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PAGE 10 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008 :Drug Court receives $50K grant I000MMUNITY HAP00i quickly, people who haven't sibly even home visits. The  Meetings Held addiction. They deserve to go to jail and will continue to do so. By focusing Drug Court instead on those of- fenders who will benefit most from the program, we can ensure that we'll meet our goals of reducing drug crime, protecting the public, saving taxpayer money, and easing prison overcrowding and congested court dock- ets. Drug courts have been successfu nation wide and state wide because they combine rehabilitation with coercion: stay clean, com- plete the program, or you go to jail." Officials with the criminal justice system in Covington County have finally received long sought after and much needed grant money to start a drug court., Recently, Dis- trict Attorney Greg Gambril received a check from the Alabama Administrative Of- fice of Courts in the amount of $50,000 as start up funds for Drug Court. "Though these funds are only a small portion of what we really need, they should be enough for us to begin a pilot program late in spring 2009," Gambril said. "After our application for a very competitive fed- eral grant was turned down, these funds are like an early Christmas gift." According to Gambril, Drug Court is an alternative mode of punishment and sentencing for only a certain class of drug offenders. "Se: rious drug offenders -- traf- tickers, dealers, manufac- turers -- will not be eligible, Their problem is not so much a drug addiction as a greed Gambril explained that this program can be more severe punishment than jail. "Drug Court requires an individual to make a life change and to beat the devil in doing so. They're required to not only overcome their addiction, but to obtain a GED, to find a job, and to pay off their court costs and restitution. With the Department of Corrections releasing drug offenders so BIG TURNIP - Christopher Coone, son of Jerri Lynn and Wally Nazario, of Ft. Wainwright, AK shows off this 9 lb. turnip grown in the garden of his great-grandparents, Ray- mond and Edith Kelley, of Florala. Christopher was visiting his grandparents, Jerry and Gwen Coone, of Florala. This Week's Recipe CHICKEN POT PIE 4 chicken breasts, cooked 1/4 t. celery salt 1 lg. can mixed vegetables, drained 1/4 t. black pepper 1 can cream of chicken soup 3-4 boiled eggs 3/4 c. chicken broth 1 pkg. crescent rolls (or may use 2 cups buttermilk mixed with 2 cups SR flour and 1 stick melted butter, poured over chicken mix.) 1 t. minced onion Bone and cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place in bot- tom of large baking dish. Add mixed vegetables. Sprinkle onion, pepper and celery salt over vegetables. Mix soup and broth and pour over vegetables. Slice eggs over soup layer and press down slightly. Pull crescent roils apart and press out to fit over top. Bake 25-30 mins. at 350* until golden brown. i Be Healthy! Goal: Get Alabamians healthier How? Join Scale Back Alabama! Form teams of four people to compete for prizes during a ten-week weight loss contest. When? Register: January 4-9, 2009 Weigh In: Monday, January 12th @ 7:00 p.m. Weigh Out: March 16, 2009 Where: First Assembly of God Fellowship Hall For more information please contact Amy Bundy at 334-858-6357. beaten their addictions are being placed back out on the street prematurely and re- offending, which results in more of a boon to our soci- ety: another inmate in jail, another case on the court docket, more money being paid out to court appointed attorneys, more court costs owing, and, potentially, an- other crime victim." Last year, Gambril hired Stacy Brooks of the Andalu- sia law firm of Jones & Jones as a part time Assistant Dis- trict Attorney to spear-head the Drug Court effort. "The Drug Court program will require drug offenders to go through a very intensive rehabilitation," Brooks said. "In addition to that, they will also have to appear before Drug Cout Judge Charles "Lex" Short on a regular ba- sis for a review of their sta- tus. Further, a monitor or supervision officer will ad- minister numerous random drug tests to each partici- pant and also subject them to random searches and pos- monitor will also meet with each participant on a week- ly basis to review' their case and report back to, the Drug Court Team." Brooks said that, now with some money in hand, the first task is to hire a part- time Drug Court monitor/ supervision officer and have that person paid and trained with a portion of the grant money. "The Drug Court Team is currently accepting resumes from anyone who might be interested, though there are some eligibility re- quirements. Anyone with a bachelor's degree in social services, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, or in any other mental health re- lated field who is interested in working with the Drug Court Team as a monitor for the Drug Court participants should submit their resume to the Covington County District Attorney's Office on or before Friday, January 9, 2009, at 5:00 p.m.," Brooks stated. At APC Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings are held at Alabama Power Company Community Building, located at 1293 5th Street, Florala Dwight Ward of Andalusia is he spokesperson at the meetings which are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Tri-Cities Chamber Meeting The Tri-Cites Chamber of Commerce meets the first Monday of every month at the "Old National Guard Armory" on 5th Street. For additional informa- tion contact the chamber at 858-6252, email tricities@ Dementia Support Group Offered Are you dealing with the forgetfulness of a loved one? Do you need some support to emet the challenges of deal- ing with dementia? Florala Health and Rehabilitation would like to develop a sup- port gropu for family members and caregivers who are living with or caring for a loved one Paxton girls split pair of games in Christmas Tourney by Patrick Casey The Paxton Bobcats hosted a girls basketball Christmas tournament on December 22-23 with the Bobcats earning a split in two games. Paxton lost to Port St. Joe for the second time this sea- son as the Sharks defeated the Bobcats 38-33 in an opening round contest. Paxton trailed only 19-15 at hafttime, but was saddled with some foul trouble as top scorer Erin Walker picked up three fouls early and spent significant time on the bench in the first haft. Walker got