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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• USE SUBJF-~]~ T4::~LIC~NSE AGREEMENT• REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED• V~Llt L NEWS OF by Mede Woodh Kathy Whitcomb Wins Women's Singles In Tuscaloosa Rex and Virginia Whitcomb can't bragg about what their foot- ball or basketball player is doing in the amateur world of sports but they sure can be proud of their daughter, Kathy, who is a fine tennis player. She has won a number of first place trophies in womens singles and doubles play in her career, the latest being Tuesday after- noon, July 27, when she won in the singles division over Sandra Davenport, 6-3, 4-6, and 7-5 in Tuscaloosa County Park and Re- creation Authority Summer tennis tournament at the Bowers Park Courts. Kathy and her roommate, Ann Stone of Selma, were runners-up in the women's doubles play Saturday. Rex and Virginia were not able to see her classic performance since the match was played on a work day for them. You can bet they are in her rooting section though when she is in a weekend match and they can get there. The Whitcombs recently joined their daughter when she attended a professional tournament on Amelia Island, out from Jackson- Villel Florida, They enjoyed watching such notables as Chris Everet, Virginia Wade, Evonne Goolagong, Mexican player Rosie Casal and many others. Kathy, a University of Alabama graduate with adegree in social work, works at the V.A. Hospital in Tuscaloosa as a psychiatric ~ocial worker, now in her sixth year. l told Rex and Virginia to try and get Kathy back home just long enough that some of the home folk can enjoy seeing her play -- The Woodham court is always open. If Gary gets his Woodham Invitational worked before the summer is over, maybe Kathy will come down and show our local tennis buffs a thing or too. How about it Kathy? I News Of Interest Continued From Front to the Democratic National Convention, pledged to Wallace's candidacy and at Wallace's bidding joined the majority of the Taping a television program delegation in casting their vote for Jimmy Carter, the Demo- was the climax of a week of cratic presidential nominee. Other names are being circulated work for high school students who won't yet make a committment, attending the musical theatre When I see or hear the Democratic National Convention or division of the Fine Arts Camp the Alabama delegation .... All I can think of is that nut of a at Troy State University last chairman they picked to give Alabama's vote and what a fool week. he made of himself, the delegation, and the entire populace The students performed ex- of the State of Alabama. Everybody saw that and formed their cerpts from broadway and mu- opinion of the people of Alabama then and there---but very sical productions. Their showy few saw their "pea-poor" explanation the following night, was taped and aired Friday If Wallace has any further political aspirations, he would be smart to go ahead and call a special election, rather than ap- point one of his "yes men". Good To Have The Bates Back In Town Mrs. Joe Bates, Sr., and children, Jeanie, Jeff and Jamie breezed back into town last Wednesday for a short visit with their daughter, Elizabeth and friends, while the Reverend Bates attended a committee meeting on Archives and History at Blue Lake. Naturally, their first stop was The Florala News, since Liz joined our staff just before their departure to Linden, Alabama. Boy, they all looked like they had been on a months vacation at the gulf with their bronze tans. One of their First Methodist members, a doctor friend, gave them a membership at the coun- try club. So, Elise has taken up golfing and the children spend a lot of time in the swimming pool. Jeff drives the golf cart for his mother and really got her in trouble a few weeks back. He turned the cart over, running over his leg. A doctor from a nearby town came to their rescue and cut his finger. In the scramble to get the cart in an upright position, with Elise try- ing to help, the doctor hit her in the head with a pair of pliers. What an experience! That would have been enough to turn me against the golfing sport. Guess what Jeff was most excited about noon enterin~ the City of Florala? I walked with them over to McDahiel Motor Company and Jeff spied the water cooler in the front office. "Oh! Some of that good old Florala water", he said and I wish you could have seen the expression on his face when he had taken a big drink. "Mrs. Woodham, you can't imagine how good that is, unless you had had some of that Linden water. It is just aw- ful," Jeff commented. Except for the "awful" water, they all seem to be perfectly happy in their new home. THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, AUGUST Good To