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Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast f-Sixth Year - Number 43 Florala Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, January 8, 1975 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy OF INTEREST by Merle Woodham, Just Can't Put A Price Tag On A Family Pet... BYRD called early Monday morning to tell us there eed in continuing her ad offering a reward for their much bred, Minature Poodle, Bruno. know if someone stole him and he was trying des- to get back home or exactly what the circumstances she had a lot of calls in reference to her ad placed in last week. W. E. Hattaway, as she prepared to go to work Friday saw a little Poodle being attacked by three large does, black and brown, resembling German Shepherds and r Which looked like he might be mixed with Chow. Her son, picked her up to take her to work and they followed trying to get the dogs to release the Poodle, but they pick him up and run with him. She was just horrified her daughter-in-law, Joyce Perdue, came over, this she COuld talk about - the horrible scene with these large tearing the small dog to shreads. e read Martha's ad in the paper and was working in Annette that day at the Utility Board, and told Martha about Mrs. Hattaway had witnessed. Martha sent her son, look for the pet and he was found drug up under some In the back of Jack Zorn's residence on South 4th Street. zs stolen, he was just about two blocks from home when OCcured. Martha had just put Bruno out of the house at the back door, about 7:00 o'clock, when he dis- of last week. not the only report we have heard in recent weeks on small family pets by dogs answering this des- and Wayne Weeks, of 408 South 5th Street, had let L00 Toy Yorkshire Terrier out the front door to use and two large, black and brown Shepherds attacked pet of four years right at the front door. Barbara bumped up against the front door in the process r. had an appointment the following day to get a portrait her eyes were swollen from crying all weekend. She just as happy as a lark - all smiles. I couldn't even smile out of Barbara that Monday morning She to say the least. of Barbara and Wayne's, who has since moved to told Wayne of losing pet rabbits in much the same Only, the dogs tore into his cage and killed the rabbits. another family, in the same neighborhood, spent $100.00 Steel pin put into their family pet's leg who had been at- the three dogs, which reportedly travel in threes in pairs. However, on this particular occasion, Was following the children on their bikes when attacked. Screamed and hollered until the lone attacker left the pet's life was saved, he or she will always the added expense which not many families can rather difficult times. But, who is going to have Pet put to sleep when he can be patched up and live. go ahead and get the animal patched up and let some in the family budget go. 'Byrd was luckier than were Barbara and Wayne. s next door neighbors, the James Wallaces, had bred to Bruno. She had two puppies. They had given One like their female and kept the pup exactly like papa and gave it to the Byrds when they heard Bruno was found are still grieving over the loss of their prized pet. we human beings are not suppose tohave this much animals -- but who among us can help it. You just to the little devils and it is akin to loosing a mem- family when someth/ng happens to them. that, these animals could be potentially dangerous of children who are naturally going to defend their they are attacked by larger animals. In so doing, Well become the target of attack, also. reported these complaints to Mayor Joe Evans and to Police Department, and have been told that dogs thigescription would be destroyed if seen roaming If you have dogs that you even suspect might be for these vicious acts, you certainly need to see that contained within your own property and dogs with such nature, should be kept within a chain link fence. pet is a German Shepherd and answers to the name He is brown with a slight black trim and we have never report his being a public nuisance. I take that back. Gerald McLain called twice to report his getting dog, who is kept within a chain link fence. Bruno often Cindy or Sonya on their bikes and for some reason, dog is not a favorite of his. Bruno is usually a lover, all over the neighborhood. We can't even get him stray dogs away who come in the yard and eat up his our garbage all over the yard. We had surgery L so he wouldn't be roaming around the neighborhood all the females and he seldom ever leaves the yard, ex- children on their bikes. if he should ever attack and kill anyone's pet, I COuldn't find any fault with them if they shot and killed spot. This is what I would be compelled to do if the were reversed and dogs were killing our pet. If Shoot, the shot gun would be my only weapon. I might in court, but nobody's animal is going to come into my kill a family pet while I stand by shocked by the cruelty I would not be responsible for my action and this is, What