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THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDb ESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008 • PAGE 7 THE JIMMY CARNLEY FIELD was dedicated at W.S. Harlan School in Lockhart. Several dignitaries were on hand for the occasion including Covington County School Board Jimmy Rogers, Covington County Superintendent Sharon Dye, Senator Jimmy Holley, Speaker of the House Seth Hammett, Doris Tyler and Gordon Jones, Jr. of the Martha & Solon Dixon Foundation, Principal Brent Zessin, Jimmy Carnley and School Board Member Jimmy Prestwood. REVIEW ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $917, to pay $5,000 to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensa- tion Fund, and to pay court costs. An appeal bond was set at $20,000. • A Niceville, FL teen died Saturday night, November 8 in a one vehicle accident just north of Florala on Highway 331. The Florala Police De- partment responded to the accident shortly after 8 p.m. Alabama State Troopers identified the driver of the vehicle as 19-year-old Mar- garet Kay Settlemire of Niceville. Witnesses said it ap- peared that the teen lost control of her vehicle, over- corrected causing the fatal accident. DECEMBER • The Florala City Coun- cil voted unanimously to hire Floralz Officer Chris Jackson as temporary police chief until a new chief can be hired. Florala Mayor Robert Williamson informed had appointed Jackson as chief that any money disbursed be for law enforcement pur- poses only and there is broad discretion on how the money is spent. Alabama sets the fee at $1 unless there is a lo- cal law establisg the fee Currently the pistol per- mit fee is $10 but Meeks wants to increase the fee to $20. Covington County has one of the lowest pistol per- mit fees in the state, most counties in the state already charge $20. According to Meeks, there hasn't been an increase in pistol permits for 27 years. • The Florala Police De- partment arrested a Red Oak man, charging him with indecent exposure, allegedly sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 years old. Florala Police Chief Chris Jackson said Donald Alford, Jr., age 48, was arrested af- ter the department received a complaint that he had sex- ually abused a 12 year old girl inside the city limits of Florala. Alford was transported to the Covington County Jail in Andalusia where he was booked under a $2,000 bond on the charges of two counts of indecent exposure, which in Alabama is considered a sex crime. • Florala City Council voted unanimously to adopt a $1.2M operating budget. According to Williamson, things were better than he expected and there were funds available to give all city employees a three per- cent (3%) cost of living in- crease. • A public meet and greet was held for City of Florala chief of police applicants. Residents attending were given an opportunity to question Sonny Bedsole, Chris Jackson and Tim Hardage, the remaining ap- plicants. • The family of Jimmy Waldrop was named as The Florala News' 2008 Christ- mas Family. • Paxton High School was recognized as one,of Ameri-' THE CITY OF FLORALA FLORALA mayor and council were administered the oath of office by Covington County District Judge Frank "Trippy" McGuire. Pictured are (l-r) Dis- trict Two Councilman Marvin Williford, Sr., District One Councilwoman Hazel Lee, Dis- trict Five Councilwoman Gloria Cassady, District Four Councilwoman Jimmy Waldrop, District Three Councilman Danny Thames, Mayor Robert Williamson and Judge Frank "Trippy " McGuire. following the resignation of Captain Mark Anderson. • The 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) received a $130,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Jus- tice to continue their fight against drugs in the county. When the county started preparing their budget for the new fiscal year there was speculation and con- cern whether or not the DTF would receive the funding necessary to stay in opera- tion. The Covington County District Attorney's Office no- tiffed the DTF it was unlike- ly they would receive fund- ing for the new fiscal year. The grant requires a 10% match, which is $13,000. • Florala Mayor Robert Williamson announced that the city and the Utilities Board had agreed to acom, promise on the issues that not only divided the city but cost both entities thousands of dollars. The compro- mise ends a two year battle over control of the Utilities Board. Both parties com- promised in the resolution, with neither party getting everything they wanted. • Covington County Com- missioners agreed to sup- port a request from Coving- ton County Sheriff Dennis Meeks to increase the per- mit fee to carry a pistol in Covington County. Alabama issues concealed weapons permits and they are issued in the county where the ap- plicant resides. Proceeds from the sale of pistol permits go in to the Sheriffs Fund, a discretion- ary account audited by the State Examiner's Office. Legislation is very specific Fifth Avenue • 858-3224 FROM PAGE 5 ca's Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Re-: port. • Several local law en- forcement agencies com- bined forces to make ap- proximately 26 arrests on felony indictments, worth- lss check warrants, mu- nicipal court warrants, and child support warrants. The following people were ar- rested during the round up: On Grand Jury Indict- ments: • Jamie Busch, 19 of An- dalusia, Alicia Beamon, 24, of Andalusia, Albert Jack- son Sorrells a/Ida Alboe, 44, of Red Level, James Edward Sorrells, 68, of Red Level. Robert L. Adams a/k/a Rab- bit, 53, of Lockhart, Jesse Jackson, 62, of Opp, Ronald S. Grace, 25, of Andalusia, Mark L. Beverly, 35, of Red Level, Brandy, R. Beverly, 28, of Red Level, Angel Nich- ols, 33, of Andalusia, Brian McClellan, 49, of Andalusia, Robert Jeffery Schofield, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance On Worthless Check charges: Linda Hyde, Me- lissa Phillips, Scotty Phil- lips, Marshelle Holmes, Janna Morrow, and Kevin Goolsby. Opp Municipal Court warrants and other war- rants: Elizabeth Riley, Sabrina Phillips, Bren- don Townsend, Donavan Spenard, Angela Queen, Marshelle Holmes, Capricia Parker and Charles Searcy. Happy New Year! Twin boys arrive Matthew and Lynn Scroggins proudly announce the birth of their identical twin boys on August 29, 2008. John Huston S croggins weighed in at five pounds and James Matthew Scroggins weighed in at five pounds, five ounces. They were welcomed by their grand- %ii ......... parents, Michael and Sandi Scroggins of Olympia, WA; Wanda Sasser Scroggins  of Auburn, AL; and Michael and Patricia   Vines. Great-grandparents'are George and  Eunice Scroggins of Florala. •  il " " ..... I IIiIIIlIIII. -.' ®, - i ..... but this one thing we surely know. \\; \\; Time is to the Lord as just one day, when life get tough, kneel down and pray! He feeds the birds and sets the sun. He takes care of all when day is done. Why worry what tomorrow will bring, when God takes care of everything? With the new year comes hope for peace. It's time for fighting now to cease! At the stroke of twelve, the .year is gone but blessings lie with the break of dawn! Look to the Lord in two thousand nine, it holds a promise of things that're fine! Let's show the world a heart of love, while God smiles down from up above! / / Mary Ann Whiddon Florala Health an Rehabilitation, LLC 23621 Goldenrod Ave. • Florala