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L LAKE JACKSON &amp; GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST ESTABLISHED IN 1900 LOCATION OF 101 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS !COND YEAR NUMBER 52 HOLLAND, of Luverne (left) the former Miss Lurleen State Junior College is shown with the new winner, Cain, of Opp, and Miss Alabama, Ceil Jenkins served as a judge for the schooPs second pageant held last week in Andalusia. :RESHMAN CROWNED 19 year old fresh: has been crown- Miss Lurleen B. Junior College. daughter of Mr. C. Cain, was climax of a spec- ung filled with s majoring in phy- on at LBW, with After corn- at the Anda- she plans to at- Iniversity. rst Alternate was ms, of Andalusia, and Mrs. J.T. iss Williams is a ajoring in secre- lean, of Greenville, second alternate. of Mr. and Mrs. Ston Glenn, she is elementary educa- was Ellen eenville, daughter Emmett Sims. Is a freshman ran- education. nut the Top Five Paulk, of a sophomore r of Mr. and Mrs. major is ele- contestants for "Miss Congeal- Was Janie Benton, majoring in Miss Benton of Mr. and Mrs. ttestants included in e Evelyn Farm- Anna Black- ann, Diane Posey, ernadette Frank- a and Teresa Burk- e. Judges for the pagenat were Ceil Jenkins, Miss Alabama, actor- director Phillip Alford and Bob Wiggins, host for the weekly educational television series, "Now People" PAXTON-FLORALA SOFTBALL LEAGUE MEETING SET The Paxton-Florala Softball League will hold a meeting at the Paxton Town Hall, Tuesday night, March 7, 1972 at 7 o'clock. All managers, sponsors and players are urged to attend. FFA CHAPTER TO OBSERVE HOBO DAYS, MARCH 7, 8, 9 The Florala FFA Chapter will be observing Hobo Days Tues- day, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 7, 8, and 9. The first year Agribusiness Class willbe working Tuesday; the second year group will work Wednes- day; and the 3rd and 4th year boys will work Thursday. Each group of 3 or four boys will be assigned a street and one will ring the door bell at each home to ask for odd jobs or any work that needs to be done around the hqme and lawn. A reasonable chgrge will be made for the work done; and the money received for the work will go to finance the FFA parent-son banquet April 28. The checks should be written to the Florala FFA. For further' information contact W. F. Ras- berry after 5:00 p.m. at8-4435. LE ODOM gave a very interesting program at Rotary Club last Wednesday, February Fred White had charge of the program and Speaker. program was on basketball and what it means and students. He brought out the information that School basketball team has been outstanding years. Florala has been in the Regional Tour. )m the Rotary sponsored Interact Cl'ab were Britt Coach Odom, and Larry Hamilton. FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 WATER WORKS BOARD TELLS OF EFFORTS TO CLEAR WATER The Water Works Board is asking water users to note a plan they have for clearing the water. In an effort to try and clear up the colored water so many have been tormented with, they are going to flush the fire hydrants every two weeks be- ginning Friday, March 3. This flushing of the fire hy- drants will be done every other Friday for awhile. Users of city water are asked to check your water for color be- fore washing clothes. The Board promises that when a change is being made as to the flushing of the fire hydrants they will notify the press and a news release will be publish- ed notifying them of such a change. There has been some pro- blems for sometime of citizens getting colored water through their pipes and there has been complaints of clothing damaged by the colored water. The Board is making every effort to cor- rect this situation and is work- ing with the Health Department and other departmept, . make the correction. CommJssio,,urs Now Run County -Wide There continues to be some confusion among voters in ref- erence to the fact that Com- missioners from all Districts must run countywide. In the past voters of District 3 only voted for the candidate for Mem- ber of the Commission for Dis- trict 3. Now voters of the en- tire county will be voting on the District 3 candidate as well as voters in District 3 having a   to whets elected.from each of the other districts of the county. This is the first time that voters have had the privilege of casting a vote for a candi- date outside the district. There is one advantage to all candi- dates running countywide in the fact that the elected Commis- sions will be known by all the county as well as the official knowing all the county and the problems of each of the dis- tricts. Voters should remember that all candidates for Members of the Board of Commission for Covington County are to be vot- ed on countywide and when meet- ing the candidates from other districts, spend enough time with them to get