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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, APRIL BAND BOOSTER TO HOLD MEETING THURSDAY There will be a Wildcat Band Booster meeting, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Flo- rala High School. The main topic will be selec- tion of new officers. This is an extremely important meet- ing, so please make plans to attend. FIDELITY LODGE 685 TO MEET MAY 4 AT 7:30 A regular meeting of Fidelity Lodge 685 will be held Tuesday evening, May 4 at 7:30 p.m., with work in the E.A. degree. Members are urged to attend and visitors are cordially wel- comed. It Was Coming Up Roses For Party Of Nine NEVER BEFORE IN ONE AFTERNOON have I seen so much beauty. Merton Reeves acted as chauffeur and guide on a tour of four rose gardens in northwest Florida and south Alabama. I can tell you, Merton is a brave soul. He took a group of eight women on this whirlwind trip of 187 miles, none of whom were his wife. Queenie had seen all the gardens visited, with the exception of one and declined to make this trip. Making the trip, other than Merton and me, were Mrs. C. A. Moon, Mrs. G. V. Gamble, Mrs. Jack McDaniel, Mrs. C. N. Matthews, Mrs. Sam Jackson, Mrs. I. V. Moore and Mrs. Gerald Kleedehn, sister to Mrs. Matthews. The first garden visited was that of Mrs. Anne Prescott of Chipley. Her bushes and blooms were actually more lustrious looking and healthier than any of the others and they were only 18 months old. I didn't take any black and white pictures of the gardens because they are so disappointing. I took color slides which will be presented at the Florala Garden Clubs May meeting at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, the evening of May 13. Mrs. Prescott fertilizes with 1/2 cup Amonium Nitrate every two weeks and alternates every other week with 1/2 cup of 4-12-12. Added to that. she piles on the cowlot fertilizer and waters every othar {lay. For lueet control, she mum very ROSE GARDEN ENTHUSIAST VISIT DR. HAL BENNETT'S GARDEN IN GRACEVILLE. Pic- tured, from left, Merton Reeves, Judy McDaniel, Alberta Gamble, Sadie Moon, Mary Joe Klee- dehn, Flonnie Jackson, Irene Moore, Georgia Matthews and Dr. Bennett. ELECT COVINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 FLORALA : /i WALTER HARRELL is a life long resident of Covington County having been born and raised in District Three. He now lives three miles west of Lockhart where he has owned and operated a, farm and a pecan business for several years. WALTER HARRELL has a high school education, is a veteran of World War Two and of the Korean Conflict. He was em- ployed with the Alabama Department of Conservation for 17 years where he gained experience in the operation and main- tenance of heavy equipment. WALTER HARRELL realizes that Covington County's business is big business: it is importantbusiness because your tax dol- lars are involved. He, like everyone else, likes to see and tra- vel on paved roads. However, he feels that unpaved roads should not be neglected. WALTER HARRELL promises that if he is elected he will do his very best to see that all roads - and especially mail and school bus routes - are kept in safe condition'to travel on in all kinds of weather. COMMISSION DISTRICTS Progress co ,.o.o. (Pd. PaL Advertisement by Walter Harrell, Rt. 1, Florala, AI.) poisonous substance which I would't dare mention. You have to have a permit to use it and some of the women on the tour told of someone using it and a rabbit hopped across the rose bed and dropped dead before he could get out of the yard. So, if you use that, you will have to get the namefrom someone else. I wouldn't touch that stuff with a ten foot pole. Anyone using it has to use a mask and rubber gloves. Anne's program certainly does work. Her bushes were as near perfect as I have seen. She was a lovely woman and it was a plea- sure meeting her. Next stop was in Cottondale, Florida at the lovely home and gardens of Mr. Fred Gilbert. He grows roses for the pure en- joyment of it. He doesn't go in for show roses. His rose garden was in the shape of a horseshoe. At the curved end was an old timey covered