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! ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ESTABLISHED IN 1900 ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS lD YEAR NUMBER 47 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 1972 10˘ PER SINGLE COPY HIGH COURT WON'T REVIEW FLOWERS - GANTr Former Alabama Attorney General Richmond M. Flowers and two co-defendants lost ano- ther legal battle Monday when the U. S. Supreme Court re- fused to review their convic- tions on charges they extorted payoffs from loan and insurance companies. The court's brief order, as customary, gave no reason for the refusal. The order left standing a rul- ing by the U. S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the convictions of Flowers, former Assistant Attorney General Joe Breck Gantt and banker Oscar - HYDE CASE INVOLVING PAYOFFS E. Hyde. The three were convicted in U. S. District Court in Birm- ingham of conspiring to use the powers of the attorney general's office under Flowers to force payoffs by companies seeking to do business in the state. The six-week trial resulted in the convictions of Flowers and Hyde on two counts each of conspiring and two counts of ex- tortion. They were fined $20,000 and sentenced to eight-yearpri- prison terms on each count tobe served concurrently. Gantt, convicted on three counts, was given suspended concurrent sentences of five years, each on two counts and sentenced to serve a year and [a day on a third count. A fourthco-defendant, James C. Kelley of Columbus, Miss., suffered a heart attack shortly before the trial. The govern- ment later elected not to prose- cute Kelly. In their appeal, Flowers, Hyde and Gantt argued that both the grand jury and the trial jury were improperly selected, that the judge made an improper charge to the jury and that their case was prejudiced by publi- city. W. LeMAIRE, JR., Professor of Military Science at Auburn University, and F. Lacy, Assistant PMS, are shown pinning brand new second lieutenant bars on Mickelson of Florala. Lt. Mickelson was commissioned in the U. S. Army Reserve on active duty from 3 to 6 months. He has been assigned to the Corps of Engineers Basic Officers Course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. son of Major (Retired) and Mrs. Marion N. Mickelson, Route 1, Florala, Ala- from Auburn with a degree in Civil Engineering, of the Lakeside The present owners, Dr. T. G. tn beFuniak Springs, Spence and Dr. Myers will the end of an continue to maintain their meet on Monday night, February Lakeside Hospital, offices there at Lakeside Clinic 14 at 7:30 p.m. : tothelate Dr. Ralph Lakeside Pharmacy will also The program will be by Mrs. who was aded- continue the same. Doctors in Ernestine Howell. of the "old DeFuniak Springs will utilizethe All members and prospective , Is closing January 31, Walton County Hospitalfor their members are urged to attend REVEREND JAMES WALTERS, right, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Opp, was the speaker at the meeting of the FLORALA PTA Floraia-Lockbart Rotary Club on Wednesday, January 19. Rev- TO MEET erend Waiters was introduced by Rotarian Fred White who had ' charge of the program. He spoke on a recent trip he made to the FEBRUARY 14 Holy Land and showed slides of many places he visited in Israel. These included Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, The Florala High School PTA River Jordan, the Dead Sea and many others. Interact guests will not meet this Monday night at this meeting were Tim Willis and Fletcher Gibson. as originally planned but will ROGERS RECEIVES APPRECIATION FOR USAF EXERCISE SUPPORT in-patients, this meeting. Dr. Spires went Springs, Walton not have a public FOX DIES FOLLO"'~NG SHOOT=OUT so he spent a WITH DEPUTIES ~e conducting free cli- Ughout the area. He George Fox Sr., accused active practice in murderer of his teen-age wife continued his out- and infant daughter, died Friday and activities for in a Pensacola hospital. SUccumbed to a long Fox had been in the intensive 13, 1965. care unit there since Tuesday to practice evening, after the fugitive ap- 'akeside Hospital in- parently shot himself during a late Dr. A.G. Wil- gun battle with law enforcement father to the Dr. officers from six counties. Jr., now prac- The search for Fox began Florala Memorial when his D-year-old wife Pa- conducts office tricia and his 14-month-old ~e office of his