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©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1972 APPRECIATES wonderful cooperation they received on e Formal Opening of their new store at s only modern shopping center, the Carla Plaza. They cont,nue to ,nv,te to see their new store and enjoy all its conveniences. !UTTING AT FORMAL OPENING OF PIC43LY WIGGLY . Pictured are ministers part in the ribbon-cutting of the new Piggly Wiggly store at the Carla PLaza. left is the Reverend Fred White, pastor of the Florala First Baptist Church; Joe Bates, pastor of the Florala First United Methodist Church; the Reverend of the Florala First Assembly of God Church; Cart Savage, owner and manager Wiggly store; Bid Savage, son of Mr. Savage, cutting the ribbon assisted by Agnes Treasurer and of Montgomery, and Mayor Carlous Huffalow. SCENE OF NEW PIGGLY WIGGLY STORE - Pictured are check-out counters and personnel, as well as a number of visitors to the store on opening day of the new Plaza. All members of the personnel have been with the company for a number Also seen in the picture are members of the Savage family, and Agnes Baggett, State came down for the formal opening of the store. WITH AGNES BAGGETT, STATE TREASURER - Pictured from left, Sissy Savage, owner-manager of new Piggly Wiggly, Bid Savage, Muriel Savage, partner '.a with her husband; Agnes Baggett and Carrie Savage. Mrs. Baggett, who is State in Montgomery, came down for the formal opening and to be with the Savage here she enjoyed visiting friends and announcing that she is a candidate for Congress Congressional District in the May Democratic primaries. Bid claims to be her in Florala and escorted her to visit a number of business firms during the day. OF NEW PIGGLY WIGGLY STORE - Pictured from left, Rhott Bed- Supervisor of the Piggly Wiggly stores, Devid Cprbit and Rex Hamilton. and Hamilton are regular employees of the Piggly Wiggly store and are always the store's customers with their food shopping. is very proud of the new store and is happy that he could give to the people privilege of shopping at one of the best, most modern and most convenient food area. Ha stated that he was very proud of the response of the people on his formal and the encouragement extended to him by customers. The store is open all as was the policy of the past years. Savage had visions of a shopping center such as the Carla Plaza and are happy is a reality. PAGE 5 RAMBLIN' CONTINUED FROM FRONT do. I'II admit with a little "doubt" but the idea is fas- cinating. BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA was founded on February 8 sixty-two years ago. The en- tire nation benefits from the Scouting experience, so the en- tire nation extended best wish- es to the Scouts on their 62rid birthday. In Florala we have an active Scout group again. Kim George has spent a lot of time working with the boys, and sad to say, without much help from anyone else. If he could have some assistance in the work with these boys more could probably be ac- complished. But Kim is cer- tainly doing a good job. But I have an idea he would appreciate some help. THE NATION has just cele- brated Boy Scout Week and now we're getting ready to celebrate National FFA Week. Thetheme of FFA Week in 1972 is "Youth With a Purpose." And, in spite of the cynics and skeptics, youth does have a purpose, now as always. The goal of FFA mem- bers is to learn the technology and get the practical exper- ience for a career in agricul- ture. The strength of FFA lies with the local chapters where student officers and members are developing into the agricul- tural leaders oftomorrowunder the guidance of advisers and tea- chers of vocational agriculture. Slick magazine articles por- tray the youth of today as a wholly new breed but the youth who follow their dreams of tomorrow in the work of the Future Farmers of Amer- ica can hardly be called a new breed. They are a new gener- ation seeking to build a better future on the knowledge and ex- perience of the past which is what each generation must do if mankind is to advance. BASKETBALL CONTINUED FROM FRONT Goshen, and at 8:00 Geneva County of Hartford takes on Lu- verne. Thursday night will be the semi-final games. At 6:30 Thursday night the winners of the Kinston and Slocomb game will play the winners of the Ge- neva County and Luverne game. At 8:00 Thursday night Flo- rala will play the winner of the ,Slocomb and Samson game. The finals will be at 7:00 Friday night. Admission for the game will be $I.00 each for all. The regional finals will be played Saturday night, Feb- ruary 26, at the Cottonwood High School gym in Cottonwood, Alabama. The regional winner will go to the state