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October 14, 1976

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E ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. "q V" r ........ '-' ~,~, :t;.~ ~'02;~':~O~tL!:?o .,':L::: :'::,i - b L L:'5 ESTABLISHED IN 1900 Location Of 10(5 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 31 I=lorala, Alabama 36442 Covington County October 14, 1976 12 Pages 15c Per Single Copy by Liz Bates Covington County She- .bepartmeut had some cases over They arrested who had allegedly rob- man of all his me- his clothes and they arrested two men for a school bus. Smith of Fort Deposit, reported to the Coy- Sheriff' s Depart- two men had lured a spot on the highway Take Everything... oses thes T of the two men who allegedly robbed him. Smith identified the two men as Steven Kendrick Johnson of South, Alabama, and Ted Da- niels Burkett from Georgiana, according to Covington Coun- ty Sheriff Deputies George Szpek and Jim Stalling. Stalling said Smith reported that after the two men took his money and his clothes, that he got in his car and drove straight home. The Covington County She- riff's Department was assisted by the Butler County Sheriff's Department with Burkett's ar- rest in Georgiana• Then on Saturday morning at 12:20 a.m., Mrs. Jack Smith called to say that someone was trying to steal the school bus out of her yard on Route Two, Andalusia• By the time the Sheriff's De- partment and the Andalusia Po- lice arrived, they had already taken the school bus and two men were pushing a pick-up Homecoming Queen Madonna Hutcheson Both men were picked up, truck down the road with the night between River- J°hns°n at his h°me in Red bus" The truck °verturned and Rig, A ed Level and robbed Level and Burkett at the HUT caught fire in front of Lurleen ~ e n t gun point of $350 and in Georgiana. Johnson has been B. Wallace Junior College. The clothes. Smith said charged with assault with a school bus was recovered with come to Covington weapon and robbery and Bur- minor damage to therightfront to buy a car from one kett with robbery, wheel and bumper. bby Charged ssau Jr., Hobby has been charged with us- a deadly weapon with commit murder fol- an incident on Sunday, I0, according to the at the Florala Police was arrested by Flo- E. B. Ellisand after Willie Per- out a warrant for his According to Porter, a and had fired on West Sixth Avenue. After shooting the gun once at the ceiling, Hobby allegedly pointed it at Porter and said he was going to shoot him. Porter then took the gun away from Hobby and brought ,it to the police station. Ellis and Patrick arrested Hobby at his mother's home in Florala. Officers involved in the case were Hayward Thomas, A. V. Patrick, E. B. Ellis andWanda Smith. Porter was then handed over to the county. Arrested in the case were Mike Bullock, 315 Saudford Road, Andalusia, and Thomas Wayne Morrow, 15-B Belinda Street, Andalusia. Bullock was charged with grand tar- ceny and driving while intoxi- cated and Morrow was charged with grand larceny. Bullock is currently free on $5,300 bond while Morrow is in an Andalusia hospital re- covering from burns suffered in the truck wreck• The She- riff's Department was assisted in this by the Andalusia Po- lice Department and the State Highway Department. Homecoming Friday Homecoming 1976 will take place in Florala on October 15. Reigning over the festivities beginning at 7:15, will be Queen Madonna Hutcheson. Madonna is a seventeen-year-old se- nior and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allison Hutcheson. Her escort will be Charles Taylor. The Senior attendants are Theresa Matthews, the seven- teen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Matthews, and Deneice Warren, the eigh- teen-year-old daughter of Mr• and Mrs. Albert Kembro. Es- corting Theresa will be Her- bert Wallace and escorting De- neice will be John Henderson. This year's Junior attendant is fifteen-year-old Lisa Mit- chell. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Mitchell. Lisa will be escorted by Scott McAdams. Two other Juniors also in the court are Sandra Cook, the sixteen-year-old ~l~.ughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ce- cil Cook, and sixteen-year-old Sara Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bray. Es- corting Sandra will be Chris Hutcheson and escorting Sara will be Mike Spicer. Presiding over the Crown- ing and Presentation Cere- mony will be Student Body Pre- sident Keith Warren and Se- nior Class President Ben Robbins, assisted by the Var- sity Cheerleaders. Flu Vaccine To Be Given To red By Old, Ill In FIorala On Oct. 14 A statewide effort to dis- pense flu vaccine to persons age 65 and over and/or chro- Ideally ill will be available through the Covington County Health Department as I~lows: Tuesday, October 12, 1976, CO~P,c Chamber of Commerce Room, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Boon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 19'/6, Andalusia, Covington County Health Department, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14, 1976, C. (Lillian) Strick- The group also heard a very Red Level, City Hall, 9:00 - a silvertea educational speech by Dr. 12:00 noon; Gantt, City Hall, her ser- Terry Collins, MD, MPH, as- ~-:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Flo- of the Ala- sistant :professor of commu- rata, Armory, h00 p.m. tal, lnstitutionaland nity medicine, College of Corn-. 