to know them well enough to be able to vote for the candidate he or she thinks most qualified for the place. Read the messages of the candidates in the Political Column in this newspaper and readers will also have the pri- vilege of reading a front-page news story about each of the candidates with political an- nouncements before election time. On the week prior to the first Democratic Primary of May 2nd, a picture and news story about each of the can- didates, with formal announce- ments, will again be carried in this newspaper. SiX BURGLARIES IN LOCAL AREA SOLVED Five of the six burglaries of the Lockhart School and an incident at Florala High School, about three weeks ago, have been solved, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Glen Chambers. He had the assist- ance of Willie D. Alford, Chief of Police of Lockhart and De- puty Sheriff Don Harrell. The office of Florala High School was broken into and cash taken. From the Lockhart school, the latest break-ins, was for money but prior to that it had been four televi- sions and three record players. The boys responsible for these burglaries are ages from lZ to 17. According to Sheriff Cham- bers, an arrest has been made on the theft of a tape player and an attempted break-in has been reported at Fowler Gro- cery. In that case, a pane was broken from a door, allowing the burglar to open the door from the inside. Only soft drinks were reported taken in that case. In all the school break-ins, the same group of boys were responsible or had a part in some way for the action. COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1972 10 PER SINGLE COPY ii j i MASONIC CELEBRATION COMMITTEE PLANS MEETING, MARCH 6 There will be a meeting of the June 24th committee Mon- day night, March 6, at the Ma- sonic Hall, beginning at 7:30 o'clock. All members of the various committees are asked to be present and those who will help with the celebration are cordially invited to attend. The chairman of the cel.Lik=. tionneeds help and is-asking those who will volunteer to be at this meeting. The celebra- tion committee is making an effort to get a head start this year but they must have the help of everyone and especially those who are will- ing to lend a hand in the con- tinuing of this grand celebration. The celebration this year will mark the 102rid year that the celebration has been observed. If the pioneers of those first celebration could organize and keep the affair continuing during war years, and during depres- sion years, with the hardships of those days, certainly today the celebration should continue with modern conveniences in travel, etc. Be at the meeting Monday night, March 6th, at 7:30 o'clock at the Masonic Hall on the corner of West Fifth Avenue and North Sixth Street. MERVIN ELLIS QUALIFIES FOR COMMISSIONER #1 Mervin Ellis, a self employ- ed Opp businessman, has an- nounced his candidacy for the position of Covington County Commissioner. from District .: One, Opp. Ellis has been employed lo- cally in the carpet and floor covering business for Seventeen years and is now self employ- ed in that field. In addition, Ellis does part time farming in Covington County. He married the former Ellen Wiggins, also of Covingte " County, and they have four child- ren, Lavaughn, Judy, Barbara and Deborah, all graduates of Opp High School. Ellis served in the army dur- ing 1954 and 1955 before re- turning to Opp to go into the floor covering installation held. He is a graduate of Straughn High School, a member of the Baptist faith and a member of the Opp Fire Department. Ellis stated that he would work hard for his district and the county as a whole if elect- ed and that he would try to give the people good, honest govern- ment and would listen to the problems of all the districts. NEW LOCATION The Vanity Beauty Shop is formerly announcing in an adv- ertisement in this issue of the newspaper that they have moved to a new location at the Carla Plaza Shopping Center on East Fifth Avenue. See their ad for an opening special. As long as there are final examinations, there will be prayers in public schools.-- Harold S. May, The Florence (Ala.) Herald. Even a nev: broom won't sweep clean unless someone uses it--James A. Williams, Jr., Southwest Virginia En- terprise. APRIL 15 DEADLINE FOR BAMA TAX PAYERS April 15, 1973, may seem a distant deadline for Alabama taxpayers to meet in filing their 1972 federal income tax return. But, according to the Internal Revenue Service, Alabamians should take steps now to insure their amount of tax withheld for 19% more closely matches their tax liability for the year. Officials at the IRS District headquarters in Birmingham said today that in the past many taxpayers have been claiming fewer exemptions than they were entitled to in order to avoid paying additional tax at the end of the year. This is no longer