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....: ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER ! 5- 10 PAGES PRINTED ON ! 00% RECYCLED PAPER JUNE 29, 201 ! 50 PER ISSUE (S^LEST^X'NCLUDEDI On Beautiful Lake , Merle Woodham _r .,.J THE 104TH ANNUAL JUNE 24TH Masonic Cel- ebration was a tremen- dous success this year, despite temperatures spi- raling to 100 degrees plus. Our thermometer regis- tered 105 degrees one day lastvee and 103 degrees at other times. I can't re- member a hotter or dryer June 24th. It sure didn't stop the crowds from flocking in, though. I don't know if this was a record attendance, but there was a lot of folks here. [ , !i PROUD GRANDPAR- ENTS James and Marga- ret York with their grand- daughter, Skyler York. The opening ceremony on the square was impressive. I especially enjoyed the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by 8-year-old, Sky- ler York, L,aughter of Buddy and Laurel York of Florala and granddaughter of James and Margaret York. She takes voice lessons from Dr. Joe and Karen Johnson's daughter, Lyndsey Hand, of Paxton. She received a standing ovation from an appreciative audience. This was only her second public appearance. Her first being at Lockhart school's annual Awards Day program. MABLE CARAWAY, wife of avid gardener, Bruce Caraway, County Road 4, Florala, was lice enough to bring me a photo of Bruce and his 24-1b. cabbage. It is truly amazing. It doesn't look like a bug ever touched it. Their granddaughter, Maddie Grace, was delighted to aqld a little sugar and spice to the picture. She is also featured in a photo about to pick a peach from his fruit orchard. I really do appreciate Mable bringing me the pictures. Maddie Grace is a doll. Aren't grandchildren special? Just wait 'til you get a great-grandchild. They are super special! ATTENDING THE ANNUAL MASONIC CELE- BRATION in Florala Saturday were (from left) Mari- on Causey, Wayne Campbell and Dick Cannon. It was great to talk with these fine boys. I have known them since they were just youngins. AMONG THOSE we enjoyed seeing during the 24th celebration parade was Dick and Ann Cannon of Fort Walton Beach. Dick is the son of the late F.L. (Shug) and Evelyn Cannon of Florala. Shug was connected with Gulf Oil Co. and they were loved by everyone who knew them. They were Methodist and one of the last  conversations I had with Evelyn was sitting on the front pew at First Methodist. She was telling me about a dream she had the night before. In it she had died and gone to heaven and she said it was the most beautiful place one could imagine. She said, "Merle, I just hated to wake up and face reality." It wasn't that long before she went to heaven and was able to stay, Hope we all will be as fortunate. A FRIEND I always en- joy seeing was Jack Jones of Samson, AL who, when we lived on Route 3, Sam- son, graded our roads. He' married the late Eliza- beth Cooper, sister to the late Malone Cooper who married my sister, Ruby. Their daughter, Jackie, and I were playmates all see ROSE page 2 ... Jones / One killed in U.S. 331 accident A DeFuniak Springs resident was fatally injured in a collision involving two vehicles on U.S. 331, north of Lib- erty. The accident took place June 26 at 12:15 p.m. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) investigating Tpr. J.C. Lieb reported that a vehicle was stopped on the shoulder of U.S. 331, partly onthe paved apron and partly on the grass shoulder. In that vehicle were driver Shawn Patrick Barnes, 37, and passenger Tina Loreen Barnes, 42, both of Florala. A second vehicle was traveling northbound on U.S. 331. In that vehicle were driver Ronal Lee Bellamy, 36, and passengers Katherine Helms Bryan, 53, Billy Joe Prevatt, 42, and Tony Ethan Bryan, 8, all of DeFuniak Springs. According to the FHP report. Shawn Barnes said he was waiting to turn around "tq meet with the witness," andbe- gan to move forward and make a 0-turn. Shawn Barnes reportedly did not see the second vehicle approaching. Barnes' vehicle entered the northbound lane and collided with Bellamy's vehicle. Bellamy's vehicle began to rotate clockwise and move to the west. It entered the southbound lane, still rotating, crossed the northbound lane again and left the roadway. The vehicle overturned onto its driver's side and slid across a concrete culvert. It overturned onto its roof and struck a tree on the passenger side and roof. Shawn Barnes pulled his vehicle onto the shoulder of the roadway north of the