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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ~UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Si~i~~. Location Of 106 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations Seventy- Seventh Year l=lorala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Number 13 Thursday, June 10, 1976 IN HAND Hargrove is shown holding the marble and steel ball bearing used to break one on trucks at Burgess-Harrison Motor Company. The vandals broke windows there and in many other locations, both in Florala, Paxt(m, Lockhart and DeFunia.k (Photo by Merle Woodham) Florala on late early Sunday approximately IZ Florala and with either air rifles or sling-shots. Burgess - Harrison Motor Company had considerable da- mage done as the vandals broke out the windshields of several trucks. Wayland Harrison es- timated the damage to be ap- proximately $1,650. Othfr businesses with win- dows broken, apparently in the CONT. TO PAGE 7 Ziglar, Merle Woodham Receive Honors oman ear ROTARIANS NAME MRS. LARRY OF THE YEAR. President-Elect, Rotarian atmie the announcement and presented the plaque. ERSKINE ZIGLAR accepts plaque de- of the Year. President*Elect, Jack Zorn Florala-Lockhart Rotarians really went all out for their wo- men folk at Ladies Night, Thursday evening, June 3, held at Florala City School lunch- room. It would have to be ra- ted as one of the social high- lights of the year, with 112 Rotarians and special guests attending. The men did a beautiful job decorating. The lunchroom was gaily decorated for the dinner program in the Rotary Club colors, royal blue and gold. Banners and balloons of blue and gold waved overhead and the Rotary Wheel decorated one wall. Three banquet tables were arranged adjacent to the speakers table. White cloths covered the tables and bud vases of blue and gold car- nations and Rotary embossed place cards and napkins were table decorations. The speak- ers table was handsomely de- corated with a large floral centerpiece of royal blue and gold mums, and bud vases of red carnations and miniature flags to incorporate the Bi- centennial theme with the Ro- tary colors. Table appoint- taunts were in blue handed white china and stainless steel. They finally conceded Mrs. Jerry Evans and Miss Melanie Mc- Daniel had helped with the se- lectionf of flowers. The effort of Rotarians was a huge success and, as a wife of a charter member stated it, "this is the way our Rotary Club used to be." The crowd was the largest the club has had in many years, which was re- warding enough, but the con- geniality of the members and guests and the evidence of good food and fellowship was some- thing Florala needs more of. Chef Wayland Harrison pre- SEE RELATED STORY & PHOTOS ON PAGE 3 ,t What To Do A bout The FIorala City Hall There will be a Public Meet- ing on June 14, at 7 p.m. in the old Armory Halltodiscuss what to do about the selling or re- modeling of the City Hall. All persons interested in the future of Florala's City Hall should attend this meeting, according to Mayor Joe Evans. Chairmen of all city boards should also plan to attend this meeting. The city council will hold their regular meeting before the public meeting at 6 p.m. on June 14. GENERAL ELECTION NOTICE Notice of the general muni- cipal election to be held on August 10, 1976 is published in this weeks, The Florala News. The Mayor of the City of Florala is required by Title 37, Section 34 (~.2), Code of Alabama 1940, recompiled 1958, to publish such notice on or before June 15, 1976 in a newspaper published in the municipality. Persons who wish to qualify for the office of Mayor of Flo- rala or the City Council, plac- es one through five, may do so from Friday, Juee 11, 1976 qntti July 6, 1976 at 5 p.m. CONT. TO PAGE 7 Reverend Joe Bates JOE BATES ACCEPTS PASTORATE IN LINDEN, ALABAMA Friends of the Reverend and Mrs. Joe Bates, Jeanie, Jeff, and Jamie send their love and every good wish with them this Thursday as they leave for their new assignment at First United Methodist Church in Linden, Alabama. It will be a definite CONT. TO PAGE 7 Paxton Graduates Receive Gitenstein Foundation Scholarships Mr. Seymour Gitenstein was on hand for the Paxton High School Baccalaureate Service to offer congratulations to the 37 graduat- ing seniors. His encouragement and support through the Gitenstein Foundation Scholarships has become a tradition in the Tri-Cities area. Paxton seniors receiving scholarships and whose memory fol- tows: seated, from left, are Cheryl Mixsou, Pensacola Jr. College, .