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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. b J L" ..... A,,~ X :, 0~9 S" ........ ' ..... OAo ,.R i VE ESTABUSHED IN 1900 Location Of 106 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake 08ckson And Oateway To The eulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 23 I=lorala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday, August lg, 1976 8 Pages 15c Per Single Copy i:'~ ' ons of Mr. and Mrs. was completely by fire on Thursday 12, when ligM- it. The loss to a recently built clinic in the Flo- community, where located. Milton Home-.A Total Loss ose Mrs. Milton, who is a nurse, was just returning home from a Tri-Cosnties Nurses Meet- ins in Chipley, Florida, when she saw her home on fire. Her husband and several of her children and grandchildren were on their way out of the house and abe met them at the Icome Service ned For Cox cial music will be provided by the First Baptist Church Choir and by Reverend Cox's daugh- ter, Lisa. Ministerial As- Will hold a welcom- for the Reverend new minister at the Church in Sunday night, Au- 7 p.m. at the Pres- Cox will bring message and spa- A special invitation iS given to all area church members to come and welcome and new minister and meet the Rev- erend Cox and his family. nnounces a for students at will be September 1, 1976. take in at 8:00 on dismiss at lh00. in session for r time Thursday and 2, 3, 1976 The first few are probably the so all students drivers will meet at bus shop Friday, 19'/6, at 9:00 and Teachers will office build- morning, August :00 for institute. meet at Fin- Monday after- and all day Tues- 1976, for work meetings. dates year: 19'/6 -- Labor II, IZ, 1976-- November 25, De- throngh Jan- -- Christmas and March 13 through Vacation. test will be l re Day Is Seven warrants were issued and served by the Covington County Sheriff's Department on Monday, August 16, in their continuing investigation into arson in Covington County. Three'warrants were issued in connection with the burning of the Hid-A-Way Club in Opp, owned by Gerald Mack. Arrest- ed and charged with second de- gree arsqn were Tobe Adams, Horace Weeks and John Henry Franklin. Bend for each of the men was set at SZ0,000. Adams is now free on bond and Frank- lin is in the Covington Coun- i. Lockhart Council Seat Resolved Bessie Henderson 25 J~ . FHS door. Mrs. Milton also res- cued her four-year-old grand- son, Tyler, who had been left inside the house in all the ex- citement. The fire apparently began when lighting struck the roof. All of the Milton's posses- s/ons were lost in the fire, except for one box of Mrs. Milton's china, which was res- cued by a fireman. Beth the Florala and the Pax- ton Fire Departments respond- nd to the call, but could do little to save the house. Mr. and Mrs. Milton are presently staying with her son, Dr. Henry Nichols. They O are in need of a place to live, furnishings, dishes, and clo- thes, since the fire destroyed everything. A house guest from Califor- nia, Ms. Marie Merrill, also lost all her clothes in the The Lockhart Council race for Piace 4 was finally re- solved Tuesday night, after vo- tes were counted for the third time. When the polls closed Tues- day of last week and the votes was counted, the vote was tied - 128 for Bessie B. Henderson and 128 for Alfred D. (Buddy) Holley, Jr., who sought the Place 4 seat. A recount was requested, which was done by the mayor and council. At this count, Mrs. Henderson went ahead of Holley by 1 vote: 19-9 to Hoiley's 128. Holley was still not quite satisfied fire. ,. ~vith the count. 