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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 9. 2014 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Florala Police Department reported the following arrests for July 1-8, 2014: Lawarren Lamar Thomas - warrant Jimmy Infinger - warrant Alton Franklin Coon - criminal trespass- ing, possession of controlled substance Joyce Fallingame - driving under influ- ence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance Ronnie E. Ahshie - driving under influ- ence James B. Oakes - driving under influ- ence All subjects listed above are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. FROM FRONT ALAN SIL VERMAN (left) talks about his family's love and respecL to Allie Mae Smith during a cer- emony renaming the dining room at the Carver Community Center in her honor: JERRY SMITH (right) thanked the Silvermans for their love and support throughout the years and for the honor they bestowed upon his mother. powerful force, person- ally, emotionally, spiri- , tually, and in every way possible. In remembering his earlier childhood days in Florala, Silverman said, "She had an enor- mous capacity for love. She had her own sons and family but her heart was big enough to love other folks as well. She was our second mother." He continued on to say, "Her hugs and kisses and approval were often sought after and great- COLONOSCOPY IS NOT YOUR ONLY CHOICE. UNFAMILIAR WITH THE FIT? ly received. Practically from birth Mae helped to dress, bath and feed us." More than that she always taught us life lessons such as love and compassion, strength and honor, grace and goodness, Alan said. Silverman said along with his extended fam- ily Mae was very influ- ential in teaching them courage, dignity, the importance of standing up to injustices, and working in their own way to make the world better place. Mae's sons were Sil- verman's playmates at a time when black and white children just didn't play together. Over the years geog- raphy and time have separated the former playmates and friends but, according to Alan, the one thing that nev- er changed is that all of them have a deep and abiding love for their mother. "I think Mae Thomas Roberts, M.D., PAC. Family Practice Mark Hash, M.D. Family & OccupationaI Medicine F. 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She was determined to vote and my mother was de- termined to help her. I rememberholdingMae's hand as my mother and I went with her to the voting booth and then I remember after she cast her vote the satis- faction that showed on her face after she was able to cast her ballot. Back in those days it was not easy for a black person to go to the polls and cast their ballot. It was actually kind of scary because threats had been made to hurt those black people that decided to vote," said Silverman. Silverman's grandfa- ther died and the fam- ily purchased a plot in Greenwood Cemetery which bordered what used to be known as the colored cemetery. An iron fence separated the black section from the white section. Once again Alan's mother, fa- ther and Mae sat down to discuss the fact the plot bordered the black cemetery and what they should do about the iron fence that separated the blacks from the whites, even in death. After some discussion on the issue, Silverman said he watched the three of them together tear down that fence which was a stirring act. The tearing" down of that fence was very important and the only thing he could com- see SMITH page 5 COVINGTON COUNTY E-911 Report For Florala Area JULY1 10:48 am - Fifth Ave, Florala - testing 11:00 am - Poplar St, Florala - police call 3:22 pm - McPhail Farm Rd, Florala - po- lice call 3:22 pm - Sixth St, Lockhart - police call 11:00 pm .- Catawba Ave, Lockhart - dial- ing mistake JULY2 12:08 am -AL Hwy 55, Lockhart - police call t, 1:20 am -AL Hwy 55, Florala - informa- tion 1:21 am - Hicks Rd & AI Hwy 55, Florala - police call 9:57 am - Dustin Ln, Lockhart- police call 11:44 am - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 12:26 pm -Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 2:20 pm - McPhail Farm Rd, Florala - dial- ing mistake 2:34 pm - Rappahannock Ave, Lockhart - police call 2:56 pm - Hwy 85, Lockhart - police call 3:18 5:59 6:10 6:27 9:33 call 10:38 pm 11:54 pm pm - Eighth SL Florala -information pm - Third St, Florala -, police call pm - Fifth St, Florala - testing pm - Fifth St, Florala - testing pm - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - EMS - Third St, Florala - police call - Fifth Ave, Florala - police call JULY3 1:41 pm -.Lockhart - information 4:33 pm -AL Hwy 55, Lockhart - police call 4:59 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - duplicate call 5:14 pm -Tuscarora A }e, Lockhart- police call 7:49 pm- Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 10:23 pm - Osage St, Lockhart - police call JULY4 12:02 am - Fifth Ave, Florala - police call 8:49 am - Water Tank Dr, Lockhart - police call 9:30 am - Wood Ave, Florala - police call 11:55 am - Tenth St, Lockhart police call 12:23 pm - Lockhart- police call 1:45 pm - Water Tank Dr, Lockhart - fire call ' " 3:33 pm - Eighth Ave, Florala - police call 9:07 pm - Fourth St, Florala - police call 10:36 pm - Florala - 911 hangup 10:42 pm - Twelfth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 11:00 pm - Fifth Ave,.Florala - police call 11:01 pm - Second Ave, Florala - informa, tion JULY 5 12:30 am - Fifth Ave, Florala - police call 8:17 am - Fourth St, Florala - non-emer- gency 10:30 am - Edwards Rd & CR 89, Florala - EMS call 11:06 am -AL Hwy 55, Florala - police call 12:23 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - police call 5:21 pm - Fourth St, Florala - police call 7:07 pm - Water Tank Dr, Lockhart - EMS call JULY6 2:46 am - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - police call 11:04 am - Seventh Ave, Lockhart - police call 1:25 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 2:04 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - EMS call 5:32 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 8:55 pm - County Rd 4, Florala - police call 9:23 pm - Second St, Florala - police call JULY7 7:16 am - Sixth Ave, Florala - police call 9:20 am - Seventh Ave, Florala - police call 12:32 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 1:45 pm - McPhail Farm Rd, Florala -911 hangup 4:01 pm -AL Hwy 55, Lockhart - police call 4:09 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 4:12 pm - Sixth St, Florala - police call 4:32 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - EMS call FROM FRONT vacy comes at a cost. Covington County District Attorney Walt Mer- rell agrees with the court ruling saying that phones are something that is used to store someone's most intimate information and that it was important to protect privacy laws. Merrell said in Covington County officers have been obtaining search warrants for cell phones since May.