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October 4, 1973

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- ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• " SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT, REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED, IELL3 .......... .... • CO ?AN¥ X 3089 $i MU S LEIYE IIO GO ER , ALAKAI )6108 LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST ESTABLISHED IN 1900 LOCATION OF 103 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CEI.EBB %TIONS ITH YEAR NUMBER 30 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1973 10c PER SINGLE COI)Y MOST VACANCIES IN POLICE FORCE FILLED R. Evans has is- to the people efforts of the in the con- The city's on October 1, audit of the fin- will be made to the firm of Cox Geneva, who are accountants. the City clos- dump which Federal re- are on duty to regulations and a crawler has been work. which is the City and Department, is in the first ram. amounl of purchased Work. of fire protec- smoke mask have been Fire iDe- department, and donations a new police car, Other equipment s for the City Clerk separate this de- the Police De- enilation fans and jail have been The Little League baseball field was completed in the area of recreation as well as life guards on duty at Lake Jackson. .A summer recreation pro- gram with over 78 young people involved was carried out this past summer In order to control insects during the summer months, a sprayer and. sDrav were added at a cost of over $2,000.00. It is reported that this was a great help in controlling in- sects not only in Florala but in Lockhart as well. Mrs. Sybil Mickler was ap- pointed Juvenile Officer for the City of Florala and works with the Florala City School and other areas involving young people. In critical areas street lights have been installed in residen- tial areas as well as plans for future lighting in downtown area. The city did not borrow any funds during this year and was able to give salary increase to all. departments. A budget is being prepared for the up- coming year of 1973-74 and will be submitted to the council in the next few weeks. The City Council would like to thank the citizens for their support during the past year and will continue to work for the progress of Florala. In the next few weeks the Coun- cil will report to the people plans for tWe up-coming year. NEWS OF INTEREST Have A "Wing Come Spring BY MERLE WOODHAM KNOW SULLIV~,N FURNITURE COMPANY sure is example for downtown merchants to follow. They process of remodeling their store inside and out me now and it is really beginning reshape up. brown are two of my favorite mixtures of colors - had some really great comments on our house Avenue since we changed to buff and brown. noticed how bright and cherry the back side of Sulli- When driving down the hiil from Florala High School. WOuld be so nice if we all could see our way clear to Our backsides to say nothing of our fronts. I can't What the front decor will be like when they have airs sections of businesses along the main and partially covered windows have always The shutters used by Sullivan in their the perfect answer. They are so attractive. Mr. C. J. Sullivan talked with all the merchants of the street and all agreed to remodel their fronts, rpe look, with the exception of one Merchant. Everyone else would have been forced to get busy businesses a face-liRing had this been a reality. Vacancies on the Florala Police forcearebe- ing tilted with qualified officers, Mayor Joe Evans stated to the Florala News this week. ,At present, only the office of Chief of Police remains unfilled. The city council will take the necessary time to seek the best qualified personto fill this positioN. Men currently on the police force will have the same opportunity to submit avvlications as others outside the department who have the training and capabilities expected in good law enforcement. Also, Coviogton County Sheriff' s Deputies have been on duty in Florala during this period of ad- justment and will continue to give Florala and this area hack-up service in the best law enforce- ment. Presently the following personnel are assigned to the Florala Police Department: Acting Chief Randall Brooks, Sgt. Billy Rogers, Patrolman Thomas Braun, officers Paul Hollinghead, and Glenn Busby. These men are expected to report for duty on October 8, 1973. Radio Operators, H. O. Bass, Jr., Wayne Barrineau and Micky Gautney have been employed. Pete Dirga has been on duty on a temporary basis and will con- tinue in that capacity until the police