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INC. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. - ESTABLISHED IN 1900- ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 100 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS YEAR NUMBER 27 FLORALA, ALABAMA, COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1970SUBSCRIPTIONS - $4.00 IN COUNTY, $5.00 ELS EWHERE, PLUS STATE SALES TAX MRS. CLARK, DOLIN CLARK, JERRY EVANS Forger Passing Covington County District At- torney Allen Edward Cook revealed that an arrest has been made in connection with the in- vestigation into the passing of several forged checks in the Florala and Opp areas of Cov- ington County. Arrested in Opp on Saturday, September 5, 1970, was Gary Allen Ballard, a white male, age 18, of Route 3-Box 82A, Andalusia, Alabama. He was charged with first degree for- gery in three separate counts Capitol Cases As,.. honored at meeting Monday Director,s Room of Florala. Presented with a him as the Clark Set For an extensive Christmas Pro- gram which will include another Merchant's Christmas drawing in early December. A full day of activities are planned for December 1. The day is expected to climax with the of- ficial lighting of the City; the of the associa- singing of Christmas carols Jerry by the First Baptist Church elected presidentt Youth Choir under the direc- Clark the met- tion of Mr. Phil Jones; the ar. for his el- instrumental in association. Mrs. Presented a lovely rival of Santa Claus from the North Pole. On this day, De. cember I, customers will be invited to begin registering for the thousands of dollars worth of valuable gifts to be given away during the 1970 Christ= mas season in Florala. Refreshments were served to the merchant's and their wives. An informal fellowship was enjoyed by all at the close of the meeting. Merchants are urged by Membership Chairman, Cur- tis Savage to attend all meet- ings in order to lend their sug- gestions for a more successful Christmas program this year. The next meeting of the Associ- ation will be on Monday evening, October 5, 5:30 p.m., at The Bank of Florala. Fall Term ArreJ Covington County District At- torney Alien Edward Cook an- nounced that arraignements in criminal felony cases will be held in Circuit Court Monday through Wednesday, September 14-16, 1970, commencing at 9 a.m. on the 14th. All persons indicted for felonies by the last Grand Jury will be ar- raigned at that time and set for trial in the Fall Term of Circuit Criminal Court. Notable among the ap- proximately 30 cases to be arraigned is a series of Indict- ments against persons involved in a large car-theft ring op- erating in Alabama and north- west Florida. Only four persons are to be arraigned fn Capitol cases: James Crittenden, a L~ckhart Negro, charged with first de- gree murder; and James Lee Anderson, Billy Joe Taylor and Jerome Wilson, all charged with the robbery of Andalusia City Police Officer Dick Bowen in the assaulting of that officer and alledged taking of his pistol and badge. Presentation of the association dis- lot the Christmas Tri-City area decorating of was dis- a report is to be next meeting. A the Merchant with Flu- Rotary Club who are ex- ert active role decora- te map out etc. has planned CLUB officers and coaches study plans for the sports year at FItS in a reg- Tuesday night. Seated from left are Phil Jones, vice-president; James Denney, and Charles Stevenson, secretary-treasurer. Standing are Coaches Dale Odom, and Jerry Strickland. the Florala-Harfford game film and complimented on the action. Club meets each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the school. All fathers and Wild- in the community are urged to attend and join the club. For arising out of the passing of forged checks at two places of business in Florala and out of the attempting of the same at one place of business in Opp. The checks in Florala were for $70.00 and $90.00 respectively and the attempt in Opp was for a $100.00 check. Forgery in the first degree is a felony under Alabama law and is punishable by imprison- ment in the penitentary for not less than one nor more than twenty years. Either forging a check or passing one that is forged knowing it to be forged is a violation of the statute. An attempt to pass a forged check is also a violation whether money or goods are received in return or not. District Attorney Cook stated that alert police work by Chief Randal Stewart of the Florala Police Department and by of- ricers of the Opp Police De- partment led to the apprehen- sion of Ballard. Further in- vestigation is pending. Cook stated that the cases will go to the next session of the Cov- ington County Grand Jury. NEWLY ELECTED FLORALA-LOCKHART ROTARY officers for the year 1970-71 are, pictured from left, Fred White, direc- tor; Ed Holley, secretary; James York, director; Wallace Smith, director; John Hayes Vaughan, vice-president; Phil Jones, trea- BRUTAL MURDER CLAIMS YOUNG WOMAN STUDENT Woman |er Linda Harden of Elba was The incident came to attention bludgeoned to death during last when a motorist noticed Miss Thursday night approximately Harden's car on Highway 125 15 miles northeast of Elba off about a mile and half south of Alabama Highway125. Arrested the Plke,-Coffee County line. and charged with the murder The sheriff said the car was is James Carl Monroe, 26, of parked too close to the road Brundidge. He is being held and that the motorist had no- in the Coffee Count)' jail in ticed the broken window and had Elba. gone into Brundidge and asked Monroe had recentl7 started the police to call the High- work with the state ' blacktop way Patrol to check on it. Sheriff Tlllman said that Trooper Don Morris went from Elba and then called him say- ing that it looked like there had been foul play. The sheriff estimated the time of death between 12:45 and h00 a.m. Friday. Mon- roe was arrested several hours later and before Miss Harden's body was found. Monroe took the sheriff and other investi- gators to the scene where the girl's body was found in weeds waist high, about 20 feet off crew at Camp Elba. He was arrested at the home of his wife's father at Brundidge about 5 o'clock Friday morning ac- cording to Brundidge Chief of Police Joe Wallace. 