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ESTABLISHED ! 900 Location Of One Hundred Forty-Three Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH YEAR WEDNESDAY NUMBER 43" 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER DECEMBER i 8, 20 i 3 50 PER ISSUE (SALES TAX lNCLUDED) LISTEN UP, SANTA/I have been a good kitty and I want some cat np for Christmas. See to it/ - Brother Cat Woodham LARRY AND I got the Christmas season off to a great start when we attended the Christmas presentation with the Ecumeni- cal Choir of Walton County, Season of Joy, A Celtin Celebration. It was well attended and much appreciated by those who were there. Voices from 15 different churches lifted their voices in love and adoration to Christ the King - exceptional presentation! I REALLY DO APPRECIATE all our Christmas cards, most especially those con- taining notes of encouragement like this one from Evelyn McNeill Scott now residing in California: "Dear Merle, Larry & staff, I received no- tice to renew The FloraIa News today. I will staY on the mailing list as long as I get at least two Florala newspapers a month. "My son, Odell, came to our hometown this past summer with his family. They had never been to Florala before. The Null Re- union was the reason - also meeting cous- ins. They went into the lake (Lake Jackson) and enjoyed their visit. "Please take care of yourselves. I'm sure everyone loves reading what you share with your.readers, as I do. You do a great job tell- ing us of your garden - your flowers, cats - ducks near the lake and eagles. You paint a picture for your readers. Thanks so much. - Love Evelyn McNeill Scott." ill? ! i: SPEAKING OF EAGLES, Larry and I saw the largest eagle I have ever seen this past week. He flew over the house, past Jackson Pond and to points unknown. It's wing span was unreal! We think they fre- quent our Beautiful Lake Jackson to catch Coots and other wildlife in and around the lake. I'm sure it takes a lot of small critters to keep an eagle that large on the move. IT REALLY BOTHERS ME to think that Evelyn and possibly other readers often see ROSE page 2 FLORALA FRIENDS meet at Auburn-Ala- ::: bama Iron Bowl in Auburn. The friends met during the celebration of an A U win. Shown above are Cindy Woodham Pinkston i and Glen Zorn. IllLiiLiji!ijilLl[i[!U I Feasibility study to be conducted on reopening Florala's jail The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 ' Mayo Pro-Tem Hazel ing the (Florala) jail, I have a written contract Councilwoman Pat Lee read a letter to the would propose that the with Lockhart concern- Carmical asked that Florala City Council at city buy the necessary ing mutual aid from the the street department their meeting last week materials to refurbish Florala Police Depart- inspect the entrance : from Police Chief Son- and bring the jail up to ment. to the Florala Library. : ny Bedsole as follows, specifications using city Bedsole said that he Rain water has washed "This letter is for in- employees, saving as- had discussed this issue a dip into the concrete : form you of a situation sociated costs with the with Lockhart Mayor at the front entrance that occurred Saturday contract. This can be Eugene Birge. Birge that needs to be fixed night involving a felony done and meet the re- agreed to reimburse before someone trips arrest on drug charges, quirements as required Florala for up to 125 and falls. "Sergeant Adams by the State of Ala- calls per year at $25.00 In other business the was involved in a chase bama. There is no easy per call for a total of council: that resulted in a crash remedybut itis obvious $3,125.00 per year. He Requested City and three subjects were that something has to alsd offered to sign a Clerk Kathy Rathel to taken into custody, give as far as housing contract that would follow up on clean up One suspect, a female, inmates." make Lockhart respon- proceedings at 758 Gum refused medical treat- Following discussion, sible for any liability Street. A house trailer ment. The female was ouncil members agreed issues arising from Flo- and an abandoned ve- taken into custody from to table the issue of re- rala's aid. hicle are at the location. : the hospital and the opening the city jail'in The council unani- There has been no re- (Covington County) jail order to do a feasibility mously agreed to accept sponse to certified let- staff refused to accept study concerning the is- the proposal offered by ters sent by the city. her after she had been sue. Lockhart Mayor Eu- Canceled the De- duly arrested. The jail At last month's meet- gene Birge. cember 23 meeting, due staff said without a ing, it was suggested Councilman Mar- to the Christmas holi- i doctor signing off they that a mutual aid vin Williford publicly day. would not take her. agreement be reached thanked Charles and Approved the ac- Kind of hard to get a between the Town of Linda Russell for deco- counts payable. doctor to sign off when Lockhart and the City . rating the downtown "Approved the min- the suspect refused of Florala. The League Christmas tree and all utes of the November medical treatment, of Municipalities sug- the other tasks they meeting. "As far as reopen- gested that the city perform Cold Case_.Task Force makes arrests in 19-year-old case . . Black ... Williams .... Brooks ... Lynn At a Friday, Decem- ber 13 press conference held at the Covington County Courthouse in Andalusia, an an-' nouncement was made that three individuals had been arrested for the May 1994 murder of .James "Nibby" Barton. He was found shot to death inside his Heath convenience store. The Covington Coun- ty Cold Case Task Force in conjunction with Cov- ington County District Attorney Walt Merrell announced the arrests of following suspects: Eugene "Gene" Wallace Black, age 55. He was charged with Murder, Robbery I, Burglary III, Domestic Violence (Harrasment), and Violation of Pro- bation He is under a $2,550,000 bond. Sheila Walker Wil- liams, age 52. She was charged with Murder and Robbery I. She is under a $1,000,000 bond. Sheila Ellison Brooks, age 57. She was charged with Murder and Burglary I. She is under a $1,000,000 bond. Sandra Ellison Lynn, age 51, a fourth sus- pect was later indicted in this case and booked into the Covington County Jail under a $1,003,000 bond. CHOIR PRACTICE of the Walton County Ecumenical Choir. This presentation was held in DeFuaiak Springs, which Larry and Merle Woodham attended. Other presentations (three) were held in South Walton at the Christ the King Episcopal Church. NOTICE The deadline for the Wednesday, I December 25 issue of The Florala News will be Friday, December 20 at 4 p.m. Angel Tree Program needs food donations The 2013 Angel Tree project sponsored by the Paxton Key Club and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce still needs help. Donations of non-per- ishable food items are neeed for 52 families who have signed up for this program. This is a project done wholeheartedly out of love for those who might not have a Merry Christmas. All donated items will be handded out on De- cember 21 from 8-10. All donated items can be dropped off at Pax- ton School, Paxton post Office or the Florala City Hall.