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11 SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JB~JECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. " Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations - Seventh Year - Number 21 Counling Down Minutes John Hayes Vaughan is shown turning on the new Florala office as Dwan Reeves looks at his watch --- 12 o'clock mid- night and all is well. Hayes Vanghan, pre- of Floraia Telephone almognce and Paxton now in operation, all new telephone took place July 31 at 12 The two new cut into service Old Florala office was Plans have been in the almost two years, but there have been problems along the way that were in- evitable. These two new offices are completely stocked with all new equipment. New telephone numbers were issued to all subscribers, beth in Florala and Paxton. To make a long story short, the old Florala office was shut down, including all of the old telephone numbers. Thus, each subscriber had to be recon- nected into the new system. by Lts Bates struck in Florala on Saturday after- 31, when the five- of Mr. and Mrs. Green of Elba Lake Jackson. Green was riding being driven by his were headed shore to-make a then the elder Green and beth young son were of the boat. The to swim to little boy, who Wearing a life jacket Other life saving ap- did not make it, ac- to Park Ranger, Ge- who coordinated for the recovery of uncle, James to save the child The uncle then re- shore to keep the from drowning water over her Ranger report- Rescue Squad ~'s mother tothe Coach Paul Terry, in charge of the summer recreation at Lake Jackson State Park, re- ported to the News that he and the lifeguards had saved at least six children from drown- ing in the lake. The son of Ranger McLnin also reported that he had pulled one ex- tremely small child from the water after the child got in over his head. "People should realize that while we operate the park and have lifeguards here to watch for dangerous situations, we are not here to babysit with small children," McLai.n con- tinned. McLain also said that he was surprised boating acci- dents were not more common on the lake. "Last week we counted 32 boats out at the same time on Sunday and that is a lot of boats for a lake this ESTABLISHED IN 1900 Florala, Alabama 3(5442 Covington County There is still a bit of con- fusion, but things will be stra- ightened out just as soon as possible. The new system will provide the subscribers with better teiepk~ne Services. Employees assisting in the cut over for Florala Telephone Company were Bruce Caton, B City elections will be held for the cities of Florala and Lockhart on August 10, 1976, for the offices of mayor and councilmen. Voters in Florala will select a mayor and five coun- cilmemhars. Voters in the city of Lockhart will have the same opportunity. Polls will open at 8 a.m. by Liz Bates The Florala Police Depart- ment, and most especially Chief Paul Mitchell, are responsible for the conviction of a Red Le- vel man, on charges of selling marijuana in Florala. E. L. Buddy Brown was con- victed in Circuit Court on Fri- day, July 30, of possession, sel- ling and/or giving away mari- juana in violation of the Ala- bama Controlled Substance Law. Sentencing was delayed in the case until Wednesday, August 4. The District Attorney, Frank McGill presented the case to the jury, who convicted Brown using the testimony of Florala Police Chief Mitchell and Elie Local and will close at 6 p.m. ht Florala voters will vote at the old armory hall, while voters in Lockhart will go to the city hall. In the race for Mayor in Florala there are five men: Incumbent Joe R.Evans, Q.P. Flournoy, Willie Harrison; James Jache and Mose War- Fen. On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast Harrell and other witnesses. Brown, who had earlier given an oral confession in front of the District Attorney and She- rill, plead not guilty to the charge. Brown was arrested in Flo- rala on February 25, 1976 af- ter he sold several bags of marijuana to a girl in Florala. Brown and another man had come to Florala on February 24 and attempted to sell the mari- juana, approximately 10 bags. They contacted a Florala girl who told them that she did not have the money, but would get it if they would wait until the Thursday, August 5, 1976 10 Pages 15c Per Single Copy Running for Mayor in Lock- hart are Eugene R. Barge and George E. Lancaster. In Florala there are two men running for Place #I. They are incumbent Wilson Jones and David Garner, for- mer Florala Mayor. Three men are running for Florala Place #2. They are: Incumbent Victor Anderson former mayor C. E. (Carious) Buffalow and Philmore Car- ter. Five candidates are in the race for Place #3 on the Fie- rata Council. They are Anthony ~Pete) Dirga, Wilhart (Pete) lbert, Jack Innbinett, Homer Johnson, (former Councilman); and David Maddox. Florals Place #4 is a race between two candidates; Jess Willette and J. C. Buddy Stri- ckland. Incumbent Sybil Mickler is running for re-election to Place #5 on the Florala Council. Run- ning against her are Nenl Oates and Connie (Bud) Jackson. In Lockhart, all the candid- ates for the council are new- comers to the political arena. In Place #I for the Lock- hart Council John A. (Ted) Covington faces E. L. Pawls. In Lockhart Place #2, Biiss Themasson is running against P. P. Johnson. T.J. Maddox