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NEWS - 1H URSDAY, OCTOB~ 2, 1975 PAGE 11: i:; kTIONAL PAPER COMPANY CREWMEN Tuesday as- Clearing roads leading out of Florala and cutting and off and out of houses in Lockhart. through Friday, crewmen assisted in cutting down lines in Lockhart and lifting trees off churches ]n Florala, Lockhart and surrounding area. used consisted of power saws, axes, log skidders DELEGATION from Florala and Lock- on hand to m~et U.S. Congressman Bill Dickinson he made a whirlwinda aerial view of Hurricane AN KENDRICK and fellow worker, Scott Scho- Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Schofield, who was Mrs. Ken- assistant in removing limbs and debris from her very graciously offered ihe use of her saw to ling it, and further commented, "Now Brother Joe he wants too, but I sawed off a lot of small limbs )NALS Jo Gomillion, daugh- Betty Gomillion of Joel Gomillion of pledged Alpha at Hunt- in Montgomery, Mrs. Saxton Raines a, Alisa and Jason Thurs- with her and Mrs. J. P. Carl Justin Robbins Florida, was a of his grand- and Mrs. Tom Gib- and Mrs. Douglas them on Sunday. Lowrey, Mr. and Mr. Ed- Tommy Low- Mr. and Mrs. of Montgomery Lowrey, his son-in-law La- L of Pensacola Flo- to help McNeill. She trees to fall, them across the Letter To Editor Dear EdHor: Hats off to Commissioner Lloyd Weeks and his faithful crew for the many nice things they did for us, the people of Walson County, during theweek that followed the worst storm in our county since 1900. Both he and his men rendered,ser- vices, beyond the call o! duty to his own district as well as others. Some of the nicethings were securing and usinggener- ators to save freezers; clearing roads and getting dry ice; and surveying the county with Con- gressman Sakes and Governor Askew by air and having our County declared a disaster area. He was as busy as an ant preparing for winter and I personally want to thank him publicly for his untiring ef- forts and deeds. We need many men of his type in public office who are willing and able to help us when we are in desperate need. Thanks Commissioner and Crew for a job well done! Sincerely yours, /s/Polly Durell il ,iii and log loader, plus several pickup trucks. Crewmen assisting in this operation included, kneeling, from left, Pete Store, Junior Thompson, Ralph Burlison, Lester Pee Wee Review BY MORRIS MYERSON As Hurricane Eloiseleft town with much damage, another Hurricane, Jimmy Dunn, struck for two dazzling runs of 61 yards, and 62 yards for two touchdowns, for the Tigers, making the final score: Tigers 12, Jets 0, in their tilt at Mathews Stadium Saturday night. "Radar" Philip Mitchell con- tinued his strong defensive play by recovering a fumble, mak- ip.g his second recovery in two games In the second game of the night saw the much favored Rams barely squeezing by the Cowboys by the score of 8 to 6. The Cowboys threw a rug- ged defense, featured by the strong tackling of Shane Mc- Clelland and company. The Cowboys touchdown was made by Dave Johnson, a brilliant run of 3~. yards. From this reporters viewpoint, you could hear the leather popping all the way up the grand stands. The officiating of Fate Du- kes and Henry Evans was ex- cellent. All the Pee Wee Lea- gue Teams and coaches appre- ciate their efforts. First Accident Phillips, Carson Paul; back row, from left, James Harrison, Reported In Jimmy Lawrence, Larry Snow, Steve Geohagan, Tim Kyser, Pete Prater, Joe Mayfield, W. W. Belcher and Leonard Smith. EJoise Clean t~p Florala recorded her first tragic accident as a result of hurricane damage Tuesday, about 2:30 p.m. I. D. Thomas, about 58 years of age, of the McPhail Farm Road while trying to cut a felled pecan tree, fell about 35 feet and according to Hospital Ad- ministrator James York, was paralized from the waist down. He was rushed to Florala Memorial by the Tri-City Res- cue Squad and after emergency treatment by Dr W. D. Potter, MAST force of Fort Rucker was summoned to fly Thomas to VA Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment. Thomas is a brother to lona Collins. TAX CREDIT damnge In south Alabama, In an effort to get 12 ctmnties de- clared Federal Disaster Areas. Alabama Power Return To Duties Alabama Power Company crews, many of them away from home for a week, will be- |in returning to normal duties Tuesday, having cleaned up af- ter one of the most costly storms ever to hit the com- Imny's system. For the crews it will be a return to normal work days af- ter shifts lasting up to 36 con- tinuous hours last week as they moved into thedevastated