fa- daughter were found shot to death in their home in De- ers of Lakeside Hos- Funiak Springs last Monday the closing of night. a general hos- According to Walton and years of con-Holmes County Sherriff's of. In 1938 the rices, the R4-year-old Fox was opened Lakeside finally caught after a 24-hour was l4 bed facility, dragnet ended at a dilapidated and some farmhouse near the Panhandle were admittedtown of Leonia. At that time, Dr. Spokesmen for the Walton joined Dr. Spires sheriff's office said Fox shot told the last two or three per- sons he was with, that he was going to kill himself. "Since he has a weapon," said Camp- bell, "it wouldn't surprise me if we found him slumped over dead somewhere." Fox was also suspected of shooting his wife's 89-year- old grandmother and a friend, neither seriously wounded, and then kidnaping and raping the friend's 14-year-old daughter. A young red-haired woman, reported to be Fox's girl friend, was reported with Fox in the farmhouse. During the shoot- ing, she hid to avoid gunfire. She was later released by de- puties. According to U. S. Attorney Curtis Golden, the death stops all criminal proceedings against Fox. Fox had been charged with murder on two counts, kidnapping, and rape. and asecondsto- himself once in the head after Campbell speculated that the' to the original exchanging fire with about thirty i murderer's motive might have ~e addition included law enforcement officers who been jealousy. "Of course, jea- increased closed in on the farmhouse, lousy doesn't have to have a Y to 38 beds. Since Early in the search, Walton motive. They can make things OVer 25 000 patients County Sheriff Sam Campbell up in their heads. We think ! admitte(l to the hos- predicted Fox's suicide. Ac- he had a lot of supposition in : cording to Campbell, Fox had his head and just went beserk.}' Douglas L. Rogers, of Lau- rel Hill has been lauded for his duty in arranging the support for the JCS Exercise Bold Shot/ Brim Fire 3-72 recently held at the Eglin complex, according to a letter of appreciation from the Commander of Headquarters Nineteenth Air Force of Sey- mour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Major General W. E. Bryan, Jr., USAF. The contents of General Bryan's letter, sent through the official channels at Eglin Air Force Base to Rogers, were as follows: "I wish to express appreciation of the extensive efforts expended by Douglas Ro- gers, 3246th Test Wing (PGPL) in arranging the support for the JCS Exercise Bold Shot/Brim Fire 3-72. Mr. Rogers ac- complished the difficult and de- manding task of coordinating Logistical support for all ex- ercise units involved in Bold Shot/Brim Fire. By his close and continuous coordination of requirements and through his cooperation, many seemingly impossible requirements were fulfilled. Mr. Rogers perfor- mance of duty was a significant factor in assuring complete log- istic support of the exercise. Again, I extend my personal sa- tisfaction and appreciation to Mr. Rogers for a job well done!" Rogers has been an employee at Eg~in Field since April, 1950; and is a member of the Laurel Hill Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star chapter, a member of the Laurel Hill Ruritan Club, a member and deacon in the Lau- rel Hill First Baptist Church and a member of the Laurel Hill City Council. GARDEN CLUBS PLAN CITY-WIDE TREE PLANTING The civic and beautification committees from the three Flo- rala Garden clubs met at the City Hall Monday night, January 24. The purpose of this meet- ing was to formulate plans for a city-wide planting of dogwood trees along the streets in an effort to beautify Florala. The organizations repre- sented at the meeting were the Florala Garden Club, Mrs. C. A. Moon, Mrs. I. W. Radford and Mrs. G. V. Gamble; the Blue Bell Garden Club, Mrs. Jimmie Collins, Mrs. Alfred McNeil; the Daffodil Garden Club, Mrs. Grady Brooks, Mrs. Wade Phil- lips; City of Florala, Mayor Carious Buffalow; American Legion, Mr. M. N. Mickelson; Boy Scouts, Clayton Smith. Each club and organization in the City has been asked to co- operate with this project. The Garden Clubs are also asking for any volunteers who will help with this work and also plant trees in their own yards. Information regarding the planting of these trees can be ob- tained by contacting Mrs. Ves- ter Gamble, who is president of the Florala Garden Club. The tentative planting date has