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!'©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPY~'GHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT• REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED• 5~.. ;V ,, - ..... O:.:L.:: ?,. , . .... ,.' " E5 ! L).,, ESTABLISHED IN 1900 Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 27 I=lorala, Alabama 3(5442 Covington County Thursday, September 16, 1976 10 Pages 1 5c Per Single Copy z i~¸ ~ i, i~~ i'j ~i'~!i~' , ' ~ ~i ~' i ~ ~ /'i~ 'i~i'~, ~i : C / / i]i~ ~ ~ i ///¸¸ - FHS Color And Honor Guards - of the Florala Wildcat Marching Band Color and are: Dale Parker, Rifle; AngelaAnthony, American DeVaughn, Alabama Flag. Color Guard, from left are: Gall Bedsole, co-captain; Barbara Wilki4~, Renee Jackson, Denise Dawson, l,aura Powers, Wanita Dawson, captain. Inabinett Buffalow Dedication Slated Tuesday by Liz Bates : The Florala Cfiy Council authorized Mayor Joe Evans to begin work to purchase six lots located next to the Flo- rata Memorial I,ibrary to be used as a site for a future City Hall complex for the city, at their regular meeting on Mon- day, September 13. This site was recommended by architects Fred Dietz and Marshall Fischmlpp of Mobile when they visited Florala last Tuesday. They recommended this site for three reasons, Evans said. First, Evans re- ported, the site will be free of all telephone lines because these will be put underground. Second, the site is bound on three sides by streets. Third, this site will allow future grow- th for the complex in regard to parking areas and such. The architects also suggest- ed that the city consider a building with no less than 10,000 square feet if the com- plex is going to house the city offices, the Water and Gas Boards and the Police Depart- ment, Fire Department and Tri-Cities Rescue Squad, Evans said. "The cost of such a build- ing would run from $27 per square foot to $40 per square foot," Evans added. The architect's fee for draw- ing up the preliminary plans is $8,000, Evans told the council. However, these plans are ne- cessary for the City in sub- ,, :÷mitting their application for apr':oval of a grant to pay for the new City Hall complex un- der the recently passed Fed- :Umbent councilmem- Mickler, was re- her seat on the Flo- Council while another Victor Anderson in his bid for re- is re-elected term in Council Five. She pol- while her rival received a very 321. former coun- Homer John- run-off election Three on the Court- cil. Inabinett received 442 votes while Johnson received 3'74. Former Florala Mayor Car- Ious Buffalow out-polled Vic- tor Anderson 532 votes to ~.86 in the run-off for Council Place Two. Adding these newly-elected councilmembers, the Florala City Council for the next four years will consist of Mayor Joe Evans, re-elected without a run-off; Wilson Jones, Place One; Carlous Buffalow, Place Two; Jack Inabinett, Place Three; Buddy Strickland, Place FAN - Little Miss Suzanne Chambers really into the spirit of Wildcat Football. This little ,', with uniform, enjoys adding to the senior as they lead Wildcat fans. She is the daugh- and Mrs. Glen Chambers. Four and Sybil Mickler, Place Five. Jones and Strickland were also elected without a run-off. The new officials will take office the second Monday in October. Tickets Available Student tickets for the Flo- rala-Georgiana game will be on sale at the usual time and place at Florala High School, Florala City School and W. S. Harlan School, according to FHS Prin- cipal Charles Stevenson. Student tickets will be $I before the game and all tic- kets will be $2 at the gate in Georgiaua. Moody On Board Ewin Moody, owner of Moody Drug Company in Florala, has been named to serve a limited term on the Pharmacy Continu- ing Education Committee to re- view and approve materials for the mandatory program. Moody's appointment came after the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy adopted a regu- lation requiring all pharma- cist in the state who hold a per- mit to handle controlled sub- stances to complete ten hours of approved continuing educa- tion. The regulation becomes effective with renewal of per- mits January 1, 19"/8. This allows pharmacists to begin their required continuing edu- cation in January of 1977. In adoption of this regula- tion, Alabama becomes the 12th state to require continuing edu- cation for its practicing phar- macist. The Florala-Lockhart Ro- tary Club will hold a dedica- tion service for the Florala Memorial Hospital Heliport at the Florala Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, September 21, at 12:30 p.m. The MAST (Military Assis- tance to Safety and Traffic) unit from Fort Rucker will be on hand for the ceremonies. The public is invited to at- tend. ormer The Covington County She- riff and District Attorney Frank McGill both had "no comment," to