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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, News Of Interest { o,t rot.lotio.s /lttd Ih,lq,y Hirtltdoy 7'o rr VII| (I II McNeill This is a week for celebrating for Berryman McNeill. Wed- nesday, July 28, he will celebrate his 81st birthday and his 48th anniversary to a lovely woman, Jessie Mac McNeill. Berryman said there was just one thing wrong with it - he only gets one present. That is as bad as having a birthday at Christ- mas. He and Jessie Mac make their home with Willie Rae O'Neill on Lakeview Drive and she took them out to dinner Sunday for their anniversary present. Berryman asked what about his birth- day present? Willie Rae told him that the dinner was his birthday present, too. I bet if Berryman had it to do over again, he would have ad- vanced that wedding date a couple of months. I doubt he would have put the wedding off because be is real proud of that wife of his and has every reason to be. Berryman claims a lot of firsts in and around the City of Florala. He operated the first gas station in Florala, belonged to the first National Guard, fought in the first world war, long time member of the First Presbyterian Church, married the first "Lady of Optometry" in the City of Florala and probably the first in the state, was a'member of Florala's first football team and the list could probably go on and on. He has only been retired two years from C. B. McNeill Oil Company which he operated in the Floraia area for 55 years, selling to Curry & McCreavy Oil Company of Enterprise. At age 81, he continues to manage well over 500 acres in timber land and keeps up his and Jessie Mac's 30-acre home site For the past twenty years, McNeill has not missed a single meeting of the Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club. He was hailed for his faithfulness to the. club and received a 20-year perfect attendance pin at Ladies Night in June. A fine gentleman - Mr. Berry McNeill. We could use a couple of thousand more just like him in the City of Florala. We salute him this week on his 81st birthday and his 48th anniversary and wish him many, many more. A. T. McRae walked in just about the time I was closing out this article and I told him about Berryman celebrating his birth- day and anniversary Wednesday of this week. His comment was - "He is a helluva nice guy. We have been friends for over 50 years." Those choice words from McNeill's superior, 84- year-old ,McRae, pretty well sums up the way most folk feel about Berryman. by Merle Woodham The Law Is The Law .. But ?? Seems to me some folk stress a point when they fine a fellow $25.00 for killing a rattlesnake. Yet, a park ranger sure slapped a $25.00 fine on a Georgia man who ran off the road and killed a rattler at Gulf Islands Na- tional Seashore at Fort Pickens. The ranger allowed that fed- eral law prohibits killing any type of wildlife on federal property, regardless of whether the creature is dangerous. The auto mechanic, his wife and three children had saved a year to spend a weeks vacation atthe seashore resort, but headed for home after spending less than one day there. I guess he decided if he couldn't protect his family and others from deadly snakes, it was time to go home. The incident sure had businessmen and citizens of the Pensa- cola area hot under thecoilar-so much so, one man has launched a campaign to raise enough money to get the family back to the panhandle for a weeks paid vacation. When I hear all this hogwash about protecting the rattlesnake and balancing nature, I just wish I had copies to send those in- volved of a story that appeared in the Opp News a year or so back. It told the heartbreaking story of the young child that was bitten by a huge rattlesnake and all efforts to save him failed. The snake was so big and pumped so much venom into the child's bloodstream, they gave him much more antidote than they would have given even an adult but nothing could save him. He died a horrid death and was conscious and had hope for life to the very end. I don't think I have ever read a sadder story anywhere and if that couldn't get to the ecology nuts, then nothing would! Protect rattlesnakes?? What about protecting the lives of in- nocent children? The logging crews around Florala need to bring a certain park ranger and some of the ecologists to this area and let them work in these woods for a while and see if they think rattlesnakes are an endangered species. The woods in back of Carson Paul's home would be a good place for them to start. There is a move underway in some states now to "save our snakes". In New Jersey, for instance, rattlesnakes are on the endangered species list and residents there are forbidden by law to kill them. Now Pennsylvania has moved to protect sna- kes. Sponsors of organized snake hunts (largest is,a rattlesnake roundup near Wellsboro) must now apply for a permit in advance. Participants are forbidden to cause any harm to snakes collected and after the contest must release all snakes