8o the League '. "~f Municipalities wan contact- Mrs. Milton stated that she ed and the mayor waSadvised to and her husband had as much call to all the poll workers, fire insurance on their home as they could get, but since they were out of town and had no fire department there, they were limited. Anyone who can offer assis- tance to Mr. and Mrs. Milton may do so by calling 834-2812. \ members of the council and both candidates involved, while the vote was taken a third time Tuesday night of this week. The results was the same as the second tally: Henderson Igg, Holley 128. This time Holiey accepted defeat, comgratulated Mrs. Henderson and said he would be around four years from now, indicating that it is still his desire to serve as a member of the Town of Lockhart City Council. Holley owns and ope- rates Holley's Body Shop in Lockhart. Mrs. Henderson is the wife of James R. Hender- son, who is employed with the county. All elected members of the Lockhart Council are new co- mers with the exception of the newly elected Mayor, George Lancaster, Sr., who was cho- sun to fill the unexpired term of the late Hobson Vann. Now that the winner of Place 4 has l~n settled, there will be unly one run-off in the Lockhart City election on Sap- tember 14. It will be between Milton Owens who was the top vote getter in Place 5 and Wil- liam P. (Pat) Schofield, who polled 95 votes in that race. A third man, Harold T. (Bud) Hnghes received 65 votes in that race. Other first round wfuners, besides the mayor, were Jol~ A. (Ted) Covington, Bliss Thomnsson and T. J. Msddox. O ua toll 9 MacArthnr State Technical College has scheduled its tenth annual graduation exercises for Thursday, September Z, 19'/6 at 9 p.m., in the student center. This will be MacArthnr's larg- est graduation in its history with 223 students graduating from twenty departments. Cosmetology: Ruth Rawls, Florala. Practical Nursing: Wanda D. Norris, Floruia; Evelyn J. Sanders, Locldmrt; Shirley A. Savage, Floraia. Auto Mechanics: Duane T. Lawrence, Florala; Thomas D. Savage, Florsla. There will be 20 Associate in General Welding: Robert / lll--ll Applied Technology Degrees E. Cawthon, Laurel Hill, awarded and Z03 persons will Florida; Glen H. Martin, January 9-0, 21 with the first semester ending January Zl. Final test will be June 1, 2,3, 19"/'/. Baccalaureate service will be May 29, 19'/7; senior night -- Monday, May 30, 19'/'/; and graduation Friday, June 3, 19'/'/. Staff members for 19%-7'/ are: Chester Adams -- Cns- Millard / Mrs. S.A. Cherry Trammell Dies receive diplomas. Mrs. S. A. Cherry, Member of Third Congressional District from DoUum, will deliver the graduation address. Mrs. Chorry was elected as a dele- gate to the Democratic Nation- al Convention in 19'/Z and again in 1976. She is an active mem- ber of the Association of Re- tarded Children, the National Association of School Boards and the Boird of Dirbctors of the Alabama School Boards As- sociation. Mrs. Cherry is married to S. A. Cherry, a Dothan busi- nessman. She attended public school in Florida and attended Florida State University. She graduated from Campbell's Business College in Dethan. She was elected Dothan's Wo- man of the Year in 1960; re- ceived the Outstanding Achi- evement Award for Dothan in 19(4; listed in Outstanding Women in Politics and Outst- Lockbart. General Clerical: Terry C. Jones, Ftorala. Upholstery: Lavada M. Hud- son, Floraia. Technical Welding: Terry L. Ctary, Fiorala; Ronnie Lee Gamble, Florala; Erling Mad- sen, Laurel Hill, Florida; John C. Perkins, Paxton, Florida. Diesel and Heavy Equip- ment Repair: Alfred J. Whi- taker, Lockhart. Florala ty Jail. Horace Weeks, who is in jail in Pike County and has been indicted by the Grand Jury there for the burning of the Boom-A-Hang Club in 1975, is also charged with two counts of burning, receiving, posses- sion or concealing stolen pro- party. Bend has been set at $10,000 on each count for Weeks on this charge. Carl Richard Cleghorn and Timmy