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ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED TENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER 30" 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER OCTOBER 12,201 ! 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX lNCLUDED) m m m JOHN AND INA GRIFFITH were so gracious in pro- viding overnight space for the Broken L Wagon Train imaking its way to Bonifay, FL for the much heralded Bonifay Rodeo. The ride began in the Florida Panhan- dle on October 1 and continued through October 7. See- ing them "move 'em up and head 'em out" really takes you back in time. It made me want to hitch a ride so badly. We owned the Chipley and Bonifay papers for a. number of years. That was back when Earry wanted to own all of the adjoining newspapers, Florala, De- Funiak Springs, Bonifay, Chipley, Panama City Beach and Mobile papers. Is itany wonder I hate road trips. During those years, we were on theroad all the time it seemed like. I guess it was worth it though. In do- iiiiill ing so, we were able to graduate all four children from Auburn University. I still find'it hard to believe. One thing I know- it wasn't easy. PART OF THE WAGON TRAIN making a stop. i!i! ANOTHER THING I know is that we have the cutest and sweetest littl6 great-grandchild anyone could want, Isabella Woodham, daughter of grandson and wife, Ben- jamin and Lacey Woodham. 'Bella, as most of her folks call her, so favors her great- great- g ran d - father, the late Benjamin S t e w a r t W o o d - h a m , with her perfectly shaped face, spar- kling blue eyes, and personal- ity plus! I told them if they ever needed a sitter, call me. That would make my day. OUR CATS, Brother, Gar- field, and Callie, are spoiled brats, much worse than :i our children ever ( were. They watch television and sleep on our bed. Sometimes I sleep in an adjoining I room and keepthe door closed. I re- fuse to sleep with three Spoiled cats i I SPEAKING OF Yellow Fellow is the and cATs oldest most spoiled of all. He prefers being fed with a spoon. He is the only cat left at Lucille s, the old homeplace. Needless to say, he is spoiled rotten. Being fed with a : spoon says it ally (see ROSEpage 2) by Lisa Windham Florala resident and sin- gle mother, Sherrie Stewart along with her two teenage sons, Nash and Jonathan will soon be the occupants of a brand new home built by . Habitat for Humanity. The house will beapproximately 1,100 SF with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. A groundbreaking cer- emony was held Wednesday afternoon at the build site on Cypress Street in Flora- la. Approximately 40 people were present at the ceremo- ny. The ity'of Florala sold Habitat the 1/3-acre lot for $1 000. Florala Mayor Rob- ert Williamson said the city was excited to be a part of the project and thrilled that a Florala family was chosen to receive a home. Dale Pancake, Covington County Habitat for Human- ity spokesman said, "This is the third home built in Covington County." Homes have also been constructed in Opp and Andalusia. Between now and Octo- ber 22, the foundation will be laid and readied for the walls. Local volunteers are needed for this construction project. Beginning at 8 a.m. on October 22, participants will gather to raise the walls on the home and by Sunday the structure will be "dried-in". It will take ap- proximately two additional months of work to complete the inside of the home for oc- cupancy, said Pancake. Habitat homes are built by volunteer labor and with donations of money and ma- terials. Pancake said, "This is not a give-a-way program and that in addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, hom- eowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (which Habitat calls sweat equity) into building not only their home but the houses of others." The homes are Sold to families at no "profit and. financed with affordable loans with 0% interest. The homeowners' monthly mort- gage payments are put back into the program and used to build other Habitat homes. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty 'housing and homelessness from the world and to make" decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. People of all backgrounds, races and religions are invit- ed to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Homeowners are chosen from a field of applicants based on their level of need, willingness to become part- ners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. To make a donation to the Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity simply mail your donation to the Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Hu- manity, P.O. Box 1034, An- dalusia, AL 36420. Stewart" said, "I would like to thank Mayor Robert Williamson, Councilman Jimmy Waldrop and the rest of the city council for all of their assistance in getting this project started. They've been phenomenal and I'm so excited to be getting a new home." For the past three years, Stewart and her Children have lived in the building where her business, Dixie Signs and Graphics, is lo- cated. (Top photo) The future ho- meowners add their name to th. e sign erected at the site. (At right)A GROUND- BREAKING CEREMONY was held last week for the first Habitat for Humanity Home to be built in Florala on Cypress Street. Sherrie Stewart and son Nash per- formed the honor as mem- bers of the Covington County chapter of Habitat look on. see additional photo page 2 (Photos by Precision Image Photography) Wiregrass Construction Company will begin resurfacing U.S. Highway 331 from the Florida state "line to County Road 8, through downtown Florala, approximately 3.065 miles on Thursday, October 13. Construction signs will be erected posting any changes. Motorists are asked to exercise caution while traveling through the construction area as workers will be present. Before the State of Alabama would agree to this repav- ing project, the Florala Utilities had to relocate the main water lines from underneath Highway 331 to the right-of- way. This was completed a few months ago. t mmm . III!!I)LIIIILILIUI)!IIII The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 THE BROKEN L WAGON TRAIN slowly make their way to Bonifay, FL to participate in the annual Bonifay Rodeo. (Photo by Merle Woodham)