Have Brother H. B. Shepherd Back Home Brother Shepherd, who conducted a revival at the First Bap- tist Church the past week, has been away from Florala for 17 years, yet, our love for him has not faded one bit. In fact, when his presence is felt in the business community as much as it was the past week, you really love him even more. I missed him when he stopped by the shop to visit with us, bit as I went to and from work during the week, I could see him going in and out of the downtown businesses and I knew how much everyone must be enjoying the love and good fellowship he was sharing. Since I was not able to attend but one night of the revival, I sure am glad it was Friday night. Besides the good old-fashioned Bible preaching Brother Shepherd did, I was priviledged to hear a wonderful group of young people from Cordell Harrison's church in Pensacola. Their Christian spirit was so evident in their lovely smiling faces. Actually, after the group sang their last number - "Amazing Grace", featuring a young man who had been blind since he was about six years old, due to an accident. That song, in itself was a sermon. You really missed many blessings, if you failed to attend this revival. The young man I spoke of is scheduled for surgery on August 18 for the first of two operations on his eyes which will hope- fully restore his sight. Please keep this date in mind and add him to your prayer list. I am sorry I don't remember his name but that won't be necessary, anyway. God is well acquainted with him and will hear, even as your prayerful thoughts turn in his direction. night on "Spotlight On Talent," a weekly presentation of TSU Television (Channel 5). Five young women from Lu- verne sang and danced in "You Gotta Have A Gimmick" from "Gypsy." They are Wendy Williams, Stephan Reaves, Lisa Wise, Ashley Anderson and Virginia Jackson. Ashley Anderson also sang "Hey Big Spender" from the production "Sweet Charity." Performing in "Out Of My Dreams" from "Oklahoma" were Virginia Jackson (Lu- verne), Martee Leonard of Crestview, Camille Crawford of Troy, Melanie Moody of Mo- bile, Randall Bradley of Flo- rain and Den Freeman, a TSU student from Natchez, Missis- sip-pL The scene and song "Piano Lesson" from "The Music Man" was performed by Me- lanie Moody (Mobile), Mary Swindle, a TSU student from Foley, Susanne Hicks from Brnudidge and Garrick Baxter from Troy. Auburn Foreman of Brnn- didge and Camille Crawford (Troy) performed in "Kansas City" from "Oklahoma." Scenes and songs from "South Pacific" were per- formed by Nilha Crawford of Troy and Shelia McCall from Mobile. Nitha sang "Wonder- ful Guy" and Shelia sang "Bali HAL" Randall Bradley (Florala) sang "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" from "Oklahoma", which was filmed with Randall singing the song while riding a horse on a farm near Troy. All other scenes for the tele- vision show were filmed in the TSU Television studio. Karmi Seiglar of Tifton, Georgia was piano accompa- nist for the show. Three Troy State students presented background music. They were Jerry Foster from Troy on drums, Pat Alverson from LaGrunge, Georgia on trombone, and Dave Kirby from Troy on trumpet. Phil Kelley, assistant pro- fessor of music at TSU, was -director of the musical then- Commission Votes To Put Jail Inmates To Work by Liz Bates Sheriff Harrell met with the The Covington County Com- commission to discuss thepro- mission decided on Friday, July gram supporting the idea, but 30, that it was time to take ac- told the commissioners that he tion on the issue of county jail had heard many people say they inmates working. By a un- thought it would cost the county animous vote, on a motion by more money than it would be Jerry Adams, the commission worth. decided in favor of a program However. he said that he be- to allow county jail inmates se- lieved that he had quite a few lected by Covington Couniy She- inmates, perhaps as many as riff Elie Harrell to work along 30 percent, who would be will- the road sides picking uptrash, ing to work and who could be II I I HI I ley Performs In Television tre division of the Fine Arts Camp. Vicki Kelley worked with choreography, costumes and directing several of the scen- es. In other camp activities, Dr. Gerald Baxter was in charge ef the debate division. Dr. Baxter of the TSU Debate Squad and assistant professor in the speech and theatre department. Dr. William Denison, direc- tor of the Fine Arts Camp and assistant chairman of the music department led the cho- ral music division. He was assisted by Don Free- man who taught vocal techni- ques. Band Camp Planned FHS Band Director Andy Alsup announces that a color guard and percussion band camp will be conducted next week. Miss Saudra White, former member of Charles Henderson High School inTroy and a mem- ber