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ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF ESTABLISHED IN 1900 COAST LOCATION OF I01 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS SECOND YEAR NUMBER 46 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY BOY SCOUTS held their first anti-litter clean- Saturday, January 15. They collected 38 large of litter in th following areas: parking area behind on South 4th Street; railroad tracks running adja- :ory; area adjacent to post office and city library; School campus area; right of way along the center- 55 and 331. clean-up the Scouts noticed that landowners and Could make a significant contribution toward solving Problem if they would keep litter picked up on their Also, those who would ugly the face of our community cans and paper need to be reminded that littering is both State and local and is punishable. hope that every member of the community will he- ,re of the litter problem and assist them in the solution. is really very simple - DO NOT LITTER, because hurts. HEART SURGEON, CONSULTANT W. D. CAWTHON IS DEAD surgeon and con- W. D. Cawthon, 81, Springs, died late a Pensacola hospi- services were at 1. Wednesday in the Funeral Home with isters participating. in the Magnolia late years of prac- d kept pace with the Cardiology and was by letter and tele- Such noted physi- Dr. Paul White and eel DeBakey, heart Specialists. of DeFuniak Springs, practiced 30 years where he was rec- one of the pioneers and as an expert home in 1946 he practice serving of Northwest Flor- his patients were "He was al- interested in re- fees," a former pa- Fort Walton Beach War I he was ist at Camp Met- While in New York cardiologist for the Insurance Co. many ers on the which have for many younger s. He was the first of the West Florida ciation. hen received his col- ng at Auburn Uni- his medical de- Emery University, Irning home to prac- was active and West Florida Lnizations including societies. include his wife, ogers Cawthon and of DeFuniak had been in fail- le past year and had essary to curtail his CAWTHON WALTON DEPUTIES CAPTURE KILLER IN LEONIA COMMUNITY Law enforcement officers combed Northwest Florida and South Alabama Monday night for a heavily armed man after two persons were killed, two others wounded and a teenage girl ab- ducted and raped. Walton County Sheriff Sam Campbell said the man, des- cribed as slightly built and about 29-years-old, was being sought in connection with the killing of his 19-year-old wife, and 14- month-old daughter. The woman, identified as Pa- tricia Fox, and the daughter, also named Patricia, were found shot to death in a house about three miles east of DeFuniak on U. S. 90. Mrs. Fox was found shot four times while the infant was found shot once in the head in her crib. Campbell said the suspect, identified as George Fox, St., also was wanted in connection with the shooting of his wife's grandmother, May Moody, and another man. Mrs. Moody was listed in good condition in a hos- pital while the other victim was treated for a flesh wound. The sheriff said Fox went to the home of a male acquaint- ance after fleeing his own house. While there, he took three shots at his acquaintance and then abducted the man's 14-year-old daughter, Campbell said. The girl was released at her grandmother's house near here about three hours later. Camp- bell said she had been raped. Garner Wins BikeRace David Garner III raced in the Southeastern Championship Race at Concord, Alabama Jan. 16, 1'972 and took top honors of the afternoon. He competed against 20 experienced racers, including the State Champion of Virginia, and took first place in all three heats. This was done in 20 degree weather. David has been racing since July and has 15 trophies to show for his racing ability. He is sponsored by Jackson Garage in Andalusia, Ala. and his me- chanic is Mr. Leo Mock. He has been written up in Dixie Cycle News several times and his picture has appeared on racing leaflets in Florida and Alabama. David is 11 years old and is a student at Florala City School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Garner Jr. and they live on East Fifth Avenue. VOTERS DEFEAT POLICE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHMENT able funds, he believing ample funds available with council countering with "non-avail- able". The issue was bogged down until a couple of months back when the petition was secured which allowed the voters to de- cide the issue. The law en- forcement responsibility, of course, has now been shifted to the resident of the city. Apparently the deciding fac- tor, in so far as the voters were concerned, were the con- tents of the ballot which out- lined council duty should ap- proval be given for the appoint- ment of a Marshall, and es- tablish a Municipal court and Police department utilizing the provisions of Section 3 (B) of the city charter which said "To raise annually by taxes and as- sessments in said City such sums of money as the City coun- cil hereinaRer provided for shall deem