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O".X. z , ..... :,~.:A ~;-,I{;;~, Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Oateway To The Gulf Coast r-Sixth Year - Number 44 Florala Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, January 15, 1976 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy Revenue Sh arln • ¸¸i¸1i ~i ~! iil i¸¸ ._L i i iiii:!iiii ill i, i iill Asset Area Cities Mayor Evans of Florala and proven to be a true grass roots Mayor Timmerman of Lockhart program by providing a part of stated today that the cities of the Federal government's tax Florala and Lockhart will be funds for use where they are forced into a turn-around posi- needed most at the local level. lion on local taxes, local ser- However, the originlal program vices and local progress unless expires in December of 19q6, Imdividual citizens help per- and an allout grass roots ef- Imade Congress to re-enact the fort will be required to induce General Revenue Sharing pro- Congress to continue it. gram early in 1976. Since 197~., the cities of Flo- During the past four years, rala and Lockhart have receiv- General Revenue Sharing has ed several thousand dollars in General Revenue Sharing entit- lements. These fundshavebeen used to hold increases in local services such as monthly water rates and garbage fees to an absolute minunum. It is es- timated that if Federal Rev- enue Sharing is discontinuedaf- ter December 19'16, the rates now charged for water and gar- bage will more than double dur- ing the next few years. Alabamians~ were most for- lunate to have the strong sup- port of Congressman Bill Dick- inson and of Senators John Sparkman and Jim Allen for en- actment of the original program in 1972. Mayor Evans and Mayor Timmerman said, "I hope that each of our citizens will write them to personally expresstheir appreciation and to ask their , support for continuing General Revenue Sharing in its present form." Letters should be addressed Control Artists ,o the above mentioned gentle- men, Washington, D C,, zip code 20510. )l,~ WILDCAT BASKETBALL TEAM - 8-5 record as of January 10 F~.lrom left, Edward Jackson, John Albert Malthews, Jeffery Owensl ~ Williams Johnny James Standing - Manager Franklin Flowers, High School Bas- il be participal- tour- ~urleen B. Wallace Andalusia the 19- 24. Ad- be $I.00 per per- g to the South Ala- ~e report th rough IA-2A Divi- is second only to who sports a 3-0 and a 12-0 overall. a 2-1 SAC record Stranghn, Sam- ard 3rd, 4th in the IA- ;about three most of the teams, ea off to a slow start, football pla yoffs. according to the Florala looks real .g, they men in the top ten. ares is second only s Harold Stale y; Sta- played 12 games, points for a 16.5 of Flo rala 9 games, rank- 15.8 average. Michael Bass, James BaH, Herman Owens, Author Hooks, and Coach George Lancaster. This record is bed by Red be- minate the rebounding category, vel's Lamar Belcher. placing three each in the top 10 Others listed in individual while Florala placed only one in scoring are as follows: Ricky that category- Willie Williams #7. Red Level's William Hen- drix topped the list with 161 re- bounds for a 17.9 average. Florala looks better along the Staley, Straughn, 177 points af- ter 12 games; Rocky Spann, Samson, 168 points after 12 games; Author Hooks, Florala, 122 points, 9 games; William Hendrix, 113 points, 9 games; Tony Tape, Samson, 147 points, 12 games; Jeffery Owens, Flo- rata, 105 points, 9 games; Jef- fery Williams, Samson, 135 points, 12 games. The Wildcats have done best in field goal percentage, placing five men in the top ten, three of which take the first three places- Florala's Johnny Ja- mes is #I, having made 37 of 61 attempts for a .607 percent- age. Wildcats Willie Williams and Michael Bass hold the #2 and #3 spots, Author Hooks is #5 and Jeffery Owens is #7. Others listed in field goal percentage are William Hen- drix of Red Level #4, Bernie Bracewell of Straughn #6, War- ren Richardson of Luverne #8, Rocky Spann of Samson #9 and Harold Staley of Straughn #I0. Stranghn and Red Level do- vlsttor in town was guest of Ersklne Zlginr at this week's Rotary Club dinner meeting. Colonel of Big Piney, Wyoming gave a very informal, ex- talk on his big game hunting experiences in the of Wyoming. Cox is currently pastor of a church in Big Piney, I Presbyterians are anxiously awaiting the decision Cox to become their pastor. He preached an im- Sermon to a very attentive congregation Sunday. He e~y wife, Janet, spent a few days in Florala over the where they were guests of honor at a Saturda~ and served by the men of the church, at the now Dinner Bell Restaurant, a church 'ed and served by the ladies of the Presbyterian an informal hamburger supper given by the young of the church. will return to Wyoming in mid-week. free throw line, placing three er, Red Level, 8 of II; #3 Ha- men in the top 10 Micliael rold Staley, Straughn, 42 of 63; Bass #5, Johnny James #7, and #4 Ronnie Sansom of Luverne, Author Hooks #8. Bernie Brace- 16 of 24; #6 Robert Critten- well ofStraughntookfirstplace, den of Red Level, 8 of 13; having made I0 of 13 tries for #9 Ricky Staley, Straughn, 37 a .769 percentage. Others on of 65, and #10 Lamar Belcher, this list include #2 Scott Coop- Red Level, 22 of 39. eceive l~ayor Frank Timmerman of Lockhart and Mayor Joe Evans of Florala, received notifica- tion that a federal grant in the amount of $41,250.00 has been offered for the purpose of pre- paration of plans and specifi- cations for the proposed waste treatment lacilities for Lock- hart and Florala. With this award of grant, Flo- rain and Lockhart enter into Phase II of completing this much needed project. In a meeting, Wednesday, Jan- uary 7, 1976, Mayor Timmer- man and members of the Flo- rain Water & Sewer Board LBWSJC To Present / approved the s~gning of the grant. Total grant application was $55,000 with the federal governments part being $41,- 250.00 and Florala and Lock- hart furnishing the balance of $13,750.00. It is hoped that plans can be completed in four months so that this project can be put on con- tract for construction. "( odspell" Musical The Music and Drama De- partments of Lurleen B. Wal- lace State Junior College will present "Godspell," a musi- cal based on the gospel accord- ing to