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IE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1976 PAGE 5 a • Stevenson: "ncipal & Friend Mr. Stevenson is the makes Florala High enjoyable. We, the and faculty, at FHS appreciate Mr. Gordon Stevenson, a native of Clayton, and a graduate of public schools. He his BS degree from his Master's from of South Ala- school and coach- 'Jdland City for two graduating from also taught and at Leesburg High Leesburg, Florida, to Florala in of 1962. He coa- four years at FHSbe- appointed as win- IS a Church of lie is married to the ~l of Midland and they have Chuck and Suane. is highly re- the student body at freshman aren't too ir and say, The sopho- "he's all right" really cool man." ' believe very understanding Of course the respect Mr. for his leadership the last three look forward to the , Year as a continuation feels the same They enjoy Under his direction help he has They say he is and he makes much easier. He is administrator who is and has a great deal to work for the I believe Mr. a friend as well He gives the all the help that he can. I have enjoyed three years and the he has given me and appreciate his de- Mr. Stevenson. Senior Spotlight spotlight this Boles. He and has brown eyes. Rusty's fishing Rusty SPending a lot of aOrneone special. of our fighting number is 64 Is guard on de- on of- definite plans His philo- "live each day We wish him in everything Obey R es Homecoming This is homecoming week and everyone at Florala High is planning for the big event, the crowning of our homecom- ing queen with her court. Not only is there the crown- ing ceremony but all through- out the week will be bonfires, homecoming parade, the foot- ball game and a dance. Everyone is a participant in homecoming whether you're a freshman, sophomore, 'junior, senior, faculty member. There is much pride, spirit, and enthusiasm in each of these individuals who show why Flo- rala High is the best. Everyone needs to take part in the homecoming activities to show their school spirit. This week's senior of the week spotlight is on Sissie Sa- vage. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is 5'8" inches tall. Her sign is Sagitarrius and she enjoys twirling with the "Famed Wildcat Band," horseback riding, swimming, and spending time with her best friend, Tammy. Her favorite teachers are Mr. Alsup and Mr. Strickland. Among her fa- vorite foods are chicken and pizza. Her philosophy of life is: "Accept the things you cannot change. Change the things you can, and have enough sense to know the difference." Her plans for the future are undecided at the moment, but we're sure whatever she de- cides to do she will excell in any field. Remember, to obey all the rules your principal has set up for this special week. Cool Air At Last This year at Flocala High School new air conditioners are in the process of being installed in the gym and lib- rary. The air conditioners are up, but are not working as of yet. The wiring has been ordered and when it co- mes in, the electricians from MacArthur State Technical College at Opp will install them. Members of Florata High School would like to thank the PTO for raising money for this worth while project. It will be a great advantake to the people who go to the basketball games or to the lib- rary. Player Of ff/eek This week's player, John Rodwell, is tight end for the Wildcats. John's sure-handed pass-receiving has to keep the defense wary and from keying on the backfield. After the Straughn game he had II pass receptions for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. While he is a definite threat Jeff Chambers Comes To FHS One of the new students at Florala High School is Jeff Chambers. Jeff is 5-foot, 10- inch senior with black hair and brown eyes. His hobbies are basketball and hunting. He came to FHS from Pensacola, Florida, wherehewas a student at Pensacola Christian. Jeff said that FHS is a great on offense, John also plays defensive back. Backing up the staunch front four and the linebackers may not seem like much of a job, but he has enough tackles to be rated in the top ten in the SAC. John is only a Junior and we hope that he will return next year to boost the Wildcat at- tack. change from his last school, but he likes it. His favorite teacher is Mrs. Jones and fa- vorite subject is economics. He plans to attend a college in Birmingham after gradua- tion. FHS wishes Jeff a success- ful life filled with happiness. Teacher Of Week The teacher of this week is Mrs. Rob Smith of Florala, Alabama. Mrs. Smith gradua- ted from Florala High School and then attended the Univer- sity of Alabama for two years. She then graduated Band Honors Troy State University. A Isup from Mrs. Smith majored in Eng- lish and Physical Education. She teaches both subjects at • Florala High School but she enjoys P.E. most. Her favorite foods are broil- ed lobster tail and steak. Her favorite hobby is reading. Mrs. Smith has been teach- ing at Florala High for eight years now. The Most Valuable Gift If you got all the happiness That 1 wish for you today, Every moment all day long Would sparkle bright and gay. Our problems aren't so bad Especially those that are so hard to bare. When you have someone who would never bewilder you And always seems to care. If you are ever in need. There shouldn't be a troubled moment you should spend Just call on the one that is indeed, The most valuable gift, a Friend! The usual Thursday night rehearsal of the Florala Wild- cat Band proceeded as at- ways. You wouldn't have known that there was a big surprise in the air. Actually this had been in the air for about a week. The band had planned a big surprise party for Mr. Alsup. Band practice beganpromp- fly at 6:30. The band went out to the field and immediately began practice on their new show. As the band practiced and the rehearsal began to come to a close excitement was building. Immediately after the word "dismissed" was yelled band members bagan to race toward the band room. Everyone got things together for the entrance of Mr. Alsup. When he en- tered, shouts of "surprise" echoed everywhere. Mr. AI.