well, complete with drawing bucket, dipper, etc. There must have been two or three hundred rose bushes in this garden-and everyone of them just loaded with blooms. I have never seen such a glorious array of color. You name 'em and he had 'era. Neither Mr. Gilbert nor his wife were home to fill us in on just how they go about having such gorgeous roses. But it is my.guess peanuts has something to do with it, since he is owner of Gilbert Peanut Mill in Cottoudale. From there, we traveled through "Shot Gun Hill" (old Reeves territory). He has five cousins living there now. We viewed the world's largest peanut mill, producer of Goldkist products, and saw thickets of Rosevelt pines, planted by the WPA boys, ac- cording to Reeves. Next stop was Dr. Hal Bennett's masterpiece gardens in Graceville, Florida. Dr. Bennett is a retired professor of Bap- tist Bible Institute, Graceville and is founder and president of the Ala-Flora Rose Society. He is a master rose grower and teaches classes in the art of growing roses at a number of col- leges around the country. He was pleased to have his picture made with our group and was a delightful host. He said that he loved having people visit his gardens and that not nearly enough people did for all the time, work and money he has invested in his roses. Dr. Bennett entered roses in the flower show in Thomasville, Georgia over the weekend and came home with 7 trophies. Mem- bers of the Ala-Flora Society brought home 10, seven of which were Dr. Bennett's. That should tell you a little bit about his ability in the rose growing department. Dr. Bennett told of one man who visited his gardens and examined them for 45 minutes before he found a flaw. He then went away happy, according to Bennett. None of us were looking to find the flaws -- just the beauty of them. And there was plenty to be found on our tour. A birthday present for Dr. Bennett is a truck load of cowlot fertilizer for his roses, which is what he was expecting this week. After leaving Dr. Bennett's, we took the Hog 'n Hominy Road to Enterprise and the garden of the C. F. Jackson's. It was be- ginning to get a little too late for slides by this time, but the Jack- sons had some really beautiful roses - - one deep red climber that was especially beautiful. Morton's daughter and grandchildren of Enterprise, Mrs. Roy Rhoades, Jr.,Alicia, Cheri, and D~v-e, joined the groupat McDonalds for hamburgers, nsn sanow]cnes, apple pies and cof- fee -- and was it good after all that round. Mr. and Mrs Vester Gamble went back onSaturday for another tour of the Prescott, Gilbert and Bennett gardens. Joining them were Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Parker, Miss Ethel Donaldson and Mrs. Martha Hughes. Local members of the Ala-Flora Rose Society are Mr. and Mrs. Merton Reeves, Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Gitenstein, Mrs. C. A. Moon, Mrs. Martha Hughes, and Mrs. C. N. Matthews. Mrs. Vester Gamble is former member. . . BIRTHDAY PARTY HOMOREE, ~ Mltchall. . . PARTY GUESTS getting to Imow one another--Kimherly Wallace, loft and Michael Klmbril. it . . PARTY GUE~'r$, from left, Flora Zorn, daupter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Zorn; Kimberly Wallace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wallace; Heath Truman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Truman; Samnntha, the honoree; Michael Kimbril, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Kimbril; William Pickron, son of Mrs. Shirley Pickron; Jennifer Hartzog,-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hartzog and Phillip Mitchell, brother to the honoree. Samantha Mi.tchell Celebrates Birthday Little Miss' Samantha Mat- for Samantha was the opening chell celebrated her first birth- day at home, 1520 West 10th Avenue, Saturday. She and her little friends took pleasure in eating the adorable jack-in-the-box birth- day cake, punch and lollipops. The highlight of the party of gifts, which she did, unassist- ed. Guests attending were Kim- burly Wallace, Heath Truman, Michael Kimbril, William Pickron, Jennifer Hartzog, her brother, Phillip and a friend of his, Flora Zorn. con