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"Z ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. " SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ESTABLISHED IN 1900 Pq UL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 102 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS RTH YEAR NUMBER 6 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 1973 10c PER SINGLE COPY I Past McRae for a copy of a called t 'The first newspaper in Florala. Ac- Volume number was established 1896. I was for- ning a copy of aary 27, 8, No. 38, with as erie- Bill Map- a newspaper in early years but Impression that Florala News he did of The Gazette might have soon after and esta- in Laurel to the mast head of The Gazette, newspapers in to 1900, when was esta- was con- 'Inter-State Ap- May as- of Florala, "Mail and Fla., Highland Hill, Fla., these news- and con= to 1900. bit of informa- new to me. ~= news- even to 'tThe so you can be found when into the I started I newspapers in Florala and 1913, News and being 1914 and the to The Florala The Florala established newspapers F1orala for in the 1930s s, who married established a he operated I have pro- of The newspaper of The Gazette, a complete News since of 1911 with a earlier years. a copy of any published in than 1911 it if you a copy from let us have Would be very a copy of The in 1900 and a copy from It is s a copy of The than the 1904 a copy of the or the Clti- Flor- )tier to 1900. Florala had a 1904. In The I failed to mayor in- "City Shown above are the recipients of Sports Awards a~ special assembly last Wednesday. Pictured L to R, top row are: Coach Dale Odom, Greg Burke, Lane Cravey, anri Sylvester Owens. Middle row; Larry Hamilton, Robert James, Royce Sightler, anri Be Caraway,, Bottom row; Fletcher Gibson, Melvin Matthews, Tex Cassldy and Rickey Sightler. agers Sportsmanship Trophy was awarded m Sylvester O#ens by Johnny Smith, on behalf of The Bank of Florala. ii!!¸ ˘ Junior Team award winners were: Top row L to R; Coach Godwin~ Jerry Anrirews~ and Marry Bryd. Bottom Row: Frank Toole and Jeffery Owens. NEWS OF INTEREST - By Merle 'oodham ',city Ordi- werec, c. McRae.Signed Friday 13th ,ucky Day in. were an ordinance of con- one to pro- of pistol, Public place; to pro- of women etc.; one to of tell- to prohibit to prohibit lsting an of- one to pro- riots, houses of to prohibit same; and the or other tt any gam_e, he shooting Other fire- spitting on to pro- of the to pro- and inde- an affrays; to prohibit TO PAGE 9 For Terry Hamilton FRIDAY THE 13TH PROVED TO BE ANOTHER LUCKY DAY for the Wilmer Hamilton family as their son, Terry, was ad- vised last Friday that he had received his appointment to the Naval Academy. Wtlmer re- counts the following as lucky days for him: During the service in World Wax II, the National Guard boys who were mobilized from Florala and stayed together un. tll they started to go over- seas˘ left Camp Kilmer, N. J. on August 13th, were in Area 13 in N. Y., Barracks 13, load- ed on boat from Pier 13, took 13 days to cross the Atlanta. Wilmer says the 13th was lucky for this group of men as every- one leaving together stayed to- gether overseas and during the war and no one was killed in action from this group. Last Friday, April 13~ 1973, Mr. Charles Stevenson, Principal of Florala HighS, heel, received a call from Congressman Bill Dickinson's secretary in Washington stating that Terry Hamilton had been appointed to the Naval Academy. She .stated that it was the policy of Congressman CONTINUED TO PAGE 5 Last Wednesday, April 11, the Florala Quarterback Club held an assembly at Florala High School to honor the 72-73 Wild- cat basketball program. Re- cognized were the players, coaches, managers, and all those associated with the team. Coach Paul Godwil, led the junior team to the State Tour- nament, compiling a fantastic record of 17-1 on the way. The B-team, coached by Danny Harrison, ran to a re,torQue season of 14 wins, 7 losses. The varsity Wildcats of Coach Dale Odom surprised everyone in streaking to the magic mar~ of 20 wins, against only 5 de- feats. The highlight of the assembly was the presentation of awards. Miss Frances Chance, vice- president of the QB Club, pre- sented trophies given by Mr. Curt Savage. These were: field goal percentage - Lane Cra- vey; rebounding Gregory Burke; free throw percentage - Ricky Sightler. On behalf of the Bank of Florala, Johnny Smith presented the Sports- manship Award to Sylvester Owens. Mrs. Mabel Kilpat- rick, QB Club secretary, on behalf of the Club, gave special awards to Royce Sightler and Melvin Matthews. Mr. Robert Harrison, himself, QB Club president, gave the most im- proved Player Award to Be Caraway. The R. C. Cola Bottling Co. gave the last awards. Coach Godwin presented the Jr. team MVP Award to Jeffery Owens; the B-Team MVP Award, pre- sented by Mr. James Wallace, went to Frank Toole; and Coach Odom presented the Varsity MVP Award to Robert James. Most Outstanding Senior, pre- sented by Mr. Billy Revell, went to Larry Hamilton. Rounding out the program were the Scholastic Awards,, which Mr. Charles Stevenson presented to Tex Cassidy and Fletcher Gibson, who tied with 90 point average during the first semester of this school year. COVINGTON CHAPTER #441 OES TO MEET Covington Chapter 441, OES, will hold their regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend. FLORALA HIGH SCHOOL PTA TO MEET MONDAY The Florala High School PTA will meet Monday, April 23, at 7:30 P.M. New officers will be installed for the PTA and for