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April 25, 1974

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- ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, iNC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ;UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. '4 ESTABLISHED IN 1900 ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 103 CONSECUTIVE .ANNUAL MASONIC CEI,EBR Vi'IONS YEAR NUMBER 5 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1974 iOc PER IN(;I,E COPY RELEASED ON $3,000 BOND es BEAUTIES _ from left, Miss Hooper, 1st 2nd runner_up. Y uty Friday hour of It everybody and just had ~ored by Cele- the of , served lies and fill in harles) And, :a clar- accom- during that accom- of tAM ap- as much hadseen :casion, ;ly well OU nor- being runner-up, Miss Maddox, winner and S @ • . . .Masonic Brothers entertain A 27-year-old Covington County man was arrested and charged with first-degree man- slaughter Saturday in connec- tion with the death of Alabama State Trooper Kenyon Lassiter, You are reminded to make plans to attend the free barbe- que and political rally this Sa- turday night at the old National Guard Armory in Florala sponsored by the Tri-City Res- cue Squad. There are a number of new faces in the Sheriff's race, in particularly, and this will pro- vide you with an opportunity to hear their views as to how they can provide the best law en- forcement for the people of Covington County. All the ma- jor candidates in the upcoming election have been invited. They will each be given an oppor- tunity to speak at this gather- ing. Activities begin at 6:00 o'clock. Come prepared to make a donation to the Tri- City Rescue Squad and show them how much you appreciate their time and service given to provide excellent rescue op- erations for this community. When the need arises, they don't only serve this commu- nity, but northwest Florida, as BOOK -SI10 WER TEA TO BE HELD A T LIBRA R Y On Sunday, April 28: the Flo- rala Study Club will be hostess to a book-shower tea at Flo- rala Memorial Library from 3 until 5 o'clock. Library friends from Flo- rala and surrounding areas, are invited to drop by the lib- rary. They will find the art contest of the school children on display. Make your plans now to at- tend; meet your friends there; brawse in our library anddon't forget, a gift of a book to our library will be greatly appre- ciated. Substaining patrons are re- minded that their 1974 pledges to the library are now due. 51, of Opp, Friday night. Covington County Sheriff W. E. Harrell said the man, Kenneth R. Barton of Gantt, turned himself in to the sheriff's office shortly before I p.m. Saturday. He was later released under $3,000 bond. Barton is accused of being the driver of a pickup truck which struck and killed Las- siter as he was walking to his car on U.S. 331 about 8 miles north of Opp. The sheriff said Lassiter had just written a warning tic- ket to a motorist he had stop- ped and was returning to his I well. They assisted in the search for youngster, Ricky Smith of Gulf Breeze at Gar- rison Point; a drowning at Choctawhatchee Bay; a drown- ing near Gantt, and helped local authorities in the search of juveniles who had escaped from the jail recently, and found them. There is just so many things that the members of Tri-City Rescue do, other than just routine work. And, it is really no more their respon- sibility to do these things than yours or mine. So, we, the citizens of Flo- rala and surrounding commu- nities need to support theil every effort in acquiring funds to keep this operation func- tioning with the very best equip- ment money can buy. - Remember, free barbeque and political speeches this Sa- turday night, old National Guard Armory in Florala. James Lamar Ward To Be Speaker At Historical Meeting James Lamar Ward will be the speaker for the April 28 meeting of the Okaloosa- Walton Historical Society. His topic will be Early Freeport Indus- tries. The meeting will be held i~t &e high school cafetorium at 2:00 p.m. James Lamar Ward movedto Freeport at the tender age of two. Now he is a retired School Teacher and former Mayor of the city. He taught school in Walton County fay 34 years and tended the harbor light for the Coast Guard 37 1/2 years. Recently, he and Ills wife celebrated their Golden Wedd- ing Anniversary. He lived through what he calls the sail and steamboat era --dur~ which time, he saw Steam Cars, Brush Cars and Model T's too. One of his more memorable recollections is the death of must have reached his sixth the last big saw mill. He watched it burn to the ground. Ward requests that anyone having old pictures of the Free- port area during the early days to please share them with the society by bringing them to the meeting• Kindergarten and first grade registration for the 1974-75 school year will be held at Paxton High School, April 30, 1974, from 8:30 to 12:00 in the kindergarten room. To en- ter kindergarten a child must have reached his fifth birthday on or before January 1, 1975. To enter the first grade a child birthday before January I, 1975. Registration will be limited to Florida residents only. No child will be re- gistered unless parents bring certified proof of birthdate. The Public Health Nurse will be available to answer questions regarding the re- quired preschool physical examination and immuniza- tions. A