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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. P E2 THE FLORALA NEWS-THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, PAXTON TOWN COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON LOCAL MATTERS. The Paxton Town Council meet in special session Decem- ber lg, 1972, to consider and take action on many important matters which had been pending and discussed for some time. The Council reviewed the status of the Town of Pax'ton and the p r e s e n t opportunities for growth and enlargement of its city limits and services pro- vided by the Town to the citi- zens. It was observed that the Town has an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the State Re- venue Sharing Program which will add considerably to the in- come of the community. A re- view of the basic needs of the community was reviewed and discussed with the following programs and improvements given priority: Community re- creation center and recreation park with lighted facilities, street signs and street lighting throughout the Town, improved fire fighting equipment and training of personnel, improved maintenance of streets and drainage, free garbage pickup for residences and the estab- lishment and maintenance of a city garbage pit, and exploring the possibilities of expanding the city limits to include the Lakewood and Clear Springs areas. It was explained that Paxton's participation in the State Revenue Sharing program would greatly enhance the reality of the above projects being accomplished. The Re- venue Sharing program re- quires that the Town raise by PHOTO BY WILLIAMS •.. MR. AND MRS. GRIFFFr} Griffiths Celebrate Diamond Wedding Anniversary Dec. 10 The Diamond Wedding Anni- versary of Mr. and Mrs. James Malcolm Griffith was celebrat- ed on Sunday afternoon, Decem- ber I0, 197Z, with the beautiful reception being held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Griffith on the Glendale Highway. Several hundred friends called during the party hours from two until four p.m., to help this popular couple, their child- ren, grandchildren and great grandchildren mark this happy occasion. Mrs. Griffith, the Ifonoree, chose a floor-length formal gown of burgundy, with lace ext ending from shoulder to hem. Her corsage was a white or- chid. Mr. Griffith wore a matching burgundy shirt and a white car- nation bouttoniere. Mrs. How- ard Griffith was in a becoming bright green hostess gown, with gold accessories. The Griffith home was decor- Ited throughout with a holiday motif. The wrought-iron lamp post on the lawn was wouna with holly and tied with red velvet bows, and the doors held sprays of Christmas greenery, ornaments, and large gold bells. The living room had arrange- ments of deep gold gladioli and white orchids, and the bridal register, in charge of Mrs. Sam Pridgen of Gaskin, was on a round table covered with a hand-embroidered white linen cloth, and holding a small ar- rangement of white orchids and greenery and a white ostrich plume pen. A gold candle stick with a burning white taper added a final touch. The punch table in the dining room was covered with a hand- some hand-crocheted antique ivory cloth, and suspended over it was a gold wicker bell willy a spray of white orchids tied with gold ribbons. Two ela- borate brass candelabra were adorned with white orchids and clusters of green grapes, Golden punch, Christmas petit fours, nuts and mints were served hereby Mrs. Sam Camp- bell and Mrs. Buford Rachels. The crystal punch bowl was wreathed with white orchids and gold rosebuds. In the cheerful family room, a gaily trimmed Christmas tree and beautifully wrapped pack- ages provided the focal point. Coffee and fruit cake were served by Mrs. L. D. Anderson from a handsome silver coffee service on a long table covered with a holiday cloth and adorned with sprays of fresh holly. A silver candle- abrum held white camellias and sprays of fresh holly, and poin- settias and holly were used here and in the Florida room. This area was gay, with several tables covered with red cloths and centered with gold candle holders holding large red can- dles wreathed with mistletoe and holly. Holly garlands added a final touch to this room, where many guests gathered to visit. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith were married sixty years ago within three miles of the HowardGrif- fith home, and have lived all their lives in the immediate area. Several guests who at- tended this lovely party on Sun- day were at theGrifftth's wedd- ing six{y years ago, including the James Griffiths' daughters and daughters- in-law, Mrs. Jack Mitchell of Paxton, Mrs. Paul Conwill of Beaufort, S. C., Roy Ray of West Bay, Fla., Mrs. lsabell Clewis of Panama City, George W. Broxson of Poncede Leon, Mrs. E. B. Nobles, Jr., el Paxton, Mrs. John D. Griffith el Gaskin, Mrs. James H. Grid rfith Of Freeport, Mrs. Hilda Barrier and Mrs. Roland Grif- fith of DeFuniak Springs and Mrs. Royce Griffith of Gaskiv served as floor hostesses and assisted with serving the re- refreshments. Miss Janice GrifIith and Miss Donna Grif- fith, granddaughters of Mr. and Mrs. Griffith, helped with the serving. Miss Kay Mayfield and Mrs. C. R. Hudson also assisted in serving. To complete the day the fam- ily gathered in the game room at 6:00 toenjoy a buffet dinner and exchange their Christmas gifts. Their many friends from northwest Florida, Alabama and other southeastern states wish Mr. and Mrs. James Griffith many more years of happy mar- ried life. Jl rata SOUTH FIFTH STREET - FLO~ALA, ALABAMA 36442~ LUCITE McRAE ......... PUBLISHER - EDITOR SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT FLORALA, ALABAMA - SUBSCRIPTION RATES - Covington County,Alabama ................. $4.20 Elsewhere in Alabama .................... $5.25 Other States .... t56.00 ESTABLISHED IN 1900 PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON THURSDAY • taxes a minimum sum to be eligible for the State funds. City Attorney Angus Andrews then informed the Council that for every dollar of tax monies raised locally the State Revenue Sharing would produce approxi- mately $1Z.00 to $15.00 for use by the Town in its many anti- cipated projects. The Council felt that the fairest tax would be a small utility tax which would be participated in by all citizens and a utility tax or- dinance was adopted to become effective in the February utility billings in the amount of 3%. This would amount to approxi- mately .90¢ utility tax on a $30.00 utility bill. Although the utility tax imposed was much less than that imposed by most towns Mayor W. W. Adams revealed that same was suffi- cient to meet the State require- ments for the raising of local revenues by tax. In other action taken by the Council a elet'tric franchise was granted to Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative with the City receiving 3% of the gross revenues and a franchise gran- ted to Florala Telephone Com- pany with Pax'ton receiving 1~ of its gross revenues. The Council passed an ordinance adopting a uniform traffic con- trol law which covers all traf- fic violations which might oc- cur in the Town of Paxton. Mayor Adams reported the receiPt of a Federal Revenue Sharing check in an amount in excess of $2,000.00 and the Council presently earmarked said money to be deposited in the City Recreation Center fund where it will draw interest until such time as it can be utilized along with other monies for that purpose. J I In FIorala Garden Club Meets For Christmas Luncheon The Florala Garden Club met on December 14, 1972 at the Lake Jackson Club House with Mrs. Leroy Harrison, Mrs. I. D• Radford and Mrs. A. C. Sellars as hostesses. The Club was beautifully decorated in the Christmas theme accented with the Dollar Tree. Delicious refreshments were served on a beautifully arranged and decorated Christmas plate during the social hour. The meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. G. V. Gamble and the Garden Club Prayer was read in un- sion. Mrs. Gambel presented the Club of Distinction award with the silver star that the Club won in 1972. The mem- bers voted unanimously to place the date of the club meetings in the Florala High School Band Calendar. The." Florala Garden Club will join with the Blue Bell and Daffodil Garden Clubs~ in choosing a Best Yard of the Month. The president appoint- ed Mrs. C. N. Matthews and Mrs. Lois Green to serve as judges. A very inspirational pro- gram,. "Every Light a Prayer for Peace," was given by Mrs. C. N. Matthews. She was assist- ed by four members, each read- ing a special prayer and then lighting a candle as they plac- ed their dollar under the tree. Mrs. H. C. Johnson, a prayer for peace; Mrs. Charles Howell, a prayer for quietness of mind; Mrs. Marion Mickelson, our world in need and Mrs. G. V. Gamble, a prayer for my ton- gue. The other members then came forward placing theirdol- lar and lighting a candle. The program closed with the read- Ins of a Christmas Prayer. Each member presented a gift to their secret Garden Pal and revealed their idenity. Attending the meeting were: Mrs. W.W. Adams, Mrs. Charlous Buffalow, Mrs. G. V. Gamble, Mrs. Lois R. Green, Mrs. Leroy Harrison, Mrs. Charles Howell, Mrs. Sam Jackson, Mrs. H. C. Johnson, Mrs. Wilson