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! ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ;UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. ESTAm.ISHED IN 1900 Location Of 106 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast - Seventh Year - Number 35 Plorale, Alabama 36442 Covington County November 11, lg76 12 Pages 15c Per Single Copy mmlssloners 0 Commission Board Pitts encour- Commissioners to in- voting places in their before the next elec- will be a special on November 23. election will be amendments of Alabama. ommission- this at the regular of the Covington Coun- ~ission meeting on November 8. His problems at voting places during 2 election. place which pre- aost problems dur- election, was the located west in an old school The commissioners a voting place but delayed action ect until later after Bill McLain he would see that a was set up at in a county trailer. been notified that the balance of the county's promise to the airport was already due. Commissioner Adams said that ff Andalusia and Opp both went along with the program, the county would Just about have too. President Plats said that while the hanger would be nice, that it would not facilitate air travel and he reminded the commissioners that they had already turned down other re- quests, because of a lack of money. No action was taken on the funding request. As a matter of final bus- iness the commissioners vo- ted to purchase a new car for the incoming commissioner of District One, W. W. Harper. The commission accepted the Iow bid from Andalusia Motor Company for a Ford LTD II for $4,732. Present Commis- sioner Jerry Adams has been using his personal car for county business. was the one at the near Stanley in which is a part of represented on by Trent Le- recommended to that they be- now to consolidate tad have only one vat- in that area. No on his recom- business, Plats re- B. B. Norris, fire the City of Audalu- fire inspection and the Jail recommended that the nine fire ex- - four for the jail for the courthouse. to his knowledge, had never had recommended that be placed in of the court- in the kitchen, din- and upstairs of the some discussion, said that he didn't reason to have fire in the upstairs jail where the in- get to them, be- isn't enough in Covington burn that jail." was asked by Pitts into the purchase of for the jail. ~iou also heard by the Andalusia- Authority for $7,- building of the joint airport. has received a dollar grant, but additional $21,000 the project. They 000 from An- .000 from Opp and the county. The has already part with the they receive of any revenues from renting the of Opp has not yet according reporter Opp News, present ion meeting. County Trea- the commis- they had already Founder Of Cotton Mills Passes Away Funeral services were held Monday at 2:00 at the First Baptist Church, Opp, for Reu- ben Shelby Jeffcoat. Mr. Jeffcoat was one of the founders of the Opp and Mico- las Cotton Mills. His first job was walking the streets and knocking on doors to promote the sale of stock to raise caN- tal to build the Opp Cotton Mill. When the Mill started in 1920, his job was that of cotton pur- chasing. As a Vice Presi- dent and Director, he retired December 31, 1963, with forty- three years service. Mr. Jeffcoat was bern in 1886 in Pike County, Alabama. When he was fifteen years of age, he moved with his parents to Elba. He received his edu- cation in the public schools of Pike and Coffee Counties. In 1909, he was married to the late Miss Lena Grimes, a na- tive of Coffee County, and they moved to Opp where for five years he was bookkeeper for Henry King Mercantile Com- pany. He left this position to go into business by himself dealing in poultry and cotton buying. With his knowledge of cotton and the cotton mar- Turn To Page 11 Class tf '30 To Hold Reunion The Senior Class of 1930 will have their first class re- union Saturday night, Novem- ber 13 at the Dinner Bell Restaurant. Members and their families will be cam- lug from Texas, Kansas, Flo- rida, North Carolina and Ala- bama. Stop Club TriCity C.B. tentative plans a coffee-break of this will be to drivers stay alert Thanksgiv- cause, items colas, donuts, be very by the C.B. or 858- NEED Fire destroyed the home of Leroy Geeghagan late Tuesday afternoon, destroying everything. If you have any cloth- es that could fit any mem- ber of the family, please carry them to the Paxton Town Hall. Women's dress size 16 and size 9 shoe. Men's trousers, sizes 34- 36 and shirt sizes 16 1/2 or large, shoe size 11 W. Girl's clothing, sizes 7 or 8 with shoe size of 3. Boy's clothing, size 3 or 4 with shoe size of children's 11. All items will begreat- ly appreciated. ? IRA BELL, L & N Superinten, dent, pushes button for initial gram start up in 1974. SOTBEaN HARVEST IN FULL SWING... Aerial photograph of Zor~ Brothers Grain Elevator was taken Monday morning by Florala News Editor, Larry Woedham. At the time the picture was taken all rail cars shown and all storage tanks were completely filled... Shortly after the pic- tures were taken we hdard the whistle of L & N Engine No. 1046, coming to the rescue with the Milner M. Perry, Zorn Bro- thers' Vice-President of Ope- rations, and Grain Division Manager says that the Indus- trial Development Board - Zorn Brothers Grain Elevator project is proving to be of real service to the farmers and merchants in this area. "Our objective when we formed the division was to provide the far- mers of South Alabama and OUllCI tes To A d urea or At a very lengthy meeting on Monday morning, the Flo- rala City Council voted to adopt a Standard Operating Procedure for the Police De- partmeni and set minimum standards for all members of the police department. The council also voted to accept applications for a police chief and make a decision to hire a permanent police chief by January 1, 1977. The SOP was developed by a temporary police committee composed of councilmen Wil- son Jones, Jack Inabinette and J. C. "Buddy" Strickland. Some additions and modifica- tions were made by the whole council and the following rules were adopted: Florala Police Department Local Rules 1. One patrol car on duty at all times. Second car on stand by, with the exception of Fri- day and Saturday nights. 2. Police force of Chief of Police and six (6) men. 3. Chief is required to in- spect jail daily to assure jail is clean, sanitary and bunks up to standard. 4. Wear no gun in civilian clothes. 5. The hiring and firing of police shall be by the chief, but only with approval of ma- yor and police committee. 