as close to the cap- ture site as possible. Oh yes, there is a $20 permit fee. Our neighbors in Opp were given all kind of bad publicity in regards to their Jaycee sponsored Rattlesnake Rodeo this past year. Ecologist in the Birmingham area were really making it hot for them. Guess we will be getting some kind of fool law as "protecting our rattlesnakes" in Alabama next. es During the first six months of this year there have been 29 pedestrians killed on Ala- bama's rural roadways, one less than during the same time period last year. "Pedestrian deaths are among the easiest to avoid," said Colonel E. C. Dothard, Department of Public Safety Director. "Knowing and fol- lowing simple safety rules can eliminate almost all of the needless deaths." Among the rules for safe walking (or jogging) are: Walk facing traffic -- when a vehicle approaches, step well off the pavement. If walking at night, wear white or light colored cloth- ing. If there is a sidewalk or path, use it rather than walk- ing in the roadway. Walking is prohibited on Interstate highways. Cross only at crosswalks or, if there are no crosswalks, make sure there is no traffic coming and that vision in both directions is not obscured by hills, curves or vegetation. Never step onto the paY- ment to stop a vehicle to get a ride or help. "The average pedestrian killed on the rural roadways is a male in the age brackets of 5-9 years, 35-44 years, or 55-64 years. The vehicle is usually going straight and the pedestrian either attempting to cross the road or walking in the road in the same direc- tion the traffic is moving," Colonel Dothard said. "Intoxication also figures into pedestrian traffic deaths. In a number of cases, the ped- estrian has been drinking; in some, the driver has been drinking," Colonel Dothard said. "Adults as well as child- ren must know and observe safety rules, whether walking or driving." \ At A Glance Well, our Little League purpose is not All-Stars didn't quite make it There is to Pennsylvania, but I am out called the Y' { mighty proud of them anyway. Bears. I v Those of you who missed the parents whose Little League game on Thurs- day night, missed something special. Even though our team lost, they played extremely well and exercised very good sports- manship all through the game. Their exercise in good sports- manship, I am sorry to say, was not always followed by their opponents. Two of their play- ers forgot what game they were playing I think, and tackled two of our players. But, since it was the excite- ment of the tournament and all the kids were under a lot of pressure, I guess they are to be forgiven. Luckily no one was hurt. I did learn one thing, never ball to go see it, advise you to taks] ren, however. I would like to Moody for the use~ during the game- bring one and she go to Andalusia to a Little Lea- Chief Hefli gue game and expect to make Justice n g~ pictures. They have a fence taller than I am all the way around the field and no against Opp. she Alabama Justice Onecluded,neWSwasPhotographersallowedon thein" home in Andalusia. field - only the players and the Some of you officials, that a few weekS 1 think sometimes we adults get a little too over anxious at Little League games anyway. (I have dubbed myself an adult since my brother Jeff once re- ferred to me as an "olderper- son.") The purpose of Little League is for the kids to have fun and learn something about good sportsmanship. The sole cited to sit down hurt my little noon and was in pain. Those of expressed the condition will be much better. I was really prised to see an mine, Mrs. on Thursday mas taught my Alabama History. tainly one of my cbers. She is now Red Level and had just won about frogs from the sky. father who Alabama, told me reunion Sunday, remember frogs ing from the sky. a long time ago, hers it. out there fish raining from tnrata SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT FLORALA, SOUTH FIFTH STREET MR. AND MRS. LARRY K. WOODHAM, EDITORS AND PUBLISHERS SUBSCRIPTION RATES Covington County, Alabama ............ Elsewhere in Alabama .................. Other States .......................... ESTABLISHED IN 1900 . Wins High Alabama Chief Justice Ho- well T. Heflin has been named the "outstanding appellate judge in the United States" by The Association of Trial Law- yers of America. The associa- tion is the largest trial bar or- ganization in the United States. Heflin, a former president of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and the Alabama State Bar Association, will be presented the award at the 30th annual convention of the asso- ciation at the Atlanta Hilton Ho- tel Wednesday. "Chief Justice Hefiin is be- ing recognized for his scholarly and profound contributions to the nation's jurisprudence, as well as his leadership in judi- cial modernization and the re- surgence of the importance of state judicial ~ystems," said Cullen M. Ward, chairman of the association's national awards committee. "He is learned and assured in the application of jurispru- dunce, valued