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I IMAGIE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE fUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. / A, bey 9,yPIorala News - Thursday, December 9, 1976 orid 7 . rtverless Truck Htts ,rala, ~L orals, : ,: tewarts Awntng nd DeBll tion fof[ The only thing on Gary . . Scenes Of Truck Accident You're Invited French's mind was escape when he looked up and saw a semi-trailer truck with no driver headed right for him. French, who is a salesman with Tab Sales out of Pensacola, was unloading merchandise purchased by Stewarrs C. B. Radios when the freak accident occured Thursday morning of last week. W. B. Ward, who drives a truck for Adams & Son Timber Company of Wing, Alabama, had parked his truck on the hill just above Stewart's place as he does each morning and walked across the street to Ray's Grill for a cup of coffee. Ward said the brakes must have failed and the truck rolled down the hill and came to rest on top of Stewart's awning, a heavy one, made of IA inch steel. Those on the scene said there was no telling where the truck would have stopped if it had been loaded with the 70,000 or more pounds that it usually carries. It was empty at the time. French, for one, is mighty glad it was. He said there would not have been any escape for him had the awning not stopped the truck. Ward, a native Floralian now residing in Paxton, said that he had been "trucking" better than 40 years and he had never seen an accident and he didn't see this one. He said that he was driving a truck when the streets in Florala were nothing but sand beds. He used to make long drives up north and has come up on many an accident, but never saw it happen. The damages were slight, considering, according to investigating officer, E. G. Ellisor. He estimated the damage to Stewarrs C. B. Radio Shop at about $500; French's truck $75 to right fender and the bumper, hood and trailer on the semi were bend. There was no estimate of that damage. Best of all, there were no injuries! ...... '~ ~iii ~ ~ii~ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONORED -- National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship finalists were guests of The University of Alabama Wesnesday, December 1. Cleo Thomas of Anniston (left), president of the Student Government Association, chats with Matthew Lynch of McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile and Bill Baldwin of Andalusia High School. 9 given by Carol Boyington and minutes of November 22 meeting were approved as read. The treasurer's report, given by Helen Carpenter, showed a balance of $121.78 as of December 3. Report was approved as submitted. Old business consisted of final plans for a turkey shoot Carol Boyington, Secretary The meeting was called to order by President James Smith. Ray Hall led in prayer. Roll call showed 17 members and 6 visitors making a total of 23 present. Among these visitors was Mr. O. E. Perkins of the Hud-City C.B. Club. The Secretary's report was ..... York, Ellenburg and McDaniel. Ellenburg Gue Rotary Meeting C. M. Ellenburg of Geneva, Alabama, who was the Florala-Lockhart speaker for the dinner meeting Tuesday, is really making a name for himself in the country music world. He isn't a singer. He is a spinner of tall tales. Having been a country boy for a long time and knowing what hard times and hard work is all about, he ~keeps his listening audience in stitches as he night. He will return to Florala, if not before, for the June 24th Masonic Cerebra- tion. James York made the ar- rangements for Ellenburg to entertain Rotarians for pro- gram leader, Jerry McDaniel. **Gilt" Cont. from Front take into consideration that blood needs will be met if the facility in question will accept Red Cross blood via the Blood relates experiences from his life and a few from lives of friends and loved ones. It is his hope that'through this type of entertainment that folk will laugh a little and relax Supply Assistance Plan. from the stress and strain of There will be no problems in every day living as he shares the Pensacola and Hatties- Sunday, December 12 stories and some fictional burg areas, however, at this yarns as he has lived them. point it is not known how this One of Ellenburg's pro- " Plan" will be accepted by the From 1:00 to 5:00 moters on a new album just AABB blood banks elsewhere. out has this to say: "When 1 Assure your family of full first heard C. M. tell a story I blood coverage by making 20 % Off All Ch was, in a matter of secondS,my your donation of blood next ristmas carried back in time to Tuesday, December IS, at the boyhood, l was born in one of Franklin-Ferguson Building. Irlt~ thos~ houses that C. M. talks East Fifth Avenue. Arran ments a~out in his stories. 1 can remember as if it were IP yesterday a chicken's beak i T 1 coming up through the floor to l O % Off All A peck at a biscuit and I got a rtificia oin warm feeling that I haven t felt in years as 1 began to almost Pots And Baskets ,o.~ my own father, uncles and their friends tell stories as a bunch of wide-eyed youngsters sat around and Give A Gift Of Flowers. For The Person Who Has Everythinglistened. It occured to me as 1 ~ ,~!