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.~E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. .~ ~ o T I °, "\i ~ r -,,. ESTABLISHED IN 1900 Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake ,Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast ..... 16 • Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, July 1, 1976 12 Pages_ 15c Per Single Copy Often that the center to traffic, but for the 106th Celebration. off the city Converted it into a day's festivi- Masonic Celebra- a tradition in come from for the day's ac- that way for Illmdmother used to bring my mother when she was just a baby on an ox wagon," testifies Mrs. Sunshine West, owner of West's 5 & 10 Store. "That was 89 years ago. When I was a little girl we'd come in mule wagons. We'd tie the mu- les at the wagon shed back of the gym. We'd eat dinner back of the hardware store. They used to have ice water and le- monade in harrells with dip- pars along the streets for us, and that was a big treat! We didn't have ice at home. S Seeks Place "Trains used to come in every day from Crestview and Montgomery and Albany," she says. "When the 24th of June came, they'd sometimes haveto add extra trains to bring all the people." This year there were no trains bringing people, but plenty of cars. County police donated their time to help city police keep traffic flowing aloqm the temporary routes. The Masons started things off early with a welcome by Florala Mayor Joe Evans. They installed their new officers, then heard from Melha T. Al- len, state treasurer and gueld speaker for the event. Following the speech, tim Florala band formed up on th* street and played for the crowd. Current band members dressed in white shorts and yellow tolm mingled with alumni in multi- wlm was bern and colored casual wear. Andy AI- MrS. Joseph L. Byrd, Sr., escorted by MG Rollo, cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening Ft. Jo ph L. Byrd, Sr. sup, band director, invited some " • " had qualified for =/ of the former members to di- Place Five in the rect the band, showing off the City Coma- talents and styles of former to be held on Au- Wildcats. • The hand played for a while, then made a quick exit to join • the parade forming up down the Walton County, said road. Crowds lined the streets, he would work witl waiting to catch that first by JoAnn Mann member of Company C, Ist Bat- Hood, Texas. Lonnie is the color cordon along the front of paign was all about. He was er members of the glimpse of the parade. Led by An estimated crowd of 200 talien, 131st Armor, Alabama pastor of The First Baptist the armory and the side walk- a man who expected and de- al to help Florala a police escort, and a color team persons turned out Sunday af- National Guard at Florala for Church, Child ersburg, Alabama way. The troopsberefiagsfrom manded the best from himself :velop. from Fort Rucker, theycamein ternoon for the dedication of more than 40 years. Hiswidow, and a Chaplain in the Guard. each of the 50 states, with a and from those with whom he sight, the Florala National Guard Ar- Mrs. Joseph L. Byrd, Sr.,lives Hubhart holds his father's old special color team presenting was associated. His allegiance le~ high school ill Leading the cars, trucks and mory to the memory of Chief in Floraia. They have three job as Administrative Supply the national flag. to God, the military and his )rings, Florida, and floats was the Florala Marching Warrant Officer Joseph Leo- sons, Joseph L. Jr., Lounie, Technician with the Floraia The 98th Army Band, from government were maquestion- iat Lon he went to Band. Close behind came the nard Byrd, Sr. Hubbart and two daughters, Ma- Guard Unit. Marie lives in Ft. Rucker, provided music for ab!,eI. :M College. Oatu trucks bearing the lovely Miss Chief Byrd was a long time rie and Ophelia. Joseph L. Lock, hart. Ophelia is married the services, served four and one half L Navy and served June 24th contestants and the resident of Florala. He was a Byrd, Jr., is a major at Ft. to James Fuqua of Lynn Ha- The dedication began with years as Mr. Byrd's company md one half years, traditional king and queen's ~1 War H. float. Presiding over the day's yen. music, then Chaplin (Captain) ~,lerk. During that time I came festivities as king and queen "Pop" Byrd's~ widow, Mrs. Lounie Byrd, offered the in- to know even a better man, Joseph L. Byrd, Sr., and two of vocation. Jerry Evans.came who was active m his church, • =sSdischaugefromthereturned to F,o* were Marty Byrdand MelanieMcDaniel. Renee Hutchinson Council Votes To sons wel;e seated at the to speak next, recalling tbe four serving as a church officer, a he has made his presided from the Eastern Star speakers table during the ce- years he worked as a com- man active in civic and commu- remony. Other special guests party clerk for Chief Byrd. nity affairs and an active mem- 10 years. He works ~1~ float as their sweetheart, at the dedication were Major "While I was a member of bar of the Masonic Lodge and Always a hit with the crowds or nearly 30 years, were tbe HadjiShrine Temple r cn u.,ccnur"Lase '"l:A" ~,P"r General charles A. Rollo, Ad-this National Guard unit, the Eastern Stsr. I cametoknow service employee. • jutant General of the Alabama military instituted an efficienty a man who loved the military does electrical and Marching Bandintbeirgaymid- National Guard; BrigadierGen- campaign