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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Florala Police Department made the following arrests for the week of April 19-25 as follows: Michael Daly - harassment; public intoxication Lamar Brown  DUI, 1st degree Lavocuriss Brown - open container Jonathan Miller - harassment, 2 counts ROSE FROM FRONT of Japanese plums. They were so beautiful, I made an ar- rangement and put it on the table in the dining room. The taste is sweet, yet tart. It is good to eat, but I imagine that they would make wonderful plum jelly. James said that he told his wife, Betty, that she ought to try making plum jelly. If that happens James, I would be more than glad to give it the taste test. I am saving the seed and plan to plant some here and at the Woodham home place. I know they will grow there, but our soil (E. 5th Ave.) has a lot of clay and is hard to work with. When you get things planted, they grow and bloom very well. Our azaleas are totally out of control. I hate to cut them. Our daughter, Cindy Pinkston of Ocean Springs, MS, doesn't mind, we'll have to get her back home when we take on that job. We sure enjoyed her and one of our other daughters, Sherry Strickland of Andalusia, AL, home dur- ing the Easter weekend, plus one of our great-granddaugh- ter, Dylan Jane of Auburn, AL. AS I DO, I feel our readers enjoy hearing from those hav- ing lived here and graduated from Covington County High School, now Florala High School. So, I will share notes re- ceived regarding June 24, 2012 class reunion for previous classes 1952, '53 and '54. Gordon Perry writes: "I think it's a great idea to have a big reunion in 2012. I also think that 24th of June is the best time. That's a lot of planning, but I would be willing to do what I can." From Jack Zorn: "I agree, good plan next June 24, 2012, our 60th, to include previous classes, as well as '53 and '54." "Merle, "I am all for a class reunion. I noticed a date was not mentioned. If it is to be the 24th, lodging places will be lim- ited and doubtful for the out of towners. "I would vote for 2012 which will be out 60th year. I would suggest the 24th of June and suggest all preceeding classes and 53 and 54 classes le invited. "Best wishes to all for whatever we do. I will be down May 30 & 31 at the Lakehouse. Stop by, or call if you're in town." Bill Vaughn I WILL BE GLAD to help get out invitations to Class of '52 members. But as for the classes of '53 and '54, someone else will have to take on that responsibility. The more, the merrier! Hey! Class of '52 chicks. I haven't heard a peep out of the 50's ladies. Let's hear it from the ladies. I think a ham- burger cookout at Beautiful Lake Jackson, like the one we had before, is just perfect, adding desserts and salads. Another note from a reader: "Merle: It was great seeing you and Larry a week ago. Too bad it had to be at Clyde Chambers' funeral. Last Tuesday I traveled to Paxton to award plaques to Krysten Cuchens and Shaq Jackson in behalf of the All Sports Association. Both these students were awarded Player of the Year awards by the All Sports Association] NW Florida Daily News. I've written a short article and included two photos. If you want to use them in The Florala News, Mitch Jackson, Assistant Principal at Paxton has reviewed and approved. You may edit as you see fit. Thanks and continue to enjoy reading the Ramblin Rose." Best wishes, Dick Cannon LETTERS FROM FRONT express praise, thanksgiving, or questions, either as an individual or as a group. This year's theme is, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," based on Psalm 91:2, "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Letters may be dropped off at The Florala News or mailed to: The Florala NeWs, 1155 Fifth Street. Florala, AL 36442; fax: 858-3786; E-marl: floralanews@fairpoint. net As space permits, they will be printed in The Flo- rala News. All will be displayed at the May 5 evening event at Florala City Middle School auditorium. Let- ters must be received by May 2. Labor Department launches national outreach campaign to protect workers from heat-related illnesses Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a nation- al outreach initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to educate workers and their employers about the haz- ards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related ill- nesses. "If you're working out- doors, you're at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death," said Secretary Solis. "But heat illness can be prevent- ed. This Labor Department campaign will reach across the country with a very sim- ple message - water, rest and shade." Each year, thousands of outdoor workers expe- rience heat illness, which often manifests as heat ex- haustion. If not quickly ad- dressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which killed more than 30 workers last year. "As we move into the summer months, it is very important for workers and employers to take the steps necessary to stay safe in ex- treme heat," said OSHA As- sistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "Drinking water often, taking breaks and limiting time in the heat are simple, effective ways to prevent heat illness." Heat can be a real danger for workers in jobs ranging from agriculture and land- scaping to construction, road repair, airport baggage han- dling and even car sales. OSHA has developed heat illness educational materi- als in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training. Additionally, a new Web page provides information and resources on heat illness - including how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency - for workers and employers. The page is available at http://www. index.html. Federal OSHA has worked closely with the California Occupational Safety and Health Admin- istration to adapt materials from that state's successful outreach campaign on heat illness for use in this na- tional effort. In addition, OSHA is now partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis- tration on weather service alerts that will incorporate worker safety precautions when heat alerts are issued across the U.S. NOAA also will include pertinent work- er safety information on its Heat Watch Web page at themes/heat.php. OSHA will leverage re- lationships with other state and local partners, employ- ers, trade organizations, unions, community groups, educational institutions and health care professionals to disseminate training mate- rials, and educate workers and employers, on the haz- ards of working in the heat and how to prevent heat- related illnesses. DTF arrests Andalusia man on drug charges On Friday evening, Drug Task Force ended a long investigation with the war- rant arrest of Cornelius De- undra Byrd, 23, of Andalu- sia, AL. Drug Task Force Assis- tant Commander Paul Hud- son explained that over the past months, he and other DTF agents conducted nu- merous undercover opera- tions during which narcotics were purchased from