Fifty years ago in 1967 things were a little different. Seafood was still king in Franklin County and the environmental movement was just beginning to stir . We can already see that Franklin County residents were concerned about the effects of the outside world on the bay. Little did they imagine…

In the wide world there was talk of all sorts of strange happenings. People were expanding their consciousness one way or the other. Easter was coming up and a huge production was planned in Eastpoint in honor of the occasion.

This week’s Chasing Shadows question is also a little different.

Have the strange occurrences mentioned in the article below been explained in the last 50 years? You tell me. If you know, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at



Prevention beats cure

An encouraging attack on pollution is reported from Taylor County, where the Buckeye Cellulose Crop wull spend $3.5 million to restore much of the Little Fenholloway River.

When Buckeye established a $25 million pulp plant near Perry, it stimulated the economic life with a large payroll and utilization of the region’s raw material, pulpwood. An unpleasant side effect of steam pollution drew little criticism until it became apparent that the pretty Fenholloway was dead. The stream once open for boating and fishing became a dreary waste.

Now Buckeye is acting to correct this situation, without extravagant promises. Officials announced they are installing the most complete waste treatment plant for any pulp mill in the state. Even this will require some years before the Fenholloway benefits very much. Then, the Buckeye people promise, a fourth river should recover – probably a longer stretch than attracted fishermen and boaters before. The water will retain its dark color but should support fish again.

The bad odor so offensive to tourists on US Highway 19 also should disappear, although the plant cannot garuntee complete protection against this. “Ninety percent improvement” is the promise.

Buckeye officials said that only the new Great Northern pulpwood plant being erected an Sneads will equal Buckeye’s waste treatment plant.

Thus private enterprise acts to correct and to prevent pollution. The lesson may be that it is better to incorporate anti-pollution machinery in the original planning for industrial operation – cheaper in dollars and more profitable in pleasant public relations.


Vigorous local opposition to helicopter firing range

Considerable opposition was voiced by representatives of the local seafood industry to the proposed Army Helicopter Test Firing Range at a public hearing held at the courthouse last Tuesday morning. The public hearing was set by the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers from Mobile to determine the extent and nature of the objections by the community to the proposed Army project.

Mr. Henry Lumas, co-owner of St. Vincent’s Island told the examiners that fly-overs by helicopters would seriously endanger the existence of wildlife sanctuary currently flourishing on his island.

Mr. George Kirvin, one of the leading operators of the seafood industry in Apalachicola, summed up the oppositions point of view in these words: “The local seafood industry is of the opinion that all fishing would be adversely affected by the proposed flights and firing because the area proposed by the Army is prime shrimping ground and marine life would be affected by the noise and vibration caused by the copters."

Mayor Daly issued the following statement concerning the controversy:

1. It was an excellent hearing everyone had the chance to present their views pro or con. The seafood industry presented some vital points in a very intelligent manner.

2. In my opinion the Army should have consulted the seafood dealers before designating certain areas for the firing range. I am convinced that this was unintentional, nevertheless it is a fact.

3. We work for and want new industry in our area, but we cannot or should not interfere adversely with our major industry, seafood, it is the backbone of the community.

4. The only solution that I can see is the firing range area should be moved to an area westward to Cape San Blas that will not interfere with prime shrimping, menhaden and fishing grounds. We will hope suitable arrangements can be made.


Strange Things

Some strange, weird and unexplained happening have been reported all over the world.

You may scoff and contend that such things don’t happen, but they did and Mr. Frank Edwards author of “Stranger than Science” has the documented evidence to prove it.

Among the strange occurrences he reports is the mystery of David Lang, a well-to-do farmer, who lived with his wife and two children a few miles from Gallatin, Tenn. Lang disappeared. Just seemed to vanish into thin air, in full view of his wife, children and two neighbors who had called to see him. One minute he was there, walking towards them, the next he was gone. There was not a tree, not a bush nor a hole to mar the surface of the open field he had been crossing. No trace of him was ever found.

Then there is the case of the lost flight squadron out of Fort Lauderdale. Five planes on a training flight, one carrying to men the four others with three men each. All were experienced fliers. Their planes were equipped with the best navigational and communications equipment. The weather was good. About the time they should have been requesting landing instructions the base radio got an urgent radio message from the flight commander. “…We can’t see land…Can’t be sure where we are. We are not sure of our position.”

It just didn’t make sense, their flight course was a triangle and only a short distance for such planes. How could five trained navigators become lost at the same time within a few hundred miles of the base? It didn’t make sense.

A Martin flying boat with a crew of 13 was immediately sent in search of the missing planes only to itself vanish five minutes later without a trace.

Twenty-one Naval vessels searched the area for days and never found anything that might indicate what happened to the planes or their crews. Three hundred planes joined in the search with no better success. Not a single trace of the men or machines was ever found. Not a scrap of clothing, equipment or debris, nothing! After exhaustive investigation the Naval Board of Inquiry finally reported “…We are unable to even make a good guess as to what happened.”


Passion Week play set for March 12

The Music Department of the Eastpoint Baptist Church will present the Passion Week play on Sunday night March 12 at 7 o’clock. The youth will portray the Biblical characters and the church choir will sing. Scenes will include the Triumphal Entry; the Last Supper; the Garden of Gethsemane; the Condescension; the Crucifixion; the Empty Tomb and the Risen Christ.


The characters will be the following:

Narrator – Doris Shiver

Voice of Jesus – Mary Ann Cumbie

Voice of Peter – Sarah Daniels

Jesus – Joyce Chambers


The Twelve Disciples


Peter – Sherrie Todd

James Shirley Braswell

John – Doris Barber

Andrew – Linda Bryant

Phillip – Janet Bryant

Bartholomew – Bonnie Daniels

Thomas – Sharon Boatright

Matthew - Velma Lolly

James, the Song Alpheus – Karen Millender

Thaddeus – Leslie Mathis

Simon - Debbie Mathis

Judas Iscariot – Theresa Millender

High Priest – David Daniels

High Priest’s Servant – Elvis Martin

Pilate – Bill Lolly

Roman soldiers – Jimmy Suddeth and Carlton Goodson

Thieves on the Cross – Bill Daniels and John Lolly

Angels – Laura Miller and Bobbin Shuler