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Q ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty-Four Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER ! 9 8 PAGES PRINTED ON ! 00% RECCfCLED PAPER JULY 9, 2014 50 PER ISSUE (S^LEST^X On Beautiful Lake , To The Gulf Coast , am mm mm WE, AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST wel- comed our new pastor, the Rev. Kevin Holland, Sunday, July 6, followed by lunch and a recep- tion in the Fellowship Hall. Holland grew up in the Allentown Commu- nity north of Santa Rosa County. He has served churches in Milton, Pensacola, and Pace, FL. He recently worked on the staff at First United Methodist Church of Pace, where he worked with youth and music ministry for 14 years. He also teaches mathematics at Pace High School, where he has taught for the past 20 years. One of the distinctions of his teaching career was being selected as the 2009 Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year. Holland was later selected as one of the top five finalists in the state for the 2009 Florida Teacher of the Year. Holland has a Bachelors and Masters degree in mathematics from the University of West Florida as well as a Mater of Divinity from Lib- erty University. The Rev. Holland is married to Monique Hol- land of Pensacola, FL. She works as Director of Youth and Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Pace. Holland will also serve as pastor to the Hopewell and Christian Home United Method- ist Churches. Former pastor Rev. Ed Britton has been ap- pointed as pastor to the Dozier and West End United Methodist Churches in the Opp com- munity. He and his wife, Betty, will always be held dearly in the hearts and minds of all those whom they served so faithfully the past 6 years at Florala First United Methodist. They will continue to live in Florala. RECEIVED A NOTE from Michael Grant who wanted a male calico kitten. Sorry Mi- chael, all our calicos are females. Don't guess I have ever seen a male calico. by Jan AUred The question over whether or not police- men are a]Jowed to search the cell phones of people they arrest without a warrant has been answered. The United States Su- preme Court ruled that police must obtain war- rants before they can search the digital con- tent of phones they take from suspects who have placed under arrest. In their unanimous deci- sion, the Justices ruled that a warrant must be obtained before search- ing through the cell phone of a suspect after two cases came before the court. In the two cases, where a suspect's phone was searched without a warrant, the court delivered one rul- ing for both cases. What makes the case signifi- cant is the number of cell phones in use today and a person's expecta- tion 9f privacy. Law enforcement officials argued that cell phone data would be vulnerable to being erased from the devices. However, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said remote wiping can be fully prevented by disconnecting a phone from the network by turning off the phone or removing the battery or they can confiscate the phone and place it in a secure location until a warrant is obtained. Roberts included in the ruling the fact that cell phones collect and maintain many distinct types of information ranging from addresses to bank statements and a cell phone reveals much more than any other isolated record. While Roberts admit- ted the court's decision would have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime since cell phones have become an impor- tant tool for those who use them to coordinate and communicate with members in their crimi- nal circle and provides valuable incriminating information at times. However, he noted, pri- see PHONE page 2 The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 IIIUI! !l!13111L ILILI !! II U 8 6 SWIMMERS in the distance are enjoytng a day in the waters of Lake Jackson. by Jan Allred Almost two weeks ago Michael Mull en, of the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Inc. test- ed three spots in Lake Jackson. One of those tests came back show- ing unsatisfactory levels of. e-cob while the other two tests were clear. However, it wasn't the perfect samples which drew attention, it was the one which tested positive for e-coli that got all the press. In his report, Mullen said the levels of e-coli were 10 times higher than normal at the one spot. Mullen wanted to make the results public as a precaution while admitting at the time it was probably a one time thing. The Choctawhatchee Riverkeepers have been testing the wa- ter at Lake Jackson could have been caused, lems or someonegoing long time and this wasby ducks or litter, add- through chemotherapy. the first time a sample ing that the only people Florala State Park ever came back so high. who would be a risk Manager Joe Drakkar Mullen admitted the would be those with bacteria in the water immune systems prob- see LAKE page 5 RECENT TESTS of Lake Jackson water show acceptable results. by Jan AUred Family and friends of A1- lie Mae Smith gathered at the' Carver Community Center last week to honor her for leadership in the fight for racial equality. It has been fifty years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and almost 40 years since Smith's death but the example and impact she had on the those who knew and loved her is evi- dent still today. Alan and Emily Silverman made a monetary contribution to the Carver Community Cen- ter in honor of Smith and her efforts in the fight for equality. The dining room area of the Carver Community Center will now bear her name. As Alan Silverman took the podium to shares stories from his youth about Smith, the love and respect in which he said her name showed what an impact she had not only on his life but the lives of his family. In the 1950s Silverman's par- ents opened a metal works plant EDDIE SMITH, ALAN Silverman, ,Jerry Smith, Emily Silver: man and Harold Smith showing the plaque that will now hang in the dining hall at Carver Community Center. in Lockhart. Mrs. Smith worked in the Sil- verman home but Alan said she was not a servant. She worked for his family for many years and stressed the fact that she was not a servant but his moth- er's partner in running their household. She did not work for my mother, she was my moth- er's very best friend. He said the two of them worked together, side-by-side to ensure the home ran smoothly and that he and his sister were taken care of. "They were confidants, lovingly entwined in each other's lives." he said. Alan described Smith see HONOR page 2