will eventually happen iftbesedogs are not contained. , so much for that. I had much rather write about the good but have had so many complaints from the folk in this I felt compelled to write something about it and owners a chance to do something with dogs left un- are likely to be killed. SOmething is done with these dogs, you better not let a pet out to tee-tee without you stand by and guard her because their life is very definitely in danger. news, Tom Gibson, who picks up stray dogs and for show dogs, had the misfortune last week of having small dogs shot. He keeps them all penned, except when them..Toms wife, Gwen told me that this llttleone ever ventured out of the yard, but on this occasion, yen- little too far - just far enough to get shot. the only thing this small animal could have been doing Continued To Page 4 Florala Plagued With Breaking And Enterings ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT ERSKINE ZIGLAR is pctured with Terry Hamilton, who presented the Club program at the Rotary dinner meeting Tuesday, December 30. Terry is in his third year at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Terry's program consisted of the requirements for academic and physical .excellence for acceptance. He stated that in the future, fifty women were to be admitted to the Naval Academy, possibly during the 76-77 term. "Winter Dance Concert 1976" "Winter Dance Concert, 1976" will be presented on Sa- turday, January 17, at the An- dalusia High School Auditorium. Curtain time is 7:30 o'clock. This program, featuring stu- dents from the higher divisions of the Dorothy Rainer Sellars School of Dance, represents one of the many community servic- es of the Dorothy Sellars School. There is no charge for admis- sion. Ushers will be members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 196. This activity is part of their effort toward earning badges in Community Service and Drama. The troop leader is Miss Tara Baber, assisted by Mrs. Rebecca Johnson and Mrs. Linda Dice. Concert dances include three ballets choreographed by Mrs. Sellars in 1975 on the occasion of Johann Strauss' 150th birth- day. The dances are set to his ever-popular waltzes: "The Emperor Waltz", "The Blue Danube Waltz", and "Voices of Spring". They will be per- formed by the School's Inter- mediate, Junior and Senior Di- visions. A variety of tap dances and show dances are included in the program. Character ballet, or theatricalized folk dancing, will be represented by a number set to the music, "The Girls from Baden", by Komzak. Students performing are from Andalusia,Opp, Kinston , Flo- rala, Elba, Crestview, Baker, Laurel Hill, and DeFuniak Springs. Students performing are: The Senior Group: Cathy Flem- ing, Debbie Griffith, Gay Hug- gins, Sandra King, Vicki Lind- sey, Sonya Moseley, Christy Osburn, Maureen Roberts, Sis- sic Savage, Sonya Spears, Lisa Waller, Tina Weeks, and Dugan Wiess; the Junior Group: Leah Belcer, Scarlett Bryan, Karen Caylor, Sarah Cosson, Sharon Cosson, Brenda Courtney, Vicki The Florala Police Report for the period of December 30 through January 5 lists 21 ar- rests: 1 violation of the Ala- bama Worthless Check Act, 1 public drunk, 4 excessive speed, 4 driving while intoated, 1 driving while license revoked, 1 failure to stop at stop sign, 1 failure to yield to blue lights and siren, 1 resisting arrest, 1 vile and profane language, 1 leaving the scene of an acci- dent, I no tag, 2 no drivers license, I second degree bur- glary, I grand larceny. Police Chief Paul Mitchell reports that the department continues to be plagued with breaking and enterings. Four were reported as having oc- cured on Friday night, Janu- ary 2. It has been determined that A. M. McNeill's Standard Oil Station was broken into around 10:30 the night of January 2. A tool box was taken, but drop- ped outside the building when one of the squad cars was spot- ted heading in the direction of the station. Officer Randy Goodwin was driving in that direction and spotted a car pull off from the Station ra- ther hurriedly and called for Officer Smith to stop the car, giving him an accurate des- cription of the one pulling away from the station. Not knowing the station was entered, the two black males, around .0 Griffith, Jan Gunnels, JulieGun- years old, were questioned and nels, Sara Lee, Kim Norris, released when the driver said .... m,- Mis v Sorrels he had stopped for his passen- '" .... ^:'" .... " 'i" - . ' ger to use the bathroom. When Joan [epnens, am e Taytor ' the breaking and entering was Phiiippa Taylor, Melissa Weed and Julia Wiess. Intermediate Division stu- dents are: Juddi Cain, Ellwynn Caton, Nola Currie, Tammy De- Shazo, Melanie Edgar, Missy George, Jennifer Greene, atomy Jackson, Jennifer Ja- mes, Sharon Johnson, Joan Mor- ris, Ronda Moseley, Donna Pa- rish, Kathy Patterson, Susan Sorrells, Laurie Spence, Libby Spence, Karla Spurlin, Stepha- nie Tisdale, Brenda Wilkinson, Tessa Worley. Also participating are the following students from the Ele- me0tary Division: Barbie Ad- ams, Greg Adams, Jairus