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|mlRllll.qlialm . .: . - ] - _ tlamalaIlaPllllMllUtl]ll:llPqRm_gliHl ....... PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 11, 2009 ir Comments Letter to the .Editor The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few re- strictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's per- son rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. "Ice Cream Parlor" Rememberi'ng... There was an ice plant just up from the Lake (on Hwy 55) that was the 'original... ...going back many years!' Walter and Bernice Gamble (Norma's parents) bought and improved it... ...putting in an Ice Cream Parlor...with small wrought iron tables and chairs!! A favorite spot for EVERY ONE! They made frosted malts...on sight...DELICIOUS! by Joann Cotton e-mail: There was chocolate (of course)...strawberry...and va- choose from! They still made blocks of ice.., as of old.., in the back of the plant. Just as it is today...there's still a demand for crushed ice that stores sell...even though almost everyone owns a refrigerator that makes all the ice they can use! THAT ice still makes iced tea (a Southern favorite for years)...taste so much better! Back then, some people used a section of the ice plant as their freezer... ...for keeping meats, etc...long before home freezers! I remember a special treat we had...on occasion.., when our older brother, Kendall, would ride his bicycle all the way to town from our the ice cream parlor Then he would pedal back as fast as he could with a choc- olate...frosted...malt...for each of us!! They were still frozen..,and so delicious! Letters to the Editor Editor, In response to Emma McVay Shaw's letter: After much prodding, Juanita (McVay) Johnson...(she's the most un-assuming woman to have accomplished so much in her lifetime)...told me the story; It seems when she, Ace (their brother) and Emma were 'just kids' their mother let them walk to visit a friend sev- eral blocks from their home on the west side of Florala. They were passing the tung nut factory when they spot- ted some tung nuts on the ground. As children are prone I to do...they decided to eat them! Juanita said her siblings didn't like she ate theirs, too!! Needless to say, that night Juanita was deathly sick! So much so, that her parents had to call Dr. J.F. Holley to their house, which in turn, they had to arouse Doc Sellars to fill a prescription at his drug store! She was a fortunate one...tung nuts are very poisonous CHECKS to humans! (Throughout those yearswe learned of several tourists who did the same). Jo Ann Cotton Andalusia, AL Editor. I am trying to track down an old friend from my days in Florala. I was the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Florala in the early 60s. Tom Hart was a member of First Baptist Church andhe went to graduate school at Tulane University. At the time, I think Tom was specializing in Southern Literature. Also, I think he became a professor type in a college or university. Tom's father was with the Bank of Florala. I have tried various avenues to find out about Tom's whereabouts, and l have not yet been successful. Can you help me? Do you have any record of his whereabouts or FROM PAGE 2 whether he is still living? I am 71--and I think Tom is a couple years younger than I. I have fond memories of the people in Florala. That was my first church. I think often of some of the members--Mry- tle Rodwell, Ed Rodwell, Lloyd Vaughan, Ewell and Elaine Clark, Bobby (I can't think of his last name, but he was the editor of the Florala Messenger. In 2002, I retired from First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, NC, after serving as its senior minister for 24 years. Three months later, I took a job at Hood Theological Seminary--adjunct professor and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program. I am still there! Thank you very much for any information you can pro- vide for me. Bob Lewis CROSSWORD pay for their checks. We are seeking these people aggres- sively," Smith said. Another resource the District Attorney's Worth- less Check Unit employs is that of the roundup, which is a combined effort ,by the Covington County District Attorney's Office. Covington County Sheriffs Depart- ment, Covington County Sheriffs Reserves, Andalu- sia- Police Department, Opp Police Department, Gantt Police Department, 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, Alabama Probation & Pa- role, Alabama Beverage Control Board, and others. to "round up" individuals who have outstanding war- rants for worthless checks, as well as other charges. "In December, 2008, a round up resulted in approximately 26 arrests. Of those, six were people with outstand- ing warrants for worthless checks," Cottle said. "In ad- dition, fourteen more people who had outstanding worth- less check warrants made contact with the District Attorney's Office to arrange payment of restitution." According to Gambril, in 2007, 2.569 checks were turned in to the District Attorney's office, yielding '$176,297.37 in restitution to the merchants of Coving- ton County. In 2008, 2,059 checks were turned in, and $225,516.30 in rstitution was recovered. "In these eco- nomic times, efforts such as Pam's and Max's are greatly appreciated as every dollar helps our local economy," Gambril said. Gambril also pointed out that, in addition to helping the merchants, fees that are added to the checks once they have been turned in to the Worthless Check Unit go to helping in cover budgetary shortages of the District Attorney's Office, while the court costs that are imposed once an ar- rest warrant is taken out go to help the Circuit Clerk's Office ..... 'These additional fines and costs are especial- ly important in a year such as this where all state agen- cies have taken a 10% cut in funding, or, in the case of the District Attorney's Of- rice, a 13% cut." Alabama NRCS announces sign-up cutoff for key farm bill program State Conservation- ist. Gary Kobylski has an- nounced sign-up for the new Precision Farming In- centive. This is a continu- ous sign-up with a batching date of February 13, 2009. Cropland producing annu- ally planted crops in the fol- lowing counties is eligible for 2009: Baldwin, Barbour, Cherokee, Coffee, Colbert, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Mobile. Monroe, Lauderdale, Lawrence. Limestone, and Madison. The Precision Farming Incentive is designed to encourage the adoption of variable-rate application of nutrients and pesticides and promote the use of GPS-en- abled precision agricultural technology and equipment. The goals of the Precision Farming Incentive include zmproving water quality by targeting areas for reduced nutrient and pesticide appli- cation, reducing runoff and leaching of pesticides, en- hancing soil quality through reduced erosion and soil compaction and energy corn servation through accurate and efficient application of crop inputs. Information and eli- gibility requirements on EQIP are available on the Alabama NRCS website under "Programs" ( HY- PERLINK "http://www. eqip09/index09.html" http://! programsleqip09/index09. html). Interested individu- als may also contact their local NRCS field office at 334.222.3519ex3 or at the USDA Service Center, 23952 AL Highway 55, Suite 1 An- dalusia,oAlabama 36420. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Florala News welcomes letters to the editor. All letters should be submitted to: The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala 36442 All letters will be printed at the discretion of the publisher and must include name, address, telephone number and signature. 26 27 35-'-- -- 40----I-- -- 44--- -- 58 59 65---  69---  72---  ......d -- -- -- ,--I m -- !i!1!1!1 --"1------ -3 -t I ! ,,i,,, UZ 63 6 I Where volunteering begins. 2009. StatePoint Media. Inc. THEME: WINTER FUN ACROSS 1. Field of play 6. *Some use it to heat their homes 9. Turn sharply 13. Black tie affairs e.g. 14. 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