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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION DISSEMINATION STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. t~A d( h THE FLORALA NEWS- THURSDAY, FE BR UA RY THE FLORALA TWIRLETTES, performed as a special at half- Orndoff, who played the drums for the 'l'wlrlettes. Second row - time show during the Florala-Samson Basketball game last Fri'- Sonya Pickron, Valerie Bass, Sonya Carson, Kim Anthony. Third (lay night. The group is under the direction of Mrs. Susan Sulli- row - Pare Harrison, Lori Roberts, Tiffany Bradley, Pamela Wil- 'an son, Sharon Nobles, Pamela Martin, Kim Ballard and Jackie Lee. Pictured from left to right; front row - Dawn Burns, Prissy Twirlettes not pictured are Suzanne Chambers, Maria Carson Harrison, Wanita Dawson, Lori Carter, Tracey Worley, and Mary and Adrian Carson. INTERVIEW WITH FRANKLIN FERGUSON, INC. it& EDITORS NOTE: Last year we asked Franklin Ferguson, Inc. to allow us an interview on Business Prospects as they saw them at that difficult time. Now, again, we seek their comments on a few questions we feel are of great interest to our reading public. The interview follows: • Tell us what your general observations are for 1976. Before I address myself to your specific question please lJerxrlit a couple of observations. First. I want to say how plea- sod I am that you are taking a lournalishc interest in how those of t,s at the working level s('e the economic picture for tt.s BiCentennial year. Se- cond, let me hasten to caution yt)u and anyone who may read thi~ that I certainly do not consider myself an economic oracle. On many issues which will drastically affect our eco- nomy my crystal ball is just as cloudy as most anyone's. If we can believe what we see on the Stock Market we can pos- slbly generalize that there are a good many who feel 1976 will be a prettyood year. In our trade publications we read that the recession appears tobe t)ver. They say the turn-around took place three to four months ago. Our gross payroll figures seem to substantiate that the fourth quarter of Calendar 1975 was a much better period than the third quarter. Our payroll increased more than 10% in the fourth quarter. That is evidence of more sales, more manhours being worked and hopefully more money being taken home by our people. Therefore, based upon our observations to date, I believe we c~an say that most indicators point to a good year in 1976. Q. Although you predict a good year for 1976, I did note a slight qualification when you say "most" indicators point to a good year. This suggests that some do not. Would you com- ment'? A I guess the thing most of us fear is inflation. I rea- hze we have used that term so much in recent years that it may be losing someofits mean- in~:. However, in our business, v,'e arv always eye-ball to eye- ball with imports. Higher costs to produce mean higher selling t)rices and this means weaker c~,mpetitlon in the market against all of our competitors. Tills means we must increase our efficiency or face real pro- blems in selling our pcoduct. To give you an idea of a small part of the problem look at what it is now costing to run your home and multiply that by many times and you will begin to see the magnitude of the cost problem to run a facility the size of our plant. By this, l certainly do not intend to take a cheap shot at the utilities people because practically everything we are buying is costing us more. Another problem is unem- ployment. I think one of the most perplexing things a head of a household can face on the econ-. omic front is to not have a job,. not have a regular paycheck coming in to cover the grocery bill, the doctor bill and house- hold expenses. I noted that Sen- ator Allen tells us that al- though a record number of peo- ple will be employed in 1976, we will still have seven mil- lion or more who will be un- employed. Another thing that bothers me is the disparity between the price the farmer receives for his products and the price we pay for them when we purchase them in the retail outlets. Being a product of the farm I can certainly appreciate that pro- blem. Farmers work hard and I have never known one who was a clock watcher. , Q. Has the more tenient pro- visions of the unemployment compensation laws caused any adverse effects in your plant? A. One thing that has hap- pened is that we have drained the state fund to the place where they are again requiring our people to pay unemployment compensation deductions on each weekly paycheck up to the first $4800.00 of each persons earnings. Our people are very good about not abusing this fund but we have heard that cer- tain employers use it as a sort of substitute for a paid vacation. What they do is sim- ply close their plant or busin- ess for two or three weeks thereby throwing their people out of work so that they have a legitimate claim against the fund. I feel this is not the in- tent of