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March 7, 1974

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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. -ICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. E. p. REGISTER SWEARS IN MAXINE G. HUTCHESON as Lockhart Postmaster. SEE PICTURES INSIDE G. Hutcheson Installed tmaster In Lockhart was of- .Postmaster in cere- morn- aary Z7, r, SCF Manager/Postmaster of Dot- han, Alabama presiding. The ceremony was attended by a number of Postmasters, past Postmasters, and in- terested friends. Prior to the Les Seymour Qualifies Representative Race Ymour has the Ala- ounty Dis- County federal ontgomery and Geneva Years James and Andalusia. time he with the Cldbs in An- County. conflict he Air Force. he is an ac- American 3reign ! interest in Its economic has served Area Chain- and is pre- director in He is ser- as secre- Plann- ,eing past Mer- and having )n Tile Board Commerce, Ington Ru- and De- given him of the County. the form- ren attends and Jim Middle y- my opinion and .qved Seymour their fair share of our tax dollar or enough aid from our state capflol. I intend to use every facility available to work for the advancement of Cov- ington County, especially in industrial development, trans- portation and highway safety and our educational facilities. I think that education alone can solve more economical and social problems than any one thing. It is well known that for many years most new industries have located north of Montgomery. I believe that our elected officials here in Covington County along with others in South Alabama can work together and start the industrial and hiehwav growth CONTINIIFFJ Tn PAP.I: installation, the Rev. Jim Car- away, pastor of the Lockhart Baptist Church, opened will" prayer. A reception followec with refreshments being serve to those attending, hosted b) Mrs. Robbie Lee Myerson, Mrs Linda Cassady, Mrs. Belt) Gomillion and Mrs. Aneli~ Laird. Approximately sixt} friends and postal patrons were present for the installation ser- vice and reception. Mrs. Hutcheson began hez work in the Postal Service Jun{ 30, 1966 as a part-time clerk. She held this position until June ~.3, 197~. when she was appointed officer-in-charge at the time of Mrs. Katherine T. Perry's re- tirement. Mrs. Hutcheson received word from J. W. Jackson, act- ing District Manager Postmas- ter of Birmingham on February ~.2 by telephone that her appoint- ment as Postmaster would be effective February 23, 1974. Mrs. Hutcheson is a graduate of Paxton High School, and is married to Avenangh Hutche- son, who is presently employed with the Florala Postal Service. They have two daughters, Renee, a sophomore at Florala High School and Reyona, a se- cond grader at W.S. Harlan at Lockhart. Postmaster Hutcheson ex- pressed appreciation for the confidence placed in her, saying she would strive constantly to live up to expectations. In giving the installation ad- dress, Register commented: "In officially installing Mrs. Hutcheson into office hereto- day, we have evidence of a change for the better that has been reaffirmed as a matter of law, under postal reorganiza- tion. "In early 1969, President Nixon and former Postmaster General Winton M. Blount or- dered an end to one tradition that we do not want or need- that of appointing postmasters under political patronage Un- der the president's mandate, all postmasters are being ap- pointed on a strict merit basis, entirely apart from political considerations. "The installation here today of Mrs. Hutcheson as Postmas- ter represents an implementa- tion of that policy." THE TROPHY for the Region IA Championship are the Co-Captains for the Presenting the trophy was John E. Baldwin, Superintendent of Public Instruction Principal David Drake of the host school. Pictured; '" John E. Campbell, Dennis Geo~ha~an, and David E. Drake. living In their role to victory, the lahassee A&M at ,8:00 a.m. Ca- Bobcats downed Wewauhitchka Friday morning. This Semi- up the in the semi-final game by the final Game for the StateCham- witha score of 75-45. In Paxton's pionship will be broadcasted theAllen- attempt to win the state cham- locally. pionship, they will play Tal- SEE PICTURES INSIDE f~ ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 103 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS SEVENTY-FOURTH YEAR FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY ESTABI.ISIIEI) IN 19OO NUMBER 50 i THURSDAY. MARCH 7. 1974 lOe PER SINGI,E COPY i ,, , , i AREA 2 CHAMPS - From left to right (back row) - Fletcher Gibson, Mike Welch, Michael Roof, Be Caraway, Sylvester Owens, Lane Cravey, Romanuel Gundrum, Terry Franklin, Bill Sellars, managers Gilbert Shaw and Dutch Lee. Front row, left to right - c.uach Dale Odom, Robert James, .letfery Owens, Gregory Burke, Assistant Coach I)anny Itarrison and Assistant C.ach James Wallace. reel ampt i g The Florala Wildcats finished their regular season with a re- cord of 23 and 3 to advancd cord of 23 and 3 to advance to the Area 3 Tournaments. Their first game was against Hartford, which they emerged victor by a score of 83-63. Florala had only a ~. point lead going to the end of the first quarter, but picked up 5 more points in the second period. In the third period, the Wildcats managed only to increase their lead by one more point, but outscored Hartford 12 in the final quarter. Florala had four players