department is at full force. Members of the police devartment, Mayor and "Council, would like to thank the citizens of Florala for their-help and consideration during this time. Your continued support for better law enforce- ment will help them n heir make Florala a safe and decent city in which to live. A~L RATE OF MAC ARTHUR STATE ~ ROY GRIMES of Elba, Drafti~ and l~slp TeeJmolngy stu- dent, displays a chart showing the annual rate of growth at Mac- Arthur State Technical College. The school has grown from 116 students in November 1965 to 540 students in September 1973. MacArthur Tech opened 12 departments in 1965 and is now offer- ing training in 19 programs ofstndy. Day and evening classes are taught in some courses. The school was designated as a technical college in September 1973 and will be awarding Associate in Applied Technology De- grees as well as Diplomas and Certificates in several courses. Up to $3000 in rewards will be paid for information supplied in re- lation to such crimes. good example will spur many of us on, anyway. McDaniels have already got out the paint brusheL job, in many instances, is all that is needed. you say we all take a good look at our businesses, and have a fall clean-up. We can get together The Bank of Florala is one ding come spring, of the banks cooperating in the one of the empty buildings on the northside of East recently announced Alabama is about to be filled. I am sure glad to see that. Bankers Association Reward buildings bother me. People are not going to be very Program. The program pro- to stop in town where half the buildings along rides for the payment of re- are empty, wards to individuals who sup- to see theowners of those buildings remaining ply information leading to the rn get on with the remodeling so that other new arrest and conviction of per- consider locating here. sons found guilty of committ- : ing crimes against participat- ing banks. YOU PROUD OF THOSE FLORALA WILDCATS andThese crimes include rob- Lancaster, and Harrison. They have beenbery, burglary, and the actual in their first four games of the season out- or attempted kidnapping of a team they have played, bank employee or any mere- Just so sharp-looking, high spirited, and in really her of his family. Every team we have played were literally dragging the Wildcats seem to pick-up speed and enthusiasm Girl Progresses. This is really a change from what we recent years, and fans find it hard to believe. hasn't hardened me to the point I ~[on't have Organized CONTINUED TO PAGE 7 If there should be a crime against the bank, anyone who has knowledge that might lead to the apprehension of the crim- inal or criminals should im- mediately contact the FBI, the local police or the bank. A claim for the reward may then be registered. Upon final con- viction of the accused, the As- sociation Reward Committee will review all claims and will have final authority in the dis- tribution of rewards. Speaking for the bank, Pre- sident Rex Whiteombsaid, "We are certainly pleased to join with other Alabama banks in making up a fund to reward public-spirited citizens who help to apprehend and convict bank robbers and other crini- rials." DAVID GARNER III PLACES FIRST IN EXHIBITION RACE WASN'T A TACKLE, Jack Vanghan is under - it was a pregame huddle for the TIGERS. of spirit. Better luck next time, boys. See story on Pee-Wee Jamboree. :+ r In Florala The first meeting of the newly organized Girl Scouts was held Monday afternoon, October I, at the First United Methodist Church in Florala. A total of Z8 girls and 6 leaders were present. Brownie Troop #226 had" 10 girls led by Mrs. John Hayes Vanghan and Mrs. Kim George. Junior Girl Scout Troop #227 numbered Y-8 girls. Their lead- er is Mrs. David Willis, with Mrs. Lynn Zorn, Mrs. Glen Chambers, and Mrs. Jack Zorn assisting. Refreshments were served and fun activities were enjoyed by all. David Garner, III, age 13, was invited by his sponsor,. Jackson's Honda of Andalusia. to participate in an Exhibition Race at Brooklyn, Alabama, Saturday night, September 29, 1973. David rode a 125cc Honda Elsinor, a new type rac- ing bike. In the race which consisted of 14 seasoned riders on mac- hines varying from 100cc to 360cc, David was the only rid- er under 16 years of age. He took first place and was invited back to Brooklyn to show the people more of his skills in mastering a motorcycle. This was the first time David "had competed on a large size bike. He has, in the past, raced a Honda XR-75. Annual Conte= Set ss Covington County " " Night In Andy PHOTO BY PNILLIP HOWELL GLENN MANNING OF LOCKHART