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IMCE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USI~SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ~UAR~FLORALA NEWS- THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, I975 PAGE 5 By harlie Webb Coffin erem Of Man Ily different kind of man lind in the coffin builder eer days. His show of i was rather taciturn, er such stoic qualities essed a warm heart of going from slow burning oak wood embers in the stick and mud chimney fire place, re- flecting against the sheet co- vered corpse on the cooling board created a truly deep sadness, but it was not a sad- ness of despair, as most every- one present felt that death could not be the end, but per- haps, a beautiful new be- ginning. LH BAPTIST CHURCH PLANS |!ty and seldom charged gling a coffin. ~ome reason or another COMMISSION means of raising enough money REVIVAL SERVICES to buy the materials needed to [ the coffin building was i out at night on the de- Cont. From Front build the tennis center. If so, The First Baptist Church the Opp Trade School has of Laurel Hill announces re- is back porch. Small Funds are also available for the agreed to do the labor. TheMa- viral services for Sunday, Jan- kmld consider it a high first time to be used as match- yor has said that city trucks uary 26, through Wednesday, hold an old kerosene ing funds for recreational de- and labor can be used to haul the 29th. for the coffin build- velopment. For the first time, clay necessary for filling in The visiting evangelist will ~ach boy seemed to ad- if you are interested in de- and building up the grounds, be the Reverend Ray Ming of me quietness, the sire- veloping a neighborhood park, Also, Commissioner Trent, Cantonment, Florida. TheRev. iand through workman- you can go to Bureau of Out- Lewis would surely help with Ming is a native of Louisville, | the old coffin builder, door Recreation for a50%grant a project of this type. Mississippi, a graduate of }offin builder after nail- and then use Community De- It all sounds real good and Mississippi College and New ~oard to the coffin would velopment Funds as matching the sooner, the better. Be- Orleans Baptist TheologicalSe- ~ck a few feet and ob- money. This is a new pro- cause, Florala's young people minary. He pastored four lae coffin for alongtime, gram made available through are in dior need of something churches in Mississippi prior this operation after the Federal Government which to keep them busy. What bet- Card was nailed to the will be of great benefit to small ter way than through a good, [ If there was ever a communities having difficulty in sould recreation program? p arrive at perfection raising matching funds for va- With a nice facility such as is ! the physical work of rious programs. An alterna- planned, the old folk mighteven [nderful hands, the cof- tire would be a 500/0 grant from show an interest in recreation. gder was that kind of the Bureau of Outdoor Re- Our hats are off toMr. Buddy the house-the de- creation and finance the other '50% through Farmers Home l was being prepared to Administration. .mut onthecoolingboard. Speaking on behalf of the |nard was often a door Florala Planning Commission, RI from its hinges in Lewis Eiland said that they ~ne and placed over the 1two cowhide-bottom- The body was then on the cooling board with a white sheet. cooling board could from the fact that no undertakers and after being dressed had to be laid out position on a flat so that on becoming stiff, the body would into the coffin that been finished. Hence name cooling board. all people were pro- of death and community would the home to help the before burial the in the home, broken the occasional sound builder's haMi~ier back porch and with shadows coming and planned to pursue the Commu- nity Development Fund program for all it was worth. A six- year plan is now under study which will include recreation. However, Mr. Eiland said, they would like to get something go- ing immediately on recreation. The Planning Commission, assisted by Councilman Jack Zorn and Mayor Joe Evans, are in the process of trying to de- velop a tennis center basketball and handball courts on the sho- res of Beautiful Lake Jackson but they have run into the pro- blem of not being able to get Federal Funds for improving Federal Properties and Lake Jackson is a State Park. The Planning Commission is thinking now in terms of getting an easement in the area which would be ideal for a ten- "his center. "The ' Recreation-p Board and Planning Comfnis- sion are considering ways and GLENDALE, FLORIDA I g ROAST LB. PORK NECK LB. (;E MEAT LB. LB. IEEF LIVER LB. STEAK LB. f o IRt0lN ST[,[ LB. $1.29 ec lB ROAST RIB STEAK LB. LB. :*i] ; OUND STEAK LB. in stlg II)W II~1~ Ill dh" " "-- :.;pKUUND BEEF LB. " ~UT ~ WRAPPED ~'r'~.'''