entitled Zero De- and regimented his own life to WOrk in and around eastern costumes. The Shri- " eral Robert A. Holloman, Ill, facts," said Evans. "ZeroDe- the extent that he served his nets in their go-carts, and the by Lis Bates in price of $4,562.50. Bur- Deputy Commander oftheArmy fects applied to every function country over 40 years in both popular Sabre-Jetsonthoirmo- Over the objections of two gess-Harrison made a bid of Aviation School at FortRucker, in the unit from the kitchen to war and peace. the son of the late torcycles thrilled the watchers councilmen, the Floraia City $4,600.00 on a 1976 Ford LTD. Alabama; and Floraia Mayor, the administrative offices and s of Flowersville. with their antics. More floats, Council voted to accept the low In other business regarding Joe R. Evans. was designed primarily to in- the father of five Smokey the Bear, a variety of See ARMOR? , Jerry, Linda old cars and so forth filled out bid from tMcDuniel Motor Corn- the police department, the More than 50 members of still pride in your work. Pop pany for a new police car. problems with vandals was Company E, Honor Guard, 30th Byrd was a perfect example Sammuel. the parade. Councilmen Victor Anderson discussed. The Council voted Infantry, Fort Rucker, formed a of what the zero defects cam-Page 4 After the parade, the crowds and Wilson Jones beth opposed to approve a $300 reward for dispersed for lunch, but gath- bu i a new lice car "I any person who had evidence ! Y ng pe " =~:/:::=/'~; i :: i: tm F Juneered baCkz4thfOrBeautythe annualpageant.Miss do not favor buying a new po- which could lead to the arrest ! Twelve lovely young ladies lice car, Anderson said. "I and conviction of those per- :~ don't see why we need three sons breaking windows in bus ..... :~ son of Mr. competed for the title. This cars, we have always had just inesses and car windows all ~-~ year they wore long dresses Varnum, was instead of the traditional bath- two cars." over town. Any person having diving accident at tion as of Tuesday evening. However, on a motion by such information should contact I swimming holeDoctors have given him the- ing suits. Vying for the title Jack Zorn, the council voted to Police Chief Paul Mitchell. had been day- rapy in his arms and he is were Jo Ann Thorn, Darlene accept the low bid. Council- The Police Department was bridge into the able to move.them, but he does Barge, Martha Day, Brenda San- ders, Pamela Gaff York, Be- members Chick Hutcheson, Sy- also commended by Mayor Joe in and hurt not yet have feeling below the verly Adams, Diane Marie Har- bil Miclder and Jack Zorn we- Evans, for their outstanding he failed to waist. surface, friends Danny is married to Susy rison, Susan Hartzog, Angela ted for the purchase. Ander- work during the recent Ma- pulled him out. Henderson, from Covington York, Cindy Crosby, Lynn Smith son and Jones beth voted against sonic Celebration. taken by ambu- County. They are expecting and Cindy Myrick. Miss Lynn the purchase. In other city business, the The bid from McDaniel Mo- Council granted an increase hospital, their first child in about five tor Company was for a 1976 in salary from $95 per month to be doing weeks. Please Turn To Page 4 Chevrolet Impala with a trade- to $120 per month for city accountant Dale Twitchell. 1 They also approved the re- :est of the cemetery beard regard to prices on lots and otlfer permits. The ceme- ~ j tary beard will make more in- J formation available about any future changes. Please Turn To Page 4 Students ,: Should °" Register Any new families, with Fin- rain High School age students (grades 9-IZ), moving into the f Florala High School district should go by Florala High School and register right away. It is very important that new stu- dents register and make "sub- ~'~ ~' i Ject selections as soon as pos- ~ ~ • sible. ~: The'Florala High School prln- ~, ~ i cipal's office is open 8:00 - ~ ~i:~-: ~ ~"/~ -t ~ 3:00 Monday through Friday " 1 each week, except .the week of July 5 - 9, 1976. The school Miss I 24th will he ciused daring thisweek. .t u ne King, Queen And Court EN of the 106th masonic Celebration were Friday night, June 25. Lloyd was given the honor of crowning King Marry , Joseph D. Brackin Melanie McDaniel. The King and Queen are flanked by the queen's attendants and their escorts-. Pictured, from lef~ Sonya Moseley and Rusty Peters, Rhea Yarbr~M[h and Eugene Kelley of Andalusia, King Marty, Queen Melalde, Jamie McPhail and Michael Nobles, Amy McDaniel and Craig Harrison. If you have business at Fin- rala High School and it's im- possible to come by during of- fice hours, call the office and arrangements can be made for appointments at other times. Miss Lynn Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Smith of Laurel Hill, was crowned Miss June Z4th at the annual beauty pageant held on Saturday. Lynn is 16-years-old and has brown hair and blue eyes. Miss Jo Ann Thorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendel Thorn of Paxton, was first runner-up. She is 15-years-old and has brown hair and eyes. Miss Martha Day, on left, was chosen the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Mr. James Day and Mrs. Loin Jordan of Paxton. Besides the runner-up positions, Jo Ann and Martha shared another honor. They were both chosen Miss Congeniality. This award is voted on by the girls in the contest.