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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. usr~(~EcExqo LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS OF INTEREST Well, did ya'll have a happy 26th of June? Now, really, Ma- sons, that just doesn't have the old familiar ring that a happy 24th does. So, for old times sake, can't we celebrate the yearly Masonic installation on June 24th again? Not so much for my sake or for The Florata News sake, for we can celebrate anytime, but for those old timers who have test their means of communica- tion and their only way of know- ing when to come is that it is supposed to be a June 24th ce- lebration. As a matter of fact, it is good for our business when you celebrate some other day, because these folk come and subscribe to the paper so that they can read about it, if they are not able to return. A Mr. J. D. Williams, age 71, who suffers from palsy, nearly had all the office help in tears Thursday, the 24th, when he and his wife and mem- bers of their family had driven from Plymouth, Florida for the celebration. He was so disal~p- pointed. Family members who had brought them, had to get back home and couldn't stay. We do not know how he managed it, but the following day, Mr. Williams returned to let us know that he was going to stay with a brother, Wilson Williams in Lockhart until Saturday. Needless to say, we were all overjoyed. Others coming in the 24th, who were not able to stay, were the C. H. Pippins of Gautier, Mississippi, who had to get back for a golf tourna- ment on Friday and Milford R. Jeter of Bayou La Batre, Ala- bama. Mr. and Mrs. Williams sat over in front of Great Day most of the day in borrowed chairs just reminiscing. They left Florala in 1943, but try to make it back each year for the celebration, when their health allows it. In talking withthe merchants, several favor celebrating on the Z4th. One merchant said - "I guess the next thi~ we know by Merle Woodham they will be celebrating Christ- mas on the 26th." The Masons fear that they won't be able to get the Shriners of Montgomery and Pensacola to participate in the parade un- less we have the ce1~bration on Saturday. But, Billy McDaniel said he never used to have any problems getting them here, re- gardless of what day the 24th fell on. Those Shriners are pretty much men on their own and do as they very wellplease. Charles Bryan, who is with the Zamora Temple Clown Unit in Birmingham, Alabama and who added so much to our pa- rade this year said that he had participated in 30 performanc- es this year. He said that he spent about as much time in clowning around as he did at his job with the government as a representative with Hayes International Corporation in Birmingham. Charles makes a perfectly beautiful clown and he had a full day of activities entertaining the younger set all day Satur- day. He was a favorite with all the Florala News photogra- phers on the street Saturday -- we all had pictures of him hand- ing out goodies and making ani- _ mals for the children from skinny little balloons. On occa- sions, he favored adults with one of his balloon pups and 1 was included among them. Charles is the son of Mrs. Lorene Miles who has been em- ployed with Franklin-Ferguson for many years. He has a daughter, Becky, age 16 and Chris, who will be 15 this month. Like most teenagers, they have activities of their own which prevented them from accompanying their father to Florala. There are 25 clowns in the Zamora unit and Charles is hopeful of bringing a bunch of them with him next year. There again, he talked like they wouldn't be able to come any day other than Saturday. But, they go other places. Why not? CELEBRATION Cont. from Front Smith was named Miss June a prong sticking straight up, 24th with Jo Ann Thorn first bouncing under a row of hang- runner-up and Martha Daying, water filled balloons. The second runner-up, object was to bounce up, and Following the beauty pageant was an afternoon of games and competition. Covington Indus- tries, Franklin-Ferguson a6d the Florala National Guard en- tered some spirited competition in a series of games called "Anything Goes." The first game in the series was "Mill Crates." Three lad- break the balloons (and get drenched). The team who broke all their balloons first won. It was entertaining, to say the least. Next on the schedule was some blindfold bowling. While some of the audience tried their luck at rolling the ball down to the wooden pins, with a blind- ders of increasing height with fold around theireyes, thethree soft drink crates stacked on teams took a break and the or- them were lined up inthe arena, ganisers got the area cleared of Each team had arepresentative balloons. on the ladder to hand the cra- The fourth event for the adults tes down, stacking them on those was the "Egg in a Basket" race. carried by the ground member. Teams lined up and hopped from A new team mate would pick up the starting point tea large wire the crates at each ladder, add- basket, keeping a plastic ball ing to the challenge. By the time the third ladder was rea- ched, and the crates transfer- red, the stack was much higher than the person carrying it. The object was to carry the crates a little farther on, not spilling any until reaching a designated line. Only Franklin-Ferguson was able to carry their crates all the way without losing them. There was a brief break and the children gathered at the op- posite end of the street