was presented a plaque by members of the Florala Quarter- back Club for having attended every game played by the Florala Wildcats the past 27 years. Where can you find a more dedicated fan? As you all know, during that time, Florala suffered some pretty lean years. But Manning stuck with them through thick and thin. It doesn't appear that he misses.any of the sports activities- he can be seen at basketball games, softball games, and is even on hand to boost the Pee Wee footballers at their weekly games. Florala could use a lot more fans with this fine spirit of dedication. Manrlings recognition was a complete surprise to him and everyone else. It was certainly well deserved. In above photo, Quarterback Club President Frances Chance, right, and David Willis looks on as Manning examines the plaque. For the first time, the an- nual "Miss Covington County Fair" contest -- set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday night, Oct. 6, at the Andalusia High School audi- torium -- is being held in ad- vance of the official opening of the Covington County Fair. One of the biggest reasons for the change was to have better facilities for the con- test and participants than had previously been available at the Fairgrounds. Mrs. Ray Burdeshaw, of An'- dalusia, is assisting the Anda- lusia Kiwanis Special Events Committee fEd Short, Mike Jones, Vernon Wiggins and Don Taylor), in the staging and production of the 1973 event. Buddy Pyron, of Opp, will serve as Master of Cere- monies. Mr. Pyron is an Opp city councilman, school teach- er, and also associated with Radio Station WAMI. Early this week, seven young ladies from the Andalusia, Opp, Florala, and Dozier areas, had already entered the competi- tion, with additional entries expected this week. First prize is a $200.00 col- lege scholarship award, with a $100.00 scholarship to the run- ner- up. The Public Affairs Depart- ment of Fort Rucker is helping arrange for a panel of out-of- county judges. In addition to the talent presentations of the entrants, other entertainment is also being planned. The admission charge of 1.00 to the event will also be good for admission to the Fair- grounds on Tuesday night, October 9. @ PHOTOS BY PNILLI P'NOWELt. • • • MEI.VIN MATHEWS SCORES • . • BO CA BA WAY GOES FOR I~T DOll • • . ROBERT JAMES RETURNS PUNT FOR T.O. BY CR AIG HARRISON The mighty Florala Wildcats must have been thinking in terms of "Four" last Friday night as they destroyed their fourth straight opponent - the Baker Gators. Not only didthe 'Cats win their fourth straight game to run their record to 4-0, but for the fourth game in a row the defense did not allow the opponent to set foot in the Florala endzone. The opposite was in effect for the powerful 'Cat offense as they crossed the Gator goalline six times. Four of these touch downs came in the second half as Florala held only a 14-0 lead at haiRline; however, the 'Cats turned a fairly close game into a rout in the second half. The game started at 7:30 Friday night with Florala's captains Melvin Matthews and Joe Ed Rasberry, both of whom turned in excellent per- formances, winning the toss and electing to receive for the fourth straight week. Baker then preceded to kick off to the 'Cats who returned the kick to their own 22 where they started with a 1st and 10. The 'Cat offense cannot get un- wound, though, and are forced to punt to Baker who starts from their own 36. It doesn't take long for the Florala defense to work its magic as Romanuel Gundrum recovers a Baker fumble on the Gator 40. Mel- vin Matthews on first down takes a handoff from Be Cara- way and rambles nine yards to the 31. Two plays later, Cara- way decides to get into the act and gains 11 to the Baker 17. Matthews then follows witha 12 yard scamper to the five mak- ing it first and goal. After two running plays put the ball on the one, Matthews flies over the goalline for Florala's first score of the night and Joe Ed Rasberry drills the E.P. to mA'ke it Florala 7 - Baker 0. Florala kicks off to Baker who has a first on their own 30. Again, the 'Cat defense stops the Gators cold and Baker is forced to punt. Robert James takes the punt on the 'Cat Z0 and returns it 80 yards down the sideline for an apparent touchdown, but Florala was called for roughing the punter and the touchdown was called hack. Baker is awarded a first down on Florala's 48. The Gators make one of their few filst downs on the next play as McTear goes for 13 down to the Wildcat 35, as the first quarter ends, with Flo- rala holding a 7-0 lead. As .thesecond quarter begins, 'CONTINUED'TO PAGE 7