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[©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• DISSEMINAT!ON, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. o t Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast Year - Number 4 Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington Count , Thursday, April 8, 1976 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy ictions May of 1975, one of trailers of all types were auto and equipment spent by these law enforce- in and meat officers and the District County was Attorney. Thousand of dol- the effortsof lars worth of stolen equipment was recovered and returned to FE. Harrell and his its rightful owners. rank McGill, Dist- Massive case files werebuilt and evidence accumulated and magnitude of the the ser- Posey of the Na- Bureau and of the State Were requested and = hours ofinvestiga- tracing of stolen automobiles, motors, motorcy- -up trucks, dump transports and prepared for presentment to the Covington County Grand Jury that was scheduled to meet in July of 1975. These files con- tained evidence linking this ring to operations in several adjoin- ing counties: Geneva, Coffee, Crenshaw, Houston, Dale, Conecuh, Monroe, and also in the State of Florida. Some 65 felony presentments were made to the July, 1975, Grand Jury who promptly re- NEWS OF INTEREST by Merle Woodham Touches Down A t Straughn -- turned 65 felony indictments charging some 14 persons in- volved in the ring with various charges of Grand Larceny, Buy- ing, Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property, and Bringing Stolen Property Into The State. All of these cases were doc- keted in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Coving- ton County, Alabama. It is worthy to note, that of these 65 cases, all of the persons charged have either pleaded guilty, made arrangements to plead guilty or have been tried and found guilty by a Coving- ton County jury. This includes both Alabama and Florida re- sidents who participated in the Covington County aspects of the theft ring. "Other charges were brought in the other Alabama Counties but their disposition is not known. Thousands of dollars worth of stolen equipment was recov- ered in the State of Florida from some of the Florida residents who participated in the ring, but information received is that Florida authorities have not filed any charges as of this date. This office takes pride in re- leasing this information and ¢ congratulates the police in- volved, Sheriff W. E. Harrell / and his staff, Mr. Tom Posey l ~rJtts and Sgt. Norris Waldrop for an efficient, effective and thorough e r investigation. The final results ; pa eats, teachers and students at Straughn School :hieved are proof positive of who occupied the two trailers that were completely is. - ' the tornado which touched down in that community morning, must feel tbeMaster wasdefinitely Florala Attends Ft. R ucker's belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond "Pete" Black- COmpletely destroyed only a couple of hundred yards the school. Mr. BlackwetI wlg'aWay' a[work~ilnd his ~ * had leflshortlybeforetbetornadohittovisitre_ Energy Awareness Seminar BICENTENNIAL BEAUTIES VYING FOR TITLE OF MISS neice Kembro. 1 FLORALA. Standing, from left, are Misses Cindy Surrey, The pageant, with the theme "Happy Birthday America"will Rhea Yarbrough, Sissy Savage, Diane Mickelson, Melanie be held at the Florala High School gymnasium this Saturday McDaniel, Angela Bradley, Anne,,,, Mills, Bonita Cook and De- ,, ,night, April II, at 7:30. Linda's House of Beauty was also destroyed Eleven towns were repre-ergy and save our resources." were aimed at other segments winds. Owneroftheshop, Mrs. Charles Adams ;ented at Ft. Rucker's last of He added, "About 2 1/2years of the community -- the youth were in Florala visiting sick relatives. Their hree Energy Awarness Semi- ago we Americans had a rather and civic clubs. By reaching only a few feet away, was virtually untouched, mrs held at the Officers' Open rude awakening when we, pro- these three elements of the Crittendon home, a mile or so away from the trailers ~ess Wednesday, March 24. bably for the first time, rea- community (youth, civic clubs picked up off its foundation and set four or five feet They were Cottonwood, Dot- lized that our resources are and city government), Rucker ofpeoplewereinthehouse at the time. Mr. Crit- tmn, Elba, Enterprise, Flo- not forever. And that certain- officials expect to project the Seen the st@rm coming across the field, turned to get rala, Hartford, Geneva, Lu- ly applies to us militarily as energy message throughout the hOuse and it hit before be could warn family members, verne, New Brockton, Ozark, well." various communities, accord- ~a report in the Andalusia Star News. and Opp. The seminar was sponsored ins to Maj. James. ~ages reported were trees toppled, some splintered, Purpose oftbefour-hourses- by the Plans and Operations In addition to the seminars, sion was to acquaint Wiregrass Area mayors, chamber of com- merce representatives and oth- er city officials with the na- tion's current energy situation. In addition, participants were introduced to energy conserva- tion methods "which go beyond turning the light off when you leave the room." Rucker offi- cials hope the seminar will be the catalyst needed to generate community conservation pro- grams. Major General William J. Maddox, Jr., post commanding general, on hand to greet the participants said, "It'stimefor us planners to initiate the pro- grams which will conserve en- off, and some flash flooding. school conditions in the county have been relieved trailers for class rooms. The storm 200 yards north of a number of trailers in use at fans, remember sitting just to the right of the the Straughn football stadium? Well, it was damaged the cyclone fence surrounding the stadium was flat- Softball Ft. Rucker has