tourna- ment to represent this region. PITTS CONTINUED FROM FRONT Red Level, and is one of the best farmers of thea area as well as raising cattle. He married the former Eleanor Ingram, who is also a native of Red Level. They have three children. Linda is married to Jimmy Hidgen and they live in Birmingham with their daughter, Hollie, who is one year old, and Mr. Pitts' pride and joy, the only grand- child. A son, Micheal is in the United States Air Force and he and his wife, the former Jennie Hogg of Dozier, live in An- dalusia where she teaches in the Andalusia City School sys- tem. He is stationed at Max- well Field in Montgomery. Their youngest child, Pap, is a 10th grade student at Red Level High School. The family are members of the Buck Creek Baptist Church near Red Level. Mr. Pitts said members of the Board had worked good together and because of it they had been able to accomplish more than if it had been otherwise. He is well-liked by the people of the County and is widely known and he has an excellent and congenial per- sonality. MARTIN TISDALE CONTINUED FROM FRONT resigning as an assistant to the vice president of an Andalusia bank. He is a Master Mason of Lodge #434, Andalusia. He is a Sunday School director at the Hopewell Baptist Church; was president of the Andalusia Merchants Association in 1970- 71; secretary for Andalusia Ki- wanis Club in 1968-69;director of the Andalusia Area Cham- ber of Commerce in 1970-71; was chairman of the Alabama Junior Bankers Association in 1969-70. He was treasurer of the Andalusia JayceeS in 1965 and was an award winner in the Dale Carnegie Course. He was nominated to the 1972 "Per- sonalities of the South." Martin married the former Connie Wilson and they have two children. He is 35 years of age, born reared and educated in Covington County. His pledge is "The Man Who Knows You Anywhere." Of interest in this area is that is a brother to the Reverend Ben T. Martin who is pastor of the Florala Westside Baptist Church. CONTINUED FROM FRONT later moved to Andalusia where Sol was born. Tisdale was first elected to public office in 1937 when he was elected Clerk of Court. Mrs. Tisdale now assists her husband in the Tax Assessor's Office. He appreciated the fact that he received more votes than any candidate in the county in 1966 which was more than any candidate had ever received at that time. He states that hehas made a very strong effort to conduct the office in such a way as to justify another term which he said would be the last time he would be asking for this important office. He loves people and enjoys serv- ing them in the Tax Assessor's office. WEED CONTINUED FROM FRONT 32 CANDIDATES QUALIFY FOR TAX COLLECTOR, COMMISSIONERS AND CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION THOSE WHO HAVE QUALIFIED AS CANDIDATES for the May 2 and 80 Democratic primaries are the following up until Wednesday morning, February 16: CHAIRMAN BOARD OF COMMISSION - J. L. Graves of Bab- ble near Opp; Hiram Pitts of Red Level; A. R. Wooctham of Opp, and Randel Mikel, Jr. of Andalusia. TAX COLLECTOR - Margaret P. Bass of Andalusia, W. A. "Alvin" Gllchrist of Opp, T. Ivey Powell of near Florala, and Foster Weed of Andalusia. TAX ASSESSOR - Bill J. Martin of River Falls and Solomon Tisdale of Andalusia. MEMBER BOARD OF COMMISSION- District One (Opp)- Jerry Adams of Opp, Earl C. Boles, Mervin Ellis, and W. W. Harper. District Two (Andalusia) - Wead Hicks, Leonard Kean, Hil- ton Lassiter, Charlle Lawson, Jim Paul Williams, Bobby Wil- son, and O. D. 'cPeck" Wortey. District Three (Florala) - L. T. Harper of Horn Hill, J. C. Laird of North Creek, Trent Lewis of Florala, Cliff Maddox of Stanley, Rex Harrelson of the Carolina Community, J. H. Cara- way of Damascus and Ray Jackson of near Green Bay. District Four (Red Level) - Billy T. Hughes, Warren Hutch- eson, DeWttt Sims, and T. H. Maynard. Melissa, age 9. They attend POWELL Red Oak Baptist Church where Foster Weed is a deacon and member of the Board ofCONTINUED FROM FRONT Trustees. He is a past Sunday because of his not running School Superintendent and for re-election for that post currently leader of the Junior Training Union class. Weed was born and reared on a farm. His first employ- ment in Andalus|a was with Watson's, a department store located on Court Square at that time. Later, he accepted a posi- tion with Sessoms Grocer Co. in the accounting department where he worked for six years before entering military ser- vice. Two years were spent in the .