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ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER 8.9 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER ' JUNE ! 3, 2012 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX INCLUDED) ~:~:,~ ~ ~=.~ =~"= ~i~:?~,~;'~'' "i"~: " .'~ ~ '~i ~. ~ . .... ..... Ii WOW! I sure received some interesting mail the :: past week. My niece, Brenda Scott of Pensacola, sent me the most beau- tiful card using her own photo of a Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly. She further stat- ed that its origin is the caterpillar one might find on their beans. Her butterfly guide re- veals they are "of- ten a pest of bean farmers, but the brilliant adults are worth the incon- venience," further stating, '%ut, you might not agree! Ha!" You ought to see our beans. They are just beauti- ful. However, we have only picked enough for dinner for two. I am stunned. You would have to see them to believe that! Brenda and June VIcDurmont, my sister, celebrate their May 5 birthdays. They were joined by June's hus- band, Bob, for a steak dinner at Logan's Steak House in Pensacola. I CAN'T BELIEVE the photo Martha Byrd sent me ii of her and Hubbart's dog, Nick,, a Bichon Frise. I don t guess I ve ever seen anything quite like him, The photo was tak- en right after Nick was groomed. Martha says he weighs 18 pounds. He sure doesn't look it. He looks like a big ball of fur. If he were mine, I would make him wear shoes. I couldn't stand for that flawless ball of fur ,to get dirty. I wouldn t ever get anything done ifI had a pup like that one. He wouldn't ever get a chance to run and play like i!i other dogs. I would have to carry him everywhere we went. I couldn t stand for a speck of dirt to get on him. MY COMMENTS and comes up with all these sent me were of two but- terflies mating and a hornet's nest hanging about five feet above the ground. If you look close at the photo, you might be able to see the guard hornet at the entrance. He note i: "The butter- flies and the hornets nest were beautiful. The butterflies flew away to- see ROSE recently about the birds, bees, and butterflies really sparked an interest from my readers. Just when I think it is time for me to retire my column, I get all these inspiring notes and professional pho- tos that look like they might have come from Better Homes and Gar- dens. Allison Hutcheson, who resides at 2953 Murphy Mill Rd., Dothan, AL sits on his back porch photo opps. The two he page 2 The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 . IIIUl!!l!lJIIl[l!!$!illl, by Jan Allred ty over the past few weeks, a four-year-old Opp girl was After a scary run with a small timber rattler last week, bitten while playing in the yard with her brother. area resident Lacy Ard feels blessed to be up and walking Snakebites are becoming more common, with the major- around, ity of bites being on the hand and wrist. Last Wednesday, Ard had just arrived back at her home Children are taught from the time they can walk about on Lowery Road in the Clear Creek Community when the dangers Of snakes and to be vigilant when playing out- something she had feared her entire life happened, she was side. However, the reality is snake bites are rare enough bitten by a snake. She and her boyfriend, John Lowery, had sometimes children and adults get complacent and don't returned to their home after a dinner date. She went inside scan the area before playing or working. The most common the home but went back out to unload the truck when the snake bite in South Alabama is copperheads because there snake suddenly struck her in the ankle, are so many of them and they are an aggressive snake. Ex- Lowery tried to kill the snake but was unsuccessful; perts say a snake bite like Ard's, from a baby snake, is actu- however, he did recognize What type of snake it was. He ally more dangerous than the bite of an adult snake. Baby rushed Ard to a local hospical but they did not have anti- snakes strike at anything that moves or startles them and venom on hand. Ard was taken to Andalusia Regional Hos- they usually disperse more venom because they haven't pital, where she was given all the anti-venom they had on learned how much venom it takes to kill different size prey.. hand, which was four units. Once she was stabilized, she The most important thing to remember is to be very careful was transported to a Pensacola, FL hospital where she was when you are outside and look before placing your hands in placed in ICU and continued to receive treatment for the or underr eath logs, debris or overgrown areas. bite. Ard said she is makin; remarkable progress, even driv- Ard said she truly appreciates all the love and support ing for the first time since the bite. She said the pain was she has been shown and though there are a lot more doc- and is very intense, tor appointments in her future she feels truly blessed to be Ard's bite was the second snake bite in Covington Coun- alive and making such good progress. Marvin