and L. W Cassady are in the contest for Place #3 on the Lockhart Council. Running for Place #4 in Lock- hart are three men: Mil- ton Owens, William P. (Pat) Schofleld and Harold T. (Bud5 Hughes. Be sure and vote since these men and women will be your City Officials for the next four years. the incident. Mitchell gave her $100 in $Z0 bills, whose serial numbers he recorded and put in the city's safe. The girl then took the money and on the following day, met Buddy Brown and went to her house, where they exchanged the money for the marijuana. Brown was then picked up by the Florala Police Department and searched. They found on Brown, three of the $20 bills that Mitchell had given thegirl. They also picked up the girl who turned the marijuana which Brown had sold her, over to the police. News Of Interest ii By Merle Woodlmm What Will Be The Fate Of District 25 Senate Seat? With Friday's sentencing of Senator Crum Foshee of Red Lev next day. The Florala Police then tur- nearing, all those who would like to have an opportunity to run She then contacted Police ned Brown over to the County. for that office in a special election and large numbers of others Chief Mitchell and told him of James Prestwood, attorney supporting such an election, are becoming really anxious and for Brown, argued in closing "up-tight"as to what the Democratic State Executive Committee's Paul Townsend, Derry Bras- well, Dennie Kimbro, Dwan In Ashford Accident Reeves, Charles Wh/taker and Dewayne Brooks. See Additional Photos On Page 8 size," he said. "Boaters should be more careful," he said. According to state law, life jackets are required for each passenger in a boat. Had little Henry Dale Green been wearing one, he might 'still be with his mother, father and sister, Pamela and two bro- thers, William David Green and Byron Green. Tri-City Rescue members H. O. Bass and Wayne Barri- neau operated the air compres- sor on the rescue boat while James Stewart searched for the drowning victim. Other Tri-Clty Squad mem- bers assisting in the search were Lamar Mitchell, whoops- rated his boat, Clayton Smith, divers Tommy Bishop and Randy Goedwin, Bud Jackson, Foy Peterson and others. Ronald K. Harrison, 33, of Florela, was killed on Thurs- day morning when the pulp- wood truck he was driving left the rOad and crashed through a house owned by Roy Cook and ran into another house, owned by Victoria Garrett, where it burst into flames. Both the houses were des- troyed by the impact of the tractor-trailer loaded with pulpwood logs. Harrison was on his way to a mill in Geor- gia when the accident oc- cured around 5:30 a.m., just outside the city limits of Ash- ford, Alabama on Highway 84 East. The second house was le- veled by the crash and fire. Firemen found Harrison's body beside the burned cab of the truck after they removed the roof of theGarrett house, which had collapsed on top of the truck. Roy Cook and his wife were School Opening asleep in their home when the accident occured. They were taken to General Hospital, where they were treated and listed in satisfactory condition on the day after the accident. Mrs. Virginia Garrett was not at home when the truck crashed into her house. She had spent the night in Dothun with her son so she could be near her husband, who was in a Dnthan hospital. Harrison had lived in Fie- rata for the past seven years. He was a native of Opp and was employed as a truck dri- ver. Survivors include his wi- dow, Mrs. Marie Cawibun Harrison of Florala; one daughter, Donna Marie Har- rison; two sons, Carlton Ray Palmer and Kenneth DeWayne Harrison of Florala. He Is also survived by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harrison of Oi~ and four bro- thers, Faron Harrison of Pensacola, Billy Wayne Har- rison and Robert Harrison, both of Route 2, Opp and Fred Har- rison of Andalusia. He had two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Davis and Mrs. Nell Weeks, both of opp. Fire Destroys Home Of Draws Near The summer is rapidly draw- ing to a close and it will not be long before school begins again. Summer school is over and pre- parations for the 76-77 school year are well under way. Any new student moving into the Florala High School area should go by school and regis- ter right away. This is very important and will be very bene- ficial to the student. By re- gistering early, "the new stu- dent will have everything ready the first day of school. Plans for the year are com- plete and more detailed infor- mation will be published in other August issues of The Florala News. Below are some important dates concerning opening of school: August 27, 1976 -- bus drivers meeting; August 30 and 31 -- teacher institute and workdays; September 1 -- 1st day of school for students; Au- gust 25 -- picture day at Fie- rala High.School; 8:00 - senior portraits, hO0 - cheerleaders, 2:00 - band, 3:00 - football team. Hospital, "S kept for obser- Mrs. Willie Lee Harris later released. for the body took The incident oc- approximately 2:15 Aiding with the members of the Department and Squad. The Jimmy Ste- Wayne Burns, diving equip- for the body. said that that there Snore drownings of at Lake Jackson. leave their little any he said. "This have been blessed Of real good help, state lifeguards, who real good job," The Imme of Mrs. Willie Lee Harris, Tuscarora Street, Lockhart, was complete des- troyed by fire