~,rmy with 18 months' service in Germany. Weed was assigned as a clerical assistant to the Assistant Chief of Staff, G4, U. S. Army Headquarters, Eur- ope. Sessoms Grocery Company li- quidated during his military service. Upon his return, he became associated with Gunter- Dunn Company at its home of- rice in Opp before joining the Probate Office staff in 1959. Weed was appointed Chief Clerk, a position he held for eight years. Foster Weed's most recent employment has been as Re- venue Examiner (Field Auditor) for the StateofAlabama, a merit system job. He resigned this position February 4 to enterthe Tax Collector's race. MRS. BASS CONTINUED FROM FRONT High School, Mrs. Bass began her business career as a se- cretary for the Family Reserve [nsvrance Company as soon as she graduated. " : Mrs. Bass first took a position in the Court House when she worked with the late Mrs. C. F. Hart as tax assessor. She was later associated with the late Mrs. Lizanne T. Morris and Solomon Tisdale in the Asses- sor's office. When Jack Jay was tax col- lector, Mrs. Bass worked part the field is full of candidates for that spot. He was one of six candidates in 1960 and was elected over two opponents in 1964 without a run-off and again in 1968 he was elected over two opponents without a run-off. Powell is a successful and prominent farmer of the Yellow River Tower area in the Stan- ley Community. Be continues to live within two miles of where he was born and reared. He is very active in all affairs of the county as well as his home community. Commissioner Powell says he wants to serve as Tax Collec- tor and promises to give his personal attention to all affairs pertaining to the Collector's office. He lost his wife in August, 1958 and raised and educated his four sons, striving to be both father and mother. His oldest son, Thomas, contin- ues on the farm with him and carries on a very successful farming operation with his father's assistance. His second son, Carlos, is a member of the teaching faculty at Florala High School. Glen, his third son, continues to live in Brew- ton, working with the Western Electric Company. Paul, the youngest, is also a teacher at Florala High School. All four sons are graduates of Florala High School and Troy State Uni- versity. Thomas attended Au- GRADES 9-12 ACCREDITED AT FHS There has been much discus- sion and some misunderstanding recently concerning school ac- creditation from the State De- partment of Education. Many people have called Florala High School recently concerning ac- creditation. It was believed prior to this that people knew Florala High School was accredited, but evidently many people did not know. Accord- ing to information from the State Department of Education and paper articles that evidently came from this department, Florala High School grades 9-12, is a fully accredited school. Accreditation is based on grounds, staff, buildings, etc. According to information from the Florala High School office, there are some deficiencies, but none serious. There have always been deficiencies and probably will always be. Each year Florala High School and the Covington County Board of Ed- ucation work as hard as possi- ble to eliminate deficiencies. This article was written to try to answer some questions con- cerning education and ac- creditation. Accreditation might affect students attend- ing or planning to attend cer- tain schools and colleges after high school. burn University. The more we promote peace prizes Though Powell will be con- fined, somewhat, to his duties personally, the more we con- games. as road commissioner, he will tribute to peace universally. be seeing voters during thetime The more we eradicate fear, before the primary election. In hatred, and intolerance from the meantime he solicits your our own heart, the more we vote through aformalannounce- help to eradicate them from ment in this newspaper, the world. QIbr JLm'ah t . ms SOU of 4 FIF'Jrlt STR|rl' - I~OIIAi.A. AL.AIAMA ~442 DR. PACKARD TELLS ROTARIANS OF MED CENTER Dr. John Packard, Associate Dean of the Medical Center in Birmingham was guest speaker at last Wednesday's regular meeting of the Fh)rala-Lockhart Rotary Club. Dr. Packard dis- cussed the mission and func- tioning of the vast and modern medical center which has been under development for the past several years. He pointed out that the Medi- cal Center serves three princi- ple communities. First, it sup- ports the State of Alabama by providing highly specialized skills and the latest and most modern equipment in the treat- ment of the sick and wounded. Then, it supports the Birming- ham area and finally it seeks to provide care for the Staff and Faculty and families of those associated with the Center. He indicated that he felt they did a very excellent job of the first two but they didn't always do so well in caring for their own fa- milies. Dr. Packard mentioned that he had toured the