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iE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODLJ,G~IDN DISSEMINATION STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. w ;LLS ,,,., .... "" " (-J- A:.,y ". 3089 S ......... MO.NTGoMERy, ALAbAmA 1 ,! ESTABLISI-tED IN 1900 Location Of 105 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Oulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 30 I=lorala, Alabama 36442 Covington County .Thursday, October 7, 1976 10 Pages 15c Per Single Copy ? \ OF THE CITY OF FLORAtA toolk the oath d office ~ ~ 4 from ~ Judge ~ Cool˘. "l~e ~ ˘~mm, eteaea ~nd September 14, then held their organizational meeting. Members of the council for the next four years are: (seated from ickier, Mayor Joe Evans and Wilson Jones. J.C. "Buddy" Strickland and Jack lnabinette standing, Mickler, Evans and all serving their second term. Not pictured is Councilman C.E. Carious Buffaiow. Buffalow was out of town and will be oath of office at a later date. city council of Among the first order of Councilwoman Mickler said their organization- business for the new council that she thought it would be in on October 4 at q was to set the hours for their order for him to be appointed the city hail. The meetings. The council decided since he has served two began" after City to hold their meetings on the terms as Mayor and received Cook administered second Monday in each month the highest number of votes in of office to the mayor at 10 a.m. and to hold the the election. of the council mem- second meeting at 6 p.m. on Mayor Evans then explained the fourth Monday. to the new councilmembers the in as new councilThe new council also elected standard procedures of the Were J.C. "Buddy"C.E. Buffalow as Mayor Pro- council and explained that he and Jack lnabinette. Tem for the city. In making her would like to make committee Wilson Jones motion to nominate Buffalow, appointments for the streets, Joe Evans took for their second tan C.E. Buffalow town and could not for the ceremony or lie will be sworn date. Made Planned 8&9 clubwomen began to aid the blind in ~int program was nstitute for the and State Sup- of Education and ;itated a move of from Montgo- ledega, this took Talledega has home since, but as the Tal- in 1936. During lack of funds this caused great handicap in pro- ervice. A resolu- romen was adopt- police, recreation and other committees at the next meet- ing. The matter of appointments to various boards will also be discussed at the next meeting of the council, according to Mayor Evans. This meeting will be Mon- day, October li at 10 a.m. at the Florala City Hall, located in the old National Guard Armory. lighting system that would In the future, the Authority have cost over $10 thousand if will hire a Fixed Base Operator it had been let out on bids. to manage the airport. He will However, the project was be qualified to give flying completed for less than $3 lessons, take care of main- thousand using local volunteer tenance on planes in the labor, hanger, sell fuel, and rent thAe hanger with office space is hanger place. He might also next project to be corn- take care of chafer services pleted for the airport. The and air ambulance services. hanger will have space to Another project the Airport by Liz Bates The Tri-City Rescue Squad must have certain new equip- merit if they are to meet federal requirements for a licensed rescue squad and ambulance service, according to James York, spokesman for the group. The new equipment is re- quired under the Federal Highway Safety and Traffic Act. York said in an interview [[roups feel more a part of the Tuesday. Kescue Squad, he explained. The Rescue Squad as an They will actually see what entirely volunteer group who they are giving instead of just give of themselves and their a check. time. They receive no compen- "By having the clubs make a " sation for time lost from their donation of a piece of equip- "Through the years we have necessary to go to a private had drives and fund raising ambulance service in Florala, if programs and they have all Florala could get one. The been very successful," York Tri-City Rescue Squad charges said. "But this year we are $10 for a pick-up and then only taking a different approach -- $1 per mile. A private company we are asking different civic usually charges approximately groups to donate a piece of $25 per mile. equipment to the Rescue Squad." "We feel that this type of donation will make the civic jobs and they must take at, ment, we can then come to least 82 hours of training to their club meetings and have become Emergency Medical Technicians and then must take a refresher course every year, according to York. In addition, the v61unteers will soon have tb take courses to learn how to operate the new Cardiac Monitoring Equip- them present the equipment to us," York said. York used the example of the Rotary Club who is making the donation of a $300 stretch- er for the Rescue Squad. The stretcher, called a scoop stretcher, is one that is made to use in accident cases where ment which will be used with heart attack victims, drowning the victim might have a broken victims, or anyone with neck or back. respiratory difficulty, according Other groups are planning to to York. donate other pieces of equip- merit. In connection with this the Florala Post of the American Legion is planning to hold a Flea Market and White Ele- phant Sale on Oct. 15 and 16. They need donations of any- thing to make their sale a success. See the ad on the .inside for more information. All the proceeds