necessary for the purpose of said city, and in such manner as shall be here- inafter provided for, provided that no tax levy as to parcel shall be in excess of Twelve 02) Mills." It is a known fact all over the country, that any mention of any possible taxation, large or small, hits a sour note to anyone. The city, although has that 12 mill provision in the charter, has so far steered clear of imposing it on the citi- zens. Laurel Hill voters overwhel- ming defeated the establishment of a Municipal court, and po- lice department in a special election Tuesday. The official returns showed 102 voted no and 89 voting yes. 191 of the 237 registered voters cast their ballot. The special election was in response to a petition procured by Mayor Gene Clary and con- tained 120 names of the then. registered voters and 47 names of persons that were not reg- istered, however during the period December 20 through December 31, the city's regis- teration books were open and the registered voters increased from 187 to the present 237. Clary, elected in the general election last June ran on a law enforcement platform and has pushed the issue at almost every council meeting with the same divided issue on avail- DALE COUNTIES DECLARED AREAS BY SBA disaster loan program which provides loans at around 5 per cent for use in rebuilding and rehabilitating damaged proper- ty. ill Business Adminis- declared Dale and disaster areas of a tornado which of Ft. Ruck- means that bust- individuals ad- by the ter- ror the SBA Applications for loans will be accepted at the Army Communi- ty Center, Building 8746, Ft. Rucker. Deputies from Walton, Holmes, Okaloosa, Bay and Washington counties mounted an extensive search for the man, who was believed to be armed with two rifles and a pistol. The suspect was described as about 5-foot-9, slightly built an wearing a light blue pullover Sweater. He was" last seen dri- ving a late model Ford with one tail light burned out. Campbell said the man was an employee of a local poultry company. A 3-year-old son was also in the house when the shootings occurred, Campbell said, but he was unharmed. LATE BULLETIN Fox was captured aflera shoot-out Tuesday night above Gaskin at Leonia. Heavily ar- med deputies from two counties closed off an area in northern Holmes County at 9p.m. Tues- day night in an effort to cap- ture Fox, 26. He was officially charged with two counts of murder, rape and kidnap Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he allegedly shot his 19-year-old wife and 14-month-old baby daughter, about three miles east of De- Funiak Springs. When officers closed in on him, in the company of a girl friend, the gun battle took place. Fox was shot, officers report, by his own gun and is in cri- tical condition. He had told several people he was going to kill himself and officers had actually expected to find him slumped over dead somewhere. Folks who knew him, includ- ing one of the officers, said Fox was an insanely jealous man, but that so far in their investigation they did not see that he had any cause to be:  Walton County SheriffCimpbell said: "Of course, jealous men don't have to have a motive, they can make things up in their heads and we think he had a lot of suppositions on his mind and just went berserk." SGT. GEORGE BOWEN, Sa- fety Education Director, Ever- green District, Alabama High- way Patrol was introduced by Rotarian James York at the regular luncheon meeting Wed- nesday, January 12. Safety was the subject of Sgt. Bowen's talk and a very in- teresting and informative film was shown which pointed out the importance of safe operation of motor vehicles. BOY SCOUT TROOP PLANS WEEK-END BIKE HIKE Troop One Boy Scouts are planning a bike hike for the weekend of January 29. The Scouts will leave Saturday morning, travel all day, and camp that night somewhere along the trail. The Troop will then re- turn home Sunday afternoon. All members of the Troop do not have bikes and Scout leaders would appreciate any- one with a bike that they could lend to the Troop to contact Kim George at 8-8412. YOUTH RALLY PLANNED AT PAXTON BAPTIST There will be a Youth Rally at Paxton Baptist Church Sat- urday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Bethany Baptist Choir from the Mobile area, Jimmy Smith from Ozark, and Ron- nie Smith from Dothan will be the special guests. Pastor Larry Joe Conner in- vites young and old to this youth rally. There will a time of fellowship and refresh- ments following the rally. THURSDAY, JANUARY 20,1972 i 10 PER SINGLE COPY i i Commission Studies NeedsOf Florala A/C CARL (MICKEY) THO- MAS, a 1969 graduate of Pax- ton High School, left January 16, 1972 for a tour of duty in the Phillipines Islands. "A/C Thomas completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, February 25, 1971. He was then stationed at Kees- ler A.F.B., Mississippi, where he completed sixteen weeks of schooling. He graduated De- cember 13, 1971 from 292 x 2 Printers System Operation Course, from Goodfellow A.F.B. San Angeles, Texas. A/C Thomas has been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ra- leigh Thomas of Paxton, on a 30-day leave. He will be sta- tioned at Clark A.F.B., Phil- lipine Islands for fifteen months. 9TH GRADE CAGE TOURNEY NEXT WEEK There will be a 9th grade county basketball tournament Wednesday, Thursday, and Sat- urday, January 28, 27, and 29th at the Red Level High School gym. This is a preliminary tour- nament which will take the win- ner to Enterorise to determine an area winner to participate in the first junior high basket- ball state tournament. Florala drew a bye for the first game, and is scheduled to play the winner of the Red Le- vel - Andalusia game Thurs- day, January 27 at 8 p.m. Wednesday action pits Red Level against Andalusia and Opp against Straughn. There will be two games Thursday afternoon and night and the finals are scheduled for Saturday night, January 29 at 8 o'clock. The area winner will go to the 'sub-state to be played in Montgomery February 11 and 12. The state finals will be played February 19. The place for this has not been decided. CONFERENCE Rev. and Mrs. Billy Cash- well from New Harmony Bap- tist Church, Rev. and Mrs. Larry Joe Conner from Pax- ton Baptist Church, and Rev. Gerald Sykes from Caney Creek Baptist Church returned Fri- day from a three-day Evange- listic Conference in Jackson- ville, Florida. The Florala Planning Com- mission was established by the authority of the Alabama State Legislature and operates in conjunction with the Florala City governing body and all city departments. The purpose of L & N OVERPASS COMPLETE AT LAUREL HILL The construction of the new L & N overpass, just east of Laurel Hill on highway 85 has been completed, and the high- way is now open to Florala. The completion of the over- pass, completes the bridge building of three each in Wal- ton and Okaloosa countys. The other five, four of which is the culvert-type and one span- type wele opened a few weeks back. Even though the new road beds are unlevel and bumpy, they are far better than me "patched-up" wooden bridges that were so familiar to the motorist for a number of years. With all the highway safety slogans and promotions heard daily, the motorist is still faced with the curve on the East end of Horsehead bridge, when during the new bridge con- struction, the State Department of Transportation failed, for one reason or another to straighten out the highway. the commission is to develop orderly plans, zoning regula- tions, housing standards and city facilities. The ultimate results of these developments wilt be a higher standard of living for the people of this area. YOUTH RETREAT PLANNED AT CAMP VICTORY There will be a winter youth retreat at Camp Victory begin- ning with supper at 6 o'clock Friday night, January 21 and closing after lunch Sunday. The speaker for the retreat will be Mark Senter from Greenville, South Carolina. The theme of his message will be "Things that accompany Salva- tion." This retreat will be es- pecially for junior and senior high school young people and non -denominational. Visitors are welcome to at- tend this meeting. Hours are: Friday - 7 a.m; Saturday 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 am. 9iveto00 fl'MtdloF Members of the commission are pictured. They are seated at table, Louis Eiland, chairman and Mrs. C. A. Moon. Stand- ing from left, Kim George, Bet- ty Hooten, F. L. "Shu" Can- non, James York, Gennella McDaniel, Mayor C. E. Buffa- low and Georgia Matthews. The Commission has made significant progress in accumu- lating data concerning the needs of the City of Florala. Struc- tural quality housing charts and land use maps of the City were among the planning items re- ceived this month. The South- east Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission supplied these items in addi- tion to a statistictl study of city population and housing. LEDKIN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS Wilbur Wayne Ledkin, alias Wayne Pope, was sentenced re- cently by Circuit Judge Thomas Beasley of DeFuniak Springs to the State Prison in Fh)rida for the robbery of Florala Package Atore last year. Beasley confined the robber at hard labor for a period of 5 years. The sentence is to run con- currently with a sentence im- posed by Escambia County of 20 years. PAYTON GEOHAGAN of Florala, Route Two, near Hacoda on Highway 10, is pictured with a beautiful head of collards from his garden. He has two long rows of the greens and pictured is only one of the healthy collard plants. Mr. Geohagan is retlrea trot t6ncts a garden of vegetables that fills all the family's needs and some to spare. He retired from farming three years ago. He and Mrs. Geohagan have two sons, Joel, who works at McI3aniel Motor ,ompany in Florala and Leonard, who resides in Dade City, Florida. They have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr. C, eohagan continues to live at the same place the past 73-years where he was born in Covington County. His father, the late Lewis Geohagan, homesteaded the place consisting of 80- acres of farmland.