the Beta Club. It All interested citizens are invited to regular Council Meeting this Mon- day night~ April 23~ 1973 at the Florala City School lunchroom at 7 p.m. The main item of business will be the State Park in Flo- rala and the operation and progress of such. Parks Director for the State of Alabama as well as Representative Frank Jacksonj Harold Wise and Senator Crum Foshee have been invited to attend this meeting. Royce Passed Aw ay Friday Royce Hooten, age 67, a re- sident of Florala, passed away early Friday morning, April 13, 1973. He was a resident of Florala for 38 years and operated Royce Hooten Equip- ment Company in Florala. He was a former member of the Florala City Board of Educa- tion and was among interested citizens to help form the Flor- ala Band. He was an active supporter of the Florala Band Booster Club for many years ~,Dd hei6 office in that organi- zation. Survivors are the wife, Mrs. Mary Dean Hooten of Florala; five sons, Byron R. Hooten of Hawaii, Thomas F. Hooten of Newberry, S. C., Ronald D. Hooten of College Park, Ga., John P. Hooten of Eglin AFB, Florida, and Joe R. Hooten of Florala; father, F. J. Hooten of Lockhart; five sisters, Mrs. Juanita Mays of Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Theda err of Panama City, Mrs. Christine Vann of Lockhart, Mrs. Aimee Skinner of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Doris Green of Hewberry, Fla.; three brothers, Ralph Hooten of Florala, Rodrick Hooten of Gainsville, Florida, and Ray- mond Hooten of Perry, Ga., and four grandsons. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday from Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Freeman Williamson officiating. Burial was in the Florala Greenwood Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home di- recting. NEW HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH SPONSORS EGG HUNT The. New Harmony Bap- tist Church is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at 4:00 p.m. Easter Sunday at the Bold M Ranch on Highway S-2A one half mile east of the church. There will be more than a thousand eggs hid over forty acres. The area will be divided into four sections for the children of different ages. Immediately following the Easter Egg Hunt, there on the premises, the Youth Choir led by Opal Davidson will sing and Rev. Billy Cashwell, pastor of the New Harmony Baptist Church will bring the evening message. All parents and older youth are invited to come and help supervise the children and enjoy the worship service. The church buses will run. For transportation call Pax- ton 4-8001 or 4-3350, or De- Funiak Springs 892-2164. Tri-Cities Rescue Squad Report The Rescue Squad is now operating on inadequate funds due to the fact that some people can't afford to pay for runs. This Saturday, April 21, there is going to be a Country and Western Jamboree sponsored by the Res- cue Squad at the new National Guard Armory, Sam- son Highway. The Squad will have the concession stand with hamburgers and hot dogs, and Cokes being sold. The proceeds will go toward up-datlng our equipment an5 keeping the Squad operating out of the red. There will also be donation boxes located throughout the Armory Hall. Your support will be appreciated. The Rescue Squadmade 18 rescue operations from April 4 to April 16, covering a total of 1896 miles, using about 125 man hours. l • • . MISS FLORALA 1973, KATHY COOK e The Annual Easter Sunrise Service, sponsored by the Flor- ala Area Ministerial Associa- tion will be Sunday, April 22 (Easter) at 5:14 (Sunrise). The place is on the shore of Beau- tiful Lake Jackson, near the Park Recreation Building. Rev. Joe Bates, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, will preach. The various mini- sters of the community will participate in the service. The High School Band will lead in the singing, and there will be special music. An offering will be taken to be used by the Mini- sterial Association for help- ing those who may be passing through the community and who may suffer unforseen emergen- cies. The City of Florala is co- operating by setting up the area for speaking, and for chairs for the congregation. In the RESCUETTES HOLD FIRST BAKE SALE SATURDAY The Trl-City Rescuettesbeld their first bake sale Saturday, April 14, with all proceeds go- Ing towards the purchase of a new ambulance for the Squad. All the people of the area were Just wonderful in sup- porting the bake sale. We want to extend a great big "Thank You', to everyone who baked or bought any item during our sale. Also, a very special thanks to those who came by and gave a donation, event oI rain the service win be at the First Baptist Church, East Fifth Avenue. The public is urged to come and begin this Holy day by en- joying the worship of the early morning, and greeting friends and neighbors. QUARTERBACK CLUB TO SPONSOR B-B-Q SATURDAY NIGHT The Quarterback Club Is sponsoring abarbeque supper at the Stanley Community Center this Saturday night, April 21, from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. All you can eat of barbequed pork, chicken, camp stew, vegetables, and salads. Carry-out plates will be available. The proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of much needed new football uni- forms for the mighty Wildcats. The football fans are expecting a lot from this fine group of sportsmen this year, so let's dress 'em out in style, suitable of expected winners. Come on out to Stanley Sat- urday night and enjoy a deli- cious meal, and at the same time, help a worthy cause. The