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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED UCTIOI~, D!SSEMINATION. STORAGE. DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. >(,'_, ~ :~ ! -. ~1 . vv ..... 1 ' Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And GatewaY To The Gulf Coast r-Seventh Year -Number 3 I=lorala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, March 25, 1976 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy ~e~orala Wildcat foot- p .~hl-= Will play in a jam- tr ~ 8traughn High School "~'~le Wildcat Band will serve ~ ~. host band for the jam- O or " baleville are the __ --4_~' m~icipating in the jam- 7---]]rhi~L each team will play f I ~r teams participating ~amately 1 quarter. ~l~_~hu vs Georgiana, F]o- 39[~tlevi'lle Straughn vs. son Daleville, Georgtana vs. Flo- rala, Daieville vs. Georgiana, Florala vs. Straughn. Florala will be seated on the home side of the field in the southern section of bleachers. Admission for the jamboree is: Student -- $1.00, Adult -- $2.00. The Wildcats have beenprac- ticing for 3 weeks in spring practice. The jamboree will give fans an opportunity to get a preview of next year's team. The Wildcats will play all of 3 of these teams in the regular season next year. mission ae on Ray Jackson of Route 2, Opp, Alabama will add a little fire to the political pot with his an- nouncement this week of having qualified Friday for Chairman of the Board of Covington Coun- ty Commissioners, subject to the May 4 and May 25 Demo- cratic Primaries. Jackson is a farmer, raises cattle and manager the Far- mers Cooperative, one of the largest livestock organizations in South Alabama. He is a member of the Hog Producers Association of Covington Coun- ty and is a director in the Cov- ington County Cattlemen's As- sociation. Jackson, a native of Coving- ton County, is married to the former Inez McCurley. They i FLORALA MEMORIAL LIBRARY BOOSTERS are indeed proud of the new book cases, which was a joint effort of a number of local citizens. Here assistant librarian, Barbara Parker, looks over the nice selection of books being made available through this medium. Those contributing to the building and installation of the new book cases were Lockhart Lumber Company (lumber), Carlos Buffalow (shop), Cox Hardware (paint), McDRulel Motor Company (the painting), and last but certainly not least, Buddy Strickland (the Imllding of the shelves). Mrs. Parker is forever donating her valuable service to the tmildiug and upgrading of Florala have three sons. Bobby, mar- Memorial Library. And, if you haven't heard ~ April i,is bo.~ day. SO, be sure and rotmd up ried tim former LindB liodge,," some ot those books you no longer use and donate them to Four local library on book day. If Continued to page 7 you cannot bring the books in, call the library and someone will pick ~p your books. Huc&aba McClellan Tommy Bell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom B. Bell, Route One, Box 192, Florala, Alabama, has been selected as Valedictorian. Tommy was picked by the Flo- rida State Chamber of Com- merce as "Star Student" of Pax- ton High School. Other honors that Tommy has won are: Ist place in the Math Tournament at Lurleen B. Wallace forthree years. He is a National Merit Finalist. Tommy was' award- nd the Woodman of the World Award for American History; was awarded an Andalusia Ro- tary Club Scholarship for Math accomplishments; won the Mathematical Association of America Award. Tommy has a 4.0 average. He also made a perfect score, 495 out of 495, on his Florida Senior Placement test. Tommy is a member of the Beta Club, track team and Mu Alpha Teta. Tom- my is also a senior superla- tive. Rita Casey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd F. Casey, Route Three, Box 170, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, has been se- lected as Salutatorian. Rita has been a member of the Con- cert Choir, member of the Beta Club Serving as secretary one year, member of the Mu Alpha Theta, senior superlative, member of the Math team in both Andalusia and Birming- ham. Rita was picked as one of the Distinguished American High School Students. Rita has an average of 3.97. The other four honor students are: Cheryl Mixson, third place, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Mixson, Route Two, BOx 251, Florala, Ala- hama. Craig Huckaba, Naylene Mc. Clellan and Kelly Sexton tied for fourth place honors. Craig is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Huckaba, Route Two, Flo- rata, Alabama; Naylene is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Pence I. McClellan, Route Two, Flo- rata; and' Kelly is thesonofMr. and Mrs. H. M. Sexton, Route Five, DeFuniak Springs, Flo- rida. Paxtou's Graduation Exer- cises are: Commencement Sermon, May 30, 1976, at 7:30- Graduation Exercises, June 2, 1976 at 8:00 in the school gym- nasium. Tommy Bell Rita Casey Cheryl Mixson Hiram T. Pitts, incumbent Chairman of the Board, Coving- ton