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KMMG donates $50,000 to Enoch Callaway Cancer Center
KMMG donates $50,000 to Enoch Callaway Cancer Center

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia has made a $50,000 donation to the Enoch Callaway Cancer Center. Shown above at the presentation of the check are, front row from left, Myra Settle, Corinne Hodges and Faith Jones of KMMG; Jerry Fulks, president of WellStar WGMC; KMMG CAO Stuart C. Countess; Wesley Smith, chairman of the West Georgia Health Foundation (WGHF) Board of Directors; Susan Ferguson, WGHF development director; and Stephanie Rabon and Melissa Bledsoe of KMMG. Back row, from left, are Greg Hinze, Michele Caulder, Kelsey McElvey and Iris Ross of KMMG and Rick Mallory, WGHF Board corporate gifts chairman.


LaGRANGE, Ga. — Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia presented a $50,000 contribution to the Enoch Callaway Cancer Center at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center Friday.

“Our KMMG team is excited to be able make this donation to such a tremendous organization that does so much good in our community,” said KMMG Chief Administrative Officer Stuart C. Countess. “Being a good corporate citizen is a big part of the Kia Way and it is great to see that our success as a company continues to benefit our region.”

Tripwire Operations ceases bomb training in Fredonia
Tripwire Operations ceases bomb training in Fredonia


FREDONIA — An anti-terrorism bomb training site in Fredonia has been ordered to cease operations following a state investigation.

Tripwire Operations Group of Gettysburg, Pa., held a lease on more than 2,000 acres of timberland off Chambers County Road 267, where they began bomb training exercises in July 2015. The training was designed for domestic law enforcement and military groups in combating acts of terrorism involving high explosives, which continued through March 2016.

But it was incidents that occurred Jan. 18-19, 2016, that led to a subsequent investigation of the company by the state fire marshal's office. On those dates, a series of explosions were heard and felt over a 30-mile radius that shook buildings and rattled windows. Emergency 911 centers in Chambers and Troup counties were flooded with calls from citizens inquiring about the source. However, at that time, the origin was unknown.

It was later confirmed that the explosions were part of an exercise conducted by Tripwire, who had moved its bomb training from an original site deep in the woods to a location within the leased property that was not designed for explosives. As a result, sounds from the exercise traveled much farther than they would have had the original site been utilized.

Local public safety personnel and elected officials joined area citizens in voicing their concern about Tripwire's operations, which culminated in a formal complaint to the State Fire Marshal's office in Montgomery.

An investigation was initiated in May, conducted jointly with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), during which all properties rented or leased by Tripwire in the Fredonia community were simultaneously searched. It was discovered that explosive magazines had been improperly stored at one of the properties, and Tripwire’s blasting permit was temporarily suspended. A cease and desist order was also issued on all of the company’s local training operations.

On July 6, Tripwire owner Ryan Morris appealed the ruling through the Secretary of State’s office, but the appeal was rejected and the investigation continued.

On Oct. 4, Morris was served with a warrant charging him with one felony count of illegally possessing fireworks at a Quail Run residence. But in a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors, Morris was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor provided that he permanently discontinue all training operations within the state of Alabama, except possibly at federal military installations. He was also fined $200.

Morris told The Times-News Monday that he was upset about the entire situation.

“It was obvious for a long time that the people of Fredonia did not want us there,” said Morris. “My company spent $50,000 developing an anti-terrorism training center that was benefiting the community as well. We spent a lot of money on catering and at local restaurants, and were prepared to make even more investments.”

Morris added that he will continue his training operations near Tripwire’s Gettysburg headquarters.

Valley approves $10. million budget for 2017
Valley approves $10. million budget for 2017


VALLEY — On Monday evening, the Valley City Council unanimously approved a budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The spending plan was extensively discussed in work sessions that took place in recent weeks.

"This budget is good for both the city and its employees," Mayor Leonard Riley said.

It's balanced and has approximately $10.1 million in expenditures and $9.8 million in anticipated revenues. There's a carryover of around $250,000 that was not spent in the previous fiscal year.

The budget includes $250,000 in the form of an anticipated grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for the expansion of Valley Community Center. This project will be done over two years and will cost more than $2 million. No borrowing will be needed since it will be paid out of cash flow.

Two years from now, the city will have a much bigger senior center, which should encourage more participation, plus an expanded fitness room at the Community Center.

