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~E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. r ESTABLISHED IN 1900 ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS YEAR NUMBER 48 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1972 10˘ PER SINGLE COPY lrla Plaza Shopping !iCially opening to- :Y, February 3). It East Fifth to Lakeside Beautiful Lake new Piggly Wig- in their new lo- Y. Two other busi- are included in the Plaza Shopping built by Curt and named after Carrie and he is familiarly friends and busi- .~s, is not a new- business. He of this area, grew a~i attended local schools. When he returned home, after serving in the United States Army during World War II in November of 1945, he worked with his uncle, Joel Adams inthe grocery business for two years as "on the job training." In 1948 he and his brother, Lell Savage, bought the store and op- erated it as Savage Brothers in the same location on East Fifth Avenue, where Dr. James Denney now has his office. Lell then sold his interest to accept a position in New York and en- tering the business with Curt Savage was Wo'odrow Adams and Clifford Ballard and the firm name was changed from Savage Bros. to Jitney Jungle, Adams, Ballard, Savage. The firm was operated that way for some time when the firm was moved to a much larger building on South Fifth Street and changed to a Piggly Wiggly franchise. Curt Savage bought the interest of his two partners in the late '50's. The building was remod- eled in 1962, adding several hundred square feet of floor space. The first store Curt Savage operated was with a total assess of $2,700 including fixtures and stock and has grown steadily to an assess of many times that amount. He stated to this news- paper that without the confidence of the people he could have never accomplished this success, crediting his success to the orking Interior ran'sClub ti~e for Florala's organizations, and VFW are time". Tuesday of the American #77 and Auxiliary a few months Veterans building Undertook the tre- Lg the in- Veterans Club, door to the back kitchen. The re- called for Ceiling, insulate the Complete paneling light fixtures, front awnings, and sidewalk. Masonic ration Set planning meet- June 24th be held Friday 4 at 7 o'clock Masonic Lodge. Florala should be this meeting and attend so plan- no in order to celebration the of the I02. The remodeling work is moving along at a good pace, even though it's being done by the members after their regular work days are over. Thus far, they have cleaned and re- painted the kitchen walls. Yet to be installed are additional cabinets, a new front door in- stalled, all remaining walls pan- eled, framing for new celotex ceiling installed and new "flush" type lighting fixtures installed. Furnishings will include a complete set of tables and chairs and venetian blinds on the two large front windows. The work is planned to be completed for open house and activities marking the 53rd birthday of the American Legion in March of this year. In a short business session preceeding the "work" call, the post discussed American flag display project, which calls for the display of the flag at every business in Florala, Paxton, and Lockhart. They have per- mission from 61 business firms thus far and expect to havemany more by the time they receive additional flags that have been placed on order. The Veterans organizations are to be commended for the effort to promote patriotism by the flag display on all holidays and for their effort on remod- eling their club building. PHIL JONES, MinisterofMu- sic and Youth at First Baptist Church, Florala, resigned this position Sunday, Jan. 30,, to be effective February 13. He has accepted a ,call to First Bap- tist Church, Milton, Florida as Minister of Music and Youth. Phil has been in Horata since May, 1969, when he began his work at Florala First Baptist Church. He has been active in the community, having held the offices of Treasurer, then Se- cretary of Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club, Rotary Club In- teract Sponsor for two years, and sponsor for FYCA, Flo- rala Youth Christian Associa- tion. His wife, Susan, has been a teacher at W. S. Harlan School in Lockhart for the past two years. They will be missed by the church and the commun- ity. i.