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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. r , :'~, -~-,, !i" .~i.: .... Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast r-Seventh Year - Number 2 Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County ]Thursday, March 18, 197(5 (5 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy announcement by Covington, Chair- Lockhart Citizens .Group and Lewis El- of the Florala md David of the Florala Group, the for funding this the Community De- of 1974 has been approved by HUD for bothcom- munities. What this means, is that Flo- rala and Lockhart have submit- ted plans for projects needed in each community and such plans have been accepted by HUD. Both communities have been invited to submit full applica- tions which, if approved, will be funded. These applications STOP NETS ARREST DRUG POSSESSION Police Depart- ts 21 arrests during March 9-15: intoxication - 1, dis- Peace - 1, public driving while into- no drivers license - While revoked - I, sign - 2, failure light and si- laggravated reckless , no tail lights - 1, of paraphenelia - of the Alabama Con- - 3, and grand i. Lamar Mitchell was Sunday evening, a person driving had run off the Mitchell spotted the al to be When asked a drivers license, refused. He was placed under arrest and when he got out of the car, Mitchell noticed what appeared to be one rolled marijuana cigarette and other paraphernalia. After obtaining a search war- rant, the vehicle was searched and 22 harbituates, 2 amphe: tamines, 8 lids of marijuana, one hand rolled cigarette and accompanying paraphernalia were found. The subject was charged with one count of driving while in- toxicated, one count of pos- session of paraphernalia, and 3 counts of violation of the Alabama Controlled Substance Act. Officers assisting were Chief Paul Mitchell, Sgt. Hayward Thomas, Officers P. Hulling- head, Jimmy Wells, Ralph King, and Bobby Golloher. II must be submitted by June 1, 1976, which also includes a 30- day reviewing period. Efforts by the Citizens Advisory groups of Florala and Lockhart as well as the Florala Planning Com- mission, working with the Southeast Regional Planning Commission, resulted in the pre-application for each com- munity being submitted and approved. Florala's pre-application plan includes storm drainage and street paving in the amount of $96,000; sewer facilities, $42,500.00; water facilities, $30,000.00; planning and man- agement, $15,500.00; adminis- tration, $6,000.00, and local option, $10,000.00. Thismakes a total of $200,000.00 for Flo- rala, which is based on popu- lation. Lockhart's pre-application plans include sanitary sewer facilities, $100,000.00; water facilities, $20,000.00; planning and management, $12,000.00; administration, $8,000.00, and ,local option, $10,000.00, mak- ing a total of $150,000.00 for Lockhart, which is based on population. Southeast Regional Planning Commission, representing Flo- rala and Lockhart as program managers, will assist Florala and Lockhart in submitting a full application with HUD. Ap- proval of full application for both communities should come in June of this year. PARTICIPATING IN GROUND BREAKING CEREMONIES of the long awaited sewer line extensions in the City of Florala, from left, are Councilman Wilson Jones, Mayor Joe Evans, Councilwomen Sybil Mickler and Chick Hutchinson, Dennis Gordon of the Southeast Regional Planning Commission, Vic Candiotto of Starr & Son, Inc., Lewis Eiland, Mrs. Georgia Matthews and David Willis, members of the Florala Planning Commission, and W. B. McDonald, Engineer of the Project. STATE 4-B PEANUT WINNER - (leftto right), "Bo" Kinard, County Extension esley Laird, state 4-H peanut project winner; Nolan Laird; and Donald Lester, 4-H Laird produced 4,418 pounds of peanuts per acre on 13.8 acres, making him the project winner. rower 0 lon son of Mr. and hard, had the winning peanut ofnearLock- project in Alabama with his production of 4418 pounds per acre on 13.8 acres. Wesley was awarded a trophy and a wrist watch at the peanut ban- quet in Dothan on March 8 for his outstanding peanut yield. Wesley has been a very ac- tive 4-H'er. Last year he was top peanut producer in the county. Wesley has also been active in 4-H Public Speaking and Electric Demonstrations. Last year, Wesley won second place in the junior division of the Electric Demonstrations at district competition in Auburn representing Covington County. This year he won first place in Public Speaking in the