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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. 3089 SIMmONs L'. IV IIO/JTGoIIERy, AL4 4.. A ;'o:,L" 36L08 ESTABLISHED IN 19OO Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 29 Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Thursday September 30, 1976 10 Pages 15c Per Single Copy Liz Bates Police Depart- two individuals September 27, for Alabama's Con- Act The was made by Of- at •pproxima- tely hi0 a.m. onMonday morn- ing. The second arrest was made at approximately 8 a.m. Mock was on routine patrol in the early hours of Sunday morning when he observed a red car turning off East 5th Avenue onto 10th Street. He > D/sp/ay Marijuana POLICE OFFICERS display marijuana they found at approximately 1:10 a.m. At left is Assis- Thomas and Ray Mock. Seeks Circuit Post In Walton Philip A. Anderson has announced his candidacy-for re-election to the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Walton County in the up- coming general election which will be held on November 2, 1976. Anderson, for 17 years a teacher and basketball coach at Paxton High School, was born in Paxton and received his earlier education at Bell School in the Alaqua Community. He graduated from Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs and received his B. S. and M. S. Degrees from Troy State University. Philip Anderson has served fro the past eight years as your Clerk of Circuit Court and 'realizing the duties and re- ~sponsibilities of the Clerk's See ANDERSON Page 9 Council Holds Az Bates r Council met meeting of rear on Monday, For Council- Hutchinson, and Jack Zorn council year terms. last meeting, the I to allow Mayor sign a standard agreement Dietzprince from Mobile for a city hall. y At- tlso passed a the drilling the City of for received $17 to use in the local option program, accord- ing to Mayor Evans. Victor Anderson made the motion to use this money for the drilling of a test well. Then the Council voted to employ Polyengineering from Dothan, to draw the plans for the test well. In other business, the Coun- cil discussed 'the problems Starr and Son were having com- pleting the sewage lines in the City. The mayor explained that Starr and Son was having some problems passing the pressure test for sewage lines and that several lines would have to have more work done on them. The Council also discussed appointments to the various boards in the city. After a reminder by Councilmember $ybil Mickler that the past councils had allowed the new council the courtesy of ap- followed the car and further observed that the car failed to stop at a stop sign at the in- tersection of 10th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. The car then turned onto Lakeshore Boulevard. Mock also saw the indivi- dual, who was alone in the car, throw a large bag out of the window. He stopped and picked up the bag and found it to contain 15 small cellophane bags of green vegetable mat- ter. He then proceeded to stop the subject. After Mock had stopped the car, Assistant Chief Hayward Thomas arrived on the scene. Mock advised him of the green vegetable matter and Thomas informed the subject, Ann Fleming Venzile, 25, from En- terprise that she was under ar- rest for violation of Alabama's Controlled Substance Law. She was taken to the Fin- rain Police Department where she was arrested. Police Chief Paul Mitchell was called to the station and then called the Covington County Sheriff's office for their assistance. Investigator How- ard Easley came to Florala. According to Chief Mitchell, the bag contained a little over • pound of marijuana divided into 15 lids. During questioning by Chief Mitchell and Investigator Ho- ward, according to a state- meat. by. Mitchell M§. Venzile stated" thbt'She bengh't the marijuana from two young men driving a green car. She sta- ted that she did not know their names or anything of that na- ture. "She advised us that one subject had set the deal up for her and was here in town at Kendrick's Apartments, oil IOOd ii i tlM~ UM~ IMNI more marijuana inside the house," Mitchell stated. The county was called got a search warrant for tlm apartment, Mitchell continued. Sheriff Department Officers George Szpek and Jim Stalling joined in the investigation from the County . The Florala Po* lice Department and the She- riff's Department personnel entered the apartment and found one subject in the apart- ment, James Mack Smith, wlw was arrested for violation Ot Alabama's Controlled Sub- stance Act, Mitchell said. "He had one full lid and • part of another one in his poc- ket," Mitchell stated. There was also some para- phernalia and several roaches (marijuana cigarette but~) found in an ash tray, Mitchell stated. Both Ms. Venzile and Smith were taken to the Covingtoe County Jail in Andalusia. In another drug arrest oa Sunday night, Assistant Chid Hayward Thomas and Auxiliary Captain Lamar Mitchell stop- ped a man whom they suspect* ed of driving while intoxica- ted. Upon searching the in- dividual, Michael Wayne Men* dows, they found a plastic Iml. of green vegetable matter, sire- peeled to be marijuana, andin- side the bag, several small blocks of green vegetablemat- ter which the subiec~ sai~ was haSl~ish." ........ '" ~ .... Meadows was then arrested for violation of Alabama's Controlled Substance Act. He was also taken to the county jail on Monday. Florala officers involved in the first investigation were: Ray Mock, Hayward Thomas, A~ V. Patrick, Wanda Smith ud Paul MflclmU. Found Monday Morning t Meeting pointing board members, the council decided to table that discussion until the next meet- ing when the new council takes office. Councilman Victor Anderson stated that he had enjoyed working with the council for the past four years as did council- woman Chick HUtchinson. Both wishes the new council the best of luck in the next four years. Three Arrested Marijuana Raid Here Lonnie Davidson of Florala was arrested on September 16 and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of non-tax paid cigarettes, vio- lation of the prohibition laws and buying, receiving or con- cealing stolen property, ac- cording to the Covington Coun- ty Sheriff's Office. Also arrested were Lowell lYavidson and Jacquline David- son, also of Florala. They were charged with possession