The budget includes money from the expected sale of the Langdale Mill property to a private investor.

What the employees will like is a 2.5-percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), effective with the first payroll in January 2017. This will help offset an increase in health insurance.

The biggest portion of expected revenue, around $6.3 million, will come from sales and use tax. Another $1.6 million will come from licenses and permits with another $100,000 coming from intergovernmental fees such as a motor vehicle license tax, excise taxes, an ABC net profits tax, a beer tax and a mobile home registration fee.

"This is the fifth year we've given employee pay raises," Mayor Riley said. "We hope to keep doing that. If our revenue remains good and the economy is sound we will keep doing it. We've had a good economy for some time now, but sooner or later there is going to be a recession and we need to be prepared for it."

In a public hearing that preceded the regular meeting, Building Inspector Reid Riley confirmed the cost of a recent demolition project at 2202 61st St. Taken down and removed was a house with a downstairs apartment. An asbestos abatement procedure was involved. Total costs came to $10,633.90. In the regular session that followed, the council applied a lien in that amount to the property.

Also in the public hearing, Planning and Development Director Travis Carter briefed the council on proposed park district zoning designation on some property that was recently annexed into the city near Valley Medical Park. This will be discussed in detail at a public hearing on Nov. 28.

Police Chief Tommy Weldon talked about a FEMA grant request for a proposed safe room. He told the council that it usually takes several years of making this request before it's approved and that it might be wise to get into that cycle. If approved, the grant will have a 25-percent local match, something that could be met with in-kind labor.

The council approved a resolution to seek the grant in the regular session that followed. If the funds are received over the next few years, they would allow for the construction of a community safe room that would be built adjacent to the Community Center. It would be a place of maximum safety where people could gather in the event of an approaching tornado or severe hurricane.

Also during the regular session, the council approved an expenditure of $2,848 to enter an agreement with LeadsOnline, LLC, that will allow Valley Police Department access to a confidential web site that helps with criminal investigations. This is the fourth year the city has participated in this program.

The council authorized a contract in the amount of $41,600 with East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, Anniston, for the purpose of having a new comprehensive plan for the city. This will be paid in three installments of $13,800, $14,000 and $13,800 over the next three years.

"This is something we have needed to do for some time now. It's good to have this in the budget," Mayor Riley said, receiving an amen to that from Council Member Jim Jones.

The council approved a resolution authorizing Chief Weldon to seek bids to replace a 2015 Ford Taurus that was totaled in an accident on Oct. 13. The car had 40,000 miles on it. Chief Weldon would like to replace it with a 2017 police package four-door sedan.

The police car was damaged when it collided with a vehicle that had reportedly run a stop sign at the intersection of Huguley Road and Summerhill Road.

Valley residents need to know that their garbage bill will see a slight increase with the start of the new year. The council approved a $1 per house per month rate increase that had been requested by the city's solid waste provider, Mr. Greenjeans.

Seniors are exempted from the rate increase. The fee will be going up one dollar a month for everyone else.

The current contract allows the provider to ask for a rate increase based on increases in the consumer price index (CPI).

The council suspended the rules and approved on a first reading an ordinance to change the zoning designation of some property in the River View community. This had previously been discussed before the city planning commission with no opposition being expressed.

Four lots located off Columbus Road and three off Mapp Road will have their current R2 medium density residential designation changed to R4.

Mayor Riley asked for local residents to keep Valley EMS Director Scott Hamil and his family in their thoughts and prayers. His wife, Connie, died on Saturday. Hamil is a former mayor of Lanett.

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Unbeaten LaFayette obliterating scoring marks
Unbeaten LaFayette obliterating scoring marks

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — With 410 points scored in region play, coach James Lucas’ 2016 LaFayette Bulldogs are the highest scoring local team in history ever in region play. LaFayette has scored 502 points overall in just nine games and will close out regular season play Thursday evening at Notasulga.

The second highest region scoring total is coach Clifford Story’s 2016 Lanett Panthers at 323 points.

Other interesting facts regarding local teams in terms of overall season scoring and region include Springwood as the all-time season scoring leader with 579 points in 211.

Lanett tallied a school-best 475 points in 2013, Valley had 427 under Mike Dean in 2011, Beulah tallied 407 in 1985 and Chambers rang up 517 in 1999.

Lanett and Springwood also hold a pair of defensive region marks.

Coach Lee Gilliland’s standout 1994 Lanett team outscored region foes by a staggering 147-3 count and allowed just 72 points all season.