¸ :, I~I~TY, left, and JAMES YORK, at January 26, at Lake Jackson Club House. Planner, Southeast Alabama Planning and Club was called to order by the president, John Bob Harrison gave the invocation. After a de- Short business session was held. The Club voted Florala Garden ClubsP efforts to plant dogwood streets. This project will get underway Feb. lntrtxh~ed Mr. McVety who gave a resemay of the seven-county area served by his office I~ told the Club of the activities c~ the Florala stated that Florala has Uw most dy.. commission of any town in his seven.. York are pictured looking over a map of the se., Nrved by the Southeast Alabama Planning Cotmeil. WHITCOMB PLANS FOR CITY-WIDE TREE PLANTING Rex Whitcomb, president of The Bank of Florala, has been appointed chariman of the city- wide tree planting program, sponsored by the Garden Clubs of Florala. He was appointed to this important position by a Beautification Committee at a meeting Monday night to discuss planting day of trees from the woods on February 17. At the meeting, after much detail work was planned, Mr. Whitcomb led a discussion on plans for the planting, h com- mittee was appointed to set up markers where each tree will be planted and make other con- tacts necessary. Represented at the Monday night meeting was the Florala Garden Club with Mrs. G. V. Gamble; Mrs. C. A. Moon; Ro- tary Club. Mr. Rex Whitcomb; Lions Club, H.C. Johnson; American Legion, M. N. Mick- elson; Boy Scouts, Clayton Smith; City of Florala, Mayor C. E. Buffalow. "fine people" of this area. He stated that he has always been a firm believer in a strong ad- vet, rising program and pro- motion to the success of his own business and for the benefit of the entire area. He feels that his success is a result of hard work and his active part, financially and otherwise, for all things that is for the progress and benefit of Florala and area. He sta- ted that ever since he started business it has been his dream to have a store that could com- pare with the best that could be gotten anywhere, hence his con- stant drive to enlarge his busi- ness establishment. BAPTIST TO BUILD RECREATION CENTER w. Ground breaking ceremonies were held Sunday at the Laurel Hill First Baptist Church for the construction of a Community Recreation Center, with M. A. Fortune, senior deacon of the church having the honor of turn- ing the first shovel of dirt. The building, 40 feet by 60 feet will be constructed on the southwest side of the church property. The work will be by members of the church, with as- sistance from other men in the community invited. The first work day on the new project has been set for 3 p.m. this Saturday, February 5. The dual purpose building, when completed, will be furn- ished with a variety of indoor games, kitchen facilities, ta- bles, and other items of furnish- ings that can be utilized for homecomings and other church related activities. The plans are for recreation activities. A staff of adults will be on hand to supervise~ an(~ be in charge. The plans also call for a $5 membership fee for the recreation activi- ties, and will be open to all the young people of the community. 16FHSBAND STUDENTS TO ATTEND CLINIC A band clinic involving stu- dents from all over south Ala- bama will be held Saturday, February 5, in the Opp High School Auditorium. Dr. Joe Berry Mullins from the Uni- versity of Southern Mississippi will be the guest conductor. Dr. Mullins is Co-ordinator of Gra- duate Studies at the University and is also the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Before joining. the faculty at Southern, Dr. Mul- lins was Chairman of the Music Department and Band Director at Northeast Louisiana State. Responsible for, and co-ordi- nating the clinic are: Ron Clem- mona (Opp High School); Web- ster Rowan (Andalusia Middle, School); and Tom Maddox(Flo- rala High School). Over one hundred students, including six- teen from Florala High, areex- pected to participate. The idea of the clinic is to give the students an opportunity to work under the direction of a nationally known conductor. The students will work on four or five compositions for band. These numbers will be per- formed in an impromptu con- cert beginning at six o'clock in the Opp High School Audi- torium. Any interested person is invited to attend. There will~ be no admission charge. Now that dream has been rea- lized and he and his wife, Muriel, own the Carla Plaza Shop- ping Center on the spot that has always been known as Britton's Park, one of the most beautiful spots in this area overlooking Beautiful Lake Jackson. The Carla Plaza has been arranged so that when driving onto the parking lot the blue waters of Lake Jackson come into view. Carla Plaza Shopping Center consists of the Piggly Wiggly Discount Store with 13200 square feet of floor space. Wal- ker's store contains 15,000 square feet of shopping area and a smaller beauty shop building is located on the side near East Fifth Avenue. That part of the shopping area is not comple- ' ted but is expected to be ready for moving into within 30-days. The Plaza has a parking area that will take care of 150 auto- mobiles. The formal opening of the stov~ this morning will begin with dedication services with ministers of the city taking part.