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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 2012 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Floraler Police Department reported the fol- lowing arrests for July 3-9, 2012. Gregory Vickers - Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Michael R. Sims - DUl Pandora Motley - Minor In Consumption of Al- cohol Angelia Deloris Williams - Disorderly Conduct Gary Edward Reese - Disorderly Conduct Leavon Reese - Failure of Disorderly Persons to Disperse Yolanda Denelle Watkins - Failure of Disorderly Persons to Disperse Residents of the City of Florala will be allowed to have access to the City's dumpsters at the City Yard, 1815 9th Street, from the hours of 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays only to discard small amounts of household items and yard debris. No hazardous materials or tires will be allowed to be discarded. If further information is required, contact City Hall. by Jan AUred Temperatures continue to soar and a record heat wave travels throughout the country, residents in Covington County are not immune. Recently temper- atures have stayed about 100 degrees and as the be'at intensifies residents scram- ble to find a way to fight the heat. As residents struggle to stay cool officials know low income residents or res- idents on a fixed income will feel the heat in more than one way when their electric bills arrive. Though many residents fight the urge to turn down the thermostat because of their fear of not being able to pay their elec- tric bills. The Covington County Chapter of the American Red Cross has pushed back the distribution of summer cooling assistance through Project Share by one month due to the extreme heat. Normally the Red Cross takes appointments in June and distributes assistance funds in July but because of the extreme heat they are going to offer cooling assis- tance ifi August when July's electric bills will be received by residents. They plan to hold sign-ups at the end of July and set appointments for the first couple of weeks in August. If you need to apply for cooling assistance you should call 334-222-0112 to set up an appointment. FROM FRONT men killed 13 Copperhead moccasins in her yard within 30 minutes. I'm here to tell you folks that is reason enough to be ex- tremely careful in your yards, especially if you live near rivers or lakes. You might not get to the doctor in time to survive a Copperhead bite. They are very poisonous. Robert says her sons and friends go out looking to kill the Copper- heads around dusk in the evening. That's when they are moving, according to Roberts. WHILE I'M ON SNAKE STORIES, I'll tell you another one involving my nephew, Danny Hidle's wife, Michelle. They live on a lake in a wooded area near Geneva. Mi- chelle stepped out the door to do something and thought she had stopped on a log or something. It was something, alright! It was the heac~ of a huge rattlesnake!! She jumped backwards, and luckily, she did not get bit. She had a pistol in her pocket and shot every shell in the gun. However, her hands were shaking so, she missed every time. Lucky for her, Danny was at home at the time and walked out the door and shot the rattler's head off the first shot. Michelle said her hands were shaking so bad it was no wonder she missed every shot, and she was using both hands. ~ Open Daily 11 AM ~ ! 1232 5th Skeet Florala 'Hamburgers Philly Cheesesteak ' Fried Shrimp Much, Much More COVINGTON COUNTY E-911 Report For Florala Area JULY3 8:36 a.m. - Landing Ave. - Alarm: House Burglar 10:51 a.m. - Sixth St. - Assist Motorist 11:52 a.m. - Seminole Ave. - Patient Transfer 5:03 p.m. - Eighth St., Lockhart - Harassing Communica- tions 5:58 p.m. - Eighth St. - Disturbance: Fight 6:54 p.m. - Eighth St. - Duplicate Call 6:54 p.m. - Eighth St. - Disturbance: Fight 10:58 p.m. - Eighth St. - Duplicate Call 10:59 p.m. - Eighth St. - Disturbance: General JULY4 10:08 a.m. - Fifth - 911 Hang Up 10:12 a.m. - Fifth Ave., Florala Memorial Hospital- Patient Transfer 1:10 p.m. - U.S. Hwy. 29, Sector N, Wing - 911 Hang Up 1:15 p.m. - Sixth Ave. - Disturbance: Fight 2:45 p.m.- Fifth Ave., Florala Memorial Hospital 5:11 p.m. - FIorala - Medical Emergency 11:21 p.m. - Fifth Ave. - Traffic Stop 11:48 p.m. - Thorn Rd. - Reckless Driver JULY5 12:43 a.m. - Osage St. - Information ~1:13 a.m. - Fourth St., Florala Police Department - Arrest 8:54 a.m. - County Road 4 - 911 Hang Up 2:27 p.m. - Parrish Rd. - Welfare Check 3:23 p.m. - Elm St. - Citizens Assist 5:31 p.m. - North Creek Rd. - Suspicious Person 5:57 p.m. - North Creek Rd. - 911 Hang Up JULY6 1:07 p.m. - Marsha Rd. - Theft of Property 1:24 p.m. - Fifth Ave., Florala Memorial Hospital 6:13 p.m.