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PAGE 10 • THE FLORALA NEWS • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009 the Secretary of Education, Arne Achieving the status of a Blue Ribbon School requires schools to meet one of two assessment criteria. The Blue Ribbon School program recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent oftheir students from disadvan- taged backgrounds that dra- matically improve student performance in" accordance with state assessment sys- FROM PAGE 8 terns; and it rewards schools that score in the top 10 per- cent on state assessments. Opp, Red Level and Florala. However, those plans have changed and commissioners agreed to keep the county yard in Florala open. OCTOBER • The Covington County Commission agreed to keep the county yard in Florala open at their last meeting. When the commission vot- ed 3-2 to move the county to the unit system to save' money, they planned to close the county yards in •.. Sherrie Phillips RETIRING UTILITIES ,BOARD MEMBERS HON- ORED - The City of Florala and Florala Utilities, along with family and friends gathered to celebrate the retirement of three long serving members, William H. McDaniel, Pearl Smith and Horace Bell. Shown are Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Glen Zorn, Florala Mayor Rob- ert Williamson, William H. McDaniel, Councilman Marvin Williford, Senator Jimmy HoUey, Horace Bell and Pearl Smith. Put your home to work for you A reverse mortgage allows you to receive monthly payments instead of malting them without moving or selling your home} Call today for more information. Chelly Sanders. Reverse Mortgage Specialist Phone: 85 )-269-5843 • Cell: 850-368-5728 chelly.r.sanders 1. Borrower must be 62 years or older. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells FargoBank NA. © 2009 Wells Fargo Bank All rights reserved. #6794511/09-2/10 • Alabama Attor- ney General Troy King an- nounced that the Alabama Supreme Court had denied certiorari review in the case of former Covington County Probate Judge Sherrie Phil- lips. In declining to hear the case, the Court issued a Cer- tificate of Judgment of Phil- lips's conviction for felony theft and ethics violations prosecuted by the Attorney General last October. Phillips's appellate bond now requires her to sur- render to the county sheriff within 15 days. Phillips fac- es two concurrent sentences of 10 years, which were split for her to serve three years incarceration followed by three years of supervised probation. Phillips turned herself in at the Covington County Jail in Andalusia. • A Florala High School student faced serious charg- es after a routine search of the school grounds led to the discovery of alcohol in his vehicle. Casey Paul Golden, age 18, is charged with pos- session of an alcoholic bev- erage on public secondary or grade school property, which is a felony. • Folk artist Woodie Long passed away at the age of 66. ; Long was a self-taught artist who began his paint- ing career in 1987• His paint- ings are hanging in more than a dozen museums and have graced the covers of 30 plus publications across the country. Long has a gallery in Flo- rala on the corner of Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue. • The City of Florala and Florala Utilities received some great news when Ala- bama Governor Bob Riley announced the city would be receiving a $400,000 Sew- erage Improvement Grant. The Community Develop- ment Block Grant requires a $40,000 match from city and will be used to repair several damaged sewerage lines in town. • A Lockhart man was by the Florala Police De- partment and 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force after an extensive investigation into illegal drug activity at his residence on Lockhart Church Road in Leckhart. 48-year-old David Earl Hutchinson was arrested and charged with first-de- gree possession of marijua- na, possession of drug par- aphernalia, two counts of" distribution of a controlled substance and possession of prohibited liquor. • Willie Ray Brooks, age 59, of Lockhart, AL was ar- rested by Walton County Sheriff's Department for possession of cocaine, and possession of narcotic equip- ment. His bond was set at $5,000. • A man being sought by Lockhart Police for allegedly threatening a Lockhart resi- dent and making off with a number of credit cards and almost $400 in cash was arrested in Louisiana after seeking medical treatment .| at a local hospital. 