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2008 in °="= vehicles with his wife when his gun fell out of the car FROM PAOE 3 onto the ground and shot and possession of moonshine him in the leg. under a $206,000 bond. Robert McDonald, age 60 • In an effort to curtail of Florala, was transported the problem with domestic to Florala Memorial Hospi- animals, the Florala City tal. Council passed a leash law • Basil Cole, age 45, of to encourage residents to Paxton, FL passed away take responsibility for their from injuries received in an pets. automobile accident on Sun- After discussing the day, May 25. matter for several weeks, Cole and Chris Carnley, the Florala City Council age 35, of Florala were test- voted at their last meeting ing a track they had con- to make the City of Florala structed for four wheeler use smoke free. and jumping hill mounds The move to make the when Cole lost control and city smoke free comes at the caused the truck to flip over. same time the state legisla- The accident ejected Cole ture is considering similar and trapped Carnley under- legislation to make the state neath the vehicle for several smoke free. The mayor and hours. council reviewed non smok: Cole was transported from ing ordinances throughout the scene by LifeFhght to the state and finally settled Flowers Hospital in Dothan, on adopting a non smoking AL. Carnley was transport- ordinance similar to the one ed from the scene by Florala adopted by the City of An- EMS and then flown by Life- dalusia. Flight to Southeast Hospi- Dr. S. Vishwanath, tal in Dothan. Carnley was practicing physician at Flo- treated for his injuries and rala Memorial Hospital for subsequently released. the past 12 years, moved JUNE into his new office complex " The Covington County at the corner of 3rd Street Commission donated $5,000 and Wildflower Avenue in to complete a softball field downtown Florala. The new at W.S. Harlan School in location is quite visible and Lockhart. makes it convenient for his • Two of Covington Coun- patients and those wishing ty's five commissioners, in- to use his services, cluding the chairman, lost • Florala's State Line Ad- their bid for re-election in venture's Mini Golf, located the party primaries. Sitting beside State Line Mini Mall, Chairman Greg White and downtoven Florala opened District 1 Commissioner for business. Kent Colquett, both Repub- • Paxton Town Council- licans, were eliminated from man Joe Melton announced the November election. White lost his bid for the his resignation due to per- sonalconcerns. Repubhcan nomination as U.S. News '& World chairman of the commission Report released an updated to challenger Lynn Sasser list of America's Best High by the margin of 95 votes Schools. There are 31 Ala- and Colquett lost his bid for bama high schools including the Repubhcan nomination Florala High School that for District 1 to challenger met key criteria to be named David Ellis by a larger to the hst. The three catego- margin of 738 votes. ries of distinction are gold, • Florala City Council silver and bronze. FHS was discussed the quahty of listed as receiving a Bronze emergency rescue services Award. available to citizens. • The Florala Pohce De- Opportunity EMS owner partment responded to the Haywood Nawlin addressed the council expressing his .City Car Wash wher was .... COVINGTON COUNTY ROAD CREW pushed sparkling white sand from the waters of beautiful Lake Jackson onto its beaches both east and west of the pier. T/ere'5 no better time f/Tan now J /or sendin best wis/es your way for the cominy year / COX HARDWARE Fifth Ave. • Florala • 858-3815 Huge selection of new & used items. • We have 32,000 sq, ft. with 70+ vendors. Everything from tools to toys. Antiques, furniture, glassware, crystal, guitars, fiddles & banjos. Movies, DVD, household items, fishing, hunting supplies and so much more. Come by and check us out.  4 4 4 Warehouse Market Mall Flea Market . Downtown Florala 858-800o2 Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m.