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INC. ALL CONTENT coPYRIGHTED-AI~L~ RIGHTS'I~-ESERVED. SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. 44 ESTABLISHED IN 1900 Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast - Seventh Year - Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County 10 Pages 15c Per Single Copy Mayor Tells About Nutrition Center {) Could It Be That This Eyesore Is Finally" Going To Be Removed??? Of Interest By Merle Woodham I Of L&N Railroad To Opp--O0% Cot.plete Railroad officials sure didn't lose any time in re- Who knows, Florala just might need an historic landmark for 18-mile stretch of railroad between Florala and welcoming a future president?? to W. T. Jackson of W. T. Jackson, Inc., of Starke, contractor on the job, it is 60% complete. Rails and are being removed to the city limits of Opp. Cross- being sold locally to those who wish to buy them. want ads for fuether information. the railroad has not been used in years, it just makes sad to see the tracks removed when there is even a re- that it could be used for industrial development saying goes, it is a little to late to cry over spilt officials felt that they had to economize and save dollars that were being spent on railways not being move will not affect the railroad service to the Flo- The railroad from Florala to Crestview is the one presently and this service will continue. past the local depot was bustling with activity-- trains coming in and people gathering around to or to see them off and there were logging trains a much needed service for many customers ... not been associated with The Florala News, but Morn the day when the depot was the center of a lot Talking About Landmarks .- A couple of weeks ago, I had taken a picture of the old ice plant and was about to give the city council the devil about having been in office four years and this dangerous piece of property is still standing! They even issued a beer license in exchange for the owner of this building tearing it down and still he has done ab- solutely nothing about it. The subject was brought up at a recent council meeting and they are talking seriously about engaging a demolition crew to remove this unsightly building which, in my opinion, is endanger- ing the lives of our citizens. I know from listening in at council meetings that they have taken all the legal action to get the job done. The sooner-- the better. Birge Seeks Mayor's Post there are no plans to close the local depot. Should sure hope city officials will try to acquire it so that can get a grant or some means of preserving it. It sad shape at present. But, it could be fixed up, repaired as a historical landmark. Of course, we WOuldn't have any objection to the L&N folk painting few repairs in the meantime. the people in Plains, Georgia recently used their a little old peanut farmer, who had just been as the Democratic nominee for president. Ha Plans have been com- ; annual mem- of Covington which at the Andalusia Sladium on Thursday Aul~ust 5. attendance is expect- meeting, which will of several free entertain- awarding of a us- truck, electric other attendance of Co-op mem- p.m., with beginning at business session ans at 7:15 p.m. Eugene Barge, a life long as possible during the remain- resident of Lockhart, Ala- lug days before the election to bama, has announced his candi- ask for their vote and support. dacy for Mayor of Lockhart. He makes only one promise Barge is a graduate of Flo- to the people of Lockhart if rala High School and Troy elected Mayor, and that State University and for the serve the town and all its peo- past two years, haS taught school pie to the very best of his at Florala City School. He will ~LUty. be teaching this up coming year at W. S. Harlan in Lockhart. As a councilman for the Town of Lockhart the past four years, he knows and understands the towns needs and feels that he is able to serve the towns peo- ple well. Bilge is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Bilge of Lock- hart and is married to the for- mer Reha Thomas of Florala. During the business session, Bilge has been at a disad- reports on Covington Electric vantage as for as being able to operations will be presented, see the voters and ask for their and two members elected to vote and support, since he has three-year terms on the Board been-atteDding school and due to of trustees, his obligation to the Alabama Nominees for Board posi- NalYOnal Guard, taking him out lions named by the Nomiuat- of town for the past four weeks. ing Committees are: However, he will make every District I -- R. R. (Bud) effort to see as many citizens Eugene Barge Johnson, Dozier, and Fletcher M. Barton, Andalusia Route 6. District II -- Warren W. Hutcheson, Red Level Route l, Area Telephone Numbers and Fred Williams, Andalusia Route 1. See CO-OP MEETING, Page 2 Will Change Saturday Rotary Speaker CLUB met July 27, 1976 at the Dinner Bell. McNeill headed the program and his special was Mr. Staples L. Shearer, Director of The Alcoholism Treatment Center in Florala. Mr. SPeech concerned the new program at the Treat- which was very enlightening and enjoyed by all. Staples L. Shearer on the left and Mr. Berry- on the right. If you plan to call anyone and use the old telephone number, you had better do so before midnight on July 31. That is the date when the Flornla Tele- phone Company will switch over to all new telephone numbers for customers in Florala and Puton. If someone dials your old number, they will hear a reo cording telling them that the number they have dialed has been changed and to consult the new directory, which was plsc- od in the mail on Monday, July 16. The telephone company asks that you please read the first two pages of the new directory. For persons on party lines, oven though they have a new number, they will remain on the same party line until one of the company's employees can visit the customer to change the line. It will, of course, take se- veral weeks to change every subscriber. The new equipment will al- ton all exchanges in Florala, Paxton, Laurel Hill, and Wing to inter-dial locally, with no charges. Direct dialing will not be available until further notice from the Florals Telephone Company. Your new telephone number was attached to the directory mailed to you. It should be placed on your telephone set on the night of July 31. See advertisement for more information, elsewhere in this edition of The Florala News. Football Players Needed All young men, age 9 12, who are interested in playing football for the up- coming season, are