Races Held On April Opp beat Florala, but this time it was not in football, but pigeon racing. Mac Cosby won both first and second positions in the second Port St. Joe, Florida race, held on April 24, 1976. Mac had his birds tuned up for this race and they scored for him. Mac, who lives in Opp, Alabama, won the first place with 75.2773 red chequer cock. The bird flew 1250.4496 yards per minute. Ray Blocker and son of Elba, Alabama won third and fourth place. Ray and son Mike's third place bird, flew at the rate of 1243.5933 yards per minute. The Blockers were Girls Needed To Enter Beauty Pageant THOMAS E. BELL, NATIONAL MERIT WINNER Thomas Eugene Bell, a Pax- ton High School senior, has been informed that he is the winner of a corporate-sponsorod four. year National Merit Scholar- ship. He is the recipient of a Federal Postal Employees As- s o c i a t i o n/Intergovernment Employees Association Schol- arship. This is given inrecog- nition of outstanding perfor- mance and promise for future intellectual achievement. Tommy plans to attend the University of Florida and ma- jor in physics. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Bell. Girls, have you signed up to enter the Miss June 24th Beauty Pageants? It won't be long until the day of the celebra- tion and this years plans for the pageants should prove to be fun and entertaining for everyone. A production num- ber is planned for the Little Miss and Junior Miss Con- testants to the theme of It's A Grand ale Flag. There will be special en- tertainment this year to help celebrate our nation's 200th birthday. Contact Susan Sul- livan, Route 2, Box 7, Flo- rala or call 8-1452 for rules and applications. pressing Mac Cosby v ely. Elba beat our ers too. Fifth and sixth won by the Davis After winning opener the Davis capture race number Davis Loft Huckaba, both lid white birds. was happy as he black grizzle cock sixth place. Seventh place Clarence Davidson. a good flier, is just to score near the toP. Eighth I Huckaba. Craig was pion at the Huckaba bird was clocked in of his mother, place bird. won tenth and final dy has those Huckal~ flying tough week Look for the it all very shortly. This Saturday's ra Atlanta, Georgia. two exciting races. chances of winning than one percent, sti one has that hope race will be his. of the joy in pigeon Florala Police Report The Florala Police Depart- ment report from April 20 to April 27, reports 21 arrests: Petty larceny - 2, assault and battery - 1, failure to yield to blue light and siren - 1, aggrevated reckless driving - I, highway intoxication 2, driving while intoxication - 5, public drunk - 4, reckless driv- ing - I, vile and profane lan- guage - I, driving while re- yolked - I, no drivers license- l, and grand theft (auto) - 1. As a reminder, the Police Department began shooting stray dogs in an attempt to control the dog problem in the City, as of Thursday night, April 29 and will continue the next three weeks. Only those dogs without collars will be shot. BEWARE OF THESE DIAMONDBACK rattlesnakes are already on the prowl as is the one killed in the New Harmony Community by son. He sported I0 rattlers and was about 5-feet long. The People Of Covington County: Since 1 hare qualified for re-election to the offi,'e of Circuit Clerk for Corington County, i on; ritally interested in the outcome of th*, Democratic Primary election on May 4, 1976. In riew of my personal interest, I do nat feel that it would be appropriate for me to canvass the election returns on May 5, 1976. Accordingly, ! have mailed the following letter to Hon. James M. Prestwood, Chairman, Democratic Committee, Andalusia, A labama.. April 27, 1976 Hon. James M. Prestwood, Chairman Democratic Committee, A ndalusia, A labama Dear James: Since 1 am Secretary of the Democratic Committee, and running for re.election for Circuit Clerk's Office, ! would appreciate you" appointing someone to take my place on May 5, 1976 to canvass the votes. Thank You. Sincerely Yours RAY BOZI=MAN I earnestly solicit your rote and support in the Democratic Primary Election on May 4, 1976. Tlumk You. RAY BOZEMAN (Pd. Pal. Adv. by Ray Bozeman, Andalusia, Ala. )