WflHford has an- nounced his_ intention to seek re-election to his seat on the Florala City Council. "I would like to announce that I will be running for re- election for City Councilman for District 2. I will strive to continue to improve Florala with more paved streets and more projects to improve the water and sewer system. "I believe that Florala is moving in the right direc- tion and more positive im- ... Williford provements will be in the near future. "Thank you for your con- tinued support and vote in the upcoming city elections," concluded Williford. by Lisa Windham The Florala Utilities Board finally approved the Fiscal Year 2011-12 budget at their Monday meeting. Mayor Williamson had requested that the board designate 3% of the $1.2M budget to the City of Florala at their April meeting. A workshop was subsequently held to discuss the request. Williamson stated at Monday's meeting, "I contin- ue to maintain that money should go to the city. I just can't in good faith approve a budget that doesn't have some kind of flow of revenue to the city. If we are in such bad shape that we can't pay bills then we need to start doing some cutting right here and now. "If we are in a situation where we need to address shortfalls, then so be it. Otherwise there should be a stream of revenue com- ing to the city. Like I've said in the past, the water board doesn't buy a busi- ness license, doesn't pay a franchise fee and it's the only entity in this city that doesn't do that. We appre- ciate everything that the Utility board does it's just that when it was originally devised it was for having not exclusively but part of its purpose was to have a revenue stream coming to the city. That is my only statement on the budget," concluded Williamson. Board member Brian Presley made a motion to approve the budget with a revision to include a 3% pay- ment (around $34K) to the City of Florala. Board mem- bers Presley, Mayor Robert Williamson, and Lorena Bryant approved the motion with Chairman Marvin Wil- liford abstaining. Ken Odom and Jana Ealum of Rabren, Odom, Pierce & Hayes, P.C. were present to review and an- swer question regarding the audit draft for 2010-2011. The audit showed total net assets of the board to be $4,181,280. A resolution was passed by the board honoring Wil- liam Marion Causey, who passed away in late April. He was a member of the Utilities Board, serving from January 22, 2009 until his death. In other business the board: agreed to ask the Flo- rala City Council to appoint James Stone to the Florala Utilities Board to fulfill the term of Marion Causey. The term will end in Janu- ary 2015. Stone previously served on the board. approved Robert Wil- see BOARD page 2 by Jan Allred During their only May meeting, the Florala City Council voted to approve a liquor license to Hill Top Liquors. Julie Schmidt made an application for the liquor li- cense in order to open a retail package store on the cor- ner of 5th Avenue and 5th Street. The license allows Schmidt to sell alcohol but does not allow any consump- tion on the premise. In other business the council: * approved the minutes from the April 23 meeting. * passed a resolution giving the city the authority to accept a grant in the amount of $28,280 from the Ala- bama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to "be used for the Florala State Park Recre- ational Trail Project. The city will have to provide a 20% match. * passed a resolution to posthumously honor Jim Zessin and Marion Causey for their service to the City of Florala. CLUES: Friday, June 1st - Laying low and bounded is where I am, if you reach up I can't be found. Monday, June 4 - Hey gang, while traveling east look north, cause I can be I can be found on the west- side. Tuesday, June 5 - While traveling on the pave al- ways be brave and watch out for the haze near the former blaze. Wednesday, June 6- The lights of the city has shown on me for years before and ever more. Thursday, June 7 - While walking among the ways of life you can run, but don't hum while looking for the mun. Friday, June 8- Eat bek and be mary, while you eta and drink. Monday, June 11 - "Yester years has came and gone, search for me on the west and you will be the best!!!!" Tuesday, June 12 - As the rain falls, use your brains to look for me in the open ? Wednesday, June !3 - Ice cream, pop-sicles and sewing I can see and hear along the way. RULES: The treasure will not be hidden at the following locations: Wetlands Park, Lake Jackson State Park,'L&N Depot, Florala Public Library, Senior Citizens Center, Post Office, Club House or Memorial Park (on square). The treasure is within five blocks north, ten blocks east, nine blocks south and six blocks west of the downtown square. It is a handwritten note in a plastic bag sealed in a black container. Upon discovery, contact Deborah Inabinett at 334-764-4710 or 334-493-4558 to claim. Once the treasure is found it will be' posted on the front door of the MASTAR Building, 5th Avenue and Sixth Street. I J