urged to meet at Florala High School Stadium, this coming Monday evening, August 2 at 5:30. by Liz Bates Appointing election officials was the major order of busi- less at the Florala City Coun- cil meeting on July 26, 1976. The following people were appointed by Mayor Evans and the City Council to serve dur- ing the August 10 and Septem- ber 14 municipal elections: Hubbart Byrd, returning offi- cer; Marion Causey, Mildred Burress, Richard Dale Ander- son, Venla (Chick) Hutcheson, Vussie Kimbril, Herman G. Graniham, Jr, Tom Gibson, James D. Madden, Lou Pel- ham, Willie McNeil, Joyce Perdee, Davis G. Williamson, Jr., Gussie W. Watson, Ida Vaughan, Steve C. Windham, will be the clerks. Alternates will be appointed by city council members should they be needed iftheabovepeo- pie can not serve. Mayor Evans told the coun- cil that an election school would be held five days prior to the election for all workers. In other business, Mayor Evans informed the council that the City of Florals would get a Nutrition Center to serve ap- proximately 30 senior citizens one hot meal per day. Covington County has been allotted I01 meals a day. Flo- rals, Andalusia and Opp will each have a center, Evans told ~c council. Fiorala and Lock- ha~ will share their center. But before Florals qualifies for the Nutrition Center, how- ever, the city must secure a building where 40 meals can be served daily. It must have a refrigerator, restrooms, ele- ctrical outlets and must be heated and cooled. A stove is not necessary, since the meals will be pre- pared in Enterprise by a food services company, whose home base is in Atlanta, Evans ex- plained. The Atlanta-based firm was selected by the State of Ala- hama, who took bids for the state-wide project, Evanssald. The second part of the pro- Ject will be to hire a site man- nger, Evans said. The site manager will be responsible for seeing that senidr citizens are signed up for the program and seeing that the meals are pro- perly served and cleaned up. He or she will be assisted by senior aides. For example, if more than 30 senior citizens sign up for meals, the site manager might arrange for a staggered sche- dule for some of them, Evans added. The program will be open to all senior citizens over the age of 60, regardless of their in- come. It is scheduled to begin in October, according to Evans. Jack Rhoades reported tothe council that Liberty National Insurance would be handling the city's workman's compensation insurance after being assigned by The Southern Compensation Agency of the state. J. C. Byrant was appointed to the Florala Housing Authority to fulfill the unexpired term of Neal Whitley. The council also adopted a Section Eight Housing Resolu- Presbyterian Church Has New Minister by Merle Woedham After several years without the services of a pastor, First Presbyterians in Florala can really appreciate having a min- ister alaln. They have been without a pastor since Raymond G. Wickersham resigned, a couple of years ago. The church membership is simply overjoyed and feel that they have real Jewels in the new pastor and family, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Barry Cox. Over a lZ-year span, Cox attended a number of both gra- duate and nndergraduate schools, including North Tens University, Denton, Tens; Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; Trinity Univer- sity, San Antonio, Tens; Eas- tern Nebraska Christian Col- luge, Valley, Nebraska; Atlanta Law School, Columbia Theolo- gical Seminary and Emory Uni- versity in Atlanta, Georgia; Ohio Christian College, Colum- bus, Ohio and a number of military colleges across the country. From these schools, he has earned five degrees - Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. Honorary degrees include Doctor of Letters, Doc- tor of Humanities and Doctor of Laws (Litt. D., D. Hum., LL.D.) Cox served as an official representative of the Civil Air Patrol on the Air Force Po- lice Council (selected from a group of 800 Air Force RO- serve Officers attached to the C.A.P. Reserve Officer Assta- tance Program, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.) Prior to accepting the First Presbyterian pastorate, Co8 served as Chaplain of the Rocky Mountain Civil Air Patrol and was a representative of the Rocky Mountain Campus Fel- lowship, International, an in- terdenominatio~ droup with headquarters in Tens. He was a member of the Wyoming Governor's Committee for Employment of the Handicap- peal; Professional Lecturer (Muscular Dystrophy Asso- ciation); parttime Big Game Guide in Wyoming for 15 years; snow ski instructor of Meadowlark Ski School in Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and is a 32 degree mason, Wyo- ming Consistory, Royal Arch and AF&AM. Other honors bestowed up- on Cox in past years include listings in Who's Who in the West, Dictionary of Interns- tioual Biography, Personalities of the West and Midwest, Na- tional Register of Prominent Americans, and The Two Thou- sand Men of Achievement. It's late afternoon and a lone skier zips across Beautiful Lake Jackson. While our youth, adults and hundreds of visitors "cool it" in an efforL to escape the 90 plus degree heat, hundreds of people in England are dropping dead from heat strokes. tion to allow the Department of Housing and Urban Develop- ment to assist Florala families with their rent. Councilwoman Sybil Mickler requested a street light to be placed on East 10th Street in Florala. The council voted in favor of her request. Present at the meeting were councilmembers Sybil Mickler, Chick Hutcheson, Victor An- derson, Wilson Jones and Ma- yor Evans. Councilman Jack Zorn was absent. City Clerk Martha Byrd was also absent. The Reverend Cox Cox military career began when he enlisted in the Army Counter-Intelligence Corps in 1950 where be made Corporal. He then transferred to the Air Force in 1951 to accept di- rect Commission. He is cur- rently a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served in Korea in 1952 as a Commanding Officer of a de- tachment attached to the 75th Air Depot Wing, Cbinhae, at age 22, as a 1st Lt. Over the years, Cox has published several articles for magazines and is currently working on a couple of books. He and his wife, Janet and daughter, Lisa, are a welcome addition to the Tri-Cities area. They have a son, Randy, who is an attorney out west. See NEW MINISTER Page 2 Their temperature is only in the 90s, but they are used to much cooler temperatures. It makes one 'wonder if over citizens really appreciate our good fortune in having this natural body of water.