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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. E SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. k BEAUTIFUE LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST ESTABLISHED IN 1900 LOCATION OF 103 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS URTH YEAR NUMBER 49 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1974 lOc PER SINGLE COPY THIRD AGRI-BUSINESS IN U.S. TO RECEIVE LOAN $, AGRI-RAMA SPEAKERS accept keys to the city Evans. Pictured, from left, are Bo Kinard, Andalusia; Gene Ragan, Farm Consul- of Dothan; Edwin Wheeler, President, Washington, D.C.; Mayor Ewns; W. B. Til- n Soybean Association, Plainview, Texas; ommittee, National Peanut Council, Sam- is n~.# or ever, has had: anything to do with Alabama or northwest Florida, was on han~ Brothers of Florala celebrate their third soon after 10:00 o'clock with prayer Williamson of the First Baptist Church by Florala's Mayor Joe R. Evans. temperature below freezing, hundreds of people were beginning to congregrate in the National Guaro Armory to hear reports from widely known speakers in the agri- culture field. A delicious lunch featuring some of the finest barbeque South Alabama has to offer was enjoyed by all- not to mention char- broiled, 1 I/2 inch thick pork chops being prepared by repre- sentati.ves from the Alabama Pork Producers Association, right there inside the auditorium. This was a sight to behold, and oh, so mouth-watering. The afternoon was exciting with fun-filled activities such as steer roping, offering prizes to the top three winners. Farm machinery of every size, shape and description was about through- out the grounds, along with an array of prize cattle and hogs for the pleasure of visitors. A more detailed report of the Agri-Rama spectacular will ap- pear in next week's edition of the News. Qualifies For Seat Foshee has ~cond term Dis- Coy- and part ~e follow- senate: Chair- arriers; County Legis- said, WOuld like tile pri- them in my gained would re- dis- clean, to work hard and honestly for all the people of this district." BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE NEEDS PLANTS Mrs. Homer Johnson, presi- dent of the Florala Garden Club, requests that anyone hav- trig any volunteer palms, which have come up in your flower beds or in unwanted places in your yard, please contact Mrs. Vester Gamble, Mrs. Car- lous Buffalow or Mrs. Johnson. The Garden Club is in the process of transplanting palms onto the medians in places where the trees have died and need quite a few more plants rio do the job. This is a con- tinuation of the beautification program now underway in the City of Florala. Your cooper- ation in this effort will cer- tainly be appreciated. The ladies remind you that CONTINUED TO PAGE 5 . . JACKSON FRANK JACKSON ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY Ion 1974, at t. a barge truck the Walton structed and major around Span- De- traffic is also .y transportation for persons, not vehicles. Spangenberg also stated an estimated damage could not be given at present--only a guess- of one million dollars. It would depend upon if construction comes from the foundation up or just the roadway of the bridge. Divers have not been able to determine complete damage because of the debree and unsafe condition of the bridge. There is approximately 350 feet of bridge missing. All of the damage was done to the south side of the draw bridge and the north side is still standing firm. Traffic has been routed by highways 79 and 85. This is through West Bay or Fort Wal- ton. When the bridge was struck the bridge tenders house was also destroyed. The tender at the time of the accident was W. C. McCarter of Bay Grove. His body has not been found as of five days later. Frank Jackson announced this week that he has officially qua~ lifted for the House of Repre- sentatives for district 75. District 75 is made up of most of Covington County. Jackson has served Covington and Geneva Counties for the last two terms, and during thattime he has served on the powerful rules committee and also on the state administration and local government committees. Jackson stated that he would make one simple promise and that is to continue to work on the many projects that he has been working on for the last several years. He also stated that he is in- terested in honest and progres- sive govex'nment for the people of this area. He is married and the father of three married daughters, Jackson and his wife maketheir home in Forest Park in Opp. He said that he has enjoyed serving the people of district 75 and will make a sincere and honest effort to do so in the future if re-elected. LUDLAM'S STORE BURGLARIZED I FRIDAY NIGHT Ludlam's Store in Laurel Hill was entered sometime last Fri- day night, where more than $150 in cash and merchandise was reported to have been carted off, according to Okaloosa de- putys Randall Stewart and Glenn Barbree, following an inves- tigation early Saturday morning of the incident. A detailed loss report com- piled by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Porter Ludlam, are as follows: cash $50.00; cigarettes $96.25; pocket and wrist wat- ches $17.95; and pocket knives $15.00, for a total of $179.20. Apparently the thief was after those items with a possible quick turn-over, in that the large store was full of grocer- ies, meats, dry goods and shoes, along with cosmetics and other related items. Entry into the building, ac- cording to the officers, was gained through the front door by removing a pice of cardboard over