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May 6, 1976

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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED IJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. DISTRICT 3 POPULAR RACE AMONG VOTERS @ J m JOE R. E-VANS signs proclamation reminding everyone of the Rod Cross Bloodmobile ral on Friday, May 14, as Martha Byrd, member of the Florala Junior Civic Club, e ~ cent, looks on. of blood will be made at the First Baptist Church from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. It a short while, 30 minutes at the most, to give a pint of blood. Do your part to keep should disaster hit and blood be needed as a life sustaining element --,maybe husbands or some other member of your family. Be prepared! States Savings Bonds will be given to lucky donors at a drawing'at the end of the Bank of Florala and the Florala Junior Civic Club are sponsors of the Savings Bonds. Promote Recreational Center raig Harrison was ram for the dinner meet- of this week. been named as of a committee to the possibilities of recreational facility of the general City of Florala. reported that cur- committee, corn- President Ers- Jack Zorn and into the pos- City School Board donating a piece of the city for this so that the could apply for from the Board Recreation. If the the appraisal used as matching complex they hope have two tennis basketball courts court. It will $18,000 to $20,000 the property be appraised for that amount, their only cost would be in hiring an architect to design and lay out the plans, and preparing the grounds for building. Dennis Gordon and Donald Johnson, from Southeast Ala- bama Regional Planners of Dothan, were on hand to ex- plain how this project could be accomplished through Bu- reau of Outdoor Recreation grants. Their standards are high so there is no doubt that, going this route, Florala would have the very best courts for the citizens enloyment. ,Gordon, who has been as- signed to Florala as city plan- ner, gave a brief resume of recreation needs of this area, as determined by Southeast Planners, with the help of the Florala Recreational Board and members of the Florala Planning Commission. He re- lated that his agency has just completed a Park and Recrea- tional Master Plan, which will be presented to the Planning PROGRAM LEADER CRAIG HARRISON and special left, J. C. (Buddy) Strickland of Florala Recrea- Harrison, Donald Johnson and Dennis Gordon. Commission and City Council in the near future for their ap- proval. Gordon said that plans Rota- rians were making would fit in nicely with the proposed mas- ter plan. He said that through their study, they had come to the conclusion that Florala is in dire need of 9 mini parks, which is nothing more than a parcel of land, less than an acre which would have swings for the children, benches for the elderly, sand boxes, etc. These would not be so expensive to build and would be a real asset to the city. Then, there is a need for two neighborhood parks. This is what was des- crtbed earlier which Rotarians are seeking to build, one with tennis, basketball, and handball courts. Another proposal the parks master plan calls for is a [ommunity park. This is the one which would make it fea- sible for Florala and Lockhart to join hands in making appli- cation for grants to support a park of this magnitude. This would include baseball fields, picnic facilities, swimming pools, golf course, or maybe a driving range. Donald Johnson was a new face on the scene in Florala from Southeast Planners. This young man takes care of the filing of applications for the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and makes getting the grants sound so simple. Of course, we, in Florala know better. We have a way of making difficult tasks out of the most simple operation. But, maybe, this time things will be different. Donald was so enthusiastic and his and Dennis' enthusiasm was surely catching at the Rotary meeting. Craig Harrison was Cont. to Page 3 Bo2~emli . . Adam Pitts .. Harper Spring Band Concert The Florala Wildcat Band will present its Spring Concert this Thursday night, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Florala High School Gym. A program of variety is planned including the great marches, show tunes and the classics. Mr. Erskine Ziglar, former director of the Wildcat Band, and superintendent of the City School system, will be the guest conductor of the evening. The Wildcat Band members have worked very hard all year long and .they appreciate the support the community has given the band. This perfor- mance is for you. Everyone is invited to come - admission is free. This will be the concluding performance for the band this year and so the final perfor- mance of our seniors - Gary Bradley, Randy Bulger, Diane Mickelson, Belinda Miller and Beverly Miller. These students have worked very hard for se- veral years and we're proud of them, says Wildcat Band Director, Andy Alsup. Registration TRACK TEAM -- front row, kneeling, from Geohagan, Leon Cox, Keith Schofield, Jim Goldsmith, Kenneth Ingram, Coach Tom Pittman; of the Paxtonweek. Team left Tommy Bell and Jeffrey to patti- Wright will carry Paxton's hop- Florida Statees in the 100 and 220 yard dash- Meet. The es. The two took a 1-~. sweep eet will be held in in both events at district. Wil- on Friday, May lie Washington will 'double by ~ athletes earned participating in the 440 yard icipate by vir- dash and high jump. Keith in .the Schofield will represent the meet held last 'Cats in the field events by standing, from left, Willie Washington, Tommy Ballard, Jeffery Wright, Cecil Williams, Greg Presley, Chucky