- Water Tank, Lockhart- 9:11 Hang Up 6:37 p.m. - Harbushay Ln. - Child Custody 7:20 p.m. - AL Highway 55, Lockhart - Child Neglect 9:48 p.m. - Eighth Ave. & Pecan St., Lockhart - Distur- bance: General JULY7 1:26 a.m. - Plaza Cir. - Prowler 10:14 a.m. - Naomi Dr., Sector N - 911 Hang Up 12:58 p.m. -Azalea Ave. -Medical Emergency 2:01 p.m. - Fifth Ave., Florala Memorial Hospital 3:43 p.m. -Sixth St. - MVA 3:43 p.m. - Fifth - Duplicate Call 3:44 p.m. - Sixth St. & Eighth Ave. - Duplicate Call 3:45 p.m. - Sixth St. - Duplicate Call 7:24 p.m. - Fifth Ave., Lockhart - Meet Complaintant JULY8 2:03 a.m.- McPhail Farm Rd., Sector W - 911 Hang Up 12:40 p.m. - Water Tank, Lockhart - Other 1:28 p.m. - Water Tank, Lockhart - MVA 1:34 p.m. - Hwy. 331 & Co.'Rd. 2, Paxton, FL- MVA 3:07 p.m. - Water Tank, Lockhart - Information 3:20 p.m. - Fifth Ave. - Traffic Stop JULY9 6:59 a.m. - AL Highway 54 - Medical Emergency 7:15 a.m. - Martin Luther King St. -Animal: Vicious 9:18 a.m. - Sixth St. - Medical Emergency 10:27 a.m. - Goldenrod A~/e., Florala Health and Rehab - Medical Emergency 10:29 a.m. - Martin Luther King St. -Animal: Dead 10:47 a.m. - Fifth Ave. - Medical Emergency 12:46 p.m. - Babe Lawrence Rd. - Non-Emergency 1:52 p.m. - Third Ave. - Citizens Assist 2:09 p.m. - AL Highway 55, Lockhart - MVA 2:31 p.m. -AL Highway 55, Lockhart - Reckless Driver 2:55 p.m. - Fifth Ave., FIorala Memorial Hospital - Patient Transfer 4:14 p.m.- Ninth St. -Alarm: House Burglar 5:04 p.m. - Florala - Reckless Driver 5:09 p.m. - Ninth St. - Information 10:37 p.m. - Wood Ave. - Disturbance: General FPD. Marshall was arrested in February after he alleged- ly stole a kid's dirt bike and again in April when he and two others allegedly broke into Southeast Elevator and stole a variety of items. According to Bedsole four juveniles, a 15-year-old and three 16 year-olds, were ar- rested for selling marijuana and hydrocodone to the un- dercover officer. The youth HOURS: Closed Tues.-Thurs. 11-8 Fri.-Sat. 11-9 FROM FRONT Sun 11-6 Nothing Beats Our Finger Lickin' Food! were processed through youth services but one of them could be charged as an adult. Bedsole said those who do drugs and deal in drugs not only in Florala but Cov- ington County have been put on notice. He said resi- dents can rest assured that not only the Florala Police Department but every law enforcement agency in Cov- ington County are working together and around the clock to rid the county of drugs. "Law enforcement will" use every legal means to catch those responsible for distributing dr~gs in the county. All law enforcement agencies in the county work well together and for a com- mon goal--to ride Coving- ton County of drugs. This sting worked out well and I appreciated the coopera- tion between the APD an~ his department," concluded Bedsole. FROM FRONT stance, unlawful possession of marijuana and posses- sion of drug paraphernalia. While being interviewed by authorities, Harrison admit- ted to driving Watson across the state line into Florida but insisted she was alive when he left. Authorities say they are unsure of the exact nature of the relationship between Watson and Harrison, how- ever the pair have resided together in the past. Bedsole ~aid authorities will know more after an au- topsy is performed on Wat- son and the exact cause of death is known. Harrison is currently be- ing held in the Covington County Jail without bond on a violation of probation warrant and on an investi- gative hold. He could face additional charges m both Alabama and Florida, pend- ing the results of Watson's autopsy. against pertussis Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal bacterial disease which has increased alarmingly in the past decade. To help provide protection, all students 11 years of age and older entering the sixth grade in Alabama schools during the 2012-2013 school year are required to have a tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertus- sis (Tdap) vaccine. Students entering the seventh and eighth grades during the .2012-2013 school year who did not receive the Tdap vaccination during the 2011-2012 school year are required to have the vaccination. All students including those 11 years of age or older en- tering the sixth, seventh and eighth grades are required to have an. up-to-date