in double figures; Robert James ~.6 points, Jeffery Owens 14 points, Sylvester Owens 1Z points, and Gregory Burke IZ points. In the second game Florala played Georgiana, who had an 11-12 record for season play. The Wildcats had only a 23 to 22 lead after first half play, but going into the third quarter, they picked up 7 points to their lead. Final score of the game was 7Z to 63. High scorers were Robert James 23 points. Greg Burke 14 points, Sylvester Owens I I points, and Be Caraway with 10 points. In the finals of the Area 3 Tournament, the Wildcats had to play Red Level, defeatmgthe Tigers by a score of 64 to 60. Robert James had 20points and Sylvester Owens sank 19. All of Florala's hopes for the State Tournam~ent was ~recked by a strong Ashford Team Sa- turday night in the Headland Gym. Final score of the game was Ashford 75. Florala 65. By ffartv ilvrd Progress is slow; this we all know And those interested in the progress of the Florala Municipal Airport had about decided the day would nevet~ come when lights would be in- stalled. But, it is not so. Chair- man of the Airport Authority James York advises us that the lights have been ordered and will be in ready for installa- tion, within the next four to six weeks. Other improvements made recently include a center strip painted down the runway and numbers at each end. Band Di- rector Charles Crum sketched the numbers off for painting and, as usual, with his art work, did a beautiful job. Lo- cal pilot enthusiast appreciate his civic mindedness. It has been reported that the airport runway is being abused and used as a race track by un- identified individuals. This is very definitely in defiance of every rule in the book and vio- lators will be arrested and fined by members of the Florala Po- lice Department who patrol the airport regularly. City To Remove Old Cars The City of Florala will re- move any old or abandoned car or truck from anyones property at no cost during ,the month of March. It is estimated there are over 300 such autos in the city of Florala. These abandon ve- hicles are homes for mosquitos, rats and snakes and are a health hazard to the entire city. David Willis, local repre- sentative of Liberty National Life Insurance has been ap- pointed chairman of this drive. Anyone having cars ortrucks on their property can have them removed by calling city hall, telephone 8-3695. Assistance is being asked from Civic Clubs, Boy Scouts and other interested citizens in making this drive a success. Hartzog Appointed Inspector Grady Hartzog of Florala has been appointed building in- spector for the City of Flo- rala, Mayor Joe Evans an- nounced today. In a meeting with local contractors on Mon- day night, February 25, 1974, it was pointed out that build- ing codes as adopted by the city was necessary in making controlled growth. Anyone needing assistance can contact Grady Hartzog at telephone 8-0518 or by calling city hall. Persons doing their own re- pair work are not required to obtain a permit. If a contrac- tor is hired to do repair work, a permit is required but no cost is involved. For the construction of new homes or buildings as well as additions to homes and build- ing, a permit is required and cost is $1.50 per thousand as to construction cost. MEETING SCHEDULED FOR PLANNING JUNE 24TH CELEBRATION There will be an organiza- tional meeting for the planning of the 104th Annual Masonic Celebration Monday night, Monday night, March II, 7:30 in the Masonic Lodge. All those interested in pro- moting this years celebration and will help in any way are urged to attend this meeting. A lot of hands will be needed to promote this year's event and it would be most incouraging to the "old faithfuls" if a lot of new faces would show up eager to meet the challenge of chair- manship to any one of the many activities to be scheduled. Pictured from left to right: Billy McLain, Covington County Custodian: Dave Howard, AVM Representative; Rex Whitcomb, President of the Bank of Florala, and Hiram Pills, Chairman of County Commission. ac ines $e Covington County voters will be voting for the first time on modern Printomatic Vot- ing Machines in the county - wide Primary election, Tues- day, May 7. The new mac- hines, which are being pro- grammed now for the upcoming election, are of the latest de- sign and will produce printed precinct election totals within seconds after the polls close Voting roaching will ne lo- cated locally at the cld Na- BANK OF FLORALA PRESIDENT, Rex Whitcamb with new voting machine honal Guard Armory and the City Hall in Lockhart In approving the acqmsition of the 50 new voting machines, the Commissioners placed strong emphasis on the fact that they provide each voter with absolute secrecy and that they guarantee election accuracy. "Our new electron system will assure the people election security and fast, unimpeach- able election returns," Chair- man Pitts stressed, "Voters will also fred that it is very easy to vote on the new machines," he continued. "There are basically three simple steps - close the mac- hine curtain, turn down the vot- ing levers for the candidates of your choice and leave them down and open the curtain again." Voters may wew demonstra- tion models of their new vot- ing machines and try them out during business hours at The Bank of Florata, which is pro- viding bank employees to give free voting demonstrations as a public service.