areas of southeast Alabama even be- fore the rains and high winds of Hurricane Eloise had sub- sided. Crews were placed on alert Monday afternoon and told to stand by to travel early Tues- day morning, after it became evident that Eloise would hurl her major fury at the south- eastern part of the state. But , damage to property and the Alabama Power Company sys- tem extended as far north as Gadsden. By Tuesday night, some 450 extra linemen, repairmen, and technical experts had moved in and started to work in accor- dance with plans developed as the extent and area of the da- mage became evident. In all, more than 500 extra workmen took part in the cleanup. Com- munications difficulties, high winds, and rains hampered early work, but by Tuesday night service had been restored to some 55,000 of the 135,000 Alabama Power Company cus- tomers without electric ser- vice because of the storm. Thirty-six-hour shifts begun at the start of the cleanup con- tinued through Wednesday, and, during that day, service was re- stored to another 45,000 cus- tomers, and work-shifts were cut back to 16 to 18 hours. Hurricane Eloise was one of the most costly storms ever to hit the Alabama Power Company system and did an estimated $2 million in da- mages to transmission lines, distribution systems, substa- tions, and otherpower company properties, according to John D. Jones, vice-president for power delivery. Jones said the damage to the system was "the most wide- spread the company has ever experienced and was similar in the dollar-amount of damages to the series of tornadoes that skipped across a large part of the state two years ago." Jones today had high praise for local citizenry throughout the hurricane damaged area. He said residents in many areas pitched in to help clear away debris and offered other ser- vices to power company crews as they worked in those areas. Around-the-clock work con- tinued through Sunday night, September 28, and, by early Monday, service had been re- stored to all but 1,300 custo- mers who were initially with- out service. Many of these were in outlying areas, Jones said, causing a slowdown in the rate of restoration of service. He said crews would continue working throughout the day Monday and Monday night if necessary to get the job com- pleted but that it would take another two weeks or so to complete the cleanup and re- store the system to normal operation. "Spirit of the crews was reported excellent and morale high throughout this exception- al performance of duty," Jo- nes said, "and we have receiv- ed numerous compliments from the public on our crews' per- formance of duty under unusual circumstances." Jones said the widespread damage, early communications problems, the problems of mov- ing the necessary equipment into the storm damaged area, and, in some cases, even hav- ing to truck gasoline for use by local crews slowed repair work somewhat. "But, overall, we feel that with the excellent co- operation we received from lo- cal people during this crisis, service was restored as quickl;? as possible." he added. At the height of the repair work, Alabama Power had about 700 employees at work helping to restore service, re- place some 470 broken poles, replace 42 transniission to- wers, repair thousands of bro- ken conductors, and clear up debris so that service could be restored to individual custO- mars. Jones said that as tar as the number of customers affected, Hurricane Eloise was the worst ever to strike the Alabama Po- wer system and that it also af- fected the widest area of the system of any storm. Private employers of public assistance recipients may now claim an income tax credit against wages paid these em- ployees, the Covington County Pensions and Security Direc- tor announced recently. "Employers who meet cer- tain requirements may claim a Z0 percent tax credit against up to $5,000 in wages paid to recipients to Aid to Dependent Children," Mrs. Virginia Mills exphlned. The new credit applies only to wages paid between March 28, 1975 and July 1, 1976, ac- cording to regulations of the Department of Health, Educa- tion and Welfare. The credit itself cannot exceed $1,000. "Employers must certify that the employee was continuously receiving ADC for the 90 days just before he was hired," Mrs. Mills said. Certification forms are available from the Depart- ment of Pensions and Security. In contrast to older laws, the new tax credit applies to em- ployers of non-business or do- mestic workers, including maids, housekeepers and cooks, but is not applicable to mig- rant workers. Also, the em- ployee must not