Ad- ams, Tracy Atkins, Tonya Bout- well, Vanessa Brunson, Buddy Bryan, Michele Cox, Leigh Da- vis, Emily Edgar, Debbie Hicks, Lyn Johnston, Becky Lowry, Randy Merrill, Beth Moulton, Mickey Purnell, Serranda Ted- der, Susan White, Greg Adams, Jairus Adams and Libby Hodges. Residence Questions On Tax Returns Individual Internal Revenue Service fIRS) taxpayer returns for 1975 include questions on residence intended to provide an accurate basis for equitable distribution of general revenue sharing funds, according to the Office of Revenue Sharing (ORS) of the U. S. Treasury Depart- ment. Such funds are returned by the Federal government toState and local general-purpose gov- ernments under terms of Fed- eral revenue sharing law. The amount each government recei- ves is based, in part, on popu- lation and per capita income es- timates made by the Bureau of the Census, U. S. Department of Commerce. The new questions on the in- come tax form are designed to identify the taxpayer's legal re- sidence, which may differ from his or her mailing address. Authority to ask the new ques- tions is provided in Section 6017A of the Internal Revenue Code. The information from the re- sidence questions will be used by the Bureau of the Census to make biennial population and per capita income estimates needed to insure that States and communities receive the amounts of general revenue sharing funds to which they are entitled. For this reason, all taxpayers are urged to pro- vide the information as an assis- tance to their States and com- munities. The Internal Revenue Code authorizes a fine to be imposed for failure to provide the residence data, unless rea- sonable cause is shown for such failure. Information provided to the Census Bureau, under law, can be published as statistical to- tals only, and no information about a person or individual firm may be disclosed to any person, institution, or govern- ment agency. This law of con- fidentiality under which the Bureau operates applies also to the residence data to be col- lected on IRS returns. The new questions are label- ed A, B, C, and D, and the wording of each follows: Question A -- In what city, town, village, etc., do you live? Question B -- Do you live within the legal limits of the city, town, etc.? Question C -- In what county and State do you live? Question D -- In what town- ship do you live? In regard to Questions A and Cont. To Page 5 reported the following morning, the suspects were brought in for further questioning. The driver of the car was apparent- ly not involved in the break-in, however, the passenger was charged with grand larceny and second degree burglary and sent to the Covington County Jail. Another target of attack the same night was John Deere Tractor Place on North Fifth Street, which has been broken into at least three times over the past four or five weeks. Nothing is ever missing from the tractor place. Mitchell says about the only explanation he has for these occurances, is that there seems to be a fad going around the country. In checking with various other po- lice chiefs, they are having the same problem. The guilty par- ties appear to be trying to prove a point - that they can break and enter buildings without be- ing caught by the local autho- rities. It was a hard matter to determine how the place was entered. Finally, it was deter- mined the back door was pryed open. In many instances, the doors are carefully locked so that officers in making regular checks will not notice the build- ing has been illegally entered. Thiefs entered the Tastee Freeze Friday night and took $50.00 to $60.00 dollars in change, which had been left behind. Again the culprits en- tered by prying open the back door. Members of the police de- partment heard on the streets Saturday that the Big "R" had been hit, also. In checking with the owners, they found the rumor to be true. They were not notified because nothing of any real value had been taken . . only cookies and potato chips removed from racks and eaten. In making nightly checks of businesses, Chief Mitchell says that doors are found left open regularly. He urges business houses to make a special ef- fort to see that their doors are locked before leaving for home. Owners seem to be growing progressively more careless. Also, due to the persistent breaking and enterings, you are urged not to leave money in your businesses.., make night- ly deposits or take it with you. Mitchell reports that Tommy Weeks is leaving thedepartment for a job with the Opp Police Department. Taking his place will be Jim Stalling, who serv- ed as special investigator with the Covington County Sheriff's Department for two years. He is married and has two child- ren. The family presently re- sides in Andalusia, but will be moving to Florala in the near future. Stalling is a graduate of the Southeast Alabama Police Aca- demy and numerous other aca demies dealing with special in- vestigating and photography. At present, he is working on his associate degree in Criminal Justice. Mike Goolsl00v Wins Florola Public