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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ESTABLISHED IN 1900 LAKE JACKSON & @ATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 102 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS RD YEAR NUMBER 22 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 i a l I I II COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 1972 i I 10 PER SINGLE COPY I I TO CAST BALLOTS TUESDA Y IN FLORALA CITY L ELECTION, 15 CANDIDA TES ON BALLOT . . . ANDERSON COU NCILMAN COUNCILMAN PLACE HO. 2 PLACE NO. 4 . . APLIN . GREENE . . . OATES . HUTCHINSON 1 ZORN . . . INAlilNETT COUNCI LMAN COUNCILMAN SWEATT PLACE NO. 3 PLACE NO. 5 Voters of Florala will go to the polls next Tuesday, August 8th to cast a ballot for mayor and five councilmen. A Sample Ballot will be found elsewhere in this issue of this newspaper for the benefit of voters in helping them to decide how they will want to vote. Attention is called to the Political An- nouncements in this newspaper from candidates asking for the vote and support of voters. Con- sider these candidates when you make your decision. For Mayor: Joe R. Evans, and Rupert D. Greene, Jr. For Councilman, Place No. h Charles Sweatt, Max Willis, Wilson Jones. For Councilman, Place No. 2: Comer C. Zorn, NealOates, Victor Anderson. For Councilman, Place No. 3: Harold Young, and I. V. Moore. For Councilman. Place No. 4: Mrs. Chick Hutchinson, Joh- nie Earl Aplin, Jack Inabinett. For Councilman, Place No. 5: Sybil R. Mickler and E. D. McLeod. LOCKHART CITY ELECTION TO BE TUESDAY Voters will elect a mayor and five members of the Coun- cil ifl Lockhart Tuesday, August 8th. Five candidates are run- ning for Mayor with a big group of candidates for mem- bers of the Council. Five candidates are asking for the Mayor's office in Lockhart. Andy Hutchesn, who has served Lockhart for Mayor for several terms did not seek re- election. Now asking for the post are James E. Smith, James W_ Laird, W. H. Schofield, Bun- yan D. Smith, and Frank Timmerman. Timmerman is serving as City Clerk in Lock- hart. Four candidates are seeking Council seats. Place No. l has four candidates; Place No. 2, three candidates; Place No 3, two candidates; Place No. 4, two candidates Place No. CONTINUED TO PAGE 9 MRS. TOM PITTMAN TO TEACH AT FLORALA HIGH SCHOOL Mrs. Tom Pittman (Clara Rasberry) will teach Home Eco- nomics at Florala High School this year. Mrs. Pittman is a graduate of Paxton High School and earned her B. S. and M. S. Degrees from Auburn Uni- versity. For the past two years she taught child development in the Dept. of Home Economics at Jacksonville State University. Mr. Pittman is a coach at Paxton High School. Mr. and Mrs. Pittman live in Florala. . . ZORN NICK ZORN BAY MINETTE HOUSING DIRECTOR Friends in Florala are always interested in what natives are doing, where they live and what they are accomplishing. One fine young man, Nick Zorn, son of Comer and Virginia Zorn of Florala, is one of Florala's fin- est. Nick Zorn is executive direc- for of the Bay Minette Housing Authority and has been instru- mental in securing the approval of funds totaling $630,672 to fi- nance its neighborhood develop- ment program for the coming year. Zorn said last week he had been informed by Congress- man Jack Edwards that the funds had been approved by the U. S. Department of Housing and Ur- ban Development. Zorn said Edwards had in- formed him the funds represent 75 percent of the cost intheAu- thority's Neighborhood Devel- opment Program for Douglas- rifle wh~h includes clearing a~ay d~aptdat'ed structures and rehabilitating some residences. The program also includes street paving and other public improvements. This year will mark the fourth year of a six- year program being conducted by the Bay Minette Housing Au- thority. Zorn said the development program has spent approxi- mately two and one-half million dollars in improving the area and the current funds approved boosts this total to over $3 million for Bay Minette. Zorn was recently called to Washington D. C. where he testified before the Senate Sub- committee on Housing and Urban Affairs of which Senator John Sparkman is chairman. He said the Bay Minette program was of interest to the sub-committee because it has been so suc- cessful and because it was the first NDP in Alabama. Zorn said the program is being con- verted from the Urban Renewal and Neighborhood Program to Community Development, a phase of the Revenue Sharing CONTINUED TO PAGE 9 IL I I SAMPLE BALLOT CITY OF FLORALA, ALABAMA MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION AUGUST 8, 1972 INSTRUCTIONS'~.