County Commissioners, is this week announcing his candi- dacy for re-election to that post, subject to the Democratic Pri- maries of May 4 and 25. Pitts is a widely known far- mer of Red Level. He is mar- ried to the former Eleanor Ingram and they have three children: Linda, married to Jimmy Hidgon of Birmingham; Michael, married to the for- mer Miss Jenny Hogg of Anda- lusia and Pam, who has just completed a course of study at Lurleen B. Wallace Junior Col- lege in Andalusia. Pitts feels that his 12 years experience in county govern- ment, the past four years as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and 8 years as Commissioner of District 4, will enable him to better under- stand the needs of Covington County and better serve its peo- ple. He pledges to do the best job possible as Chairman of Hiram T. Pitts the Board and will work d/It- gently for better county gov- ernment. He will sincerely appreciate your consideration, vote and support. man Qualifies For Re-Election Ray Bozeman has qualified for re-election as Clerk for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. A na- tive of Covington County, Boze- man is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bozeman. His father was a widely known far- mer of RFD 2, Dozier. Bozeman is married to the former Grace Stowers, a na- tive of Greenwood, Mississ- ippi. The Bozemans have two children, Candy Kyle, Bay Mi- nette, Alabama and Craig Bo- zeman, Andalusia, Alabama. Bozeman has been vice-pre- sident of the Covington Develop- ment Council, was president of the Rawls Rural Development Club, past Commander of Am- erican Legion Post #80, and se- cretary of the Covington Demo- cratic Committee. A 1943 graduate of Auburn, Bozeman was active in campus politics. He was president of his class during his senior year at Auburn. He was se- lected for membership in Blue Key, college leadership frat., and Gamma Sigma Delta, hono- rary scholastic fraternity. Ray Bozeman A veteran of World War 1I, and the Korean War conflict. Bozeman was vice-president of Alabama of Circuit Clerks and Registers and served as President In 1970-71. The Florala City School Board of Education held a spe- cial meeting Monday night, March ~-2, for the purpose of adopting a resolution to conduct a study to determine the fea- sibility of the Florala City School assuming the operation of Florala High School, - some- thing which has been done suc- cessfully by a number of neigh- bering towns where a county high school existed within the city limits. All five board members were present for the meeting. In- cluded were Chairman Kim George, Bill McDaniel, Glenn Zorn, A. J. Vaitis, Mrs. Je- well Powell and FCS Prin- cipal Erskine Ziglar, who ser- ves the board as recording se- cretary. A number of inter- ested citizens were also in at- tendance. Chairman Kim George opened the meeting by telling those pre- sent he felt it appropriate'to advise them of what the meet- ing was "not" about in view of the rumors which had been cir- culating both within and outside the city limits. He said it was not the board's intention todis- rupt any part of the county or city school system - not the Florala High School, Floraia City School nor W. S. Harlan in Lockhart. He said the board simply wanted to look into the possibility of acquiring more money for operating the schools and look into the legal and fin- ancial aspects of such a move. He stated that the three things they were in favor of studying were the legal and financial as- pects of acquiring the school, but, most importantly, the lo- gistical aspects as far as bus- log and transportation of rural ' students to the high school, a very important factor to be con- sidered. George stated that this type action had been successfully done in Elba, Geneva and oth- er places in the State of Ala- bama where county school sys- tems existed inside the city li- mits. Their investigations in- dicate, als0, that other towns have been successful in getting the county school board to co- operate and that the schools involved did benefit from such action. However, George stated that the board would certainly not make any such moves before an indepth study was made by an independent firm or firms. George noted that the city school system had acquired a substantial surplus over the past four years - to the tune of some $80,000, saying that he felt that this indication of good management practices. $140,- 000 was received by the city school system recently from the latest bond issue. George said that one of the advantages of operating the city system as they were sug- gesting, is the fact that they would not have to compete with other school systems for coun- ty monies. He said before they came to any conclusions or made a decision, a formal study, producing a formal document would be conducted. He said that their preliminary study indicated that it would be worth spending the money to find out and that the purpose of the meeting was to adopt a resolu- tion authorizing