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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USEiSUBJECT/TO LICENSE AGREEMENT, REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED, Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast ly-Sixth Year - Number 48 Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, February 7, 1976 - 15c Per Single Copy _. =.J Tatum Bedsole To Receive 1976 .4 ward Of Merit Alabama Historical has selected Mr. of Hacoda, Ala- ) receive a 1976 Award l for noteworthy servic- :ributed to the preser- Alabama's heritage. of Merit is pre- a few selected indivi- chosen from nominations or proposed to preservation agency. Historical Corn- Presents Awards of substantial accom- and significant con- tributions made in restoration, preservation, legislation and publication activities relating to Alabama's architectural, ar- chaeological and historic re- sources. The Award will be presented in ceremonies to be announced at a later date. Mr. Bedsole has for many years opened the doors of his log cabin, which is filled with relics from days gone by to the public and has conducted personal tours, enjoyed by thou- sands of Alabamians and other interested persons. gardening boom, which reached a record 'ington County last year, will continue strong in '76, y Extension Chairman W. H. "Bo" Kinard. 5,000 county families will grow at least a their own food supply, he said. That number compares 4,000 gardening families in 1975. is continuing to run extremely high in small home plots." gardening fever 'is already at work," said Kinard. a large number of first-time gardeners last year," Lned, " and it looks as though we're going to have crop of gardening freshmen this year," he said. one thing, backyard vegetable gardening has Just the thing to do. It's popular. But the real motivation first timer as well as the gardening veteran is that trying to cut food costs. And they figure that growing a good way to do it. TWO CAR COLLISION SENDS FOUR TO HOSPITAL A two-car collision Tuesday night, January 27, sent four Crestview residents to the Oka- loosa Memorial Hospital, one in serious condition. Admitted were Burl Daniels in serious condition, driver of one of the cars; Ralph Nunn, driver of the second car; and Stephen Adcock and David Aus- tin, passengers in Nunn's car. The incident occurred at 6:20 p.m., at the intersection of Val- ley Road and Stillwell Avenue. The 1975 Volkswagon, driv- en by Daniels of 122 Butler Street, was heading southbound on Valley Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 1964 Chrysler, driven by Nunn, was eastbound on Stillwell. The Chrysler ran the stop sign and plowed into the passenger side of the Volkswagon. The Volkswagon was thrown across the intersection into the ditch on the other side of the road, flipping several times be- fore coming to rest, penning Da- niels inside. The Chrysler, after glancing off the Volkswagon, continued across Valley Road and also ended up in the ditch. Daniels was later transfer- red from Okaloosa Memorial Hospital to Fort Walton Beach. Investigating the accident was Florida Highway Patrol Trooper D. Barfield. Daniels is formerly from the Paxton and Laurel Hill, Flo- rida areas. He is married to the former Janice McLaney of Laurel Hill, Florida. ! i i/ i! i i ii!i i i ~; i ill !i ~ ;i i i! COUNTY BASKETBALL CHAMPS, FCS ffrH GRADE--ImeeHng, Larry Manning, Andy Townsend, Dewayne Nunnally, Robert Lindsey, Terry Moseley; standing, from left, Coach Johnny Taylor, Chuck ATTEND ZORN BROTHERS PHASE II FINALIZATION -- seated, from left, members of the Florala Industrial Board, Ralph Hooten, Homer Johnson, Bill McDaniel, Wallace (Brother) Smith, Kim George, and Wayland Harrison; standing, from left, Mayor Joe Evans, Ed Waldrup, Allen Cook, Jack Harper, John Garrett, Jack, Lynn and Glenn Zorn were hosts at a dinner meet- ing on Friday, January 30 at the Dinner Bell Restaurant. The objectives of the meeting were to give an annual report of lee- see, Zorn Brothers, Inc., to members of the Florala Indus- trial Board and also, to close the bond issue, initiated some Stevenson, John Grantbam, Andrew Williams, Brett Zessin and Manager Grq Peterson. Not pictured, member of the starting line-up Eddie Pelham. 