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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Florala Police Department reported no ar- rests for the week of January 17:23, 2012. Danielle P. Johnson - Unlawful Acts and Offens- es Juanita R. Murray - Possession of a Controlled Substance; Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Robert F. Seidel - Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Seth Thames - Warrant Evan Cassidy - Warrant Walter Bret Pinrod - Violation of Parole War- rants Tyrone Henderson - Possession of Marijuana, 1st Degree Shelby to address county residents U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) will join the resi- dents of Covington County for a county visit on Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m. Central Time. The county visit, which is open to the public, will take place at the conference center on the Andalusia Campus of Lurleen B. Wallace Commu- nity College located at 1000 Dannelly Blvd. in Andalusia, Alabama. Senator Shelby will address the legislative agenda for the second session of the ll2th Congress as well as impor- tant issues facing the nation and the state of Alabama. Fol- lowing his remarks, Senator Shelby will open the floor to questions and comments from those in attendance. "Over the years, these meetings have provided an excel- lent opportunity for area residents to listen and voice their opinions on the activities of our government," said Shelby. "This will be a great chance to discuss the important issues facing our state and our nation." This will be Senator Shelby's 1,685th county visit since being elected to serve the state of Alabama in the U.S. Sen- ate. As part of his commitment to Alabamians, Senator Shelby holds a meeting in each county every year. This meeting is open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Chamber hosting political forum The public is cordially invited to attend a political forum sponsored by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Covington County Republican Party. The event will be held in the Rodney J. Evans Conference Center, Florala State Park. Mark your calendars for Friday night, February 17, 6 p.m. A fishplate with all the trimmings will be served for $3.00. Tickets will be available for presale. Contact the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Office at 334-858-6252 to purchase tickets or they may be purchased at the door. Mail checkS to Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, 1135 Fourth Street, Florala, AL 36442 and the tickets will be mailed to you. The format will consist of each candidate having an "open microphone" opportunity for three (3) minutes followed by a specific question and answer period. This will be arranged by political seat. Candidates running unopposed will be al- lowed five (5) minutes to address the public. Tables will be available to display campaign materials for the meet and greet session during the forum. For more information contact Christa Mitchell (850-428-3298 or 850-892-9650) or the Chamber Office. Kiwanis Club to host political candidates The Kiwanis Club Tri Cities would like to invite the public to attend their upcoming meetings. The club meets every Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Adult Learning Center at the former Florala City Mid- dle School. The first 30 min- utes is devoted to a guest speaker followed by regular business. January 19, Tony Wells, candidate for District 2 Cov- ington County Commission will be the guest speaker. February 2, Kylan Lew- is, candidate for Covington County Commission Chair- man will be the guest speak- er. February 9, Bill Good- win, candidate for Coving- ton County Commission Chairman will be the guest speaker. Anyone and everyone who is interested to hear what these candidates have in store for our county should attend these meetings. Andalusia man pleads guilty during trial John Paul Williams, 46, of Andalusia, pled guilty on Monday to two counts of At- tempted Assault I and one count of Domestic Violence III. Williams was charged for a June 21, 2011 incident where he shot a t police of- ricers after they responded to a domestic disturbance at his residence. Williams was sentenced to life in prison on each of the Attempted Assault I counts and one year for the misdemeanor Domestic Violence charge. These sentences will run concurrently with each oth- er. Williams had two prior COUNCIL is a culvert there, when it rains there is an issue with water on the roadway and felony convictions: A 1988 conviction for Theft of Prop: erty I and a 2004 conviction for Possession of a Con- trolled Substance. Both of those prior convictions were here in Covington County. ..... Trial of the matter be- gan first thing Monday morning and shortly before noon, Williams advised the District Attorney that he wished to plead guilty. "I had previously offered to let him plead guilty to one count with one life sentence. He turned it down so I pre- pared for trial. I tell every- one that the more I invest in a case, the more 1 expected to get out of it, so when he told me that he wanted to