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John Snellen, district man- ager for Reynolds Aluminum Recycling, said the highest month for Florala since the mobile unit started coming here in February, 1975, was March, 1975, when the Reynolds mobile unit manager paid area recyclers $612.15 for 4,081 pounds of aluminum. Mr. Snellen said the January purchases represented the own rea equivalent of more than 48,000 aluminum beverage cans which might otherwise have been litter or filling up valuable landfill space. "It also conserved natural resources and energy since aluminum can be recycled with less than five percent of the energy needed to make it originally." The Reynolds Recycling mobile unit stops in Florala on a dirt road north of the old armory and parallel to the rail- road tracks every-other- Wednesday from I:00 to 2:30 P.M. and the next stop will be February 25. Proper Garden Tool 100 stolen cars have Andalusia during according to fed- agents, who are a car theft ring across the South. Agent James FBI has bro- ring that was Houston, Tex- at changing the serial numbers. The car theives "are the best we've ever run up against," said Waldrop. "The quality of their work is just fantastic," added FBI Agent C. K. Hall- ford'. Waldrop said the thefta have been going on since Decem- ber 1974. The ring was first cracked January g3 when two the cars.:: /Houston residents, which were luxury ended up on two in Andalusia. The of each stolen ~, said Sgt. N. L. theft unit, Ala- of Investigation. said Wednesday that ~rs have already in Andalusia. the investigation process will least 30 more that $500,000 stolen cars Sold in Andalu- Said the unsus- are really in a t "They've still he loans they got Cars. Then if they the cars, they've insurance com- inal owner. to pay for the the state agent agent said that stolen cars were married couples looking for ears children. residents, Mr. and were vie- auto theft ring. the car De- 1975 from Fuqua Andalusia. Ac- the car mileage and he a fair deal so he Purchase the car. it was a deal- but was not had owned the ary 26, the FBI and told him he had bought a ~)n February 4, the and advised Hamil- his car to Rad- and to leave it for after found to be st•- one of those sto- ~ember ~.9 in the area. The car lot for you some idea ast the car theft the stolen re- at 6to8aday. are presently al- to drive his Olds Cutlass Su- Some kind of set- worked out with • ~ Companies. Ham- working young meat market at in Florala, where to come by. and Flo- '#ish him good luck to keep the car rouble payment. the se- of stolen cars futile because such a good job Donald• Wayne Myers, 42, andThelton Jean Smithwick, 49, were ar- rested after eight stolen vehic- les were recovered in a Hous- ton warehouse. The Alabama portion of the ring was hard to break, accord- ing to the ABI agents, because all the stolen cars were 1972, 73, and 74 models, which are not covered by Alabama's auto title law. No arrests have been made in Alabama , but Waldrop said some federal indictments will probably be forthcoming soon. All of the stolen cars recov- ered so far in Andalusia were sold at two used car lots, Fuqua Motors, owned by Jeff Fuqua, and Thomas's Used Cars, owned by Thomas Wig- gins. Fuqua says he bought all the cars from Wiggins and was told by Wiggins that the cars were rental and lease cars from On doctors orders, Frank Harrison, who has been em- ployed with the City of Flo- rala for the past ~-5 years, was forced to retire, due to failing health. During his 25-year-tenure, Harrison has worked with near- ly every department in the city, but primarily with the Water Board and the past four years has served as Street Superinr tendeni. ' Harrison and his wife, Lolie, make their home at 1948 West Fifth Street. They are parents of six children. Cody McKinney will replace Harrison as Street Superinten- dent. He has worked with the city for 16 years on the street and in the garbage departments. He served as Street Superinten- dent during Carlos Buffalow's administratioR and during the first part of the Evans' admin- istration. McKinney is ,a very reliable worker and has pledged to do his very best in his newly as- si~ned position. Frank's many friends are sorry to see him leave his posi- tion with the city and wish for him a happy retirement. Houston. Fuqua added that he spot-checked the cars with the Andalusia Police Department to see if they were listed as sto- len, and he always got a nega- tive report. "I had no reason to ever think they might be stolen automo- biles," said Fuqua, who has been in the used car business five years. ~Wiggins has decli~d to com- ment on the stolen autos, and his used car lot is now closed. Like their customers, Fuqua and Wiggins also stand to lose money on the stolen cars. Fu- qua is stuck with seven stolen cars, and three Andalusia resi- dents who bought stolen cars from him have filed suits against him totaling $27,000. Not all of the stolen cars were unloaded in Andalusia. Waldrop said some may have been sold in an auto auction in Dothan and in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. During the last five years, Covington County has been the dropping off point for many sto- len vehicles, the agents noted. Only last May, $Z50,000 worth of stolen cars, trucks, tractors, and fertilizer spreaders were found in the county, said