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Valley seniors enjoy testing skill at table games
Valley seniors enjoy testing skill at table games

On Saturday morning, Valley Community Center hosted a senior day. Those who are active in the Valley Senior Center program enjoyed such games as dominoes, checkers and chess and then tested their skill at Wii bowling. They then had lunch during the noon hour. Around the table, from left, are Luther Hutchins, Wanda Phipps, Faye Walker and Carol Rice. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters brings program to Valley
Big Brothers, Big Sisters brings program to Valley

By THE TIMES-NEWS

VALLEY —In its expanding operations, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley has initiated a new child mentoring program in Valley.

A full-time case worker for BBBS has been hired for the area. Kristen Campbell, a native of LaGrange, is the new leader of the organization. Campbell has a medical background and possesses an associate’s degree in medical assisting.

“I have a passion of helping others and making a difference in people’s lives. I am excited to be a part of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and can’t wait to bring something so rewarding to the children in Chambers County Ala.,” she said.

“Anyone with one to two extra hours a week to help mentor a child can make a huge difference in that child’s life. We have two programs in which caring adults can help. The school based program allows a properly screened adult to simply mentor a child right in his or her school for a minimum of one hour a week. The community based program requires meetings of the matches outside the school or phone calls, etc., for a minimum of eight hours a month.”

If someone, 18 years or older, is interested in becoming a BIG, please call 706-298-2424.

BigBrothersBigSisters.org

•Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.

•The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

•Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110 year history.

•With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and the 200,000 volunteer mentors. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members.

New Horizon will present 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' April 9-11
New Horizon will present 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' April 9-11

Special to THE TIMES-NEWS

WEST POINT — “Smokey Joe’s Café” is the hottest joint in town! This Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a dazzling, song-and-dance celebration of nearly 40 of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller — you may not recognize their names but you sure know what they wrote: “Love Potion #9,” “Stand By Me,” “Kansas City.” “Yakety-Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Young Blood,” “Loving You,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” — just to name a few. A team famed for their much-recorded singles rather than their Broadway songs, they churned out classics over the last 60 years in all pop styles — rhythm and blues, pop, jazz, cabaret, soul and especially rock ‘n’ roll. Indeed it seems as if the only stuff they didn’t write were torch songs; sorrow just wasn’t their style.

Premiering at the Royal George Theatre’s main stage in 1994 as “Baby, That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll,” this pizzazz-packed pep show debuted on Broadway as “Smokey Joe’s Café.”

A classic jukebox-jiving, date-night show, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” creates a seamless musical flow, two hours and two acts of non-stop, crowd-pleasing entertainment, framed by the nostalgic “Neighborhood.”

The songs become their own story as they recreate their own past. Featuring the vocal talents of Audrey Rushan, Brandon D. Morgan, Brian Green, Eddie Lanier, Jennifer Key, Kim Harlin, Lynsay Summers, Matthew Oleson, Tammie Martin and Zeke Weldon, “Smokey Joe’s Café” is a treasure trove of show-stopping solos, dynamic duets, and rousing ensemble pieces — two hours of toe-tapping entertainment.

Performance dates and times are Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All times are Eastern.

All four performances will be at New Horizon Theatre, 411 West Eighth St. in West Point. For tickets and information, please visit the website at www.nhct.org or call the ticket office at 706/518-6234.

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West Point 'Raiders' Flowers, Brewer united at Point
West Point 'Raiders' Flowers, Brewer united at Point

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — If you’re an old West Point High football fan, you’ll remember the names of Raiders coach Charles Flowers and future prep All-American and Georgia Bulldog lineman standout George Brewer.

You’re going to be seeing a lot of them if you follow Point football as well as Flowers and Brewer will both have key roles in the program under the direction of new coach Mike McCarty.

Flowers is the new associate athletic director at the school, overseeing the football and baseball programs while Brewer is the new defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator under McCarty.

But to fully understand what coach Flowers and Brewer mean’t to the West Point community, you’ve got to go back in time, 30 years that is, when together on the last West Point High Raiders football team.

It was 30 years ago that West Point High School closed down and merged into the Troup Co. School system starting with the 1986-87 academic year.

The West Point High Raiders final chapter in football was the 1985 season.

While Brewer was just a freshman in 1985, Flowers was already an established head coach, leading the Raiders to several outstanding seasons.

Following his career at West Point High, Flowers worked in 1986 at LaGrange High under coach Gary Guthrie and had a chance to work with Granger All-American John Johnson (Clemson and several NFL teams.)

Brewer, on the other hand, went to Troup High and was already — even as a sophomore — the most dominant player on the team under then coach Steve James.

Thanks in large part to the tremendous boost of talented West Point players, Troup won region titles in 1986 and 1987.

It was unique for Flowers as he helped coached Johnson, who was considered the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruit and had Brewer at West Point High as a freshman and later at Troup, also considered the top-ranked high school player in the USA in 1987.

A member of the Georgia Coaches Hall of Fame in both football and baseball, Flowers was recently inducted into the Fort Valley State (Ga.) hall of fame after a standout baseball career.

Local is the key word when it comes to Point athletics and according to Flowers, it will make a positive impact not only on the program, but the school and in the community.

