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w iAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• SE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. News- Thursdayl December 23. 1976 The L. D. C leppers Honored In Louisiana Cottonport Leader you have sown, so you reap" and for nd L. D. Clepper, Sr., is wife, Verna, (nee Evans of Florala) the t was bountiful, bounti- and measure. No better than those from the ould sum up the grand of the testimonial ~t on Tuesday evening, r 26 at the Cottonport ehool Cafeteria, Cotton- ouisiana, for the much t Cleppers. Reverend r has been pastor of the Baptist Church of port for 23 years. On Y, November 15, the rs and Mr. Clepper s It-old father, Elmer ~r, will depart for ~a City, Florida. enuine show of friend- gratitude, affection, a and respect was in ~e as an assembly of 240 gathered to pay to this deserving The event was a pastor of St. Mary's Monsig- people. E is for Esteem. not only to the nor Broussard now pastor at worthy to be held in high • ~rs, but to the fine Clouthierville. He was off to a esteem. Double P is for i of Cottonport, ajovial start with his opening people to people relationship- ic community who remarks of "Friends, enemies enabled him to earn this ~ded as one ~ood and countrymen." Monsignor occasion. Eis for eager to help an to another to give likened the reverend to Billy others recognize this. R is for tWhere credit was due. Graham in understanding and rare, unusual in his ability to CUing the program from broadmindedness. "He was communicate with everyone. ~lowand bronzechrvsan- never a competitor, but always Over and over true and inn bedecked main "table patient, charitable, sympathe- sincere words of praise were he pastor of St. Mary's, tic, an asset to the community heaped on the couple who sat ~nd Pelltier who, in the and an outstanding christian." at the honoree table with ltion, gave a glowing To the comment, "He heads slightly lowered and e to a fellow servant of attended every funeral, he was occasionally wiping away a always there, to extend the tear, as I saw many others do Carl Conrad, Superin- hand of sympathy," many throughout the evening. ~t of Louisiana Baptists, heads nodded in affirmation. State Representative Ray- of the Cleppers- 'Call "They were good neighbors, mend Laborde bridged well ~task, devotion to duty, Mrs. Clepper and 1 shared a the area of private-public ~sness, compassion and love of flowers. Although she religious fellowship and civic ~, success." Success often gave me her flowers, 1 achievements. Here is a man not simply being there can't remember that 1 gave her who suffered with you when God's work, but they any of mine." It was with you had problems, and laused results which they mixed emotions that Monsig- rejoiced with you in his meek ~ever see - laid the nor Broussard remarked, "Itis and humble way. Many of the :ion for things to come. with sorrow that vou leave civic (accomplishments) of laries - par excellence, Cottonport and joy that you go Cottonport were due to his taped message from to Florida, the land of efforts. ' He said, ' When the 1 friend, Dr. Robert L. sunshine, beaches and the Reverend wrote letters, there ecutive of the Southern blue waters of the Gulf. He was no way, no way to turn Convention, he told of jested that "a pair ofhim down. The problem never ~ersonal love and binaculars would be of great lay dormant, nor the letter. for the couple value in searching forYou could put it aside, but it him to speak, mermaids for a certain gent (the letter) had a Waif always done, thy good and servant," was his comment. "They a prime example of fellowship in the and a lasting in their witness to A fact well attested many present. Carl A. Hudson, First Baptist Church observed that he nor heard of a demonstration of love is here tonight." with a few warm stories for the delighted in calling ,er" was former back in Cottonport, who is an avid mermaid lover." Master of ceremonies Taylor sugges- ted a follow up to the binoculars need be a black eye patch. He said, "I've been down on those beaches and you need a patch for one eye, so as you won't go stone blind." The crown got a large charge out of that one. The Reverend Dr. R. P. Butler, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Marksville, a former seminarian class- mate, spelled out the Clepper name in a meaningful fashion. C is for Care, the care Jesus had. L is for Love, love of popping back up. In honor of the occasion, he presented a little memento from Governor Edwards to Mrs. Clepper and quipped, "I hope she doesn't keep it a secret from her husband for three years." The humorous remark was well taken by the audience. The presentation of a plaque "In appreciation of loyal and dedicated service" from the town council was made by the Honorable Mayor Murry Thevenot. "You'll be wel- comed back anytime you want to come," were the sentiments spoken by the mayor, but spoken for everyone there. FOR H I M... We have Sex Appeal, Jovan's latest sensation. Or he might prefer Musk Oil, both in handsome gift sets. FOR HER... Wind Song. it stays on his mind. Cachet. as individual as she is. Aviance, turns a housewife into a lover. Or for the Ms. in your life. there's Charlie. O FOR MOM... Surprise her by giving her what she's worth. Norell, Toujours Moi, Imprevu, or the popular Chanel #5. FOR POP... Doesn't the King of the house deserve the best ? Give him' British Sterling, Chanel for Men, or English Leather. All in distinguished gift sets. FOR GRANDMA... We have a full line of Coty products. Emeraude, L'Origan, and Nuance just to name a few. Or perhaps she would like Chantilly, as delicate as she. FOR GRANDPA... Old Spice gift sets- it's been around as long as he has and it's just as well loved. STOP IN TO SEE US! WE'VE GOT THE SPIRITI FLORALA PHARMACY ON THE CORNER SINCE 1904 Page ", • @ Present: Mayor Joe R. carried, mas off. Motion seconded by asked that the matter of loud had just received but in the Evans; Councilmembers: Jo- First on the agenda was Mickler. Motion carried. After mufflers on cars be brought to budget, the fire department e st o--.,o o o--**r o ~i~iilI Mickler, Buffalow; City Clerk: Florala. A motion was made by employees, a motion was " ' " "" " ' " "',~ i Martha Byrd; Visitors: Merle Inabinette and seconded by made by Buffalow and Woodham, Willard Cawthon, Strickland for Santa to visit on seconded by lnabinette for Mrs. J. W. Prestwood, Gerald Saturday, December 18, 1976, said employees to be given McLain. and to arrive downtown at 2 Monday after News Years off. The meeting was called to p.m. Motion carried. Mayor Motion carried. order by Mayor Evans at 10 Evans asked the city clerk to Mayor Evans presented to a.m. Councilwoman Mickler purchase the candy needed council a copy of the City of some plan for the resurfacing fire station, as it was very led the group in prayer, and asked Fire Chief, Willard Florala budget for October 1, of streets and could the beer important that these areas stay Mayor Evans asked council Cawthon if the fire truck could 1976 -- September 30, 1977, tax or tobacco tax revenue be clear at all times. Chief to suspend the reading of the be used for this purpose, and also copies of the audits from earmarked for this purpose or Mitchell to start enforcine the minutes of the November 22,• would he be responsible for all boards that were submit- maybe assess property own- no parking area. 1976. regular meeting, as each Santa. Mr. Cawthon replied ted. After discussion, a motion ners. Mayor Evans stated that Councilman Jones asked if member had received a copy. that he would, was made by Inabinette and said revenues were used to Lockhart had given the city an Minutes of November 22, Next on the agenda wasseconded by Strickland that operate the city budget but answer on their garbage 1976, amended to read that the Christmas for the city the City of Florala's audit and that hewould contact service. Mayor Exans stated prisoners were still in custody employees. Mayor Evans the audit of all the Boards, McDonald & Hopper to that Lockharl had purchased a when Chief Mitchell took them informed Council that gifts including Florala City School prepare a map for a breakgarbage truck and would ttse hunting. There being no more could not be given to the be published in The Florala down onthe cost for the the cities landfill for a fee of corrections or additions a emplOyees and made a motion News. Motion carried. Mayor streets to be resurfaced and $200.00 a month. Discussion of motion was made bv Buffalow that employees be gi~;en Evans stated that said audit get the figures together and old garbage dump and landfill and seconded by ~lickler to Friday before Christmas off would be published following present them to the state for garbage collection tabled until adopt said minutes Motionand Monday following Christ- the holidays, assistance. A motion was next council meeting " t I Mayor Evans reported onmade by Inabinette andCouncilman Inabinette ask- ed. Motion carried with three the Public Works Bill and seconded by Mickler to give ed about the Ethic Law and voting in favor and two received the 3 applications the Mayor the authority to board members that have Y outh Struc k abstaining because of conflict that have been submitted for a start said street resurfacing resigned. Mayor Evans stated of interest, new city hall, new well, and a project. Motion carried, that council would take action Edward Thomas made a waste treatment plant. Mayor Fire Chief, Willard Caw- after they were sure that the motion topurchase the apples, Evans stated that the city then, stated that the pump on boards would come under the And Killed oranges and candy for Santa would know by the end of the fire truck needed to be law. Claus. Bobby Kemp seconded. December if the application for repaired and that he had There being no more Motion carried, a new city hall was awarded, contacted Harry Hatless in business to come before Near Florala There was a brief discussion Next on the agenda, Mayor Montgomery. Chief Cawthon council, a motion ,,'as made by on garbage pick-up. Evans reported on Community asked if the equipment needed Buffalow and seconded b~, Hamilton Jackson Hender- After the opening of bids, Development for 1977. Afor the fire department would lnabinette to adjourn. Motion son, Jr., age 13, a resident of Leonard Smith made a motion meeting will be held Decem- be voted on at this meeting, carried. The next council 1710 West 3rd Avenue in to accept the bid fromber 13, 1976, at the Carver Mayor Evans stated that the meeting will be held Decem- Florala, died Thursday night McDaniel Motor Company on School at 6:30 p.m., to find out council needed some time to ber 29, 1976 at b p.m., Florala as a result of being struck by the % ton pick-up truck, if citizens in the northwest review the budget that they City Hall. an automobile near Florala. Edward Thomas seconded, area of Florala would like for the city to make application for ~ He was a life long resident and Motion carried with all voting funds under Community De- " :" ~t a student in the 8th grade at in favor. After a discussion on the bill velopment to help property i~11~~ tO see us f°r the flnesl in L.~ -~-~ Florala City School. Survivors are, father and from Odom Tank Company for owners in up-grading their Tires - Batteries mother, Mr. and Mrs. r epainting the inside of the homes. This would be in the ~ ~-~~_~ Hamilton Jackson Henderson, water tank, council asked that form of grants and loans Accessories Sr., of Florala; one sister, Mayor Mathis get an itemized through the City and Farmers Wanda Jean Henderson; three bill before making a decision Home Administration. Monies brothers, James Wesley Hen- on it. appropriated as follows: $162,- ~ Holmes Gulf Service derson, Anthony Steven Hen- It was brought to the 500.00 - 25 houses in _ 300 East 5th Avenue derson, and Henry Gordon council's attention that the northwest section, $15,000.00 lrOd, es " O" Henderson, all of Florala; total income of the Tri-City - Code Enforcement, $200,- ~ -'--e Florala, Alabama 36442 a grandmother, Mrs. l.veryRescue Squad for the year 670.00-paving, $16,000.00- ~O$~ 4-Way Stop " r°docts Henderson, of Route Two,October 1, 1975 to September street lights, $11,000.00 - fire Florala. 30, 1976 was $7,159.35, with •hydrants, $25,000.00 - loea! Use Your Gulf Travel Card Funeral services were con- the Town of Paxton giving option and $56,000.00 - local I ducted 2 p.m. Sunday from 50.5% of this income. Council and administrative; total - Evans Funeral Home with L. requested that they re-check $486,170.00. ~ ummmlm~mm~mmmmm~ " W. Adams and Felton Stewart the budget, Next item of business was officiating. Burial was in the Leonard Smith made a sion, am°nthlYmotionbills" wasAftermadediScUS'by ~'* 'riMer"" r t" s t m a s Chapel Hill Cemetery with motion to adjourn. Edward- lnabmette ........ and:seconded'" * ......... * "by Evans Funeral Home direct, "Thomasseconded. Motion ing. carried. Miclder to pay the monthly Official Minutes Of Paxton Town Council The Paxton Town Council met in regular session at 7:30 p.m., December 13, 1976. Councilmembers present were Dr. G. S. Johnson, Olene Staggers, Leonard Smith, Bobby Kemp, Edward Tho- mas; Mayor: Tommy Mathis; Attorney: Allen Ramey. Guests present were Jim Floyd and Jack Birge. The meeting was called to order by Dr. G. S. Johnson. Bobby Kemp made a motion to approve minutes as published. Leonard Smith seconded. Motion carried. After much discussion with Mr. Floyd on a city map, Leonard Smith made a motion to hire target surveyors to make a city map. Mr. Floyd stated that it would cost in the neighborhood of $700 to $1,000.00. Olene Staggers seconded. Motion carried with all voting in favor. (Payment to be made upon completion of job; A fire report was given by Jack Birge. Mr. Birge requested authorization from the council to purchase two air packs from the low bidder. Bobby Kemp made a motion to give Mr. Birge authorization to accept the low bid of $385.00 from Jack Cooke and Co., Inc., and purchase the air packs. Leonard Smith seconded. Motion carried. Mr. 'Birge suggested that the council see the county commissioners about paying the fire truck for each trip outside the city limits. Attorney Ramey is to make arrangements to enter the Paxton Fire Department on the agenda at the next County Commissioners Meeting. A brie( report was given on the EDA Grant. Application has been submitted. Olene Staggers made a motion to give employees a Christmas bonus of $50.00 each. Leonard Smith second- - Notices- Thursday's garbage will be picked up Friday along wits Friday's garbage for the City of Florala. The Pulmonary Function and Breathing Classes will be held January 27, 1977. Convention For County ASC Committee Held Ralph E. Bryant, a well- known Covington County farmer was named to the county Agricultural Stabiliza- tion and Conservation (ASC) committee by delegates to the ASC county, convention, held on December 1S in the county ASCS Office. The delegates also elected Ira Hammett and Gene Wiggins as first and second alternates to the committee. Mr. Bryant will serve on the committee with Jack Goolsby and James Ingram who are already serving unexpired terms. These three men are from the Rose HiIl, Damascus and Red Level areas and are a good representation of all the farmers in the county. They, as well as the alternates, are all full-time farmers with diversified farming operations and are well qualified to administer the government farm programs. The vacancies were filled by farmer-delegates who are newly-elected ASC community committeemen for 1977. Com- munity committees assist the county committee in farm program administration and help keep farmers informed of program provisions. bills. Motion carried. In other business, Council- man Buffalow reported that Reliable Sheet Metal had completed the heating and cooling job at the post office and what to do with the old compressor. After discussion, council decided to put an ad in The Florala News for the sell of the old compressor by the City of Florala. Councilman Inabinette stat- ed that if possible the generator now stored in the fire station needed to be moved out to give more room for the fire equipment. Mayor Evans asked Buffalow to have the generator checked and put in running condition and check on a storage place out of the weather. Inabinette also asked that the dirt street on South 5th Street between Philmore Carter and Herman Lowery be checked into because of the way it stayed washed out and stated that several of the sidewalks still need repair. Mayor Evans stated that he had talked with Bill Grimes on repair of the sidewalks and would contact him again, Also, that he had received a request for a hand railing for the steps by the Farmer Seed Store. Councilwoman Mickler stat- ed that Mr. Peters asked that the sidewalk in front of the Bus Station be considered for repair as water was standing in front of the entrance. Buffalow stated that he had already "checked this problem and that the sidewalk would have to have a rise in it for the water to be removed. A motion was made by Mickler and seconded by Inabinette for the repair of said sidewalk. Motion carried. Councilwoman Mick- let also asked if the cities bush hog could be used to mow private lots if the owner was willing to pay the city for the labor. Council agreed that the bush hog could be used and the charge would be $5.00 an hour. Persons interested in this service should contact the city clerk. Councilman Strickland stat- ed that he had been contacted on the matter of some residents letting their yards around their homes get all cluttered and junky and asked if this matter could be taken up with the party concerned. Mayor Evans and Councilman Buffalow stated that they would see that this matter was taken care of. Striddand also COKES, SPRITE & FOR STOCK UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS FIREWORKS HEADQUARTERS CHEAPER THAN CITY RATES AUTO MECHANIC ON DUTY BASS ROCERY & SERVICE STATION LOCATED ON SAMSON HIGHWAY I The Bank Of Florala Will Observe Regular Banking | Hours During Holidays Except As Follows: Wednesday December 22 And December 29 Walk Up And Drive In 2:30 5:00 P.M. Friday December 24 And December 31 Open 9:00 - 12:00 (Close At Noon) Closed Christmas Day And New Years. I Ill