Kendrick, Mrs. Vassie Kimbril, Mrs. Charles Mixon, Mrs. Marion N. Mickel- son, Mrs. I. D. Radford, Mrs. Curtis Savage, Mrs. A. C. Sel- lars, Mrs. C. N. Matthews, Mrs. Edwin Lord, and Mrs. B. C. Cox. | Thompson's Celebrate WOOD AVENUE FLOWER CLUB MEETS INJACKSON HOME The Wood Avenue Flower Club met Thursday night, Dec- ember 14, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Connie (Bud) Jack- son for their annual Christmas party• Their home was decorated throughout in lovely holiday de- cor. Gifts were banked under a beautifully decocated tree in the living room. Party fare was served from a table laden with Christmas food and baked ham. Punch was served from a table decorated with greenery and camilla's. The group assembled in the living room for a short meet- ing, which was called to order by the Club President, Bud Jack- son. The minutes were read and approved. After roll call and ch~ collect, the group ex- changed gifts which were dis- tributed by Ken Ezell. The social hour concluded with the group singing Christmas Ca- rols. Members nro~nt w~r~. Mr. and Mrs. Grad.)' Brooks, Mrs. Camilla Schofield, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ezell and Ken, Mrs. Katie V. Kendrick, Mr. and Mrs. Webb Hendrix, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Jackson and Ronnie, Janet and Steve Bulger as guests. The next meeting of the Club will be January 18, at 6:30 with Mrs. Camilla Scbofield. All club members are urged to b~ present. OES TO HOLD MEETING AND CHRIS TMAS PARTY OES is having their regular meeting and also Chri-~tmas par- ty, Thursday night at 7:30, De- cember Zl. Mabell Shaffer, worthy matron urges everyone to be present. Golden ... ,,,..,.E.,0. Mr. andMrs. ElbertThomp-Pats~ Free Marries son of 811 North 3th Street, Florala, will celebrate their J -Golden Wedding Anniversary, Saturday, December 23,1972 Wadye Wllkerson with a reception from 7 until 9 P.M. No invitations are being sent but all relatives and friends are invited to attend and share this occasion with them. OUR £LTH A Public Service of This Newspaper & the Medical Doctors of Alabama Patsy Free and Wadye Wilk- erson were married in Anda- lusia, December 9, 1972. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Junior Adams of Route 2, Flor- ala, Alabama and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs• I. E. Wilk- erson of Stella Route, F!orala. Mr. Wilkerson holds aposi.- tfon as technician engineer at Monsanta Company in Pensa- cola and is owner of the Wilk- erson Septic Tank Company. The couple will reside in Paxton. / "WHAT'S A WART?~ Toads or telling lies don't cause warts. A virus is to blame, but despite all that we know about this growth of the outer skin layer, there are many unanswered ques- tions that allow a vast folk- lore about them to persist, Almost all of us develop warts at some time in our lives, especially duringchild- hood. Even if nothing is done to treat them, about half of them wi!l disappear and no one is quite sure why. Warts are contagious. They can be transmitted from one person to another and entire families often are involved. Scratching them may cause- them to spread or if they are on the scalp, brushing and combing may spread them. Warts can occur on any part of the skin but most often they occur on the fin- gers, hands and the soles of the feet. They can range in size from a pinhead to one or two inches in diameter. When they occur on the sole of the foot where they can be disabling, they are called phmtar warts. Apparently, some persons have or develop an immunity to the wart virus and since warts are more common in childhood, it suggests that this immunity develops with age as a result of contact with the wart virus. N~o one is quite sure about that, however. What should you do about them and when? Mark Twain suggested several methods in "Tom Sawyer% such as bury- ing a cat at midnight where someone who was wicked lies buried, No matter how ridic- ulous and unscientific the methods, they seem to work on persons who have faith in the treatment• This has led to literally thousands of wart "cures." Because of the tendency of warts to disappear as sudden- ly as they appeared, most of them should be left alone unless they are at aplacethat causes trouble, such as the soles of the feet. Warts on the scalp where they may be ir- ritated by combing or on the face where they can be un- sightly or nicked frequently when shaving also might be removed. Physicians use a variety of methods to remove warts. They include destruction with an electric current or a super cold probe, acids, x-ray therapy or plastic surgery, Ordinary warts do not be- come