and respected by his peers, and perceptive and humane in his leadership of judicial reform," the associa- tion said in citing Heflin for the award. Last year Heflin received the highest award of the Ameri- can Judges' Association in re- cognition of his leadership in judicial improvements and in 1973 he received the Herbert Lincoln Harley Award from the American Judicature Society for his contributions to court reform. The chief justice is a mem- ber of the International Aca- demy of Trial Lawyers, the In- ternational Society of Barris- ters, the International Society of Law and Science and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and the University of Alabama Law School and has received the outstanding alumni award from each of those institutions. PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON THURSDAY I S S WE WILL PUT INTO OPERATION THE NEW FLORALA AND PAXTON TELEPHONE OFFICES AT MIDNIGHT, JULY 31, 1976 WE WISH TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS: I. You CANNOT Tell Who Is On Your Party Line By The Telephone Number. The New System Does Not Use This Method Of Assigning Numbers. New Minister 2. Please Read Pages 1 And 2 Of The New Telephone Directory. ( Cont. Fr, om Front A welcome service for the Cox family will be an upcom ing Sunday evening event, sponsored by the Floraia Min- isterial Association. Look for the announcement in the News and plan to attend. Dr. C.K. Howard OPTOMETRIST Announces His Association With Dr. J.M. McNeill For The Practice Of Optometry. Dr. Howard's Hours Will Be 9:00-5:00 On Wednesday and Friday. Dr. MeNeill's Hours Will Be 9:00-5:00 On Monday and Tuesday 1424 EAST 5th Ave. Fiorala 8.6275 Hello Friends & Citizens Do you know me? Maybe these little articles will get us better acquainted. They are written to be helpful and con- structive for my fellow man. For instance: man knows what truth, justice and common sense are, yet most of the va- rious authorities and news me- dia are busy mis-interpreting and restructuring same. We used to call this brain washing practices in the communist countries, but couldn't happen here where we are called "One Nation Under God" and at the same time forbidding prayer and even "The Lord's Prayer" in public schools. Things like this can be explained in sorts, yet most people surely know they and the Church are being taken. The gradual erosion and misinterpretation of truth and sound reasoning is being proven effective and fits in with the transition of ethics, etc. in every day life. Smooth ope- rators can practically turn you around with the proper hack ground music and throw in a few goodies for insurance. Why should I fight a losing battle? Because many baveal- ready and I salute them. Hope to continue this. Dan McLeod P.O. Box 103, Lockhart, Alabama 7-29-1tp Co-Op Meeting Planned Cont. From Front Johnson and Hutcheson are incumbent Trustees, repre- senting Districts 1 and II, res- pectively. Featured address at the meeting will be given by Dr. Dan Whitsett, of Montgomery, Director of the Huntingdon Col- lege Scholarship Campaign. A former pastor of the Andalusia First United Methodist Church, and the reciplent ofAndalasla's "Cflisen Of The Year" award in 1974, Dr. Whitsett assumed his l~eeent duties shortly af- ter his retirement from the active pastorate. Dr. Whitsett is noted for his entertaining wit and humor. Entertainment will be pro- vided by the Blackwood'Bro- thers Quartet, of MemPhis, Tennessee. This group has been voted numerous "Gram- my" and "Dove" entertainment awards, and has sung to more people, traveled more miles and sold more records than any other gospel performers. At the conclusion of the business session, some 25 at- tendance prizes will be award- ed. The "top" prise is a used, 1972 haft-ton pick-up truck, with automatic trans- mission, radio and heater, which the Cooperative has utilized in its operations. In addition, each member registering will receive a light hulb free. The Covli~ton County Shrine Club will operate concession stands. Covington Electric serves over 13,500 consumers in Coy- in,on, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale and Geneva counties. 3. On Sunday, August 1, 1976, While You Will Have A New Number, You Will Still Be On The Same Party Lines As You Are On Now Until: 4. It Will Be Necessary For One Of OUR PEOPLE TO VISIT EACH SU HOME And To Change Him To The New Lines. This Will Take Several Week# To Chance EVERY Subscriber, 5. With This New Equipment, All Exchanges, Florala, Paxton, Laurel Hill And Wing Can Inter-Dial Locally With No Charges 6. Direct Distance Dialing WILL NOT Be Available until Further Notice 7. All Telephone Numbers In Florala And Paxton Have Changed. Please Check Directory For Correct Telephone Numbers YOUR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER Was Attached To The Directory Mailed To You. It Should Be Attached On The Night Of July 31, 1976, Please Peal The Number Card And Stick It Over Your Old Number Card On The Dial Of The Telephone Set. orpora