medical facilities of the Florala Memorial Hospi- tal and was highly compli- mentary of what he had seen. He noted that our local phy- sicians are seeing a heavy pa- tient load and expressed his ap- preciation for their dedication and devotion to the people of this area. He discussed a relatively new innovation known as MIST; Medical lnformatmn Service by Telephone. Physicians overthe state can phone intG the Cen- ter and obtain free consultation with a specialist in the several fields of medicine. He stated that this program has grown in acceptance by the doctors over the State and he apparently feels it will continue to be a highly acceptable service to the local doctors out in the com- munities of the state of Ala- bama. Dr. Packard opened the meet- ing up to questions of the Ro- tartans and guests and this de- veloped into a most interest- ing and informative discussion. He was accompanied by one of his associates, Mr. Tommy Giv- han, from Birmingham, and by Mr. Bill Moore, Area Coordi- nator of Medical Service, from Dothan, Alabama. Mr. James York, Adminis- trator of the Florala Memorial Hospital had charge of the pro- gram. Metal pots were among the time in his office, moving up to LUCIL McRAE..., ........ PUBLISHER - EDITOR the No. l office clerk when Charles Newman succeeded Jay. LARRY' WOOI}H AM .............. ASSOCIATE EDITOE During the recent surgery and ~]~RLI~ I[OODHAM ......... ASSOCIATEEDITOI hospitalization of Newman, Mrs. Bass has filled the tax collec- A. T. ~cRAE ................... A~vrAN~ tor's post. The children of Mr. and Mrs. ~ ~ l[~ ~ ~ Ifllorala, Alabama $$4~1 Bass are Mrs. Raymon (Cyn- thia) Johnson, the mother of the . 10mSCIM]P~GM RATEs - Bass granddaughter, Melissa O~ ˘~mdT.:J~ ..... i .... ,$4~ Johnson, who is seven months I~ la i...,.' :...** : : : : :... : : lid ~ I~,lllllP 011mY m old; Eddie Bass, a former An- ~ . . ......" ................ , N. dalusia High football star, now a freshman at the Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College; and Miss Sue Bass, a tenth grader at Andalusia High School. Mr. and Mrs. Bass and their family attend the Southside Baptist Church where she is superintendent of the Nursery Department. Mrs. Bass is the daughter of Mrs. Georgia Greathouse White of Mobile and the late Arther Powell of Andalusia. RESCUE SQUAD POSTPONES TEEN DANCE The Tri-City Rescue Squad's sponsored teen dance scheduled for Saturday night, February 19 has been postponed to Sat- urday night, March II, accord- ing to Lamar Mitchell of the res- cue unit. Mitchell said reason for postponement was due to the high school activities on the February date. A small donation will be ac- cepted and squad members will have advance tickets on sale. The proceeds, according to Mitchell, will be used toward purchase of a portable power unit, ~vitb lights needed by the rescue unit for emergency night time work at automobile acci- dents and other outside night time emergencies. FHS QBs TO MEET MONDAY NIGHT The Florala Quarterback Club will meet at Florala High School Monday night, February 21, 1972, at 7:00. The banquet and the work on the football field will be discussed. Final arrange- ments must be made on these • II1"~11.I IN. ~l.~l WBI=.Y ~ mWsmtv two items right away. All mem- It took 20,000 workmen 20 bers are encouraged to be pre- years to'build the Taj Mahal. sent. in ancient Olympic BACKACHE? JOINT PAINS? USE CONTENTS 40 PILLS Special PHONE 8-327~ ~I~HT PH, 4"0 SQ2 FLORALA, ALA. RE=ELECT err' COVINGTON COUNTY Board of Commissioners DISTRICT #1 EXPERIENCED DEPENDAaLE QUALIFIED Dear Friends and Fellow Citizens: R has been my privilege and pleasure to have served you as your County Commissioner for the past seven years and one month, During my tenure of office I have endeavored to fulfill the responsibilities of this office in the best interest of ALL of the citizens of this wonderful COUNTY and if re-elected I shall continue to do so. I am proud of our record of accomplishment in what I believe to have been the greatest period of progress that our County has ever experienced. I have not In the past, nor do I now, make promises that I cannot keep, my only pro- raise is that if re-elected I shall continue to do my best to help make your County and mine a better place in which to live. I am hopeful that I will have the opportunity of seeing each of you personally during this campa~ if for any reason I am unable to do so, I would like to take this means of soliciting your VOTE, INFLUENCE AND SUPPORT in behalf of my candidacy for re- election in the forthcoming Democratic Primar~ on May 2 & 30th, 1972. THANKING you in advance for your consideration, Very Truly yours, Pd. Pol. Adv. by Jerry Adams, Opp, Alabama