certificate of immunization. The Tdap vaccine helps to protect adolescents from per- tussis which will prevent spreading the disease to family members, other students and school staff. The Tdap school requirement will go up by one higher grade each school year: For example, Tdap is required for students enter- ing sixth, seventh and eighth grades in 2012-2013, sixth through ninth grades in 2013-2014, and up through twelfth grade in 2016-2017. "Adolescents have one of the highest rates of pertussis cases," said Winkler Sims, director of the Immunization Di- vision of the Alabama Department of Public Health. "The sixth through eighth grade requirement for students age 11 or older will protect students from pertussis at the ado- lescent age in school and through the remainder of their school experience." The number of reported pertussis cases in Alabama in all ages continues to be of concern with 205 cases in 2010 and 133 cases m 2011. During the first six months of 2012 there have been 69 reported cases of pertussis in the state. Pertussis is a bacterial infectionof the lungs and spreads from person to person through moisture droplets in the air, probably from coughs or sneezes. A person with pertussis develops a severe cough that usually lasts four to six weeks or longer. Contact your private physician or local county health de- partment regarding Tdap vaccinations. For more information contact the ,Immunization Divi- FROM FRONT serve, and this belief is why I have decided to run for the council seat in District Four. I promise full accessibility to my constituents. I will have an open door policy--anyone who needs to discuss an is- sue will always be welcome in our home. Calling on my experience as a coun- cilwoman in Ellijay, I will work with the mayor and other council members to make the best possible de- cisions for Florala's future. With proper planning, not only will Florala continue to improve and grow, but it will do so without losing the quaint characteristics that make this such a beloved community." Carmical is a member of the Episcopalian Church and serves on the Industrial Board. She enjoys member- ship in the Florala Study Club and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. During the 24th of June Gator Trot, she organizes a fun-filled brunch where spectators cheer the partici- pants on to the finish line from the Carmical's home, an event that continues to grow as word of Pat's hos- pitality spreads. "Everyone is invited to the brunch. I encourage all those who at- tend to come back the next year and bring their friends, the more the merrmr," she adds with enthusiasm. Carmical says the min- ute she moved to Florala she knew she was "home." "I never want to live anywhere else. Florala is the greatest place in the world to me. I would like to see more events planned around our beauti- ful lake and would also like to see emphasis placed on preserving this truly unique natural asset for future gen- erations." In conclusion, Carmical says the lake is not the only thing that makes Florala so special, "Lake Jackson xs without a doubt Florala's calling card, but it is the people here that make Flo- rala a fabulous place to live, and it is with my heartfelt gratitude to the lovely peo- ple of this community that I am seeking election as dis- trict four's council represen- tative." ary Baptist Church. Upon her return to Flo- rala, Lee became involved in community work. She served as administrative assistant to Mayor Danny Franklin and was appointed by the Florala City Coun- cil to complete Councilman Grady Hobbs' (deceased) term as council representa- tive for District 1. In 2008, Lee ran unop- posed to represent District Senior Power Engineer #18 D~I $~reet Ft. VV~ 8oh, FL 32547 Office: 85~2-6M0 Ceil : 850-259-2304 Fax : 850-862-E545 inf0@emergencysta~dbypower.esp.~n FROM FRONT 1, a position she currently holds. "I'd said that l wouldn't run again, but at the urg- ing of my constituents and colleagues, I decided to seek election for another term so that we could continue the work that we started in 2008. I want to help the city council and mayor to continue to improve the in- frastructure of our city, to continue to build a right re- lationship between the city and the Utilities Board, and to make our city a desirable place to live, work, and raise a family. "I believe that all people deserve fair and unbiased treatment, l will represent all citizens of District 1. l am open to your concerns and comments. Please vote!" concluded Lee.