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ESTABLISttED IN 1900 LAKE JACKSON AND GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOC,TION OF 104 CONSECITIVE ANNUAL MASONI( CELEBRATI{;NS -SIXTH YEAR NUMBER 13 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, JUNE i9, 1975 15c PER SIGLE COI'Y i i m Complete ,r 105th Con=00ecutive nic Celebration Annual Masonic get underway une 21, when the Club will stage d at the club arena 85 south at 4:00 men will enjoy this fellas are noted evening, June 21, and Little Miss will be an event ,ity School auditor- ium at 7:00 o'clock• Terri Harbuck will be in charge• Fidelity Lodge 685 F&AM will begin their activities on Monday night, June 23, when the Lodge opens at 6:30• TheKing, Queen and her royal court will be presented to the Lodge in crowning ceremonies at this time. Chosen to reign as Queen this year is Miss Lynne Den- ney, the 18year-old daughter King Rusty Peters of Dr. and Mrs• Walter J. Den- hey of Florala. Reigning as King will be his highness, Rusty Peters, son of Mr. and Mrs• James Peters, RFD, Florala. Miss Denney is a 1975 gra- duate of Florala High School where she was President of the Future Homemakers of Amer- ica, editor of the high school annual, member of the Beta Club, Science Club, and paper staff. Her hobbies include cook- ing, piano and singing. She plans to attend Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College in the fall. King Rusty Peters will be a senior at FloraL'- High Schol where he is active in Beta Club, Euclid Math Club, Interact Club, Paper Staff and Annual Staff, this school term• His hobbies are skiing, tennis, horseback riding. He plans, upon gradua- tion, to attend the University of Alabama where he will study law. The Queen's attendants and their escorts will be Sheila Hen- derson and Larry Thrower, Be- verly Adams and Frank Donald- son, Angelia Bradley and Mike Welch, Sue Jennings and David Brown. • On Tuesday, June 24th, when Lodge opens at 8:30, the King and Queen will join Grand Lodge Officers of Alabama, lo- cal and county officers in the Grand March to the pavillion on the square at which time, all newly elected Masonic officers will be duely installed by past Grand Master Joseph D. Brack- in of Dothan, Alabama• Following the installation of officers, all types of fun-filled activities will get underway for the hundreds of youngsters, who come each year, forget all their troubles and get happy - - Around 10:30 an egg relay race has been sche- duled for girls, only• When the 11:00 o'clock hour rolls around, thousands of area citizens and visitors from far and near, will congregate up and down the streets of the City of Florala to view the big 24th of June Masonic Parade• Mrs. Betty Denney, Masonic parade chairman for the past fifteen Cont. To Page B Queen Lynne Denney NEWLY ELECTED 1975-'/6 MASONIC. OFFICERS, FIDELITY LODGE 685 Walter Stinson, Jr., Secretary; Willie D. Alford, Junior Deaoo'n, and Allison F&AM OF ALABAMA - - standing, front row, from left, A. Herman Lurie, Hutcbeson, Senior Deacon. Not pictured are Junior Steward Edgar Kyser and Worshipful Master'; Lamar MiScall, Senior Warden; W. James Denney, Junior Senior Steward Tom Zorn. The Chaplain had not been appointedpr!or to pub .... Wrden; Vernon Robbins. Treasurer; Horace Spicer, Tiler; back row, from left, lication deadline. Brackin To Install Masonic Officers JOSEPH D. BRACKIN, past Grand Master, State of Ala- bama, will be in Florala on June 24 to join in the Masonic March and to serve as Instal- ling Officer for the 105th Con- secutive Masonic Celebration. Brother Brackin and his wife, the former Shirley Henderson of Dothan, reside in Dothan, where he is presently employed by the City of Dothan as Assistant Superintendent of the Electric Department. They have two sons, Joseph Allen Houston, and John Mark. Brackin's Masonic affilia- tion began on his Initiation in Pythagoras Lodge Number 659 on April 23, 1963. He was Passed on May 14, 1963, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on May Z8, 1963. He served Pythagoras Apparent Robbery Ends In Shooting being investigated. Another suspect is presently being sought in the robbery-shooting. It was also released to