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-TOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• BJECT 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 iventy-Sixth Year -Number 49 Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, February 12, 1976 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy IITI l Function Test- tm will be held in February rraory. The program most popular New hits of the early ~nced as the of LBW's Music , bepartments. It is the modern rock the gospel accord- which drew tUdiences for three tew York, equally long and in numerous other the U.S. and abroad. is being presented in at the Jeff Bishop Stu- on February 19 and P.m. and February 21 ,.rn. Tickets may be Y Calling or writing the Arts Council college. Admis- for adults and Students• Matthew is based, the show an Jesus's teachings. spirit of jubilant radiance, it theatregoers of backgrounds• In )ry theatre" tellings which alternate "Godspell's;' 10 rform in mar- mime, with the actors themselves into a es. LBW students have With Terry Taylor part of Jesus, as John the Bap- and Susan Grif- Magdalene. Other the cast include Uno, Nathan Smith, Waiters, Scott ark Benson Jan Sib- Cathy Melaney Hall. rock opera is by Jerry Pad- Inn of the LBW Fine and Ken Bland, drama instructor, by LBW Cam- Council. Those LBW's past pro- "Finnians Rainbow" of la Mancha" will not want to miss "God-, is sponsored by the Alabama Lung Association• Dr. Juanity McDonald, Covington County Christmas Seal Chairman, is in charge of arrangements. The purpose of the program is to identify persons with early Chronic Obstructive Lung pell" PLANNING LAST MINUTE DETAILS for the upcoming pro- duction of "Godspell" are Susan Griffin, Jerry Padgett, and Charles Lewis. This event is set for Thursday and Friday, February 19 and Z0 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, February 21 at 8:30 p.m. in the Jeff Bishop Student Center. A MESSAGE FOR DADDIES They'd rather have you around than your insurance. Get yourself a good, thorough examination once a year. Once a year, let your doctor really look you over. It'll take a little time, and a little patience. And maybe he'll poke around a little more than you'd really like. And so he should. The whole idea is to keep you healthy. If nothing's wrong (and more than likely, there isn't) hooray! Come back next year. But if anything's suspicious, then you've gained the most important thing: time. We can save 1 out of 2 persons when cancer is caught in time, caught early. That's a good thing to know. All Daddies should know how to take care of themselves so that they can have the fun of taking care of their kids. Remember-it's what you don't know that can hurt you. American Cancer Society Thi~ ~poce c~jnt,ibu/ed b, the r, ubli~her a'~ o public service Disease. The earlier lung disease is found, the easier it is to treat. The test is simple, painless and takes only 10 minutes. Preceeding the test, a short medical questionnaire iS taken. Then the person is re- quired to blow into a machine that electronically records their vital capacity. Pulmonary function tests will be given on the 25th from 10:00 a.m. until noon, 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and for business people in the evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Persons IS years and older are eligible for the test. Dr. McDonald also announced that on February 25, a Better Breathing Class will be con- ducted from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Armory. Persons with breathing difficulties are asked to enroll in the class by writing" to the Alabama Lung Association, Box 904, Dothan, Alabama 36301 or calling the Covington County Health De- Imrtment in Andalusia. Both services are provided through Christmas Seals. Paxton PTA To Meet The Paxton PTA will meet Thursday, February 12th, at 7:30 in the school auditorium A talent show will be present- ed and refreshments will be served after the program in the school lunchroom. Everyone is invited to attend. Support your PTA -. support your children. COMMISSIONER TRENT LEWIS is pictured presenting mem- bers of the Tri-City Rescue Squad with a check of $I,000, on behalf of the Board of Covington County Commissioners. All three rescue squads in the county were given $I,000 do- nations from the Commission. Pictured, from left, standing, Lt. Bud Jackson, Commissio- The number of attacks on the social security system in the United States in the last 18 months is without precedent. Some of the attacks have been extremist end, to the extent that they needlessly frighten the ~.!derly, irresponsible. The New Yorker Magazine had a phrase for the extreme critic way back in 1936, the year after the Social Security Act was passed. "The people who make us mad," the magazine com- mented, "are the ones who oppose the whole idea of old-age security, and believe that every- Cage Report With Darid Garner During the past week, Feb- ruary ~.