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" SMALL~, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ~UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ESTABLISHED IN 1900 L LAKE JACKSON AND GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF lot CONSECI TI%E ANN| ~,L MASONIC CEI,EBRATIONS YEAR NUMBER 4 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1975 15c PER SINGLE COPY endless hours of rain fell Wed- and Thursday of last week in Florala, County, South Alabama, and North- causing considerable damage to s and farmlands. It has been estimated ately 10 to 15 inches of rain fell a 24-hour period. se of the flash looding, roads were cling west and east out of Florala. 55 to Andalusia was closed between }0 ).m. Thursday. Earlier, Highway )n was closed. !, ~WOod Carol, Covington County road era- said that the waters over Highway 55 5' in depth at some places and that along that section of road were rid- boats and others swimming across early Friday morning. The road Saturday morning for traffic. Road 24 off Highway 55 to Open Pond )Sed because of flooding, as was County off H~ghway 55, from Red Oak to Card- County Road 29 to Brewton. Creek on State Road 54 to Samson ex- its banks early Thursday morning caus- families to evacuate their homes. ,ned Saturday. of Ferrin Hart and Bucky Hart from the low lands along High- Yellow River. 84 between Opp and Andalusia because of the over flowing Yellow to approximately 3 1/2 inches of rainfall Monday of this week, that of road was again closed part of the Andalusia highway, muddy, raging wa- Yellow River overflowed its banks and e highway for more than a mile west but did not get up to the high rise Conecuh River flooded and caused U. S. 84 to be closed at River Falls above At Givens Bridge on County Road waters of Yellow River, completely the bridge and more than a mile of That road, near the Florida State closed as early as 11:00 o'clock night. creeks flooded county dirt roads, wash -outs. scene, top soils of newly plowed away to low lying areas. Broken Were not uncommon. Pike of the Covington County Farm in Andalusia told this newspaper that approximately 5% of the year's had been planted. Those fields will replanted. In Red Level, the Foshee suffered a loss of 65 acres of cotton anted, and had some 100 acres of washed away. ellow River's flood waters lowered on -Andy highway and at Givens Bridge, e in force at Milligan, near Crestview. had to evacuate their low land homes rch for high grounds. the worst disaster stricken area was The Choctawhatchee River runs city. In 1929 the river flooded the Afterwards a levee was built city for protection should another occur. This levee was tested and saved Geneva from a second fate. businesse# and farms outside the flooded. The waters continued destroying homes, barnes, anything in search of the sea. Westvi!le, and Ponce de Leon suffered greatly Waters passed through those Florida HUndreds had to flee their homes. this page and inside pages 6 and 7) of Brewton was another disaster as big Murder Creek crested mean sea level at 5:00 a.m. Friday, short of the 1929 flood. Compli- flood ravaged residential areas districts was explosions of gas Sing rampaging fires, great stress, of dollars in damages to corn- property. Ond drown- Clay H. Boozer's automobile swept off the Castleberry- late Thursday afternoon and into reek. The body was recovered early Geneva County Hard Hit By Flood ',q~Vaters Yellow River Leaves Banks To Severly Damage Area A Steollen Flat Creek Runs Wild Excessive Rain Fell To Flood Givens Bridge Area Merril L. Nail, District Fish- pound class, capable of producing is limited. eries Supervisor with the Dept. The major limiting factoraf- Plans call for another popu- of Conservation and Natural fecting the fish population is the lation study in July, the addi- Resources reports that they lack ofsufficientnutrienisintbe tion of more channel catfish are attempting to improve the lake. Lake Jackson isrelative- fingerlings, and the possible fishing in Lake Jackson. This ly infertile and therefore the installation offish shelters con- is being accomplisbedbytbein- number and size of fish it is structed from old tires. troduction of threadfin shad and channel catfish. Threadfinshad were introduced to provide an additional fond fish for large- Pu blic Hearing Set mouth bass, chain pick- erel, bowfin, longnose gar, and large crappie. They are now attempting toevaluatetbere- In Florala, April 25 suits. This is being done by population studies conducted in July, periodic seining checks, and electrofishing samples. The State of Alabama High- .... The results obtained so far way Department will hold a indicate that the fish population combined location and design is in a balanced condition. The Public Hearing for the proposed threadfin shad have established construction of a Rest Area lo- themselves and are reproduc- cated on the east side of US- ing, providing an additional for- 331, approximately five miles age for the above mentioned north of Florala. fish. The channel catfish are The project is known as Pro- growing nicely and have ject LSF-0128(901), Covington reached a sizeofapproximately County. The Hearing will be three pounds, held at 10:00 a.m., April 25, A recent electrofishing 1975, Activities Building, State sample indicated that the large- Park, Florala, Alabama. mouth bass are in very good condition with ample reproduc- tion. The lake also contains a ROTARY CLUB TO good population of redear (shellcrackers) in the one- SPONSOR FISH FRY Science Needs Assessment Committee ON LAKE JACKSON The Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club will be sponsoring a fish fry April 25 between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 P.M., on the shores of Beautiful Lake Jack- son. