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ESMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ;UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ESTABLISHED IN 1900 LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF I02 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS YEAR NUMBER 7 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 1973 lOc PER SINGLE COPY SOUTHERN PINE BEETLE OUTBREAK CAUSES CONCERN McRoe has been week. I have )0rk in more than permit - they for me - the that is. wants me get to 1916 - Some very ira- happened that Is wondering if article with names Guard when out that year. to check that What I can find within a week of 1914 to several. I skipping around , interest- later years 911 reports. I picking up Forest Ranger A. C. Hender- son with the Alabama Forestry Commission says that every Covington County citizen has reason to be concerned about the current Southern Pine Beetle outbreak. No one is immune to the effects of this beetle. Homeowners pine trees are threatened, along with the State's entire pine forest. Ala- bama's second most important industry, forest product is in jeopardy. Ranger Henderson said that the Beetle activity has continued throughout the winter months, and in spite of salvage opera- tions, the number of infested areas has continued to rise. The latest aerial survey showed that Covington County has 59 spots containing 1,865 trees and continuing to spread. For further information, con- tact Ranger Henderson at Tele- phone number 222-4041 Anda- lusia, Alabama. State Park mportant of the tAI a-1 n. already see that lvleeun$ get to "1916', says, if I give interest- Weekly reports May 3 More detailed given in pub- Sometime later. will be in hard road is Florala to tYour town togrow up, rub your sleeves and dog, pay the get your tag. may fine him Mr. Ray Bullock, with the State Parks Department, phoned The Florala News bright and early Tuesday morning to ad- vise that a meeting had been scheduled for Thursday, May 3, in connection with future plans for the Florala State Park. Meeting time is ll:00o'clock in the conference room of the Conservation Department, 7th floor of the State Administra- tive Building. Mr. Bullock stated that in the interest of those, who wanted to speak with the "top man", State Parks Director Colonel Condee C. Nason would be in charge of the meeting. at Argo, Ale. nights ago we! woods by tb thought, fat. me$ and it is to be one or two A horse and faithful the man who is horse has in his man- ITEMS of about two child of T. R. rt, died and was friends of the ~ize with the pa- of their loved Davis sold four D. A. Ewing, last Mouo being $1,- with above t.'ade and sent to ~awthon died at sister, Mrs. a, Fla., returned from An- been attend- married at Aplin on of May, Gray. Ira- the cere- supper was y enjoyed down on the ~vening, but to the plea- on, was the just at the ceremony, of bride - the of father and Y~ars. escue by a shrewd rounded up a ~1 players all ne- West Cok- Lewis, Hartley, Frank' Huff. up from Sa- morn- put up a tO PAGE 10 Five members of the Tri- Cities Rescue Squad have re- cently graduated from an 81 hour Emergency Medical Tech- nician's Course. This course is taught to give the men know- ledge of various procedures to use in case of an emergency. Some of the things taught dur- ing this course included Emer- gency Medical Treatment, Baby WWWWWWWWWWWWWW NEWS OF INTEREST - By Merle 'oodham Henderson Bridge Cause Of Dispute IT LOOKS LIKE OUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE on the Board of the County Commission, Trent Lewis, is in a little "hot water" over the Henderson Bridge dispute. According to a report and pictures in the Andalusia Star News, the bridge was being dismantled and rebuilt or done away with altogether, Friday the 13th was a bad time to start. The Henderson Bridge, in its sad state, has been the subject of much controversy for years. Many thought that Henderson Bridge should have been the one rebuilt, when, the Commissioner, Ivey Powell rebuilt the $83,000 dollar Holloway Bridge, which is located only 1.63 hundreths of a mile south of the Henderson Bridge. Then you have the County Line or Woodall Bridge only 1.66 hundreths of a mile north of the Henderson Bridge, also in need of repair, with 3.28 hundreths miles separating the three bridges which is really a bad situation for any commissioner when it comes to making a decision to spend $20,000 or $25,000 dollars just for a wooden bridge safe for travel or some $83,000 dollars for a bridge such as the Holloway Bridge. A temporary injunction was sought and obtained by Hubert Henderson to prevent further dismantling of the bridge and order- ing Commissioner Trent Lewis to restore those portions.of the bridge he has removed. The injunction was filed with Judge F. M. Smith Friday morning, April 13, and served on Lewis that afternoon ordering him to cease dismantling. Lewis had up to 30 days to answer the injunction and a hearing on the matter has been set for next Monday in Circuit Court in Equity. The County Commission held a special meeting last Monday and battled the issue around for an hour before disbanding to travel as a group to the Henderson Bridge site for an inspection. Commissioners agreed during the meeting to have the county engineer to conduct a survey to' determine the inconvenience to the people in the area if the bridge were abandoned, and to submit a written report on the condition of the bridge. These reports are to be in the hands of the commission before the next meeting, and any decision to be made on the matter will be based on the reports, commission members said. Lewis con- tends that only a handful of people will be inconvenienced as a result of this bridge being closed. Lewis, in the meeting, called upon the other commissioners to go along with him and lend their support in closing the bridge, but drew ).ittle or no response. The commissions objection to Lewis' action is that he should have taken the matter up with them before the dismantling operation began. Commission attorney, Griffin Sakes, advised the group that he felt the injunction could be dissolved by showing the dangerous condition of the bridge and that