~i. axel Brittou; Emma Ingrain, Florida A & M University, Dr. C. N. Matthews; Cathy Schofield, Pensacola Jr. College, Comer Zorn; Joan Paul, Douglas MacArthur State Technical College, Samuel Green; Rlta Casey, Pensacola Jr. College, Josephine Wise What- alter; Naylene McClellan, Okaloosa Walton Jr. College, Clayton Geoltagan; standing, from left, are Principal David E. Drake; Craig Huckaba, University of Florida, Josephine Wise Whitaker; Mike Thomas, Lurleen B. Wallace Jr. College, Comer Zorn; Kelly Sexton, Florida State University, Dr. C. N. Matthews; Tommy Bell, University of Florida, Clinton Geohsgan, and Mr. Gitenstein. Not Present was Bobby Jordan, Douglas MacArthur State Tech- nical, i~ memory of Clyde William Jordan. As he had previously doae for Florala High School, Mr. Glten- stein presented Paxton High School with a check to go toward the purchase of a new piano. This is certainly a much needed fund and Mr. Gitenstein offered further to help with the purchase when they are ready to buy. Could Mean New Tax Grand Jury R eccomends New County Jail by Liz Bates The Grand Jury of Covington County has rocommended tothe Covington County Commission that they do something about building a new county jail. In a recommendation issued at the June 1 meeting of the Grand Jury, the Grand Jury recommended to the Commis- sion that they either levy a tax, under Title 12, Section 189 of the Code of Alabama, to build a new jail or that they use tax money already available. The first recommendation is pending an opinion by the At- torney General on whether the Commission can levy the tax. The part of the code mention- ed above reads: "Tax for building or repairing jail, pro- posals for same. It is the duty of the court of county commis- sioners of each county, if there is not a sufficient jail in their county, to levy a county tax for the erection thereof, and cause proposals tobe issued for build-. ing or repairing the same, with- in twelves months thereafter." If the Attorney General rules that the Commission may levy the tax, the Grand Jury recom- mends that they do so and com- ply with all provisions of the law relating to the provisions of the law relating to building of a new Jail. However, if the Attorney Gen- eral rules that the Commission may not levy the tax, the Grand Jury recommended to the County Commission that they make funds available for the building of a new county jail. The specific funds mentioned by the Grand Jury would come from revenue the'county recei v - es from a ~. 1/2 mile special tax that was levied in 1970 to finance Courthouse renova- tions. This tax produces an annual revenue of approxima- tely $150,000. Of this amount, approximately $50,000 is used each year to retire outstand- ing warrants on this debt leav- ing a surplus of approximately $100,000 per year, according to the Grand Jury report. The Grand Jury recommends that the County Commission make available thai revenue in excess of what is needed to re- tire outstanding warrants for the const"uction of a new jail. The Grand Jury further re- commends that the Commis- sion formulate a plan of be- City Takes Action On Tennis Court Project The City of Florala at their council meeting on May 24, passed a resolution to allow Mayor Joe Evans to enter into a contract with GeraLd W. Wil- cox, A.I.A. for his architectu- ral services for the designing of a recreation area of tennis courts and basketball courts such as are outlined in the Comprehensive Developmeht plan for the City of Florala. The resolution provided for the city to be the lead appli- cant through the Bureau of Out- door Recreation and for the Florala City Board of Educa- tion to work with the city on the project. The resolution was adopted after Erskine Ziglar, superin- tendent of Florala City School and Craig Harrison, represent- ing the Florala-Lockhart Ro- tary Club, reported tothecoun- cil that steps had been taken on the project and that the city would be the lead agent. The Tennis Court Project is to be located at Florala City School. In other council business at this meeting, the council dis- cussed a 30 day trial garbage collection at residents back doors. Mayor Evans reported that a letter would be sent with each water billing at the first CONT. TO PAGE 7 NEWS OF INTEREST by Merle Woodham lnmen or "r 7 i I !/ over The W. G. Aplin family (Maggie and Bud)of Gaskin, Florida, have a very unique way of enjoying family togetherness. They simply, pack a picnic lunch, load on their Hoover Cadillac, and head for the nearest picnic ground or just ride out in the wide open country and enjoy God's bountiful beauty and creation. The Aplin's say that back in the Hoover days their wagon would have been considered a Cadillac. Folks that had cars took the wheels off and put them on wagons because they couldn't afford to buy gas to run them. Bud built his Cadillac from scratch. All he had to b~in with was a steele frame. They use chairs for seats and auto tires for wheels which makes for a pretty good ride. After looking the wagon over, I told Mr. Aplin he was a pretty good carpenter. He said, "No, I am a heavy equipment operator for Loekhnrt Lumber Company." Aplin's hobby wagon cost him about $500.00. Not many of us could afford that kind of a play thing. I didn't ask, but, I am sure it couldn't be bought for $500.00. Riding with Mr. Aplin on Sunday afternoon was his wife, Maggie, up front; son, Paul, age 16, second seat, who totes a mean shotgun, daughter Sylvia and a friend, Serranda Tedder, inthe rumble seat, and son, Jeff, age 8, who serves the family as wagonmaster. Pulling their Hoover wagon is a buckskin stallion, "Hubert Norris", named for a former owner and a gelding, called Pepper, who has been with the family 7 years. Jeff rides a pinto pony, Ginger. They entered the buckskin in his first horse show in Sanford, recently, and when the announcer called on "Hubert Norrts" to perform, everyone nearly flipped out. Guess they knew the for- mer dwner. The Aplin's plan to enter their Hoover Cadillac in this year's 106th June Z4th Masonic Day Parade which is scheduled for Saturday, June 26.