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December 23, 1976

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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Page 4 mI ill i THE BANK OF FLORALA EMPLOYEES - seated, from left, Ernestine Carroll, Ruth Holtz. Helen Robbins. Judy Herrington, Ann Phillips, Debbie Newberry, Virginla Whitcomb, Ellene Mills, and Loraine Moody. Standing, left to right, G. G. Hart, Marilyn Strickland, Marie ˘~otton. Peggy Walker, Rex Whitcomb, John Wallace, John Rodwell, Robert Rodwell, Curt Savage, Oscar Wooten and E. P. Rodwell, Jr. @ Employees of The Bank of Florala, members of the Board of Directors, their husbands and wives and special guests, Mrs. Larry Woodham and Mrs. A. T. McRae gathered at the Dinner Bell Restaurant in FIorala Monday night for the annual Bank of Fiorala Christmas party. It was truly a delightful affair and everybody was in the best of holiday spirits. Prior to the filet mignon steak dinner, hors d' oeuvres, including tomato juice cock- tail, shrimp cocktail, cheese, olives, pickles and roasted SPECIAL GUESTS ATTENDING THE BANK OF FLORALA CHRISTMAS PARTY - seated, left to right, Mrs. Jack Goolsby, Mrs. Tommy Mathis, Mrs. John Hayes Vaughan, and Mrs. Oscar Wooten. nuts were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Due to a slight conflict, Alabama football on National television, President Rex Whiteomb, hurried the pro- gram along, so that everyone could get home in time for the last half of football play. The tide did roll to the tune of 36-6, putting the seventh ranked UCLA Bruins to shame. This fact became evident in the first half of play, which only added to the gaiety of the party. President Whitcomb was listening in all the while by way of portable radio. Ii Standing, left to right. Eulon Mills, Mrs. A. T. McRae, Carl Cotton, Vernon Robbins, Jim Walker, Bobby Phillips, Judy Rodwell, Jerry Strickland, and Joe Herrington. Robert Rodwell at the piano and his wife, Judy, led the group in a couple of Christmas carols to get the program underway. E. P. Rodwell, Jr., Presi- dent of the Board of Directors, praised The Bank of Florala Staff. now 20 in number, for an outstanding job the past year, saying they were the best in the state. They were each given service pins, depicting the number of years they have been employed. George Hart broke the half century mark this year with S1 years service. Following closely behind him, is E. P. Rodwell, Jr., with 42 years, Rex Whitcomb 37. Virginia Whitcomb 20, Helen Robbins 16, Ernestine Carroll and Peggy Walker, 11 years each, Marie Cotton and Ann Phillips, 10 years each, Ellene Mills 7, Jean Braswell S, Marilyn Strickland 4, Oscar Wooten and Judy Herrington 3 years each, Robert Rodwell 4, Debbie Newberry 2, Ruth Holtz 1 and Loraine Moody, John Wallace and Curt Savage, less than 1 year each. Pearl Smith has served the bank as custodian for the past 10 years. Warren Smith has been with them as custodian the past 4 years. Special Recognition was given to Ruth Holtz as "Employee of the Year" for her commendable attitude, punctuality and minimal absenteeism. Ernestine Car- Danny, Julia, Keith And Kevin The Florala News Staff has chosen the Danny Harrison Family as the Christmas Family of the Year for 1976. Danny and Juli~l are both very active in community affairs and both have extremely great personalities. The young couple, both graduates of Troy State University, were married on May 3, 1970. To the day, one year later - May 3, 1971, Julia presented Danny with not one, but two bouncing baby boys, whom they named Keith and Kevin. The twins are now five years old and are just as active as the day they were born. The fact that they lost their home to that naughty lady, Hurricane Boise, didn't dam- pen the spirits of this young couple for very long. They just threw what few belongings they had left in a little one bedroom place for nearly a year and rebuilt their home on East Fifth Street in Florala, which they are so happy to be comfortably settled back into in recent months. Danny, a former basketball and football coach at W. S. Harlan in Lockhart and FIorala High School, is now employed with Liberty National Life Insurance Company. He is a member of Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club, Florala Medical Board, Quarterback Club