Lewis' intention was to repair it. There is no question in my mind, but that the bridge should be rebuilt and made safe to travel or abandoned. Two young men were killed on this bridge in December when their car ran off the bridge and they drowned. My toes curled up just to walk across the bridge and when I was out there taking pictures twoyears ago, I simply refused to ride across it -Larry drove and I walked. The real danger of this bridge, with no banisters or anything for protection., is to strangers, not familiar with the road, as happened to the boys who died in December. ' . HLINDIRSON BRINE | RESCUE SQUAD BEING PRESENTED CERTIFICATES Delivery, Closed Heart Mas- sage, Shock Treatment and methods of Artificial Resus- citation. This course was taught at Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp during the months of Jan- uary through April, with the certificates of completion be- ing given the students on April 12. Shown above are the Tri- Cities rescue squad members receiving their certificates. They are, left to right, Opp Mizell Memorial Hospital Di- rector, Lamar Mitchell, Har- vey Bass, Foy Peterson, Joe Wright and Pete Dirge. These men attended this school at their own expense. To these men we say - A Job Well Done. AMONG THE D.'GNTT~,RIES aP.ending the State Parks m~,~lnc at Florala City Schoo: Mc:id~ty eight were JolylSO~a, Wa!la'.',~ co-ordinator for Floe'aYei Raj l~Jllock, Assistant Sta~e Pa.oks I~.roctor; Mayor Jo,~ Ew~.Is; Planaing Comm"ssion D:reco tot Lewis Eiland; City i,~crea~ion Director Johnny Sm"h ,ind Rc'pr~3~itative Frank Ja:kson. I The future development plans for the Florala State Park pre- sently looks glum. In a meet- ing with the City governing body and a number of interested citi- zens, assistant to State Parks Director Ray Bullock told those present that there were no fu- ture development plans for the State Park here in Florala. HQ,wever, he did say that pro- Vl~ions had been made for a few minor repairs on picnic tables, shelters and the pier. Bids for materials on this pro- ject are scheduled to be opened May 10. It will probably be a month or more before the actual repair work will begin. In regard to the repair of the boat ramp, Bullock said that fell under the State Game and Fish Division, which is presently under a law suit with the dredging contractors who did the damage to the boat ramp. The State Advisory Board, " according to Bullock. sDeci- ficially specified that no futher construction would be started in any park, new or old, until the construction underway has been completed. This con- struction is, of course, the ma- jor parks throughout the State, just as was expected. There are five of these major parks, among them being the State Park at Gulf Shores, now near- ing completion with the open- ing dat~ possibly the latter part of July or August. Bul- lock stated that only general, routine maintenance was all that had been appropriated for the smaller parks, including the one in Florala. Bullock stated that there were no future plans for further development of the Florala State Park unless money is appropriated in the next ses- sion of the Legislature. So, the $I00,000 dollars rumored to be available for park im- provements was just that - a rumor. The way things stand now, about the only hope for Flor- ale's park is to work through our local representatives, CONTINUED TO PAGE 9 .... THOMAS KELLEY THOMAS PRESENTS REPORT ON FLORIDA TURTLES A local biology teacher, Kelly Thomas, presented a paper at the meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday, April 13. A. S. B. is comprised of college in- structors, graduate students and independent researchers. The study was undertaken to determine the annual cycle of reproduction of the Florida cooter turtle and to observe its ecology. The turtle was found to court and mate in April, lay its eggs from June to Sep- tember and hatch in !ate sum- mer or early spring. The Florida cooter is a vegetarian from hatchling to death. Dogs, racoons, and skunks were found to be the chief predators on nests and hatchlings. The population of this turtle in Lake Jackson was found to eat the bog moss, Mayaca fluviatilis, that at one time choked the lake. Ali specimens examined bad a high worm burden. Thepara- site level in turtles from near- by lakes was significantly less. The Florida cooter is com- monly confused among five species which are lumped as "streaked necks". The under- surface is without spots except near the anterior marginals. The top of the shell is brown with light yellow to beige ver- tical markings on the sides of the shell. Males have long straight fingernails and reach one half the size attained by females. The author also presented a paper last year entitled "The Effect of Clear-Cutting on Ambystoma salamander popula- tions in a Bottomland Hardwood Forest" at the A. S. B. meeting in Mobile. The first cemplete history of Covington County to ever be gathered and published is well past the half way mark accord- ing to members of The Opp News staff who have been work- ing on the project for more than two years. John Burgess, who is co- ordinating the gathering of the history, said that there are several dozen people in the cities and communities over the county who are assisting in the gathering of the history and that their response has been tremendous. So far more than 3,000 old photographs have been gathered to supplement the written his- tory and efforts are still being made to gather more. There are still several im- portant old photographs that have not been found, according CONTINUED TO PAGE 8 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING A Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of District Twenty- Four Community Action Com- mittee, Incorporated, is called for 7:30 P.M., Thursday, April 26, 1973, to be held in the General Assembly Room, Head- quarters, Dale Armory, 835 South Union Avenue, Ozark, Ala- bama. This is a very important meeting and it is hoped mem- bers will make every effort to attend. II I0 9 3 7 5 DON'T MONKEY AROUND! This young fellow from Florida's Silver Springs was on hand with a timely reminder to set clocks ahead an hour Sunday, April 29, in observance of Daylight Saving Time.