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ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty-Three Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER ! 5" ! 0 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER JULY 3, 20 ! 3 50 PER ISSUE (S^LEST^X FOUND MY OLD FRIEND, Mr. Jack Jones of Samson, Alabama (above photo) in his usu- al spot watching the 24th of June parade on Saturday. He is 106 years old and is a regular visitor to Florala for the Masonic Celebration each year. WASN'T IT NICE to be a part of a Sunday night church service with a packed house? I wish we alternated Sunday night services ev- ery Sunday. As it is, we alternate Fifth Sun- day services. That is good. Who knows? As our daughter .Sonya,. We might get: tired of it if we switched every Sunday. We all would have packed audiences if we could get all our members and their families to partici- pate. Oh well, prayer changes things. So, guess we'll all have to pray about it. I know one thing, we've got some good cooks in Florala, Lbckhart and surrounding areas. WHILE TALKING with Tommy Chambers and his wife after the service Sunday night, Tommy told the saddest story. He called it "Murder in the Coiton Field". It concerned a neighbor living in the Damascus Commu- nity off Glen Chambers Road. The farmer had planted 100 acres of cotton. It was up and growing beautifully. Then one morning, when the farmer went to check on the cotton field and its growth, low and behold the deer had taken to the cotton field and completely eaten it up. What a shame and what a cost to the farmer. Our saddened heart goes out to him and his family. What a loss! There is no tell- ing what that one episode cost this farmer. LARRY AND I are so busy trying to keep up our house and yard and his mother's home place and our garden on North 6th Street, we don't even have time to spend a weekend at our beach house in South Walton County. The garden is good for us both mentally and physically. Plus, you simply can't buy food as good as that plucked from the garden. ONE THING we don't do that would help us both mentally and physically is to trot down the hill to Beautiful Lake Jackson, throw our hook in the water and we might pull out one of those beautiful bass other fishermen and women are catching. We would have to get up early for that, or fish late. I don't know which is better. You can hear really good fish stories from those who make a habit of fishing on Lake Jackson. THANKS TO fellow classmate, Billy Vaughn, for responding to my request to hear from Florala residents and FHS graduates concerning career accomplishments. Thanks for responding Billy. At least I know somebody is reading The Florala News and responding to our call. "Good Morning Merle. Hope your energy is holding up and health improving. Enjoyed your June 12 publication, former Florala resi- dents civic achievements, I a few civic and see ROSE page 9 The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 IIIU!I!UljBIILI!U!UIIII DTF.makes historic "bust" of June celebration on Saturday, June 29. Ac- cording to authorities, this was the largest bust, 330 bags of syn- thetic marijuana, in the history of the DTF. The bust was made after a routine traffic stop on U.S. Highway 331 close to Florala's Municipal Airport shortly after noon. According to reports, DTF Agent Greg Jack- son and other DTF agents were assisting the Florala Police De- partment with traf- fic control during the city's annual Masonic Celebration. Jackson observed a vehicle, a rented 2013 Dodge pickup truck, speed- ing on North Sixth Street. Jackson said he revealed a pack of prod- uct under the truck's backseat. Jackson, with assistance from the Flo- rala Police Department, took the driver of the ve- hicle, Thomas Broaden, age 45, of Montgomery, AL, into custody. After a search of the vehicle four bags filled with spice packages were found. According to Jackson, the average price per pack for the contents in Covington County is around $80, which made the street value of the seizedprod- ucts close to $25,000. Jackson said most people think that the product doesn't contain illegal ingredients be- cause it is synthetic, which is not true. Ac- cording to Jackson, the ingredients are not never in the amount they saw on June 29th. The bags were marked "Angry Birds: Space" and "Gold Caution: Su- per String Incense". According to authori- ties, Broaden allegedly purchased the spice in Florida and was bring- ing it back to Alabama to sell when he was ap- prehended. Broaden was arrest- ed and booked in the Covington County Jail on drug trafficking and possession of drug para- phernalia and is under a $1,020,000 bond. Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole said he appreciated the assis-. tance of the DTF dur- ing the city's annual celebration. The 24th of Juneis an important Sheriff Dennis Meeks agreed and echoed Bed- sole's sentimen saying the 24th of June is a day of celebration in Florala and is family themed event where people can come together and en- joy the day. He said law enforcement officers in the county work hard to keep families through- out the county safe each and every day. According to Meeks, law enforcement agen- cies throughout the county will continue to fight the use of drugs and transport of drugs in and through the coun- ty adding they would do all they could within the dangerous drugs from being distributed on the streets and to families that residenb within the county of June. ends with a bang by Jan Allred The 143rd Masonic Celebration is now a part of history. The streets are back to nor- mal and life in Florala is returning to normal. However, this year's celebration is one that folks will be talking about for years. Thousands of peo- ple visited Florala for the week long celebra- tion that includes the traditional ,anything Goes Parade and new activities such as the bbq cook-off. Normally, participants have to en- dure rain but this year nature cooperated and while it was overcast during several events, the rain held off until the parade and other events were completed. Music filled the streets, clowns danced down main streets and children shrieked with joy as the parade start- ed downhill. Fireworks started a little early this year due to impending bad weather and then ob- servers got more than bargained for when the fireworks exploded and destroyed a section of the pier at Lake Jack- son. The damage to the pier was fixed the next morning and another successful 24th of June went into the history books. CHILDREN with their candy bags eagerly await the start of the annual Masonic Parade on Saturday in downtown Florala. p Even as events were night members of the were already planning winding down Saturday 24th of June committee next year's events. (At righO Lindy Hudson and Caleb Da- vidson twisted the night away at the annual Be Bop Sock Hop Friday night. (See additional photos inside) t J