18 months ago, for the financ- ing of Phase 1I of Zorn Bro- thers Grain Elevator operation. Special guests attending the dinner, wereintreduced by Zorn Brothers President, Jack Zorn. Among them were John A. Gar- felt, State Director of Farmers Home Administration; Ed Wald- rup, Chief of the B&I Division of FHA; Jack Harper from the Covington County Farmers Home Administration office in Andalusia; "Red" Ellis, Vice President of Harrison & Ellis Construction Company of Cairo, Georgia; Bob Ralston, Bond Attorney of Birmingham; Allen Cook, Attorney for the Florala Industrial Board; the Honorable Joe R. Evans, Mayor of the City of Florala; The Flo- rala News Editor, Merle Wood- ham; and City Clerk, Martha Byrd. After the introduction of guests, Mr. Zorn turned the meeting over to Milner Perry, Manager of the grain elevator operation, who reported on ac- tivities of the Zorn Brothers project for the year 1975. Construction of Phase II be- gan on July 15, 1975 with sight preparation, the moving of all peanut handling equipment, the building of dryer sheds, const- ruction of a new 4,000 ton peanut warehouse, increasing in length of the rail spurs to accommo- date the loading of ten cars per day and an addition was made to the present seed cleaning fa- cility. In this report, Perry related that the first peanuts were pro- cessed through the facility on August 22, 1975 and that 3,800 tons of peanuts were stored in the 4,000 ton capacity ware- house. The farmers of this area were paid $1,320,000 for peanuts. Prior to 1975, the most peanuts Zorn Brothers had bought in a year was 3,000 pounds. On October 15, 1975, the fa- cility started receiving soy- beans and procured approxi- mately 600,000 bushels. 300 Glen Zorn, Jack Zorn, Lynn Zorn, Red Ellis, Milner Perry, and Bob Ralston. Industrial Board members not present were Chairman Ed Rodwell, Charles Steo venson and Sam Jackson. rail car loads were shipped to Decatur, Alabama and Valdosta, Georgia. This was some few bushels short of the projected soybean outlook for '75, due to the destruction of crops by Eloise. However, area farmers were paid some $3,400,000 for soybeans. This fell short of Zorn Brothers 1974 payment to farmers of $5,000,000. Due to the decrease in price of beans, the farmers of this area and the community as a whole, lostap- proximately $1,600,000, caused primarily by the curtailment of exports by the government, labor unions, and consumer groups, according to Perry's report. A seed cleaning facility has been installed where approxi- mately 20,000 bushels of soy- beans were customed cleaned for area farmers Zorn Bro- thers also serves this commu- nity as a market for shelled corn and has shelled corn for sale. The seed cleaning fa- cility is expected to add an ad- ditional $24,000 income to the grain elevator operation. Where the 1976 outlook is concerned, Perry stated that they expect to buy 4,000 tons of peanuts, over 1,000,000 bushels of soybeans, and hope to scalp off crotelaria from 60,000 bus- hels of soybeans. They expect to buy from farmers and sell to area users of corn, 50,000 to I00,000 bushels. Perry closed his remarks by saying that the Zorn Brothers grain elevator and peanut operation had completed nearly a year and half at the new site and had made all payments on schedule (interest and princi- pal), and that they had met and not exceeded their projected ex- pense budget for the year. Most importantly, the Zorn Brothers operation has added about a $40,000 dollar payroll to the economy of this area. The Florala Industrial Board plays no small part in projects such as the Zorn Brothers Grain Elevator operation -- it i~ the vehicle through which a loan of this type is obtained. The money for the construction of this latest facility was ob- tained through a direct loan from Farmers Home Adminis- tration under the Rural Indust- rial Development Act of 1972. The Board makes the decision that such a facility is feasible and will not be a detriment to a community, and the Board, it- self, is under no financial ob- ligation in any way. The lessee, Zorn Brothers, is responsible for all indebtedness. Farmers Home Administra- tion Director John Garrett said that he didn't know of any fa- cility that they had been in- volved in which he had enjoy° ed more, because of the co- operation they had found bet- .ween the local governing body in Florala and the industry of Zorn Brothers. He further sta- ted