~i~&Bw!~YpE;O0 to 150 Ib per half LB. or WHOLE HOG LB. OPEN 7 A.M. CLOSED 4:30 P.M. CALL IN ORDERS MAY t~L PICKED UP UNTIL 7:00 P.M. THIS PLANT IS !5 THE ONLY PLANT IN WALTON COUNTY THAT KILLS, PROCESSE$ AND SELLS PRODUCTS UNDER J SPECTION IN WALTON COUNTY. Strickland and members of the Recreation Board and to the members of the City Planning Commission for their time and labor involved in the develop- ing of a recreational center for Florala and here is hoping it will all be fruitful. Florala Police Report ON TUESDAY NIGHT, the 14th, someone stripped anAla- bama Power truck located at the edge of town and carried off an estimated $1,000 worth of tools. The robbery is still under investigation. ON SATURDAY, the 18th, Great Day Discount Store in Florala reported to the Florala Police Department that some- one picked up a bank bag con- taining $200.00 in one dollar bills and carried it off. The police report the incident is still under investigation. to his acceptance as pastor of First Baptist Church of Canton- ment in 19"/2. He has been pastoring since 1958 and has been active in denominational work, serving in several posi- tions at the associational level. He served three years as as- sociational chairman of evange- lism, two years as chairman of youth activities and on a number of other committees. Ming's wife, Margaret, is also a native of Mississippi and they have been blessed with four children. Services will begin at 7:00 o'clock each evening. Thepas- tot, the Rev. Jim Boyd and the congregation extends a warm welcome to all. on AROUND 6:45 SUNDAY, a report of an accident came to the Department, and Sgt. Wil- liams, Trooper Anderson went to investigate. The accident involved two trucks on the Flo- rala-Paxton highway, and upon arriving at the scene, Sgt. Wil- liams found W. E. Bryant, list- ed as living in DeFuniak Springs trying to drive off his truck. Sgt. Williams informedthedri- ver that he would have to stay at the scene until the investi- gation was complete. Shortly thereafter, Bryant pulled a 36 pistol and put it under WiN liam's chin, informing him that he would shoot him. Trooper Anderson and Deputy Mike Kent, from Paxton, were attempting to get close enough to remove the gun when Bryant switched the gun to Anderson's stomach informing him that he would shoot him. Trooper An- derson talked to Bryant for about 10 minutes before he put the pistol in his pocket. Bryant was then subdued by the offi- cers and charged with the fol- lowing: assaulting police of- ricer with a deadly weapon, assaulting officer in perfor- mance of his duties, resisting arrest, carrying pistol with- out permit, and highway into- xication. Bond was set at the County Jail at $8,000. Bryant is currently free on bond. ALSO ON SUNDAY at about the same time as the incident above, James York called the Florala Police Department and reported that he had seen some subjects fooling around the lot of Burgess-Harrison Motor Co. James York followed the subjects and reported that the truck they were driving had no tag, but lost the subjects on4th street. Shortly thei'eafter a call came into the Fire Department reporting that a vehicle was on fire 6 miles North on highway 331. When the fire truck ar- rived, the vehicle was almost completely inhaled by flames. The truck was found to be a new truck from the Burgess- Harrison lot and had been hot- wired. The subjects fled the scene before the fire truck arrived. The thiefs are still at large. Meets The Paxton Town Council met in special session at 6:30 p.m.U Thursday, January 16 with the gram. topic of business being centered ground the Tom Early bill for installing lights on the town's tennis courts. Tom Early was present a~nd explained to the council his rea- son for the amount of the bill brought~ before the previous meetings of the town council. His bill was in the amount of $310.00 and was broke down for the council as follows: #4 TP wire 150 feet at 20˘ per foot or $30.00, 6 copper clamps. at 45 cents each, $3.60, Screws and miscellaneous $1.40, I fuse box at $50.00 and 15 hours of labor at .