Friday about 4:55 p.m., when lightning struck a direct hit. According to assistant city clerk, Town of Lockhart, Mrs. John Gootsby, a young man by the name of Matthews ran all the way to Town Hall to report the fire when the telephones were out, due to lightning, also. The Florala Fire Department responded to the call when Lockhart couldn't be reached, both arriving about the same time -- too late to save the home or any furnishings. Mrs. Harris, about age 61, 8 diabetic, was in Andalusia at the time of the fire, arriv- ing home about the time the flames were extinguished. Suf- fering from shock, she was rushed by Trt-Clty Rescue Squad to the hospital and was later released. Having no close family and no place to go, Ed Craig of- fered her a house of his, which was being occupied by his bro- ther. The brother moved in with Craig. According to Lockhart Fire Chief, Chester Hattaway, a number of insurance claims have been filed in Lockhart due to lightning damage. Neighbors in the area of the Harris home snidthat following the bolt of lightning, the house burst into flames. arguments that Brown was the plans are. victim of a "frame-up" to make bl~eculatlon has it that veterinarian Dr. Wallace Miller will . seem like he was ,,ilty of be the appointed nominee, rather than one electedby the people. something. ~ ~ Now, that, in my opinion is going to be a mighty unpopular move, He accused Police Chief Mat- because we all have our man already picked out and we all want cbell of watching too much tele- our man to have an even chance of being elected. vision and said that in Brown's Miller, of course, is a long-time ally of Governor George C. Wallace and is it any wonder that his name tops the list of those See BROWN Page 2 being circulated as aspirants for the senate seat, and the ap- pointee, should Foshoo be sentenced. Add up the voters in Houston, Geneva, Coffee and Covington counties and see just how many ~OOTBAL.L. voters are going to be protesting such a move by the Demo Com- mittee. State Democratic Chairman Robert Vance said Monday that PRACTICE the Executive Committee has made no decision on how to select the nominee, but indicated that an appointment would not be sur- With football season fast ap- prising, and said Miller would be the favorite. preaching, Coach Paul Terry Foshee's Dist. 25 Senate seat will not be officially vacant urges all buys, 9th grade ulztil he is sentenced Friday in U. S. District Court on convic- through the lZth, to get on out tion of mail fraud charges. At that time, he will be automatically to practice sessions being held ousted. each afternoon beginning at Vance says everything depends on when Wallace calls the gen- 5:00 o'clock, Monday through eral election' to fill Foshee's position---If he sets the general Friday. election too quick to have a primary, then the committee will Presently there are less than have to hand-pick the nominee. Vance says the committee does 25 out. A number with plans to not normally favor a special primary for any distcict than an play this season are either Alabama. House of Representatives district, which is one-third working or out-of-town, the sise of a Senate district. Their reasoning -- the cost factor The coaches have been con- ~ the people are left too long without representation. ditioning the boys the past coo- If Wallace sets the special general election to coincide with pin of weeks with exercises and the November regular general election, then Vance says the com- running around Lake Jackson. mittne will likely appoint a nominee. However, they will don their Of course none of the prospective Senate candidates are pub- pads and really get down to licining their intentions out of respect for Senator Foshee. But, business about middle of next the county committees strongly favor a special primary. week. A number of people from the 25th District are interested in Pre-seanou conditioning ex- the Senate seat. One, in particular, that I am interested in, is ercises are a very important a capable young man from Covington County and a native Flor- part of the fall football pro- altan, Nick Zorn. He hasn t just become interested since Foshee s gram and players are urged to problem arose. He has been making plans for running in this come on out to the high school Stmale race for a long time now. and get with it! Other names being mentioned are Representative Jack Smith Assisting Terry this season of Slocomb, Wallace's friend, Miller, who served on the Alabama will he James Wallace, Johnny Dairy Commission for nearly 12 years and as far as I am con- Taylor, George Lancaster, Eu- cerued and most of the voting public is concerned, is noted gune Barge and Robert Mc- most for raising the price of milk. He was elected as a delegate Curky. See NEWS OF INTEREST l~q~O 2 Cheerleaders At Camp Nearly 230 cheerleaders from throughout the state attended rata represented Florala High School. They are: (from left to the annual cheerleading clinic at Troy State University last week. right), Karen Caraway, Mallie Martin, Bonita Cook, (top) Sunyn I The clinic was sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletics Spears, Beverly Caraway, Serrenn Orudorff, and Shaft Mathts. Association. Clinicians were Mrs. Tom Calvin (Sylacaoga) and The group was accompanied by their sponsor, Robhle Lee Smith. Mrs. Elizabeth Hatch (Birmingham). Cheerleaders from Flo-