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m IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS o THURSDAY,~ I Alabamians Rebuild After Tornado "Ill V It's in their eyes -- sheer build again! unrelenting courage. They'll "There's no people anywhere VOTE FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 7 3 All of Geneva County All of Beats 1, 2~ 4, S, 6, 11 And part of 7 and part of 12 in Houston County, all of Beat 22 and part of 9 in Covington County * B. S. Degree, Troy State College * LL. B. Degree, University of Alabama * Active Farmer * Practicing attorney having practiced in Hous- ton and Geneva Counties for over 20 years. * Served U. S. Army in World War II, South Pa- cific. * Former Commander VFW Wiregrass post 3073 * Member Baptist Church * Member Elks * Master Mason * Member Alabama Bar Association * Member American Bar Association I Earnestly Solicit Your Vote And Support P J) ~OL ADV ElY JACK W SMITH RT 2 SLOCOMB. ALA , that match Alabama folks for backbone and spunk," said Mrs. Nita Hogg. "Already they're salvaging what they can from homes that were destroyed -- some have pieces of furniture, parts of walls, some rooms left stand- ing, and they're picking up the pieces to build again." Mrs. Lucille Adkins of Guin has a storm cellar which saved her life; already she is figur- ing how to start building the house back. Her new car was crushed, the metal twisted -- but the frame is good. "I can have a dune buggy," Mrs. Ad- kins said. Mrs. Hogg had driver Mrs. Adkins to a Red Cross emer- gency shelter for food. "The light bill's due today," Mrs. Adkins said. "The tor- nado took the meter." They chuckled at the prospect of "taking out" a meter that wasn't even there. Then they passed a utility building in Guin with the win- dows, half the side wall and most of the roof gone. The counter stood and sure enough, there was a pretty girl behind the counter and a woman stand- ing in front -- paying her bill. "We laughed till we cried," Mrs. Hogg said. "It helped relieve the pressure." For Mrs. Adkins to laugh again was almost a miracle. After the tornado she had stu- bornly stayed in the storm cel- lar when her sons, daughters and grandchildren went to a rescue shelter: John Ebaugh, an Episcopal priest from Bessemer reported to volunteers at the Red Cross ,-rescue unit that Mrs. Adkins wouldn't come out --"she's gbaking wet and her leg is r-L ~::il /7i!~i=¸ SHERIFF HARRELL OF COVINGTON COUNTY We Made Progress In Law Enforcement In The Last Four Years... And We Hope To Continue This Trend For You In The Next Four. The law enforcement picture in Covington County and throughout the State has changed dramatically in the past four years. These changes have been needed for years, and are now working to give you effective, fast acting and efficient law enforcement from your sheriff's office, and from all other law enforcement agencies in this part of the state. The thinRing Covington Countians knows good law enforcement is a necessity ; and that law enforcement is our first line of defense against the destructive forces of anarchy and against the criminal elements of our society. He also realizes that it is necessary to maintain a strong, vibrant law enforcement organization to safeguard life and property. Elie Harrell has provided that strong but fair law enforcement during the past four years, and is askma you for the opportunity to continue serving you for another term. During his first term of office he initiated enany changes to make the department more responsive to your needs. Some of these are: ,~,lncreased staffing in the department from four deputies to seven at a very small cost to you the taxpayer through the use of LEPA funds. • A'Reorganized the department into a criminal and civil division to allow more efficient use of law enforcement manpower. ~lncreased the equipment available to allow full use of the available manpower. ~rAssigned deputies to specific areas of the county to insure protection of all of our citiznes. ~lnitiated a reserve officer force to provide extra manpower when it is needed. These are just a few of the changes Elie Harrell has made as your Sheriff in an effort to give you high quality law enforcement at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer. ElJe Harrelt asks that you give him the opportunity to continue