been set for Thursday, Feb- ruary 17th. Let's put four shoulders to the wheel and beau- tify Florala. YOUTH KILLED ON FARM ROAD NEAR ANDALUSIA A 10-year old boy was crushed to death when a truck backed over him Monday near Anda- lusia. Highway Patrolman Hu- bert Anderson reported that Da- ren Keith Knox of Route 5, An- dalusia, was killed about 6:30 Monday night. The youngster was riding in the back of a pickup truck dri- GRIFFrrH FAMILY of the Natural Bridge Com- operation." yen by Horace Elmer Worley of selected by the Farmers Home Administration as The GrifflthshavebeenapartoftheFarmers Home Admlnistra- Route I, Andalusia along with r of the Year" for District I. tion since 1953, They own a ).38-acre farm three miles south several other children. When one of the children's cap blew picture, T, C. Scroggins, District Superintendent, west of Gaskin. They are actively engaged in a diversified farm off, Keifh jumped off the truck County Superintendent, present to Mr. and Mrs. program consisting of cotton, soybeans, peanuts, hogs and cattle, to pick it up and the driver of of Merit, upon whlch is inscribed: "For The Grfffiths have four children'- Donna, a 17 year-old semlor the truck backed over the child, 'FHA Farm Family of the Year' in recognition el at Walton Senior High School; Patsy, 15 years of age, a 10th crushing his head. to the improvement of the home community, both grader at Pax'ton; Harriet, age IZ, 7th grade, Paxtou, and Cindy, The accident occured about economically, through a successful family farm 13, an 8th grader at Paxton. six miles south of Andalusia. Florala Lions Club gave Kim George a unanimous vote of confidence in recognition of his outstanding leadership as scout- master of Florala's Boy Scout Troop # l Tuesday night. George, on hand for the re- gular club meeting, reported the troop achievements during the first year since being organi- zed, and goals for the new year. The Troop, in its first year set the pace in Summer camp and also during the camporee, receiving many of the awards. This year's goals, George told the sponsoring organization, would be an all out effort made for the Troop to earn necessary funds for their Summer ac- tivities, such as mowing lawns, car washes and other odd jobs that the troop members could find. Last year, due to the time element between being organi- zed and Summer camp acti- vities, the Troop was unable to raise their own funds and had to rely on the Lions Club for assistance. George also appealed to the club for assistance in locating a young, energetic man in the community interested in Scout- ing to join the Troop, attend training sessions and become acquainted with the Troop pro- gram and in that way would re- lieve him of some of workload. George said this action was needed now, in that his work- load at his regular place of employment was increasing to the point where he had to have assistance with the Troop work. The club lauded George for his untiring work with the Scout Troop and said they would do all they could to help find some- one to help. A training class in Scouting will be held the first week in March at a camp near Enterprise for the purpose of training those interested in Scouting. Also on hand for the meeting was Doug Brown, exe- cutive director of area Scouting which includes Coffee, Coving- ton and half of Geneva counties. Brown also lauded Florala Troop l in their first year of activities and outlined many of the area Scouting programs es- pecially those in the area of training. Brown briefly out- lined the history of Scouting, noting it started in England back in the 18th century, when it was noted that sons of servicemen while they were away from home would spend their time in an idle manner, not concerned much with anything of impor- tance, partly because there was no organized activities set up for them. Once the boys were organized they would hike around the area, then began camp-outs and finally fully or- ganized as Boy Scouts. The move caught on throughout the world and in 1909 the world of Boy Scouting was founded in America. During the business session the club voted unanimous sup- port to the Florala Memorial hospital efforts in securing ad- ditional doctors for the area. The action was in response to a letter from James York, hos- pital administrator, which out- lined need for united support from the civic organizations. They also voted not to dispose of