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! 900 Location Of One Hundred ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER Forty Consecutive WEDNESDAY MARCH 9, 201 I Annual Masonic Celebrations NUMBER 48" 8 PAGES 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX INCLUDED) Merle Woodham MARCH IS FAMILY birthday month for the Larry Woodham family. It all began with The Florala News birthday in March of 1900. Larry, our son, Gary and his son, Austin have March birthdays. There are prob- ably others which I can't recall with March birthdays. We all celebrated Gary's birthday Monday at the De- Funiak Springs Herald-Breeze office with a pot-luck luncheon. It was really good with barbecued ribs, fried chicken, all kinds of pasta dishes, soup, salads, and desserts. Larry and I went to the trouble to make Bishop As- bury's Pound Cake published in last week's paper and all the DeFuniak Springs employees wanted to know, "Oh, is that your Peanut Butter Pound Cake?" They were disappointed and so was Larry. I should have taken a picture of the Asbury cake. It was just as pret- ty as the Bishops. It is hard to beat nutty peanut butter in anything. Peanut butter crackers and a glass of milk is my favor- ite snack. I have that before retiring often. Otherwise, I wake up hungry and eat my snack in the middle of the night. tt The 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force along with the Flo- rala Police Department will be holding a 'Prescription Drug Take-Back Day' for unneeded prescription drugs on Thurs- day, March 10. This service is free and anonymous, no qus- tions asked. Anyone that has unused, unwanted or expired prescrip- tion medication that could be addictive or abused are en- couraged to take them to the Florala Pharmacy between the hours of 5,7 p.m, for proper disposal. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administra- tion, last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds---121 tons--of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA's state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high- -more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Events such as this have been held all over the nation due to the continuing abuse of prescription drugs. This ef- fort focuses on getting common- ly abused drugs which are legal- ly prescribed out of circulation. Officials dis- couragetheprac- tice of disposing .... of such medica- tions by flushing them down the toilet due to the health risks of the drugs enter- ing the ecosystem throughout the sewer treatment process. The only effective way to dispose of such drugs is through one of these collection events. The drugs can be brought in and placed in a collection box with no questions asked. Officials will be on hand to secure the medications and following the event they will be properly destroyed. Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole strongly encourages the public to clean out their medicine cabinets and making obtaining these drugs more difficult for those who might abuse them. LAST WEEKEND my sister and her husband, June and Bob McDurmont of Pensacola and their daughter- in-law, Phyllis McDurmont, also of Pensacola, joined us for breakfast and then we all went to Geneva and had lunch with our sister and her husband, Faye and Aubrey Hidle. We were happy to see that Aubrey was looking and feeling better after having a heart attack a couple of weeks ago, though he has a way to go before returning to work full time at the Geneva Hardware, which he established many years ago. Aubrey said he couldn't afford to hire help early on and asked Mama, Clara Parker, if she would help him out until he could afford to hire someone. She was a gutsy little person and said, "Sure, I'll help. If I can't help your customers, I'll hinder them until you can get to them." She was a talker, so, I'm sure she handled that job with ease. After all, all she had ever done was to raise seven children and work in the fields, when necessary, to raise the food to feed us. She was a very good cook. We always had plenty of fresh, home grown veggies and meat. Daddy, Edward Parker (Ed), raised some fine hogs. Sometimes, the sows had more pigs than they had dinners for and daddy would let June and I raise 'the runts' as he called them. He was kind enough never to kill 'our' pigs. He would sell them. Thank the Lord! June and I would have boohooed all day. Raising the piglets were a delight. I took June and Phyllis to the garden at the old Woodham home place on North 6th St. to get greens. The collards are always the prettiest, but June chose kale, instead. She wrote me a 'thank you' note and said that she and Bob both liked it that it reminded her of mustard. Kale is the only thing in the green family our daughter will cook. She saut6s it with just a little wa- ter and vegetable oil when it is young and tender. I loved June's closing remark - ' op of the morning to Casper - he is a fun cat!" She is right about that. That cat thinks he is people. LARRY AND I went to the beach house Monday to spend the night and check on things. Boy! I sure feel sorry for all those Spring breakers. That north wind was freezing! The front door faces the north and there is a crack under that door. After we went to bed, I had to get up and cover the crack with a throw rug. That north wind was whistling Dixie! It was so cold we couldn't even visit Pier Park, walk around, or even go to the movies. MEET ONE OF June's "little winter hummers". Isn't he adorable? She is getting to be a pro with her bird photographs. Good jobs Sis/She and Bob feed a lot of birds. I told you earlier about them buying meal worms for the bluebirds. A meet and greet recep- tion wan held Sunday af r- noon at the Florala Clinic, located adjacent to Florala Memorial Hospital. The Tri-Cities Chamber of Com- merce along with Comfort Care Hospice hosted the event. Vickie Wacaster of Com- fort Care Hospice said, "The clinic is'not just a wonderful addition for Florala but also for Covington County." Many local residents at- tended and had the oppor- tunity to meet Dr. Kevin Diel, Dr. Peter Litchfield and Brenda Smith, CRNP, who are full-time staff at the clinic. Dr. Diel spent seven years as a flight surgeon in the Army and retired to Ala- bama in 2008. He is origi- nally from Illinois where he attended medical school. His hobbies include boating, horses, cars and aviation. Dr. Litchfield graduated from East Tennesse State University, College of Medi- cine in 2007. His training in Family Medicine was done Jimmy Jimmy Donald Suttles Jr., age 44, who remained at large for. a number of years before being captured last spring in Georgia, pled no contest and was adjudicated guilty and sentenced March 3 by Walton County (FL) Judge Kelvin Wells. Jimmy Donald Suttles, Jr. at Fort Benning, GA. Before playing g01f. cluded: Florala Chamber of locating to Florala, he was ei The staffi excite abot t .... Commerce, Comfort Care flight surgeon at Fort Ruck- practicing in Florala and are Hospice, Florala Health & er, AL. His hobbies include looking forward to getting to Rehab, Florala Pharmacy, running, skiing and sailing, know the community, sur- Care South Home Health, Mrs. Smith graduated rounding area and all theFlorala Hospital, The Flo- from the University of wonderful residents, rala News, Andalusia Star South Alabama and is from News and State Line Mini Andalusia, AL. Her hobby is Sponsors of this event in- Mall. FLORALA CLINIC staff (front row, l-r) Renee Cole, Judy Wood; (back row) Dr. Kevin Diel, Mrs. Brenda Smith, CRNP, Florala Hospital Administrator Mickey Rabuka, and Dr. Peter Litchfield. (Photo by PRECISION IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY OF FLORALA) Suttles entered a writ- ten plea of nolo contendere and was adjudicated guilty by Wells of one count of at- tempted lewd and lascivious molestation of a juvenile un- der 12 years of age by person 18 years or older, an offense that occurred in 2006. Wells imposed a sentence of 120 months (10 years) in the state department of cor- rections, assessed costs and ordered restitution. Suttles received credit for time served, and was ordered to have no contact with the vic- tim or victim's family, and to have a GPS monitor for life. Suttles was arrested on April 23, 2010 by the U.S. Marshal's Task Force with- out incident at a garage apartment in Cobb County, GA. He waived extradition and was transferred to the Walton County Jail. under the age of sixteen, one An arrest warrant, which as young as ll-years-old. stemmed from several lewdIn the past, he has lived in and lascivious molestation Paxton, FL, Lockhart and charges, was first issued for Florala. Suttles in April 2006. The Wanted posters with Sut- victims at the time were all see SUTTLES page 5 t