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Srn~!!town l" ~ewsp~pers 2'17 '~/C'ota St Shelton V ~A rQ~,- " ~o-<, C0 6 Ih]llllllllllll!il[|l!ll[l|llil|[|JlJ[llll!itllllHl|lll{|~l[ STABLISI Location Of One Hundred Forty-Eight Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEENTH YEAR NUMBER 31 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2.018 50 PER ISSUE (SALESTAX INCLUOED) i A local drive to collect items to benefit the victims of Hurricane Michael is being held now through October 26. Anyone who would like to can drop off donations to the Florala Head Start, 22850 8th Avenue, Flo- rala weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested items include: bottled water, cereal, meal bars, crackers, handy wipes, dog and cat food, non dairy milk, snack foods, toiletries, dia- pers, baby food, canned food, battery packs, flash- lights, batteries, cleaning supplies, charcoal and lighter fluid, matches, candles, lighters, and first aid kits. For further information contact J.D. Hudson W.S. Harlan School Pre K students visited the newly, and beautifully renovated office of the Florala Family Dental practice in September. Dr. John Frerich (owner) and his fabulous staff made the compli- mentary dental screenings for the 16 four-year-olds a fun and memorable experience. Attendees say a big thank you to Dr. Frerich (dentist), Kristie Frerich and Kirstie Frego (front desk), Loreen Roney (hygienist), Cyndi Hinson (dental assistant), and Heather Adams (office assistant). i by Pat Strickland The Florala Utilities Board met for the regu- lar monthly meeting on Monday, October 8 in the Council Chambers of the Florala City Hall. Florala Utilities Board Superintendent Chris Jackson reported an 11% water loss for the system for the past month. He also informed the Board that an updated inventory of supplies was need- ed. Board member Terry Holley noted that both surplus vehicles, recently approved as such, had been sold for $1,651.00. He also reported on a tele- phone plan being considered by the City of Florala. It will be a cost-saving plan change from Consoli- dated Communications to Verizon. Board member James Stone moved to adopt this change with the city, which was unanimously approved. In other business the Board: approved minutes of the September 17 meet- ing approved accounts payable Fun In The Park event 0ct.25; Familiarization Class The Covington County Sheriff's Of- fice will be hosting a Firearms Famil- iarization Class. The class will cover handgun safety, proper handling tech- niques, and efficient firing of hand- guns. To participate in the class, attendees will need to provide their own hand- gun, at least 50 rounds of ammunition, hearing protection, and eye protection. The event will occur at the Coving- ton County Firing Range located on 55 North in Red Level at 8:30 am on No- vember 3 To register, call Mrs. Bass at 222- 3532 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Joenee Martin, age 10, was killed in a two-ve- hicle automobile accident on Friday, October 12 in Opp, AL. She was a passenger in a Ford Windstar van, driven by Carolyn Coon, that collided with a Toyota Highlander at the intersection of Cool Springs Road and the Opp Bypass. Both drivers were also injured in the accident. The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers and Opp Police Depart- ment. by Jenna Bailey ditures by $37,055.95 The Paxton" City compared to FY 7. Soft- Council held a specialware costs increased meeting recently to by $89.95. Telephone amend expenditures forcosts increased by $306. fiscal year (FY) 17/18Workers' compensation and to approve/adopt increased by $306. The FY 18/19 budgets. Wa- council approved the ter Dept. FY18 -- The FY18 Water Dept. bud- total revenue for FY get. 2018 is $344,000. This is Sewer Fund Bud- an increase of total rev- get FY18 -- The to- enues by $51,600 com- tal amount of sewer pared to FY17. For per- revenues for FY18 is sonal services the main $121,900. over-expenditure was This is an increase of health insurance in the $7,800 in comparison amount of $1,808 due to to FY17 sewer rev- an increase in the fee. enues. For expendi- The total amount, spent tures the total amount for personal services is of over-expenditures is $123,708 which is an $7,710. This brings the increase of $608 com- total of expenditures pared to FY17. The to-to $128,810 which is tal cost of expenditures an increase of $14,710 for Water Dept. FY18 is in comparison to FY17 $329,455.95. This is an sewer expenditure increase in total expen- see PAXTON page 2 The Kiwanis Club of the Tri-Cities will host their "Annual Fun in the Park" event on Thursday, October 25 at the Longleaf Yellow Pine Memorial Park in Lockhart from 5- 8 p.m. and will be held in conjunction with the Lockhart Volunteer Fire De- partment's annual fundraising cookout. This event provides a fun and safe environment for the youth in the community to go trick or treating. Admission to this event will be one canned good per person, which will be donated to the Christian Service Cen- ter food bank in Florala. The Club provides festive Halloween decorations in the park and will hold a costume and carved pumpkin contest for children 12 and under with prizes for the winners. Costume and pumpkin con- test judging will begin at 6 p.m. Local businesses and churches are asked to help support "Fun in the Park" for children by sponsoring a booth/table with treats and carnival type activities and]or mak- ing cash donations to buy candy and prizes for the event. Those who would like to contribute should call Lisa Powell at 334-574-9501 by October 20. Any support for the children and community will be greatly appreciated. : The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 . IIIUI!B!W!II!!B!iV!!IIII by Lisa Windham The Florala City Council gave approval to enter into a contract with Verizon for tele- phone service city offic- es. By switching to this service, the monthly fees will be reduced from $1,455 to $512 monthly. There will be an initial cost of pur- chasing telephones. ' Mayor Terry Holley see CITY page 2 COLLEGE FAIR Florala High School Seniors Sean Chambers and Dylan Pouncey were among those attending the recent Covington County College Fair, sponsored by LBW Community College and Andalusia Junior Service League. They are pictured discussing LBWCC's academic transfer program with Maria Thig- pen, division chair for business, information technology, and social sciences. There were 30 colleges and universities represented at the event.