will go to the purchase of a piece, or pieces of equipment for the Tri-City Rescue Squad. The training and the new equipment are both required under the Federal Highway Safety and Traffic Act. "We might not use some of the eqmpment but one time a year." York said, "but if it is used to save one life it will be worth it." In addition, the Rescue Squad must have the equip- ment and training to meet federal requirements to qualify for federal funds, he said. How does the Tri-City York concluded his interview by explaining that it would cost plenty if it became Rescue Squad plan to get this e'tluipmen{? V "People in Florala have always responded well to the other fund raising projects the Rescue Squad has sponsored. and we are sure if the response continues as it has been so far, this drive for equipment will be successful," explained York. IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Time to purchase your car tags from the county courthouse. Tag buying season runs from October I until November 15. During this season the county courthouse in Andalusia will be open on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon. The Covington County Board of Commissioners decided on last Thursday to reject a request by Probate Judge Leland Enzor. County Tax Assessor Sol Tisdale and County Tax Collector Mrs. Margaret Bass to have the courthouse open only on the last two Saturdays before tag buying season ends. Hiram Pitts, president of the Board of Commi: sioners, explained that in the past the courthouse had been open every week on Saturday mornings with employees getting a half day off on Thursdays. This practice was changed several years ago and now normally the courthouse is open five days a week and closed all day on Saturday. The exception to the five day week comes during tag buying season. The commissioners voted to keep the offices open every Saturday morning between now and November 15. The commissioners all expressed their feelings that the public would best be served this way, since many people could not come to the courthouse to buy their tags except on Saturday. The men who are making the ment is spending any more said he could already tell a least money need a raise the than originally pledged to the noticeable difference in the most, County Commissioner airport but simply meeting maintenance and repair of Trent Lewis said on Thursday, federal requirements, by pass- county equipment used to September 30 at the regular ing a resolution to that effect, clean the roadsides since the meeting of the Covington The money will be used for a jail inmates had started picking County Board of Commis- lighting system, up trash. sioners. Libr~o, Request Pitts also told the commis- sion that Dr. Joe Sanders of Andalusia had given notice that as soon as he could be replaced, he would stop treat- ing jail inmates. Pitts reported that Sanders said the volumn of business "at the jail was "more than he could handle." Lewis, following this state- It's like having three child- The Florala Memorial Air- house six airplanes. Bids Authority is working on is a ment, went on to suggest an ren, Pitts told Ms. Margaret port Authorityisactiveand full indicated that the cost for this chain link security fence to go across-the-board pay raise for West from the Andalusia Chief of plans for the future, project could have been $40 around the airport. The fence county employees. Library when she came before according to a spokesman for thousand, but again the Autho- project, if approved, will be Following a discussion by the commission to request the three-man board made up rity has gotten the project costs financed by a 90 percent grant the commissioners, Lewis' money for the Andalusia of James York, John Hayes down considerably. The costs from the federal government, motion that the county plan a Library from the county. Vaughn and Charles Howell. will run somewhere between The balance would be shared 15-cent-per-hour pay raise for You can't do more for one The airport now has a $15 and $16 thousand dollars, by the city and county,all county employees except than you do for the other two, those working under the feder- he explained referrin~g to the Warning School Crossing al Law Enforcement Planning Florala and Opp libraries. Agency or Combined Education Ms. West requested that the county commission "the and Training grants, was Andalusia Library $~t~ Police Chief Paul Mitchell per passed. The final action on the pay month to help them meet requests that all motorists be raise will be taken on October operating expenses. The corn- especially careful at the school U when the Commission votes mtssmn agreed to take the crossing on Highway 331 (the matter under advisement when Opp Highway) in the morning planning the budget, but and when school is dismissed offered little hope for actual in the afternoon. The police will be manning this crossing and there will be a radar set-upto stop speeders in this area, Mitchell said. Presently, the three-man board hopes to get a step-by- step master plan for the growth of the airport over the next 20 years. Airport construction is a slow process, like highway construe- In Arson Cases.... Six of the men indicted for arson on September 9 by a special session of the Grand Jury pied not guilty to those tion, the spokesman explained. You just can t build an inter- Plead Not at the Hide-A-Way Club in Opp on July 7. Weeks pied not guilt7 to four counts during the on' the budget for the next year. national airport overnight. Outgoing Commissioner Jerry Adams advised the other