In addition, Springwood’s 1995 team led by Roddie Beck outscored region opponents 251-19.

•The AHSAA and AISA state playoffs will open Fri., Nov. 4.

In AHSAA 2A play, No. 4-ranked, unbeaten and Region 5 champion LaFayette (9-0, 7-0) will host the Collinsville Panthers in a first-round game.

In addition, No. 5-ranked and Region 5 runner-up Lanett (8-2, 6-1) will host the Gaston Bulldogs.

In AISA 1A play, the No. 5-ranked, Region 1 champion and undefeated Chambers Academy Rebels (9-0, 5-0) will host Southern Academy at Torbert Field.

Before the playoffs open, however, CA will host rival Springwood Thursday trying to become the first CA team ever to go 10-0.

It’s also the season finale for 3A Springwood as the Wildcats look to pull the upset while the Rebels hope to continue its run for a perfect season and its first-ever state championship.

•In other high school football this week, the Valley Rams will conclude the season at rival Eufaula and Beulah will host Holtville for homecoming with a parade and bonfire set for Thursday evening. In the other game, the red hot Troup Tigers (7-1, 4-0) have already clinched the No. 2 seed from GHSA 4A-Region 5 and will be on the road at Central-Carrollton Friday.

Coach Tanner Glisson’s Tigers are fresh off a hard-fought 26-23 win over Cedartown last week.

With a win over Central-Carrollton Friday, Troup will meet undefeated, No. 1-ranked and defending 4A state champion Cartersville Purple Hurricanes on the road Nov. 11 in an undefeated showdown for the Region 5 championship. Cartersville has won 24 straight games.

It would be the first time in 20 years that a Troup football team would play in an unbeaten region championship game.

The Tigers played rival LaGrange back in 1996 for the region title.

It’s undetermined who Troup would host in the first-round of the GHSA 4A state playoffs. Troup would play at Callaway Stadium, more than likely, on Sat., Nov. 12 as region champion Callaway High in 2A play would host, Fri., Nov. 11.

LaFayette routs rival Lanett 66-26 for region title
LaFayette routs rival Lanett 66-26 for region title

By Wayne Clark & Scott Sickler

Times-News Staff

LaFAYETTE — The big dog rules Chambers County, 2A Area 5, and if they keep playing the way they are, the LaFayette Bulldogs (9-0, 7-0) could be crowned a state champion in December in Jordan-Hare Stadium. In what was thought to be a shootout between two high-powered offenses going in, No. 4-ranked LaFayette dominated No. 5-ranked Lanett (8-2, 6-1) in all phases of the game and won by a 40-point margin, 66-26.

As he has done all season, LaFayette senior quarterback Jartavious “Boobie” Whitlow was the major difference maker in the game. He completed seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, ran the ball for 140 yards and another touchdown and had one more score on a 63-yard punt return.

With the win, LaFayette nailed down the Area title and ran their unbeaten record to nine games. They could finish the regular season 10-0 this coming Thursday in a road game versus 1A Notasulga.

This is the first time a LaFayette team has been 9-0. A win over Notasulga would complete the school’s first ever perfect record in regular-season play. The high-scoring Dawgs have racked up a total of 502 points to 148 for their opponents.

Lanett finished the regular season 8-2 and 6-1 in 2A Area 5. Both teams should have opening-round playoff games at home.

As the score would indicate, LaFayette lived up to its part in being ready for a big game. It was the opposite story for Lanett, who had a whopping eight turnovers and way, way too many penalties. Fortunately for the Panthers, they have two weeks to get ready for their next opponent, time they will need to deal with that kind of a loss. They can get over some bumps and bruises – both to the body and the soul – and come back with a vengeance to prove they aren’t as bad as they looked Friday night.

For the Bulldogs, the game was a sweet, sweet triumph. The players celebrated by giving head coach James Lucas an ice-water bath with the Gatorade bucket at game’s end. The jubilant coach said the game was just another typical performance for Whitlow. “We’re used to it,” he said. “It was a typical Jartavious Whitlow night.”

The crowd for the game had to be the biggest in LaFayette High history. People were tailgating hours before kickoff, and most of the stadium seats were filled two hours before the game started. People getting there an hour before the game had to park a good distance away from the stadium and had to walk the better portion of a mile to get there.