necessary, says the IRS, for the new withholding tax tables effective in January were designed to correct the under- withholding problem experienc- ed by many taxpayers in 1971. Taxpayers most affected by underwithholding were working couples and persons who held more than one job. These persons may now file a new From W-4--Employee's Withholding Exemption Certifi- cate--to insure that the correct CONTINUED TO PAGE 5 FCS Considers Construction Of New Gym State and local appropriations for capital outlay expenditures for the past decade plus (10-15 years) have made it finacially feasible for Florala City School to consider the construction of gym facilities. Such a struc- ture would accommodate 500- 750 people as proposed by the architect's basic plan in the amount of $176,000. The a'ccumulation of $35,000 for the proposed gym construc- tion has been extended over a period of years along with Gov. Brewer's across - the - board Capital outlay allocation to each school system in Alabama in the amount of $100,000 with the stipulation that such funds be used only for instructiona capi ' CONTINUED TO PAGE $ More Candidates In Demo Primary, May 2 .. GILCNRIST GILCHRIST SEEKING TAX COLLECTOR'S POST W. A. (Alvin) Gilchrist of 418 West Hart Avenue, Opp, Ala- bama, having qualified [or Tax Collector of Covington County, solicits your vote and support and states that it will be ap- preciated and always remem- bered. Gilchrist married the former Estelle Colquett and they have four children: Mrs. Roy Bailey and James A. Gilchrist of Ope- lika, Alabama; Richard Gil- christ of Huntsville, Alabama, and William Sidney Gilchrist of Irving, Texas. Gilchrist is a member of the South Side Baptist Church where he is secretary and member of the Board of Deacons, Sunday School teacher and member of the Opp Masonic Lodge #605. He has been a traveling sales- man throughout Southeast Ala- bama and Northwest Florida for twenty-three years. He has been conducting polls for the George Gallup organization of Prince- ton, New Jersey on weekends since the Barry Goldwater cam- paign in 1964. If elected, Gilchrist promises to be sincere and faithful to this trust. WORK-RELEASE PROGRAM STUDIED IN PRISONS Board of Corrections Com- missioner L.B. Sullivan is mov- ing rapidly toward establishing a work-release program for in- mates in the Alabama Prison System. Immediately upon its becoming law, Sullivan secured Board approval to proceed in getting work:release into ope- ration, even though no additional funds were available. The recently opened pre-re- lease center at Draper Correc- tional Center will be expanded to include twenty-fofir inmates for work-release by April 1. Wayne Booker, work-release director, says "I see no rea- son why we can't have the cen- ter in operation by the time suggested by Commissioner Sullivan." Booker continued, "The suc- cess of the work-release pro- gram will depend a great deal on the willingness of employ- ers in the community to hire and use the skills of these inmates." He emphasized that, "These inmates will be care- fully screened before being placed in work-release. They must be minimum security, have a job skill, and be within six months of being released from prison." Booker, who has been studying work-release for sev- eral months in preparation for this, pointed out that, "In other states work-release has drama- tically reduced the re-arrest rate from an average 70% to CONTINUED TO PAGE S BOLES BOLES ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR COMMISSIONER Earl C. Boles, a native of Covington "'County, born and reared in the Babble Commu- nity, near Opp, has formally announced that he is a candi- date for a place on the Board of Commission, District One, Opp. Boles is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. BM. Boles of the Babble Community. Both his parents were born and raised in Covington County. His mother, Minnie Day Boles, died on March 5, 1969 and exact- ly two years later to the day, on March 5, 1971, his father, Burie M. Boles, died. He married Mary Wood, who is also a native of Covington County, and they have two child- ren. Their son, Paul, is mar- ried and Hinton, the youngest, lives at home. Boles has farmed for 30 years and has worked at the Micolas Mills in Opp for the past 17- years. He stated that when a child he was interested in farm- ing and told about his first vegetables he sold. He sold a lot of vegetable eggs for 5 each. Then he added okra along with the vegetable eggs. He was in business long be- fore he was grown. Today his truck farming includes the same vegetables along with peas, but- terbeans and corn as well as other vegeAables being added occasionally. Boles said he would do his very best to see as many peo- ple as possible before election day but that his time would be somewhat limited because of his duties at Micolas