a small part of the glass door which bad been previously broken, and reaching through this opening pried a hasp-type and then pried open the lock on the door. , Zorn Bros., Inc., a fertilizer service company of Florala was announced Friday, February 22, as the third agri-business in the United States to receive a Farmers Home Administration loan guarantee, enabling the firm to continue operations and protecting a valuable pay- roll for the community. The Bank of Florala is pro- viding a $300,000 loan, 90 per cent of which is guaranteed by the FHA. The announcement was made in the House Chamber last Fri- day by Governor George Wal- lace; John Garrett, State FHA administrator; and C. Jack Zorn, president. According to Garrett, "As far as we know, this is the third loan guarantee made to an agri- business under the Rural De- velopment Act of 1972. We are happy for the opportunity of service to a firm which not ealy provides a payroll for Flo- rala but a much needed service for soybean, peanut, wheat, and cattle farmers in the surround- tug areas of Alabama and Flo- rida." Governor Wallace expressed pleasure in the announce- ment and said that agri- business firms were impor- tant to the economic growth of Alabama. He termed the an- nouncement an excellent ex- ample of local, State and Fed- eral agencies working together for the benefit of a community. "Zorn Bros. had been a dealer for a major fertilizer producer s!lice its organization in 1971. Becanse of recent critical ~kortages of fertilizer, the pro- lqluce - sometlme ago noti- ' fled '~Zorn Br0s. t~t i~:wa's changing its marketing program drastically and was terminating all agency program. Needing operating capital, Zorn approached the Alabama Development Office for as- sistance in securing the re- quired funds. Tony Warner was given the assignment for co- ordinating the project. Florala officials were brought In contact with FIIA officials who provided the in- gredients necessary for suc- cess. The ADO is keenly interest- ed in helping to develop the agri- business sector of Alabama's economy," stated R. C. "Red" Bamberg, ADO director and a former State Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries. "We are extremely pleased that a close working relationship ex- ists between the FHA. and ADO as well as other organizations. We hope that this experience in working with Zorn Bros. will eventually result in simi- lar projects by other Alabama- based agri-business firms." Zorn Bros. prepared ba- lanced fertilizers according to a formula determined by scientific soil tests. With a fleet of trucks, it then delivers and distributes the fertilizer to far- mers m a latimer area surround- PAXTON'S BOBCATS pose with First Place Trophy after District Playoffs. Pictured left to right, kneeling are: (front row) - Rocky Stokes, Dennis Geoghagan, David Burlison, Billy Pridgeon, and Jo Jo Milton; Top Row, left to right, Coach OX on owns IBm or ass The first round tournaments for the State Championship in Class IA were played Friday night and Saturday night at the Walton High School Gym- nasium. Friday night's action saw the mighty Pirates of Ponce de Leon downing the Laurel Hlll Hoboes by a margin of 5 points, and Paxton's Bobcats defeated the Freeport Bulldogs by a score of 59 to 45. Final round of the District 1 tournament saw the No. I rated Ponce de Leon Pirates going against State ranked Paxton,. with the Bobcats pu_ttl~ it all together to defeat the Pirates by a score of 52 to 43. High scorers for Paxton were Wash- ington with 16 points, followed by Varuum with 12. In a los- ing effort, Beard of the Pirates tossed in 18 points, and team- mate Yarborough netted II points. Continuing play for the State Tournament bids, the Region Tournament will also beplayed in the Walton High Gym this Friday and Saturday nights, March 1 and Z. The four teams involved in this tournament advanced JACK, LYNN AND GLENN ZORN ing Florala. The present loan is the first phase of a two-phase program according to Zorn. Phase II, which will be announced later, will call for building a large grain elevator at Florala to serve the storage needs of soy- bean and grain farmers in the irea. Other officers of Zorn Bros. ae Glen D. Zorn, vice pre- sident and production manager, and Lynn G. Zorn, vice presi- dent, secretary and sales mana- ger. Rex Whitcomb is president of the Bank of Florala, and Ed- ward P. Rodwell, Jr. is chair- man. EDITORS NOTE A full report of the joint meeting between City Council and City Planning Commission will appear in next weeks issue of the News Larry Geoghagan, Danny Varnum, Mike Hulion, Parl Varnum, Mike Thomas, Corrigan C~mpbell, Clint Washington, and Coach Tom Pittman. once eon rlc le through play in their respec- tive districts, and are Malone, Allentown, Paxton and Wewa- hitchaka. Friday night's action will pit a strong Malone team against Allentown, with the second game action being between Pax- ton and Wewahitchaka. First game will be played at 7:30 and the second game is sche- duled to begin at 9:00 p.m. The final round action will be played Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., with the winner of this tournament traveling to Jack- sonville to participate in the State Finals for Class IA, March 8 and 9. At the pre- sent time there are 16 teams still vicing for positions in the State Playoffs, and after com- pletion of this week's tourna- ment action, there will be only 4 teams remaining. Tickets for this tournament action games will cost $1.75 for adults and $1.25 for stu- dents, as set by the Florida High School Athletic Associa- tion.