going in the second haft and scored 10 of her 12 points over the final 16 minutes, but only two of her other teammates scored the rest of the way as Port St. Joe held a 33-28 advantage after three quarters. Paxton battled the Sharks for the "Iead ove the final eight minutes, but 10 second-haft turnovers limited the Bobcats' opportunities and Port St: Joe held on for the five point win. Walker was the only player in double figures for Paxton, while Kayla Parker scored 16 points and Keesa Clemmons had 13 in the Sharks victory. Paxton faced off with Crestview on the second night of the event and was able to pull out a 38-24 victory despite a slow start for both sides. Emmalee Infinger scored 11 points as Paxton withstood a third quarter rally by the Bulldogs to pick up the win. Crestview, which hit only 2-of-29 shots from the floor in the first haft, made only six shots from the floor in 32 min- utes of play. Monique Thomas led the Bulldogs with 11 points in the contest. Graceville won both of their games a s they throttled the Bulldogs on the first night of play 54-18, then followed up with a big rally to defeat Port St. Joe 44-43 in double over- time. Game Notes: Paxton's loss to Port St. Joe snapped a 32-game home winning streak for the Bobcats. Paxton's last home loss had occurred in the Region final in February of 2006 against FAMU High. In the last five seasons, Pax- ton is 61-5 at home. CHIEF who is coping with memory problems, Alzheimer's Dis- ease, and/or dementia. Anyone interested in joining a dementia support group should contact Jeana Spears or Sandy Williford at 858-8585. Senior Citizen Centers Activities Area senior citizens are invited to the Senior Citizens Center for meals, dominoes, bingo, medicine manage- ment, programs of interest and much more. Doors are open from 8 a.m. til 2 p.m. Vans are available for se- niors' convenience, whether to go to the doctor, shop- ping downtown, drugstore, or transportation to center and back home. There is an age requirement, partici- pants must be sixty years of age to attend, and fill out an application. The center is lo- cated at 1338 4th Street. Call 858-3310 for information. Angel Food Ministries Available 6th Avenue Missionary Baptist Church is the Angel Food Ministries host site for residents of Florala and sur- rounding counties. A new menu is released monthly, regular unit of food is $30 with an estimated value of $50-$70. Meat only sPecials are also available with restrictions. This is avail- able to anyone regardless of income, cash, money orders or EBT food stamps are ac- cepted. to call the roll. The council voted unanimously to ap- point Bedsole to the chief of police position. Williamson asked the council when they wanted Bedsole's appointment to become effective Waldrop told him, "in the morning will be fine." Williamson said he thought they should make Bedsole's appointment ef- fect on January 1, 2009, but Waldrop reminded him of the administration's prom- ise to have a new chief in place and working by De- cember 22. As the meeting was end- ing, Lee told Bedsole she went against the majority of people in her district by vot- ing for him and she wants him to work and build a relationship with the black community. Bedsole assured Lee he WKWL AM 1230 Tri-Cities We've Got You CoVer00! on the worldwide web at doesn't have a problem with anybody in the black com- munity and until the race issue came up in the chiefs appointment, he didn't real- ize the black community felt so negatively about him. Bedsole asked Lee to arrange a meeting at the Carver Community Center so he could share his plans for the department with the African American commu- nity. He said it was going to take the entire city working together to move the city for- ward and get over the pain and distrust between the police and black community that has intensified over the past four years. Bedsole said he was ex- cited to have the opportu- nity to be Florala's Police Chief and thanked all those who supported him. When asked how he felt about go- ing to work first thing Tues- day morning, he said he was ready to begin the task of rebuilding the police depart- meat. Kathy Rathal, Tracy Ir- win and Sandra Cobb were recently interviewed for the city clerk position. Food must be pre-ordered and can be viewed at angel- For more information call Miss Pinkie Williams at 334-858-7738. CC SenioRx Assistance Info Have you recently been "Determined Disabled" through the Social Security Administration? Are you in the 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage to begin? Disabled individuals of any age in the 24-month waiting period as well as those indi- viduals 55 years old or older can receive free prescrip- tion medications through the Southem Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA) SeniorRx program. Some re- strictions apply. Please call Ms. Diane Lawrence at the SenioRx office in Opp, AL 1-334-493-1699 to see if you qualify. Office hours are Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program is a part- nership between SARCOA and the Alabama Department of Senior Services. PHS Alumni Meetings The Paxton High School Alumni Association meets the second Monday of the month in Mrs. Anderson's fourth grade classroom, room 802, at 6 p.m. For informa- tion on the alumni associa- tion, please visit the website at paxtonalumniassociation. com or call Phil Anderson at 850-419-1951. Florala City Hall Annotincements The City of Florala now has an Animal Controller. Con- tact 858-3612 with any issues with nuisance animals. Reminder: The City of Florala's regular council meetings are the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. Storytime At Florala Library Storytime at Florala Public Library invites children ages 2-4 to join Miss Laura every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for sto- ries, crafts, fun and it's all free! Send COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS to floralanews@fairpoint, net FROM FRONT At the meeting, Rathal, who has been serving as -temporary clerk since the new administration took office on November 4 was hired to fill the position. NOTE: Sonny Bedsole and Councilwoman Hazel Lee will hold an open meeting at Carver Community Center on Saturday, January 17, 10 a.m. The meeting will allow for questions and an- swers and will focus on the new chief's plaris for polic- ing Florala. Everyone is invited to come attend and input their questions, concerns, and recommendations. ... Kathy Rathel