26-year-old Justin McLeod was transported back to Covington County and booked in the Covington County Jail on first degree robbery and second degree theft of property charges and held without bond on for violation of probation. cently addressed the Florala Utilities Board and request- ed they enter into an annual revenue sharing plan with the city. ~Lee spoke to the Utili- ties Board on November 9 at their regular meeting and presented a proposal that the board share with the city minimum of 3% of their annual gross revenue. Explaining, that she felt the city was entitled to revenue sharing because the city was the sole hareholder in the utilities board corporation. •.. Greg White • Greg White announced that he will seek election to the District 92 seat in the Alabama House of Repre- sentatives. As the District 92 House member, he would represent all of Covington County and east Escambia County. • A Covington County jury found Scotty Junior Ed- wards, 38, of Florala, guilty of distribution of a controlled substance. Edwards was convicted for selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant of the Alabama Beverage and Control Board during-a June 2, 2007, un- dercover drug sale. • A four wheeler ac- cident claimed the life of a teenager in northwestern Walton County. Fourteen- year-old Christian Pierce of Sauceier, MS died at the Walton County Motor Cross track on Long Road, outside of Laurel Hill, FL. • Florala Police Depart- ment officers arrested and booked Willie Jo Cook, age 32, of Honoraville, AL in the Covington County Jail under a $23,000 bond and charged him with distribution of a controlled substance, pos- session of a controlled sub- stance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tammy Thomas, age 38, of Laurel Hill, FL was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Covington County Jail under a $13,000 bond. The arrest were made at Lakeview Motel, following an undercover police opera- tion. • The Alabama Depart- ment of Environmental Management (ADEM) ap- proved a remediati0n plan submitted by the city for the landfill on Still Pond Road. Illegal waste has been dumped at the sight and the city must spend approxi- mately $58,000 to clean up the site. NOVEMBER • Ashley McKathan, pre- siding Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, an- nounced that he will again be a candidate for Circuit Judge, Place No. "2, in the general election to be held on November 2, 2010. • Florala's City Hall will soon be relocated to the building recently vacated by Florala Utilities. The city will spend almost $100,000 to renovate this btdlding. Several weeks ago, the Florala City Council voted to relocate to this building rather than moving to the Florala City Middle School when it becomes vacant next summer. • Councilwoman, Hazel Lee informed the Florala City Council that she re- DECEMBER • The Charles Russell family of Paxton was chosen as the 2009 Christmas fam- ily." • Florala City Council meeting, Councilman Jim- my Waldrop updated the council on his research into the possibility of the city beginning to collect trash rather than contract with a private business for trash collection. Waldrop said the Town of Lockhart had expressed interest in joining with the city to collect garbage for residents, making the total of serviceable homes 1,127. According to Waldrop's fig- ures, the city would collect a total of $20,850 a month an [ spend only about $6,000 a month for a net profit of $14,890 a month. The city could purchase a new side loader automated truck for $200,000 and carts for about $60,000. He said the city could either purchase or lease a truck for almost the same amount. Waldrop stated that he would present additional in- formation to the council at a later date following further research. • A::Florala man suffered serio'ti injuries Friday, De- cember 18, when the vehicle he was driving hydroplaned and struck a tree near Lib- ertyville, between Florala and Andalusia. According to reports, the driver of the 2007 Chevro- let Silverado extended cab pickup, 22-year-old Joseph Tyler Rasberry, was head- ing southbound on Alabama High,ray.55 Friday morning when the accident occurred. He was transported by Andalusia Rescue Squad to Andalusia Regional Hospi- tal and later transported to a Dothan hospital by ambu- lance where he was treated for head trauma. • Three Covington Coun- ty residents were arrested by the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF). DTF Agents raided the home of an Andalusia couple on De- cember 15, while they were allegedly in the process of manufacturing metham- phetamines. Both Davidson and Leavins were arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, first- degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, sec- ond-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernaha. They were booked in the Cov- ington County jail under a $900,000 bond. • A Lockhart man, 47-year-old Billy Wayne Benson, was also arrested on December 15 by the DTF when agents went to his residence to investigate the possibility that he was ille- gally manufacturing meth- amphetamine. Benson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, pos- session of drug parapher- nalia and obstructing gov- ernmental operations and booked into the Covington County Jail under a $16,000 bond. Subscribe Today The Florala News