T. E. Posey of the National Auto Theft Bureau. Selection Important The tools needed for gard- ening depend upon the size of the garden you areplaniing. If you plan a "flowerbed" garden, a shovel, hoe and rake may be all that are necessary. How- ever, if you plan to grow an average size garden, these tools, along with a rotary tiller are necessa.ry. For a large garden, a small tractor would be ideal When purchasing garden tools, spend alittle more money and get good quality equipment. Good tools will do a better job and last much longer than economy models. Rotary tillers are available for from $175 up to about $500. A smaller, less ezpensivetiller will do most jobs, but will take longer and require more work and strain on the operator. You need to select a tiller to meet your specific needs. When-selecting a tiller one very important characteristic to consider is a power-reverse gear. The larger, more ex- pensive tillers have power re- verses. It is very difficult to handle a large tiller that does not have a power-reverse. A power-reverse is necessary if someone is to operate the tiller who is not physically strong enough to handle it during turns and in other tight spots. If you select a tiller with a power-reverse, be sure that it has the safety device that will disengage the clutch when the operator's band is removed from the handle. This will keep the tiller from running over the operator if the oper- ator falls while he is backing up. Another feature to consider when selecting a tiller is a multiple-speed transmission.- The lower speed can be used for tilling hard soil and the higher speed for tilHng loose soil such as cultivating crops. Other factors to consider are the diameter of the cutting tines, the width of cut, and the size of the tires. The larger, more expensive tillers will have larger tines, wider cutting widths, and larger tires. Another piece of equipment that is necessary for an average size garden is a hand sprayer. A two-gallon, pump-up sprayer can handle most spraying jobs around the home and garden. A ~tainiess steel tank will last longer than a galvanized tank but will cost more. Either tank must be washed out and thoroughly dried after each use to keep it in good condition. All tools and equipment ~e- quire good maintenance and dr~ • storage facilities. These points should be considered before purchasing any equipment. Gardening equipment will last the home gardener several years if it is properly main- tained and stored during the off season. Without good care, any equipment can bedestroyed in a very short time. The Boy Scouts of America now have a new merit badge on their list--consumer buying. McKINNEY NEW STREET SUPERINTENDENT •., Frank Harrison T I)EI • . Cody McKlnney PAGE 5 A seven-woman, five-man Circuit Court jury Wednesday, Feburary II, found two Crest- view brothers guilty of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a north Walton County tavern owner last June. After deliberating about an hour and a half, the jury re- turned the decision against Leon Judson Tidwell, • 31, and Frederick Wiley Tidwell, 25. Both defendants and their families heard the verdict read without showing any emotion. However, the mother of the two boys later heatedly accused the widow of murdered tavern owner Auburn Tedder of lying on the witness stand about seeing her sons inside the tavern the morning of the slaying that June 18. Judge Woodrow Melvin pro- mptly reconvened court session to admonish Mrs. Tidwell and other relatives that he would tolerate no such disturbances. As the courtroom was slowly clearing, the convicted brothers embraced various sobbing family members before de- puties took them back to the jail. Judge Melvin asked the jurors to return Thursday, February 12 to begin penalty proceed- ings, wherein they were asked to make recommendations on whether the two brothers should be give the death penalty. Earlier in the court day, Mary Tedder, the dead man's widow, testified she had seen the two brothers standing over her husband just moments be- fore he was shot to death. The Tedders were sleeping in a bedroom adjoining the tavern, she said, when her husband shook her awakesaying, "Baby, there's somebody in the play- house." Mrs. Tedder said she • returned to see her husband on the floor, bleeding and "barely breathing." She said the Tid- wells were not there, but she, nevertheless, remained in the bedroom until an ambulance crew arrived. Under persistant questioning went to a window looking out into the tavern and saw Ferderick Tidwell taking the silver out of the cash register. When Frederick turned away from the cash register, she testified, she spoke to her hus- band, but he was not in the bed- room. Opening the door to an adjacent storeroom, Mrs. Tedder said her husband was lying on his back and the two brothers were bending over him, Leon holding Tedder's hands in his. "Auburn said 'Baby, shoot em', Mrs. Tedder testified. She went back into the bedroom to get a gun and heard two shots, according to her testimony, and by defense council George Ralph Miller, Mrs. Tedder stead- fastedly maintained the two brothers were the two men she saw in the storeroom that morn- ing. A defense witness, Larry Wang, said Mrs. Tedder hadtold him she hadn't seen the two brothers in the storeroom that night. "You mean to sit there and tell me