-6, the Florala Wild- cats played three games; Gen- eva, New Brockton, and P.lea- PERFORMERS, pictured, left to right are: Seated are from left to right: Paul Bedsole, Melanle Me- Randall Bradley, Deneice Kembro, Marty Byrd, Daniel, Rusty Peters, Leah Ann Savage, Cathy Ray, and Ricky Rhea Yarbrough, Anne Mills, Naretha Whir- Chambers. To Be Crazy" l[ i __ PKG. I )9[ ta ]1 , Set ~t'tt _~~LtIB PLAY TheBeta Florala High Gymnasium. The "Tartuff", which was presented neice Kembro, Marty Byrd, | I~h;-~'S" is going to pre- name of the play is "It's great last fall. The sponsor is Joan Randall Bradley, Ricky Cham- • a ,, bers, Naretha Whitley, Anne Ib.ta ~ February 12, at to be Crazy. The play's re- White with co-sponsors, Jerry I II[at ~ he tickets for the bearsals have been going great Strickland and Sally Lancaster. Mills, and Ben Martin. These ~l~$.tlOor will be $1.00under the direction of Andy A1- The performers are Rusty' students have spent many days '][ ~lva[~ and $1 25 for adults, sup who has been working very Peters, Leah-Ann Savage, Me- Working on this play and would I ~1~1~-ce tickets are 75¢ hard with the young performers, lanie McDaniel, Cathy Ray, Paul be happy to see everyone there b ~ pin:.• a~l $1.00 for adults. Mr. Alsup has participated in Bedsole, Rhea Yarbrough, Keith February 1~.. Be sure not to "~ # '~lll he held at the some plays at Troy, such as Warren, Sonya Moseley, De- miss it. sant Home all of which were in Florala. The first game was Geneva and it was really no game at all for the mighty 'Cats as they blew the Panthers off the floor by a score of 77-41. John- ny James was the key man for Florala with 2~1 big points. After the Geneva romp Flor- ala took on mighty New Brock- ton. The IA Gamecocks arcane of the four teams who have bea- ten Florala this year and every- one was looking for a super game. It was obvious that the 'Cats were fired-up as they came out for the first quarter and opened up a slim 10-6 lead. They contnued to stretch that lead and at half-time the'Cats held a commanding 38-21 lead. After the half the Wildcats re- turned to the floor and at one time in the third quarter shot to a ~.~. point lead. It seemed that the 'Cats were on their way to a sure victory. Then the Gamecocks fought back, scoring 9 straight points and cutting Florala's lead to 13 by the end of the quarter. In the fourth quarter the Game- cocks looked extremely im- pressive and pulled into a tie with Florala with only 23 sec- onds remaining in the game. New Brockton scored and went ahead by 2. Then, after a stray Gamecock shot, Jeffery Owens was fouled. He made both free throws and tied the game up once again with 11 seconds left. New Brockton took the ball, writ down court, and missed their final shot. Florala grab- bed the rebound, fired to Wil- lie Williams down court and he hit a beautiful turn around jump shot with ~. seconds left to make Florala- the winner by a score of 6%65 over some mighty tough New Brocton Gamecocks. On Friday the Wildcats play- ed Pleasant Home and once a- gain romped on their opponents as they turned away. the Eagles by a score of 90-46. Thurs- day's hero Willie Williams bad his finest hour as he scored a big 34 points while Florala's unnoticed reserves John Albert Matthews, James Ball, and Ed- ward Jackson added many points to the final score. her Lewis, Ray Fleming, Captain Clayton Smith, accepting the donation, and Jack Birge, kneeling, from left. Jimmy Hart- zog, Randy Goodwin, Lamar Mitchell, and Secretary-Treasurer H. O. Bass. This check will be put in savings to be applied to a new build- ing as soon as a site can be located and other details attended to. url body should be allowed to work ance--will run an estimated 5.4 out his own destitution." But much of the discussion of the last year has been neither extreme nor irresponsible. It has come from those who genu- inely care about the program. People deeply concerned about the system's ability to pay bene- fits in the future. The central question is this: Will social security go broke? Social security in 1976 is pay- ing out more than it's taking in. This year's deficit in its monthly cash benefit programs-old age, survivors and disability insur- billion dollars. As the law is presently written outgo is expected to exceed ir~- come every year in the future. The current estimate is that the old-age and survivors trust fund will be exhausted in 1983 and the disability trust fund in 1980. These programs have been more serious financial prob- lems when projected over the next 75 years. In the first 25 of those years (until the turn of the century) the deficit is re- latively small. But in the 50 years thereafter, from the year . __]] NEWS OF INTEREST Merle 9,,,,,dhan, Property Reappraisal Now In Progress According to a phone call received Tuesday, from Vance Turtle Jr., with Universal Field Services, a firm employed by members of the Covington County Commission, a team began work Tuesday in the Florala-Lockhart area to reappraise all county property. Men claiming to be with the firm should be able to present, for your inspection, identification cards signed by Commission Chair- man Hiram