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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. tuaries THE FLORALA NEWS ° THURSDAY, NEW BUILDING INSPECTOR NAMED BEAGLES Mrs. Nancy Peters Beagles, 75, formerly of Lockhart, Ala- bama, passed away in her home Saturday in Sorrento, Florida after a brief illness. Survivors are her husband, 'Dude Beagles; two daughters, Mrs. Dell Broadway and Mrs. Betty High; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Della Burkett of Clear Springs, Mrs. Ethel Richardson of Paxton, Mrs. Erma Simmions of Zelwood, Fla., Mrs. Veleta Brown of Sorrento, Fla., Mrs. Gertha Smith of Paxton; brothers, Hu- bert Peters of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Leon Pe- ters of Leesburg, Fla. The funeral services were held Tuesday, March 5 in the Sorrento Baptist Church with Raybo Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. HA TTA WA Y Have You Seen That Super Chicken Ad On TV? Well, we must inform you that Laurie enjoys her roll as the one on TV is really not housewife and mother to their super chicken at all. Laurie 5 I/2 month old daughter, Sa- Ann and Ronnie A. Davis of mantha Ann. Samantha is the the Clear Springs Community first girl born to the Davis own the real super chicken, family in 56 years. Ronnie is In above photo, Laurie holds the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph an egg produced by one of their Davis, Highway 90 DeFuniak four hens and one rooster left Springs, Florida. He is em- over from 100 purchased for, ployed as aircraft technician slaughter to prove their "Su- Field Three, EglinAFB. Laurie per Chicken" quality. She says that many of their eggs have two yolks and some three. She is anxious to see how many is contained within this prize egg. Laurie says the hens have always been inclined to lay exceptionally large eggs but this one is the largest thus far. It weighed I/4 pound, measured 6 3/4 inches around the center and 9 inches end over end. Laurie said it would be in- teresting to know if anyone else in the area has had a larger egg. If anyone should, bring it in to the News office and we will make it known. is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Watterson of Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Sara Susie Hattaway, a life long resident of the Beu- lah Community, Opp, Alabama for 94 years, passed away in Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp March l, 1974. She was the widow of the late John T. Hattaway, and daughter of the late Gerald and Sara Coon. Funeral services were con- ducted from Rainer Funeral ... ~.AUR~E OAVtS Home of Opp, March 3, at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in the Beulah Cemetery. Survivors include fivedangh- ters, Bertha Mae Hattaway, Lil- lie Bell Wbiteman, Agnes Par- ris, and Mattie Parrish, all of Opp, and Mary Lou Boyett of Wing; two sons, William Ed- ward Hattaway and Phillip Crawford Hattaway of Opp; sis- ters, Mattie Adams of Opp, and Amy Hestly of Gretna, Flo- rida; brothers, William Coon of Laurel Hill, Florida, and Sam Coon of Opp; 16 grand- children, 80 great grandchild- ren, and 4 great-great grand- children. She had one dangh- Space [ want no part of--outel space, You keep your moon and star; Give me one bit of inner space, Where I can park my car. -Wall St. Journal. Fish Story Yeah, the fish was too small to bother with, so l got a couple of guys to help me throw it back in the lake. -Bluejacket, Memphis. ANDALUSIA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SECRETARY, Caroline Cavanaugh, and Jim Sullivan share a mutual interest- Chamber of Commerce organization. Mr. Sullivan is interested in the organization of an area chamber for the Florala-Lockhart-Paxton areas and invited Mrs. Cavanaugh to the regular luncheon meeting of the Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club as guest speaker. Caroline very ably manages 199 member organization for the City of Andalusia and presents a very interesting program on fac- tures and figures concerning chamber activities in that area. She makes it all sound real easy but everyone knows that a lot of hard work and disappointments as well as great satisfaction goes along with a successful Chamber of Commerce operation• Interact guests for the luncheon were Brett Savage and Jerry Coon. SULLIVAN FURNITURE COMPANY IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT GERALD KILPATRICK is employed as Service Manager for this company. Gerald comes to us qualified to handle most all the service needs that you may encounter. He can repair any appliance quickly, efficiently and completely, including the following: Electric ranges, automatic washing machines, automatic clothes dryer, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, and