-TO VOTE FOR ANY CANDIDATE MAKE A CROSS (X)IN THE BRACKETS BEFORE THE NAME OF THE CANDIDATE OF YOUR CHOICE. WILLIS MOORE MICKLER FOR MAYOR (Vote for One) ( ) JOE R. EVANS ( ) RUPERT D. GREENE, JR. FOR CITY COUNCILMAN NO. I (Vote for Oue) ()WILSON JOHES ( )CHARLES SWEATT ( )MAX WILLIS FOR CITY COUNCILMAN NO. 2 (Vote for One) ()VICToR ANDERSON ( )NEALoATES ( )COMER ZORN FOR CITY COUNCILMAN NO. 3 (Vine lot One) ( ) I.V. MOORE ( ) HAROLD YOUNG FOR CITY COUNCILMAN NO. 4 (Vote for One) ' " JONES . . . YOUNG McLEOD SURE TO CAST YOUR BALLOT IN TUESDA Y'S ELECTION ( )JOHNIE EARL APLIN ( )VENIA P. (CHICK) HUTCHINSON ( )JACK F. INABINETT FOR QTY COUNCILMAN NO. 5 (Vote I~r Onto) ( )SYBIL R. MICKLER ( )E.D. McLEOD ROBBERY THOUGHT TO BE MOTIVE Bi].lv Wayne Perdue, age 16 has been arrested and charged with first degree murder, rob- bery and Grand Larceny. J. C. "Red" Gautney was murdered Tuesday after:,oon, July 25, his body being dumped and left in the woods northwest of Florala on land owned by International Paper Company. According to Roger Prest- wood, District Attorney, Gau- tney was shot with a 30-30. rifle, once in the stomach and once m the head, shattering the skull. Another youth, age 14, name withheld because of age, and also of Florala was involved in the investigation. No charges have been preferred. The murder apparently took place northwest of Florala in a wooded area west of Lock- hart. The body was left in the woods covered with a quilt. The two-toned 1970 Ranchero was taken about 8 miles away from where the body was left and had been ditched just off the Steadrnan Road about a mile north of Florala. Apparently when the youth could not get the truck out of the ditch he had come to a service station north of Florala and bought two gallons of gasoline which was used in an effort to burn the truck. Failing to get a fire star- ted he returned to Florala and purchased 6 pints of paint, re- turning to the truck and paint- ing the white part of the truck dark green. The license plate was removed and other identi- fications taken off in* an effort to conceal the identity of the truck's owner. Perdue is charged with the taking of approximately $270.00 . . NADIA, MARK AND DOCTOR EWING IO ce Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Ewing and their four month old son, Mark, are beginning to get set- tled in their home on the Mc- Phail Farm road. On July 17, Dr. Ewing opened his office for the practicing of general medicine in the Medical Clinic next to the Florala Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ewing was born and raised in Los Angeles, Cali- fornia. He attended local schools and was active in sports including football and basketball being his favorite. He received his BS and. MD degrees from the University of Southern California in June of 19'?l. Mrs. Ewing, Nadia, was born and raised in Florence, Italy. She moved to this country in FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SCHEDULES ANNUAL HOMECOMING The annual homecoming to the First Baptist Church of Florala is scheduled for Sun- day, August 6, 1972. The day's " activities will begin with Sun- day School at 9:45, followed by the If:00 worship service. After the services an old- fashioned dinner-on-the- ground will be served with an abundance of good food and fellowship. The message will be de- livered by Dr. Benefield. Special recognition will begiven to the person present who has been a member of the church the longest period of time and to the person who travels the greatest distance to attend. Everyone is invited to en- Joy, the day's activities and to encourage out-of-town friends and relatives to do the same. the summer 1963 following gra- duation from high school and en- tered the University of South- ern California as a pre-medical student in September of that year. She received her MD degree in June, 1971 and she and Tom were married two days later. The Ewings served a year's internshiv at Los An- ,CONTINUED TO PAGE 9 Hundreds