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i ~bS~ALL]'QWNpAPERS, !NC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1976 PAGE 9 On McPhail Farm Road .... ;by Liz Bates nine! Florala Police We have a bus out here on the McPhail Road. Kids are lying all ground. A car is on ). mimRes after that Was made to the Florala e Department, 17 victims accident had been to the Florala Me- for treatment, was put out and the of the accident was t. disaster took place on nil October 20. rri-City Res- Paxton Civil Florala Police De- Department call. Lly, the disaster wasn't : at all. Members of Boy Scouts were Civil Defense wor- look like real victims and were placed beside a bus. An 'was set afire and the ~" of that car was plac- with "burns" over , his body. In other whole thing was a a drill arranged in the area vol- agencies. Civil Defense for Covington Coun- Woodham was in Flo- observe the men and l~ give them pointers did well and what L not do so well. said in a statement Press about the drill, was pleased that Fie- emergency agencies ;tage such a learning ex- and that it was through such as this one that 'Were saved at a later of the agen- 7cry good," Woodham men came calm- Orderly, approaching the m a sensible manner. Seemed to administer ' the victims with care said that the pee- P of Florala could indeed of the area's volun- "Because of and dedication of other people in will benefit," Wood- rims T OSpl ~i . .... UNLOADING THE WOUNDED at the hospital were James York, hospital administrator, Mike Stewart and James Smith. On the stretcher is Larry Miller. Lnk this was a very good and I'm sure much by it. I trust like it will be held S l.future, Woodham con- OTHER "INJURED SCOUTS" were: (rear from left)Oscar Golden, Larry Miller, Wesley Laird, Lamar Adams, Jay Rhoades, Ricky Millet' In front are, Mike Caldwell, Bruce Maddox, and Tim O'Shield. People wondered what ng on in Florala on ty night. Far too them let their cu- lead them to the scene according to Rescue Squad mem- Mitchell. Some of ~t the scene knew that thing was a drill. not know for sure, Le anyway. Squad workers had ntly remind people to of the way. Thisdis- just a drill, but the Squad members would remind everyone that it to their work that else stay away from of an accident. Had a real disaster, some- around and get- might have cau- life to have been to remember, Mit- never to chase or an ambelance or fire If aren't trained, just get in the way. i THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Troop One, Florala, did an excellent job of being victims in the mock disaster. Shown here with all their injuries they are: (from left) Wesley Laird, Dwight Parker, Mark Lowery, Tommy Beard, burell Fink and Allen Rob- bins, lying down. MAX MARSH, PAXTON CIVIL DEFENSE, applies the make-up to give Oscar Golden, Eagle Scout, of Boy Scout Troop 1 of Flo- rala, a real looking wound. Looking on is Lamar Adams,also of Troop I. MRS. MAX MARSH, Paxton Civil Defense and Scout Marc Wat- son, discuss his bloody wound as the scouts prepared to go to the scene of the "disaster" and play victims. The make-up job was more than believable. The photographer almost lost her supper. \ AT THE HOSPITAL, Nurse Mercedes McCormick, R. N., lays Mike Caldwell on the x-ray table for treatment. Seventeen victims were transported to the hospital for treatment in 42 minutes. THIS OLD CAR WAS SET AFIRE as part of the disaster drill on Wednesday night The Florala Fire Department responded quickly and had the fire out in seconds Silky Corbin Entertains Senior Citizens by Merle Woodham soon, and it may not be too long in the offering, those were among the first to see young "Silky" Corbin his magic just might be saying - "Hey! We saw that first performance." or "This young man is from Is friend and self-appointed god father, Tom Gibson, "That young man is a cool performer" He has given locally - one on October 5 for the American Auxiliary and last Wednesday, he performed for the and other interested parties around town, includ- and Pensacola News Journalist, Carolyn Cox, of a few magic words from entertainer Silky Corbin and in the jar more than doubles in size. Crestview. Carolyn was a little late. She thought the American Legion building was all part of Franklin Ferguson and by the time she found a parking place and someone who could direct her to the senior citizens building, the show was over. Silky, being the gracious performer that he is, didn't mind one bit going back over a portion of the show, just to let her know that she was dealing with a real professional. He is a real smart cookie - tie, in just two short months, has learned enough magic and tricks with cards to keep his audience spell bound for 30 minutes or more. Tom has been interested in this sort of entertainment from !i!!i!! . . Silky calls on members of the audience, Mr. Harvard and Mr. Talbert, to assist with demonstration- solid through solid. the time he was a very young man. He tells the story of being a poor boy during the depression years and one day, while playing a game of pool, this man whom he had never seen, wanted to borrow 35. None of the other gentlemen there of- fered to lend him the money, so Tom did. When the game was over, he asked Tom to come outside and told him llow much he appreciated his loaning him the 35. lie didn't repay him the money, but rather taught him a card trick which Tom said took him weeks of practice to master and from that, he became in- terested in the art of magic. It has given him many, many hours of joy and entertainment as he traveled all over the coun- try bringing much laughter and