LaFayette players ran onto the field through a huge “Road to the Ring” banner and with fireworks exploding all around them. Very soon, there’d be fireworks on the field in the form of the Bulldog offense.

LaFayette received the opening kickoff and promptly took it 57 yards for a score. The Panther defense held strong on the first two plays, putting the Bulldogs in a third-and-eleven. Whitlow had his first big play of the game on the next play, sweepng around right end to the Lanett 45 and a first down.

It was pretty much downhill from there for Lanett.

An unsportsmanlike conduct call against Lanett moved it down to the 28. A run by Whitlow gave LaFayette another first down before the Lanett defense forced them into a third and seven. The Panthers did themselves no favors by being offsides before the play could get started. That made it third and two. From there, the Bulldogs would easily get the first down and scored a couple of plays later on a run by Robert Houston Jr.

Whitlow circled right end to add two points on the conversion play. With 6:54 left in the opening period, LaFayette led 8-0.

What would be a significant factor in the game emerged on the kickoff. LaFayette kicked it deep, forcing the Panthers to start their first series inside the 20. This would happen for most of the game.

Not wanting to give Whitlow a chance to make a big play, Lanett would dribble their kickoffs a short distance down the field, letting them start their offensive possessions near midfield.

The Panthers moved for one first down before having their first turnover of the game, losing a fumble on the 34.

It wouldn’t take LaFayette long to make it 16-0. They got the score on a play that dramatically underscored how it just wasn’t going to be Lanett’s night. With the Bulldogs near the Panther goal, Whitlow was hit hard by Lanett defenders and fumbled the ball forward into the end zone. With Panthers all around the free football, LaFayette’s Jamarious Beatty was the first to get there and fell on it for the second Bulldog score.

Whitlow passed to My’Kale Trammell for the two-point conversion, making the score 16-0 with 4:32 left in the quarter.

On Lanett’s next possession, a holding call put them in a first-and-20 hole on their 10-yard line. They got back some of the yardage but had to punt on fourth-and-eight from the 22. A good kick by Trikweze Bridges was bounding inside the LaFayette 40 with Panthers around the ball waiting for it to roll dead. Whitlow went running past several Lanett players to catch the ball on a bounce and was off to the races on a 63-yard TD run.

The Panther players, plus the teammates on the sidelines and their fans in the stands, were left open mouthed, saying to themselves “I don’t believe he just did that.”

The very loud sounds of “Woof! Woof! Woof!” reverberated on the LaFayette side of the field.

A try for two points failed, leaving the score 22-0 with 1:52 still left to play in the period.

Lanett responded with an impressive kick return of their own on the next play. Sophomore Ty Truitt ran it back close to 90 yards for a score, but as Lanett’s luck would have it, the big play was called back on a holding penalty. Instead of a score, Lanett had the ball on their 27. It wouldn’t take them long, though, to get their first score.

On first down, Melvaunta Robinson ran for 12 yards and a first down on the 39. On the next play, quarterback Tre Story and wide receiver Jatavious Barrow connected on one of the prettiest plays of the night, a 61-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline. Rovilan Castro added the PAT to make it a 22-7 LaFayette lead with 1:06 left in the quarter.

Things appeared to going well for Lanett when they stopped LaFayette on their next possession, got the ball back and were moving it down the field. They converted a fourth-and-eight on their 45 when Story connected with Truitt with a pass to the LaFayette 18. Just when it looked like it might be 22-14 and a ball game, another turnover killed the Panthers.

Truitt was going wide on a sweep to the left side of the field when he lost control of the ball. The ball popped up into the air and into the waiting arms of My’Kale Trammell who returned it 80 yards for a score.

The two-point try failed, but with 9:00 left in the half, LaFayette led 28-7.

If Lanett had scored on that drive, they would have cut the lead to eight points, but when they turned it over and LaFayette capitalized, the lead went to twenty-one. And it wouldn’t get any better for Lanett.

It went to 34-7 on a 41-yard pass from Whitlow to JaMarquez Boston-Gaines with 3:20 left in the half before Lanett could get on the scoreboard on a really nice-looking 36-yard TD pass. Tre Story hit younger brother Ken Ken Story cutting across the middle from the left side. Castro’s second PAT of the game made the score 34-14 with 2:22 left in the half.

Another pooch kick from Lanett gave the Bulldogs another short field to work with, this time near the 50, and they took it in for another score just before halftime. Runs by Whitlow and Trammell and a penalty for a late hit out of bounds got it inside the 30, where the Bulldogs appeared to have had a score on a touchdown pass. A holding call negated that, but the Bulldogs would overcome that and get points anyway.

