huge platter of our Alabama cookies. Larry always wants to call them 'Auburn' cookies and I always tell him, "You : : can't do that! Unless, you want to get in serious trouble." EVERY YEAR Larry says, "This is our last year gardening." Well, right now he is searching out the seed catalogs. Does that tell you anything? The next thing I know, he will be plowing up a row. ;i Our hot pepper bushes were loaded when it was announced we would have a hard freeze (28 temps. Larry has bottled up a bunch for pepper sauce far more than we need. That's a hard freeze in south Alabama. Twenty-nine degrees was the lowest we noticed. That is cold enough for me. I'll be glad when Spring has sprung. Won't you? Brrr!!! OUR THREE CATS have the right idea for this cold weather we're having. All three have found separate chairs to sleep in. When Sherry comes and the cats are all inside her comment is, 'Ya'll have got to get rid of these cats!" My comment is, "We will, when you get rid of your five." She has now built a spe- cial place for them on the porch. We don't have wrap-around porches like she does. I love porches but we have to settle for the deck which gets pretty : hot in the summer time and I'm not one to sit in :!i the sun. :i ONE OR TWO of our camellia bushes are full of :i:ii! i!! i blooms. They are so pretty I hate to see them get !!!::ii :i .... see ROSE page 2 ii: Florala, AL 36442 a a 7  e Man killed on U.S. 331 A Laurel Hill, FL man was killed in an acci- dent on U.S. 331 N. near the intersection of Webster Road. The accident took place on Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report stated that Edward Jasper Wilson, 82, of Laurel Hill, had been in- volved as a driver in a crash with another vehicle. Wilson reportedly checked on the occupants of that vehicle, and then attempted to cross the roadway from the east paved shoulder to the west. He entered the southbound lane of U.S. 331, and into the path of a southbound vehicle. The driver and sole occupant of the southbound vehicle was Joseph J. Hall, 56, of Louisville, Ky. Hall's vehicle struck Wilson. Wilson was killed, and Hall was not injured. The FHP report states that alcohol was not a fac- tor with Hall, and that an investigation is pending into whether alcohol had been a factor with Wilson. Cancer Freeze 2012 set for February, Cancer Freeze 2012 will wristband with their $20 be held on Saturday Febru- ary 4, 10 a.m. at Lake Jack- son in Florala. This event was started in 2006 by Florala resident Ca- leb Davidson to help cancer patients because he and his family had lost several loved ones to the disease. The event has seen growth each year since its inception. A 5K run]walk around Lake Jackson has been add- ed to this year's activities. The first 100 participants will receive a t-shirt and entry fee. This year the event will benefit three cancer patients as follows: Cooper Sasser, the amazing 2-year-old son of Justin and Christy Sasser of Andalusia, AL. He is bat- tling leukemia; Ayla Powers, a beauti- ful 20-year-old young wom- an from Opp, AL who has been diagnosed with ovar- ian germ cell cancer; and Michael Harrison, the CALEB DAVID .... SON, organizer of the event partici- pates in a previous Cancer Freeze. 4. . 47-year-old father of 5, from the Liberty community. north of DeFuniak Springs, FL. He has been battling co- lon cancer for several years and is currently in treat- ment. Make plans to join this event on February 4 to raise money and awareness to as- sist these wonderful fami- lies as they continue their fight against this horrible disease. The run]walk will begin at 10 a.m. and the water ac- tivities will start at 12 p.m. Cancer Freeze is an annual event held in Florala where participants donate a mini- mum of $20 to waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, or tube in the frigid waters of Lake Jackson. Skifetch will be returning this year! This is a new sport that has ba- sically been described as "relay frisbee on jetskis!" Check out some videos at www.skifetch.com A chili contest will be held this year, so come prepared to eat and judge. A silent auction and raffle giveaways will be held throughoutthe day. Contact Caleb Davidson by e-marl, phone, or on Fa- cebook either on the Cancer Freeze page or my personal page Calebadavidson@ yahoo.corn, cancerfreeze@ yahoo.corn, 850-978-31726 or www.cancerfreeze.net. OCAPtO begin making i! appointments for heating assistance The Organized Com- munity Action Program (OCAP) will begin tak- ing call-in appointments for their REG LI- HEAP winter heating in Andalusia on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 8 a.m. These calls will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. NOTE - the utility bill MUST be in the per- son's name who will be making the application. Contact the local OCAP office in Andalusia at 334-428-2660. You MUST call in - NO WALK-INS will be taken. PAXTON RURITAN CLUB DONATES USED BOOKS The Paxton Ruritan Club would like to thank the people in the tri-states communities for their generous donations of used books. The club delivered 300 books to The Hawthorne House at the Bob Hope Village in Shali- mar, FL, 100 books to the Council on Aging in DeFuniak Springs, FL and 100 books and magazines to Covenant Hospice in DeFuniak Springs. The public is urged to continue to drop off any used books and magazines at the Paxton Town Hall. This will be an on going project so we will continue to collect and distribute books to others in area communities. Contact Paxton Ruritan members Bill McRae at (850) 834-3031, or Mary Perkins at (850) 834-2205 for organizations interested in receiving used books or magazines. Ruritan Club members Bill and Alice McRae and Mary and Bill Perkins are shown with Kay Brady, Council on Aging representative and some of the donated books.