Gerald Wilson were charged with second degree arson in reference to the burning of a store building owned by Mrs. Wylene Wil- liams on Baker Road, Highway 137, near Open Pond. Their bond is set at $20,000 each and they are both still in the Covington County Jail. A record Jedgement has been returned in favor of 8Z Cov- ington County farmers In a case before a Covington Coun- ty Civil Circuit Court jury. The jury deliberated more than 9.4 hours last week before returning the more than Nil- lion dollar judgement against New York Terminal Ware- house, Mary Wishum and Mor- ris Habren. The same jury, on a cross claim filed by New York Ter- minal (NYT) returned a simi- lar Judgement in favor of NYT against J. E. McDonald and Morris Habren, according to Circuit Court records. The judgements totaling $1,- 184,509.Z0 each, related to the sale or loss of approximately 161,000 bushels of soybeans from Covington Grain Company between September of 1974 and January of 1975. Jndge F. M. Smith of the Circuit Court, said that this is by far the largest jndge- meat ever returned by a Cov- ington County jury. Covington Grain declared bankruptcy in March of 1975. The soybeans weredolivered to Covington Grain by the far- mers for storage and the ori- giusl court action uked SZ mil- lion pins interest and costs. Earlier in the invesUgatlon, being conducted by District At- torney Frank McGill; Coving- ton County Sheriff Elie Harrell and Alabama Bureauoflnvesti- gution Sergeant Marina Brew- er, Horace Weeks was charged with first degree arson In con- nection with the burning of a house belonging to Frank Nel- son in the Perry Store Com- muuity in December of 1974. Tobe Ward of Route One, Opp, has also been arrested and charged with burning his own home in the Capital Sub- division in Opp. Charges un all men are ex- pected to go before a COving- ton County Grand Jury during the week of October 4, accord- ing to Sheriff Harrell. consider the case on Thurs- day, Aqpmt In, and ret~ with the verdict late on Friday, Angunt 13. Farmers involved in the judgement include: PorterWil- son, John Vick, Charles Dixon, Charles O. Lawson, Tim V. Preuley, Ervin D. Nail, Owen Prentwood, Pat Foshee, Jimmy Caton, Tlllis Catoe, Morgan Redprs, H. B. Langford, Mel- van Grimes, Arthur Kilputrick, David Silhtlur, Wayne Kelley, R. A. Riley, Rlcky Wiggins, Tom Teel, Ira HammeR, Lee Sweatt, Tom E. Rabrun, Lester Brooks, Don Cotton, W. F. Duke, R. R. Cross, R. H Cross, Charles L. Day, G. RI Carnley, James T. Cauley, E. S. Garrison, Clinton A. Bass, Wayne Bass, Allen H. Holt, John F. Cuon, Panl Beo-iHnan, Roy Byrd, John H. Hqlins, James Ingrain, Lomax Ingram, Nathan Nail, J. C. Lundy, James T. Bell, Jacob Elmore, C. R. Shillings, Harold Fuqua, Gsoe Jacobs, William F, Findley, N. C. Walters, Glon Saundora, Grsdy owens, Donald Nail, Kenneth C. Mount, James Laird, Tom Preatwood, Pat Johns, Don lngram, Glen Silh- tier, Royce Sightler, Kenneth Lowman. W. J. 'Holg, Rarold Elmore, James Elmore, W. H. todinn and bus driver; Andy Alsup o- Band 'director and music; John Bass -- Counselor; Mrs. Reba Bilge -- Secretary; Terry Brooks -- Bus driver; Mrs. Melha Dunn -- Lunch- room; Mrs. Pam Fricks-- Secretary; John Narbuck -- A~rthusinessi W. A. Holley-- Bus driver; Larry Holmes-- Science and social studies; Mrs. Nancy Holmes -- Math and history; Mrs. Barbara Jo- nes -- Math and social studies; George Lancaster -- Special education and coach; Mrs. Sally Lancaster -- English and business; Obie Lee -- Bnsdrl- ver; Mrs. Elizabeth McGee-- Lunchroom; Cephas Maddox-- Bus driver; Mrs. Mary Pal- more -- English and history; Mrs. Clara Pittman -- Home economics; Carlos Powell-- Driver education; William Re- yell -- Assistant Principal and typing; Mrs. ROb Smith -- P.E. and English; Charles Stevun- son -- Principal; Jerry Strick- land --, English; Paul Terry -- P.E., social studies, athletic director and coach; James Wa- llace -- Science and coach; Miss Joan White -- Librarian; Mrs. Mary Wlllinmson -- VIE; Robert Woodham -- Custodian and bus driver. The Jury returned separate Brown, Jr., G. C. McKathan, verdicts in favor of the far- ~ Wll~ins, Roger Stchtler, mers ~int from a low of S. R. Sil~tler, Murray Ray, $549.94 to a high of $94,9-63.