Moore and Tommy Bell. throwing the shot and discuss. Paxton's entry in the long jump will be Jeffrey Wright. The 880 relay team of Tommy Bell, Jeffrey Wright, Charles Moore and Kenneth Ingram, along with the sprint medley relay team of Charles Moore, Kenneth In- gram, Cecil Williams and Tommy Ballard finished first in the district meet and will represent Paxton at the state meet. The track team will spend Wednesday night in Perry, where they will work out Thurs- day morning. After Friday's meet, the Bobcats will travel to Orlando for a Saturday visit to Disney World. The team will return home on Sunday. Registration for pre-scheol- ers will be held on Friday, May 14, 1976 from 8:00 - IZ:00 in the Florala City School Library for area youngsters who will be six years of age on or before October Znd of the year in which they enroll. Readiness testing, birth cer- tificates, and health certifica- tes are requirements for en- rollment. The Compulsory Im- munization School Entrance Law requires that children en- tering kindergarten or the first grade must be immunized against polio, diphtheria, teta- nus, pertussls, measles, and rubella. No child will be enrolled in the fall term who fails to pre- sent a birth certificate and a health certificate. QB Club To Meet The Florala Quarterback Club will hold its monthly meeting in the Florala High School Gym on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Coach Paul Terry is in charge of the program and will conduct a tour of the newly renovated athletic facilities. All club members and school patrons are invited to attend. Lewis ... Hngbes Poweil Covington County voters con- tinue to be a lazy lot, letting someone else make their deci- sions for them. A little bet- ter than I/3 of the voters inthe county cast ballots in the May 4th Democratic Primary. Out of between 21,500 - 22,000 re- gisterod voters, only about 7,739 persons cast ballots, complete but unofficial. This count was tallied county-wide in the District 3 (Florala) Com- mission race, the highest vote getter countywide. In the District 3 race, Trent Lewis led with 2,155 votes; T. Ivey Powell 1,880; Cliff Maddox, 1,416; Walter L. Har- rell 1,391 and Kendall Maraman 897. Lewis and Powell will run if off in the May 25 Pri- mary. In the District 3 race, in Florala, incumbent Lewis led his five opponents with 283 vo- tes; Harrell received 122, Po- well 117, Maraman 60 and Mad- dox 19. In District 3, Lockhart voters favored Harrell with 123 votes; Lewis 83, Powell 45, Maddox 19 and Maraman 18. County-wide, the next most popular race was that of Chair- man of the County Commission. 7,556 voted in that race. In- cumbent Hiram T. Pitts out polled his opponent, Ray Jack- son and will keep his seat as Chairman of the Board. Pitts received 4,496 votes to Jack- son's 3,060. Pitts was highly favored in Florala with 334 votes to Jack- son's 145. Lockhart gave Pitts IZ0 votes and Jackson 88. The Clerk of the Circuit Court's race was third high, ~odKe.ri CONT. TO PAGE 3 FFA OFFICERS pose with distinguished guests. Seated, from left, Reporter, Dennis Cheshire, Vice President Rusty Boles, Secretary Matt Bradley, and Sentinel David Scofield; standing, from left, FHS Principal Charles Stevenson, Treasurer R~.cky Chambers, State Reporter Frank Dawson, President John Hunt, Chapter Advisor W. F. Rasberry and special guest, County Superintendent Murry King of Andalusia. era Members of the Florala High School Future Farmers of America gathered at the FHS lunchroom for the annual Pa- rent-Son Banquet Friday night, April 30. Toastmaster Randy Bulger, called the meeting to order and called on Dennis Cheshire for the invocation. The welcome address was given by Vice- President, Rusty Boles. Following a delicious dinner of baked cornish hen, baked potatoes, snap beans, toss sa- lad, hot rolls 'n butter, apple pie, ice cream, tea and cof- fee, Matt Bradley and Ricky Chambers shared the honor of introducing special guests. John Hunt gave a run down on FFA achievements during the year. Among them, in county competition, Matt Bradley re- ceivod high score in forestry, Gary Bradley was high man in the livestock judging and Mike Goolsby was runner-up in the county speaking contest. Other accomplishments included the rewiring of the ag workshop, and painting of the class rooms. Principal Charles Stevenson presented Dennis Cheshire the Chapter Award for attaining "Champion Corn Grower" sta- tus. Activities during the year included cutting the roadside and picking up litter on the Damascus road from Lockhart, hamburger supper and deer barbeque at Stanley Commu- nity Center, a hunting trip in the Red Oak Community and a tour of Lockhart Lumber Company. Local FFA'er, Frank Daw- son, Secretary of the Alabama FFA Association, spoke to the group on ~- "You, The Future Farmer". Dawson told the group that their success depended in part on advance preparation with- out which, there was sure to be _ failure. Another cause of fai- lure could be laziness and in- difference - a don't care atti- tude, and a lack of dreams. Dawson challenged the young farmers to have dreams, set high goals and work hard to make them come true. He told them to start the day off with a smile so that people would be favorably impressed with them and would be more inclined to want to help them with their problems, if their attitudes were positive. Dawson stated that there were three qualities FFA'ers should strive to possess: I) to develop leadership, specifically agricultural leadership for he said the days are past when only the dumb become farmers. The farmer has a most impor- tant job -- be has to feed the world; Z) spirit of coopera- See FFA on Page 6