cancerous but frequent picking, rubbing or ineffective treatment of them may cause irritation to surrounding tis- sue and make it more sus- ceptible to cancerous growths. If there is a subject you would like discussed in this columncplease write: YOUR HEALTH, Medical Assn. of the State of Alabama, 19 So. Jackson St., Montgomery, Alabama 36104. • . . MISS NOBLES Miss Jerri Nobles To Wed Jerry Fillingame Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Schofield of Paxton, Florida, announce the marriage of their daughter, Jerri Melissa Nobles, to Charles Jerry Fillingame. The groom-to-be is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Erskine Fillin- game of Fort Myers, Florida. Miss Nobles is the grand- daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Spence of Andalusia, Ala- bama. The groom-to-he is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie N. Fillingame, of Pax- ton, Florida. The bride-to-be is presently a senior at Paxton High School, Paxton, Florida and Mr. Fillin- game is a 1972 graduate of Paxton High School. The wedding is planned for STUDY HOLDS REGULAR MEETING The Study Club met Decem- ber 13 at the home of Mrs. Henry Williamson. During the social hour Mrs. Williamson served delicious cherry pie, nuts, cheese bits and coffee to members and guests. Mrs. Lewis Eiland presid- ed during the business meeting. Mrs. C. S. Hardin, Mrs. Wtlliamson's mother, was wel- comed as a guest. A most interesting and in- formative Christmas Program was presented. Mrs. C. N. Matthews topic being: "Why | Celebrate Christmas". Mrs. Seymour Gitenstein explamea the "Jewish Holidays in De- cember". The January I0 meeting will be held in the home of Mrs. Tom Gibson. Mrs. P. A. Pet- rey will be program leader. Saturday evening, December 23, 1972 at 7:30 P.M. from the Paxton Assembly of God Church. The Reverend W. C. Edwards will officiate the wedding cere- monies. All friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited to attend. -PERSONAL- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Hodge and daughter Laurie of Tallahassee, Florida, spent Sunday with his father W. W. Hodge and Mrs. Hodge. Staff Sgt. Walter D. Stewart Jr., from Viet Nam is spend- ing the holidays with his wife and 2 sons of Red Stone Ar- sonal and will be visiting re- latives in Florala over theholi- days. Mrs. Sybil Mickler has re- turned home after a week's business trip to Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama. Lieut. Steve Wilson visited with his grandmother, Mrs. Guy Wilson a short time Tuesday night after landing at Eglin Air Force Base. He was enroute to spend the holidays with his family in Millbrook and Bir- mingham. Steve has been a- warded the distinguished Flying Cross with one Cluster and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters while se~ing in Viet- nam. He is on an F-4 as a weapon system operator. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wilson of Millbrook, Alabama, his wife, Patty, resides in Bir- mingham while he is on duty in Vietnam. Jinole Bells "Dashing thro' the snow, in it one-horse open O'er the field we go, laughing all the way: Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright; What /uu it is to ride and siTtg a sleighing song "A day or two ago I thought I'd take a ride; And soon Miss Fannie Bright was seated by m: The horse was lean and lank, mis]ortune He got into a dri/ted bank, and we, we got "Now the ground is white: go it whUe you're Take the girls tonight, aud sing this sleighing Just get a bobtailed bay, two-/orty ]or his Then hitch him to an open sleigh/and crack! the lead." REFRAIN: "Jingle, bells! Jingle, bells! Jingle all the waY! O! What ]un it is to ride in a one-horse open Although it says not a word bells to go into about Christmas, the song, Both the "Jtngle, lJells," is now a famil- were written bY iar part of the holiday season, pont, who was The spirited description of min£ster and who "Dashing thro' the snow, in a sev. at the ege of one-horse open sleigh" con- Pierpont wrote jures up visions of the old- the late 1850% fashioned Yuletide nearly ev- Encyclopedia eryone remember~ -- or like~ was then living in to think he remembers, suburb of Usually it is thought of as the time, the only "Jingle Bells," but early copies entire village of the song show that the title the parlor of was really meant to be"Jingle, ern. It was that# Bells" -- with a comma added picked out the to make it a command to the melody. Dpane West 5th Ave. FLORALA ALA. PHONE 8-2474 = as DO YOU WANT TO SAVE SOME YY ; s30°° PAY $2 s20°° PAY s I BUY $10°° PAY $800 s I oo PAY s.80 WHERE CAN YOU SAVE 20% ON YOUR PURCHASE.