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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 3JECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ESTABLISHED IN 1900 On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 12 I=lorala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, June 3, 1976 8 Pages - 15c Per Single Copy Goes' Feature A ttraction | are almost complete 06th consecutive Annual celebration in Florala on Saturday, June 26. tradition- on June 24, has been two days this year. day will be- n welcome by Joe Ev- of Florala at 9a.m. the welcome, the Ma- hold their March and of Officers. : for the parade, begin at II a.m., can enjoy from I0 until to Jess Wil- will be Activities or as Jess put it same old job I've Cele "Almost Anything Goes." Bill- ed as "Anything Goes", these events will take place from 3 until 6 p.m. Taking place at the same time as "Anything Goes," will be the traditional series of events. The Chicken Chase will begin at approximately 3:30, followed by the Red Wa- gon Race at 4:30 and a new fen- turn, "Blind Fold Bowling" at 5:30. The Water Battle will tak~ on a new look this year as not only will Florala and Lockhart fight the traditional Water Bat* tie, but they will be joined by teams from Paxton and Opp who will also battle it until the end. The annual display of fire- works will end the day's acti- vities beginning at around 8:30 p.m. be held from 12. It will be one of ever" according to co-chairman There will floats and a lot of including clowns, small motor cycles units. The will have their jeep in the parade The Bear will be representing the Ala- Department. will feature the Coon" which was several years it was in the parade. are scheduled following the parade time for beginning at 1:15, Air Force Band the Beauty Con- held in downtown ~' Following the Beauty a new feature will be the usual games and This year, Flo- their own version television show, by Lag Bates Charlotte Richburg, 20, and her mother, June Smith, 41, both of Florala, have been char- ged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of John "Jake" Smith, 48, in Florala on May g5, 1976, according to Florala Police Chief Paul Mit- chell. Mitchell reported to the Flo- rain News on Monday, that both women had been charged with murder in the incident which occured at approximately l0 p.m. on May 25. Mrs. Smith was first charged with "acces- sory to murder." Mitchell gave the following account of the incident to this reporter. The Florala Police Department received a call from June Smith that the police and Rescue Squad were needed at a trailer lo- cated at a trailer part on West 8th Avenue in Florala, because a man was bleeding. PoUc~ Paul Bolll~be~l and Hayward Thomas were tim first to arrive on the scene. They found Griffin, uncon- scious, in the bedroom lying in a pool of blood on the sheets and bed spread. He was suf- fering from a bad wound lo- cated over the heart. Police Chief Mitchell re- ported finding a long bladed kit- chen knife in one of the kitchen drawers which had blood status on it. The Florala Rescue Squad took the victim to the Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp where he died shortly after arrival. Both women are in the Cov- ington County Jail in Anda- lusia waiting a prelimary hear- ing. Assisting the Florala Police Department with the investiga- tion were Jimmy Etherldge, district attorney investigator; Jim Stallings and George Sz- pek, Covington County deputies and James Etheridge, deputy oornMr. icants For r eant E are still] pen for I~.; e Z4th ageant, i~,r Miss Pageant and _..~e Miss Pageant for '~tious should be re- ~Lo Susan Sullivan at the . Furniture Company. ~Lor the beauty pageant |~..~4th are: MISS JUNE I~..LES: Girls should be ~t~h, llth, or 12th gra- fall of 1976 or have '|~ knd are not over 21 i," ~e. Girls will model ~:~nlvns for competition. w~ ~ty be worn with your dlt~.~~Jfeel they are needed. ~'~! be no talent competi- _~,,~'Mb~s pageant. ~"~L MISS RULES: Girls ~- ~bt~_ in the 7th, 8th, or ~'a in the fall of 1976. ~.~lOdel evening gowns ~li~tlUou Gloves may be if you "~Ut~ded. There will be __ ~" Compotition for this II I~ l~l~ MISS RULES: Girls | ~tJi[k~ in the first or se- ,sll~ TM n the fall of 1976. ~rOS~"qlr Wear long or short for competition and be worn if you feel Reverend Larry Smith Smith Ordained Elder FIn- Sp In ecial Services are not from Flo- Laurel Hill. or GUARD Director Andy intention of superior for the Florala Band next The Reverend Stephen L. (Larry) Smith, associate pas- tar at St. James Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama was ordained Elder in the Ala- bama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, May 31, 1976. The special service took place in the First erend Joe E. Bates, pastor. The Reverend Smith is a gra- duate of Paxton High School and Troy State University, where he earned a BS in Bus- iness Administration. He at- tended the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was awarded a Master's De- Annual Gitenstein Foundation Award SEYMOUR AND ANN GITENSTEIN, on behalf of the Giteustein Foundation, awarded 19 scholarships to deserving seniors at Florala High School graduation exercises, Thursday evening, May 17. The Gitensteins are noted for their conitnuous support of area youth in their quest for better educating themselves both musically and intellectually, and are certainly unequalled in this respect. Florala is fortunate to have two such lovely people as contributing citizens. The students receiving scholarships, the schools they will be attending and in whose memory they were presented follows: Seated, from left, Peggy Diane Castleberry, Douglas MacArthur State Techni- cal Institute, Hazel Britton; Pamela Ellen Harrison, Douglas MacArthur State Technical Institute, Elbert Miller; Darlyn LaJuan York, Troy State University, Captain