air conditioners. He also handles the complete installation of any appliance, including wiring and venting of clothes dryers and air conditioners. Gerald has attended Air Conditionery school, and has schooling in radio and tv work. Don't let a small appliance problem get you down, for the management of Sullivan Furniture Company feels that Gerald is capable of repairing your problem with the slightest amount of inconvenience to you, as well as your knowing that the job will be done right. Come in and see Gerald at Sullivan Furniture Company, where we are striving to be the most complete home furnishing center in South Alabama and Northwest Florida. We're sure he can handle your needs. Adv. Ill II II I I ter, Gladys Stinson, two sis- ters, Mary Bovette and Cyn- thia Bullard, and one brother, Calvin Coon, who are deceas- ed. Serving as pallbearers were Curtis Adams, J. C. Davis, Woodrow Fuller, Brady Moody, J. C. Carnley, and Arie Clark, all of Opp. MARTIN Mrs. Sarah C. Martin, age 88, a resident of Route One, Florala, passed away in a Flo- rata Hospital, Tuesday, Feb- ruary 26, 1974. She was a life long resident and a member of the North Creek Baptist Church. She was the widow of the late W. B. Martin. Survivors are, one son, G. R. Martin of Route One, Flo- rala; one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Gibbs of Route One, Florala; seven grandchildren, twenty- five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services were con- ducted at 10:30 Thursday morn- ing from the North Creek Bap- tist Church with Reverend Wil- son Meadows and Fred Hunt officiating. Burial was in the North Creek Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home directing• Pam McGee SSlOn Everyone who has purchased a license from the City of Florala to do contracting work, electrical, plumbing, repair or remodeling work of any kind received a letter to attend a joint meeting of the City Coun- cil and City Planning Commis- sion Monday night, February ~.4, at the Florala City School lunchroom. The purpose of this meeting was to try to iron out mis- understandings concerning city building codes and zoning. Mayor Joe Evans opened the meeting expressing apprecia- tion to the 35 to 40 people who were interested enough in pro- moting better understanding to join them for this meeting. He introduced newly appointed Building Inspector Grady Hart- zog and asked that everyone tion him their full co-opera- tion and in turn they would re- ceive his undivided attention and consideration where their problems are concerned. Hart- zog was appointed following the resignation of T. M. Barrow last week. He has 35 years experience in the building trade, helped to build the First United Methodist Church, worked under contract inbuild- ing Field Nine at Eglin Field and is now residing in Florala as the new Building Inspector. He will be available to any and everyone in the building pro- fession. Call on him if he can he of service. The Mayor reviewed speci- fics of the Building Code and Zoning Ordinance with the pro- fessional people and answered any questions. Brought to the attention of those present was the fact that any home owner who wants to repair his own house, roof, porch, screens, etc., does not have to pur- chase a permit to do so. But, a home owner whose plans are to hire someone to do repair work must obtain a permit at no cost to him. The reason for this is so that city of- ficials will be made aware if out-of-town repairmen are em- ployed who themselves must buy a city licence to do bus- iness in the City of Florala. Another fact brought out was Excels In Speech that local contractors may buy a license to do limited con- tract work in the City of Flo- And Drama rata and does not have to have a permit. He can employ up to three men who themselves do Pare McGee, a Troy State not have to have a permit or University junior from Flo- license as long as they are rata has found a "home" in working underacontractorwho the Speech and Drama Depart- has license. ment and the Opera Workshop Home builders or persons at the university, adding on to their home must what has happened, and what will happen. "The first vital sign that I wish to look at is one of the most important because it characterizes what is going on in Florala. This is data taken from 1967 and I ask myself if it was still appropriate. I feel that is because things are worse now than in 1967. These figures would be considered conservative. "Florala is lagging behind in establishment, sales and employment. Opp doubled Flo- rata in sales which indicates the slow down we are now see- ing - buildings being vacated, buildings difficult to rent. It is really hard to get enough rent to keep up roofs and other needed repairs. You can't af- ford to charge high rent when business is dwindling. "Another vital sign is se- vice trade activity which again shows the same downward trend, compared to other cities in Covington County. This is attributed in part to the eco- nomic growth in Florala. Some- thing that even further charac- terizes the problem we have here is the effective buying in- come per household - that money the family has left over after paying taxes. Covington County is far below the national average. 