of citizens of Flo- rala have sent letters of ap- preciation to various offices of the State of Alabama for the way the Lake Jackson Beach is now being cared for and handled. Letters have gone to these State of Alabama offices and indivi- duals from each of the Garden Clubs and also a letter of sev- eral hundred signatures has been mailed to the Governor, State Department of Parks, Con- gressmen, State Represen- tatives and Senators. Quoting letters from the Gar- den Club is the following let- ter from the Florala Garden Club with Mrs. G. V. Gamble, president. The letter: "On behalf of our Garden Club, we want to express our deepest appreciation to you for the Parks Director, Mr. Gerald McLain, you sent us. He is en- forcing the law and keeping a clean park so the better element can enjoy it. We are behind him I00% in this. We realize there is an evil element that will disapprove and try to disobey the laws. Our Garden Club stands for beautification and a clean town and the Park is part ofourtown. We the following members of from Gautney and when arrested $268.00 was recovered, accord- ing to Prestwood. The 30-30 rifle was also recovered from the Perdue home in West Flo- rala, according to Prestwoed. Perdue has been released on a $25,000 bond. When it was first learned that Gautney was missing on Thursday after he had been ab- sent since Tuesday afternoon, the youth placed the blame on another boy who was arrested and jailed and later released. Gautney was owner of Red's 3Lrading Post and Red's Taxi Company. He had operated the furniture store for about 14 years and the taxi company for nearly two years. He came to Florala from Samson. FHS CHEERLEADERS JOURNEY TO U. OF A. CLINIC The Florala High School Var- sity cheerleaders journeyed early Monday morning to the University of Alabama to attend a cheerleader clinic. Each girl is anticipating an exciting week of meeting new people, learning new cheers and routines, and a lot of practice! The girls are getting excited about the com- ing football season and are going to do all they can to boost our WILDCATS into a successful season~ Miss Joan White, FHS lib- rarian accompanied the girls to the clinic. THE FHS cheer- leader sponsors this year are Mrs. Rob Smith and Mrs. La- mar Mitchell. After a week of clinic, the girls will journey home to begin preparing for the first football game September Ist against Hartford! So come out and support these eager girls and our great Wildcats this year! NEW STUDENTS NEED TO REGISTER New students that have moved into the Florala High School area should go by Florala High School and register right away. Students in Florala High School and the 8th graders at W. S. Harlan and the Florala City School pre-registered this past spring. New students moving into the Florala High School area should register right away. Any student that desires to so by Monday, The Florala High School of- rices wlU be closed from Aug,. ust 5, 1972, through August 13, 1972. The offices will reopen August 14, 1972. Students will begin school Thursday, August 31, 1972, at 8:00 for this year. School will run one-half days on Thursday and Friday and be out Monday, September 4, 1972, for labor day. School will resume 'rues- day, September 5, 1972, for the full day. A full school ca- lendar will be furnished later. the Florala Garden Club express our gratitude and pledge 100% support to Mr. McLain. Members of the Florala Gar- den Club signed the above let- ter which went to Governor Wal- lace, Claude Kelley, Col. Na- son, Mr. Newberry, Congress- man Bill Dickinson, Senator Crum Fosbee, Representatives Harold Wise and Frank Jackson. A letter from the Blue Bell Garden Club read as follows and copies sent to all of the above persons: "Due to the previous condi- tions of Lake Jackson in Flo- rala, our prominent citizens and their families were not pri- vileged to enjoy the lake and its facilities. The Garden Clubs of our town worked one Saturday cleaning "up broken bottles and other litter to help make it a safe and desirable place for our people. The Blue Bell Garden Club members are so grateful for the wonderful improvements that have been made on Lake Jackson State Park since Mr. Gerald Mc- Lain has arrived and enforced the laws and cleaned the park grounds. We appreciate the CONTINUED TO PAGE 7 ~t