'Fne Brun- didge officer said that Monroe was unarmed at the time of his arrest and offered no re- sistance. Other officers with Wallace were Coffee County Sheriff H. ~D. Tlllman, State Trooper Don Morris and Elba City Policeman Robert Ross. Miss Harden's body was found Friday morning in a weedpatch a~ side road which leads off about six miles from where her from Hi.ghway 125, near the New Hope Community. Investigators from the state were summoned at once andof- ricers of the State Toxicology Department at Auburn were called in when the body was discovered. Monroe is being held without bond on a murder charge. Sheriff Tlllman said that Cir- cuit Judge Eris Paul has ap- pointed two attorneys for Mon- roe. They were Terry Butts of Elba and Eugene Lane of Enterprise and with an office .in Elba, death occured, the Coffee County sheriff said. Sheriff Tillman said investigatJon shows that Miss Harden, a li- censed practical nursing stu- dent at MacArthur State Tech- nlcal Institute, had been with some of her friends at a night- spot. Investigators were told that Monroe was there at the nightspot and had attempted to dance with the girl several times and that she refused. They were told that when the young lady left that Monroe also left the place. Miss Harden's car was forced from the road about ten miles from the nightspot. Her car doors were locked, but the dri- ver's window had been broken and apparently she was forci= bly removed from her car through the smashed window. Miss Haxden's car was found about six miles from where her body was found. There was a lot of blood in the car, Sheriff Tlllman said and a slate toxi- cologist was called into assist in the investigation. After being severely beaten about the head and body, the e ltc tf d g 296 glrl was apparently placed in another car and driven to the r or 'Do S = weedpatch. Miss Harden's car and Monroe's car are colnci- |~RRy PEOPLES him. He slipped through their Brannon and the last was a dentally the same model ~ RTSREPORTER- hands and went all the way, fourteen yard pass to Craig and make, both 1961 model Ram- Wildcats suffer- forty-six yards, for Hartford's Snell This ended Hartford's bier station wagons. Ikq~.~ ~efest of the sea- second score. The kick was scoring with a comfortable 29-0 Sheriff Tlllman said officers lit :~ ~lght at Mathews good and Hartford went in with lead. went to Monroe's home, found ~alnst the Hartford a 13-0 halfUme lead. ~t~0a Hartford,s first Florala's lone score cameon his car and Monroe. 'I~e car ~'~.SCrimmage Denny Florala received the kick- a three yard scamper by Gary was heavllyblood-spatteredand ~,ttl~Ped a screen pass off and returned it to their own Anderson, late in the final Monroe's hands were badly cut. r~vn twenty-five and started from period. The extra point try Investigators said there was on. He appearedthere. The Bulldog defense failed and the final score was evidence that the attractlvebru- W~b:, eral times, but nette had been struck with a llt~s were too eager tightened and stopped Anderson Hartford 29, Floraia 6. soft drink bottle as well aswith l~.~ ~aCkle after tackle, for a loss of five. On the next Larry Hamilton and Doanle some other object. ! It~.ked the ball in and play a holding penalty threw Franklin led the Floraia de- Miss Harden is the daughter ll~'t~ty yards for a Florala back to their own five. fense with 7 tackles each and of Mr. and Mrs. James Har- l~."~ehdown. The extra Then, with second down and Gary Anderson led the offense den and very attractiveandpop- ~t~ failed and Hartford thirty, a gang of Hartford tackl- with 55 yards rushing,ular. She was 20 Tears of ers clipped Anderson in the Denny Chesteen starred for age, weighed about 110pounds, :... LINDA HARDEH ~ll~ats began to move end zone for a safety. The score the Hartford offense by and five feet, nine inches tail ..... ~'p.~ the kick-~ff, but now increased to 15-0 in Hart- completing seven of eleven In early June, she was elected. ~ SUPPORT THE CATS ~" meir own forty-six ford's favor. passes for 164 yards, by her fellow students at Mac-, 1Rli~~ Second down and Hartford then added two more The Wildcats are scheduled Arthur Tech as C~lendar Girl', IN 0PP ; I~lt~ dropped back to six pointers in the third quarter to meet the Opp Boboats at Opp for the summer of 1970. She [~'l,a- Mrong rush by the onpansesbyChesteen. Onewu this Friday night. Game-flmeli graduated from Elba High THIS FRIDAY i:' ~ eeemed to have a seventeen yarder to Lamar V:30p.mo School in May, 1969. Turner Florala, Alabama on Beauti- ful Lake Jackson is attracting national attention concerning CONTRIBUTIONS FOR LIBRARY SEND TO ESJC "A gift that will live on and on" is taking shape at Enter- prise State Junior College, where a fund in memory of Green Edward Miller, Jr. is