- Cliff Maddox, Johnny Castle- Z3--eTh Appeals are expected, berry, R. A. Findley, J. N. case betanincourtthree Poole, Jr., A. F. Bozeman, weeks agu and continued with R. R. W|liiamson, W. A. Po- one three day recess the week well, Charles E. Walker, J. W. of the Mh. Final argumente Ptomey, E. J. Brewice, Lloyd were presented on August 11 Redgurs, Arias Hammett and and 1~-. The Jury retired to S. M. Gohalp~. Shot At After A nswering Call 10-9 by Lit Bates It is the kind of call every pulicemen bates to receive. andin~ PersonaliUes of the ;da South; end uamed as Alabama's In Florais, it is a I0-97-B. In Florala Fr o.~. Woman of Achi- A domestic disturbance. It M/MAI/ y evament for 19'/5 presented by happened In Flurala on Sun- the Alabama Federation of day ntlbt. about 8:55. The report was that there was a man with a sbotlPm on North Ninth Street that vas tlirentening 'a wo- men with the gun. Patrick and Mitchell were the first police officers to ar- rive on the scene. The woman told them that the man had lone behind the house with the aho~,un. They then wont aroond to where the men was supposed to be and uw him comin~ around the west side of the bouae with a sbMIpm in his hand. Accordinl to police reports, McFruiur looked llP and saw the police, they called to him to lalt and l~t. Pat- rick fired a warning shot, he tm'l ud itarisd runnl be- sisters, Mrs. Louise Finch of Daleville, Alabama, Mrs. Ra- chel Robinson of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews. Business and ProfeasioualWo- men's Clubs. Police Sit. A. V. Patrick was allqudly shot st by Louis McFra~er, while answering a call to a 10-9%B. McFnudur is nov in the Covington Coun- ty Jail charled with assault with the intent to commit mur- der en a police officer, while In the purlormance of duty. Patrick was o~ rout/~ pat- rol on Sunday ~ with Po- lice C~p~ln Lamar Mitchell whun they received the cel/nt Mallard Trammell, age 72, a resident of Florala for over 50 years, died Friday night, Au- gust 13, 19'/6. He was owner and operator of Trammell Building Supply in Florala, un- til his retirement in 1968. He served on the first board of di- rectors on the Natural Gas Board of Florala. Survivors are two brothers, Norwood Trummell of Cairo, Geo~ia, Wayne Trnmmell of West Palm Beach, Florida; two Funeral services were held at $ p.m. Monday from Evans Funeral Home with the Rev- erend Barry Cox and the Rev- erend Freeman Williamson of- ficiating. Burial was in the Flornla Greenwood Cemetery with Evens Funeral Home di- rncting. She has served her church, Lafayette ~reet United Metho- dist Church and the Methodist Conteronce in many capacities. The public in cordially invit- ed to Join famillun and friends of the Irldustea for the ocean sion, Candidates for diplomuire: Jan A. Chancey, Laurel Hill, Florida; Toffy L. Hu~,hes, Fin- rain. hind the house. Patrick and Mitchell followed him and whe~ ha ran behind the house next door, they separated, with Pat- rich gulnl to the east side of the house and Mitchell ~oinl between the two houses. Accerding to the police re- port, McFruier allq~edly fired a shot at Patrick, but missed. He then isyed down the ahot- gun and was arrested by Pat- rich and Assistant Police Chief Htywurd Thomas, who bad it- rived on the scene after the first two officers. ~ The sl~ that McFrunlur ed and iml a sprat sl~ll i~ It vheu it was recovered by Mlt- clleli.