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:.:~.f (0 S- i' ;,'-%':!=~--~-: ~--OEi~: ~h~ tc'q :~:: :-' ~Y 5~4-22-::,:3 ESTABLISHED 1900 Location Of One Hundred Forty-Seven Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED FIFTEENTH YEAR NUMBER 25 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100%RECYCLED PAPER WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 50 PER ISSUE (SALESTAX nNCLUDm ii:; m by Lisa Windham Florala Council- woman Sue Mathis questioned the hiring of Carr, Riggs and In- gram (CRI) to perform the municipal audit at a cost greater than what has been paid the past 9 years at Monday night's Florala City Council meeting. Ben Vance, CPA, LLC has performed the municipal audit the last 9 years with a cap price of $6,500. Mathis asked, ' qhy we are spend- ing $22,000 in 2017, $22,250 in 2018, and $22,500 in 2019? Why have we contracted with Carr, Riggs and Ingram for such a difference in the fees?" Is there a rea- son for that?" In response, Mayor Terry Holley stated, "By no means do I want to hurt the city in any shape or fashion. I have got to look out for the city." Holley said that the 2016 audit was conduct- ed in general accepted auditing standards and did not conform to an t audit under government auditing standards. Government audit- ing standards require auditors to separately report on internal con- trol issues as well as on compliance with signifi- cant provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grants that apply to a municipality. "CRI documents the internal control process of the city and format which will allow us preparation for a formal manual to be used in training new employees. We've just been faced in the city about someone who had been sick and no cross training has been done. Everywhere I've ever been we have done cross training We need to be prepared if something does hap-. pen," said Holley. When the City of Florala went to the Alabama Department of Environmental Man- agement (ADEM) to request funding "they flatly told us they've never seen an audit like this and again I don't want to criticize any- body but there are cer- tain things that have to " be in an audit for any governmental things to take place," said Holley. Holley said that the audit will include the Florala Airport Author- ity, Florala Utilities Board and City of Flo- rala. see CITY page 2 (.~ :,' u L Lake bythe Ter.ry Holleysaid by Jan Allred The Florala Police Department respond- ed to the shooting of a woman on 7th Avenue in Florala on Friday, August 25. According to Florala Police Chief Sonny Bed- sole, when officers ar- rived on the scene, the woman's boyfriend had already fled the scene. While paramedics took the female to the hospital, Bedsole imme- diately issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the victim's boyfriend, The Fiorala News 1159 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 A UTHORITIES are looking for Alex Dan- iels . 38-year-old Alex Dan- iels, who fled from the scene before officers ar- rived. The'car Daniels fled in was found Monday in lnl! UI!IJIII! I[I!I,!U II II 0. an apartment complex in Elba, AL but there was no sign of Daniels. Bedsole said officers are actively looking for Daniels and they do have a couple of leads they are following. Bedsole warned the public about approach- ing Daniels if they do happen to see him be- cause officers believe he is armed and danger- ous. Anyone that may come into contact with Daniels should con- tact the local police or call 911. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Daniels, should contact the Flo- rala Police Department at 334-858-3245. Hunter Brown by Alicia Leonard The Walton County (FL) Sheriff's Office ar- rested suspect Hunter Halver Brown the week of Aug. 21, 2017 on charges ranging from grand theft, armed bur- glary, grand theft .of a fire arm and unarmed burglary. Brown is list- ed as living on Davis Road (just outside of Paxton) in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Among many of the items Brown is accused of stealing is a John Deere tractor valued at $40,000. Other items include a stuffed shark, an ATV, pool tables, mattresses and dirt bikes. A report filed by a Laurel Hill resident on April 30, 2017 states that a burglary had oc- curred at their prop- erty between February and April and reported losses including a ri- fle, lawn mower, and a queen size mattress. Some of the reported items were recovered at Brown's residence upon execution of a search warrant. Another property owner, said to own mul- tiple liquor stores and bars, made a report on June 21, 2017 that they also had items sto- len from their property somewhere between May 16 and June 21. These items included sound system compo- nents such as speakers, bar signs, and lights among other items. Many of these items including items with the second victims family members were identifi- able through identifica- tion tags on luggage. The WCSO is con- tinuing this investiga- tion, and the spokes- woman for the WCSO is quoted in other publica- tions as saying they are not convinced Brown accomplished the thefts alone.