29% of our people make less than $3,000 dollars a year; 19% make $3,000 to $5,000; ~.~.%, $5,000 to $8,000; 18%, above $I0,000. Theseare the reasons business and trade is so low. The people just don't have the money to spend. "Another important sign in a community is its population trend. What is happening to our people in Florala? In the last decade there has been a loss of 10 per cent of the popula- tion. The really bad thing about this is that this lOper cent were probably the most valu- able people this town had - its young people, people of a productive age, working people, people with families, people that put kids in school. These are the ones that are leaving Florala. They areleaving Flo- rata because they can't find work to do here. If a person wants to live in Florala and have a job, a new job, he is going to have to commute 90 miles a day, as I do, or 150 miles to Monsanta in Pensa- cola, Fort Rucker, or Eglin. He cannot make a living in Florala there is no way. Should I lose my job at EgUn, which is always a possibility when working with Civil Ser- vice or Military, I would have .S the 29% mentioned earlier in the county making less than $3,000 dollars a year. "We have good schools. I am proud of the fine job Mr. Ziglar and Mr. Stevenson are doing. But, if we continue to lose students, we are going to lose teachers. If we continue to lose teachers, before long we won't have a school system. You must have students to have teachers. The state won't pay them to teach to empty desks. So, our population is hurting our schools; our economy is hurting our population. "The last vital sign, but cer- tainly not the least, by any means arid the one that concerns everybody is this town, is the housing conditions. "Significant i~ointsl accord- ing to 1971 data, are that we have very few vacant houses in Florala. Where are you going to live if you move to Florala? Right now we have a doctor interested in coming here, and we are in a dilemma as to where to put him. There are no available houses for rent" in Florala. Yet, there are 177 delapidated structures in the City of Florala; 45 of which are vacant. 177 houses that ought not to have anyone living in them. They are not fit to live in and this property ought to be available for people to build houses on - new homes. "What is the answer tothese problems: I have painted a fairly dim picture for you, in- tentionally, because I want you to become concerned about this. I am and I know a lot of other people who are concerned. "We hear a lot of talk about Federal Aid, Federal this 'n Federal that but I thinkthat this is a solution to our problem - this is what has made America great: capitalism, a free en- terprise system. This is truly what has made America great and this is what can save Flo- rata and make Florala the kind of town that it ought to be. "Many 'people traveling through Florala say - 'Flo- rata is a beautiful town.' It is a beautiful town but we can make it even better. "If we can achieve this: new industry, paying decent wages, and bringing new families into town. new businesses, new homes, increased property value; additional services_, such as recreation(swimming pools, basketball c o u r t s, tennis courts - things for out people to clo. This is an answer to our problems - capitalism. "How are you going to get capitalism? How are you go- help finance floating Financing use to be. "Even tainly not area, we the area have any live, when Florala. "What is ment doing traditional appoint a traditional tance. The Council are group in this ever body else them corporated. Commission the City things that ParticularlY, Commission into the ing. This was This has codes adopted Commission nish data can to help decisions in acity. The to help industry to Florala. Brothers with their We have about new we have a side for new "The concerned for Florala find places services, in "The newly are working tO to fix the old planned need in this task. "The corporated serving six years. showing a A good cold this cause. "The Water is a very is now in quiring a new" system for important to want to know in the "The is doing a far as help Miss McGee, a 1971 gra- pay $1.50 per $1,000 dollars to leave Florala. There is no ing to get