have disptac- ed any other person from em- ployment, must have been em- ployed full time for 30 conse- cut.ire days or more, and must be paid wages comparable to those received by other em- ployees doing similar work. "This is a new tax credit and should not be confused with an older one affecting ADC re- cipients enrolled in the Work Incentive, or WIN program," the Director continued. He/she added, however, that the tax credit for employers of WIN registrants is still in effect. DISASTER INFORMATION CONT. FROM FRONT and he couldn't see why it should not be honored. To the County Commissioners, Mayor Evans expressed a special thanks, on behalf of Council, for the help they had given during clean-up operations and for their promised further help. "We can't do it without you," said the Mayor. Evans advised Council that once Covington County is declared a Federal Disaster area, there are individual assistant sources -- 1) food (that has been taken care of); 2)temporary housing- emergency shelter and temporary housing will be handled by HUD; 3) medical care; 4) assistance for home owners -- loan for home repairs; mortgage and rental assistance, work assis- tance in rebuilding -- will be handled by local charitable or- ganizations and the city; 5) assistance for businessmen - loans to reDair or replace business, handled by Small Business Ad- ministration; 6) assistance for farmers, ranchers, oyster plan- ters and pecan growers -- loans to repair or replace farm buildings, FHA (Farmers Home Administration); crop losses, FHA; help in getting feed for livestock, under the agriculture stabilization and conservation service extension. All these people will provide offices to serve individual needs, when and if the Iederal disaster declaration comes. Also, in this event the city can get money to remove any tree or stump within 50 feet of a house or drive. Pay will not be available for those already moved, only the ones remaining. The city will be paid for the extensive damage that has been done to streets and sidewalks. All this information has been com- piled by Recreational Director Buddy Strickland and assis- tants. Also, when certified reports are compiled of money spent on men working and equipment, the city will be reim- bursed for tNs expense. This total, the first for men and equipment only, is $3,451.00. Mayor Evans' staff already is keeping a day by day account of such expenses. City Clerk Martha Byrd was designated to sign all claims relating to disaster work, etc. Mayor Evans asked 1Sgt. Hubbart Byrd, who sat in on the telephone conference, to please convey Council's sincere ap- preciation and vote of confidence to The Florala National Guard Unit for the tremendous job they had performed in re- lation to the disastrous effects of hurricane Eloise. Council- man Zorn asked him to please convey the fact that Florida dairymen and chicken farmers had also pinned the hero's badge on the Alabama National Guardsmen who came to thelr rescue, when the Florida National Guard would not. Sgt. Byrd told the group that they could pin roses wherever they chose, but, if it had not been for the Mayor of Florala and the Florala City Council calling National Guard Headquarters in Montgomery and doing their homework, everyone in the Florala trade area would have been badly hurt. Byrd Said that his priorities was to get water back on for the cities; 2)to get dairies back in operation to save the cows; 3) to see that chickens were fed and watered. Byrd further stated that after 24 to 48 hours, he had orders to begin winding down the operation here, and he just didn't see how that would be possible at that time, so he called the Mayor for help. The Mayor tried in vain to reach the Governor of Alabama to get guardsmen orders extended. "We don't know who he finally reached, but he better talk to him every time for after that telephone conversation, orders were for the Alabama National Guardsmen to stay as long as was necessary until power was restored to all concerned, " Byrd said. He said their orders were to work for the Mayor and Council of the City of Florala - the only group who went through the proper channels to get help. In regard to power restoration, Sgt. Byrd related to Counclt that as of Tuesday, September' 30, he thought that power had been restored to every person suffering major problems. His orders were to phase out operations as of midnight Tuesday. The Sgt. told the Mayor and Council that should they run for public of- face around Paxton, Laurel Hill and some of the other Florala communities which they helped, they would probably get a