Quarterback Club will meet this Thursday night at 7:30 in the high school lunch- room to make final plans. Be therel Never become completely dependent on any one per- son, if possible. Florala Police The ~lorala Police Department marie 43 calls dur- ing the week of April 6 - 15. Four accidents were investigated within the City. In making their nightly rounds of the business houses, nine doors were found left open after hours. According to reports re- ceived by the department, one house was ransacked, there were three reports of shoplifting, and one tape player and one tape recorder-radio combination was stolen. An investigation is pending on these counts. Twenty-three arrests were made during the week: one for running a stop sign; five no driver's license; four improper mufflers; one improper tag; five DWPs; one speeding; one bench warrant; two public drunks; one for possession of un',axed liquor. Quote for the week from the Code of Alabama Law, Title 36, Section 5 - "R shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on the highways of the State of Alabama at a speed greater than hereinafter provided." By Corp, Jimmy Thompson Glynn M. Todd, Chief of Police Note: Regardless of who your new police chief maybe, he will need the support of every citizen in order to en- force the laws of the State and ordinances of the City of Florala. Good luck to him, and to the City as well. May God bless you all. Chief Todd The 1973 Beauty Pageant held Saturday night, April 14, at Florala High School was a smashing success. It was spon- sored by the Florala Chapterof Future Homemakers of Am- erica under the capable gui- dance of Mrs. Clara Pittman, director. Everything went smoothly and progressed like clock work until the final hour of choosing Miss Florala at which time the judges held a conference with each of the five semi-finalists before choosing Miss Florala. Those were, indeed, anxious moments. In the Miss Florala compe- tition, with ten lovely young la- dies competing, Miss Kathy Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cook, walked away with the title. Kathy, whose interests are singing, dancing, playing the piano, and bike riding, chose for her talent presentation, a scene from the play "Cinderella" which icluded the singing of "In My Own Little Corner", accompanied at the piano by Connie Adams. It was very well done. Her voice and tone quality could have easily been com- pared with that of the musical star of motion pictures and te- levision, Julie Andrews. Kathy is a member of The Florala Wildcat Band, playing the clar- inet and is an officer in the FHA. The lovely and vivacious Miss Joy Evans, daughter of Mrs. Truman Evans, capped the first runner-up spot. Joy, whose interests are skiing, tennis, and cheerleading, enter- tained the audience with a spicy dance routine - "The Charles- ton". Miss Evans is active in the Beta Club, Office Staff, Student Council, and FHA. She represented Florala at Girl's State and was chosen Good Cit- izenship Girl. Miss Patricia Carroll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lenwood Carroll, was chosen second runner-up in the Miss Florala competition. Pa- tricia, accompanied by Miss Beth Harrison at the piano, sang an arrangement of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by Caroll King, for her talent presentation. Patricia enjoys reading, gardening, listening to good music. She is involved in FHA, Office Staff and is a Class Favorite. Miss Peggy Lindsey, the reigning Miss Flo- rala, crowned the winners and welcomed guests. Jamie McPhail, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McPhail, had the distinct pleasure of being chosen Miss Congeniality, a honor btestowed upon her by her fellow contestants. Ja- mie enjoys playing the piano and entertained the audience with a medley of "All American Tunes" in the talent compe- tition. The Junior Miss Competition attracted the largest number of contestants, with fifteen beau- tiful girls vying for the title. The winners were Misses Deb- bie Mitchell, first place; Lynn Denney, first runner-up; Carrie Savage, second runner-up. Debbie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Mitchell, is a sophomore at FHS, and enjoys water skiing, playing the piano, and cheerleading. Lynne, dau- ghter of Mr. and Mrs. James Denney, special interests are cooking, playing the piano, water skiing, and bike riding. Carrie's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Savage. She is a majorette with The Florala Wildcat Band and enjoys baton twirling, swimming, and bike riding. Miss Debbie Baker, Florala's reigning Junior Miss, placed the crown atop the winner's head and presented baskets of flowers to runners-- up. There were only seven ador- able little contestants in the Little Miss Competition and all were winners. However, the judges had the tedious task of 1)icking three top winners and here is their decision: Miss Lisa Cawthon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Cawthon, Lit- tle Miss Florala; Donna Thorn- ton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Thornton, first runner- up; Terri Fay Lindsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. German Lind- sey, second runner-up. Little Miss Florala 1972, Missy George, did the honors with crowning and presenting bou- quets to winners. Those hav- ing the task of making this de- cision were Mrs. Walter Dan- ley, kindergarten teacher', De- Funiak Springs, Florida; Miss DeRamus, reading specialist at Lurleen B. Wallace Junior Col- lege in Andalusia: Mr. Llovd CONTINUED TO PAGE S