Mills. HARPER W. W. HARPER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY W. W. (Woodrow) Harper of Route Two, Opp, has qualified as a candidate for Member of the Board of Commission, Cov- ington County, subject to the Democratic Primaries of May 2 and May 30, 1972. Harper was born and reared in Covington County, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Har- per, pioneers of Horn Hill. He attended the Blair School, now a church, Beaulah school, Kin- ston and graduated at Elba High School in 1935. He married the former Agnes Maughon and they have three sons, Rowayne, Sherwood and Jerry and three grandchildren. He is a farmer, cattle grower and operates a modern store at Horn Hill whdre he is the mayor, at present. He is a member oftheCattle- man's Association. The Harper family takes an active part in the religious, cultural and edu- cational life of their community. Harper was a candidate for Member of the Board of Com- mission, District 1, in 1960 and he and J. L.Graves, who CONTINUED TO PAGE 5 .. ADAMS JERRY ADAMS SEEKS RE-ELECTION COMMISSION #1 Jerry Adams, operator of Adams Farm Supply in Opp, has qualified for re-election to Place One (Opp District_), Cov- ington County Board o-f Com- missioners. Adams was born in Pike ounty and moved to Covington unty in 1925. His parents; the late Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Adams, were long-time resi- dents of the Estothel com- munity. He and his late wife, the former Maude Deal, had one son, Jerry, Jr., who is mar- ried and has 3 children. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Adams has been interested through the years in the reli- gious and civic activities of Opp. He is an active member of the First Baptist Church, a charter member of the Opp Lions Club, serving as presi- dent in 1959 and 1960. Be is a member of the Opp Country Club and served as president of that group for two years. He served 12 years on the Opp City Council. In 1970, he was selected to receive the Citizen CONTINUED "11) PAGE 5 COMPLETE LIST OF COVINGTON CANDIDA TES ANNOUNCED Wednesday, March 1, at noon, was the deadline for qualifying as a candidate in the Demo- cratic Primaries of May 2nd and 30th, and there were few changes from last week's re- port. BAMA LEGISLATURE AMENDS STATE G. I. BENEFIT ACT one who may think there's a pos- sibility of their having eligi- bility. Bennett Bass empha- sized, however, that the same benefits are also available to wives, unremarried widows and children of certain disabled and deceased veterans of all wars. The office of VSO Bennett Bass is located in {he Court- house in Andalusia, Alabama. Office hours are 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fri- day, and the telephone number is 222-5481. GIVE ........... m ft. 0 r- The Alabama Legislature, during the last Special Session, amended the Alabama G. I. and Dependents Educational Bene- fit Act. It extends the bene- fits to dependents of Alabama servicemen who are prisoners of war in Vietnam, or listed as missing in action while serving as a member of the armed for- ces during wartime or as a result of extra-hazardous ser- vice. It is required, however, that the serviceman must have been a permanent resident of Alabama for at least one year immediately prior to entry into service. The new amendment provides free tuition and instructional fees in state-supported insti- tutions of higher learning or state trade schools for wives, unremarried widows and chil- dren. Bennett Bass, Veterans Ser- vice Officer, Alabama Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs, for Covington County, stated that he has full information concerning these new benefits and will be pleased to discuss it with any- m O < if) . ffl HEART FUND For Board of Education, Place #5 (Florala & Lockhart), Dr. James Denney, incumbenL is being challenged by James W. Laird. Candidates for members of the Board of Commission Cov- ington County and the Districts for which they are running are as follows: DISTRICT # 1 (OPP) - Jerry Adams, incumbent, Earl C. Boles, Mervin Ellis and W. W. Harper. DISTRICT # 2 (ANDALUSIA) -Wead Hicks, Leonard Keaa, Hilton L. Lassiter, Charlie Lawson, Jim Paul Williams, Bobby Wilson and O. D."Peck '' Worley. DISTRICT # 3 (FLORALA)- J. T. Harper, J. C. Laird, Trent Lewis, Cliff Maddox, Rex Harrelson, J. H. Caraway., Ray Jackson. DISTRICT # 4 (RED LEVEL) - Billy T. Hughes, Warren Hut- cheson, DeWitt Sims, T. H. Maynard. CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF COMMISSION - J. L. Graves, of Opp, Hiram Pitts of Red Level, A. R. Woodham of Opp and Randel Mikel of Andalusia. 'AX COLLECTOR - Mar- garet P. Bass, incumbent, and W. A. "Alvin" Gilchrist, T. Ivey Powell, and Foster Weed. TAX ASSESSOR- SoloinG;, Tisdale, incumbent, Bill J. Mar- tin, Frank Moore. CONSTABLE, BEAT 9 (Flor- ala) - Willie Harrison, Sr. of Florala.