4:00 p.m. Food Service So-munity Health Sciences of the This schedule will be fol- sixth annual meet- University. Collins spoke on lowed through November for t group, held at the Institutional Malnutrition. persons age 65 and older ' of Alabama on Sup- The conference also discus- sed upcoming legislation con- cerning nutrition and heard many interesting speakers, ac- cording to Mrs. Strickland. As a past president of Ala- bama HIEFSS, Mrs. Strick- land's name will be placed in the National Register of the National HIEFSS in Chicago. Mrs. Strickland is married to J. C. (Buddy) Strickland. They have four sons: Jimmyia presently pastor of the First Baptist Church in Edison, Georgia and who is working on his doctorate in Theology; John, who recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a major il Institutional Food Manage- ment and is working with Mor- risons, Inc., in Houston, Tex- as; Larry, who has a degree in art, plus an additional dip- loma from the Ringling School of Art at Sarasoto, Florida,op- erates his own art gallery ia New Orleans; and Neal is It student at Lurleen Wallace Jr. College. Neal and his wife, Cecilia, reside with Mr. and Mrs. Strlckland at their home at 420 East Sixth Avenue in East Flo- rata. -23. who ,has served the state or- tn several ways. program chair- chairman, se- President-elect and attended state and where she much about nutri- Hospital, Institute, Food Service an organization for Supervisors who completed course of study, the American Die- of the group nmproved nut- beings and in food ser- hospitals, and providing and to groups as well as to pro- in these allied in Tuscaloosa of the Univer- and the ob- and entertainment of Alabama Combo. and/or chronically ill. You may also contact your family doctor. Those persons over 65 and/or with chronic heart, lung, kidney diseases, or dia- betes, face an increased risk of fatal complications result- ing from influenza. For this reason they will be provided protection against both the A/New Jersey virus (swine flu) and the A/Victoria virus. The A/Victoria influenza strain was prevalent in 1975- 76 and may persist in the 1976-77 season. Flu vaccines used in the immunization program are made from killed viruses as- suring vaccinees they will not get the flu from the vaccine. The effectiveness of the flu vaccines ranges from 70%- 90% and can be expected to provide protection from these particular strains of flu. "It is especially important that persons in the 65 and ol- der age group and those with chronic illnesses receive ino- culations against influenza since this group faces the greatest risk of death and serious complications from any kind of influenza," stated Dr. Juanita B. McDonald, county health officer. "The protection received from this vaccination could prevent a severe case of dmth types of flu. Inoculations for persons age 65 and older and/or chronically ill are available through your Covington County Health De- partment or your family doc- tor. For luther information concerning local immunization plans, contact the Covington County Health Department, telephone 222-1175. LEADING THE 1976 WILDCATS ARE CHEERLEADERS: Sheri Mathis (front) Sonya Spears and Beverly Caraway (center, left to right). On the back row (from left) is Jackie Martin, Sebrenia Lynn, Mollie Martin (top), l~aren Caraway (bottom), Bobbins Appointed Airport Authority. ommlsslon by Liz Bates The Covington County Com- mission, acting on a motion by Trent Lewis, appointed Vernon Robbins to fill the county's pos- ition on the Florala Airport Authority Board at their first meeting of October, on Monday. Lewis agreed togo along with the city on whoever they wished to appoint to the joint spot, appointed by the city council and the county. The com- missioners also agreed to al- low to appoint these board members for two, three and four year terms, so that the terms will be staggered and not all become vacant at the same time. After these terms are served, all appointments will be for four years• The Commission also heard from almost the entire Coving- ton County Sheriff's Depart- ment. Sheriff Elie Harrell and six of the deputies from his department came before the commission to request a salary increase, four new cars and other new equipment. Each of the men explained to the commission that it was very difficult for them to make ends meet on the salary they received. The men asked the commission to consider what other deputies were mak- ing in other counties and what it cost to live, They cited the expense of having uniforms cleaned and of hospital in- surance and other expenses. Sheriff Harrell explained that the lowest paid state troop- er was making at least $I,000 per month while his men were making much less. "I know it is important work the troopers are doing, but my men are doing much more dangerous work and getting less pay," he said. Deputy Don Harrell told the commissioners that all the men enjoyed their work, and had not come before them to threaten to quit or anything like that. "We