new industry? What cerned and duate of Florala High School spent on remodeling or build- two ways about it. This popu- factors do industries consider of Adjustmeot has done everything from per- ing. The same thing applies to lation trend is indicative of what for plant location? talk about forming in the department's adding on to or building a new happens to a dying commu- "Let's evaluate ourself with "The #1 "Dark of the Moon" and play- business, nity. Because Florala, in fact, respect to what their require- rata back and ing the role of an Amazon in To move a house trailer into is a dying community, ments are: #1 - is housing, as far asindu: "The King and I" to filling in Florala, you must buy a $10.00 "The population projec- How would you like to be the is housing, h~ for the Opera Workshop Direc- permit. This is to make sure tions that are given to us, and guy that meets Mr. Industry is a major pr~ tor when he was hospitalized the trailer is situated properly this projection comes as a re- coming to Florala and try to "Federal just prior to the performance on the lot and to see that ligl~t's, sult of vital signs taken by ana- find places for his key per- answer to this of the shows. She is a Speech and Drama water, and sewage are hooked lyzers of this area, shows that sonnel to live? I wouldn't want get Federal major and sometimes finds her- up properly and does not pre- Florala is predicted to lose to be that person. There aren't have to be cer sent problems to other city even more population over the any places available. There tiffed, yo~ have self running the lighting for a dwellers, next 20 years. This, I figure, aren't even too many places use ordinance Speech and Drama production, There is no charge for tear- is a conservative estimate. Be- available in Florala to build a codes. They ha helping design a costume or set, ing down a building. So those cause, should we lose any of the house. Primarily because we and implemente,! and at other timesplayinginthe of you with delipadated houses economic institutions such as have 177 lots tied up with dila- Government wi~ TSU productions suchas"Spoon can just tear down to your Fort Rucker, Eglin, or Mon- pidated structures. Many see how much River Anthology" and others, heart's content and it won't cost santa, the population trend people don't realize that Flo- made before giVi She is the daughter of Mr. you a thing (smile). would be even worse. We are rata has more people per sistance. I hs and Mrs. J.P. McGee of Florala A permit should be bought sort of in a critical balance square area than any other town rather see capit~ and is minoring in music at by the person having the work here to have a stable popu- south of Montgomery. We are could grow tog~ TSU. She also plays clarinet done. In some cases, contrac- lace, even as stable as the boxed in on one side by the happily. Feder$ in the "Sound of the South" tors could buy it and add it to population in Florala which is, Florida line, on another by In- ;otbf:imng ~ and concert bands, the cost of the job. in,fact, decreasing, ternational Paper Company, so e When Philip Kelley, director Kim George, member of theWhat is even more signi- it is essential that we utilize talism and ind~ of the TSU Opera Workshop pro- Planning Commission and an ficant, Andalusia and Opp are the land area that we have. If the,main problel duction "The King and I" was hospitalized for a week just outstanding young citizen of predicted to gain in popula- we don't, there is no way we The solutiOr. Florala, followed Mayor Evans tion over the next I0 years, can satisfy requirements need- ernment has ch~ prior to the opening of the show, on the program. Assisted by even though Covington County, ed for new industry, that concernsuS Miss McGee turned into a his wife, Ann, Kim presented as a whole, is predicted to "Let's take a look at the cipal control, ) "pinch-hit" director, and "did an excellent job with both the some facts and figures which lose. Opp is predicted to gain requirements needed for new Southern Stan~ should prompt citizens of Flo- 59% while Florala loses 7%. industry and how we stand: We Code and the 1 students and adults who were in rala to action who are truly This is something we all really have good schools, a new hos- trical Code. TI the show," Kelley said. interested in Florala's growth need to take to heart. I think pital and hopes for a new doc- sire Developm~ Currently she is involved in a community-wide project at and development. The presen- if you will look around your tor. We have tremendous ad- the zoning law o tation was on the projected in- community, you will find this vantage where recreation is tect the publiC, Troy which will make a series ration was on the projected