St. Matthew, on Thurs- day, Friday, and Saturday, Feb- ruary 19, Z0, 21, at 8:00 P.M. in the Jeff Bishop Student Cen- ter. "Gedspell," the modern mus- Ical adaptation of the gospel according to St. Matthew, was a stage hit in New York from 1971 to 1974. This musical was acclaimed by clergy, cri- tics, educators, and audiences in the U.S. and other countries for its joyful message, loving spirit, youthful exuberance, and simple sincerity. This rock musical ran as long in London as in New York and was pre- sented in 17 other cities dur- ing the first year of its epic- making New York run. This joyous re-enactment in song and dance of the parables and teaching of Jesus had a strong appeal to young people. This is not surprising, since its authors are notably young. John-Michael Tebelak was only ~.I when he conceived and adap- ted "Godspell," and its music and lyrics were wrRten by Sic- ken Schwartz, who was only two years older at the time. • ~rickets will go on sale on January 22. Watch your local papers for further information. Mother's March Of OimP$ Members of the Yellow Rose Club will begin their March of Dimes Drive on Saturday, Jan- uary 17, climaxing on Saturday, January 31. This Saturday, the 17th, there will be a "car stop" in thedown- town Florala area, beginning at 10:00 o'clock. Everyone is urg- ed to have your donation ready to help fight birth defects. The Mother's March hasbeen scheduled for the weekend of According to a letter to Mayor Joe Evans from J. A. Bloch with the State of Alabama Department of Agriculture and Indus- tries, a number of complaints have been received in connection with a pest control firm, operating in the City of Florala and charging exorbitant prices for their work. In addition, they re- portedly uses of high-pressure salesmanship and have a ten- dency to use scare tactics. Bloch advises the Mayor that he is in the process of having an inspector make contact in the Florala area to review some of the jobs completed by the firm in question. According to local reports from Don Dean, employed with the State Department of Agriculture for 29 years, now retired, Flo- rala citizens have been charged as much as $800.00 for an ex- terminating job, which other companies have priced at $150.00 and not more than $200.00. Also, that they are making door to door house calls and tend to take advantage of the elderly and widows. Here are a few snggestions:.:you should follow when dealing with pest control operators: Ask to see their Alabama State License. All pest control com- panies must be licensed bytheAlabamaDepartmentof Agriculture and Industries. Check to see if their vehicles are marked for easy identification. All companies licensedto dotermite work are required to have their vehicles marked for easy identification. Demand a written contract. Alabama requires pest control opera- tors who do termite eradication work to enter into a written con- tract for each job they do. Ask for personal reference. The le- gitimate operator will gladly furnish business, bank and personal references to prospective customers. If you are not sure the company has not treated you fairly, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will inspect your home, on request, if you feel the the termite control operatorhasnot adequately treat- ed your home. Get bids from at least two or three reputable firms. Don'ts For Securing Termite Service Don't get panicky. Contrary to any stories that you may have heard or read, there is little danger that the piano will drop through the living room floor before you are able to get the ter- mites controlled. Don't permit yourself to be hurried. Be sure that you under- stand the extent of the damage and the proposals of the operator for correcting that damage and for preventing further damage from termites. Don't sign a contract - in fact, don't sign anything - without reading carefully and completely. Be sure that the contract you sign clearly stipulates the work that is to be done and the res- ponsibility that is assumed. Don't pay in advance. Your legitimate licensed operator will never request payment until the work has been completed. Don't deal with transients who have no address. Deal with es- Continued To Page 7 January 30-31. If anyone would like to assist the Yellow Rose Club in this effort, it would be most appreciated. They need and ask for your support. WELL, FROM THE LOOKS OF THIS ICY masterpiece, it's not exactly what you would call a "hot B-B-Q'. Bruce Conrad, who resides next to the Florala Package Store, left his water hose on Wednesday night, and awoke to find icicles to go along with the chilly, or should we say downright cold, wea- ther Thursday morning. Free Bus Transportation For Students Students who attend MacAr- thur State Technical College are provided with free bus transportation to and from school, Mr. James L. Sasser, Transportation Supervisor, maintains a fleet of ten busses, Eight busses serve students on "the eight established bus routes while the other two are relief busses. Students are employed as bus drivers which helps them with school expenses. Each student driver must take a twelve hour drivers training course, which is under the supervision of the State Department of Education. Each must then pass a written examination and a road test before he is issued a special bus drivers license from the State Department of Education. Each driver is required to take a six hour refresher course each year before he is is- sued a new license. Mr. Sasser is a graduate of the Automotive Mechanics De- partment at MacArthur State Technical College. He super- vises all bus drivers, bus rout- es, does necessary repair work to busses and keeps records and reports pertaining to student transportation. He makes a thorough insoection of each bus once each month to make sure that each is in safe operating condition. A State Inspector comes to the school each year for the annual inspectionofeach bus. Hundreds of MacArthur Tech students have taken advantageof the free bus transportation since the school opened in 1965. The temperature dipped into the teens, and according to the weather experts, the wind made the chill factor slightly above 0 degrees early Thursday morning. Anyway, Bruce, as for B-B-O icicles, that sounds like a cold conversation!