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!SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMIN/~TION;STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PA GE 7 % ~ GRADE TEAM, RUNNERS-UP FOR THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP. Caldwell, and Randy Brooks; standing, from left, Joe Goldsmith, Joe Stone, from left, Tyrone Collins, Joe Lindsey, Michael Chambers, Garon Cleve Reese, Pat Willis and Coach Johnny Taylor. Peterson Florala City School Fal- ed the basketball sea- lously with a 16-1 ' have beaten Flee- 1-37 and 65-45, Lock- ce, 47-25 and 38-31, Home twice, 47-44 Opp once, 37-25, 48-39 and 31- usia twice, 40-24 and twice, 38-18, ). The only loss came 9-29. point men for the Were Chuck Stevenson Points, John Grantham Points, and Andrew With 146 points. of Chuck Grantham, and kept the oppo- The guards and Brent Zes- he opponents running. came from Andy key student, Larry bert Lindsey, Matt Hinson, Terry Moseley, and De- wayne Nunally. The Falcons got to the coun- ty championship game with Andy by beating Red Level, 33-30, and Fleeta 45-38. They beat Andy, 39-28 in the champion- ship game, after being behind at halftime, 19-18. High point men for the game were Chuck' Stevenson with 12 points, An- drew Williams with 9 points, John Grantham with 8 points, Eddie Pelham with 4 points, and Brent Zessin with 3 points. After the game, awards went out to the All-Tournament Team. Receiving the awards were Andrew Williams and John Grantham. Most Valuable Player for Covington County was Chuck Stevenson. Coach Johnny Taylor's first season was a great one, with the FCS Falcons. He carried them to a 16-1 record, and the county championship. Paxton Fire Report Fire Department busy month during Department res- a total of seven fires one house trai- barn and five brush 51 miles on the truck and put 6 1/2 hours On the equipment, during the month of January. Revival At located on belonging toCecil Church Of ' Was saved by contain- .ire in the rear bedroom. of the Department a'-~ _t to Gaskin to the hay {JOa to Mrs. Lillie the small barn was When the truck arrived, travel time involved. fires were located Webster Lane, Tom Thumb, and at All but one of the .~s were caused from of trash. Fire Department Za man hours, drove The Florala Church of God will hold revival the week of February 4 through February 8. Kenneth Straupe will be the visiting evangelist. Special sin- gers will be featured during the week. Church pastor, the Reverend B. J. Putman invites everyone to attend. Services begin at 7:00 p.m. FHS JUNIOR CHEERLEADERS -- Shari Mathis, Terri Wilson, Lindy McLoed, Sonya Spears. Could be the weather "up in the air" since Mr. Ground Hog could have seen his shadow in some places anddidn't inothers on February 2, the traditional "Ground Hog Day." But what about ground hogs in northern Alabama where he is known to dwell in our state, or Georgia or other southern regions, and what about ground hogs in Min- nesota? There are reports that in southern reaches ground hogs leave their dens before February 2, while in northern states the shadow-searching ground hog will have to climb through a few feet of snow, and since he falls into a deep sleep in his den when winter falls and nothing disturbs him until several hours in a very warm place speeds up respiration and body temperature. Three feet of snow and a layer of frost over the ground hog's den doesn't make for a very warm space So, the question con- tinues to be ask - since Mr. Ground Hog comes out in some areas earlier than he does in others, how can we depend on this weather prophet? But let us continue to enjoy Ground Hog Day. It is fascinating, to say the least. The ground hog is actually a wood chuck, a stocky, ground- dwelling rodent closely askinto squirrels. Unable to climb trees, it lives in dens in the ground throughout much of Eu- rope and from Alaska to the eastern mountain chain of the United States. He lives in nor- thern Alabama in the mountain- ous ranges. And to further con- fuse things, he always goes back into his den regardless of the weather and regardless of whe- ther he sees his shadow or not. Rivals of the Ground Hog Day myth say he's been wrong for years, anyway, and that the woodchuck wouldn't know a Sha- dow if he saw one. The ceremony of the Ground Hog has been going,on in Pun- xsutawney, Pa., (Mr. Ground Hog's home town) for the past 91 years stemming inpart from a belief associated with the "Christian holiday of Candle- mas." The prediction goes that, "If Candlemas be fair, there'll be two winters in the year." The citizens of Pun- xsutawney dress up in their best clothes and stand around in the cold waiting atop Gobbler's Knob for Mr. Ground Hog to come out early in the morning every February 2. The folk of Punxsutawney, Pa., would never stand for any attempt to discredit Ground Hog Day. The day is sponsored by a Ground Hog Day Club and, anyway, "any attempt to be- bunk the tradition would be a blow to the entire fabric of American observances that might shake faith in everything from goblins at halloween, the good fairy who replaces a baby tooth with a coin, the Easter rabbit, who has convinced us he can lay colored eggs, or for that matter, Santa Claus at Christ- mas time." Who would dare discredit those things? Ground Hog Day is not pure- ly American and extends centu- ries back to religious celebra- tions and more particularly, Candlemas Day of Europe. Ground Hog Day was brought to this country by German set- tiers, who figured if the sun shone on February 2, a smart animal