county and he will represent Coving- ton County at district competi- tion in Auburn next July. 4-H PEANUT WINNER - Wesley Laird, son of Laird, produced 4,418 pounds of peanuts per making him the state 4-H peanut project To carry a peanut project, a 4-H'er selects a portion of his father's peanut acreage and keeps records on these peanuts. Four-H'ers from all over the county are eligible to partici- pate. A book of all peanut pro- jects in the county is assemb- led and submitted for judging. The highest yielding 4-H'ers in the state is selected and the top five counties are given a wrist watch for their highest yielding 4-H'er. Money is also furnished to the top five coun- ties for use in their 4-H Coun- ty Council. The Alabama Pea- nut Producers Association is the sponsor of the 4-H Peanut Program. Construction startedthlspast Alabama. week on sewer line extension in Florala received a first year Florala by Starr & Son Con- giant of $167,500 under the struction Company of Auburn, Community Development Grant dt ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS- Wheeler Foshee, is connected ,Being in public office one with a large farm and farm- expects to be looked at closely related operation in Covington and I believe my record and my life will stand that test. I would like 'to apologize to my family and to the people ! represent for any embrassment this may cause." This was part of a statement released by State Senator E. C. (Crum) Foshee after reports that he was being investigated by federal authorities on char- ges of using the U.S. mails il- legally in what is called a check "kiting" scheme. The story broke in a Bir- mingham newspaper on Wed- nesday morning and it said that findings of the investigations are expected to be submitted to a federal grand jury in Mont- gomery on April 5. The newspaper quoted its sources as saying tth't as much as $400,000 is involved in the check transactions involving six banks in and around Covington County. It was also stated that all monies involved had been repaid and none of the banks suffered any financial loss. But, postal authorities are evidently still interested in the case because of alleged use of the mails in the kiting. Kiting is a process in which a check is,written without suf- ficient funds to cover it against an account at one bank. Be- fore the check has time to clear, a check is written under simi- lar circumstances on another bank and used to cover the first check. Senator Foshee, chairman of the powerful rules committee and one of the most influential members of the Senate, repre- sents District 25, which includ- es all or partof Covington, Geneva, Coffee and Houston counties. He is a political ally of Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley. "I have done nothing morally wrong," Senator Foshee said in a prepared statement, "and I will put my trust in the judge- ment of the people of Alabama. "I have served in Alabama Legislature for approximately 10 years and have never used my office to influence anything or anybody to further me or my family financially. "I have represented my peo- ple honestly and to the best of my ability and will continue to do SO." Foshee, with his brother, and Conecuh Counties. One of the businesses, Foshee Milling Co., a peanut warehousing facility in Red Level, was destroyed by fire last April. At the time, arson Jerry Cook JERRY COOK ANNOUNCES BID FOR COMMISSION Jerry Cook of Route 2, Red Level, has announced that be is a candidate for the office of Covington County Commission- er, District 4, and is subject to the Democratic primaries of May 4 and May 25. Cook, 27, is a life long resi- dent of District 4, and he is a farmer. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Cook of Red Level. He and his wife, the for- mer Pauline Worley, have two children, April, 8, a second gra- der at Red Level School and Anthony, age 5. Both Cook and his wife are Red Level gradua- tes of the class of 1966. The family attends Yera Cruz Methodist Church. "I will very deeply appre- ciate the support of friends, neighbors and all residents of Covington County in this elec- tion," Cook stated, "and may God be with each candidate and everyone in the county through- out the campaign and always." Act ot 1974 for constructi0ff'0~:-Flbrfil~t" " ~Atizens Advisory the sewer line extension. Group and the Southeast Ala- Through the efforts of the Flo- bama Regional Planning Com- rala Planning Commission, the mission an application was V made to the Department of