you was back there in the, backroom and you didn't see anything?" Wang said he asked her. "No, I didn't," he quoted her as saying. Asst. State Atty. Bill Jennings called Wang's testimony,"in- credible." He asked Wang why she would tell him, a "not very close" friend, something dir- ectly contradictory to what she had told investigating officers and intended to testify to in court. Wang still maintained he re- remembered the remark correctly. RESCUE SQUAD REPORT The Tri-City Rescue Squad made a total of I0 runs for 1,042 miles, using 60 man hours. Citizens calling for service were A. C. Aplin from Florala Memorial Hospital to West Florida General in Pensacola; Marlin Wiggins from Laurel Hill to Crestview hopsital; Ha- zel Jackson from micro-wave tower on 331 to West Florida General, Pensacola; Charles Ferrel from Laurel Hill to Eglin AFB hospital; Edward Couey from Florala to Mizell Memorial in Opp; Charles Fer- tel from Crestview to Evans Funeral Home; R D. Jackson from Florala to l~'t. Walton hospital; Christine Arnold from home to Florala Memorial and from Florala Memorial to Ft. Walton Beach hospital and from Ft. Walton to Evans Funeral Home. CADET MAJOR MIKE ADKINS, Executive Officer of the Daleville High School Junior ROTC Battalion, was recently presented the Legion ofValor'sBronze Cross for Achievement for his out- standing leadership and achievement in the JROTC Program. Making the presentation is Chief Warrant Officer Michael Novosel, a Medal of Honor winner. The Legion of Valor's Bronze Cross is the highest award an ROTC Cadet can receive. Cadet Michael Adkins Receives Achievement A ward Medal Cadet Major Michael Adkins, Daleville High School to the Daleville High School Junior 1975 Alabama Boy's StateCon- ROTC received the Legion on vention. A vice-president of Valor Bronze Cross for Ach- the student council during his ievement from Chief Warrant junior year, Adkins showed Officer Michael Novosel, hold- excellent leadership capabil- er of the Medal of Honor. The Legion of Valor, Amer- ica's senior organization for veterans, is made up of those individuals who have been aw- arded the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Air Force Cross or the Navy Cross. The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement is the highest award available to JROTC cadets. Each year, only one cadet in a thousand is considered by the Legion for this award. Cadet Major Ad- kins is one of two cadets in Alabama who received this award. To be eligible for the Bronze Cross, a cadet must show scho- larship both in ROTC and his academic subjects and leader- ship qualities in each. Cadet Adkins is in the top I0 per cent of his class with a 96.4 acade- mic average. He is second in his ROTC class and holds a 97.6 average. In addition to maintaining a "A" average, Adkins has let- tered in basketball, baseball, football and was selected Best Defensive Back for the 1974- 75 season with a team that went 8-2. Coach and Athlete magazine choose him for Prep All-American Team. He is a graduate of the Emergency Me- dical Technician course oi Geoi'ge C. Wallace State Co- mmunity College. He was the delegate from ities and a willingness to ac- cept responsibility over and be- yond that of the average stu- dent. Cadet Adkins currently holds the position of Battalion Exe- cutive Officer and is a mem- ber of Student Council, Na- tional Honor Society, and the Science Club at Daleville High School. He is president of the Senior Class of Daleville High School, where he will graduate this year and is on the Junior Board of Directors at Fort Rucker First National Bank, and is an active member of Daleville Me- thodist Chur(:h. Michael is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Adkins of Dale- ville, Alabama, and the grand- son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady Brooks of Florala, Alabama. POWELL Cont. From Front all affairs pertaining to this important post. Powell lost his wife in Au- gust of 1958 and reared and offer his past record of service to Covington Countians during his three successive terms, in office and hopes it will merit the approval and support of voters. educated his four sons at a Solar Heat Use definite disadvantage, but, up~ nonetheless, doing a good job. His oldest son, Thomas, st- tended Auburn University and carries on a very successful farming operation with his fa- ther serving in an advisory ca- pacity. His second son, Car- los, is a member of the teach- ing faculty at Florala High School. Glen, son #3, is a gra- duate of an electronics school in Birmingham and makes his home in Marietta, Georgia and is employed in Atlanta with Western Electric Company. Paul, the youngest, teaches school at Darlington, Florida. Both he and Carlos are gra- duates of Troy State Univer- sity. All four boys are gra- duates of Florata High School. Powell says that he can only Oil Savings Are Small 'l'he Federal Energy Admin- istration reports that U.S. out- put of medium-temperature solar collectors, of the type used to heat homes, increased 400 per cent in the first half of 1975, to a total of 276,000 square feet. However, the FEA points out that the maximum equiva- lent amount of energy that all 276,000 square feet of collec- tors could absorb would amount to only 108 barrels of oil per day. The U.S. currently uses about 16 million barrels per day.