~ ......... ~- listened on, that those stories ~~ are filled with quite a lot of the Refreshments Of Coffee & Cake very stuff that helps to shape Will Be Served ,i! to think how today s kids are almost constantly glued to a picture tube. It makes you realize that C. M. s art of story telling is almost a thing of the [ TREE DRY OUTI[ 1 D thys ~ ~ipast at a time when irs rest needed." pro ' Anyone interested in ob- I Keep your tree in a basinI raining one of the records can Iof water and don't let it! l Of Flowers '~f~:'~- ~ pick one up at the Dinner Bell |dry out. Don,t let lights| " House venienee. Ionly fireproof decora-I lr Restaurant for your con- Itouch the needle:and usel Ellenburg will appear in Itions. Spray your treeI Nashville for a U.S. Steel i Vutrehafireretardantmix_I 7 West Fifth Avenue Phone 858-3868 Workers Christmas party on 1 l Friday of this week and will be featured on the Grand Old Opry in Nashville Saturday and drawing for free turkey on December 18. It was also voted to have a door prize given at each monthly meeting of the C.B. Club. With tickets Costing $.50 each, the prize will be approximately a $10.00 value. Concerning new business, a motion was made and seconded to use money from ticket sales to purchase one or two pieces of equipment for the Tri-City Rescue Squad as a club Christmas project. All were in favor with no opposing votes cast. Mr. O. E. Perkins of Hub-City C.B. Club explained to the club how a radio patrol was" operated and it was decided that the club would begin such a program after the first of the year. A decision was made to use Channel S for club operations since the use of Channel 10 caused interference with police and Fire Channel 9. A count will be taken of all persons interested in taking the First Aid Class at the January meeting. No further business on the agenda, so the meeting adjourned until January 3 at 7:00 p.m. Page 7 A disejoeke~ writes: "lam a cigarette smoker and I get' angry at all the pressure non-smokers put on people like me. Don't other smokers share my feelings?" ANSWERIine: This year. the National Clearinghouse for Smoking and Health released a major study on the adult use of tobacco and found that a large proportion of smokers share the attitudes of non- smokers! For example, people in both groups want to see smoking allowed, in favor of a total ban on cigarette advertising, and they feel that business management is right in prohibiting smoking in the workplace. Also, one-third of the smokers questioned said that they found it annoying to be near a person smoking a cigarette. A dieter asks: "Are they going to bring back cycla- mates?" ANSWERline: What to do about cyclamates, the artificial sweeteners that were taken off the market because of a cancer association in laboratory animals, has been studied and debated for a long time. However, despite the fact that the original developer and marketer of the chemical compound said that it would ask for further hearings, the Federal Food and Drug Administration issued another ruling in October 1976 that makes it extremely unlikely that cyclamates will return to supermarket shelveS. A farmer explains: "I was sorry to learn that Senator Hubert H. Humphry had to be treated for bladder cancer. What can you tell me about this form of cancer?" ANSWERIInet Bladder can- cer will strike some 22,000 American men and 7,900 American women in 1976, making it one of the less common forms of cancer. Over the past 25 years, the incidence of bladder cancer has been dropping for women and increasing for men. Fortunately for both sexes there has been improvement in survival, thanks to better treatment and early diagnosis. Early detection of bladder cancer is crucial because thet'e is more than a three times better ~:bance of surviving at least five years if bladder cancer is first treated in an early stage. Early diagnosis can be accomplished in a routine way by having regular checkups including urinalysis - and by seeing a physician immediately if you notice something that is not routine such as difficulty in urinating and/or blood in the urine. Please remember that these symptoms don't neces- sarily mean cancer, but the possibility exists, and it might save one's life to have such symptomschecked by a physician. ...DRINK AND DRIVEl Alcohol and gasoline is a fatal mixture, so if you drink, don't drive. Keep alert for the drunk driver, especially during the holi- days. Don't become one of his victims. about .your Social Security A recent change in policy may affect some Covington County residents receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for the aged, blind and disabled, according to Mr. Vernon A. Kilpatrick, Manager of the Andalusia Social Security Office. The amount of the SS1 benefit varies according to the needs of the individual and is based on income, resources and living arrangements. The change involves how Social Security determines a person's 'living arrangement. The new policy provides that when a person is living in another person's household, he (or she) must be paying his full share of household expenses. Household expen- ses include, among other things, rent or mortgage payments, utilities and food. Individuals living in another person's household and not paying their full share of household expenses could have their monthly SSI benefit reduced by V3. This means that some recipients who previously received $167.80 each month will start getting $111.87. No reductions will be made in any case until the individual has been contacted by Social Security and the situation fully explored. It is important for recipients of SSI benefits to keep the following points in mind: First, only those individuals in other peoples' households can be affected by this change. Second, many of these persons will not have their benefits changed in any way because the individual may be found to be fully sharing in household expenses. Third, the policy change will put into effect on a gradual basis over the next 12 or 13 months as individuals receiving SSI benefits are re-contacted by the Social Security Administration, or when the recipient's situation changes, as for example, if he or she moves. Fourth, no change in benefit amount will be made until the case is first reviewed with the recipient. And fifth, the reduction from $167.80 to $111.87 is the maximum reduction anyone would receive because of this change. Persons whose SSI benefit is reduced solely because of the new policy on living arrange- ments will be affected only beginning the first month of the calendar quarter ~ the quarter in which the benefit reduction determination is made by the Social Security Administration. For exam#e, should a review with an SSl recipient in October, Nov- ember or December establish that a benefit reduction is required, the reduction would actually occur with his or her January check. ] i