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5020  ..... ,..,..L. FORNIA AVE SVV SEATTLE V\\;,'.A ,9813- '," ihh'l"l"" lh,ll,,i!,,,-,lh,!,llh,,M,,,i,l, th,,!,,ll ESTABLISHED ! 9.00 1 Location Of One Hundred Thirty-Eight Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH YEAR- NUMBER 43- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY ! !, 2009- 8 PAGES. 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX INCLUDED) JAYDEN KIMBRO and his lifeline, Barbara Mos- tella, pacemaker nurse in pediatric cardiology office at U.A.B. Heart Day for heart kids February 14 is Valentine's Day, but to thousands of families it means something else entirely. It is also Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day. Each year, 1 in 125 babies born in the U.S. will be born kvith a congenital heart defect. Many of these children would not be alive without C.H.D. research and funding. Jayden Kimbro, who is the son of John Kimbro and grandson of bonny and Gwen Kimbro, of Florala, was 7 years old on February 5. He has had 3 major open heart surgeries, 2 pacemaker placement surgeries and has been "revived': twice when his heart stopped completely. He is so strong and his family knows that they are blessed to still have him. There were many days when they though that he would never make it this far. But because God had other plans and be- cause of the wonderful doctors and nurses at U.A.B. Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston, he has. During Jayden's hospital stay at U.A.B. in October 2008 o have a pacemaker replaceneaxthis family met a lady whose son was in the Heart Transplant Unit. She said he was 37 years old and he was dying. His birth defect at birth was similar to Jayden's. After several surgeries, his heart became stiff like Jayden's is and he had a heart transplant at the age of 27. She said he had been rejecting his new heart for a couple of years but he was not eligible for another transplant due to his kidneys failing because of the anti-rejection drugs he took for his heart. That man's mother said she thought she was meant to meet Jayden that day so his family would know there was hope that Jayden would grow up and have a life. She said she was happy to see her sob marry, have a family and that she was blessed to have had him for 37 years. Medical research has come a long way in the past few years saving C.H.D. kids who otherwise might not have survived. Mark O'Shea (C.H.D. survivor and musician) has a wonderful video on YouTube called "Look At You Now" that shows kids surviving and thriving with C.H.D. As you celebrate with the ones you love on Valentine's Day, remember these children and give to C.H.D. research if you can and ne thankful everyday if your child is healthy. The fol- lowing story tells what it is like to be told a child you love is not: 'felcome to Holland" by Emily Perl Kingsley I am often asked to describe what it is like to raise a child with a disability - to try to help people un- derstand it, to imagine how it would feel. It is like this ....... When you are having a baby it is like planning a trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your plans. The Coliseum. The Michelange- lo David. The gondolas in Venice. You learn handy phrases in Italian. It is very exciting. After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland." "Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I am supposed to be in Italy. All my life l dreamed of going to Italy." But there's been a change in the flight plan. You have landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they have not taken you to a horrible, filthy, disgusting place. It's just a different place. So you go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would have never met. It is a different place. It is slower-paced than Ita- ly, less flashy than Italy. But after a while you catch your breath, you look around....and you begin to no- tice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has Tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts. But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy....and they are all bl"agging about the won- derful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, '/es, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned." And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away....because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss. But_if you live your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the lovely things... about Holland. IRT descends on Florala by Jan Allred The Covington Co.unty In- cident Response Team (IRT) held their first practice in Florala last Thursday. For the first time since the IRT was created, the Florala Police Department has Officer Vernon Cowart as a member. When Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole was appointed, one of his top priorities was repairing the relationshipbetween county law enforcement and the Florala Police Department. This includes rebuilding the relationship with the Drug Task Force (DTF) as well as the IRT. As part of this rela- tionship rebuilding, Bedsole and the Florala City Council agreed to allow a Florala of- ricer to srve with the IRT and are working on placing one on DTF. Most departments have Special Weapons and Tac- tics Units (SWAT and the IRT is Covington County's version of a SWAT team. They are specially trained to deal with hostage situa- tions, kidnappings, armed INCIDENT RESPONSE robberies, etc. The IRT team is trained to perform high- risk operations that fall out- side the abilities of regular patrol officers and also serve high risk warrants, counter terrorism and engage armed suspects. Like a SWAT team, the Covington County IRT team has specialized firearms in- cluding assault rifles and other tactical weapons as well as specialized equip- Four subjects arrested for drugs in Lockhort trolled substance, second degree possession of mari- juana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle, Kirby, was also given two traffic citations. by Jan Allred -. Lockhart. Police Chief John Davis said four people were arrested on various drug charges over a two day period. Micheal Hurst, Benjamin Kirby and Shalana Grades were jailed after Officer Jeff Daniels was running radar and checking for speeders in a school zone when he saw the speeding vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and after the driver consent- ed to a search of the vehicle, Officer Daniels located a small amount of marijuana, as well as hydrocodone and Tylenol mixed together and a straw that contained meth- amphetamine. The 22nd Ju- dicial Drug Task Force was called and the scene was turned overto them. All three subject were booked in the Covington County Jail and charged with possession of a con- The fourth drug ar- rest was. made thanks to a phone call from an alert citizen. Davis received an anonymous tip about a man passed out inside his vehicle at Lake Naomi's RV Park on Lockhart Blvd. Thomas L. Wilson, age 42, was passed out inside his ve- hicle and was so intoxicated that he had to be awaken by Davis upon inspection. Davis placed Wilson un- der arrest and charged him with felony possession of marijuana and violation of probation. He was trans- ported to the Covington County Jail where he was booked and held without bond. TEAM members train at Lake Jackson. ment such ,as heavy body ar- mor, entry tools and a rolling command station. However, despite the fact these officers are some 5f the best trained in the state, the realative infrequency of IRT call-outs means these officers cannot be left to sit around waitilg for something to happen, so after training, they head off to their separate depart- ments putting to use their expert training and skills. IRT team members are on call 24 hours a day and now that there is an IRT team member in Florala, response time will be significantly decreased should an event arise that needs that spe- cialized training and skill. The training that took place at Lake Jackson dealt with a burglary and hostage situation requiring the ex- pert skill and training of see IRT page 2 LAST WEEK'S FREEZING TEMPERATURES made a beautiful ice display at the water fountain located at Lake Jackson. Cancer Freeze r alses" $6,500 by Jan Allred Over 40 people registered and participated in this year's Cancer Freeze, which was held at Lake Jackson on February 9. Caleb Davidson, chair- man of the Cancer Freeze, said $6,640 was raised for Julie-Layton Bryan, the 5-year-old daughter of Brad and Stephanie Bryan, who has retinoblastoma in her left eye. Bryan and her family have been traveling to New York City's Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to participate in a clinical trial utilizing intra-arterial (IA) chemo- therapy. Davidson said the event was an overwhelming suc- cess with over 100 t-shirts sold and 500 bracelets. Davidson stated a spe- cial thank you was due to the Clear Springs Baptist Church. Their assistance helped make this year's fundraiser a resounding see FREEZE page 3 THE FLORALA IRE DEPART. MENT held a train- ing exercise Satur- day morning at Lake Jackson. Two structures re- maining onsite were burned in order to clear the way for Con- struction to. begin on the project to build a new multi.purpose- room and ampithe- atre. IN