this An apparent robbery ended in the shooting of one at Ted- der's Playhouse, located east of Florala, just across the state line in Walton County early Wednesday morning. At ap- proximately Z:45 a.m•, a call came to the Florala Police De- partment reporting that some- one had shot Mr. Aubrey Ted- der and that assistance was needed. The Florala Police De- partment, due to restrictions concerning the state line, were unable to answer the call, but relayed the call to the Walton County authorities, who arrived on the scene some Z5 minutes later. Chief McClellan stated that the suspects might possibly have been apprehended if his • department could have crossed the state line. It was reported that Mr. Ted- der heard the intruders remov- ing the money from the cash drawer and entered the room through a'swinging door where he was shot. The Florala Rescue Squad answered the call, and upon arrival found Mr. Tedder, owner-operator of Tedder's Playhouse, apparently dead from a pistol shot. Authorities of the Walton County Sheriff's Department stated that one suspect had been apprehended in Evergreen, Ala- bama, and at press time was Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1967-68. He also served as District Lecturer (ZSth Ma- sonic District) for two years. He was elected Junior Grand Warden in November 1970. He regularly advanced through the Senior Grand Warden and De- puty Grand Master stations and was elevated to the exalted of- rice of Grand Master of Ma- sons in Alabama on November 21, 1973. An active Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, he has serv- ed principal officer of Dothan Chapter 113, R.A.M., Dothan K.T. He has been invested a 32 degree Knight Commander Court of Honor and also Knight York Cross of Honor. Brother Brackin is also a member of Alcazar Shrine Temple, Dothan Chapter Number 76, OES, and Saint Bernard Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine• He is presently serving his third term as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Dothan Chapter of DeMolay. Brother Brackin currently serves as the Grand Repre- sentative of the Grand Lodge of Georgia near the Grand Lodge of Alabama• He is an active member of Lafayette Street United Methodist Church, serv- ing as a member of the Ad- ministrative Board, Assistant newspaper that possible char- Sunday School teacher, and a ges and arrests would be made member of the Choir. He is a sometime Wednesday or Thurs- member of Dothan Lodge #1887, day. B.P.O.E. I| bl Ledge Activities LODGE ACTIVITIES - Monday evening, June 23- Lodge opens at 6:30 with the first section of Master Mason degree. Then a break -- followed by intro- duction of distinguished guests and visitors, crown- ing of 1975 King and Queen, introduction of OES #441 Sweetheart and presentation of plaques and awards. Dinner will be served by the Florala Chapter OES #441. Labor resumed in MM degree for the second section• The degree work will be conferred by the Scottish Rite Blue Lodge Team from Mobile, Alabama, in costume. TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - 8:30 a.m. Lodge opens. 9:00 until 10:00 Traditional March to the installa- tion pavillion where all Covington County Lodge Officers present will be installed in their respective stations and places by Past Grand Master Joseph D. Brackin of Dothan, Alabama. Brackin is married to the former Shirley Henderson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Asa Henderson of Florala. Henderson was the brother of Mrs. Troy MicUer. Covered dish luncheon for distinguished guests and officers, King and Queen and her court. Herman Lurie, Worshipful Master BROTHER HERMAN LURIE has been elected to serve Fidelity Lodge 685 F&AM as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. He is a past Mayor of Floralz, past Worshipful Master (1955), past president of Covington (ounty Shrine Club, and past Club Coordinator of the Alcazar Temple in Montgomery. Presently, Brother Lurie is a member of the Board of Directors, Covington County Shrine Club; member of Appointed Divan Alcazar Temple, and a member of Jesters Unit and Fire Chief Unit of Alcazar Temple• He is married to the former Edith Holley and resides in Paxton, Florida•