A pass from Whitlow to Trammell moved it to the one, and Houston scored on the next play to make it 40-14 with 59.6 seconds left in the half.

The game was pretty much decided by halftime, but both teams would add more scores in the second half. LaFayette’s lead grew to 48-14 late in the third quarter on a 51-yard run by Trammell. Whitlow ran it in on the two-point conversion to give the Dawgs a 34-point lead with 3:11 left in the quarter.

The game then took a bizarre turn with Ty Truitt having his second long kickoff return for a score called back on a holding penalty. A Lanett pass was intercepted by Boston-Gaines, who fumbled it back with the Panthers recovering on the Bulldog 30. From there, Jawon Howell had a long run to the LaFayette four. Story ran it in on the next play to make the score 48-20. The two-point play failed leaving the score unchanged at the 2:06 mark of the quarter.

It then became LaFayette’s turn to score and they did on a 42-yard run by Whitlow with 54 seconds left in the period. That made it 54-20 with 59 seconds left in the third quarter.

There had been no scoring in the first nine minutes of the period, but in a span of just over two minutes the two teams combined for three touchdowns.

The Bulldogs put two more TDs on the board in the final stanza, one on a 14-yard pass from Whitlow to Trammell and another on a 20-yard run with a fumble by Terrence Ballard, to make it 66-20 before the Panthers closed out the scoring on an eight-yard run by Melvaunta Robinson with a little more than three minutes left. That made the final 66-26.

The two schools first met on the football field in 1927 with LaFayette winning 15-0. Lanett holds the upper hand in the series, having won 34 of 45 games played. Going into Friday’s game they’d scored 1,020 points to 506 points for LaFayette.The 66 points scored by LaFayette was the highest point total of a Bulldog team versus Lanett, eclipsing a total LaFayette racked up in a 60-14 win in 2004. One of Lanett’s bigger wins took place in 2014, when the Panthers won 47-6. They won last year 38-14.

There have also been some low-scoring games in the series. Lanett eked out a 3-0 overtime win in 1997. In that contest, Lanett’s Desmond Flournoy booted a 17-yard field goal in overtime for the win. LaFayette, then led by Curtis Stapleton, were in Lanett’s red zone eight times but couldn’t score. The Bulldogs were led in 1997 by a pair of standout freshmen in Terez Bailey and Morris Broughton. In 2006, Lanett’s Meko Jones made a game-saving interception in the Lanett end zone on the final play to preserve a 14-12 win on the dedication night of Morgan-Washburn Stadium. Jones finished his Lanett career with 25 interceptions, the third-best all-time in the AHSAA record book.

As long at Coach Lucas’ Bulldogs keep winning, they will keep adding to a school record for the most points in a season. They’re right now averaging right at 56 points a game.

Lanett is licking their wounds after a lopsided defeat on Friday, but they can still hold their heads high for the tradition the school has in football over a long period of time. Lanett easily has the most region titles of any high school team in The Times-News coverage area. They have 15. LaFayette’s big win on Friday gave them their second region title. Valley has eight, Springwood and Chambers each have five, and Troup and Beulah each have three.

In 10 games this year, Lanett scored 441 points to 210 for their opponents. The school record for points in a season is 475, which was set in 2013. With a strong playoff run, the Panthers could easily top that and could go past the 500 mark. Doing that could take some sting out of what happened Friday.

CA Rebels run over Abbeville 50-37 for region title
CA Rebels run over Abbeville 50-37 for region title

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — It’s been a long time coming — 16 years to be exact — but they earned it the old-fashioned way as the unbeaten and No. 5-ranked Chambers Academy Rebels (9-0, 5-0) took down the nemesis Abbeville Generals 50-37 Friday evening to win its first region championship since the 2000 season.

It couldn’t get any more rewarding for coach Jason Allen and his staff, players and CA fans alike as the Rebels not only won but they did it with punishing physical play and an absolutely devastating ground attack led by senior quarterback Malik Lyons.

The Rebels standout leader, Lyons was nothing short of sensational in the big win over Abbeville, a team that defeated CA in the 2015 finals, had three wins in two seasons over the Rebels and five in a row since CA last won in 2011.

Lyons rushed for 306 yards on 32 carries and five TDs to lead a 494-yard rushing attack. CA was the better team and always had an answer each time Abbeville countered.