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the club. Mrs. Nell F. Yarbrongh of Proceeds from this event Florala City School as re- will go toward the construction ceived another appointment of an "Emergency Heliport" from Dr. Le Roy Brown, State at the Florala Memorial Hos- Superintendent of Education, to pital. serve on the "Science Needs The menu will consist of a Assessment Committee" in Montgomery. The Alabama State Depart- ment of Education has been in- volved in developing the means to assess the educational science needs of the state. Last year's phase focused on science at the efghth grade level. This year's phase will focus on the fourth and twelfth grade level. A committee representing various educational levels within the state has been formed to assist in the study. This committee is to identify objec- tives for fourth and twelfth grade science in Alabama and develop instrumentations for assessing the current status of fourth and twelfth grade stu- dents in the state relative to these objectives. Last spring Mrs. Yarbrough served on the Eighth Grade Science Needs Assessment Task Force. The assessment instrument which the task force devdloped has been adminis- tered to a statewide sampling of eighth grade students. The results of this phase of study will be published in the near fu- ture. The new task formed to as- variety of fried fish, slaw, hush puppies, tea or coffee. If you can't come, plates will be de- livered. In case of rain, the fish fry will be held at the Old National Guard Armory. reocher$ Workshop He Id Here Teachers from Covington County Schools, Andalusia City, and Opp City Schools met at Florala City School Thursday, April I0, 1975 to participate in workshops, covering their teaching specialities. The meeting which began at one o'clock was a gathering of approximately 125 teachers. Among the group were superin- tendants, principals, coaches, physical education teachers, and teachers of various aca- demic subjects. Also, among this gathering were 25 con- sit in assessing science at the sultants from the State Depart- fourth and twelfth grade levels will include from the state four elementary teachers, 5 high school teachers, and 5 teachers from higher learning. Areas of critical educational needs must be identified in or- CONT. TO PAGE 11 der to make a wise use of funds available under Title III - ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). Title III of ESEA of 1965 requires as the first step inthe development of proposals that the local education agencies as- sess their educational needs so that educational priorities may be established. Duringthe academic year of 1971-72, the State Department of Education in cooperation with the Uni- versity of Alabama, and the Alabama Education Study Com- mission conducted a study to determine what the Citizenry of Alabama feels should be the goals or objectives of our schools. It was the purpose of that committee to ascertain the cri- tical needs in any given area of teaching in Alabama.. This in- cludes major subjects and minor subjects. This project, including all areas of learning, merit of Education, Auburn, LBW's math and science De- partment, and Representatives from various book companies. The invocation was voiced by CONT. TO PAGE II FLEMI~ GS SONNY FLEMINGS TO BE FEATUREI) AT CAMP VICTORY RALI.Y Camp Victory supervisor, Jonas Miller, is planning a spring rally Saturday, April 19, 1975 beginning at 10:00 A.M. and continuing until 3:00 p.m. Sonny Fleming will be the guest evangelist. You will enjoy his singing altd his tes- timony of what the Lord has done for him, as welI as his humor and good fun. Fleming was introduced locally through guests appearances at a num- ber of churches. The program consists of re- creation in the morning. Bring your own lunch. The Snack Shop and Book Store will be open. Wear your school clothes, The afternoon program in the Chapel begins about h30. All 3rd graders and up are invited. Parents are invited to bring prospective campers and visit the camp. CAPTAIN WALLIS RECEIVES AWARD Captain William L. "Bill" Wallis recbived the "Hugo L. Black" scholastic award in re- cognization of "outstanding scholarship and intellectual. achievement" while attending Law School at the University of Alabama. This award was presented by Dean Thomas Christopher, Dean of Law School during the annual Law Day Ceremonies, April 5, 1975 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. "Chuck" Wallis. THE FLORALA-LOCKHART ROTARY CLUB met Tuesday, April 15. Danny Harrison was in charge of the program and introduced guest speaker, Dale Odom. Mr. Odom presented a most interesting program on special education in the Covington County School System. Pictured above, from left to right, Danny Harrison and Dale Odom.