colliSion. Neither he nor his passenger Tina Loreen Barnes were injured. Katherine Helms Bryan was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. Driver Ronald Lee Bellamy. was criti- cally injured. Passengers Billy Joe Prevatt and Tony Ethan Bryan sustained minor injuries. The FHP" report stated that all involved were wearing seatblts, and that alcohol was not a factor Charges are listed as pending. Florala Airport Authority00hopes to get new lease on life by Jan AUred The Florala Airport Au- thority took steps last Tues- day- that will give the city opportunities which have previously been unavailable because of an iron clad lease agreement that basically prevented the ty from. 0- ing anything to improve Florala Municipal Airport, according to Florala Mayor Robert Williamson. Florala Municipal Airport is a city-owned ublic use airport located northwest of the central business district of Florala and is categorized as a general aviation facil- ity by the Federal Aation Administration (FAA). The airport covers an area of 88 acres and has one rulway with asphalt pavement. Williamson said the ac- tion by the Florala Airport Authority will allow the board to pursue Federal AYiation Administration (FAA) monies that can be used t improve the airport and open avenues to pursue new business. As a matter of fact, Williamson said the move will be one of the big- gest economic development announcements to come out of Florala in years. Florala City Attorney Wesley Laird said that the Florala Airport Author- ity entered into a 40 year lease agreement with Sun- shine Aero Industries, out of Crestview, FL, that grant- ed the company exclusive rights of fuel service at the airport. Sunshine Aero pro- vides aircraft fuel to mili- }ary aircraft. Upon some research, it was recently learned that the lease did not meet FAA and the Alabama Department of Transportation guidelines. because itprevented the airport from utilizing FAA funds for maintenance and operations at ,the airport. In addition, Laird said the lease was declared void by law after 20 years because Annual Masonic Celebration comes to a close "No Burn" remains in effect statewide; $500fine for violation All 67 counties in the state :of Alabama remain under a Drought Emergen- cy, often referred to as a "No Burn Order," which prohib- its all outdoor burning. The Alabama Forestry Commission, in conjunc- tion with the Governor's Office, has evaluated the impacts of recent rainfall on the drought conditions that exist across the state. The 10-day forecast for Alabama shows below-average rain- fall is expected, with after- noon high temperatures re- maining above normal. This weather pattern will accel- erate the drying of vegeta- tion and debris, especially in areas with timber damaged during the April tornados, returning conditions to the same level that existed prior to the recent rainfall. Under the No Burn Or- der, it is illegal for any per- son to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands, or marshes; to build a camp- fire or bonfire; Or to burn trash or other material that may cause a forest, grass, or woods fire. If convicted, the penalty for violating the No Burn Order is a fine of L-up to $500 and/or up to six -months in jail. it was not recorded in the Covington County Probate Office, which prompted the Florala Airport Authority to file a complaint for declara- tory relief .to end the current lease and begin to negotiate for a new one. Laird said the city was grateful Sunshine Aero de: cided to locate at Florala Municipal Airport but that FAA guidelines must be followed. He said he has worked with the FAA and ALDOT officials to create a lease that ' meets their guidelines when the Florala Airport Atithority held their see AIRPORT page 2 Two. arrested at pageant At the Toddler Miss, Tiny Miss and Little Miss 24th of June Pageant held on Tuesday, June 21 at Florala Middle School, an altercation broke out be- tween Sherry Woodham, of Andalusia, AL, and Patricia Smith, of Laurel Hill, FL in the dressing room. Both parties were ar- rested and booked on disorderly conduct and harassment charges, ac- cording to the Florala Po- lice Department. Carnival accident injures four Due to sudden high winds on Friday night, June 24, an inflatable slide at the 24th of June carnival Was lifted off the ground and flew ap- proximately 50' into the scrambler ride. As a result, four minors were left with injuries that were not life-threat- ening. 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