make about charges levied against them by Ned Moore, former ma- yor of Opp, that his arrest for second degree arson on Friday was "politically moti- vated" by the two men. Sheriff Elie Harrell and District Attorney Frank Mc- Gill both refused to comment during an interview on Mon- day. The charges were made by Moore in a story carried in a Montgomery newspaper on Sunday. McGill would only say, "the Grand Jury has 18 solid citi- zens of Covington County on it and they indict who they want." Moore was one of six people indicted on Thursday, Septem- her 9, by a special one day session of the Covington County Grand Jury. Others indicted were: Kermit (Tobe) Adams, Willie Aoghtman, Carl R. Cleghorn, Tlmmy Gerald Wilson, all of Opp, and Horace Weeks, currently of Montgo- mery. All of those indicted are still in the Covington County Jail with the exception of Moore who is free on a $30,000 bond signed by Mr. and Mrs. I. J. King and Luther Woodham of Opp and Weeks who is sche- duled to stand trial in Pike County on second degree ar- son charges there sometimes this week. Weeks is charged in Pike County with second degree ar- son for the burning of the Boom-A-Rang Club in Troy in late 1975. The arson investigation, which began in August, netted the following indictments: Moore charged with second de- gree arson in connection with a fire that destroyed the Hide- A-Way Club in Opp on July 7. Please Note/ The Pulmonary Functioning Program and the Breathing Class, will be held at the FIo- rala City Hall (old armory) on September 22, from 9 until 4. Horace Weeks was indicted on two counts of buying, re- ceiving and concealing stolen property and grand larceny in- volving equipment allegedly ta- ken from the Boom-A-Rang Club in Troy. He was also indicted on charges of second degree arson in connection with the fire at the Hide-A-Way Club in Opp, the same fire Moore was allegedly involved with. Plus, Weeks was indicted on charges relating to a fire that destroyed the Frank Nelson home in the Perry Story Com- munity outside Opp. Kermit (Tobe) Adams was indicted on charges of assault with intent to murder Harold Lawrence, a witness in one of the arson cases. Bond was set for Adams at $10,000. He was also indicted on charges of second degree arson in con- nection with the burning of the S. D. Wiggins store near the Cedar Grove Community in August of 1966. He was also indicted on a second degree • arson charge in connection with the fire that burned the T. T. Clark Warehouse on Williams Road in Opp on July 24, 1969. The building was, at that time, rented and used by Adams Farm Supply, owned and ope- rated by County Commission- er Jerry Adams. In addition, Adams was in- dicted on second degree arson charges in connection with the Hide-A-Way Club fire. Bond was set at $30,000 each on the arson charges. Willie Aughtman was in- dicted on charges of second de- gree arson in connection with the fire at the Adams Farm Supply and bond set at $30,000. Carl R. Cleghorn and Timmy Gerald Wilson were both in- dicted on charges of second de- gree arson in the fire that des- See ARSON l:~ge 8 eral Government Jobs Bills• If approved as one of the federal projects, the grant for the City Hall complex will be a 100"percent grant and all the city will have to spend on the project is the money for the site and the architect's fee for the preliminary plans. Evans related the latest in- formation available about the Jobs Bills which he received from Southeastern Alabama Regional Planning and De- velopment County last week. The last information reports that application forms will be available sometime before September 20, but that no ap- plications will be accepted by the Economic Development Of- fice until the funds are appro- priated by Congress. Other rules related by the mayor to the council about project funding under the Jobs Bills include: • I. Applications can be sub- mitted with preliminary plans, with work to begin within 90 days after the application has been approved. 2. No one will be funded for the Jobs Bills who has an unemployment rate of less than 6.5 percent. Mayor Evans informed the Council that he had the State Employment Office check Flo- rala and for the month of Au- gust, Florala had an unem- ployment rate of 10.6 percent. This rate is much higher than the average for the county which rWaS only 6,54 percent for May, June and July, the last figures available. In other action, the Coun- cil voted to authorize Mayor Evans to begin work on the possibility of getting a Child Day Care Center for working mothers in the city. Mrs. Marie Jackson met with council to complain that her property in the city was. being washed away because of the work being done on sewage by the city. Evans told Mrs. Jackson that the City would see that her property would be treated exactly like the pro- perty of all the citizens on