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THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015 PAGE 5 The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the Arbor Day Founda- tion in March 2015 and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. "White flowering dog- woods will add beauty to your home throughout the year," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Founda- tion. "Dogwoods are known for their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage, and red berries that attract songbirds during winter." The free trees are part of the nonprofit Founda- tion's Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting between now and May 31. The 6- to !2-inche trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation's bi- monthly publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free tres, send a $10 Contribution to TEN FREE DOGWOOD TREES, Arbor Day Foun- dation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, EN 68410, by March 30. Or join online at arborday. org/march. The Florala News is one hundred fifteen (115) years old this month established 1900. It is the oldest newspaper in Coving- ton County. The newspaper has been in the Woodham- Kimbro-Heath family the greater part of those 115 years. It all started with Alexander Hamil- ton Heath, followed by Florala Senior Center Lunch Menu Wednesday, March 18 - Vegetable plate: maca- roni and cheese, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, fresh fruit, cornbread, margarine, gingerbread cookie, milk. Thursday, March 19 - Blended juice, BBQ rib patty, butter beans, buttered carrots, wheat roll, margarine, cherry fruited gelatin; milk. Friday, March 20 - Teriyaki meatballs, buttered rice, green beans with red peppers, fresh fruit, whole v heat bread, margarine, chocolate pudding, milk. Monday, March 23 - Orange juic% chicken afire- do, country corn, club spinach, wheat breadstick, margarine, oatmeal cookie, milk. Tuesday, March 24 - Hamburger/bun, baked beans, macaroni salad/carrots, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, hot peach byPatrick Casey cobbler, milk. * Complimentary meals for seniors age 60 and over FROM FRONT A second farm in Florala, Harrison Organics, owned by Craig and Libby Harrison, is also being constructed. Located in close proximity to Seay Or" ganics, this farm will also be patterned after the Southern Fresh Produce business model created by Don Chamberlain, SFP chairman. There are several additional prospects in the Florala and northern Florida area. A group of farms located in a specific area enables the grow- ers to mutually support each other with knowl- edge, shared equipment, and labor. "We are very excited and proud of the spirit of our increasing number of organic growers, as they learn and improve their growing skills with the assistance of our coalition of experts. We have re- cently retained the services of Trapper Bell, from Newville, as our lead consultant, who has begun working very clos.ely vith these newest growers," stated Chamberlain. Jesse Lee Kimbro, and |l Last week, Circuit Judge Ash.ley McKathan sen- tenced Bobble Jean Carroll, 51, to the maximum term of imprisonment for attacking an Andalusia woman with a baseball bat. Carroll pled guilty to Assault I in December, 2014, and was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years' imprisonment. The night of the attack, laohce responded to a call concerning an unconscious woman on Smith Street. After being rushed to Andalusia Regional Hospital and transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, the victim underwent brain surgery and was placed into a medically induced coma. Police initially beheved the victim was struck by a car, but when she regained con- sciousness she told law enforcement that Carroll had struck her multiple times in the head with a baseball bat. After further investigation, officers located witnesses who had seen Carroll two hours before the victim was attacked, driving through the neighborhood taunting the victim. The victim had been at a friend's house late that afternoon, but minutes after she started home, Carroll, who had been lying in wait, pulled up behind her and attacked her. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Emmett Massey. Carroll was represent- ed by William Alverson, III. Following the sentencing, Massey said, "The victim has been through unimaginable hardships because of this attack. To this day, she is attend- ing rehabilitation and continuing to recover. I hope and pray that she can find some measure of peace from this sentence, and I pray for her full recov- ery." then the Woodhams. Heath published the newspaper earlier in its existence, with the help of his brother, Charlie Heath, "and later with Heath,s brother-in-law Jesse Lee Kimbro. The newspaper was later under the owner- ship of Ben and Lucile Woodham, Kimbro's secure win against daughter and son-in- law, and Heath's niece and nephew. Larry and Merle (Ben and Lucile's son and daughter-in-law) were the next owners and publishers of the newspaper, and are still the owners today. Lisa Windham is the editor and general manager. She has been associated with this newspaper for 30 years and is consid- ered part of the Wood- ham family. Kimbro bought The Opp