the legislature and am pleased ~hat we pay our folks vacation pay and don't involve our employees in any such sub- terfuge. Here again, it is cost- ing us as employers more and this adds to the cost to pro- duce. As you can readily ap- preciate, any deductions that we have to match such as unem- ployment compensation, Social Security, or the cost of our employee benefits do increase our cost to produce. This sim- ply means that we must be very careful in all other areas so as to keep our product up in quality and competitive in price. q. We are hearing a great deal about the food stamp pro- gram. Does this create any pro- blems for you? A. 1 don't want to be mis- understood on this one. The food stamp program is good for those who cannot work. But when it begins to limit the number of hours an employee is will- in~ to work. I feel it becomes self-defeating. I had a note from one of the welfare agencies tell-, ing me that certain employees could not be permitted to work over 40 hours per week or that employees benefits under the various programs might be in jeopardy. This is discouraging to say the least. It has always been my philosophy to encour- age employees to work as much as we can permit thereby earn- ing as much as they can, thus placing themselves in a position of not having to ask for help under these varidus programs that were set up to help peo- ple who cannot work or who truly have no work. I believe that one other great thing in our country is that an aroused public opinion will begin to get results. So it is with the cost of the ever so many welfare programs. When enough public indignation is expressed we will begin to see some refinements of some of these programs to eliminate those who are able to work, who have work, but for reasons best known totbemsel- yes would rather draw benefits than work. I don't think we have too much of this. But I would be less than honest if I said we didn't have any. Q. What do you think the ef- fect will be of the decison to continue the tax cut until J,sly, 1976? A. It wail probablyhelpsome in the continuing economic rec- overy of the nation in that it will Only Lake In Northwest Florida With Abundance Of Fish leave a few more dollars in our pockets to spend. However, unless we have a cut in gov- ernment spending we will not have accomplished anything more than another increase in our national debt. I just don't know how my grandson will cope with what my generation is leaving him. Q. To bring things closer to home, how about Franklin Fer- guson Company? What do you see for employment prospects in 1976? A. We will continue to do as we have for more than 44 years. We will produce a quality pro- duce at the most competitive price we can and hope our cus- tomers will continue to buy it. We have a good reputation among our customers and value them as long time friends. Just as we value our long time em- ployees. They, too, are our friends. I would like to think that if one of our people hurts we all hurt a little too. As you know, we are still working 42 1/2 hours pe~" ~eek, which means overtime for everyone who works full time. We hope to continue this practice, how- ever that will depend upon sales. I believe most of our people know that we aren't kidding about the necessity of keeping production costs down. That is, they understand that if we aren't competitive with imports and other competitors, there will be fewer sales and that means few- er working hours. I would like to pay tribute to the wonderful folks we have in our industrial family. They are just great to work with and we have a spirit of working together in our plant. ofQ. lsth What will be the effort being an election year? Will our economy be affected by It? A. We will hear a lot of oratory; a lot of promises; and by this I certainly don't mean to put political candidates down. I take my hat off to the man who sincerely believes he has a program that will be bene- ficial to our country and takes that program to the people in the form of a candidacy for high public office. This is expen- sive; it is hard work; and it is often heartbreaking. One thing we need desperately in our na- tion is strong and good men who are God-fearing to make them- selves available for public ser- vice. As for the economic im- pact, actually one of the won- derful things about these old United States is we can absorb a lot with little ripple effect. So I don't see the political cam- paigns and the election year in general having a great economic impact. I l~elieve inflation, un- employment, taxes, and govern- ment spending will be.far more important. comfortable automobile some place between the compacts and intermediates surely we will see a strong replacement de- mand during 1977 and 1978. These are the sorts of indica- tors I see as giving us cause for guarded optimism for the longer range in our economy. MARAMAN Cont. From Front married to the former Doris Galley of Gaskin, Florida, who