sub- stantial vote of confidence, also. The Mayor, in planning ahead, told the Council that on the 'occasion of Florala's 106th 24th of June Masonic Celebration he wanted the City to treat all the National Guardsmen who assisted in anyway with disaster relief work to be SPECIAL guests of the City at a fish fry on Beautiful Lake Jackson - All concurred with a big - ALRIGHT. Hurricane related business included Street Department Fore- man Frank Harrison's request for a 36 inch chain saw and one smaller. Councilman Victor Anderson said that Florala lost the use of a State train and operator Tuesday, by not having trees trimmed and ready for the train. He said that the State would bring the piece of equipment back into town Wednesday, if the trimming work had been done, enabling the train operator to keep busy. Anderson stated that the state equipment could be used for loading trees and stumps as long as they could be reached from the street, only, until such time as Floralais declared a National Disaster area. In this event, the equipment could be used on pri- vate property. Council voted unaminously to buy the needed saws. Anderson stated that they were ill-prepared for all the help that poured in from the state and county on Monday morning of which they, the Street Department, was not aware. However, by noon or soon after, operations began functioning more smoothly. State road crews worked in and around the Florala City School area Monday. By Merle Woodham It is a small wonder that the farmers in south Alabama have anything left to salvage in view of the fact that not only did 10 to 12 inches of rain tall during the time Eloise lashed her fury upon us, but, according to a Dothan Eagle report, this area suffered the ravages of 116 mph winds for lZ minutes and 80 mph for a sustained period of one hour - it seemed more like 3 hours A local barometer reading was interpreted by a professional at ~.8.3. I don't understand or know anything about barometer read- ings, but from what we can gather, when it hits 28.3, it's time for alarm. Our good friend Jack,G6olsbv was among those who welcomed ~ongressman Bill Dickinson into Florala last Friday at Florala umcipal Airport and he was somewhat upset over the ASC re- port concerning crop damage in Covington. The office in Anda- lusia had listed most everything with around 10% damage. Jack and Lynn Zorn of Zorn Brothers agreed that in most cases 40% damage would have been a conservative estimate. And that con- servative figure was providing we had good weather in the days and weeks ahead so that farmers could finish harvesting their peanuts, corn and soybeans. Goolsby said the corn crop was flattened as was the soybeans and whether or not the soybeans recovered would remain to be seen. Even at best, with beans beginning to sprout, farmers would suffer a great reduction in price. Peanuts left in the ground and on top, are disease infested and many can only be used for oils. With hurricane Qladys apparently heading in our direction, the outlook for area farmers is indeed grave. DEAN REPORTS ON ENTERPRISE AREA Donald Dean, who has three nurserys in and around the Enter- prise area said that Florala suffered more tree damage than was sustained there, main;y because we had more and bigger trees, and that the business district, house trailers and chicken farm damages far sufficed ours. He said that in some trailer parks you hardly saw a trailer standing. Thisdamage was noted between Enterprise and Daleville. Dean's primary vurpose in visiting the area was to check on his nurserys and reported that they all suffered severe damage - two green houses were totally destroyed, one badly damaged. He said chicken houses between Coffee Springs and Daleville were practically leveled, tin was scattered in every direction. He reported the Genera to Enterprise road was a real disaster. area. In other places there was hardly any damage. Many. of the stores were completely demolished with only the walls left stand- ing. Dean said Samson looked good compared to other places he visited. Dean said that "price gouging was a real problem m the Enterprise area. with one death probably attributed as a result. He told one of the saddest stories I have heard in hurricane related news -- two old ladies living inCoffee County had enlisted a crew to remove a tree from her home and when they presented her with a several hundred dollars bill, she had a heart attack and died enroute to the hospital. He said that he did not learn her name, but was familiar with the drive where she reportedly lived and most likely would know her.