being used to buy library books. Young Miller is thought to be the first former ESJC stu- dent killed in combat in Viet- nam. He was a member of Company A, 2nd. Battalion, 502 rid. Infantry, 101st Airborue Division (AMBL). A number of fellow soldiers have written the family about the circumstances of his death. They report that some members of his unitwere pinned down by enemy fire and that he went to their aid with cover fire which allowed some of them to escape. His parents thought of a me- mortal fund when flowers sent by sympathetic friends began to fill the family home. They dis- cussed a substitute for the short-lived blossoms, some- thing that would help other young people. Daughter Martha, the only other child, suggested the junior college library. Mr. and Mrs. Miller and Martha, a sophomore at ESJC herself this *fall, visited the campus last week and talked with President B. A. Forrester about plans for development of the library. They said the selection of the books to be purchased through the memorial fund would be left entirely up to Miss Mabel Willoughby, head librarian. '=We Nat want to see that other kids get some good out of them," Miller said. Forrester said contributions to the fund had been received from Alabama, F1orlda, Cali- fornla, Louisiana, Texas, Ar- kansas, Kansas, and New York and were still being received. He said labels would Identify each book purchased through the fund as a memorial to Green Miller, Jr. He observed that the young man had brought honor to his alma mater and that the books given to the library would serve as "the best kind of living memorial." VISIT PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Can- non had as week-end guests their son, Dick Cannon, his wife, .~rm, and their grand- daughters, little Misses Jen- nifer and Fay Cannon of Fort Walton Beach. BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT- R's a girl for Mr. and Mrs. Danny Powelll LRtle Miss IAnda Caprice Powell weighed 7 1/2 pounds at Edge Memorial Hospital, Troy, Alabama, on September 6. The proud and happy grand- parents are Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Powell of Hughlm Street, Flo- reta and Mr. and Mrs. l~wls JohnsOn, Red Oak Community. surer, and Jerry McDaniel, president. The Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Lake Jackson Club House. tan Nation, East the establishment of the Wind Tribe of the Creek Indian Na- tion. Chief Arthur Turner of Pax- ton has been recognized by the U. S. Government as the Prin- cipal Chief of the Creek Indian Nation East of the Mississippi River. The appointment was made this week. The annual Pew-Wow held on ~he shores of Beautiful Lake Jackson draws several hundred Indians. For this reason it is hoped that an office for Creek Indian affairs will be REGISTRARS IN FLORALA SATURDAYS TO REIDENIFY VOTERS The Covington County Board of Registrars will be in ses- sion in Florala at City Hall on Saturdays, September 12, 19 and 26, 8 until 12 o'clock, to reidentify local electors as qualified voters in Covington County. The registrars are in the process of purging the voters list of registered electors and that all names of deceased or non-residents of the county,or who have otherwise become dis- qualified from voting shall be removed from such lists. This law was passed in reg- ular session of the Alabama Legislature in 1959. It was introduced by Representative J. Fletcher Jones. This law requires the reidentification of voters again in 1970 and each 10 years thereafter. The Board will be at City Hall in Florala every Satur- day in September except the first Saturday for this purpose. On these days no new appli- cants can be accepted, only those qualified voters who must reidentify. Those voters who registered since January l, 1970, do not have to reidentify themselves. opened in Florala soon. Local Creek records reveal this Creek Indian tribe to be over 6,000 strong with blood line descendents, and with 76 enrol- ling since May 23 of this year. This enrollment represents a large number of families from 48 states. The Pew-Wow this year was well represented by 6 states. Chief Turner was notified that effective September 12, 1970, the Wind Tribe will be under a full charter, known as the Principal Creek Indian Nation East of the Mississippi River, and that he will be recog- nized as the Principal Chief of the Creek Indian Nation East of the Mississippi River. The tribe will also establish an Indian store, with an outlet for crafts, Indian foods, and for the preservation of Indian culture. The trade name for this store will be the Creek Indian Crafts and Arts, with address P. O. Box 201, Florala, Alabama 36442. Chief Turner stated to this newspaper Monday that they have already turned out several nice samples of craft and arts and that the future looks bright for such business. Chief Turner states that any person with Creek Indian blood lineage wishing to become a member of this tribe to contact him at the above address. The Wind Tribe Council will meet in the near future to set policies and attend to other mat- ters. The Council is composed of Alice Scott of Enterprise, Otis Turner of F1oraia, Le- nora Glass of Florala, Don McIntosh of DeFuniak Springs, George Rodgers of Pensacola, Lillis S. Rodgers of Pensacola, Vlvin Williamson of Pensacola, Elizabeth Lelanosky of Pen- sacola, Wesly Thamly of En- terprise, Roger Forehand of Pensacola, Malrey Williams of Florala, and Janice Posey of Baker. CHIEF TURNER, WITH CHIEF W. E. "DODE" MclNTOSH OF OKLAHOMA