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ESTABLISHED 1900 Location Of One Hundred Forty Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER 25.8 PAGES PRINTED ON ! 00% RECYCLED PAPER SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX INCLUDED) MY GOOD LUCK ran out over the week- end. I must have gotten up a half dozen or more times gargling with Tyle- nol Cold Multi-Symptom (SEVERE) something Larry found in the medi- cine cabinet. Get some! It sure works for a sore throat. Problem is, I was also dizzy as a dunce and I had not nary a drop of liquor or anything else stronger than water It was my second ever at- . tack with inner ear prob- lems. Believe me, you don't want that! I ended up in the hos- pital until noon Tuesday. Thank God for Florala Memorial Hospital and its loving and caring staff. They are all excep- tional! Not only has Dr, Vishwanath and staff been there for me on more than one occasion, but, they probably saved the life of our daughter, Sherry StricMand, when she was stricken ill sev- eral years back and hus- band, Larry, when he was stricken with a severe problem with his colon. He was treated and sent on to Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast where Dr. Travis L. Bolton, Jr., took over and gained great re- spect from the family. God is good. All the time. Right? .. Jackson LARRY AND I were s feeding Jackson, every body's pet dog at Beau- tiful Lake Jackson. I named him Jackson be- cause that is where he hangs out. We got him to follow us home on the car, hoping he would stay with us. I walked him all over the yard and told him, "This could,be your home, if only you would stay and you could sleep : under the carport." The longest I have gotten him to stay was when I gave him a baked ham bone with lots of meat. He layed in front gnawing that bone until it was as clean as a whistle. That is the longest I have seen . anything hold his atten- tion. I told Larry that he was just a ramblin' man and that was all he would ever be. The minute we see ROSE page 2 Commission hopes to reach compromise with Andalusia by Jan Allred Covington County Commission Chairman Lynn Sasser said he hopes the City of Andalusia will be willing to work with the county when they hold a workshop to revisit the issue of ball fields for the county league. Though the commission voted, 3-2 last week, not to enter into a 15-year agreement with the City of Andalusia at the hefty starting price of $45,000 a year, commissioners hope they can reach some sort of solution that both parties can live with. Commissioners David Ellis, Harold Elmore and Chairman Lynn Sasser, who voted against the proposal said they did so because they could not in good faith sup- port an agreement that would cost so much and would be in effect for 15 years. Sasser hopes the city will be open to allowing the county the option to pull out of the agreement at any time with 180 days notice. His goal is to get everyone together, includ- ing the mayors of Florala and Opp, who both support the county financially assisting Andalusia but have asked that theties also receive some type of recreational funding. The commission has to look at the whole picture and con- sider that they represent the whole county, not just part of it. 'We can't leave Florala and Opp out," Sasser said. "We have to treat everyone equally." As far as the City of Andalusia is concerned, they made the county what they consider to be a very generous offer, that offer was rejected so they are moving forward with the improvements to Johnson Park, which includes building two new ball fields and redoing a third, without financial assistance from the county. At present, the county uses ball fields belonging to the City of Andalusia for $6,000 a year, which includes maintenance and use of the fields. The teams in the county league practice at Straughn High School, Red Level High .School and Pleasant Home School and play their actual games in Andalusia. Children living in and around Florala play their baseball and softball games in the Dixie Youth Sports League in Paxton, FL and those children living in and around Opp play in the city's league. Those who supported the agreement felt the $45,000 could be paid from the two percent lodging tax passed in 1997 and designated to fund recreation in the county The lodging tax usually puts about $60,000 in the county's bud- get each year. However, what some failed to realize was that in 2008 when the tax was increased to four percent no stipulations for recreation were added and the lodging tax money now goes into the county's general fund. Sasser holds out hope that a compromise can be reached to allow the county leagues to continue to play at Johnson Park for a lower annual payment and include funds for rec- reational purposes in Opp and Florala. The City of Andalusia has already begun demolition at Johnson Park and construction is slated to begin within a few weeks. Volunteering their time... .. The Johnsons , Kyle and Patricia Johnson are happy as can be helping keep Lake Jackson State Park a place of which we can all be proud. Kyle retired from Bell South in 1989 after 27 years service. Kyle, being a workaholic, went into business with son at Johnson Pars & Service for 10 years. In addition to that, Johnson also owned and worked a cattle farm and was a = realestate broker. !: Patricia, on the other hand, owned an accounting firm, : P.J. & Associates, for 20 years. Joining Kyle in retirement, she also volunteers her time and service at the park. You will notice they are joined on their rounds by the family pet. The Johnsons have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. They are former residents of Locust Fork, AL, north of Birmingham, AL. Wreck injures two people One of two vehicles involved in an accident at approximately 7:30 a.m. Tuesday is being removed from the roadway. Florala residents Billy Truman, driving a Ford pickup and Ethan Pink, driving a Ford Mustang were involved in the accident at the intersection of Lockhart Boulevard and Poplar Street in Florala. They were both transported to Florala Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries. As of presstime, the accident was still under investigation by the Florala Police Department. I Horse with EEE confirmed in Walton County, FL The Walton County (FL) Health Department has been notified that one horse has tested positive for Eastern equine encephali- tis (EEE). Walton County has been under a Mosquito- Borne Illness Advisory since June 18, 2010. Walton County Health Department reminds resi- dents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause encephali- tis disease. Walton County Mosquito Control, South Walton Mosquito Control and the health department continue surveillance and prevention efforts and en- courage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the department of health recommendations. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should re- member to practice the "5 D's": Dusk and Dawn- Avoid being outdoors when mos- quitoe s are seeking blood. Dress - Wear clothing that covers most of your skin. DEET - When the po- tential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET (IN, N-diethyl-meta- toluamide) are recommend- ed. Other effective mosquito repellents include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535. Drainage - Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs. Some effective repellants are DEET (N, N-diethyl-3- methylbenzamide), picari- din, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535. Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellant. Some repellents are not suitable for children. Elimination of breeding sites is one of the keys to prevention. Tips on Eliminating Mos- quito Breeding Sites Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters. Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in play- grounds to drain. Tqrl over or remove emp- ty plastic pots. Pick up all beverage con- tainers and cups. Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water. Pump out bilges on boats Replace water in bird- baths and pet or other ani- mal feeding dishes at least once a week. Change water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week. Remove vegetation or ob- structions in drainage ditch- es that prevent the flow of water. DOH continues to con- duct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St..Louis en- cephalitis, malaria, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report see HORSE page 2 i Florala Wildcats Win! FLORALA WILDCAT #15 John Bess and teammates scramble for a loose ball in Fri- day's remarkable comeback win over the Georgiana Panthers. The Wildcats outscored the 1A region 2 opponent 14-0 in the second half for the 20-18 win. (See story inside) - Photo by Newton Peters