~ Mr. and Mrs. Savage and all personnel of the Piggly Wiggly store will be on hand to wel- come visitors. The Savage children, Carrie, age 14; Lau- ra (Sissie), 13, and Bid (Cur- tis, Jr.) who is 11, will be on hand to welcome their friends. The store is locally owned and locally operated. ...WOODB~Y WOODBURN TO CONDUCT REVIVAL AT GRACE BAPTIST Revival services will begin at Grace Baptist Church, Monday night, February 7 and will run through February II. Services will begin each night at 7:00 o'clock. Evangelist Carl T. Woodbury of Indianapolis, Indiana will be the speaker. Rev. Woodburyat- tended Mars Hill College and Wake Forest College of the Southern Baptist Convention. Be later attended Crozier Theolo- gical Seminary of the American Baptist Convention, which he calls "the headwaters of mod- ernism". Prior to entering the field of evangelism as an In- dependent Baptist Evangelist he pastored Southern Baptist Chur- ches. He states that he preached nine years before he was saved. This will be Brother Wood- bury's second meeting with the people at Grace Baptist Church in Florala. He was with the church soon after it was organ- ized. During this meeting he became a close friend to the pas- tor and members of the church. A special invitation is exten- ded to everyone to attend these spiritual services. HYSMITH, SMITH ARRESTED FOR GRAND LARCENY Three television sets and typewriters stolen from W. S. Harlan School in Lockhart have been recovered due to a thor- ough investigation by Deputy Sheriff Glen Chambers. The television sets were found in a pasture in Florida with a note saying, Televisions are from Lockhart School. Please return." Chambers has arrested Jerry Hysmith, now of Pensacola and Jerry Smith, now of Do(hun, both formerly of Florala. Both are charged with grand larceny, according to District Attorney Roger Prestwood. ALABAMA POWER PAYS FLORALA LOCKHART LICENSE Jack R. Vaughn, Ala- bama Power's local manager at Florala today delivered a check for $8,076.18 to City Clerk Betty Hooten in payment of the com- pany's 1972 municipal license to Florala. Vaughn also delivered a check for $2,333.69 to Town Clerk J. E. Timmerman in Lockhart in payment of the company's 1972 municipal license of that city. The company's aggregate payments to 262 municipal- ities for 1972 licenses will be approximately $6 million. Alabama Power Company's total tax bill for 1972, including federal and state income taxes, will total approximately $54 million. LOCAL STUDENTS NAMED TO DEAN'S LIST AT LBW-SJC Charles Viverette, Dean of In- struction at Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College has announ- ced I06 students have been named to the Dean's List forthe Fall quarter at the Andalusia college. In order to be selected for the Dean's List, a student must have a 'B' average on a mini- mum of 12 graded hours for the quarter. Students being recognized for their scholastic achievement during the Fall quarter include: Dale Coon, Gregory Cox, Alice Dunn, Kathy Dunn, Deborah Geo- hagan, Robert Harrison, Car- olyn Nobles, Terry Peoples, all of Florala; Allen Harbuck of Lockhart; Benjamin Cobband Theresa Smothers of Wing. LH RURITANS UNDERTAKES CEMETERY WORK The Laurel Hill RuritanClub, Thursday night, named G. W. Grover and J. D. Sanders to check on a report that Almantre Cemetery needed additional clearing at this time. Grover told the club he had the equip- ment to do the work as needed. The cleaning and maintenance of the cemetery has been more or less solely by those interes- ted in it, however, over the years there has been an attempt to or- ganize the community that would do the maintenance and other needed work, but these only las- ted for a short time. One such organization came into being a few years back, when a chapel was built, and the complete area was maintained. Inn short while interest started to wane and eventually folded. The building served its purpose by providing facilities for both fun- erals and church services. At a later date, the local county commissioner was authorized to assist in cemetery maintenance, however that too lasted only a short time. Then the Laurel Hill Ruritan Club voted to undertake this project, and has over the period of time, cleared additional land, laid out streets, and made and installed concrete street markers, and also made a map of the area. Almantree Cemetery, there- mains of a bustling city by the same name back in the mid la00's is left all alone, except for the concerned families, without any organized supervi- sion. I JESS MERRILL, who has served as chairman of the Cov- ington County Board of Revenue for three four-year terms has officially announced that he will not be a candidate for re- election this year. Merrill has been one of the most popular members of the governing board and as its chairman that has served in this important position. Not only has he been popular with the peo- ple but also with members of the Board, and other county of- ficials. Merrill stated to this news- paper in reference to the won- derful people of Covington County, "Please accept my thanks for the wonderful sup- port I have enjoyed during my years serving as Chairman of the Board of Revenue." The Covington County De- mocratic Executive Committee has been called into an elec- tion-year session Saturday, February 5. at 10 a.m. accor- ding to Chairman of the Com- mittee, James M. Prestwood. Prestwood, longtime commit- tee chairman, said the meeting, to be followed by a luncheon, will be to establish rules and guidelines for candidates in the 1972 Democratic primaries. Fees