presently serves as dietitian at Florala City School. They have twin boys, Herb and Ken, who are fourth and fifth grade stu- dents at Florala City School. The Maramans own a small cattle farm on Route Two, Fie- rain in the Boles Mill Com- munity. Maraman's plans, if elected, are to be a full time commis- sioner and to serve the peo- ple's best interest at all times. Your vote and support will be sincerely appreciated. HARRELL Coot. From Front best of his abilities to serving the people of District 3 and all of Covington County, as well. Your vote and support in his behalf will be gi'eatly appre- ciated. IN SPRING A YOUNG MAN'S fancy turns to thoughts of love. When the water temperature in Lake Jackson reaches the 60's, big Crappies start thinking of little Crappies. "The fish are there," said Fish Biologist Norman Young, talking about Lake Jackson. He went on to say now is the best time to go fishing for Black Crappie. Lake Jackson is the only lake in northwest Florida with an abundance of Black Crappie. Young said extensive studies of the fish population in the 410 acre lake revealed that a resounding 39% of the fish population there is Crappie. Ideally, these fish are available now when fishermen don't have to compete with water skiers, swimmers, and pleasure boates. An excellent eating fish according to Young, the Black Crappie, known also as speckled perch, measure from one to thirteen inches long and weigh about a pound. Black Crappie ranks as the number one Florida fresh water game fish during the months of January, February and March, with the best time to catch Crappie being when they congregate to spawn. There are many proven methods of fishing for Crappie, and include both the fly rod and spinning gear with midget jigs, spinners or wet flies. However, the most popular and productive way to catch Crappie is still the cane pole and live bait. Ideal Crappie weather is best described as "Yankee" weather. The Crappie despises light and retreats to shade or deep water when the sun comes out good day would be overcasL clouds hiding the sun i a light drizzle falling. Another key to successful Crappie fishing is where the fish are, which means more than Crappie will not rise or drop to take the lure catch them, you need to fish at their level. No reports of successful Crappie fishing have back to Young at the Game and Fresh Water Commission; however, Young said he knows they there. Young went so far as to say there is in Lake Jackson and urges fishermen to come out harvest these delightful game fish. Either a Florida or Alabama fishing license is to fish the lake. Lake Jackson, covering some 410 acres lies equally divided between Florida and Alabama free of the surface obstruction found in other area This beautiful setting makes the lake a popular for water contact sports such as boating, swimming. The lake, reported years back to be has been given a clean bill of health. Cypress and maidencane ring the lake, making once both tranquil and serene and private. An interesting point, said Young, is the weight of in Lake Jackson. A higher poundage of fish per acre been found because of the fertility of the lake. It has been said time and again that 90% of the are caught by 10% of the fishermen. Marcia Glynn McAdams Be' ( otnes Bride Of Joseph Henry Evans Miss Marcia Glynn Me- Adams, daughter of the Rev- erend and Mrs. Glenn McAdams of Route One, Florala, Alabama and Joseph Henry Evans, son of Mrs. John Truman Evans and the late Mr. Evans, alsoofFlo- rain, were united in marriage on Saturday, January 31, at 3:00 p.m., in the lovely, spacious home of her aunt anduncle, Mr. ing gown, belonging to her aunt which was fashioned of import- ed brocaded silk, and satin train. Her bouquet was a colo- nial style of dried flowers and miniature taurus. She also carried a family heirloom white testament. Miss Deneice Kimbro, maid of honor, wore a floor length gown of white, with cape of and Mrs. Ronald Elmore of floral pastel colors and car- Route One, Andalusia, Alabama. ried a long mum. The simple, but beautiful don- Mr. Marcus Cassady, of Flo- ble ring ceremony was per- rain, served as the groom's formed by the bride's father, best man. The house captured a touch Following the ceremony, of spring with pastel flower guests were entertained with a was a lovely African Violet. The nuptials were exchang- ed in front of the huge fire- place in the den. The fire- place was arched with ivy and Lillies of the Valley, cen- tered with a white dove with baskets of pastel gladiolus on either side. Several selections of appro- priate wedding music were pre- sented by Mrs. Jan Kimbro, at the piano. arrangements, reception. The table in the old An antique washstand, with country dining room,, was laid matching mirror in the foyer in blue with an antique lace of the house, served as the re- overcloth. The three-tier gistry table. On this desk, wedding cake was embossed in~ ....... also, was an imported hand white