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PAGE 2 • THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008 YEAR Wing. Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks and Chief Deputy David Anderson had to transport first.responders in four wheel drive trucks almost two miles before they could reach the scene of the accident. The report said that when officers reached Price he was pinned under the four wheeler in a wash out filled waist deep with water • Emily Evans and Meredith Buechner were named top students at Florala High School for the graduating class. • Former Florala Chief of Police Paul Mitchell, age 60, passed away unex - pectedly in a Dothan hospi- tal. H e served as Chief of Police during Mayor H.T. Mathis's administration. Mitchell was known for his cool head and fair hand in dealing with residents and his officers. After he quit police work, he became an electrician in home construction in the Elijay, GA area. He was a Mason and a member of Fidelity Lodge 685 F & AM. • Covington County Circuit Judge Charles A. "Lex" Short denied probation for former Florala postman and pastor Jerry Hutcheson after he pled guilty to sexual abuse charges of an elderly woman while he was delivering her mail in Florala. On December 6, 2007, Hutcheson was sentenced to four years of imprison- ment ordered to submit im- mediately a DNA sample and register as a convicted sex offender, and ordered to pay $3,000 court costs and a $200 fee to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensa- tion Commission, he imme- diately requested a proba- tion sentence. His request for probation was considered at a hearing on February 13, 2008 and upon denial of that request, he was taken immediately into custody to begin serving his sentence. Hutcheson will be re- quired to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he will be eligible to appear before the Alabama Parole and Pardon Board. • President George Bush signed a law providing for economic stimulus pay- ments, commonly known as "rebates" for taxpayers to give a boost to the sluggish economy. • The United States Post- al Service announced a rate increase effective for May. A The Penny Mart in Lockhart was robbed with an undis- closed amount of cash taken. OFFICIALS GATHERED at the Wetlands Park to cel- ebrate the opening of Deep South's first waterless toilet. On hand to celebrate the event were: Glen Zorn, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture; Jack Goolsby; Billy McDan- iel, Chairman of the Florala Utilities Board; Speaker of the House Seth Hammett; Florala Mayor Danny Franklin; and Florala Councilwoman Sue Mathis. one-ounce First Class stamp will increase from $.41 to $.42 and prices for mailing services such as Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (including single piece Parcel Post), and Special Services will also change. Officials say the price increase for postage is below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Increase. Under a new law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, prices for mailing services will be adjusted each May and the postal service plans to pro- vide 90 days advance notice prior to increase the price of mailing each year. MARCH • Authorities arrested the individuals suspected of robbing the Penny Mart in Lockhart. Earnest Michael (Bubba) Scott, age 31, and Leslie Brooke Moore, age 26 of Andalusia, AL will face third degree robbery charg- es. • The Florala City Coun- cil tabled approving a con- tract between the city and Allied Waste who handles garbage pickup in the city. The company was asking for a Cost of Living Increase of 4.4% for the previous year up to December 2007. The company was completing a three year contract and said they had not figured in a cost of living increase in the contract. • Due to the outstand- ing and diligent efforts of the Florala Volunteer Fire Department, the city's ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating dropped from seven to six. The drop in the city's rating means lower insur- ance premiums on resident's homes. • Covington County law enforcement spent the majority of March 7 rounding up drug offenders in the county and they included Florala residents. Clifton Crawford, 35, who was charged with distribution of a controlled substance; Charles Marshall, age 40, was charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a contrqlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; Wendy Marshall, age 33, was charged with manufacturing in the second degree. • DeFuniak Springs, FL attorney Allan Ramey, 62 and his father Roy, ,93, also of DeFuniak Springs, were found dead in a small lake on private property off of T.R. Miller Road. Ramey's body was found on Sunday March 16, while that of his father was recovered on March 17. Cause of death remains under investigation, but is most likely drowning. Ramey had previously served as attorney for the City of Paxton. " Brian Keith Mullins, age 33, of Holt, FL was driv- ing a dump truck south on Okaloosa County Road 393, about one mile south of State Road 85 (Crestview high- way) in Laurel Hill when he apparently drifted onto the west shoulder then across the road and onto the east shoulder. After the truck drifted onto the east shoul- der it then started rotating and rolled several times be- fore it finally came to a stop landing on the passenger side. He was an employee of B&H Contracting in Flo- rala. • The Florala City Coun- cil discussed the status of the Recreational Board, which is responsible for rec- reationa( activities for the city's youth. According to Council- woman Sue Mathis, the Recreational Board had not held a meeting in over two years so the council was un- aware of what they were do- ing or what they needed. It