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.. Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Hadley Laken and Kyle Hadley and Joshua Grissett would like to announce the marriage of their parents, Jamie Hadley and JoAnna Grissett. The couple were united in marriage on Thursday, March 22 at Beautiful Lake Jackson in Florala by Joe Evans with close family and friends in attendance. EVANS \\; Welcome Jackson Christopher Steele THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012 PAGE 3 .- !i t 'o Kevin and Amanda Steele are pleased to announce to 41i:i:: birth of their son, Jackson Christopher Steele. Jackson was born on February 27, 2012 at 7:42 a.m. weighing 8 pounds and measuring 21 inches long at Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, AL. Proud grandparents are Peggy and Thalon Hobbs. FROM FRONT Jason Cassidy and Joanna Barton, of Andalusia, AL, are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter, Emma Marie. b..r,,, She was born March 12 at 2:09 a.m. weighing 6 pounds and 7 ounces at , :'  Andalusia Regional Hospital. 4t ;!! Maternal grandparent is Jo Barron of  Andalusia. Paternal grandparents are Tex and Gloria Cassady of Florala and Betty Reeves of Paxton, FL.  Maternal great-grandparent is Elma  Barron of Andalusia. Paternal gr6at-grandparents are Bernice ., Jordan of the Children's Home .. . Community and Macy Cassidy and the [t late Noah Cassidy of Florala. Emma was welcomed home by brothers, Ethan and Colton. MAYOR ROBERT WILLIAMSON delivers his speech during the service as members of th Evans family (left) look on. (Photo by Precision Image Photography of Florala) in Montgomery, AL, where as fate would have it, they captured the eye of John Cecil Evans, a Florala resi- dent, who, feeling it was his Christian duty, brought the boys home, expanding the family that had previously consisted of himself, wife, Annie and young daughter, Patty. "In today's world, we are well aware that blended families are often times anything but blended and the Evans family was not immune to the tumult that occurred as a result of in- troducing two rambunctious pre-adolescent twin boys to their already established family unit. However, in time, young Rodney and Wy- man adapted to their new surroundings, made friends, found trust in the extended members of the Evans fam- ily and learned the value of hard work. "Upon graduation from Florala High School, Rod- hey had fallen in love and after joining the U.S. Army, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Geo- hagan. After serving a tour in Vietnam, Rodney was sta- tioned in nearby Ft. Rucker. Barbara still lived with her parents in Florala for rea- sons of economics but it was routine for her to spend the weekends with her husband in Ft. Rucker. "Tragedy struck on Sep- tember 5, 1968, when Bar- bara was killed in a car ac- cident during a return trip from Ft. Rucker. Rodney was distraught, despondent, and almost immediately after her death, re-enlisted and volunteered for yet another tour of duty in Vietnam. Family members recount the young Sargeant visiting them, telling them he would never see them again. They discerned he was so heart- broken that he wanted to die, but close friends of both Rodney and Wyman, the Dunns, with whom both would live in Enterprise after Barbara's death, told that during the several months required to process the re-enlistment, Rodney's acute grief had lifted and that he was looking forward to returning to Alabama af- ter he fulfilled his obligation to the Army. The Dunns were instrumental in plead- ing with legislators to lift the length of his tour, cit- ing his mental duress at the time of his re-enlistment. They reported that Rodney expressed appreciation to them for their efforts dur- ing a phone call he made to them in early July; he was excited about the possibil- ity of an early reprieve, to coming home. Shortly after that phone call, the Dunns received news they had been successful--it would take a few weeks to complete yet another paper trail, but Rodney's tour would be shortened...he was coming back to Alabama. "It was not to be. "On July 18, 1969, one day after Rodney John Ev- ans turned twenty-one years old, he was killed in the line of duty. During a recon- naissance mission through heavy vegetation, Sgt. Ev- ans, squad leader, led his men parallel to a well-de- fined trail heeding the pla- toon scout's warning that the trail was heavily booby- trapped As the force ad- vanced, a nearby squad was hit by a concealed mine. Sgt. Evans saw a second enemy device to his right, shouted a warning to his men, dived to the ground and crawled toward the mine but just as he reached it, an enemy sol- dier detonated the explosive. Sgt. Evans absorbed the full impact with his body, thus saving his comrades from probable death or injury. His bravery cost him his life. 'WIinot J. Savage said, "The brae die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men." "And so it is with Rodney Evans, whose life story pierc- es our hearts and haunts us as we ask ourselves would we have been as brave had we been in his shoes that day in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam. For most of us the answer is more haunting than the question itself. "It seems a normal pro- cess for humans to pass by things of extraordinary splendor without giving them second thought once a sense of immunity sets in. This lake would be a good ex- ample of that How many of us travel past her shores on a daily basis yet fail to truly marvel at God's handiwork? For far too many years, the legacy of Rodney J. Evans has been largely an after- thought, a distant memory. It gives me great pleasure to report that the Florala City Council was successful in paving the street named in his honor. No longer is our most distinguished citizen's name attached to a humble dirt road. The State of Ala- bama agreed to name this building The Rodney J. Ev- ans Conference Center, un- precedented, as both Sena- tor Jimmy Holley and I were told several times when we asked, that the State Parks Division just did not name buildings for individuals. 'Tee asked renowned Flo- rala artist, Larry Strickland, to submit sketches for a Rodney Evans statue which will be erected in the front of the building. The estimated cost for this is $100,000. In conjunction with the Florala Historical Society, a web- site,, has been established to receive donations for this project. "Rodney Evans was no ordinary man as evidenced by the fact we are gathered together to honor him al- most forty-three years after his death. He was posthu- mously granted the Con- gressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award. He is one of only twenty- one Alabamians accredited this honor since the Civil War. Rodney J. Evans is an American hero. As Mayor of Florala, it is my desire that we remember his sacrifice, that we honor his memory and that we keep the story of his life alive for Florala's future generations. May his uncommon valor inspire us all to be courageous in the face of our enemies and, most importantly, to love our fellow man," concluded Williamson.. Other program partici- pants were Susan Herrin, William H. Herrin, Barbara King, Ron Terry and Terry Spader The event concluded with a generous lunch provided by members of the VFW. SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Bright House Networks Customer Notice From time to time our agreements with cable channels and television stations come up for renewal. While we do not anticipate any loss or disruption of service, regulations require us to notify you of the possibility of losing programming. Please be advised, therefore, that our agreements with BBC America, Country Music Television, Current TV, Encore, Encore Action, Encore Drama, Encore Family, Encore Love, Encore Suspense, Encore Westems, Golf Channel, Great American Country, MC (Music Choice), NHL Center Ice, Ovation, Sprout, Staz, Starz Cinema, Starz Comedy, Staz Edge, Starz in Black, Starz Kids & Family, TruW and Youtoo TV remain in effect on a month to month basis, but we may have to cease carriage In all formats If our authority to continue is withheld. Additionally, our agreement with Game Show Network (GSN) expires on Apd130, 2012 and we may have to cease carriage in all formats if our authority to continue is withheld. We are working dlligentiy at this time to come to acceptable and fair terms with all of these channels. . 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