with groups of pastel ro- painted tray holding the pas- ses, sweetpeas and tiny drop~::~ .................. i:~ tel rice bags, in back of which flowers. Finger sandwiches, nuts and mints were serv- ed from crystal and silver ap- pointments. Fruit punch was ladled from a cut glass punch bowl. Serving the cake and punch were Mrs. Rene' Thorton and Miss Rhonda Phillips. Mrs. Harold Elmore, presided over the bride's book. The bride, given in marriage by her brother, Scott McAdam#, wore a family heirloom wedd- Mrs. Ronald Elmore, plann- ed and hosted the occasion, al- so baking and decorating the wedding cake, which was very much a topic of discussion dur- ing the reception. Out-of-town guests were Mr. Mr. and Mrs. Ilenry and Mrs. Edgar G. M( and Beverly McAdamS nish Fort, Alabama. The couple is at Florala, Alabama, wll groom is employed Funeral Home. Cage Report WITH DAVE GARNER During the past week, Feb-came in the final period. The ruary 9-13, the Florala Wild- only unlucky thing that hap- cats played two games, pened to Florala on the 13th, Stranghn at Straughn and Sam- was finding out that sophomore son at Florala. guard Johnny James would not In the Straughn game, most play that night. High point for fans expected Florala to have Florala was Jeffery Owens, a pretty rough time. This pre- once again this time with 23 diction held true for the first points. quarter, as the score was Flo- NEXT WEEK: Red Level rala 17 to Straughn's 16. In and Georgiana games. the second quarter, the 'Cats opened the game up a little bit as they pulled out to a 31- NOW LISTEN HERE GENTLEMEN! THIS IS THE WAY IT OUGHT TO BE. tured, from left, Commissioner Jerry Adams of Opp, Tax Assessor Sol Tisdale of A A. T. McRaeof Florala could have easily straightened out the world's problems as they "bull" session on the Court House steps following the Democratic Committee Meeting in Saturday, February 14. Tisdale says he is just going to sit back and enjoy this race. Of course, he wouldn't to give out a little advise if anyone should need it. He says that when his current term in is up, he will retire to such things as playing golf, the rocking chair, etc. Adams will be political trail once again and seems to be looking forward to this activity. Mr. McRae of Q. This is a bit far-out, 25 halftime margin. Afterthe y M |~aaM"I|[[W~I' serves asconfidantetoallthepoliticians. He has a sympathetic ear and can surely but do you see any signs for half, the Wildcats continued to 0t I clans where they have fallen short in the .past, if they care to listen. the longer period beyond 1976? gain momentum and pulled out A. That is a good one and to a somewhat surprising49- ~ m=~m=~~a,m m,,,,m=m, I'm not at all certain I should 34 lead. In the fourth quar- ~__~_~__ HELLO FRIENDS & CITIZENS: even comment upon it, for fear ter, the 'Cats exploded and ~ ~ ~1/'~"~ _Jr ,,'~t t#. To those who get to read these little articles of of making me look silly in 1977 brought back to Florala, astun- ~ 7~7f ( HI'/ 7/~/~77f~'/. love for my fellowman, about 40 in the past 12 months but I will offer an opinion. It ning 76-52 win over the ~----~ ~ ~ .... "'"~" """ "~"Qo~the words have been deleted, mispelled etc. and that seems to me that the indica- Stranghn Tigers. High point ~ G~ _[~-~ ..... -~Qo~ ,~--~"~ cally alter the story and picture stacked words cane tars are goodfor an expanding man for Florala was Jef- ~~- k.~. ~v-~J ~ ~...~-~ condem, condone etc. the article and/or the writer. economy during 1976 and be- fery Owens with 19 points ~ ~,,~e~ ~ef~,~fy~,~-,~ The spotlight on law, health, ethics, advertising, ed yong. So many variables are On Friday the 13th, theWild- ~,~--~--~*'f~'~ is every citizensbusiness, not only the authorities, news present. For example, one of cats played their last home ~~ f ~ ~ '~ \"~ -~f other organizations. .~ our largest industries in the US game of the season as they took ] ~ ~'-~...~ Many people are being misled by design. I speak and wrtt' is the automobile industry. It on the Samson Tigers. As Flo- ~~ / J /r'=~--x~._J ~the front or open and not from the bushes or back. appears that "Detroit" hasnow rain had done just two weeks ,- I- • '",lM~X ) ~"- If you are smart and have the latest on what's hapi gotten the word and will con- previous, they rolled to a lop- "Did van ,v,,, m:.,~ ,he, will happen to America in the years ahead, I still may tinue to offer excellent low gas- sided score in every quarter. "- .............. lit ' arguing with some people is you a tie better up to date. Try me soon for oline consumption automobiles The Cats held a 45-18 lead at "Oh, stop groining, Ger. like trying to read a newspaper for the American public. If the half and finally won by a can and probably will turn me off any day now. they do continue the trend, we margin of 90-63. Of those 63 trude! We towed for the mt in n high wind?" DAN now see in manufacture of a points that Samson scored, 31 and you IosL" P.O. BoX Lockhart,