was decided to get in touch with members of the board concerning the status of the board. APRIL • Paul Ashley Cook of Florala, was arrested by the Crestview, FL Police Department (CPD) and charged with prescription forgery and trafficking in a controlled substance more than four grams. • The Florala Utilities Board discussed a proposition from Alabama Power Company to purchase the building that currently houses their operations in Florala. According to Utilities Board Chairman Billy Mc- Daniel, he sent the company several different proposals and the one that both par- ties agreed on was for the Utility Board to purchase the building and lease out office space for the Alabama Power representatives who will stay in the area. The board voted unam- mously to offer Alabama Power $150,000 for the building with the stipula- tion that Alabama Power could lease up to 200 square feet for $1 per square foot. • Bonnie Brown,Utilities Board Public Relations/Eco- nomic Development Special- ist revealed to the Florala City Council that Top Notch Home Repair and Trim had chosen to locate their busi- ness in the city's industrial park. The company provides modular buildings and will repair and ship buildings. • Florala City Council- man Grady Hobbs, age 73, passed away. He served on the council as a representa- tive of district 1 for 15 years, having been elected in Octo- ber: of 1992. .... • The Tom Thumb Store on U.S. 331 in Paxton, FL was robbed by a white male subject brandishing a 9-mm semi-automatic handgun and demanding money from the cash register. The sus- pect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. • The Penny Mart store in Lockhart was robbed twice in the past two months. The first time the perpetra- tor was unarmed and just grabbed money from the cash register. This time, the perpetrator had on a mask, had gun in his possession and pointed it at the clerk. After conducting a thor- ough search in a wooded Save gas, save time, shop online !. F professiO00 inst00ation (s49.95 value) 24/00 tech support (grea[fo00i photos HIGH-SPEEDINTERNET • PHONE • TELEVISION Fai00wn/" communications " FairPoint will automatically issue a credit of $15.00 each month for six months to customer's bill, for a total savings of $90.00. Customer must keep the service the entire six months to receive the full rebate. Offer applies to new HSD customers only (customers who have not had FairPoint High Speed Internet for at least the preceding 180 days). Standard or above ackage required. After six months. Standard service will be billed at $44.95 per month, other packages at their respective prices. Taxes and additional charges may apply. 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MAY • Florala's National Guard Unit, 1st BN 131st Armor Company C returned home after almost a year's deployment in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. • The Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board raided a party on Edwards Road in Florala. Agents found eight minors, one juvenile and the parents of the birthday girl partying. Nine teens were arrested and charged with minor in possession and consumption of alcohol. The parents, Charles and Kyra Edwards wel'e charged with an open house party violation, eight counts of complicity, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of moonshine. Those arrestedandbooked in the Covington County Jail in this raid and two others were: Samantha Henderson, 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $300 bond; Lee Cameron Page, 20, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Shane A. Betterton, age 21, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Reva D. Henley, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $300 bond; Chad W. Smith, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Justin Ladue, age 20, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Alex R. Hare, age 22, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 charge; - Quadel Stallworth, age 21, :? on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Jarrod Day, age 22, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000; Reggie Gundrum, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Harold J. Clintron, age 21, on the charges of three counts of complicity and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors under a $21,000 bond; Kenneth L. Wade, age 22, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Dusty R. McDonnell, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Charles D. Rogers, age 19 on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Ryan W. Jackson, age 21, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Kyra A. Edwards, age 36, on the charges of open house party, resisting arrest, possession of moonshine, complicity and contributing to the delinquency of a minor under a $209,000 bond; Heather Hardison, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Echo J. Smith, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Loretta D. Biggs, age 18, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Olivia C. Deputy, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Angela M. Wade, age 3, on the charge -of complicity under a $3,000 - bond; Crystal Knowles, age 23, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Rachel Matthews, age 20, on the charge of complicity under a $3,000 bond; Shannon Carroll, age 18, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; Jeremy Wade, age 19, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $20,000 bond; John Merrill, age 20, on the charge of minor in consumption under a $3,000 bond; and Charles Edwards, age 37, on the charges of open house party, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, resisting arrest, complicity see 2008 page 3