amusement to his audiences -- young people, in particular, because they are his pride and joy. But. as Tom would say, "Enough about me, this is Silky's day." I wish you could have seen and heard as Carolyn tried to get a story out of Tom. She wanted to get some background infor- mation on Tom so that she could tell of his passing the art of magic on to young Corbin and believe me, that took some doing. I joined them for lunch at the Dinner Bell last Wednesday and it must have been around 4:00 p.m. or after before we left. 1 am sure the waitress began to think she was going to itave to serve us dinner before we got away. It was a nice afternoon. l enjoyed every minute of it. Until Saturday night, over in Samson, Alabama, all Silky's performances had been benefit performances or lust for the joy of entertaining. The American Legion inSamsonpaid him $20.00 for his show there and 1 am certain, when it was over, they felt they needed to pass around the hat - they got more than they bargained for. Those of us who have been closely associated with this team feel that they are going to make the "big time". The tour of the country Tom is planning for this summer just might be what it will take to really get Silky's career launched. I told them that when they make the Johnny Carson Show, 1 want to go along as their press agent, l have never been tO New York. This was agreeable with them and we talked about Larry flying us, but decided that if we were going to be "big time" -- we might as well go first class and fly Southern, TWA, Delta or some other such airline. Don't laugh! If, in his younger days, Tom managed to see Demon Runyan in New York a,M spea| with him personally, we can do it. He won't run into any pro- with him personally -- he won't run into any problem with Johnny Carson, 1 am sure! . . Gibson prepares Silky for his famous "Memory Test". . .HAL[ Raymond Hall Candidate For Clerk Of Court Raymond "Ray" Hall is the Democratic candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Walton County in the November 2, 1976 election. Hail, store manager and budget manager for several years with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, was born in Walton County and attended schools in this area until his completion of his senior year at Walton High School in 1954. He left this area to attend Troy University and major in Busi- ness Administration. It was during his college days that he met his wife, Jeanette Browder of Troy. Jeanette has been a fourth grade teacher at Freeport for the last several years. She en- joys teaching and plans to stay in education. She has no political ambitions to join Ray in the courthouse. He says this because he has had countless phone calls asking if his wife would be employed by him. The answer is definitely No. Jeanette feels that her work with young people is the most rewarding experience for her. Her philosphy is in agreement with an educator of old "Man. hood, not scholarship is the first aim of education." Ray has four sons, Lance 20, who is employed by Save-A-Stop; Kelley, 17; David, 13; and Joe, 12. The younger three attend school at Freeport. The entire family are members of the Freeport Presbyterian Church. Raymond's parents are Elli. son and Mary Hall of the Alaqua Community. Raymond holds membership in various organizations but he would like to in addition to the Freeport Presbyterian Church, his affiliation with Shrine and Masons Raymond received most of his experience and school in management with Goodyear. However, he has also had experience with personal ownership. He was owner of Freeport Standard until he sold it several months ago. He also was co-owner of a business in plumbing, heating and electri- cal appliances and a small dress shop in Alabama. At lPNresent he is employed by uclear Power in Panama City. Raymond would like to put his abilities to work for what higher education and those days gaining experience in the business world in Alabama and Florida Raymond's desire had been to be a public servant in the county he grew up in and loves so dearly. w|f yot~ look in th..e. 1~54, "~ar noop ' vou WUl Iln(l tflat Raymond Hall's prophecy was that he would become Mayor of ~.eFuniak Springs. Ray woum not challenge Mayor Goodwin, but he s a sure Ieet need. for a change m the Llrcnlt Llerg's orltce, tie woulG like to work with the County and Circuit Judge and the new Sheriff in putting the clerks office back in order and ()pen to you, the people. This office ii : ,! belongs to you. He is only a servant and will never forget this. This office will extend a cordial smile and a helping hand to those who enter. This will be all the time...not just a few weeks before the next election. Remember Raymond "Ray" Hall, Democratic candidate. If you were to visit in Raymond's home, you would find many proverbs or words of wisdom on the walls. His favorite that he tries to live by and instill in his wife and sons is the Prayer of Serenity: "God grant me Serenity to accept the things l cannot change. Courage to change the things 1 can and Wisdom to know the difference". With God's guidance and your support we can make Walton County the best county in our state Let's have the courage to change and pray for continued Wisdom from On High to do those things in our courthouse that will "temper mercy with justice" and still be fair and honest. Raymond "Ray" Hall would like to abc~ the man, with courage wlsoomto cnange those things that need chang- ing and with your help on November 2. 1976, as well as the next four years, we'll make Walton County the best county in our State. pd pol ads b) Rasmo,ld Hat}