News after a short tenure with The Florala News. Lucile Woodham bought The Elba Clip- per in Elba, AL and published that newspa- per several years. She later sold it to a neph- ew, John Ferrin Cox, who continues to pub- lish that newspaper, assisted by his wife, Heddy, both Florala na- tives. Their daughter, Michele Gerlach, is the editor-publisher of The Andalusia Star-News. Other newspapers owned and published by the Woodham family include Holmes County Advertiser in Bonffay, FL, Washington Coun- ty Post in Chipley, FL, Beach-Bay News in Panama City Beach, FL and News-Herald in Saraland, AL, and The DeFuniak Springs Her- aid-Breeze. The Florala News and The DeFuniak Springs Herald-Breeze are still owned and published by the Woodham family. Gary Benjamin Wood- ham (Larry and Merle's son) is the publisher of both newspapers. He is assisted by his sons, "Little Ben" Woodham, Quinton Woodham, and Austin Woodham. The elder Woodhams are semi-retired. Lisa Windham also assists The Herald- Breeze. PAXTON'S CAMR YN BRAZILE hit a solo home run in the first inning to help the Bobcats to a 3-1 lead that would stand up the rest of the night in a win over PDL. (Photo by Patrick Casey) The Paxton Bobcats got a pair of home runs in the first inning for all the run support they would need as they earned a 5-1 District 1, Class A victory over Ponce de Leon on Mon- day night in Paxton. The Pirates got their only run of the game in their first at-bat as Tay- lor West singled and stole second with Devyn Butorac driving her in with a single of her own moments later. Paxton wasted no time in taking the lead as they saw Hailee Bryan reach on an er- ror with freshman Mi- chaela Cain driving a Butorac pitch over the leftfield fence for a 2-1 lead. After Genesis Long grounded out, eight- PAXTON CATCHER MICHAELA CAIN had a busy night as the Bobcats pitching staff recorded 14 strikeouts against Ponce de Leon while Cain hit a two-run home run in the first inningto give the host squad a lead they would never relinquish on Monday night. (Photo by Patrick Casey) grader Camryn Brazile sent an 0-2 pitch to nearly the same spot for a 3-1 lead. Paxton added a run in the third inning as Katie Sebastian doubled and scored when Cain's grounder to shortstop got through West and into the outfield to push the lead to 4-1. The Bobcats added their final run of the game in the fifth inning as Bryan singled but was gunned out at third base when Sebastian tried to sacrifice her over to second. A throw- ing error pulled Ponce de Leon first baseman Shelby Rushing off the bag but she threw Bry- an out trying to take the extra base with Se- bastian reaching second on that throw for the out. Sebastian moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch for the last run of the night. Ponce de Leon could not get their bats going on the road as strike- outs were prevalent against both starter Cassidy Brazile and reliever Genesis Long. The Pirates posted 14 strikeouts of the 21 outs recorded with all but two of their nine bat- ters in the line-up going down at least once. Butorac delivered two of the Pirates four hits with West and Shelby Rushing each adding one of their own. Three fielding errors hurt the Pirates' cause as they fell to 4-4 over- all and in district play with the loss. Cassidy Brazile left the game after throw- ing 89 pitches through four innings but earned the win while striking out nine, walking four and allowing three hits. Long pitched the last three innings to earn a save and allowed only one hit while adding five more strikeouts. Tori Morgan had one of the Bobcats' five hits as they improved to 5-5 overall and 5:4 in dis- trict competition. Team Notes: Paxton has won the last three softball games with PDL. Paxton is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings with PDL. Paxton will make up a home district game with Malone that was rained out this past Friday on April 1. Pax- ton will travel to PDL for a rematch on March 31. W.S. Harlan Elementary School will have Kindergarten Registration March 27 from 8 a,m. unti 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents will need to bring Immunization Record and Birth Certificate at the time of registration. Social Security card requested but not required. Covington County Schools Breakfast/Lunch Menu The Largest )utdoor Flower Show in the Southeast Wednesday, March 18 - Blueberry Muffin, Ce- real, Pears, Orange Juice, Milk Stuffed Cheese Pizza, Corn on the Cob, Carrot Sticks, Bananas, Strawberry Yogurt, Milk Thursday, March 19 - Scrambled Eggs, Biscuit, Bananas, Orange Juice, Milk Smoked Turkey & Gravy, Brown Rice, Blackeye Peas, Turnip, Pears, Milk Friday, March 20 - Ham Croissant, Fruit Cock- tail, Apple Juice, Milk BBQ Baked Potato, Breadstick, California ' Mixed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Fruit Cocktail, Milk Monday, March 23- Sausage, Pancake on a Stick, Yogurt, Pineapple Tidbits, Apple Juice, Milk Hamburger Steak & Gravy, Roll, Parsley Pota- toes, Carrots, Pineapple Tidbits, Milk Tuesday, March 24 - Glazed Cinnamon Roll, Ce- real, Orange Halves, Grape Juice, Milk BBQ Chicken, Roll; Green Lima Beans, Broccoli & Cheese, Orange Halves, Milk Pro~l, idence Hospital Foundation's ..... i:~/:~i~iii~. 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