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October 2, 1975     The Florala News
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October 2, 1975

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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ;UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITE~D. On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast Location of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations Seventy-Sixth Year Florala, Alabama 36442 Covington County Established in lg00 Number 97 Thursday, October 2, 1975 15c Per Single Copy , # II COMMISSIONERS AND CREWS Covington County Comm- issioners and crewmen gave their full support to Florala in helping repair damage at- tributed to hurricane Eioise. When the call for help was given late Sunday by District 8 Chairman Trent Lewis, ev- eryone responded with men and equipment. Also, the services of County Engineer Bill McLain and his assistant were made available. With a dragline, McLain's assistant removed trees from homes, which was most helpful. The really big thing the men are doing is rebuilding the roads on Montgomery Hill. Weed Hicks from District 2 in Anda- lusia brought his crew, bull- dozier, pan and road grader to do this rebuilding job--which is a job that has been put off far too long. The ten families and-that many, or more school children on that hill will be forever grateful. .Commissioner Trent Lewis praised members of the Gas and Water Departments for their splendid cooperation in re- locating gas and water tines so that these roads on Montgomery Hill or Centray Y, as it is sometimes referred to, could be rebuilt. This cooperative effort on the part of the Commissioners and Board Chairman Hiram Pitts is certainly appreciated by the City Governing Body anti CONT. TO PAGE 6 TENTATIVE PLANS SET FOR DISASTER CENTER Mayor Evans notified The Florala News about II:00 o'clock Wednesday morning that State Civil Defense Director C. J. Sullivan's office in Montgomery had phoned to say that they were almost certain that President Ford would declare Cov- ington County a disaster area wednesday afternoon. The Mayor left immediately for Montgomery to begiv pre- liminary planning in this event. Sullivan all but promised that the disaster center would be set up in Florala, which would serve all Covington Countians and would be set up at the new National Guard Armory. It is expected that I0 or more Federal Agencies will be re- presented at the disaster center and teams will be in here as early as Friday for briefing sessions with workers and will most likely begin-council with the people on Saturday and Sunday. ross isa er er American Red Cross Repre- sentatives Groper Adams and Mary Allen King of Covington County Chapter, Andalusia no- tiffed The Florala News Tues- day of this week that a Red Cross Disaster Center will be set up at the Florala Na.. ,.Honal Guard Armory, which will ol)en at I0:00 o'clock Wednes- day morning. It will be staffed /'by a Red Cross Representat- ive, as well as local people. Anyone suffering disaster loss will be welcome to come in and confer with these var- ious representatives who will assist hurricane victims with food, clothing, shelter, etc. Also, representatives will in- terpret some of the govern- mental benefits for which they may be eligible, if and when Covington County receives the Presidential Federal Disaster Declaration. Adams and King also related to the News the results of their county survey, the majority of which was noted in the Florala trade area: dwellings, 12, tot- ally distroyed; 71 with major damage; 192 with minor damage; 3 mobile homes totally destroyed, 4 with major da- mage; 35 small businesses ei- ther with major damage or des- troyed; individual families suf- fering loss, 295. Miss King said that she turned in her tenta- tive report last Friday with very little variation from the final Red Cross report. Miss King also advised that the Red Cross would p;ck up the tab ior expenses incurred by the City of Florala to feed the hundreds of out-of-town workers at Florala National Guard Armory. This order of approval was given last Tues- day, according to Miss King. ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD OF 711 SIGNAL BN., CO. A, OF ATMORE, ALABAMA. Pictured are twenty-nine of the thirty- five members of the Atmore National Guard Unit who came into Florala Tuesday afternoon following the destruction of Hurricane Eloise. They remained in the area lending their assistance in many ways during the week, only leaving the area Sunday after most of the area had electric service, again enabling dairy far- mers, and chicken farms to operate without the assistance of the generators and after streets were cleared so that traffic could move safely. Farmers of the area are expressing their thanks to these men for their invaluable service during the trying days i i |i I i ... Florala Wildcats Tops In 2A SAC The tough Wildcats top the South Ala- bama Conference in the 2A division, re- mairdng as the only undefeated team in their class, witha 5-0 record. Samson fol- lows Florala with a 2 wi,n and 1 loss re- cord, followed by third place Luverne with a 2-2 record. In the individual statistics, Florala's own John Anthony leads both 3A and2A rushers with a total of 447 yards on 58 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns. Following Anthony was Ronald Hines of Eufaula with 304 yards on 53 carries, Johnson of Andalusia with 282 yards on 33 carries, Mike Stacy of Geneva with 278 yards on 65 carries, and then the Wildcats strike again with Jeffery Owens with 276 yards on 35 car- ries. In the passing department, Gauis Gran- tham is currently listed in 6th place with 13 completions out of 34 attempts for 129 yards. On the receiving end, Ricky Ander- son was listed as 8th among all 2A and 3A receivers with 4 receptions for 62 yards. Putting the foot to the ball, Victor Weeks stands in 6th place with 9 punts making a total of 295 yards for 32.7 yards per punt. following the hurricane. They brought lnpower saws and assisted in clearing streets in Florala and Lockhart. Of great help, also, was the Alabama Air Nalional Guard of Montgomery for their assistance. They had eight men on the scene from Tuesday until SatuNay with 4 large generators and assisted in, many other ways, along with the local Guard Unit, who fed the tired and hungry. The people of this area can never express their appreciation enough for the valuable help of these men, who worked all kinds of hours and under all kinds of conditions.