Byrd. The total number of %uys" made from Byrd during the operations was 5. When the DTF agents went to take Byrd into cus- tody at an Andalusia hotel parking lot, they also dis- covered an amount of mari- juana in the vehicle Byrd was driving. Through fur- ther investigation, it was determined that Byrd pos- sessed that marijuana for more than personal use. Cornelius Byrd was charged with five counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, one count of Pos- session of Marijuana 1st and one count of Posses- sion of Drug Paraphernalia. His total bond was set it $513,000. Asst. Commander Hud- son wished to thank the An- dalusia Police Department and the Covington County Sheriffs Department for their assistance in the ar- rest of Byrd. "As Mark (DTF Com- mander Mark Odom) has said recently, the meth labs are indeed picking back up and we are putting a great deal of time into those. How- ever, those who choose to peddle and sell other types of drugs in Covington Coun- ty shouldn't think that we will forget them. If you sell drugs in Covington County, we will catch you - most times sooner than later," added Hudson. Operation S.C.A.R.L.E.T.I.C.E. a success Alabama Department of Homeland Security Direc- tor Spencer Collier has an- nounced that the four day statewide coordination as- sessment of regional law enforcement teams and in- teroperable communications exercise heldwas a success. Operation SCARLET ICE took place at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula over the last four days.. This is the first time that the State of Alabama has performed a full scale exercise testing first responders and Ala- bama is only the third state in the nation to have accom- plished an exercise of this magnitude. Operation SCARLET ICE tested the seven regional law enforcement teams and one state law enforcement team in three fictional scenarios. The exercise required each law enforcement team to travel to Eufaula and set up camp as they would have to do if a real life scenario were to happen: The seven regional law enforcement teams and one state law en- forcement team consisted of first responders from law enforcement, fire protection, and state agencies. Over 200 people participated in the four day exercise. Governor Bentley and Legislative Oversight Com- mittee Chairman Repro, sentative Paul DeMarco attended on Wednesday to take part in the Operation. The two were briefed as this was a real event and then preceded from there to wit- ness a water rescue. "In an emergekcy, our first responders are Critical," said Governor Robert Bent- ley. "Exercises like SCAR- LET ICE help train and educate our first responders so they are prepared when emergencies strike." "Having all the different groups come together and work as one cohesive law enforcement team for the purpose of one goal was a big undertaking, and each law enforcement team per- formed remarkably well. It was wonderful to see the professionalism and speed " in which these law enforce- ment teams work. I am proud to say that our state is prepared to act if needed to," said Director Spencer Collier. "I am extremely happy that Governor Bentley and our Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Paul De- Marco attended as well. It was good for them to see the capabilities of these law em forcement teams and also for them to take such an active role in this exercise," said Director Spencer Collier. AWEP program deadline for signup is Friday Natural Resources Con- servation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett today an- nounced April 29, 2011, as the cutoff date for signup for the Agricultural Wa- ter Enhancement Program (AWEP). Applying for AWEP is continuous; how- ever, selecting applications for funding is completed pe- riodically through batching periods with specific cutoff dates. 'Tie must take steps to protect and preserve our water resources, and AWEP provides financial and tech- nical assistance to farmers and ranchers to improve water conditions on their land," said Puckett. The Agricultural Wa- ter Enhancement Program promotes ground and sur- face water conservation and improves water quality by helping farmers and ranch- ers implement agricultural water enhancement activi- ties. Alabama AWEP will focus on the installation of upland storage ponds. Stored water will be used during the summer for irri- gation. Practices that will be available include: Constructing upland irri- gation storage ponds Installing pumps and pipelines to fill storage ponds Irrigation system im- provements or irrigation efficiency enhancements to improve the efficiency of and reduce the energy needs of existing irrigation systems Installation of soil mois- ture sensors and water me- ters to monitor and improve irrigation efficiencies AWEP was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and funding comes from the Environmental Quality In- centives Program (EQIP). NRCS administers AWEP by entering into EQIP con- tracts directly with agricul- tural producers. Funding for this project was a direct result of a grant proposal by FI DAY Wednesday, May 5th the Alabama Farmers Fed- eration, the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, and the Ala- bama Universities Irriga- tion Initiative. AIIAWEP recipients must meet EQIP requirements. It is designed for bona fide agricultural producers that have been in crop produc- tion and have the need for water. The amount of stor- age Will be determined by an irrigation budget based on the exact amount of wa- ter justified by the crops ir- rigated. Applicants must be in agricultural production in order to apply. The state- wide signup will be continu- ous with the first batching period ending on April 29, 2011. Successive batching periods may occur ff addi- tional funds become avail- able. Applicants will be ranked competitively statewide. Those applications with true upland ponds that do not impact wetlands and which rely on winter pumping from a stream or creek on the property to fill the pond will rank highest. Other pond and irrigation factors will be used to further rank the applicants. When appli- cants are ranked, they will be funded in order of rank until funds are exhausted. Applicants will be notified if funded and EQIP contracts will be developed with their input to implement the plan over a 2-3 year period. Interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center to de- termine eligibility. Individu- als are not eligible for EQIP until they have completed the Farm Bill eligibility re- quirements. Contact your local NRCS or Farm Service Agency Office to begin this process. NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture or on- line at 2010 represented the 75th year of NRCS help- ing people help the land. Since its inception in 1935, the NRCS conservation de- livery system has advanced a unique partnership with state and local governments and private landowners de- livering conservation based on specific, local conserva- tion needs, while accommo- dating state and national interests.