that, not only has this op- eration provided employment, a payroll and income for the area, but look at the farmers it has helped, providing a service that they would not otherwise have had. All this, he says, is im- portant if we are going to build agriculture in Alabama. Gar- rett said this operation was widely known throughout the U.S. He said that when speak- ing with their people in Wash- ington they would ask--"How is your fertilizer plant com- .ing?" He said, "I know right off where they are talking about. There isn't but one place in the world like it, and that is in Florala, Alabama." Jack Zorn, President of Zorn Brothers, Inc., expressed sin- cere appreciation to members of the Industrial Board and Farmers Home Administration for the splendid cooperation they have given to this project. He said he would like to see more people taking advantage of this program in building new and expanding industry for Uds area, providing more and better job opportunities for the citi; zens of this community. in came all around both Covington County Basketball Chain- home Saturday night City School Eighth High School played in the finals the county tourna- Opp High School gym 8th grade division, Taylor's Florala team overcame a deficit (19-18) at half- upend the Andalusia for the championship score, in theopen- 9th grade team, Taylor, lost for the cham- pionship to the Bobcats of Opp in an overtime. The game was tied up 26 all and on the final tick of the clock in the three minute overtime, Opp rung the basket for the winning two points. The game ended 26- 28 giving the 9th Grade Cov- ington County Championship to the Bobcats. Earning All-Tournament ho- nors on the Florala 9th grade team were Joe Goldsmith and Jeff Stone. In the 8th grade division, Chuck Stevenson was named Covington County's Most Valu- able Player. Other FCS 8th graders making tbeAll-Tonr- nament Team were Andrew Wil- liams and John Grantbam. See Special Feature On Bicentennial Wagon Train Page 8 Tournament action started Monday night and in the 8th grade ranks, Florala downed Red Level, Fleeta beat Straughn, Pleasant Home got by Lockhart and Andalusia beat Opp, 40-25. In the semi-finals on Thursday, Floraia defeated Fleeta while Andy was handling Pleasant Home to set up the match for the crown Saturday night. In 9th grade activity, Florala had a bye in the first round, while Stranghn beat Pleasant Home, Andy dropped Red Level 39-37 in a thriller and Opp had a bye. Florala eased past Stranghn to enter the finals against a strong Opp team, giv- ing them their only defeats of their 7-2 season. In summing up the season, Coach Taylor praised the team effort of both Sth and 9th grade teams saying in the 9th grade effort the ball handling of Pat Willis and Joe Lindsey was out-- standing as was the rebounding of Jeff Stone, Cleve Recse and Joe Goldsmith. The bench strength of Garon Caldwell, Randy Brooks, Tyrone Collins and Michael Chambers helped to round out the season. On the 8th grade level, Coach Taylor said the boys all did a real fine job and were certainly worthy of the hard-earned championship. th Of June The 24th of June Celebration committee, met in regular session Monday night and Vernon Robbins ac- cepted overall committee chairman, with Lamar Mit- chell as co-chairman. Mrs. Betty Denney is in charge of the parade once again. Hubbart Byrd, representing the Florala National Guard, Marion Causey - special events, and Wayne Brooks - ad sales. This year, the celebration will be held on Saturday the 26th, but the week of the 24th will be kicked off on Sunday the 20th, with a regular western horse show. During the week, something different will be going on, and all the Civic Clubs in the area are urged to come forward with their ideas. Remember, you don't have to be a Mason to attend and help plan the celebration - the 24th Celebration is for everyone. So, if you have any ideas, or just want to see bow the Z4th is planned, please feel free to attend the regular meetings, every Monday night, 7:00 p.m., at the Florala Masonic Lodge. JOHN GARRETT of Farmers Home Administration, Montgomery, presents a check in the amouat of ~f4~S,S00 to Vice Chah-m4m of the Florala Industrial Board Bill McDaniel, to complete Phase H of ~ Zorn Brothers Grain Elevator operation. Miiner Perry, Grain Elevator Manager, looks on approvingly.