$15.00 an hour for $225.00. Mr. Early explained to the Council that he had quot- ed Larry Hattaway a price of between $150 and $300 to in- stall the lights on the tennis court. Hattaway gave the go ahead for installing the lights. Mr. Early stated that if the present council did not feel the price was reasonable, that they could get a price from 3 men who did climbing work; The council pointed out that the box installed on the outside of the building was not the cor- rect box and also that the wire running into the box and up to the top of the building wasn't properly insulated according to the specification of the Flo- rida Electric Code. Council- man Thompson also asked Early if be could see an invoice on the purchase of the box. None was presented to the council, although he stated that the coun- cil was welcome to see such an invoice. Early also stated to the council that he bought the fuse box for an outside box. After much discussion, Frank Mclntosh made a motion to pay $300.00 if Mr. Early would complete the job and bring it up to the specification of the Florida Electric Code, and for the work to pass the council's approval. Gladys Adams se- conded the motion. Council members Gladys Adams, Frank Mclntosh and Elizabeth Web- ster voted in favor of paying the bill, with Thompson vot- ing no. The motion carried. SUMMER YOUTH CONSERVATION CORP PROGRAM AVAILABLE Arrests made by the Florida Police Department last week, were 6 excessive speed, 5 dri- ving while intoxicated, 2 no driving license, 1 no tag, 1 running stop sign, 2 disorderly drunk, 1 failing to yield to blue light and siren, 1 resisting ar- rest, and 1 carrying pistol. Forest Supervisor Arthur D. Woody of the Alabama National Forests has announced that ap- plications foi" the summer Youth Conservation Corps program are available now by writing the Forest Supervisor, U. S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 40, According to a report from State Highway Director, Ray Bass, the location survey pro- viding four lanes on U. S. 331 South of Montgomery, between Luverne and Brantley has been completed, and design plans are being prepared. The Safety Rest Area on U. S. 331 5 miles north of Florala has been located, and the plans are being completed with an esti- mated letting date of Novem- ber, 1975, providing sufficient funds are available. The plans for four-laning U.S. 331 from the Southern Boulevard in Montgomery south for about 3 miles have been completed; however, this work must be funded out of the "Urban" cate- gory, Bass says. "We have a critical shortage of this type funding, and the letting date will depend upon when the funds be- come available," said Bass. The Highway Director states that funds have been provided for the section of U. S. 331from Opp to the Crenshaw-Covington Montgomery, AL 36101. The Youth Conservation Corps has become a prema- nent summer program of work for boys and girls ages 15 through 18 years of age. The program is designed as a work and conservation study program of 6 weeks on the National Forests. Enrollees are paid a fixed sum of $343 and fur- nished room and board for the summer's work. A draw against the total pay can be made each two weeks. The camp, starting on or about June 8 and ending early in August, will be a "live in" or residential 7 days a week type camp with counselors. Sa- turdays and Sundays will be or- ganized and spent with optional church attendance and educat- ional and recreational field trips and activities. Woody said, "Work projects, such as trail building, road- side cleanup, recreation area maintenance and improvement, tree planting and road bank seeding are in the work agenda. This year the Youth Conser- vation Corps is limited to 80 young men and women who will be recruited statewide and in- clude all social, econimic and ethnic backgrounds. They will live in separate quarters in the Heflin-Anniston area, perform- ing work on the Talladega Na- tional Forest. All applications must be re- ceived by March 31 to be con- sidered for this summer's pro- OUR ENTIRE STOOK OF Ibe lnrala ems South Fifth Street Florala, Alabama 36442 County line to be widened fro,,, 20 to 24 feet by State Force construction. The work will start in the very near future, according to Bass. Also, Bass states they have recently completed construc- tion of the bridge and approach- es over the Conecuh River at Brantl#y. LARRY K. WOODHAM ......PUBLISHER-EDITOR MERLE WOODHAM ........ ASSOCIATE EDITOR SUBSCRIPTION RATES Covington County, Alabama ........ , .. • • $5.25 Elsewhere In Alabama . , ............... $6.30 Other States ....... ................. $6.00 Established In 1900 Published Weekly On Thursday ! e Our Florala office is now combined with our Opp office. L BIG REDUCTIONS IN Lynette Zessin Home Phone 858-8482 Office Phone 493-4515 Wayne Jones Home Phone 493-3144 Office Phone 493-4515 Florala Policy Holders Serviced From Opp Office Wing Policy Holders Serviced From Andalusia CALL US DAY OR NIGHT Alabama Farm Bureau I I I I I Illlll I _ OTHER /