for candidates will be es- tablished, but will probably re- main about the same level as two years ago, when there were some increases. The meeting will be held at the courthouse. Prestwood has issued a statement that repre- sentatives of the news media are cordially invited toattend the meeting and following the transaction of business there will be the luncheon to he at- tended by members of the Com- mittee, members of the news media and other guests. The officials of the courthouse will be special guests of the lun- cheon as will those persons de- siring to qualify as a candidate in the Democratic Primary. Jess Merrill, veteran chair- man of the Covington County Board of Revenue has made a statement to the news media that he will not seek re-elec- tion. Most of the other' county commissioners are expected to seek re-election as is Sol Tisdale, the county tax asses- sor. A number of candidates are expected to run for Tax Col- lector vacated by Charles New- man, a World War" If and Ko- rean War veteran who has re- tired with a disability. WALTON COUNTY WARNS PUBLIC ON IMPROPER AUTO TAGS IN FLORIDA FIRE ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLED IN LAUREL HILL The installation of a new, and larger fire alarm siren at the Laurel Hill City Hall was com- pleted Saturday, according to fire chief, Douglas Rogers. The move of the alarm system from atop the water tank to the City Hall location had been planned since the former unit was burned out due to being struck by light- ning, or being shorted out some other way. Rogers said the new system would be easier to service than at the former location. During the test period following com- pleting the installation, no pro- blems were reported. Rogers said an application had been submitted to the Flo- rain Telephone Company forthe installation of three telephones in the city with one number for the public use in reporting a fire. These will be installed at his home, the home of the May- or, Gene Clary, and assistant fire chief, Bruce Boyette. Un- till installation of these phones, Rogers said residents of the community can call 2833 or 2742 to report fire. WHITE ATTENDS EVANGELISM CONFERENCE The Reverend Fred White, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Florala, attended the Baptist State Evangelism Con- ference at Central Park Baptist Church in Birmingham, Monday and Tuesday of last week. Among the outstanding spea- kers were Dr. R. G. Lee of Memphis, Tennessee, retired minister of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis who was 85 years young, and Dr. John Di- sangno, pastor of the First Bap- tist Church of Houston, Texas. The meeting was attended by more than 2,000 Baptist minis- ters and laymen. While in Birmingham, the Rev. White visited Sanford Uni- versity and sat in 'one of the religious classes, "Theology of Revolution and Hope", taught by Dr. Lee Gallman. The Reverend and Mrs. White have three children who now at- tend Sanford - Sally, a senior, and Andy and Kathy, freshmen. The Walton County Sheriff's Office has had numerous com- plaints on those who will use improper automobile tags in our State and County. The Flo- rida Law states in Statute 320.34 under "Failure to re- gister motor vehicle" No Mo- tor vehicle, trailer, semi-trai- ler or motorcycle sidecar shall be operated upon or drivenover the highways of this state, or any road or street, therein, unless the same be registered according to law and the re- gisteration fee pat(t." Florida Law States in Statute Number 320.35 under "IAcen- se Plates; How Displayed" No person shall operate nor author- ize the operation of a vehicle over the highways of this state or roads or streets therein, which at the time of suchopera- tion, shall not have the proper current license plate issued and assigned to said vehicle con- spicuously displayed in a hori- zontal position, front of license plate out 'and top up, securely attached to the rear of said vehicle so as to be illuminated at night by rays of the tail light or other rear light. Each separate day of operation in vio- lation of this provision shall be considered a separate and distinct offense. The opera- tion over the highways of this state, or. any road or street therein, of any vehicle with a license plate attached, which was not issued for and assigned to that particular vehicle, shall be deemed an operation of such vehicle without a proper license plate." Since Florida Statute Section Number 32020 points out that monies collected from automo- bile tags in Florida is placed in "the school trust fund" ev- eryone should be happy to pur- chase Florida tags so we will have more money for out" schools. The Sheriff sincerely hopes that those who have not purchased lawful Florida Tags will do so at once to avoid the penalty of the law and pos- sible arrest. PAXTON CHURCH PLANS SATURDAY GOSPEL SING There will be a gospel sing at Paxton Assembly of God Church Saturday night, Feb- ruary 5. Singing begins at 7:30 o'clock, featuring the Disciples Quartet and local singers. Everyone is invited.