is true. People are leaving concerned - good hunting, fish- that the code gt~ of three one-act plays available outlook for the City of Florala town. They have to; they can't ing, etc. Land availability is not manship and m~ for local school children's en- joyment this spring, based on trends of the past I0 make a living here.. " really a problem. Our muni- tects the contr~ She is serving with Kelley as to 20 years. "Other vital signs we can cipal services is probably our of town cov~ Kim's purpose was to im- examine in our community are greatest asset. Our natural coming into tow co-director of the Troy Council press upon those present the our educational systems. In gas system is one of the few terlor work, usi on The Arts and Humanities junior high school creative importance and reasons for general, we are very fortunate systems in the state and na- terial and und theatre program. Miss McGee adopting building codes, zoning to have the kind of educational tional which has a surplus of price for doing will actually direct one of the codes, etc., for the City of facilities we do have. 1 feel gas. We could easily serve a good material. plays herself. George Patter- Florala and to show what need- that we do have good schools, small industry natural gas. contractor, as v son is program director forthe ed to be accomplished for the Here are some facts happening "Just recently we had the when implemenl Arts Council activity, benefit of all Floralians. He in the schools concerning en- Alabama Development Office gives the city I~ "Pare has clone an excellent said that we must come to a rollment. It is my understand- tell us that if we could deliver authority to des job in every assignment she has mutual understanding of our ing that the high school enroll- Z5,000,000 cubic feet of gas per dard, dilapidate .... objectives so that we might allmeat has been stable over the day that an industry, employ- city does have had at TSU, Kelley said, in fact her experience in the thea- work together for the good of past few yearsbutthereissome ing 500 people, would locate to require pro~ tre field is so varied that she all. His discussion was the doubt as to its stability in the here. This is, of course, im- tear down thes~ had no trouble in working as implementations of programs future, due to this projected possible. But, we intend to they can tear part of the lighting crew in which could best help to work population decrease. Last year use what we have to attract charge the P "The Importance of Being Ear- out our problems. 54 students withdrew; 38 moved new industry." However, they, nest," which is in competition He said he felt a briefing out of the Florala area; 16 "Labor is no real problem, they won't ever for national recognition as one was necessary because the av- dropped out. This 38 that moved We have a lot of people in our "The Souther of the top 10 college-produced erage citizens did not really out of Florala makes up the area. There are a lot of non provides valual plays in the country."understand the dilemma Flo- percentage of the decrease in commissioned officers at Eglin for contractors. rala finds itself in. George population. Families are lear- that would like nothing better guide that haS All the vitamins needed by a grown man each day amount to a mass no larger than a grain of rice. stated "We have a city that is deteriorating both economi- cally, financially, constructu- rally, and just about any other way that you wish to bring up. Continuing, he said, "The way that I am going to present Florala tonight is by examin- ing its vital signs just as a doctor would examine the vital signs of your body, should you go to him. "There are things that you can look at in this town that tells you what is happening, ing Florala primarily because than to retire here. A lot of time. You of the economic situation, skilled labbr would move to City Hall. There are other reasons but Florala, should an industry 1o- sure that homeS~ this is probably the most pre- cate here. We have the Mac- are built in the dominent. Arthur Technical Trade School "The "Florala City School, over at Opp to train people. Our many people the past 8 years, has lost 142 young people would stay here board exists. students; 56 percent of thestu- if they had work. means for dents are receiving free "Transportation is not more complain lunches. What does this mean of a problem here than at other fictals economically? It means that places. We have L&N Railroad things from many families are sub-income and good roads coming in and occupied families. This indicates that out of town. sions, our percentage of low income "Financing is not a problem CONTINUED T0 families are even greater than "anymore. State ofAlahamawill