Allen Brnduo; Rhea Ranell Yarbrough, Montevallo University, Israel Gitunstein; Melanie Gayle McI~ lafflNn B. W~ Jr, CAIIq~, ~. G. FLORALA SUMMER ~IBlfl~IFFM DI~IMD'TII~ NIT I~TItD $11,000 II~ANA HAUL IN FLORALA AREA. Reserve deputy Vernon Robbins, left, SCHOOL BEGINS Covington County Sheriff's Deputy Glen Chambers and Re, serve Deputy Vernon Robbius JUNE 7 Summer school will begin at Florala High School June 7 at 7:30. It will con- tinue through July 23, but not be in session July 5 - 9. One full unit of credit may be earn- ed in the 30 day period or one- half unit for 15 days. For fur- ther information contact the Florala High School office. Florala High School office will be open for the summer months Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 3:00, Appointments may be arranged for other times by contacting the Florala High School office. Office will be closed the week of July 5 - 9. Students who need and/or de- sire schedule changes should |0 by the school right away. Any new students in the area should go by the school and re- sister right away. Ms. Bates New Staff Member hauled in marijuana plants Wednesday of last week valued at close to $II,000. This par- ticular haul was found grow- ins east of Florala in a wood- nd area, containing 21 plants, valued at $520 a piece. The bed was a circular type and was well tended and fer- tilized. The plants were lush green and averaged about five feet tall, much healthier than most plants found growing rtn the county. Deputy Chambers did a little research on the street value of marijuana and came upwiththe fact that these plants, confis- cated last Wednesday, would av- erage about 26 lids of mari- juana,' each at $20.00 per lid, for a street value of around $520.00 a plant. A number of plants in thebed had already been harvested, probably about 5 or 6 accord- ing to the vacant space in the patch. It bad been under sur- veilance for about 6 weeks, and they had not been able to catch United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama at 7:30 gree in Divinity in 1975. He p.m. Bishop Carl Sanders, and his wife Lnanne, (also a It is with a great deal of d~lt~ in the process resident Bishop oftheBirming- graduate of the Emory Uni- pleasure The Florala News anyone tending it. So, mere- ham area, presided over the versity seminary), are the announces the addition of Jane hers of the Sheriff's Depart- .,dl~,~'~_ this group and special ordination service, parents of a nine-month-old Elizabeth Bates to the news meat thought it best toga ahead ~e~r all girls or boys The Reverend Smith is a daughter, Stephanie Ann. staff. She will cover meetings and confiscate for fear those ~"~rested, 9th grade former resident of DeFuniak The Reverend Smith's pa- and special events, writing edi- growing it would harvest it all Ik~tct him at the band Springs and Paxton, Florida. rents are Mr. and Mrs. Leo- torials, soliciting advertising, at one lick. '' ~!~;h r He received his license to nard F. Smith, Jr., of Pax- and help with various other The growing of marijuana in earsal fo those preach at the First United ton. He has one sister, Miss jobs that crop up in a small the county is getting to be a }r ~try out is schedu- Methodist Church in Florala Sandra Smith, a sophomore at town newspaper, real problem, according to qp lh.'~mY, June 7, at 1:00 in 1971. This license was the University of Montevallo, Ms. Bates is a 1972 graduate Chambers. Approximately ~High School. presented to him by the Rev- Montevallo, Alabama. Cont. To Page 5 1,000 plants have been confis- cited over the past two weekS, and they haven't even scratch~l the surface. Earlier patches confiscated had many more plants, better than 100 in some cases. When Chambers and Robbins pulled up the plants, evidenc, indicated they had been gro~ in a greenhouse and trans- planted to the wooded locaties. The peat pots were still attach- ed to the roots. The plants showed signs of having bes~ well cropped earlier this year, probably 6 weeks to 2 monthe back. Not only is the growing at marijuana on the increase, at least three different varieties are being grown, the most com- mon being the American va- riety, which is native to tkts country. Other varieties are the Columbian variety which came from South America and a Russian variety which officers said was apparently smuggled in from off the coast. No arrest were made in the Florala case. The investiga- tion continues. The Covington County She- rtff's Department and the Ala- bama Beverage Control Board arrested Deunie Day and charg- ed him withpossessionofmari- juana and violation of Alabama's controlled substance law after a raid near Opp that netted 50 growing marijuana plants, two whole lids of marijuana and n Cont. To Page 5 Presented McDaniel; Sherry Ann Anthony, Alabama A & M Umversity, Bernice Blachs- leger; Standing, from left, Mr. Gitenstein, Hieu Trong Nguyen, Douglas MacArthur, Dr. C. N. Matthews; Benjamon Rae Martin, Tulane University, Dr C. N. Mat- thews; Richard Dale Anderson, Troy State University. Rose Bralower Giten- stein; Sonya Ann Moseley, Auburn University, Josephine Wise Whitaker; Martelle Leonard Byrd, Auburn University, Cecil Milligan; Sybil Dianne Barnes, Douglas MacArthur, Junior Barnes; Russell James Peters, University of Alabama, Tol- bert W. Hughes; Norms Jean Bradberry, Alabama A & M University, Allie Mae Smith; Angela Damaris Bradley, Troy State University, Josephine Wise Whitaker; Truong Thi Nguyen, Douglas MacArthur State Technical Institute, Rose Bra- lower Gitenstein; Franklin Delano Dawson, Lurleen B. Wallace Jr. College, Cliff Hodge; Shirley Ann Brazzell, Douglas MacArthur State Technical Institute, Sa- mnsl Gree~ a~l Mrs. Gitm~tein. mid Slmr/fl's D~mty Gles Chambers stsmdamidtl~pla~s avm'm~- lag 5 feet or better, with a street market value at $520.00 each. M~tlJUaJ~, mnsd ellve esd t~dq es~t of Ylo~dL