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Location Of One Hundred ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR PRINTED ON ! 00% RECYCLED PAPER ESTABLISHED ! 900 Forty Consecutive Annual WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9, 20 ! ! Masonic Celebrations NUMBER 34.8 PAGES 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX INCLUDED) BB VOL UNTEERS placed American flags on the graves of servicemen buried at Florala Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday in honor of those who served or gave their their lives for their country. are now The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Christmas Parade for Florala, Lockhart and Paxton on Saturday, December 10 at 5 p.m. Applications to enter the Christmas Parade are now available. Everyone is in- vited to take part in making the parade the best one ever. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the most spectacular entries. Entries will begin lining up at 4 p.m. at the Florala High School parking lot on Begonia Street. To sign up to enter the parade, contact the Chamber Office at 334-858-6252. Please leave a message if no one is available and the call will be returned. For the safety o.fthe public, no candy can be thrown from a float. Anyone who wishes to have candy available can have participants walk along beside the float and throw candy. The Chamber apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety of the children is their primary con- cern. Spectators should remain on the sidewalks or Within the parking spaces allotted in the downtown area and not in the street. Santa Claus will be riding on his sleigh during the pa- rade. No other Santa should be riding in the parade. The Christmas Parade will travel through downtown Florala. The entries that are able to, will continue down Highway 331 to the Florala Health and Rehabilitation. All other entries (walkers) will turn on Highway 85 and dis- band. Contact the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce at 334-858-6252 for additional information. by Bill Bishop and Roberto of the local economy than in Gallardo urban areas. A greater per- The Daily Yonder centage of people in rural If Covington County resi-' America receive these pay- dents didn't receive their" ments than in urban coun- monthly payments from the ties, and so rural counties Social Security Adminis- have higher average pay- tration, 10.9 percent of to- " ments per resident. tal personal income in the "In many rural places, county would be lost, a total Social Security is a very of $117,833,285 in 2009. critical element of the local Covington County is more economic base," said Peter dependent on Social Securi- Nelson, a geographer at ty payments than is the rest Middlebury College in Ver- of the country. Nationally, mont. "It's less important 5.5 percent of total personal to a place like Los Angeles income in 2009 came from because there is so much Social Security payments, additional economic activity In Alabama, 7.8 percent of going on there." all income comes from these Total Social Security pay- payments, ments in Covington County In Covington County, amounted to $3,213 per per- 9,980 people receive some son in 2009. The national form of Social Security pay- average was $2,199 per per- ment, either an old age pen- son, and in Alabama it was sion, a survivor benefit or a $2,636. disability check, according Social Security payments to the Social Security Ad- in Covington County have ministration and the Bu- been changing as a I)ropor- reau of Economic Analysis. tion of total income. These Social Security beneficiaries payments amounted to 6.4 represent 27.2 percent of percent of total income in the total county population. 1970, 9.6 percent "in 1980, In rural counties such 10.1 percent in 1990, 9.7 as Covington and counties percent in 2000 and 10.9 with smaller cities, Social percent in 2009. Security payments consti- Social SecuritypaYments tute a much larger chunk are particularly important by Jan Allred On November 7, Coving- ton County Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan ruled that Bobby Wayne Cope- land, will remain in the Covington County Jail until the start of his murder trial on November 14. Copeland stands accused of shooting his 63-year-old wife, Dorothy Cravey Cope- land, in the couple's North Creek Community home in July, 2009. McKathan made the rul'- ingin response to two mo- tions filed by Copeland's at- torney, Joe Sawyer. Copeland has been held in the Covington County Jail under a million dollar bond since his arrest. However, he was granted two month long passes in order to un- dergo medical treatment. to rural counties and small failure for some local busi- cities because the money is nesses," Stallmann said. "If largely spent in the commu- you took away, say, 10 per- nity. "The seniors who get cent of the demand, would these payments are primar- that local business be able ily going to spend their mon- to remain open? Often it's ey locally," said Mark Par- that 10 percent that keeps tridge, a rural economist at . them going. Social Security Ohio State University. "And is providing that margin." they are a key reason why Social Security payments some communities are still go to those over the age of viable. If this money dried 62 who have filed for ben- up, there wouldn't be a lot of efits, to survivors of insured these small towns." workers and to those with Social Security payments disabilities. The program is amount to 5 percent of the to- mainly funded by payroll tal income in urban counties, taxes. In Covington County, In counties with small cities, 63.2 percent of recipients these payments amount to were retirees in 2009, 11.8 8.2 percent of total income, percent were survivors and and in rural counties such 25.0 percent were disabled. as Covington County, Social Changes to Social Secu- Security totals 9.3 percent rity are being discussed in of all personal income. More Congress, which is looking than one out of five Ameri- for ways to balance the larg- cans living in small cities erfederal budget. If benefits and rural counties received are cut -- or if the eligibil- some kind of Social Security ity age is increased -- rural check in2009, counties and small cities Judith Stallmann, an would be disproportionately economist at the University affected, according to Peter of Missouri, explained that Nelson. Social Security payments "Cuts would have a big- help generate the sales that ger negative impact on ru- keep a rural business afloat, ral places, absolutely," Mid- find that Social Se- dlebury's Professor Nelson curity income can be the dff- said. "They are more depen- ference between success and dent on oci l ecurity. IN APPRECIATION Joe Evans (left) and Larry Jackson (right) were both presented plaques by Mayor Robert WilIiamson on behalf of the City of Florala for their dedicated years of service. Evans has served a total of 30 years on various boards of the city and Jackson has been a Street Department employee for 30years. A lun- cheon was held in their honor Tuesday at Country Folks Buffet in Florala. (Photo courtesy of PRECISION IMAGE of Florala) THIS EAGLE was photographed sitting on the shores of Lake Jackson at the old Baptist camp- ground by Florala resident Johnny Evans IIIUJ! i!l!l lllll lllll !! II I[ Street " 8 9 a s a 6 Florala, AL 36442 THE AMERICAN LEGION This Pubfication join in saluting our military veterans of all wars this November 11 - and every day. Thank you for serving