of marijuana. Dupoties George Szpek and Jim Stallings from the Sheriff's Department said that the ar- rests were made, acting on in- form•Uon they had received earlier on Thursday. They recovered a number of alleg- edly stolen items. These in- clude a stereo, and several other items as well as the ci- garettes and wine which had no tax stamps on them, the deputies said. Lowell Davidaun was re- leased on bond, but was picked up by the county for public drunkness and placed back in Jail as is Lounie Davidson. Jacquline Davidson is cur- rently free on bond. am City, County Officers Display Drugs ASSISTING IN THE ARRESTS on Monday morning were (from left) Chief Paul Mitchell, Sergeant A. V. Patrick, Officer Ray Mock, Assistant Chief Hayward Thomas, County Investigators Howard Easley and George Szpek. Not pictured is radio dispat- cher Wanda Smith. oca :ion enln $ The NutritionCenter for se- nior citizens in Florala and Locidaart will not be able to open on October 1 as origi- nally planned by the city coun- cil and Southeast Alabama Re- gional Planning and Develop- ment Council, Mayor Joe Evans informed the city council on Monday night. The reason for the delay, according to Evans, is the failure of equipment for the preparation of the food to ar- rive on time in Enterprise. A private food service firm from Atlanta was awarded the bid to provide food for all the nutrient centers in the State of Alabama. They began work in August on a site in Enter- prise, but the needed equip- ment for that site was delay- ed. Mayor Evans told the coun- cil that officials expected the center in Floraia to be abl e to open sometime in late October or early November. The NutriUonCenter is lo- cated at the American Legion Post indowntown Florala. Any- one in Florala or Lockhart of this area over 65 years of age may fill out an application for the program which will offer free hot meals. Mrs. Bessie Henderson is the site manager for the Nut- riUon Center in the Florala- Lockhart area. ommlsslon tes O or ew The County Commissioners of Covington County met in a special meeting on September Z3 to discuss obtaining a five acre tract of land for the site of a new county jail. The Commissioners decided to contact the City of Anda- lusia about obtaining a piece of land it owns as the base plot for architects to use in designing the building. The tract discussed by the Commissioners is located be- hind the Ford dealership in Andalusia on the city by-pass and is bordered by the Ste- wart Street Extension. The Commissioners meet- ing Thursday morning was called by Chairman Hiram Pitts after he was advised by the architects responsible for the plans that a topographical map of the proposed land tract would be necessary. Pills also stated that Hoop- er-McDonald Engineering Co- mpany in Andalusia would be contacted about drawing up the necessary topographical in- formation after County Engi- neer Billy McClain advised the Commissioners that his opera- tions were taxed to the limit and had neither the time nor the equipment to undertake the work. At the first meeting of the month, the Commission voted to spend $8,000 for a set of preliminary plans for the new county jail to be drawn up by the firm of Serlock, Smith and Adams from Mont- gnmery. uslnesses Get Face Lifts by Merle Woodham It is really surprising what a coat of paint can do to improve the looks of a place. A number of merchants have done just that and my what a difference it makes. Florala Hardware's front has been done over in charcoal with white lettering and is most attractive. Owner Michael Gonden even went to the trouble of painting the sidewalk in front of the store, adding even more to the overall good looks. On the other side of East Fifth, the Jim Brays have really brightened up the old Public Gas Building with their nice as- sortment of light fixtures. They look so pretty at night when riding through town. Also, I noticed the Florala Thrift Store has repainted their big sign along South Fifth, as did Evelyn's Beauty Shop on East Fifth. Every little bit helps and we have a number of buildings on main street which are in ill repair and could sure use a face lift. Unless we do begin to take a little more pride in the outward appearance of our businesses, we can't really expect people to be too interested in what's inside. Of course, Henry Wilson, soon after buying Booth Drug Com- pany last year, did an extreme fact lift to that building which added to the appearance along that side of the street. Others who made improvements last year, either with a paint job or other- wise, included Moody Drugs, The Village Lady, West 5& 10¢ Store, C & S Fabrics, The Fashion Shop. Burgess-Harrison Motors added new awnings and a paint job, as did McDaniel Motor Company and Great Day's awning and sign across the front has a new paint job. Adding a completely new look was Taylor Auto Parts on West Fifth Street. Franklin-Ferguson painted their building beautiful shades of blue. George's Front End Service has also made improvements and Trailway Bus Service has opened a station in a freshly painted little building. Also painting their fronts were Zorn Auto Service, Four Points Auto Service and the Big R. I want to compliment Jerry Evans on the warm and inviting look created at Evans' Store For Men, with the potted plants and greenery, which adds so much to his window decor. All these improvements are a big help but we still have a long way to go for an all-new look which is what we so des- perately need. The City of Florala built a new sidewalk on East Fifth in front of Norris & Johnson, and added improvement, I must say and there are a good many more sidewalks around town that need a complete overhaul. Maybe this is something we can look • forward to as future achievements. We understand the Florala Telephone Company is experiencing growing pains and they, too, are in the process of expanding. Another expansion underway on the Opp Highway, James Peters is more than doubling the Dinner Bell Lounge floor space, adding 48 feet, which will include space for a live hand and dance floor. Right off hand, I can't think of any other expansions or im- provements. If I have omitted anyone, I will be glad to add those to the list of Florala merchants whotakepride in their establish- meats next week. Keen uv the ~ood work!