Pills and should have a pamphlet explaining the work which they have been employed to do• They are suppose to inspect both the exterior and the interior of your home in order to make the proper appraisal. If you are not at home, a pink slip will be left at your door advising you to notify the office in Andalusia when they can return to make the proper depreciation of the inside construction features of your home, which may be better or worse than the outside. Tuttle said that they hoped to have appraisals completed in the Florala-Lockhart area by April 1. County-wide. they expect to have the job completed by December 31, 1976. Frank Skinner Member Of Post ilerald News Team THE BIRMINGHAM POST-HERALD is proud of their "Men in Montgomery". On Friday, January 25, they had a page ad with pictures of Frank Skinner, Ted Bryant and Frank Bruer proclaim- ing them to be as "Fresh As A Daisy". The three men team cover the world of state politics; get more than a mere recital of bills introduced, votedon and passed; learn all the intricate wheeling and dealing that swirls through the state capital; know your legislative body, your governor and the business of running a state; get all the facts from the men who have made political reporting a full-time career. Frank or Franklin Skinner, as we all know him, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Skinner of Florala and one of whom we can all be proud as a native of our town, doing well in his chosen profession. Voter Registration Picking Up Due To Political Year I phoned the Board of Registrars Office in Andalusia Tuesday and talked with member of the Board Lucile Carter, to find out what days persons interested in voting in this election year of 1976 could register to vote. The registrars office is always open on first and third Monday of every month. They are in special session this week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (February 11, 1~., 13)from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, the 14th, from 8 to 1~. noon. They will be open from 8:00 to 4:00 on Monday, February 16. Mrs. Carter said that they had used all of their out-of-town registration days and wouldn't be coming to Florala or Opp for any special sessions. So, it will be necessary to go to Andalusia to register, if you are not a registered Covington County voter. I encourage those not registered to exercise this right. Stand up Cont. To Page 6 2000 to 2049, it will reach much larger proportions. Does all this mean that the program will be forced to stop paying benefits? The answer is of enormous import to the economy and the nation as a whole since social security is paying $72 million in benefits of all types this year alone. It is of critical import- ance also to the program's more than 31 million beneficiaries of all ages, including not only many millions of elderly persons, but also the nearly 5 million under 22 years of age, many of them college students, who get bene- fits because they are the children of workers that have died, become disabled or retired. Many of the nation's leading newspapers and magazines have taken a hard look at the finan- cial future of the program lathe last year. While not all were reassured by their findings, most concluded that the sys- tem's financial condition is not cause for alarm even though it is a matter of serious concern. They found that congressional action is needed in the next year or two, but that the problems are manageable. Here are a few of their com- ments,- Peter Milius, staff writer for the Washington Post, had this to say: "The social security sys- tem is not about to go broke. Congress will not let it. Your elderly relatives are not going to lose their benefits. You are not going to lose yours, either; when you retire, they will be there waiting for you." • Sylvia Porter, nationally syn- dicated consumer financial columnist, made these com- ments in a five-part series on social security: "When objec- tively examined, neither the short-term nor the long-term financing problems seem a cause for panic .... " Her final three sentences of this long series are these: "Against this background, to spread panic about social se- curity seems malicious mis- chief. Under any circumstances the problems wouldn't become serious until the 21st century. Long before this, Congress will have made the necessary adjust- meats to wipe out any threats." Edwin L. Dale, Jr., a Wash- ington correspondent for the New York Times who specia- lizes in economic affairs, found that: "...despite a recent spat of somewhat alarming ar- ticles and speeches, the social security system seems to have every prospect of ticking along indefinitely." The News Bulletin of the Ame- rican Association of Retired Persons comments as follows: "present and future retirees 'need have no fear that the social security system is going broke. No congress will allow that to happen to an institution which has become so highly valuedand widely accepted." So much for the testimonials. Next week we'll take a closer look at the facts ourselves.