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THE FLORALA NEWS The Florala Senior Center held a hat decorating contest last Friday morning. Judges had a hard time picking a winner as there were many beautifully decorated hats to choose from. Nell Davis (at left) was named the first place winner; Aldean Parker (bottom left) was awarded second place; and Eloise Cawthon (bottom right) came in third place. - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 PAGE 5 Annual Christmas Parade set for , Dec. 13th An American Christmas, the Tri-Cities Cham- ber of Commerce invites everyone to participate in their annual Christmas Parade. The event will be held Saturday, December 13 at 5 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Entries must be completed and in line by 4:30 p.m. - no exceptions. Line-up is at Flo- rala High School on Begonia Street. All entries will be judged during the parade ac- cording to depiction of the theme and the overall originality and appearance of the entry. No candy, beads or any objects can be thrown from a float, walkers may throw candy and beads beside their float. Santa Claus has already been selected and will be present during the parade, so no other Santas. There will be no rain date. For entry form call the Tri-Cities Chamber at 858-6252. i BY MILNER PERRY When the State of Alabama decided that the Lockhart Pond bridge needed to be replaced, it made me recall this story about salvaging "dead- heads." Many of you may not even know what "dead- heads" are. This is a term that was used to describe logs that sunk instead of floated down the rivers to where the saw mills were located. Some of the logs for some reason sank instead of staying afloat. In the case of Jackson Lumber Company in Lockhart, they constructed a pond to float the logs in when the shortline railroads brought them from the woods. Some of these logs sank, the "dead- heads". The pond actually served two purposes. One was to have a place to float the logs, and the other pur- pose was to have water for the boilers that made the steam to drive the steam-driven motor for the operation of the saw mill and the planer mill, as forming artificial respiration for quite a long time well as electrical power for lights, but to no avail. There may have been others who After the mill had ceased operation and thehelped in the effort. company was selling out in the early fifties, they John Cook and his father were the ones who decided to salvage all the sunken logs. That par- were salvaging the deadheads. John was the per- ticular operation was taking place in 1951 when son who brought the logs to shore after,the rescue the Lockhart Pond bridge was under construction, from the pond. The new bridge was being constructed about There are still Operations today salvaging dead- one hundred feet to the north of the old bridge, so head from the rivers. I know of one particular lum- the highway from Florala to Lockhart did not have ber yard in Georgia that advertises river wood. All to be closed. The old bridge was left intact. Also of these logs are Long Leaf Yellow Pine, and even some curves were straightened out on the Florala- today they produce the same "heat wood" flooring Lockhart highway, that was readily available in the early 1900s. There was a tragic incident which took place If you took the floor from Library of Congress during that construction. Some teenage boys were in Washington, DC or the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel swimming near the construction and one of the in New York City you would find stamped on the boys drowned, back the "Dixie Riff' logo and also Jackson Lumber I remember, particularly, Hershel Causey, per- Co Lockhart, Alabama. FROM FRONT out more money from household budgets for travel this Thanksgivirig," continued Ingram. ' Impact of gasoline prices on travel plans The national price of gasoline has fallen below $3.00 per gallon for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, a welcome gift for travelers as they head into the busy holiday travel season. AAA predicts most U.S. travelers likely will pay the cheapest Thanks- giving gas prices in five years. More than 89 per- cent (41.3 million) of holiday travelers will drive to their destination, a 4.3 percent increase from 2013. Travel expenses rise modestly According to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, hotel Travelers are expected to spend an average of rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expect- $573 over the course of their holiday travels. De- ed to increase eight percent from one year ago with spite lower average gas prices, travelers are al- travelers spending an average of $154 per night locating 31 percent of their budgets to fuel trans- compared to $142 last year. The average hotel rate portation. Food and beverage and shopping will for AAATwo Diamond hotelshas risen nine percent account for 22 percent and 20 percent of holiday with an average cost of $114 per night. Weekend daffy car rental rates will average $55, 10 percent higher than last year. Airfares will only increase one percent, with an average discounted round- trip rate of $189 across 40 top domestic routes. Most of travelers' budgets go toward transportation, food and shopping travel budgets, respectively. Travelers' spending plans mirror their intended activities this Thanks- giving, with 70 percent of travelers reporting they will enjoy dining during their vacation and 59 per- cent will go shopping. Eighty-nine percent of trav- elers plan to spend time with friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday. 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