of the Charioteers Drum and Bugle Corp, will be work- ing with the flags. Mr. Samuel Fredericks, percussion instructor at Troy State University will work with the percussion group. The visiting instructors will stay" in Florala from Monday, August 9 until Friday, August 13. The full band will have re- hearsal on Tuesday, August I0 and Thursday, August 12 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Band camp for the full band will begin Monday, August 9. Mr. Alsup, who had directed five band camps in five sta- tes, will return to Florala this Saturday and will be in his of- fice on Monday. His fifth and final band camp for the sum- mer was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Students in the division worked in tM theatre division and the TSU Summer annual concert last day. Bradley, a junior High School, is and Mrs. Don l?r [nra [a SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT SOUTH FIFTH STREET FLORALA, MR. AND MRS. LARRY K. WOODHAM, EDITORS AND PUBLISHERS SUBSCRIPTION RATES Covington County, Alabama .............. Elsewhere in Alabama ................... Other States ......................... ESTABLISHED IN 1900 PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON THURSDAY (Formerly L.ucille's) UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT DINNERS AND SHORT ORDERS 5 A.M. - 8 P.M. NEW OWNERS: THE HUCKABA'S I I I VOTI5 FOR AND HELP IO Councilwoman Place No. 5 I=lorala, Ala. IN THE PAST WEEKS, I HAVE TRIED TO VISIT EACH HOME IN I=LORALA TO REQUEST YOUR SUPPORT. IF I HAVE MISSED SEEING YOU PERSONALLY, LET ME TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEDGE OF SFRVING YOU. WITH GOD'S HELP AND YOUR VOTE AND SUPPORT, I WILL CONTINUE TO REPRESENT YOU TO THE VFRY BEST OI= MY ABILITY |er Pal. Pol. ADV. By Sybil Mickler Florala, . safely let out of jail to work. The commission decided to hire a full time employee who would have the authority of a deputy sheriff to oversee the inmates. The inmates, who will be selected by the sheriff, will be picked up at the jail and taken by truck to various parts of the county, where they will work along the roadside. The men will be given a sandwich lunch. Hiram Pitts, commission president, said that the in- mate work plan had the appro- val of the county judges. The commissioners and the sheriff discussed which jail inmates should be worked. The sheriff told them that no pri- soners charged with misdemea- nors could be worked until they were sentenced. The commis- sion told the sheriff that they did not want anyone out of jail to work that had been convict- ed of a crime of violence against another person. The commissioners indicated that they would like to have people convicted of such things as DWI and highway intoxication to be put to work ahead of in- mates who had been convicted of more serious crimes, such as felonies. Harrell told the com- mission that the work planwas, he thought, "something that we should try." Trent Lewis, Commis- sioner, said that he was still opposed to the plan, but would go along with whatever the com-~ mission wanted to do. Harrell told Lewis, and the rest of the commission, that three Florala businessmen had visited him recently, and had told him that they wanted the prisoners put to work. rking Progress is good things happening.. and joint endeavor does the job.., kee the wheels turning.., moving ahead a better future for all of us. Progress is people cooperating, their vision and skills for the betterment Brown Convicted Cont. From Front case, "things just got away. from him." Prestwoud also claimed that Brown had made his oral con- fession to the sherrif and D.A. in a "back room where he had only his enemies." However, Prestwood's plea for a verdict of not guilty was not accepted by the jury who de- liberated about one hour before returning a verdict of guilty as charged in the case. In another case involving the Florala Police Department, Charlotte Richburg was con- victed of second degree murder in the stabbing death of John. Jake Griffin. Ms. Richburg was given a sentence often years, but was given probation for five years. After five years her case will be reviewed to see whether she should remain on probation for another five years. She pied guilty to the charge of second degree murder. Charges against her mother, JfaUe Smith, were dropped bythe e. Both women had ori- ginally been charged with first degree murder, which occured in late May of this year. R emember Our New Number IS: I the entire community. Progress is putting our resources to work for everyone's It's using our vast opportunities ca wisely and well. Let's dedicate our efforts.., together.' to foster continuing growth and prosl To Vote Tuesda YOUR VOTE AND WILL BE GREATLY APPRI Vole For Mayor, City Of Florala IM. POl. Adv. By Joe. R. Evans, Florala, AL