child must have had a physical and the necessary im- munizations before he can be enrolled in the school program. Children who are now attend- ing the Paxton kindergarten do not have to register again for the first grade. FLORALA POLICE REPOI~ T According to the Florala Po- lice Report issued for the week of April 16-22, 23 arrests were made during that time: I for discharging firearm in the city; 1 for unlawful killing of dogs; 2 public drunk; l fai- lure to stop at stop sign; I leav- ing scene of accident; 4 driving while intoxicated; 2 disorderly conduct; 1 possession of mari- juana; 3 highway intoxication; 1 excessive speed; 1 failure to yield to blue light and siren; CONTINUED TO PAGE 11 car when he was hit. Both the motorist and the trooper were headed south and had pulled their cars about four feet off the highway, Harrell said. The pickup truck was head- ed north and swerved across the highway, first hitting the automobile Lassiter had stop- ped and then running over Las- slier. The vehicle then hit the trooper's car and kept going, the sheriff said. Lassiter was dead on ar- rival at an Opp Hospital. He had been with the State Troop- ers more than 16 years, of- ficials said, and worked out of the Evergreen district of- rice. A massive search was start- ed for the hit-and-run vehicle shortly after the 9 p.m. ac- cident. Col. E. C. Dothard, director of the Department of Public Safety, hurried to the scene from Montgomery to per- sonally direct the search. Sheriff Harrell said Barton was driven to the sheriff's of- rice by his father. Barton's late-model Chevrolet pickup truck was impounded and was being examined by officials of the Department of Public Safe- ty late Saturday. Harrell quoted Barton as saying he remembers nothing about the accident The sheriff said Barton told officers he was visiting bars in and around Opp Friday night and could not re- member what time he left for home. Gantt, Barton's hometown, is about 12 miles west of Opp. Barton told officers be did not know his pickup truck had been involved in an accident until he was awakened by his father at mid-morning Saturday and saw the damaged vehicle in the front yard of his house, Harrell said. Funeral services for Las- siter were held at 2 p.m. Sun- day from Rather Funeral Home In Opp. Lassiter was a former re- sident of Florala and a brother to the late Foye Lassiter of Florala. Surviviug are his wife, Voncile, daughters, Mo- nica and Melissa and a brother, Foster Lassiter of Okeechobee, Florida, nieces and nephew~. F A Canadian thought he ! I could stamp out disease I [ by cutting the bottoms off Jail his socks to let his | L feet breathe. J that eight con- -~rine Can- a talent each With song (Paul) me I Saw im- and au- and tal- mner-up and vi- |ss Dana restview, really mini tights, ~ (Jerome) hearts of alike to "The by the the • . . Brothers F,Ato,~ Prescott, Marion Causey, and Vernon Robbins # 50-36-46 measurements, WOW! Sarah (Leon) Manning, lovely in her floral, ruffled gown and blond beauty; last, but certainly not least, was Fredreika (Fred) McGee, with her pinafore styled evening wear, carrying rose buds .and wearing shocking red bloomers and brogans. All the contestants deserve a round of applause for their fine spirit of cooperation and parti- cipation. They were all win- ners in the eyes of The Florala News photographer• layers or FLOR-ALA ROCKETTES -- from left, Lisa Waller, Opp; Sandra King, Vicki Lindsey, and Jan Puckett from DeFuniak Springs; Louisa Belcer, Opp; Marion Taylor, Andalusia; Carrie Savage, Florala; Ruth Riley, Andalusia; Karen King, DeFuniak Springs; Laurie Davis, Laurel Hill; Sissie Savage, Florala: Dugan Wiess and Rita Wamble from DeFuniak Springs; Lisa Mcbaniel and Sonya Moseley from Florala; and Viki Brant, Crest~iew. FLORALA ROCKETTE$ TO ENTERTAIN I rowne ia the con- certainly ention for Don-- black Mitchell With her Young men interested in playing Little Leage Baseball are asked to be at Florala High School ballfield this Thursday, April 25, at 4:30. Leaders of Little League stress the importance of this meeting and urge youngsters to meet promptly at 4:30 and bring your gloves. Regardless of whether or not you played Little League last year, you should make this meeting. The Florala Beauty Pageant sponsored by the Florala Chapter of Future Homemak- ers of America will be held Saturday, April 27, at 7:30p.m. in the Florala High School Au- ditorium. Kathy Cook, Miss Florala 1973, will open the annual beauty pageant with a medley, of songs accompanied by Gor- don Welch at the piano. This year's theme, "A Shower of Beauty," will be hostedby Flo- rala's mayor, The Honorable Joe R. Evans and will feature girls vieing for the title of Little Miss Florala, Junior Miss Florala, and Senior Miss will represent our city in local Florala. Talent competition affairs during the coming year. will be included for Senior Little Miss Florala and Senior Miss contestants. Miss Florala ~ill also repre- The FloralaRockettesofDo- sent our city in the National rothy Rainer Sellars Studio of Peanut Festival held inDothan, Dance will provide special en- Alabama, during October. tertainment. FHA'ers and their sponsor, The winner in each category Mrs. Clara Pittman, would like to extend to each of you an in- vitation to enjoy a delightful evening of beauty and enter- tainment, Price of admission will he $1.00.