Speaking Contest MIKE GOOLSBY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Goolsby, of .Route One, Laurel Hill, is being congratulated by Johnny Smith, from The Bank of Flo- rala, upon winning the Florala FFA Public Speaking Contest. At left is Mike Chambers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Chambers, also of Route One, Laurel Hill, second place win- ner in the contest. Goolsby will compete in the county FFA speaking contest at Andalusia High School, next Monday night, January 12. Election To Be Held January 1 3 approval of the issuance of $2 million in state bonds for the construction and improvement of buildings and facilities to be used as an aviation exhibit. Amendment number four spells out legal requirements for laws passed by cities, coun- ties and other governmental di- visions with regard to publish- ing such laws and changes in local newspapers or posting in public places so that voters will be aware of the change. It applies statewide. Amendment number five, also of statewide application, states that no county shall be- come indebted in an amount including present indebtedness, greater than five per cent of the assessed value of the pro- perty in the county. Amendment number six is a local act for Shelby County which would provide for the creation, incorporation, organ- ization or operation of local districts within Shelby County to provide a variety of standard public services normally iden- tiffed as services provided by incorporated cities. Number seven deals with Blount County and states that once approved by a majority of the voters in that county, the probate judge, tax asses- sor and tax collector may all be placed on a salary and that fees, commissions and al- fees, commissions and al- lowances collectable by such officers will be paid into the treasury from which their sa- laries are paid: Amendment number eight makes the same provision for Coosa County, and number nine does the same for Chin ton County. Amendment num- ber I0 allows Cleburne Coun- ty to convert to the salary ra- Little is being said about it, but there is an election to be held next Tuesday, January 13. Add unless voter interest picks up, it will be one of the lightest turn outs in recent years. The vote will be on 16 Con- stitutional Amendments passed by the Alabama Legislature which must have the approval of the voters before they become effective. Only threeoftbepro- posals deal with the state at large, with the other 13 affect- ing single counties. 31 boxes in the county will use the vot- ing machines, now in their se- cond year, while the remaining 12 boxes will make use of the customary paper ballots. The Constitutional Amend- ments to be listed on the ballot and a brief summary of con- tents follows: Amendment number one authorizes the state to issue up to $15 millionlin bonds with $7 million tagged for use in con- struction and improvement of mental health facilities, includ- ing security medical facilities for persons requiring security during treatment. It also in- cludes $2 million for the con- struction of a seed technology center at Auburn University and a foundation seed processing fa- cility at Headland, and $6 mil- lion for construction and capital improvements of housing, train- ing and rehabilitation of pri- soners. Amendment number two, dealing only with Talladega County, asks state voters toap- prove $3 million in state bonds for the construction and im- provement of buidings and fa- cilities at Talladega for the creation of a motor sports ball of fame. Amendment number three deals with Dale County and asks ther than the fee system. Amendment number eleven allows Madison County to change the method prescribed by law for giving notice to delinquent Madison County taxpayers for their failure to pay taxes as- sessed against any property which is assessed to them and makes arrangements for the dis- posal of such lands. Amendment number twelve applies only to Washington County and provides for county elected officials to be placed on a salary rather than a fee sys- tem. Amendment number four- teen applies to the city of Annis- ton and gives the city the power to levy and collect a special property tax of three mills for educational purposes provided the matter is first submitted to a vote of the qualified elec- tors in the city and a majo- rity of them give approval to such a tax. Amendment number fifteen allows Mobile County to levy and collect a one mill tax on real and tangible personal pro- perty provided the voters of Mobile county give their ap- proval. Amendment number sixteen authorizes a nine and three- fourths mill tax for residents of Vestavia Hills provided it shall first be approved by the qualified electors of Vestavia Hills. Number seventeen, the fi- nal amendment on thehallot, af- fects only Butler County and allows the county to place the county officials of Butler Coun- ty on a salary and provides for the fees, commissions allowa- nces and percentages collectible by such officials be paid into the treasury from which the salaries are paid ii. I