“We’re going to make a strong emphasis on recruiting local kids,” Flowers noted. “There’s some tremendous high school football programs within a 50-mile radius. It’s important to have local kids here and we all will be active in the community. To be visible in the community is very important,” Flowers noted.

Under the direction of Flowers and coach McCarty, Point is committed to bringing in quality young men of character, who can not only contribute on the field but, most importantly, in the community and in the classroom as student-athletes.

“After I was hired, I knew George would be a great fit for our program,” Flowers said. “He got the job on his own merits, not my influence, and has coached and worked with kids for many years now. He knows kids and football and is a great team player in every sense of the word,” Flowers added.

Brewer comes to Point from GHSA 4A powerhouse program Sandy Creek High Patriots.

Brewer had a tremendous career both at West Point High and Troup.

He won the state title in the shot put as a freshman and sophomore and again his senior year in 1987.

Brewer also was the heavyweight wrestling champion in 1986 and 1987.

“It was a great chance for me to come to Point and work under coach McCarty and coach Flowers,” said Brewer. “Coach Flowers is like a father to me, I’ve learned so much from him, not just football but life lessons as well. How to be a man, accept responsibility, build character and be a Godly man. As you get older, you mature and learn to get better in all you do. It’s a real blessing for me to be here at Point and look forward to the challenges.”

No. 5 Springwood baseball team sweeps Flint River Academy
No. 5 Springwood baseball team sweeps Flint River Academy

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — The No.5-ranked Springwood baseball team (15-1) picked up a pair of wins Saturday when Dr. Walter Banks’ Wildcats posted a doubleheader sweep over visiting Flint River Academy here at Founders’ Fields.

Springwood posted a 14-0 win in Game 1 as Noah West earned the win on the mound for the Wildcats.

Tyler Wright led the Springwood offense with three hits, including three runs scored and West tallied a pair of hits and two runs scored.

Other hitters for Springwood included Lanier Gleaton, Brandon Bryan, Michael Vo, Kyle Campbell and Austin Hudmon.

Springwood scored one run in the first, two in the second, three in the third, two more in the fourth and three each in the fifth and sixth for 14-0, 10-run mercy rule in six innings of play.

In Game 2, Springwood completed the sweep with a 7-6 win as Gleaton (1-0) earned the win on the mound.

Springwood scored three in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Flint River tallied all six of its runs in the fifth inning.

Gleaton led the offense with two hits while Wright, Dustin Hudmon, Bryan, Connor Caldwell, Vo and West all tallied hits.

The twinbill sweep pushed Springwood’s record to 15-1 on the season.

“It was a great day for the Wildcats,” said Banks. “We were down by four runs in the sixth but were able to rally back to take the win in the bottom of the seventh. West also had the game-winning double,” Banks noted.

Springwood is on the road today at Heritage School in Newnan, Ga. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

•In other baseball this week, the Valley Rams and Troup Tigers have big region contests on tap.

Coach Stevie Coker’s Rams are officially in the AHSAA 6A postseason after taking 2-of-3 games against Benjamin Russell last week.

Valley has earned at least a No. 2 seed in the 6A playoffs.

Valley will play the Opelika Bulldogs for the region championship.

The winner will be the No. 1 seed and play a first-round series at home while the loser will be on the road.

•No. 6-ranked Troup (13-2, 5-1) will host Sandy Creek Tuesday.

No. 6 Troup rallies in seventh to defeat Carrollton 10-7
No. 6 Troup rallies in seventh to defeat Carrollton 10-7

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

CARROLLTON, Ga. — The No. 6-ranked (AJC) Troup Tigers baseball team (13-2, 4-1) rallied to score eight runs in the seventh inning to post a come-from-behind GHSA 4A-Region 5 10-7 win over the Carrollton High Trojans here Thursday.

It was a big win for coach Craig Garner’s Tigers and kept Troup in a tie with No. 2-ranked Whitewater for first in region.

Troup will host Carrollton today in the third and final game of the three-game season series.

Carrollton High is the defending 4A state champions.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Obituaries for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MR. GOFFER

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Franklin Goffer, 41, of LaFayette died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. CDT at Powell Chapel United Methodist Church in LaFayette, Dr. Randy B. Kelley, pastor, Minister Cecelia Broome officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Cemetery in LaFayette.

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

MRS. WALKER

VALLEY — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Doris Walker, 88, of Valley, who died Monday, March 30, 2015.

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

Obituaries for Monday, March 30, 2015
Obituaries for Monday, March 30, 2015

MR. CHANDLER

LANETT — Mr. Edward M. "Eddy" Chandler Sr., 75, of Lanett died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Happy Valley Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. Rusty Letson and Mr. Charles Story officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery in Valley.

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

MR. KYLES

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Ollie “Kirk” Kyles, Jr., 56, of LaFayette died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. CDT at White Hall Baptist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Ed Vines, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Standing Rock Cemetery in LaFayette.

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

MRS. PATTERSON

LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Frances Anne Dailey Patterson of Lanett, who died at her son's home in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Funeral services will be announced by McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point, which is handling arrangements.

MR. SHOCKLEY

LAKE HARDING — Mr. Edward Frazier Shockley, 84, of the Lake Harding Community died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at his residence .

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Perry Duffey and the Rev. Jonathan Herston officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett.

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

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