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June 19, 1975

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- ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ~iJ~JECT TO LICENSEAGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED.. OF INTEREST By Merle"Woodham @ Lightning, Fire Damages Noblin Home * @ Noblin home was damaged extensively Saturday 6:05, when lightening struck their home in the reports, the power lines in the kitchen ceiling their portion of the roof to fall in. ~no one at home at the time, so, therefore no injuries. at home soon after the explosion, discovering neighbor, Danny Harrison to call the fire de- very alertly pulled all switches upon en- and had extinguished the flame by the time the arrived on the scene with the assistance of Mr. fire chief, Willard Cawthon was on the scene no minutes after receiving the call and although so,.~e department drowned out trying to get to the made it and stayed until they felt sure the break out again. come in handy in times of distress. The Noblins for long enough time that it was necessary freezer foods to one at Sullivan Furniture Corn- is employed and the Harrisons stored their arranged for emergency electricity so that the the night at home in case the fire broke out rues this happens. But, fortunately, for the Noblins, infoll Causes More Problems At State Park the .~ood Lord who saw [it to stot) the rain. With the lake waters stopped short of flooding the station by two or three feet. We received 4 1/2 Saturday and Sunday - 3 5/8 came with the pour. More thanhalfof the park grounds or three feet of water. faced with a drainage problem on Lake Jackson the State Parks Department, as usual, are taking have not talked with any of them, but, Merton "X- Reeves has, and says that they didn't give any indication that they would help out in any shape, form or fashion. Last week, when the rains kept coming and the lake got to the flood stage, Mr. Reeves personally went down the drainage canal and cleared it of beaver dams on two occasions. The first time he cleaned it out, he said they built it back over night. He has since met with the Walton County Commission and called them Sunday to alert them of dangerous conditions existing in the City of Florala due to Lake Jackson flood waters. Members of the Commission promised to be in Florala on Monday and try to come to some decision as to what could be done. They brought with them the Walton County Engineer and also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a man in an ad- visory capacity. They asked Mr. Reeves to speak with the Lake Jackson Park Ranger and see if he could find out from the Alabama State Parks Division what water level would be needed to prevent flooding of the Alabama State Park grounds. Reeves states that McLain said that any requests of this nature would have to be made by letter before anything could be done and gave him a name and address. I don't know, but it seems to me that this is a poor way to handle emergency conditions. With every emergency we've had on that lake since the state park was established, the state officials sit in their Montgomery offices like a knot on a log and won't lift a finger to help correct these impossible conditions. I don't know who Merton talked to but I know one fella who doesn't impress me in the least and that is the Colonel (Nason). It really gripes me the song and dance routine they always give as to why they can't lend assistance -- no money, all emergency equipment and men are out, sorry, no way we can help! He wouldn't even talk to me - told me to put someone else on the line. The reason being, I wouldn't take no for an answer and he didn't intend doing anything about our problem. I call it "our" problem but I fail to see why it is not "their" problem, as well, since it is listed in Alabama's State Parks brochure. Even so, we appreciate Walton County Commission members efforts to try and alleviate the drainage problem. They do have the canal opened up and it is now flowing freely. I don't know how long it will last. Guess it depends on the mood of the beavers. ora Florala Telephone cut over the new Laurel Hill Exchange Saturday night, June 7, 1975. With this new office, all of the new numbers went into effect. The company began upgrading service, cutting down numbers of parties on lines, on Monday, June 9, 1975. Progress is continuing on this upgrading and they anticipate completion in several weeks. All service then will be one, two, or four party service. The system will be completed when on November 15, 1975, Direct Distance Dial- ing will be available for all communities under the Florala Telephone Company services. Several of the local resi- dents in Laurel Hill were on hand to view the new equip- ment in operation and recent change over. These pictures accompany this article. Florala Telephone is continu- ing construction in the Paxton and Florala areas. However, the heavy rainfall of the last two weeks has all but stopped cable installation. Other con- struction items are progressing on schedule. Present plans call for the cut- over of the Florala office on September 4, 1975 and the Pax- ton office on October 10, 1975. With the cut of the new central offices and the installation of new cables, upgrading in these areas will begin. Direct Dis- tance Dialing will become avail- able in these offices on Nov- ember 15, also. P AGE 9 C letes • . . Mayor Gene Clary, Councilman A. B. Howell, Councilman P. Q. Strickland. PARK - now makes good swimming making the most of it. OVer the weekend has flooded the main picnic TERRY'S swimming class is well underway at 18 youngsters, ages 6 to 11 participating. enthusiast are pictured above - just can't wait SCENE might well have saved the life of this She fell over sideways in water about waist able to get up. She was given artificial res- recovered. facilities. This is going to make June Z4th picnicers mighty unhappy! for the photograph to be snapped so that they can hit the water again. Miss Pam Windham is assisting Coach Terry with lessons. MEMBERS OF WALTON COUNTY COMMISSION worked on the Lake Jackson drainage canal Monday and Tuesday. It now flows freely, something it hasn't done in months. Left to right, Derry Branwell, Paul Toimslmd, D(mnie Kimnhl'O, and Ferrin $ely. •.. Clmrlee Wldtaker Om ), md Dram (Iri • . . Kneeling, front row, left 'to rtgbLBruce Caton, Derry Braswell. Standing, left to right, Dwan Reeves, Ferrin Seay, Charles Whitaker, Donnie Kimbro, and Paul Townsend. • . . Mrs. J. W. Harrison, Operator Services Supervisor, Central Telephone Company, Crestview, Florida. la N •.. Brn~ ~a~ • . . Former Mayor Cortez Steele. "