a mobile energy display which will tour the state throughout April. The display is housed in an expandable van, 26 feet long and 8 to 15 feet wide. Displays in the van in- clude those relating to petro- leum products, natural gas, electricity insulation and oth- ers. Branch, Directorate of Indus- trial Operations (DIO). Major Charles D. James, plans of- ricer, DIO, was moderator. As- sisting Maj. James was Mrs. Virginia Garrett, a Federal En- ergy Administration represen- tative. The two other energy semi- nars held at Rucker this month to the Star News report, County Superintendent Says that plans are on the drawing board for ten ad- rooms to replace the trailers at Strauglm. be a little forewarning to rush up the architech's get on with the building. There are a couple at other schools in the county, that need to be re- Tornadoes seem to be an evergrowing problem in the country. HAVE A ROSE GARDEN IN THE FAMILY! say of getting a rose garden; but, at least, I will and l have envied Merton Reeves, his roses and that was fortunate to have beautiful roses -- Judy Gamble, Betty Hooten, Sadie Moon. Those are remember seeing enroute to work and to the family sure there are other gardens in town equally as haven't had the pleasure of visiting them. When March began to roll around, Mom's birthday got the bright idea of she and I going together and garden, planted at her house, if I could have She agreed, but my dear husband absolutely the first hole for one of those rose bushes. But I into going up to his mothers and tilling the soil, so well pulvarized ground in which to plant the I had his mother's birthday to use on him. he Enthusiasts Continued To Page 4 To Meet The Paxton Umpiring As- sociation is in the process of organizing the Paxton Softball League. Everyone interested in hav- ing a team or participating on a team, is urged to attend the meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, April 13 at the Paxton Town Hall at 7:30. Recyclers Pay $300 In Florala Aluminum recyclers here were paid over $300 during March for ~,111 pounds ofulum- iuum by the Reynolds Aluminum mobile recycling unit. Most of this was aluminum cans, TV dinner trays, dipcon- tainers and foil for which the unit manager pays 15 cents per pound. There are about ~3 cabs m me potato. A smaller amount was paid for other forms of aluminum. The Reynolds mobile unit is parked across the ral|rond tracks from the old armory every other Wednesday from I¢:30 to g:00 p.m. with the next stop scheduled for April 7. I~COGNIZE THIS? It is the Cherokee Rose, an age Which is one of hundreds in the collection of Mr. s' garden on Lakeview Avenue. It is a single rose, beautiful. It looks a lot like the dogwood blossom. ars Kathleen Vasconsellos will celebrate her seventy-third birthday aboard the Bicenten- nial Wagon Train Pilgrimage to Pennsylvania May 20. Miss Katie, as she is aff- ectionately known by the wagon train personnel, has been with the southern-most branch of the Southern segment, of the wa- gon train since if left Polk City, Florida, January 31. She is now traveling with the Alabama Bicentennial Wagon Train through central Alabama, head- ed for the Tennessee border. Miss Katie said she and her horse, Jake, are committed to going all the way to Valley Forge,. Pennsylvania, the July 3 destination of the train, "even if I have to walk and lead Jake part of the way." "The wagon train is my whole life now," she said. "I want to ride in the big Fourth of July parade in Valley Forge. I'm a pushover for parades, and I've got my suit all ready for it." Miss Katie said she takes the wagon train trek just like she learned to ride Jake, "one step at a time". "I was 68 when I got Jake and learned to ride," she said. "Some folks who couldn't keep him gave him to me and I nursed him back to health. When I heard some men say it was a shame I was too old to learn to ride, I learned just to show them they were wrong." "Jake was a rearer. He threw me the first time I got on him. But he would never hurt me now. He knows I love him. He's taught me all I know about riding." Before the wagon train, Miss Katie was a harely-retired re- gistered nurse, still active in nursing and various activities in her hometown, Clearmont, PAXTON P.T.A. TO HOLD MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT The Paxton P.T.A. will meet Thursday, April 8, at 7:30p.m., in the school auditorium• Miss Barbara Ballard, Art In- structor, will present the pro- gram, and the Library will be open for the display of art pro- jects. Everyone is invited to attend and see the accomplish- meats of the Paxton Art De- partment, under Miss Ballard's leadership. Florida. She often rode Jake to visit friends who lived 15 miles away. "Nothing really prepared me for this trip," she said when asked about the difficulty of get- ting herself and her horse in shape for the trek. "I am here because I love to ride and am of a pioneering spirit." Although several friends planned to accompany Miss Katie, she is the only one who carried the adventure through• She is far from friendless on the train, however, as she is a great favorite among the per- sonnel, who introduce her with pride to members of comma- nities the train passes through. The only hardship she men- tioned on the trail, despite flooding rains and tornado wea- ther, has been "not being al- ways able to ride Jake". She rides in the Florida wagon on these infrequent days. She sleeps in a covered pick-up truck and is up most morn- ings at 3:30 Or 4 o'clock feed- ing and caring for Jake. What are Miss Katie's plans after the wagon train is over in July? "1 think Jake and I will tra- vel around and see all the peo- ple we've met on the wagon train," she said. KATHLEEN VASCONSELLOS, and her horse Jake. Miss Was. consellos, now riding with the Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage through Alabama, will celebrate her 73rd birthday in May.