would see his shadow and race back to his burrow for six more weeks. In the begin- ning it was the hedgehog that forecast the weather. The tra- dition, combined with the Pen- nsylvania Dutch with the Ger- man belief that if the hedgehogs could forecast the weather and since the ground hogs were the closest they could come to hedgehogs that he would be the weather prophet. Mr. Ground Hog, or the wood chuck, which is one and the same, weighs about ten pounds, has short by Lucile McRae $(~ll I#C legs, a short bushy tail and a shrill cheerful whistle - some claim he just grunts, as the only noise he can make. He is a grayish-brown, round-headed critter of the North American rodent family. He is quite a shy fellow and his favorite pose is sitting erect on his hind legs and surveying the scenery with a dreamy expression. His home has a front door rimmed with a pile of dirt, but there is a se- cret door hidden in the bushes, and a third door that drops straight down into the burrow, which consists of elaborate tunnels and chambers. Modern scientists finding the ground hog an interesting re- search animal, doubt that he has any special weather fore- casting talents. They believe he neither knows or cares about making his appearance on Ground Hog Day, unless by sheer coincidence. But the Punasutawney Ground Hog Day Club sponsors a real live ground hog in annual winter-fore- casting rites each February 2. So regardless if Mr. Ground Hog is a true weather prophet or not, he is interesting and exciting following weeks of cold, dull days. New Books Arriving At Florala Memorial Library The Florala Memorial Public Library is constantly receiving and cataloguing new and inter- esting books. Thanks to the untiring efforts of co-w0rker Mrs. Barbara Parker,. ma- terials and books are obtained from the Birmingham Resource Center, when needed by a pat- ron. Local Librarian, Muriel Sav- age, attended a short book mending workshop on Friday, January 30, sponsored by the Josten Publishing Company of Minnesota, and held in the En- terprise Junior College. Ma- terials on display were explai- ned as In their uses for a book to be repaired in local libra- ries until it becomes necessary to send it to a rebinder. Some books on lend are handled very carelessly and present a pro- blem as to their repair when torn loose. Many thanks to our ever- growing list of sustaining pat- rons, who are sending in their money as the new year begins- some giving more than the in- tial amount. Contributions and memorials are always wel- comed by the Library Board and help the library to be able to serve the many patrons who are making use of the library. Plan now to read more in 1976. The local library has best-sellers- on the shelves of the Josten Lending Library for a mere five cents a day and many good books on the Library shelves are available for your choosing. Visit your library more of- ten. Your librarians are there to help you. CONTROLLING INSECTS IN THE SOIL--A MUST BEFORE PLANTING By Dr. Gene Strother, Entomologist Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Auburn University Insects that live in the soil and injure the roots and under- ground portions of the stems of plants are seldom controlled by spraying the above-ground portions of the plants. Injury from these insects, which include cutworms, wire- worms, flea battle larvae, white-fringed beetles and white grubs, should be prevented by applying an insecticide to the soil before the garden is planted. Use chlordane or diazinon as a soil insecticide. Apply one of these in either spray or granular form to soil that has been plowed or spaded. If chlordane spray is used, mix at the rate of I0 tablespoons of 40 per cent wettable powder per gallon. Apply 2 I/2 gallons of mix per 1,000 square feet of garden space. If chlordane granules are used, apply at the rate of two pounds of five per cent chlordane per 1,000 square feet. If diazinon is used, mix at the rate of three tablespoons of 25 per cent emulsifiable concentrate per gallon. Apply 2 1/2 gallons of mixed spray per 1,000 square feet of garden space. If diazinon granules are used, apply at the rate of 2 I/Z pounds of two per cent diazinon per 1,000 square feet. Chlordane should be worked into the top three to five inches of soil immediately after application. Since diazinon tends to move downward, it should be incorporated with the top two to three inches of soil immediately after application. SOIL PREPARATION Good soil preparation doesn't come easy, says Claude W. Pike, Covington County Extension Farm Agent. "Soil should be plowed, spaded or broken to a depth of at least six inches," he advises. :"it takes power from man, mule or machine to do this. If you only scratch the surface the roots just won't be able to go down. When dry weather comes, plants will suffer very quickly." Pike recommends preparing the soil as soon as possible. "But don't prepare when soil is too wet, particularly with heavy clay," he w~rns. "This will result in clods and packed soil which will be a problem all year. Small seed just will never get out from under a big clod." U ~ L~" ~ 'iI~ ~ ~ 'i~i ~ i '~i'~%~ SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS -- from left, Nlns Lofton, Julia Odom, Kathy Dirga, Jill Evans, and 8ueane Stevemm~. FCi COACB JOHNNY TAYLOR co~ratulates members of his Sth grade team who were named to the Covington County All Tournament Team. Standing, from left, Chuck Stevenson, select- ed as Most Vahmble Player, Coack Taylor, Andrew WilLiams and John Graatham who received All Tournament Awards.