and the Andalusia Association of Life Underwriters. Julia, for the past six years, has taught English and Physical Education at W. S. Harlan in Lockhart. She is presently coaching a girl's basketball team and they have won three of the four games played this season. It may not be the first girl's basketball team for W. S. Harlan, but this is the first in a long time and the girls and Mrs. Harrison are equally excited over the school having a girl's team. Mrs. Harrison is active in the Junior Women's Civic Club and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Teaching Sorority. The Harrisons are members of the First Baptist Church of Florala. The proud parents and grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Harrison of Florala and Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Nichols of Geneva, Alabama. The News Staff wishes the Danny Harrison Family con- tinued success and happiness in the future. The Florala News - Thursday, December 23, lI ~ ~ C'~U~ I plllllMm~ :/ BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BANK OF FLORALA - left to right. Jack Goolsby. Mathis. Rex Whitcomb, E. P. Rodwell, Jr,, Catherine Rodwell, John Hayes Vaughan. and G. G. roll was singled out for having sold the largest number of Christmas Savings Club ac- counts - 171. ]'he time most enjoyed by all, probably, is the exchange of gifts when everybody attending gets a gift. even the husbands and wives of employees and guests. Gifts are opened and everyone shows and tells of gifts received. The gag gift this year went to member of the Board of Directors, Jack Goolsby. He is still looking for White Angel CB Club Holds Meeting The White Angle CB Radio Club met at the Old National Guard Armory in Florala on December 18. It was decided to let the REACT issue ride until more information is received from REACT National. The CB Club will continue to meet regularly and encourages people having radios and those who don't to join them for their January 8 meeting at 7:30, old Armory. President of the club, James Johnson, states that the primary objective of the club is to help people in need. He invites interested citizens to join them in 1977 in their efforts to make FIorala a safer place for everyone to live. The REACT issue will be brought before the entire membership for a vote at the next meeting. The vote taken at that time will be final. the person who pulled the joke on him. Goolsby says there is always next year! Mr. Rodwell said they would never close out. a year without giving credit to the real source of the banks success -- God the Father. He called on Mr. Red Cross Collects 62 Pints Of Blood Mary Allen King, Covington County Executive Secretary with the American Red Cross. phoned the News this week conveying the Mobile Regional Center's great appreciation to Mr. Seymour Gitenstein of Franklin-Ferguson, Inc.. in Florala for sponsoring the blood drive held Tuesday, the 14th. She praised Mr. Gitenstein and employees of Franklin- Ferguson for the enthusiasm and spirit of cooperation given to the recent drive. It was most significant due to the fact that it was held at a time when blood is so desperately needed over the country. 62 pints of blood was accepted from the approximately 100 volunteers. Among the much apprecia- ted volunteer workers for the December 14 drive were co-chairmen, Mrs. Seymour Gitenstein and Mrs. C. A. Moon, Janice Ansley, Mrs. Rhoice Tyner, Mrs. C. N. Matthews, Mrs. Merton Ree- ves, Mrs. Terri Harbuck, Mrs. Dorothy B. Miller, Mrs. Rebecca Scarbrough, Mrs. Frances P. Wallis, Mrs. Lois Green, Mrs. Carious Buffalow and Mr. James York, Hospital Administrator, Florala Me- morial. George Hart to lead in prayer of thanksgiving, thanked God, especiall the services of the late G. Williams. Jr., member the Board of Directors for number of years. DeVaughn Completes Basic Kirkland DeVaughn, Floralian and graduate Florala High School, successfully finished training in Oklahoma now stationed in where he is continuing in the Military Police tment. DeVaughn is the son of and Mrs. Frank He left Florala for an career on September 9. Florala friends wish for Ili# the best of luck. CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR ROSES JERUSALUM CHEERIES CARNATIONS MUMS FROM ,600 uP *900uP $600 UP GREAT ASSORTMENT OF CHRISTMAS CORSAGES k s Florist