such a study. The l~roposed resolution was passed odt among board mem- bers and while they were study- ing it, George read it for the benefit of those present. Board member A. J. Vaitis asked for the floor before the resolution was voted on. Vaitis expressed a difference of opinion as to how to go about making the study. He said if they were going to make a study of the feasibility of the high school becoming a part of the city system, why not a study to the effect that the city system become a part of the county system? He stated that he would be against a resolution written like the one presented. He feels that both boards should share in the expense of the study and both boards should agree on what lawyers to hire. Vaitis said that, according to figures he had taken from the county financial statement, if Florala city system made the high school a part of the city system, they would receive ap- proximately $76,000 of revenue and the expenditures would be over $I00,000, leaving a deficit of $30,000. This figure did not agree with that George had come up with. Vaitis wanted to know where George got his figure and was told that they came from the State Department of Edu- cation. Before the vote on the resolu- tion was voted on, Vaitis chal- lenged Glenn Zorn's vote, due to the fact that he lives outside the city limits. He asked for his challenge vote to be recor- ded in the minutes, not as a beard member, but as a citi- zen. Mrs. Jewell Powell took the floor at this point and advised Chairman George that she, too, had done some homework. She said that her study might not be relevant to the subject, but ne- /vertheless, she had some per- sonal feelings she would like to make known. She said that she thought everyone would agree that they had quality education at Florala City School. But, she wanted to remind everyone that it had not just recently be- come a good school. To her knowledge, she said, it had been a good school for 30 years. She said that she had taught at Fie- rala City School for ~.7 years and that her knowledge of the quality education there went back even further. She p~'aised the administration of Mr. Henry Nipper and that of Mr. Vaitis, saying that the school's reputa- tion had been built on dedicated work, improvement and ex- pansion from the faculty, past administrations and the marve- lous school boards in the past. She continued with "what I am saying is that this school can- not recently claim all the credit for being a good school. The very building you are sitting in was constructed under ano- ther administration, the gym was begun and financed under another administration, which means that the reputation of this school is long range." Another point Mrs. Powell wanted to make was in defense of what she called "lambast- ing" the Florala High School. She said that there was all this talk about up-grading the high school, but she didn't hear much about up-grading the Florala City School. And, she said, "the city school is just not that good. The finest schools'in the country can be up-graded." Mrs. Powell says that th~ high Continued to page 5 Justice Hugh Maddox m @ Associate Justice Hugh Maddox has announced that he is seeking re-election to the Supreme Court. Justice Maddox was appointed to the high court by Governor Albert P. Brewer in 1969, and was elected for a full six-year term in 1970. Previously, he had served as legal advisor to three Governors of Ala- hama -- Governor Brewer, the late Governor Lurleen B. Wallace and Governor George C. Wallaqe. Justice Maddox served briefly as a Circuit Judge and Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery Coun- ty, and was engaged in the private practice of law for four years in Montgomery. He also worked in the Chief Attorney's Office, Veterans Administration in Montgomery and Mobile, and served as a law clerk in both state and federal courts. Justice Maddox was born in Covington County on a farm south of Andalusia. He was graduated with honors from the Florala High School and worked a year on The Florala News stalf, before entering the University of Alabama, where he worked his way through, receiving a degree in Journalism and Law. At the University, he was active in several leader- ship, religious, and professional organizations. He is a veteran of the Korean War and currently holds an active reserve assignment in the United States Air Force. Justice Maddox is a member of the Permanent Study Commission for Alabama Law Institute, and served for two years on Alabama's Code Revision Committee. He actively participated in several pro- jects designed to improve the judicial system of the state and is currently teaching night classes. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several chur- ches, civic and charitable organinatioas and has served freq/lently as a lecturer or speaker to youth groups, church groups and civic clubs. He is married to the former Virginia Roberts of Vernon, and they have two children, Bob and Jane, ages 13 and 9.