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Sm a!Itown Newspapers 217 4 COTA ST !>" SHELTON ,......,., .,qR,:4 i hflla,..,i,,%i.i,Ml!,flll/..,!!!j,,!i!!.l/,nl.hl, ESTABLISHED 1900 Location Of One Hundred Forty-Four Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED FOURTEENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER 30" ! 0 PAGES PRINTED ON ! 00% RECYCLED PAPER SEPTEMBER 24, 20 ! 4 50 PER ISSUE CS^LEST SURE DID AP- PRECIATE Margaret Hildebrand (right), who resides at Hilltop Terrace, calling to in- form me that a plant was growing out of a block wall which encloses their apart- ment complex. If enlarged, this shot would make a beauti- ful wall hanging and it is so unusual. Thanks Margaret for making the call. I DON'T THINK Larry meant to do it, but, he has made some red hot pepper jelly. A little of this jellly will go a long ways. However, it sure will be pretty sitting on the shelf. We had so many peppers growing in the garden, we had to do something with them. I took a large basket full to our church social recently and had to bring most of them back home. I guess every body thought the basket of peppers was suppose to be a table decoration. It was, but, I sure didn't expect to have to bring them all back home. OUR CATS MUFFET, CHIP and Felix are enjoying their bed Aunt Cindy Woodham Pink- ston brought them. They were spoiled bad enough. Now, they are rotten. To Aunt Cindy they say - "Hey! Thanks. We don't get this kind of treatment from our folks. It sure is nice hav- ing a comfy bed. Hurry back to see us. You bring the nicest gifts." - Lots of love, Muffet, Chip and Felix. THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE (Matthew 25:14-30 ESV) - The Parable of the Talents "For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servant and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, say- ing, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents 'more.' His mater said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and see ROSE page 2 The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 .lllUi!@i!lll!i!iU!!llll 100 years of football The. his- tory of the Florala Wild- cats began in the year 1914 with a rough initiation. The Wildcats' very first game was against Enter- prise where they lost 0-49 under Head Coach Ernest Manning, but with time the teams adapted to the sport and became a force in the area. In 1927 the Wildcats went on to have their first undefeated season, winning every game with a shutout except for a tie score of 6-6 against T.R. Miller and a 0-0 score against Enterprise. This was James Jen- kins's second season as head coach. In his third season he led the team to another shutout season with six- teen consecutive wins. In his fourth and final season in 1929, Florala had only one loss, which was to Enter- prise, two ties, and three wins. The Wildcats were competitive until 1935. They did not field an- other team again until 1941. During this space of time our country was suffering from the Great Depression and then consumed with our entry into World War II. Funding and fo- cus returned in 1941 when Coach Jodie Rawls led the Wildcats to six wins and two losses, andthe tradi-  tion continued for decades. The Wildcats were Regional Champs in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1997, and 1998. In 2007 Ar- lton Hudson entered his eighth season as head coach, and during this year the: Wildcats set a team re- cord for most points scored by both teams with 122 points. Florala has played 95 seasons. The most wins in a season is 12 and the most losses is 10. The largest margin of victory was in 1922 with 75. Throughout Florala football his- tory, Samson has been the greatest rival. Sixty games have been played with Florala winning 34, losing 24, and tying twice. Entering this football season, the Wildcats have been reflective on 100-year legacy' and aware of the role they play in upholding it. With a 3-1 start, the Wildcats are looking to leave a mark on 100 years of foot- ball. Homcoming festivities are under- way this week. See page 8 for addi- tional details. During Friday night's game against Akron at Matthews Stadium, following the band's performance, the school would like to recognize anyone who participated, cheerleading or band at either Cov- ington County High Sschool or Flo- rala High School. Meth supplier arrested Tuesday night, September 16, Drug Task Force agents arrested Carrie Cullifer, 35, of Laurel Hill, Florida, for Manufacture of a Con- trolled Substance II, Felony Posses- sion of Drug Paraphernalia and Dis- tribution of a Controlled Substance. Cullifer was a known supplier of methamphetamine in Covington County, according to information received by Drug Task Force agents. An undercover officer working with the Drug Task Force was able to in- filtrate her operation and, yesterday, she met the person she thought was a buyer in Covington County to de- liver methamphetamine in exchange for pseudoephedrine. Instead, she was arrested. She remains in the custody of the Covington County Jail on a $350,000.00 bond. Drug Task Force Commander Mark Odom was pleased with the success of the operation. "We ap- preciate the information about drug activity we receive from our citizens. We follow up on every tip we receive, and it is rewarding to know that one less supplier is on the streets of Cov- ington County dealing in drugs." ... Sgt. Adams Florala Police Sergeant found dead inhome by Jan Allred Florala Police Chief Sonny Bedsole con- firmed that Sergeant Paul Adams was found dead in his home at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. According to Bedsole, Adams had been ill for several weeks and no foul play is suspected in the case. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation (AB1) was contacted to assist the department with the investigation into Adams' death. An autopsy will be performed and Bedsole hopes the preliminary results will available by Friday. Sgt. Adams had been an employee of the Flo- rala Police Department for about five years and also worked as a deputy for the Covington Coun- ty Sheriffs Depart- ment. Bedsole stated "This is a great loss for our community and depart- ment." IRS warns of phone scams The IRS continues to warn the public to be alert for tele- phone seams. The callers often claim to be with the IRS and usually demand money. Based on the most recent figures released, there have been at least 90,000 complaints about these phone seams and about 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million. "Be suspicious of anyone who calls demanding your money or your private infor- mation," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone. "These con artists can sound very convincing and will probably try to intimidate you into giving them what they want." Boone said the ca.llers may know a lot about you and Usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers. If you don't answer, they of-' ten leave an "urgent" callback request. Boone reminded taxpayers that the IRS respects taxpayer rights and follows guidelines when work- ing out payment of taxes due. He offered a list of five things the scammers often do but theiRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a sign of a seam. The IRS will never: Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice. Demand that you pay taxes with- out giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Require you to use a certain pay- ment method for your taxes such as a prepaid debit card. Ask for credit or debit card num- bers over the phone. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. If you get a phone call from some- one claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what to do: If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at If you know you don't owe taxes or have no rea- son to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at Use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" to report the seam.. Please add "IRS Telephone Seam" to the comments of your complaint. Remember, the IRS currently does not use un- solicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more infor- mation on reporting tax seams, go to and type "seam" in the search box. To get IRS tips by email, subscribe to IRS Tax Tips at,