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ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR. WEDNESDAY NUMBER 6- 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER APRIL 27, 20 ! I 50 PER ISSUE (SALESTAX INCLUDED) On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast 00ii00!iii00 il i Woodham, Cindy Pinkston, Libby Kimbro, Rita Salter and Dylan Jane Barnes enjoyed the Easter picnic. WHAT A GREAT EASTER! No rain. However, the beautiful sunny day was perfect for all the picnickers.. That is the category the offspring of the late J.L. and Etta Kimbro fell into. The Easter family reunion con- tinues on with their youngest daughter, Libby, now age 89, serving as host at the old family home in Kinston, AL. Libby buys loads of "Granies" fried chicken from : Perry's Store, just outside of Kinston. It doesn't mat- ter how much she buys, there is none left by the time : we all leave. Granny has the perfect recipe for frying :: chicken. All attending bring side dishes. Let me tell you, there is some food consumed at the Easter picnic. Until this year, the Woodham family has always been late. This year, we skipped church and made it on time. It may not happen again, but at least we were on time this year. i i!iii i!i!  : LIBBYKIMBRO along with the egg hunt prize win- ners. All the children received prizes. LOOKING FOR EGGS in all the wrong places. JAMES LAIRD, of Laird Heavy Equipment, High- way 55, Lockhart, surprised me this week with a gift see ROSE page 2 .. Japanese plums Florala City Council rece00ives applications for District 3 vacancy by Jan Allred Mayor Robert William- son announced at Monday night's Florala City Coun- cil meeting that three resi- dents have expressed inter- est in filling the council seat left vacant when District Three Councilman Danny Thames resigned. At their last meeting, Williamson said the city would have sixty (60) days to fill the position and those interested in the position would have to be a regis- tered voter, have lived in Florala for ninety days and must be a resident of Dis- trict Three. Applicants were requested to fill out "a coun- cil position interest form" to include background and qualification information. Deadline to apply was 5 p.m. on April 25 The interested appli- cants included Debra Her- gett Tracey, Warren Adams and former Distric(.Three Councilwoman Debra In- abinett. The council voted to place marked parking spots in the middle of 5th Street to alleviate parking prob- lems. Williamson said peo- ple are simply parking in the middle of the street and some cars are pulled out in the roadway causing fender benders. While it has been dis- cussed to stop allowing parking in the middle of the road, several business own- ers expressed concern that' it will negatively impact their business. Councilman Marvin Wil- liford said he feels there needs to be uniform park- ing spots in the middle of the road because He agrees if the city prohibits parking in the middle of the road it would have an impact on the businesses. The fact was discussed that when cars are parked in the middle of the road it narrows the streets on both sides of the cars. Council voted 3-1 to line the park- ing spaces in the middle of the road on 5th Street with District Four Councilman Jimmy Waldrop casting the only opposing vote. Council also began the process to make 9th Street a one way street from Poplar Street to 5th Avenue. Nu- merous residents have com- plained about the danger of turning onto 5th Avenue off 9th Street because it is diffi- cult to see oncoming traffic. Drivers needing to turn left onto 5th Avenue would use Poplar Street and access 5th Avenue by turning left or right by Florala Co-op. In order to make that block of 9th Street a one way street the city would be required to pass an ordinance declaring the road a one way street Williford asked residents on Poplar Street and 9th Street had been asked to see if they wanted to make the block one way. William- son said residents would have an opportunity to voice their opinions before the city passed an ordinance because a public hearing would be held. The council voted 3-1 to move forward with making 9th Street a one way street from Popular Street to 5th Avenue with Williford cast- ing the only dissenting vote. In other business the council: approved the minutes from the April 11, 2011 meeting as written. voted to pay the ac- counts payable. voted to take out a full page ad for $100 in the Carv- er National Alumni Associa- tion (CNAA) Hometown Re- union souvenir booklet. Fontella Thompson, local president of the CNAA, said the reunion is held every two years as a fundraiser to help with the operating expenses of the Carver Community Center and their monthly projects. : The Hometown Reunion will be held July 1-3, 2011, and each ticket holder at- tending the event will re- ceive a souvenir b-ooklet. The CNAA is a non-profit organization that maintains and operates the Carver Community Center. approved an off premis- es beer/wine license request from the Dollar General Store. voted to purchase two signs at $250 each to point out Lake Jackson to those traveling through Florala. Williamson said he didn't feel like a lot of tourists traveling through the city actually knew the lake was there and that by strate- gically placing a couple of signs directing them to the see SEAT page 5 . . Michael Cook Motorcyclist killed in Paxton accident A motorcyclist was killed in an accident that occurred the night of April 22 at Paxton High School track. Fl.orida Highway Patrol in- vestigating Tpr. M. Kemp reported that a motorcycle was driving on the school's track and field track behind the high school. The rider was Michael Ethan Cook, 19, of Laurel Hill. The FHP report states that Cook approached a curve and began to lose control. As the bike exited the track to the east it over- turned onto its right side and ejected Cook. Both mo- torcycle and rider slid into a brick wall. Cook was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola by Okaloosa County EMS and died at 6:22 p.m. on April 23. The FHP report states that Cook was not using a seatbelt. An investigation is pending into whether alcohol was a factor or not. National Day of Prayer is May 5 The 2011 Annual National Day of Prayer events will be observed this year on Thurs- day, May 5. The public is in- vited. This year's theme is, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," inspired by psalm 91:2, "I will say of the Lord, He is my ref- uge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our national heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wis- dom in forming a nation, this corporate prayer has contin- ued throughout American history. President Lincoln, for instance, proclaimed a day of "humiliation, fasting and prayer" in 1863, and a joint resolution by Congress in 1952, signed by President Truman, declared an annual National Day of Prayer. In 1988, that law was amended and signed by President Rea- gan, permanently establishing the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday of every May. Each year our nation's president, governors, mayors, and other elected officials, sign proclamations encouraging all Americans to pray for their country on the National Day of Prayer. Schedule of Events 9:00 a.m. - Service at Florala Health and Rehab on Gold- enrod Avenue 12 noon - Gathering in Downtown Florala on the square featuring live music and prayer with local pastors 7:00 p.m. - Evening service at the Florala City Middle School auditorium on Seventh Avenue with participation by local pastors. Guest speaker will be Reverend Frederick Outlaw, Superintendent of the Baypines District United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Gammon Theologi- cal Seminary, Tuskegee University and Athens College. All are encouraged to attend. Letters to God The National Day of Prayer is a special day when ev- eryone will be praying at the same time for the nation, its leaders and people. Everyone is invited to write a letter to God to be printed in The Florala News. Letters may see LETTERS page 2