- sup was asked for a speech. He told us how much he ap- preciated the party, but more than this, he appreciated the things that we do daily that make his job worthwhile. A fun party was enjoyed by all band members. Mr. AI- sup was presented a beautiful tan, corduroy, 3-piece suit. He was also given a gift from the band parents and others. We certainly hope Mr. Alsup had a happy Z3rd birthday. He certainly deserves the best of everything. When asked how she liked Florala High, she replied, "I love it and the students are nice." We hope Mrs. Smith will continue to teach many more years because she is a very excellent teacher and we really enjoy her. We wish her the best of luck always, What It Takes To Prepare For A Show We all know how hard foot- ball players work preparing for Friday night games. What we seldom notice is that there are other organizations who spend many hours in prepara- tion for performances. The band spends many hours in practice for Friday night's half-time show, but majorettes spend long tedious hours pre- paring for a special. Anne Mills, head majorette, must work out a show then teach it to the other majorettes- Tammy Walker, Sissie Savage, and Dawn Burns. These girls spend an entire week this sum- mer at a camp designed es- !i /" ./ THESE LOVELY LADLES WILL JOIN THE HOMECOMING QUEEN to reign over Home- coming activities at Florala High School. They are: (back row from left) Sara Powell and Sandra Cook. On the front row is (from left) Denise Warren, Pat Harrison, Thersa Matthews and Lisa Mitchell. Peanut Festival Planned Though Plains, Georgia, claims the country's best known peanut farmer, the big- gest news about goobers comes from Dothan, Alabama, home of the National Peanut Festi- val, which opens October 18 in that southeast Alabama city for a week long salute to the area's principal agricultural product. "Come to Dothan for the Festival" is the invitation go- lug out to all America from the National Peanut Festival Association, sponsors of the annual peanut carnival, peanut parade, beauty pageant and fun fair, which last year drew more than 300,000 visitors from all over the nation. Jim Eason, National Pea- nut Festival General Chair- man said, "Peanuts are more popular than ever before, and we believe tflis year's festival, our 33rd, will set new records of its own for family fun and spectacular entertainment. Festival week opens in Dot- ban on MondayL October 18, when the r~igning National Peanut Festival Queen, Miss Belva Myers, cuts the ribbon to open the fair and midway at Dothan's Houston County Farm Center where many of the week's activities will center. Scheduled here are arts and crffts, science, photography and youth exhibitions in addi- tion to types of carnival shows and fun rides of every type. Special events include a greas- ed pig contest, calf scramble, recipe contest and livestock shows for both beef cattle and hogs. Additional entertainment will range from sky diving to a choral festival competition and train rides on Southern Rail- ways "Best Friend of Char- leston". Spotlighted each evening will be a Guinness World Record Challenge in such varied ac- tivities as peanut eating, tap dancing, grape catching and others. Little Miss National Pea- nut will have her own pageant competition staged Wednesday night, October 20, at Dothan's new downtown Civic Center, which will also host two se- parate pageants to select the new National Peanut Festival Queen. A swimsuit and evening gown competition for more than two scores of lovely young ladies representing ci- ties throughout Alabama, Georgia and Florida will pro- vide a spectacle of beauty, mu- sic and color on Thursday evening. A Festival bighUght will occur Friday night at the con- test finals when the new Miss National Peanut Festival will be named by the judges and crowned by the reigning queen in a dramatic and colorful ce- remony. The week's events climax in a gala parade through down- town Dothan Saturday morning. One of the South's largest and most colorful processions to be held each year, the parade will feature the festival's celebrity guests and the newly crowned Miss National Peanut Festival. pecially for training majoret- Dozens of colorfully costumed tes. They must strive for bands and march/ngunits, spe- continuity and rhythm while ctacular floats, military units, at all times maintaining an pretty Etrls, peanut clownsand air of confidence, fun figures will all be fea- tured in a gigantic cavalcade Quotable Quotes o: olor,, ghtspirit- ed entertainment. "An ounce of work is worth many pounds of words.'" St. Francis De Sales "People of Idgh intelligence talk about principles". "People of avernge intelli- gence talk about events." "People of low intelligence talk about people." IAbout Your Social Security! Retirement benefits, like peach cobbler, are something most of us want when the word is mentioned. Nine of ten Americans count on Social Security benefits for their primary source of retirement income. This article is another in a series of articles present in a series of articles present- ed by Vernon A. Kilpatrick to inform readers on provisions. of the Social Security law. Near the town of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway is a shop practicing the an- cient art of Marquetry. Mar- quetry 'is the art of wood in- lay. Few artists in the world equal the quality of that shop's product. In order to secure a cherished "wood palntlng" customers must wait one year, or longer, for delivery. The master artist is deed inyears, long past the time when most of us have died or retired to sedentary existance. His ability provides constant employment. While aged, he is neither inform nor dlsabled. Had he spent his life at heavy labor and learned no skills it is like!y he would be consid- ered both inform and disabled. Any person wishing any fur- ther information regarding ther information regarding disability benefits should con- tact the Andalusia Social Secu- rity Office at 408 South Three ..... Notch Street or call WX-6300. "Walking" Wendell Mitchell, senator from Crenshaw County, spoke to the Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club recently. Mitchell, who is chairman of the Highway 331 Improvement Committee, outlined the plans for the highway extension and expansion. Mitchell also told the Eotarians about his trip to New York as a member of the Alabama Delegation to the Democratic Con- vention. Mitchell is pictured with Rotarian President Jack Zorn on left, and James York on the right. Democratic Candidate For e Of Walton County November 2, 1976 , pd pol adv by Raymond Hall