just want your considera- tion," Harrell said. All employees in the Sheriff's department receive pay for a 40 hour week regardless of how many hours overtime they work, according to the Sheriff. In the list of requests he pre- sented to the commission, he requested that the deputies be paid a minimum of I0 hours over time each week or that another employee be added to the staff, and he requested that all Sheriff's Department em- ployees receive a salary in- crease when all other county employees do. See Page 4 Special On Indians S Bonita Cook and Serrena Orndorff. These lovely young la- dies will be leading Wildcat fans in cheers on Friday night. Please join with them in their cheers and support the Fight- ing Wildcats. ears He also requested that the county pay 50 percent of the cost of hospital insurance for the department employees and that the deputies be given a $4.00 per week cleaning allo- wance to pay the cost of hav- ing their uniforms cleaned. The sheriff also renewed a request made earlier that the county purchase four new au- tomobiles for the department to replace old, worn out cars. In other business, Mrs. Ve- nia (Chick) Hutchinson of Flo- rala met with the commission to see if they were planning anything in the budget for the new jail. Mrs. Hutchinson, who served on the Grand Jury, said that conditions were ter- rible at the jail and that some- thing needed to be. done. County Treasurer KeltysPo- well, told Mrs. Hutchinson that a new jail would be built one way or the other, but that there was no money available in the budget for it. The commission also voted to reject a liquor license for Barbara Wells and voted toap- prove one for Ferrin Hart for the Plantation Restaurant on the Andalusia Highway near Florala. In the absence of Commis- sion Board President Hiram Pitts, the commission reces- sed their meeting subject to recall at a later time to pass the budget for the upcoming year. Pitts had to be absent because of illness in his family. Council Hears ject ep by Liz Bates The Florala City Council heard a report from Gerald A. Wilcox, architect from En- terprise, on the status of the city's application for Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (BOR) funds to build a tennis court and playground area on South Fourth Street near Florala City School. Wilcox reported that due to the death of the head of the state BOR program, there had been some delay in all pro- grams. He requested and re- ceived permission from the city council to continue Flo- rala's application for funds on a motion from Councilman C. E. Buffalow. In other business, the city voted to accept a bid of $3,- 863.00 from Reliable Sheet Metal from Geneva, to install a new air conditioning and heating system in the Florala Post Office. Other bids were opened from Walden Air Condition- ing for $1,495.00 fpr repair only; Samson Air Condition- ing for $3,625; Mickelson Re- frigeration for $8,992.45. The council voted to accept the bid from Reliable because of the type of heating and air conditioning system to be in- stalled and because Reliable would be able to offer service on the system. The city counc|l also voted to hire Allan Cook, attorney from Andalusia, as City Re- corder for $200 per month. The names of James York, John Hayes Vaughan, Charles Howell and Vernon Robbins were placed in nomination for the Florala Airport Authority. The one place to be filled by the city will be voted on at the next meeting. The city and the county will make one joint appointment and the county will. make one appointment. The council also voted to al- low Allan Cook to do the legal work necessary, to change the terms of the Airport Authority members to allow a staggered term so that all three places will not come up for re- appointment at the same time. Mayor Joe Evans made the following appointments for committees: J.C. Strickland, chairman, Recreation and Wel- fare and C. E. Buffalow, chair- man, Streets and Sanitation Both chairmen will pick from the other councilmembers those they wish to serve on their committees. Mayor Evans will act as head of police, fire and ad- ministrative committees un- til a later date. The city council concluded their meeting by voting to pay the monthly bills. The next meeting will be on October 5 at 6 p.m. at the Florala City Hall. New W.S. Harlan Trustee George C. Cheshire, Route One, Florala, has been appro- ved by the Covington Board of Education as a trustee of W.S. Barlan School. He will fill the unexpired term of Mrs. Annie Laurie Hutcheson. Mr. Che- shire is employed by Civil Service, Eglin Field Air Force Reserve. He attended W. S. Harlan and graduated from Florala High School. Mr. and Mrs. Cheshire have been very Itctive in all school affairs. They have one daughter, Renee', who is in the fifth grade. George Cheshi~ Florala Police To stroy S The Florala Police Depart- ment will begin destroying stray dogs in Florala on Octo- ber 18 and will continue for two weeks. During this period, all dogs should be kept inside the houne~ inside a fence or on a chain, according to Police ogs Chief Paul Mitchell. This action is being taken to rid the city of unwanted dogs. Please take notice and k~ your dog in for this peri~ o/ time. i? ~ii~ ,ii !; L i; tl