for the Chicken Chase. All kids un- der 15 were eligible. The chickens were placed in a cage, lifted high above the crowd and tossed down to the waiting con- testants. It was quite ascram- ble as the mob of excited kids dived to capture a chicken who didn't want to be captured. Back to the arena again, it was time for the Flying Sau- cer. The idea was for a run- ner to tote a gal on his back, on a big round "saucer", trans- fer her onto the saucer car- ried by a second partner and have him carry her to the end zone. It took some balancing for the gals to slide-from one "saucer" to another and then land on the table at the end without falling off. It took some real brute strength for the men to run back and forth car- rying the "saucers" and girl. While the grounds were being cleared again, there was ano- ther game for the kids. Four boy-girl teams entered a wagon race. The object was for the boy to push the girl in a red wagon through a row of cola bottles, without touching any of them. Since the bottles were only about 2 feet apart, it was quite a challenge. The girls did the steering and as we all know, there's some difference between steering a red wagon and a car with power Fteeri~. Back to the adults, and they were engaged in another silly game irr the "Anything Goes" afternoon session. This time, each of the three teams had a member on a round red "hippity hoppity", wearing a helmet with between their legs. Reaching the basket, they would dump the ball irr and then run back to tag the next person in line. Ready to go again, Covington Industries, Franklin- Ferguson and the National Guard squared off for the bicycle-ball event. Each team bad a member ride a little bicycle around the course, slow up at one side, but not stop, and have fellow team members toss in large plastic balls into a sack tied to a pole at the rear of the bicycle. Some- how, even though the men rode slowly, few of the balls mana- ged to land in their bags. Last on the afternoon's age- nda in "Anything Goes" were the Barrel Races. Teams tied a rope for steering to a board over the barrels, had a girl in a helmet standing on top to steer, and the men raced around keeping the barrels under the board. As quick as one would roll out, they'd rush it to the front to keep things rolling. It started out neat and orderly, but took only moments to dis- integrate to chaos. At the end of the afternoon, the score stood with Franklin- Ferguson as the winners. The National Guard placed second and Covington Industries third. The crowd moved down the street to watch Florala and Lockhart, then Paxton and Opp battle it out in water fights. With such a sport, the winners and losers alike got drenched, as well as a few observers, but it was great fun to see grown men so serious about aiming the hoses and spraying water all over other grown men. It had been a full, exciting day in Florala, but there was still more to come. Many visit- ed the carnival across from the lake, and went swimming and picnicking on Lake Jackson, then gathered back around the lake as darkness fell the fireworks. They seem grow prettier each year, a,~d as one fellow said, "I wouldn't miss them for the world." The Sims and Henderson Re- vival Team from Jacksonville, Florida, will be at the New Har- mony Baptist Church this week, beginning Thursday, July I. Preaching and singing follow the ministry of these two young men. These young men are com- missioned by the Florida Bap- Se tist Convention, Evangelism Department and will hold 20 re- vivals this summer. Come and receive your bless- ings, nightly, Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Everyone is wel- come. Club To Place Monument On July 4th, the Paxton Ru- ritan will place a Bicentennial monument in the Flag court- yard at the Paxton Town Hall. The granite monument will commemorate the visit of the Bicentennial Wagon Train and festivities at Paxton in 1976. The permanent marker will be the Paxton Ruritan's contribu- tion to the historical develop- ment Of our area. Community Calendar Wednesday, June 30: Women's softball team organizational meeting at the Little League Park at 6:30. Anyone interested call Missy Vaughan or Dale Odom. THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, JULY ARMORY Cont. From Front "We're here today'to dedicate this beautiful facility tothe me- mory of Pop Byrd, who will live on in the hearts of us who knew and loved him." Evans introduced Florala's Mayor, Joe Evans, who com- mented "Certainly it is fitting that the Florala armory be na- med after our own Pop Byrd. It's hard for anyone familiar with the Florala National Guard to visualize a Florala Guard Unit without Pop Byrd because he was the cornerstone of our unit for so many years. As various members of the Guard joined and departed, Pop was always there adding continuity and direction with his frequently firm advice. / "Commanders respected him, the troops loved him, the City of Florala praised him, and 1 personally admired him." The mayor introduced the af- ternoon's key speaker, MG Rollo. The general talked about the accomplishments of the Alabama National Guard, and the part Chief Byrd played in them. "People live in peace and freedom because of the sacrifices of men like Mr. Byrd," he said. "I thtnk it appropriate that we pause here today and honor him by naming this facility in his honor. For 40 years, he served his state and nation with honor and dig- ni!y. We owe much to him... much more than mere words