commissioners to plan their budgets carefully. "The thing to do is to look at your money and not spend more than you have," he commented. Commission President Hiram Pitts warned the commission. fence, a witness in the arson ers that if they planned a pay cases. He was also indicted on raise, which he agreed was arson charges for the burning needed, that they would be Alabama Fed- arrmgnment. He has been of the S.D. Wiggins store near forced to say no to other things Clubs in charges at arraignment hear- charged with two counts of the Cedar Grove community in when working up the budget. ings on Thursday, September buying, receiving and conceal- August of 1966. The pay raise may 'take go on re- 30, and Friday, October l, ing stolen property involving Additionally, Adams waseffect as early as the middleof this splen- according to District Attorney equipment allegedly taken indicted for the Hide-A-Way this month. our Women con- r homes by blind- Frank McGili. from the Boom-A-Rang Club. Club fire and a fire at the T.T. In other business, the com- a slogan fortheThe six men are Horace He was also indicted on Clark Warehouse in Opp on mission recommended Eugene Weeks, Timmy Gerald Wilson, charges of second degree arson July 24, 1969. Shreve, a retired Andalusia A Blind Made Carl Cleghorn, Willie Clyde in the fire at the Hide-A-Way Aughtman was indicted on businessman, to fill out the ~ry Club Woman Aughtman, Kermit "Tobe"Club and on charges stemming second degree arson charges in term of former Tax Equaliza- forty years Adams, and former Opp Mayor from a fire which destro.yed the the Clark Warehouse fire also. tion Board member, Elbert i~omen are still Ned Moore. Frank Nelson home m the Cleghorn and Wilson were Hedge, who died recently. ties, as The arraignment hearings Perry Store community, both indicted in connection The commission's recom- rest on what has were held to formally resent "Tobe" Adams was indicted with the burning of themendation will be sent to we must press on the defendants with thePgrand on charges of assault with William's Grocery Store in the Governor George Wallace who ater efforts in our jury indictments against them intent to murder Harold Law- Blue Lake Community in 1973. will made the actual appoint- work is the live- and to have them plead guilty ment. )se blind persons or not guilty to the charges. A ten year tax-exempt status ~Yed there, andit The hearing was heldbefore Odom To Attend Mental ..~ granted by the Commis- • efforts thatthey Judge F.M. Smith. All the men sion to Clark s Trailer Service IPporting. Sale but Adams were arraigned on on Highway 29 north in Anda- Of Blind Thursday, according to McGill. Health Conventton lusia. The business, which has s" will be held ad 9, from 9:00 Adam s arraignment was con- been in operation only a few tinued until Friday morning, months, manufactures and ser- DO P.m. Support No trial dates were set at Dale Odom, president of the Board for 1977. The Mental vices highway truck trailers. ~en in their roles these hearings, McGill said. Covington County Chapter of Health Association is a volun- The commission also voted tie blind Thesale Another man, John Henry the Mental Health Association, tary citizens advocacy group to approve $2,300 as the in front" of Kay's Franklin, also indicted by the will be among more than 200 working toward better laws and county s part of a $69,000 Grand Jury on Charges of volunteers from chapters which better financing for the activi- matching grant from the On Sale tickets for game in Opp viii be sold as each. at the game will funding for the city library. JJdl Relmrt Commission President Pitts reported that the work program for the county jail inmates was working very well. Bill McLain, "I would rather see a person have to pay a small fine than have him kill a small child and hate himself for the rest of his county engineer, joined Pitts in hi= favorable report. McLain life," he said. Mitchell also requested that motorists exercise care and courtesy when crossing the four-way stop in front of city school. Motorists should allow the entire class to return from the physical education field before crossing the street if they happen to arrive while a class is crossing, Mitchell said. As always, Mitchell requests that motorists drive carefully and watch for children. second degree arson, pied make up the Mental Health ties relating to the mentally ill federal government for the guilty to the charges during Association in Alabama will of the state. Opp-Andalusia airport. Both September and he will be convene at Gulf Shores, President Wells points out Opp and Andalusia will contri- sentenced on November 1, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. that an outstanding program bute one third along with the according'to McGill. 13-14 for the Silver Anniversary has been arranged under the county. The grant is a 90 AMONG THE STUDENTS receiving Mmflc Scholarships to l,urleen B. Wallace State Jtmior Ned Moore pied not guilty to of this organization. Another direction of Mrs. Jeptha Cobb percent matching grant. College are (l to r) Belinda Miller of Florala, Robert Rollins of Florala; Harold Askew of Greenville; the charge of second degree Covington Countian, Judge of Mobile and Norman J. According to Pitts, this will Gary Corbitt and Frank Dawson of Florala. The talented musicians have all been selected to play arson in connection with a fire Leland Enzor, will serve on the PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 9 not mean the county govern, with LBW's 1976-77 Stage Band. ? i ? i i¸: