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©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. 5 u::~9 S 1 2.~O~'~S ~r i,~ ! VF: ), L' • i,, ESTABLISHED IN 1900) Location Of 106 Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations On Beautiful Lake Jackson And Gateway To The Gulf Coast ,-Seventh Year I=lorala, Alabama 3(5442 Covington County Number 42 Thursday, December 30, 1976 15c Per Single Copy i; / i : !!iii i' REPORT OPERATION-SANTA CLAUS BIG Playing Santa to the under privileged children in the took its toll on Mrs. Paul (Michelle) Mitchell. She has ever since with strep throat. She didn't let it get her until all the many toys, gifts and fruits, candies and EWS OF INTEREST by Merle Woodham TO EXCHANGE GIFTS the merchants will be happy when the mad rush to gifts that didn't fit is over. at home must have changed drastically since last for it seems that this year everybody is returning ifts. Oh. well, it was fun opening the packages, even if to be returned. That is sort of like planning a vacation is the most fun, anyway. SICKNESS DAMPENED CHRISTMAS SPIRITS the saddest thing to happen in the Florala area this was the untimely death of Larry's classmate, Lou ~1 knew she had been sick but didn't dream it was terminal has always been so healthy, never knew of her being and so jolly and helpful. It has only been about four her problem was fql:nd. been employed with Sullivan Furniture Company for very dependable and so competent. We know they will without her, as well as all her many friends and loved extend our deepest sympathy to the family. family is neighbors to Morn and Mack and the Mack learned of Lou's death, he worried himself into a he saw the funeral notices up, he was distressed and on Charlie and Mae We lch's door and the Pelhams ~find out who had passed away, but couldn't get an answer. on back home and called the funeral home. When he found it was Lou, a classmate of Larrys, he just continued to worry had the stroke, around seven o'clock. eaten his supper and got up to put his plate in the sink and it. Mum said he had dropped his fork a time or two during she was growing concerned about him but was anxious He isn't like the rest of us. The only reason he eats at live and probably wouldn't weigh 90 pounds soaking wet. called Larry and me to tell us that something was wrong and by the time we got there, he couldn't speak: I called Squad and Lamar Mitchell must have been at the police He didn't wait for the ambulance, he had one of the bring him to the house immediately. You can't beat those are worth a million. It wasn't but just a few minutes and $niith was there with the ambulance. Mack never lost his and when 1 asked if there Was a doctor at Florala and was told there was not, that we would have to go to realized it and we began to think we wouldn't get him in the We knew he was terribly concerned about something, Ught it was the Christmas lights and seeing that the doors etc. Larry assured him that all of this would be done and I followed. But, he still had to pry Mack's hand lose arm. he got to Mizell Memorial, Dr. Reddock Williams was (bless his heart) and Mack insisted on Doc giving him and paper, upon which he promptly wrote -- FLORALA Reddock handled him beautifully. He told him he him. he would be mad too about being brought away We calmed him down by telling him that we would in1 to Florala Memorial just as soon as we could reach a Reddock made rounds the following morning, Mack was and Doc told him he was giving him a little rat keep his blood thin so as not to have a reoccurance of clot. which caused his stroke. Mack told him just to give dose. He is forever telling his friends that when anybody ~eing 50 years old they ought to be taken out and shot. He had many a good time though since he reached age up having to bring him home Sunday morning. The 'Couldn't keep him in bed and they were afraid he would fall tt himself. The surroundings at Opp were unfamiliar. He any of the nurses and he was perfectly miserable. mum have been nurse maiding Sherry's blue silk Persian the holiday break from Auburn University and Mack about her getting out and the dog's making a meal off of the second night he was in the hospital, the weather had ~d that day and he dreamed that "that darn cat" had gotten Mum and Sherry were out in the weather looking for the cat. to be a lot better that night and Mum had fallen asleep that when he got up she didn't hear him. He wasn't down the hall - he had on his hospital night shirt and , sheet around him. but he was tearing down the hall Continued to page 4 The Covington County Sheriff's Department reported that arrests have been made in the burglary of the Johnny Hughes house in Wing, Alabama on December 23. ee O Sends A three-vehicle pile-up north of Laurel Hilt on State Highway 85 on Christmas Eve morning, totaled one truck and resulted in $1 i .250 damages to the other two. The incident involved a John Deere farm tractor (damages $10,000). a 1973 Ford (totaled), and a 1976 Chevrolet ($1,250 in damages). Here's the way it happened: Gerald Reeves, Laurel Hill, was attempting to pull Paul Douglas Varnum's 1976 Chev- rolet from a ditch with his farm tractor at 6:30 a.m. The Ford, driven by John Kidd, 100 Mayflower Avenue, Fort Walton Beach which was food contributions had been delivered to those in need and to many children whose parents had told them that Santa wouldn't be comin~ to visit this year. The Mitchells, both Paul and Michelle, report that the smiles on the faces of the children who were not expecting gifts this Christmas was more than enough to repay them for the efforts they had made as Santa's helpers. A number of local merchants really got into the spirit of giving this Christmas, making cash donations, giving big cash discounts, and new toys that were slightly damaged. Among the businesses making such contributions were employees of The Bank of FIorala, West 5& 10, Piggly Wiggly. Western Auto. Walkers, Dollar General Store. and Mrs. Larry Woodham. Donating new toys were Gennella McDaniel and Mrs. C. N. Matthews. Frances Chance made a really great contribution by ,i' , J FLGRALA-LOCKHART ROTARY CLUB PRESENTS SCOOP doing mechanical repair on a number of toys - tricycles, bicycles. STRETCHER TO TR1-CITY RESCUE SQUAD. Members of the etc. Sixth Avenue Cleaners is always helpful as they assist with the Florala-Lockhart Rotary Club were generous in donating enough cleaning of all the stuffed animals which are donated. Mrs. money to buy the Scoop Stretcher for the Tel-City Rescue Squad. Freeman Williamson and Mrs. Arvy Lee Wang contributed their This piece of equipment will be most beneficial in moving patients talents bv making new clothes for the dollies. Mrs. Ivlitchell reports that the public in general donated much with broken limbs, a broken neck. etc., when it is especially dangerous to be moving {he patient around. nicer gifts this year and she wishes to convey her many thanks to all ~ Accepting on behalf of the squad, from left, are James York, of you for your cooperation. You helped to make Christmas a lot co-ordinator for the equipment drive, Tommy Bishop, Lamar brighter for many. many children and their families. Assisting the Mitcheils with the packaging and distribution of Mitchell, Captain-Elect Wayne Barrineau, and Lt.-Elect H. O. Bass. Any other club or civic organization wishing to donate a needed toys this year were Carol Boyington, Angela PatriCk and Wallace piece of equipment to the Tri-City Squad should contact James York Tew. George Hart th Claims org (3. Hart George G, Hart. age 73. a resident of Florala over 60 years, passed away Tuesday morning. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Florala and served as Church lreasurer and on the Board of Deacons. He also served as Treasurer of the Florala Board of Education. He was executive vice-president of the Bank of Florala and was connected with the Bank of Florala for 51 years and served on the Board of Directors of the bank. Survivors. are his wife, Mrs. I.ouisc Spigner Hart of Florala; two sons. Tom Hart of Mobile. and Don Hart of Warrensburg, Missouri; one brother. David I. Hart of Birmingham; two sistcrs, Mrs. Ruby H. Fuller of Atmore and Mrs. Eleanor Moore of Andalusia. Funeral services are to be conducted 10 a.m. Thursday from Evans Funeral Home with Freeman Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the Florala Greenwood Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home directing. Deputy Szpek re~orted that Paul E. Carpenter, age 19. of the Florala area and Billy el en OSpl traveling along Highway 85 struck the rear of Reeves' tractor, which was sitting some four feet onto the highway. Kidd's truck then skidded some 300 feet and overturned in a field. The only injury reported was to 18-year-old Janet Kidd. but the FHP could not verify the extent of the injuries she received. Charges in the accident are pending, according to Trooper W. E. Glass of the Florida Highway Patrol. Matlock, age 19, also of the Florala area had been arrested and charged with buying. receiving and concealing stolen property in connection with the burglaries of the Johnny Hughes house and the Harry Adams house. Also arrested was Lionel Eugene Glass. age It), of the Florala area. Glass was charged with burglary and grand larceny. Items taken in the burglar- ies included CB equipment, T.V., and various clothing articles. Stolen articles recov- ered in the arrests included items identified as being from the Harry Adams house, which is located at Adams Cross roads. An extensive investigation bv the Covington County Siaeriff's Department and the Florala Police. Department is underway with more arrests expected. All the suspects are currently lodged in the Covington County Jail, pend- ing bond, Pigeon Club To On Gene Ragan Shou, or any member of the Rescue Squad.! I st Association To Meet Wednesday The quarterly meeting of the Covington Baptist Association W.M.U. will be held at the First Baptist Church of Florala on Wednesday, January 5, at 10:30. A mission program will be presented by members of the volunteer mission team who recently went to Guatemala to help with the earthquake disaster relief. A nursery will be provided and lunch will be served at the church. S OS The Florala Racing Pigeon Club will be on the Gene Ragan Farm Show this Saturday, January 1, 1977 at 6:00 p.m., Channel 4, WTVY, Dothan, Alabama. If the weather is suitable, members of the club hope to actually release birds and let them come back home to the "Magic City" of Florala, Alabama. Participants also intend to go over several phases of the pigeon sport. Be sure to turn our tocal~ in this Saturday. January I at 6:00 p.m. TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR COLLECTION POINTS A new toll-free telephone number has been established for persons wishing to locate the Reynolds aluminum recyc- ling collection point nearest them, according to Richard J. Mensing, market director for Reynolds Aluminum Recycling Company. The number is 1-800-243- b000 for residents of every state except Connecticut. where the number to call is 1-800-882-6500, The numbers are in operation 24 hours a day. By dialing the number, people may determine which of the almost 800 Reynolds aluminum recycling collection points is nearest to them, as well as its hours of operation. Reynold~ pays 15 cents pcr pound for aluminum bevcragc cans and other clean house- hold alunfimum such as fro/on dinner trays and foil, Certain other items, includ- ing aluminum siding, gutter',, aluminum storm dtu)r and window frames and lawn fur- niture tubing also are ~orth 15 cents per pound if properly prepared. This aluminunl must be fi'ec of all toreign materials, cut to lengths not exceeding three feet and should not be mixed with aluminum cans. For faster servicethe aluminum must be in bags or bundled. iiiii i f At 9:25 p.m., Tuesday scene, and later turned /[ d A Thornas// night, December 28, the himself in. KNOW YOUR POLICE Florala Police Department The Tri-Citv Rescue Squad received a call stating that a transported Milton to Opp / • negro youth was laying in MizellMemorialHospital, and H~yw~r / North CJth Street after having from there to the hospital in been shot. Upon arrival at the Ft. Rucker, Alabama, where scene, the Florala Police found Bruce Milton. age 18, of Florala. shot once in the back with a 38 caliber handgun. Upon questioning him, it was determined that David Bun- nee, negro male, age 18 of Florala, was the suspect in the incident. The Police Department members, Chief Paul Mitchell, Hayward Thomas, and Early B. Ellis began a search for the suspect. Shortly afterwards, they were informed that Bonner had turned himself and the weapon in at the Florala Police Station. The incident occurred after an apparent disagreement between Bonner and Milton, and various other domestic problems. According to police reports. David Bonnet took his step-father's pistol and went outside and waited in the bushes for Milton to come home. When Milton arrived, there was another disagree- ment. and Milton fled. Bonnet allegedly shot him in the back as he ran. Bonner fled the his condition is listed as satisfactory. The bullet lodged in the muscles of the back. Bonnet is presently lodged 'in the Covington County Jail charged with assault with intent to commit nmrder. May all persons on Earth find peace and happiness in Continuing this week with the "Know Your Police Force" articles, Hayward A Thomas, acting Assistant Chief is featured. Hayward, a life long resident of Paxton, now residing in FIorala, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Thomas of Paxton, Thomas is a graduate of Paxton High School and Douglas MacArthur Technical School in Opp. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran. Thomas, 29 years old, has been with the FIorala Police Department since October 10, 1974, He began as a radio operator and was promoted to patrolman in October of '75. in January of '76, he was promoted to sergeant and to the assistant chief position in July of '76. Thomas is a graduate of the Southeast Alabama Police Academy and has attended the Advanced Police Driving Academy and numerous other advance schools and FBI • . Hayuvlrd Thomas seminars on police enforce- ment. Thomas attends the Paxton Assembly of God Church and is a member of the Tel-City Rescue Squad.