can ever say." After the general, Major Joseph L. Byrd, Jr., serving in the Combined Arms Test Activity at Fort Hood, Texas, came to speak. He told how his father was "one of the finest men I have ever known, a hardworking American citi- zen, like you and I. He loved the military and was proud and devoted to his support of his country." Mrs. Byrd, escorted by Gen- eral Rollo, moved to the en- trance of the Armory to cut the ceremonial ribbon. She lis- tened as the official orders, na- ming and designating the Ala- bama National Guard Unit in Florala in honor of her hus- band were read, then cut the ribbon. The 5and played the national anthem and Fort Joseph L. Byrd, Sr., was opened for a tour and refreshments. Chief Warrant Officer Jo- seph L. Byrd was born in Lu- verne, Alabama on January 19, !909. He died on April 5, 1971. He joined the National Guard on November 16, 1927, in Andalusia, Alabama and sub- sequently served some 40 years of honorable service. .... ii! i ~ !; / / Mrs. Byrd Admires Portrait THE BYRD FAMILY, from left, Mrs. James Fuqua, Marie Manning, Mrs. Joseph ISG Hubbart Byrd, MAJ Joseph Byrd, and CPT Lonnie Byrd. Chief Byrd served on active duty with the Army during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Berlin Crisis. His firm dedication and un- unquestionable loyalty to his country and his fellow man stood as an inspiration to those with whom he served. Always displaying a high spi- rit of cooperation, willin~ness and attentiveness to duty, Chief Byrd met all problems with untiring energy and unfailing wisdom. Mr. Byrd's dedication, loya- lty and hard work contributed in large measure to the suc- cess of the Alabama National Guard in Florala and through- out the State of Alabama. His civic and social contributions to the Florala him an outstanding leader, highly civilian and Company C is Captain Phillip E. electrical contractor view. The unit meets ing each month, and ready to help thei] and state in time have been appointed distributors for SOUTHERN COATINGS PAINTS and are pleased to offer special prices to introduce this quality Prices per ;tarline Interior Latex It's Good To Hear From Mrs. Nix Aubrey L. Davis of Bagdad, Florida, came in to renew his subscription while visiting here for the 24th celebration and took out a subscription for M~'s. B. T. Nix, who now resides at the Santa Rosa Convalescent Home, Willing Street, Milton, Florida. I always did love Mrs. Nix, so I asked if he was a rela- tive? He said no, but having been a native of this area(Pax- ton), since finding out she was a resident there, he visited her frequently and ran errands for her. When he visited her just be- fore coming to Florala, Mrs. Nix said - "Aubrey, I know you are going to Florala for the 24th celebration and I have a few things I want you to do." He said she had about five things listed and tops on the list was to find out if Trent Lewis won his bid for a second term as Covington County Commission- er. She told Aubrey that Trent had always been nice to her and she was anxious to know if he had won. Isn't it just like Mrs. Nix, now in her 90's, according to Mr. Davis, to be interested in Politics? To me, Mrs. Nix al- ways was typical of the "spice of life". She was always vitally interested in what ever was go- ing on. be it politics, church or social activities. I always used to like to hear her tell about how she was the "Belle of the Ball" at the big dances that USed to take place around these parts. Mr. Davis says she is still just as bright and cheery as can be. Wouldn't yeu like to see her? If you're passing that way, stop by to see Mrs. Nix at Santa Rosa Convalescent Home in Milton. Thursday, July h Revival at New Harmony Baptist Church begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues until Sunday. Sunday services at II a.m. Friday, July 2: Gospel Sing at New Harmony Holiness Church, with the Sounds of Salvation (Joe Bowden and family). Saturday, July 3: Independence Day Celebration at New Har- mony Community Center beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3: Clear Springs Church will hold a supper beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4: Clear Springs Church invites everyone to worship and to attend their Sunday School contest. Happy Bicentennial! I II COUNCIL "' H l Cont. from Front The city electimts are set for August 10 and September 14. The Council voted to pay $9-40 for the use of the county voting machines. Councilman Jack Zorn told the Council that the Planning Commission was making pro- gress on a study for the new City Hall and that a report would be forthcoming soon. The City Council also voted to make the entrance between {he Bank of Florala and the Great Day Store a one-way en- trance from 5th Street to 4th Street. The next council meeting will be July 12 at 6 p.m. lurala SECOND CLA~ POETAGE PAID AT 8OUTH FIFTH STREET FLORALA, ALABAMA MR. AMDMI~. LARRY K. W(X)DBAM, EDITORS MID PUBLICISTS 3BSCRlPTION RATES cov/qtom com , Alabama ..................... N.SS ztw m ., u mma ............ ott, r mr** ................ :.. iiiii ii mlm ES"FABLIMIED IN IN0 PUBL]NIED WEIIZLY OH THURSDAY I L I II _ II Versa-Kote Interior- Acrylic Latex Oil House Paint (White only) Several Colors To Chose From: DEMI=-GLOSS Alkyd Semi-Gloss Interior Enamel $10.95 See us for competitive prices on SOUTHERN COATINGS PRODUCTS AND PAINT SUNDRIES. We carry a complete line of brushes, rollers and paint supplies SALE runs from June 3 1 through July 1 0