that street and that the matter was being taken care of. On a motion by Council- man " Victor Anderson, the Council voted to put a street light in the center of West Sixth Avenue in Westlawn Heights. Anderson stated that several senior citizens lived there and that the light was necessary. The next council meeting will be September 2'7, 19"/6 at 6 p.m. by Liz Bates The Covington County Board of Commissioners voted on Monday, September 13, to spend $8,000 for a set of pre- liminary plans for a new coun- ty jail to be drawn up by Sherlock, Smith and Adams, an architect firm from Mont- gomery, Alabama. Although the binding for the new jail is still in the planning stages, the commissioners ap- proved this expenditure on a motion by Jerry Adams and seconded by Trent Lewis. In other business, Sheriff Elie Harrell met with the com- missioners concerning the needs for his department for the coming year. "I don't see how we can get by with any less personnel," Harrell told the Commissioners, "but 1 think we can get by with the same number we had last year." However, Harrell did tellthe Harrell also said that pre- sently he was driving his own vehicle so that all the men would have a dependable auto- mobile to use. Commission President Hi- ram Pitts reminded Harrell that last year he agreed that the Sheriff's Department would only need two new automobiles per year, sd that the county would not have to spend so much on automobiles in one year. However, Harrell replied to this comment by telling Pitts and the other commissioners that the County only had to pur- chase one car last year because one other car was purchased with federal funds. See COMMISSION "Page 8 Arrested At Commission that the Sheriff's Department needed three or Fun House possibly four new automobiles• He stated that some had been abused but that more than one had over 100.000 miles on it. Tim Gautney of Opp has been arrested and charged with vio- lation of Alabama's Controlled Substance Act for selling mari- juana to a state undercover agent at the Fun House in Opp, according to Sheriff, s Deputy Don Harrell. The Fun House in Opp is owned and operated by Harry McDaniel. Gautney was ar- rested on Friday following an earlier indictment by a Cov- ington County Grand Jury. Arraignment is scheduled for sometime this week. He was arrested at the home of his parents at Route Two, Opp, Alabama. Gautney is currently free on a $5,000 bond. Beginner Band To Start Chief Arthur Turner J Set The Creek Indians will hold their Eighth Annual Pow-Wow in Florala on October 9, 1976 at Lake Jackson. Chief Tur- ner invites everyone, friends, neighbors and Indian members to come and spend the day, bringing your lunch or buying it there. There will be se- veral stands set up on the grounds with displays and food. Several representatives from the State of Alabama will be present. The State Histo- rical Fort and Trails Com- mission Chairman will present an. Award of Merit to Chief Turner. Turner is the first Indian Chief to hold office with the State of Alabama at large as a representative of the Creek Nation East of the Mis- sissippi. According to Turner, the Commission will work for the next four years to get more historical parks and trails es- tablished in Alabama than in any Other state east of the Mississippi. Indians are one of the his- torial people under study by the Commission now and Chief Turner said that he, with the other council members on this Commission, are making pro- gress in identifying members of the Creek Indian Nation so that within the next four months the nation will, "know who they are and where they are." The program on October 9 will begin at 10 a.m. and con- tinue until. FHS Band Director Andy Alsup announces a meeting next Tuesday night, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. for all students in the 5th and 6th grade or older who are interested in being in the beginner band program. The meeting will he held at the Florala High School Bandroom. At that time, Mr. Alsup will discuss with the students and their parents, all the facts con- cerning the program. There will be instruments on hand for the children to examine and a selection will be made. Mr. Alsup has been to W.S. Harlan and to Florala City School and given a musical aptitude test to the 5th and 6th graders. Many students show- ed a great deal of interest m participating in the band pro- gram. The band program has a great deal tooffer any child-- not only the musical develop- ment, but also discipline, pride, group participation, the opportunity of accomplish- ment and the opportunity to be involved. At the elementary and junior high level participation inband does not exclude participation in other extracurricular acti- vities. The band program does have a great deal to offer. So, when your child asks if he can join the band -- for his sake -- says yes,