serving you as Sheriff of Covington County by voting for and electing him to a second term as your Sheriff. . . . RE-ELECT, . . SHERIFF, COVINGTON COUNTY (PD. POL. ADV. BY ELIE HARREI-L, ANDALUSIA. ALA.) injured." He and Mrs. Hogg went back to coax the woman 'from the hole that was left when her home was torn from its base and strewed over the country-side. Mrs. Adkins wasn't scared. "This is mine, all I've got left, and I'm not leaving," she said simply. Ebaugh and Mrs. Hogg got her to put on dry clothes and wrapped her in dry blankets. "Nobody's cared what happened to me before," Mrs. Adkins said. "lm' not going anywhere." "You can stay here dry, then," Mrs. Hogg told her and Mrs. Adkins got up and went to the shelter -- to food and others to talk to and tell about the wind that sucked and pulled, "trying to take our lives." Her aunt and grandmother whose house was down the road, were found dead, scattered, one at the base of the tree, her bed hanging from the branches. Mrs. Adkins will get one of the mobile homes the federal government is sending to Guin. There's a baby, born during the night after the tornadoes hit. It almost came at the Jas- per T. R. Simmons School, with no lights. "We found candles and started boiling water, but couldn't find a knife to cut the cord -- then an ambulance came just in time. Even being a nurse doesn't keep you from being scared at a time like that," Mrs. Hogg said. Being scared had lasted al- most a week. Mrs. Hogg is a member of the Commission on Aging and was in North Alabama on bus- iness. Between other duties she had been handing out cam- paign literature; she is also running for secretary of state. In Florence she heard a tor- nado had hit Jasper! Mrs. Hogg drove fearfully into the Jasper area Thursday morning looking for her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brown. She found them with friends, unhurt -- they had been spared in a string of tornadoes that killed 81 and left thousands hurt and homeless. Mrs. Hogg hadn't practiced nursing in 14 years -- but she still has her license, so she headed for a hospital. They didn't need her right then, but the Red Cross did. For almost a week she worked as a volun- teer helping soothe people, helping compile dead-and-in- jured lists, serving food in hastily set-up kitchens, wash- ing dishes, passing out dry clothes. People were offer- ing to help -- wanting to do something for others. Even'the injured, those who had lost all. One pretty young woman brought in a big pile of new baby clothes. "We've been married seven years and don't have a baby yet, maybe some- body can use these," she said. "I've got a room full of baby furniture they can have too," she added, then smiled. "Seems the ones who lost the most were trying to soothe their neighbor.s," Mrs. Hogg said. "It was humbling to see." People were rallying -- giv- ing of themselves, not as or- ganizations and groups, but as people, trying to help one another. Alabamians arestrong. They'll build again. THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1974 Read Acts 10:30-35. Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him." (Acts 10:34-35) Today we are inclined to think of prejudice, trouble, and un- rest as something indicative of the few latest decades. This is not so! Prejudice is at least as old as the Bible it- self. The apostle Peter, though having the kind of faith upon which to build the church, had his "hang- ups." Born in the Hebrew tradi- tion, it was difficult for Peter to accept the Greek, the Mace- donian, or the Roman as a recipient of the Savior's love and mercy. Yet God sent Peter, the Jew who was forbidden by Hebrew laws to eat certain ani- mals, a vision ordering him to change his views on traditions and in his relations with other people. And according to scripture, Peter understood and said, "I now realize that it is true that God treats all men alike. Who- ever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him, no matter what race he be- longs to." PRAYER: O God, help us to accept all Your children as brothers and sisters. In Je- sus' spirit. Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - Good human relations come through prayer and effort. Sylvia L. Klein, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania BUSINESSMAH PASSES A WA Y FRIDA Y Brady Carl Cox, 57, former hardware merchant and bu- sinessman of Florala and Opp, died in the Mizell Memorial Hospital early Friday, April 12 following an extended illness. A World War II veteran with two and one-half years service in Europe, the deceased oper- ated a hardware business in Florala and Opp. He was a resident of Opp for 34 years having moved there from Flo- rala where he was born and where his father, the late B. C. Cox, Sr., was a widely-known hardware merchant and busi- nessman. The deceased was a past pre- sident of the Opp Rotary Club, a former director of the State Hardware Association, Chair- man of the Opp City Planning Board and a former member of the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist Church. The husband of the former Mary Alice Farr of Nashville, Tennessee, he is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Robert C. Walthall of Birmingham; two grandsons, Robert C. Walthall, Jr. and Hardwick Cox Walthall, also of Birmingham; his mother, Mrs. B. C. Cox, Sr., of Florala; one sister, Mrs. Guy W. Swaim of North Little Rock, Arkan- sas. Funeral services were con- ducted Saturday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock from the First United Methodist Church in Opp, of which he was a member, with Dr. Ed Hardin and Rev. Hugh Wilson officiating. Inter- ment was in Peaceful Acres. Casket Bearers were Chand- ler Cox, Johnny Cox, Douglas Page, Matthew Dick, Larry Presley and Xury Clayton. Honorary pallbearers were a large host of the deceased's friends about Florala and Opp. hrrangments were by Rain- er Funeral Home of Opp. DEATH CLAIMS LIFE OF RITA BRODGEN Rita Jo Brodgen, age 11, ac- cidentally drowned in Williston Florida, Friday afternoon, April 19, 1974. She and a girl friend were playing in the pond located near the family resi- dence when the accident hap- pened. She was a former re- sident of this area and had been living in Williston for the past 9 months. Survivors are her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brodgen of Williston, Florida; one brother, William Keith Brodgen of Williston and her grandmother, Mrs. Ethel Lind- sey of Lockhart. Funeral services were held at ll:00 A.M. Tuesday from the First Assembly of God Church with the Reverends Raymond Taylor and W. W. Holder officiating. Burial was in the Paxton Cemetery with Evans Funeral Homedirecting. Survivors are her husband, John M. Owens of Mobile, Ala- bama; one son, Stuart Duke of North Carolina; and numerous nephews and nieces Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. from Bellamy Funeral Chapel with Dr. Harold Warner of- ficiating. Burial was in Mobile Pinecrest Gardens with Bel- lamy Funeral Home directing. Active pallbearers were ne- phews of the deceased; John Martin Broomers of Flomaton, Alabama, H. G. Hayes, Jr., of Geneva, Alabama, Robert P. Kane of New Orleans, Louisiana,Ray Coleman of Monroeville,Alabama, George L. Dewrell of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and .... Niel J. Petersen of Mobile. Relatives from this area at- tending the funeral services were Mrs. H. G. Haynes, Sr., Mrs. Carra D. Adams, Mrs. Clara Pelham, Mrs. AleneTal- bot, Miss Lou Pelham, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Steele. Elect the I nc McMIL COMMISSIONER DES TON B. 0 WENS PASSES AWAY IN MOBILE INFIRMAR Y Mrs. Deston B. Owens, age 71, passed away Sunday morn- ing, April 14 in Mobile Infir- mary following an extended ill- ness. She was a former re- sident of this area but had made her home in Mobile, Alabama since 1942. Mrs. Owens was member of West End Baptist Church in Mobile. She was also past Worthy Matron of Hollin- ger Island Chapter Order of Eastern Star. and INDUSTRIES * Assistant Commissioner I I Months :: lit Appointed Commissioner :,~ by Governor Wallace in January, 1974 * Cattle Former W Business- man ~r War Veteran lk" Mason A" Shriner W Rotarian "k Presbyterian (Pd PoF AOv by McMH~sn Lane John Albritton, Montgomery Ap 36511 Finance Comm,ttee Ch-,~rmsn primary¸ M~I Money doesn't grow on trees- but it grows? E.C. (Crum) Foshee helped get the new agricultural experiment station that is coming to Covington CountY' This station is important to our country and our area. It will make our money grow. We need Crum Foshee in the State Senate. i A Pa*d Political Advertisement by E. C. (Crum) Foshee, Fled Level. Ala.