It was indeed payback, Rebel style and they did it in emphatic fashion with in-your-face, smashmouth football as CA would not be denied.

In addition to Lyons big game, Jontavious Flournoy had 21 carries for 76 yards and Malik’s brother, C.J., also got in on the scoring act with 18 attempts for 112 yards and a pair of TDs.

It was a shootout as CA led 14-7 after one quarter and 21-17 at the half.

The Rebels added three more TDs in the third while Abbeville countered with 13 points of its own as CA held a 42-30 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

CA scored eight points and Abbeville added seven as the Rebels recorded a 50-37 final score win.

Malik tallied a pair of TDs and C.J. one score to pace the CA first-half attack.

Malik tallied three, second-half scores and C.J. had one more as well to account for all seven CA scores.

Four of CA’s scoring drives were 63 yards or longer.

Payton Allen, the coaches son, had a big game as the placekicker, converting all six of hit PATs as well as a two-point conversion.

The Rebels win and region championship was one of the team’s goals in August and it was huge.

By claiming the region title, CA earned the first two rounds of the AISA 1A state playoffs at the friendly confines of Torbert Field.

CA has recorded a two-year record of 19-3, far and away the best mark for any local team in that time span.

“This was a huge win for our team as it put the path to Troy through Chambers Academy,” Allen said. “It was particularly sweet that it was Abbeville that we have struggled with the last couple of years that we beat. It was a very physical game. Our gameplan was to run right at them and control the ball. We felt like we had to keep them from causing negative plays which would put us behind the chains. Our offensive line accepted the challenge and really played a great game. Our backs did a great job of ball security, which is something we have really focused on. We felt like if we didn’t turn it over, we’d win the game which held true. I’m really proud of our kids and what they have accomplished so far but there’s more to do.”

Defensive leaders for CA included Mateo Valdez with 13 tackles and one interception, Malik Lyons and Dalton Thrower each had eight stops, Brock Ennis returned to action and had a solid game with seven tackles as well.

Others with big games on defense included Trent Dodgen and Trent Potts each with five tackles while C.J. Lyons had four tackles and a fumble recovery, Matthew Keebler and Jordan Gillespie each had four and Braxton Allen added three stops and had one sack.

•Chambers will host rival Springwood Thursday at 7 p.m. CT at Torbert Field in the regular season finale.

“Everyone knows this is Springwood week and it is big for both schools,” noted Allen. “They have a talented football team and one of the best backs in the state (Shykee Thomas). They will be fired up and we expect their best shot."

Chambers is trying to record its first-ever 10-0 regular season.


Obituaries for Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Obituaries for Tuesday, October 25, 2016


VALLEY — Infant boys Isaiah D. Dorsey and Elijah D. Dorsey of Valley passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point.


LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Elnora Finley, 79, of LaFayette died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at LaFayette Extended Care in LaFayette.

Funeral services will be held at Antioch Baptist Church of LaFayette Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. CDT with the Rev. Calvin Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Mrs. Syble Strain Spears, 88, of Lanett died Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at Shawmut First Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Chuck Anderson and the Rev. Mark McGee officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


DAYTON, Ohio — Mr. Henry Vines, Jr., 63, of Dayton, formerly of LaFayette, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. CDT at St. John United Methodist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Julia Marbury, pastor, and the Rev. Ed Vines, eulogist. Burial will follow at Handy Memorial Cemetery in LaFayette.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Monday, October 24, 2016
Obituaries for Monday, October 24, 2016


LANETT — Mrs. Odessa Banks, 91, of Lanett passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at LaFayette Extended Care in LaFayette.

Graveside services will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. CDT at Handy Memorial Cemetery in LaFayette with the Rev. Vernon Carter officiating.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.


VALLEY — Mrs. Vivian Geraldine Fuller Bleier, 76, of Valley passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. James O’Steen officiating. Burial will follow at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in West Point.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.


LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Elnora Finley, 79, of LaFayette, who died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at LaFayette Extended Care in LaFayette.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Miss Shelia Heard, 36, of Lanett, who passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Mrs. Syble M. Hood, 82, of Lanett passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. at Lanett First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Bernie Deffinger officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Lanett is in charge of arrangements.


LaGRANGE, Ga. — Mr. Cody Joshua Staples, 25, of LaGrange, formerly of Lanett, passed away Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Milford McClain officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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