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Alabama Army National Guard Sgt. Donald Cuchens recently recognized two new recruits. Mason Adams, age 18, a graduate of Florala High School is the son of Connie and Tabitha Adams of Lockhart. He is presently attending basic training at Fort Benning, GA. Upon completion, he will be serving in the Geneva National Guard unit. Ray Hall, age 18, a graduate of Florala High School is the son of William and Wendy Hall of Lockhart. Ray will leave in September for basic training at Fort Benning. He plans to attend Alabama State University to receive a degree in special education. He will serve in the Florala unit upon completion of training. Anyone interested in joining the National Guard should contact Sgt. Cuchens at 334- 796-6825 or for additional information. Tywarren Bert Lamar Thomas Tiffany Adams of Opp, AL announces the birthof her son, Tywarren Bert Lamar Thomas, on June 22 at Andalusia Regional Hospital in Andalusia, AL. He weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Maternal grand- parents are Torry and Angela Powell of Lock- hart. Senior Center Lunch Menu Wednesday, July 1 - Closed Thursday, July 2 - Closed Friday, July 3 - Closed Monday- July 6 - Chop steak/gravy, whipped potatoes, green peas, applesauce, wheat roll, margarine, oatmeal creme pie, milk. Tuesday, July 7 - Cranberry juice, baked ham, whipped sweet potatoes, spinach, wheat bread, margarine, chocolate c ke, milk. *Complimentary meals for seniors age 60 and older. THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015 PAGE 5 CLASS OF 1953 - (front, l-r) LuciUe Willette, Mamie Clary, Jean Wilks, and Carolyn Nobles; (back, l-r) Hugh Hinson, Ronald Dunn, Bruce Caraway, Nolan Moore, Truett Maddox, Faye Sightler, Billy Barnes and Edith Kelley. i The Class of 1953 of Covington County High School in Florala, held their 62nd reunion-lun- cheon on Friday, June 26 with 21 members and spouses attending. The party room was decorated in the school colors of purple and gold, which always brings back fond memories, since it has changed a lot since 1953. As class members arrived, many were greeted with neck hugs and hand clasps. This class remains to be very close-knit, even tough they have lost some 30-odd class- mates. Bruce Caraway, class vice-president wel- comed everyone attend- ing. Jean Wilkes told of those who were not able to attend and get-well wishes for the sick. The blessing was given b'y Truett Mad- dox and a delicious buf- fet lunch was served by SPOUSES (front, l-r) Elizabeth Barnes, Mable Caraway, Sandy Moore, and Jean Maddox; (back, l-r) J.B. Clary, GlenSightler, Raymond Kelly, and William WiUette. Sara and her helpers with a wonderful array of food. Several announce- ments were made and items of business dis- cussed. Photos were made all during the get-together and many good memories were re- called. Attendees included Lucille and William Willette, Truett and Jean Maddox, Billy and Elizabeth Barnes, No- lan and Sandy Moore, Edith and Raymond Kelly, Mamie and J.B. Clary, Faye and Glen Sightler, Bruce and Mable Caraway, Jean Hughes Wilkes, Ronald Dunn, Carolyn Nobles, Marvis Ray Adams, and Hugh Hinson. Everyone certainly enjoyed this time Of food and fellowship and thanks to Sara Tucker and her employees for all they did to make it so enjoyable. Photos from 24th of June events ! fore the Supreme Court decision? According to Bowden, no. He said one of reasons the peo- ple of Covington County elected him was because of who he was and the belief system in which he lives his life. By not issuing a marriage license to anyone he is allowed to continueto serve the people he was elected to serve and al- low him to adhere to his Christian beliefs while he does his job. So far each Probate Judge in the state is handling the issue by either getting totally out of the marriage business or by having marriage license forms available but the judge won't sign the forms or perform any marriages. Every Probate Judge in the State of Alabama who has refused to is- sue marriage licenses any longer cites their Christian beliefs as the reason they have stopped offering the service. Several of the more outspoken Pro- bate Judges have said very publicly that they are not required to com- promise their religious beliefs to be Probate Judge. Since Alabama doesn't mandate that Probate Judges have to issue a marriage license to anyone, regardless of gender, they are doing their jobs while holding onto their beliefs. Those who support same-sex marriage say the law is ambiguous as to whether probate judges can unilaterally stop issuing licenses. Either way there is no question the decision not to issue marriage licenses will create a hardship for couples wanting to marry in counties where licenses are no longer being is- sued. Supporters of same- sex marriage attribute the Probate Judges re- fusing to issue marriage licenses to sour grapes. They say had the deci- sion been reached that marriage was between one man and one wom- an then the Probate Judges would still be is- suing marriage licens- es out of their offices. Michael Hansen, with One Alabama, issued a statement saying, "That's not the way oOr system of government works and any civil servant should know better. Nothing but animus is behind this decision. Euery Probate Judge's first job as an elected official is to fol- low and protect the U.S. Constitution." Before the rulingwas handed down by the Su- preme Court Bowden appeared before the Covington County Com- mission in April and asked the commission to amend his budget in preparation for the very fight he finds himself in today. When he ap- peared before the com- mission, Bowden 'said he wanted to permis- sion to alter his bud- get in order to contract with an attorney to de- fend him against possi- ble lawsuits should the Supreme Court uphold same-sex marriage. He stated it wasn't unusu- al for people to contact and hire counsel before they are actually sued. Bowden explained that he was strong sup- porter of traditional marriage and he be- lieved if the Supreme Court upheld a U.S. District Judge's decision that required marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples he could be the target of a law suit. Covington County Commission Chair- man Bill Godwin told Bowden the county has liability insurance through the Association of County Commission- ers and should a law- suit be filed the county would have to use the attorney hired by the insurance company. Godwin said if the coun- FROM FRONT ty was to go out on their own and hire an attor- ney then the county would absorb the costs of the lawsuit whether the county won or lost. The commission didn't authorize Bowden to amend his budget to hire an attorney and now the moment has come. Back in April when he appeared before the commissioners, Bowden said he would continue to defend Alabama's law on traditional mar- riage "until it is lawfully changed by a competent authority". For now residents of Covington County wanting to get a mar- riage license will have to travel to another county to get a license orget married.