Housing And Urban Develop- ment. Florala wa~ one of the communities selected for this grant based on the needs of the community. Citizens of Florala will be afforded an opportunity to con- nect to these lines when the Sewer Treatment Plant is con- structed later this year. It is projected that an additmnal 250 homes in Florala will be af- forded sewerage as a result of this construction. was ruled as the cause of the blaze. The Birmingham story pointed out that the amount of damages claimed by the Fosh- ees, $1,449,898, had not been paid by the insurance company. It is understood that the diffi- culty in collecting the claim lies in the fact that all of the company records and ledgers were destroyed along with th~ building. Evidently, the amount of the claim is the thing holding up payment from the insurance company. Meanwhile, the failure to pay the claim has resulted in two lawsuits being filed against Lloyd's, New York, by theFos- bees. One is a damage suit for $3 million in actual and punitive damages and the other charges breech of contract. The suits were filed in Circuit Court in Andalusia and were later transferred to the U.S. Middle District Court in Montgomery. The damage suit has been moved back to-circuit court, while the breech of contract litigation will be tried in the federal court. The suit charges that failure to pay the insurance claim has substantially damaged the Fos- hees' financial condition and has forced them to make large interest payments on the build- ing, which was destroyed. It also charges that the circumstances have disrupted the brothers' ability to borrow operating capital and prevented them from securing additional insurance. Mortgage records in the Cov- ington County probate office indicate that the Foshees have borrowed more than $1.3 mil- lion in the past 30 months. Many Covington County peo- OPENING I)ATES FOR BOARD OF REGISTRARS The Board of Registrars in Andalusia will be open the fol- lowing days - March 15, 18, 20, 25, 27; April 1, 3, 5, 8, 15, 17 and 19. The office hours are from 9 a.m. until 5p.m. for thepurpose of registering new voters, an- nounces one of the Board of Registrars, Mrs. Joyce Perdue. ple are of the opinion the char- ges against Senator Foshee are the result of political moves be- D rrJvI ing made by someone to dis- ~)".~,.~* credit Beasley, who is expected to be candidate for the Alabama governorship in 1978. They feel that Foshee, because oflea, #v-,e,"~le~#'e"fJ/e"'r',k~ his close relationship to Beas- ley, is being put in the middle. Services Arnold Daris ARNOLI) DAVIS SEEKS DISTRICT 4 The De-Toxification Cettter and Quaterway House for Alco- holics has increased its ser. vices as of March l, 1976 The Center has completed its third year of operation with services being offered to sonic 250 people. The new program ~'lll in- elude: De-toxification, md~v: dual counseling, Group The- rapy, A. A., chemotherapy, and fol low- up. The Staff includes: a direc- tor, a registered nttrse, a h- tensed practical nurse, M. I) Consultant, a Master Degree Counselor, an Alcoholism Counselor, secretary-book- keeper, cook, and Resident Manager. The Center serves the lol-. lowing counties: Butler, Cof- fee, Covington, Crenshaw. Any person who needs the help of this unit may call Florala, Al~ abama 858-9661. COMMISSION POST Arnold Davis is this week announcing his candidacy for member of the Covington Coue.- ty Commission, District 4, sub- ject to the May 4 and May 25 Democratic Primaries. He and his wife, Margaret, have made their home in the Brooks Community, located in District 4, the past 20 years. They have one daughter, Sheena and three grandchildren. He is a native Alabamian: The Davis family farms, raisecat- tle and chickens and own and operate a restaurant in the Brooks Community. Davis feels that his exper- ience in the contracting bus- iness over the past 30 years will enhance his capability to better serve the people of the Red Level District. He pro- mises to work diligently for Continued to page 7 SHELIA HENI)EBSON TO PAR ! ICI! ATE IN LBWJC PAGEANT Miss Shelia Henderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Henderson, will be a contestant in the 1976 Miss Lurleen B. Wallace Pageant this Saturday night. The pageant will be held at the Covington County Board of Education Building in Andalusia at 7:00 p.m. Shelia is a former Miss Florala. She is a freshman at Lurleen, majoring in nursing. For her talent pre- sentation, Shetia will per- form a vocal selection from the musical "Pippin."