- p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. HANGING ON FOR HIS "BEARY" LIFE - Richard and Marilyn Barnes, residents of Clark Road in Florala awoke to find a 6 foot tall black bear in a pecan tree in their front yard. Alabama Department of Conservation Officer Randall Lee of Andalusia documented the sighting and took photos and found the it was a tagged bear with green tags in each ear that had apparently been released from the Niceville, FL area. Eventually the bear climbed down out of the tree and ran off into the woods. Marilyn perhaps summed up the experience the best, "And they say nothing ever happens in the country•" frustration over a contract he is required to sign with E911 before they will dispatch his ambulance service. No action was taken on the matter. •.. Phillips Covington County Probate Judge Sherrie Phillips was indicted by a Covington County Grand Jury on two counts of first- degree theft, two counts of first-degree theft by deception, and two counts of intentionally misusing her public office for.personal gain. • Phillips was indicted on first-degree theft of a check for $1.8 million from the es, tate of Cary Douglas Piper- Phillips turned herself in to authorities following her in- dictment and was released on a $250,000 bond and stated she intends to plead not guilty to the charges. • Paxton Town Council unanimously approved for- mer Paxton Mayor Mark Warren to fill the vacancy left by Councilman Joe Melton's resignation. • Mark Fredrick Harig- an, age 41, of the Hacoda Community was indicted on charges of receiving and THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008 • PAGE 3 possessing child pornogra- phy by a federal grand jury. If convicted, Harigan fac- es a maximum of 30 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and supervised release for the rest of his life. • Florala Pharmacy, Inc. has flied suit in Montgom- ery County Circuit Court against the City of Florala, its Mayor Danny Franklin, city clerk Lykeshia Ander- son, and Alatax, Inc., the private company the city uses to collect sales tax and monitor business hcenses. Pharmacist and owner Charles Smith stated that the issue is over the amounts and methods each city uses in setting fees for their city business licenses. • Chief Justice of the Al- abama Supreme Court Sue Bell Cobb appointed Leland Grant Enzor, Jr., as the in- terim special Probate Judge for Covington County. This action was due to Probate Judge Sherrie Phil- hps being placed on paid ad- ministrative leave following indictment by a Covington County Grand Jury on felo- ny ethics and theft charges. Enzor will serve as special Probate Judge until the case against Phillips is settled. JULY • The Alabama Depart- ment of Transportation ap- proved $150,000 for the Cov- ington County Commission to replace Cravey Bridge in south Covington County. The bridge, located in south Covington County, allows vehicles to access the area without detouring nearly 15 miles. • Florala Mayor Danny Franklin and the city coun- cil switched the street de- - Although the election for City of Florala mayor and council is a memory, and preparations were un- derway for a run-off elec- tion, the question of wheth- er one of the candidates met the residency requirement to seek the office of mayor arose. The question of the day seems to be whether mayoral candidate Newton Peters actually meets the residency requirement to seek and hold the office: Peters has lived on Pet- ers Road outside the city bin- its of Florala for many years but hsted 22597 Longview Drive as his residence on his qualification form. There is a mobile home located on the property on Longview Drive but the current trailer is inhabitable. Peters said he would con- tinue his campaign when and until someone disputes his candidacy. • As Hurricane Ike raced across the Gulf and headed to Texas, worried residents were in a frenzy to get to the gas pumps and ensure they had enough to get them through until oil refineries in Texas and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico are repaired and producing fuel again. When the rush on gas started, worried officials took to the airwaves to calm residents and assure them that there was not a gas shortage and for them to continue with their day to day activities. Despite attempts to calm anxious drivers, officials were helpless to calm their fears or reassure residents there was no need to panic. Last year in September gas cost $2.62 a gallon but this year a gallon of the same gas will cost $4.11. • Covington County Pro- bate Judge Sherrie Phillips resigned. She submitted a letter to the Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) dated September 11, 2008 inform- ing them of her intention to retire from the position she has held for over 20 years. Her letter to the AOC stated that her retirement would become effective on Septem- ber 12, 2008 at 12:01 p.m. • Florala Mayor Danny Franklin announced that the city had received fund- ingfrom the State Parks see END page 4 1