6. Police Department is un- der complete control of mayor and police committee. In case of disagreement, the council will vote on disputed issue. 7. No police car will go out- side police jurisdiction or to Lockhart, without approval of mayor or a member of police committee, except in case of extreme emergency. 8. Patrol cars will not be used as taxi service, except for signing of warrants. 9. Police will answer and as- sist all rescue calls,withinthe police jurisdiction. 10. All police cars notinuse, will be parked at Police Sta- tion. No car will bedriven and parked at home. 11. The chief and all police officers must reside within 15 minute drive of city. 12. Time clocks required at police station. Each individual required to punch their own card. 13. One policeman and one police car to be used for escort to ball games. 14. No radio operator will perform police duties unless school trained. 15. Police Chief is required to check and be accountable for all uniforms and equip- ment. 16. All police officers are required to have a telephone, with listed number. 17. No police officer will at- tend police school until serving on the force six months. 18. All police officers are encouraged to discuss matters of general nature with council members. Much of the discussion dur- ing the meeting centered around whether the police should accompany the band and football team on out-of- town games. The council finally decided that the police chief or one member of the police force should accompany the football team and the band in a police car to away football games. This decision was made af- ter Mayor Joe Evans said that he felt the city owned it to the 350 or more school children that left Florala for away ball games. Police Chief Paul Mitchell told the council that whenever one of the police cars was out- of-town for a ball game, he left his car for the police force to use. Some discussion was also held as to the size of the po- lice force. Mayor Joe Evans made a motion that the police depart- ment be six men and a chief or a seven-man police force. Councilwoman Sybil Mickler seconded the motion. Voting for the motion was Councilman Carious Buffalow, Councilwoman Mickler, and Mayor Evans. Voting against the motion were Councilmen Jones, Ina- binette and Strickland. Mayor Evans cast his second vote, allowed him by law in case of a tie, in favor of the motion and the police force was set at a seven-man force. The final rule on the list, rule 18, was also the subject of much discussion. Coun- cilman Inabinette questioned Chief Mitchell as to whether he had threatened members of the police force with firing if they discussed anything with members of the council or the mayor. Chief Mitchell informed the Council that he had never said that, but that he had told the policemen that if they had any criticism of him that they should either go to the mayor or come to him and tell him that they had a complaint and wished to go before the coun- cil with it. "1 did tell them if they did not follow their chain of com- mand, I would firethem," Mit- chell said. Councilman Strickland said that he had had people come to him with "gripes and belly- aches" and that he did not ap- prove of this. Mitchell said that he would be more than willing to meet with the council or a council- man and any of the police that had a complaint at any time to discuss a problem. "I am more than willing to admit 1 might have made a mistake, but 1 want to be there if any- one has a complaint to make Turn To Page 11 badly needed tall cars. Sure did change a lot of I~ faces into bright smiling/mppy faces. A quick calculation by Milner Perry, Zorn Brothers Vice-President of Operations revealed that the value of soybeans in the picture, including loaded rail cars, trucks, and storage tanks amount- ed to $1,400,000.00. rt North Florida with a facility that would give fast unloading and pay top market prices for their commodities. One of the main purposes was to be able to pay our local farmers cash for their crops right here in Florala. We hope that our merchants will see a lot of this money stay in town," Perry commented. So far this year, Zorn Bro- thers has paid area farmers six (6) million dollars for pea- nuts, corn and soybeans. Perry estimates that this figure will reach between eight and nine milUoa dollars before the sea- sen is over. Twenty-five people are now employed full time with Zorn Brothers combined Grain and Marketing Divisions, providing the community with a payroll of $250,000.00. The initial project was con- structed in 1974 with the se- cond phase being completed in 1975. E. P. Rodwell, Jr., Chairman of the Florala In- dustrial Development Board stated that the overall project has been a beautiful example of what can be accomplished in a community as a joint ef- fort between local, state and federal groups working to- gether to stimulate the eco- nomy. The development of the en- tire program was an extremely effective display of teamwork between the Florala City Coun- cil and Mayor, The Industrial Development Board, The Ala- hama Development Office and The Farmers Home Adminis- tration. "We hope to see more industrial expansion in Florala using our Industrial Develop- ment Board. "We feel that this is an ex- cellent way to stimulate indus- trial growth," Rodweli said. FLORALA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND ZORN ' BROTHERS OFFICERS examine soybeans, truly the cinderalla "~ crop for South Alabama and North Florida. Pictured left to right - Mr. E. P. Redwell, Jr., Chairman IDB; William H. McDaniel, • Vice Chairman IDB; Jack Zorn, President Zorn Brothers, Inc.; ~ Milner Perry, Vice President of Operations, Zorn Erothers, Inc.; .... • tad Wallace B. Smith, Secretary & Treasurer of the Florala ln- ~trial Development Board. I III I CC! e/t alms IVe$ A two car collision north of DeFunlak Springs, claimed the lives of three out-of- town women Thursday after- uoon. Dead at the scene were, Sue Pittman Chuson of Stuart and her sister Lorraine Pittman Rhea, of Fort Pierce. A third victim was identified as Jessie Mae Stowe of Mobile, Alabama. The Chason vehicle was southbound, about nine miles north of DeFuniak Springs, when it was hit head-on by a car driven by the Stowe wo- man, Friends of the Pit,man fa- mily said Friday the two wo- men had come to Walton Coun- ty to celebrate the eighty- seventh birthday of their father, Mr. G. W. Pittman of Pax,on. The two, reportedly were on their way to DeFuniak Springs to shop and visit the county fair when the collision occurred. These three deaths pushed the county's traffic deaths to fifteen for the year so far ....... This mishap was investiga- ted by the Highway Patrol.