change his mind, I told him that he would have to plead to two life sentences instead of one," said District Attor- ney Walt Merrell. Circuit Court Judge Lex Short took the guilty plea while the jury was on recess. According to Andalusia Assistant Chief Mike Bow- lan, "Mr. Williams was under the influence of alcohol and possibly cocaine, based on letters that he wrote to the victim after he was arrested. This is yet another example runoff. received an update on the status of the Florala City Middle School gym roof from Recreational Board President Jan Allred. Al- though work had been done Miss New Year Pageant January 28, 2012 * 6 p.m. Florala City Middle School Auditorium Open to all girls (0-21 years) who wish to participate! $30 to enter (per contestant) & $10 photogenic category (optional) Admission (pay at door): $3 (children 3 and under FREE) Application deadline: January 25, 2012 Cash prize for the Miss New Year Winner Various gift cards to local businesses/ boutiques will be given away during the don't miss out/ Applications available t: Simply Chic, Country Folks Buffet or Florala High School or contact Carri Day at 850-546-0504 or on the roof, it still leaks in the gym. The condensation in the gym is out of control and water from the leaks is causing extensive damage to the flooring and insula- tion. The floor is beginning to buckle and the smell in the gym is overwhelming. Recreational Board Secre- tary Jennifer Drakkar said efforts had been made to dry the floor but to no avail. Allred informed the coun- cil the Recreational Board had chained the front doors of the building. She said of a very violent crime com- mitted by someone who is impaired by mind-altering substances. This case is the perfect example of why we cannot overlook the impact drugs, and alcohol .have on our com!pnity." Merrell extended his ap- preciation to the jurors for their willingness to serve and also commended the Andalusia Police Depart- ment and the Covington County Incident Response Team for their professional- ism, hard work and willing- ness to serve. FROM FRONT there was one front door that you could open by jerk- ing on it really hard and that Drakkar had caught children in the gym playing without permission or adult supervision. When the gym xs occupied the chains are removed from the door. If the water issues con- tinue to cause damage at the gym the city soon won't have a gym for the kids to enjoy, said Allred. The city has such a facility for use, it is not useable and she plead- ed with the council to repair the leaks and help get the gym in the condition where the kids of Florala can use and enjoy it. Tri-Cities Ministerial Association-5th Sunday Service BUCKLE UP- IT'S THE LA W You Are Invited to First Baptist Church, Fhrala Gospel Concert January 2Bth Egg pm * [ Evewone lnv=ted. f. i lowsh p Afte00 Se00,ce I II II . Cancer Freezer 2012 will be held Saturday, February 4 at Lake Jackson in Florala. Cancer Freeze is an annual event held to create awareness about cancer and raise funds to benefit a person who is battling cancer. Participants donate a minimum of $20 to water-ski, wakeboard, kneeboard, or tube in the frigid waters of Lke Jackson. Boats and equip- ment are provided, but participants may bring their own boats and equipment. Water participants receive a Cancer Freeze t-shirt and a bracelet with their donation. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 10 a.m. - Cancer Freeze 5K Walk/Run NEW THIS YEAR! 11 a.m.- Chili Cookoff voting begins 12 NOON - Watersports begin (Skiing, Wakeboarding, Tubing) 3 p.m - Silent Auction closes Raffle prizes will be given out throughout the day! In previous years, the money raised has gone to one indi- vidual in need. However, this year Cancer Freeze will ben- efit three people: Cooper Sasser, Ayla Powers, and Michael Harrison. Cooper Sasser is the 2/year-old son of Justin and Christy Sasser of Andalusia, AL. He is battling leukemia. Ayla powers is a 20-year-old young woman from Opp, AL who has been diagnosed with ovarian germ cell cancer. Michael Harrison is the 47-year-old father of five, and he is from the Liberty community north of DeFuniak Springs, FL. He has been battling colon cancer for several years. All recipients are currently in treatment. Cancer Freeze donations help to offset the costs of traveling for treatments, medicines, and loss of work due to illness. CANCER FREEZE organizer Caleb Davidson at last year's event. Dumpsters to be open Residents of the City of Florala will be allowed to have access to the City's dumpsters at the City Yard, 1815 9th Street, from the hours of 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays only to discard small amounts of household items and yard debris. No .hazardous materials or tires will be allowed to be discarded. If further information is required, contact City Hall. alacare HOME HEALTH & H(PICE Now Hiring/ RNs & PTs Statewide Alacare Home Health & Hospice is hiring Physical "Iherapists, RN Visiting Staff and RN Regional Travel Nurses. Great benefits, salary and bonuses available. Call 1-855-981-2719 or apply on-line at EOE ELECT ****