building material from the old Scout hut that was torn down at its former Lakefront drive lo- cation and will plan to rebuild the building on donated property adjacent to the First Baptist Church. It was also announced that Scout Troop #1 would have a bike ride this Saturday and anyone having a bike not in use to bring it to the Old Armory Friday night. MISS DEBRA ANN BAKER, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Baker, Box 162, Florala, Alabama, has been selec- ted to be a finalist in the 1972 Miss Alabama Teen-ager Pageant to be held at the Whitley Hotel, Montgomery, Alabama, February 19, 1972, 7:30 p.m. The announcement was made by Mrs. Sybil Shaffer, Execu- tive Director of the State Pageant. The Miss Alabama Teen- ager Pageant is a state preliminary to the National Miss Na- tlonal Teen-ager Pageant to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in Au- gust. There will be fifty (50)girls from all over the State competing for the title of Miss Alabama Teen-ager. Contestants are Judged on beauty of face, figure, charm, poise, personality and scholastic achievements. Miss Baker is being sponsored by merchants of the City of F1orala, F1orala, Alabama. GAINESWOOD ADDED TO REGISTER Gaineswood, a Greek Re- vival mansion in Demopolis, is Alabama's most recent addition to the National Register, the Alabama Historical Commis- sion has announced. W. Warner Floyd, executive director of the commission, said Alabama now has 46 properties on the prestigious national list- ing which is kept by the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, a division of the U. S. Department of the Interior. Gaineswood, built in the mid- nineteenth century, is owned by the Historical Commission and is presently closed for restora- tion. The restoration is expec- ted to take a year to complete. Floyd listed several advan- tages, in addition to prestige, for a property being listed on the National Register. "When a property is on the Register, it is protected from demolition for any project in- volving the expenditure of fed- eral funds, including highways and urban renewal," he said. It is also eligible to have ap- plications filed for federal matching funds for its restora- tion. "Although the laws do not us- ually reflect it," Floyd added, "State and local governments generally take the property's national prominence into consi- deration in planning their pro- jects." BOY SCOUT TROOP PLANS WEEK=END BIKE HIKE Troop One Boy Scouts are planning a bike hike for the weekend of January ~.9. The Scouts will leave Saturda/ morning, travel all day, and camp that night somewhere along the trail. Tne 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 8-841~.. Twenty-two high school sen- ior girls from throughout the state will compete for the title of 1972 Florida Junior Miss February 18-19 at the Pensacola Municipal Auditorium. Sponsored by the Pensa- cola Jaycees, the contest is an official preliminary to the na- tional contest held in Mobile, Alabama in May. The contes- tants will arrive February 13 to participate in numerous con- ferences, banquets and rehear- sals. The pageant stresses more than physical attractiveness by placing emphasis on scholastic achievement, talent, poise and youth fitness. The state winner will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship to a state university in addition to valuable merchan- dise awards. Air Force Brigadier General Daniel (Chappie) James, Jr. will be the featured speaker at the VIP Banquet at 8:00 p.m. at Scenic Hills Country Club. Based in Washington, D. C, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs), the Pensacola native is in great de- mand as a speaker and has been widely editorialized in national and international publications. The tickets for the finals of the pageant Feb. 19 will be avail- able through local high schools. A mezchandise prize will be awarded to the student with the most money in ticket sales. Tic- kets will also be available at numerous local merchants one week prior to the pageant, and will be sold at the Municipal ; Auditorium each evening of , the pageant. , For more information con- cerning the VtP Banquet con- tact Mrs. Lynn McCluskey, 107 S. E. Circle Dr., Warring- ton, Fla., Phone 904/456-3868. For more information concern- ing tickets for the Junior Miss Pageant, contact Miss Kay Broussard, 711 Underwood Ave., Apt. 39A, Pensacola, Fla., Phone 904/476-5898.