Mary Ferrell's class at Valley High School made a very generous donation to Chattahoochee Humane Society this year for Christmas. Instead of giving gifts to each other, they bought gifts for the animals at CHS. Chattahoochee Humane Society commended the class for being an incredibly kind and compassionate group of young people. The class is shown above with Sharon Hawkins of CHS, a rescued pet, Patches, and Ms. Ferrell, on the right.
By WAYNE CLARK
WEST POINT — A faith that anyone can make it in the U.S. and a belief that we shouldn’t forget where we came from and those who helped us along the way is a message the Rev. Gary Dixon wanted attendees to reflect on at Monday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast, held at Bethlehem Baptist Church and hosted by the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
A large gathering was present for the holiday observance, which took place inside the original Bethlehem sanctuary. A LaFayette native, the Rev. Dixon is pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. He was introduced to the crowd by Catherine Crook, who at 93 still commands attention the same way she did as a classroom teacher.
“She’s one of the youngest members of our church,” Rev. Dixon said half jokingly, adding that she drives herself to church every Sunday and keeps everyone on track.
Dixon recognized Chambers County Commissioner Sam Bradford in the audience and thanked him on having been an outstanding teacher for him when he was in the sixth grade at the Southside school in LaFayette.
The theme of the day — “The Time Is Always Right to Serve Others” — is something the Rev. Dixon addressed early in his remarks. Service to others, he said, is something that resonated with Dr. King throughout his life; in fact it might be the one thing that characterized his life. When he was a young minister in the 1950s, he could have had a nice life speaking from the pulpit at prominent Afri-
can-American churches, preferring the path of least resistance and ignoring the need for social change and justice that was color blind.
It was his desire to do the right thing by speaking out against racial discrimination and calling on the country to change.
Because of Dr. King and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, opportunities are now endless for people of all kinds of backgrounds. “We’ve come a long way,” the Rev. Dixon said. “You can come from a one-bedroom flat on the south side of Chicago and be president of the United States one day.
“We have survived slavery, Jim Crow, racial prejudice and through it all, God has been our rock. We made it on the shoulders of those who went before us. We cannot turn our backs on others and forget where we came from. Dr. King would not want us to stop now. None of us can make it on our own. We need each other, and we need to help each other. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
The Rev. Dixon said we are now living in troubled times with too much violence and corruption, too many people having suicidal thoughts and elderly people who have been pushed aside and neglected. “Though darkness is all around us, we need to let our light shine,” he said. “You can do that by helping others. You never know when you might need help. Just because your cupboard is full, you’re not sick and your children are not in trouble, all that can change very quickly.
“Never forget that trouble has not forgotten your address,” he said to much applause. “Why not reach out and help others when things are going well for you? You can do a lot to help a young person who needs someone like you. You can be a mentor or a tutor. You might be the only person out there who can truly make a difference in their life. You could be the one who gets them to see that they can be all that they can be. There are young people out there who need to know that somebody cares about them.”
Dixon talked about Dr. King’s final words to his followers. In that prophetic speech in Memphis, coming only days before he was assassinated, Dr. King made it clear that he had not taken the easy path in life. He talked about many difficult days ahead but that “I’m not worried about it, because I’ve been to the mountaintop, and I’ve seen the other side.”
The Rev. Dixon said that one of his favorite hymns, “My Living Has Not Been in Vain,” had a message that had always been special to him, that when one helps another, their being here on earth has mattered.
Emily Thomas Williams, the president of the local AKA chapter, thanked the Rev. Dixon for his uplifting message. “I want to thank you all for coming,” she said to the big crowd. “We’ve heard some wonderful, inspirational singing and a powerful message. We should always remember that it is always the right time to serve others.”
AKA was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1908. It was the first Greek-lettered sorority established and incorporated by African-American college women. Membership is for women who have been college educated. The local chapter, Lambda Zeta Omega, began in 1976.
“We believe in service,” Williams said, “and we work at it. There have been times when some of us stayed up all night to get a job done.”
The local chapter donates to local food closets, libraries, provides money for scholarships and many other such causes.
LANETT — Montavious Harrison, 27, of Lanett was arrested for theft of property fourth degree (shoplifting) and resisting arrest.
Domestic violence third degree was reported in the 2400 block of 24th Avenue SW.
Theft of property first degree was reported in the 1100 block of South 12th Avenue.
Theft of property fourth degree was reported in the 3000 block of South Phillips Road.
West Point Police
WEST POINT — Kenlyler Washington of Lanett was arrested for driving with suspended license.
Criminal trespass was reported on East 10th Street.
Disorderly conduct was reported on Avenue N.
LaFAYETTE — Clayton E. Willford, 30, of Opelika was arrested for possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Michael Adam Amato, 29, of Valley was arrested for criminal trespass first degree.
Montavious Quintez Harrison, 27, of Lanett was arrested on a grand jury indictment for negotiating worthless negotiable instrument.
Sheriff officials reported 130 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LANETT — The Lanett Panthers (7-5) erased a 10-point third quarter deficit and took over in the fourth quarter to record a 61-55 win over the rival LaFayette High Bulldogs (8-7, 4-1) here Monday evening.
Lanett made it a sweep with a 58-40 win over LaFayette in the girls game as well.
In the boys game, give a lot of the credit to Lanett’s standout guard play from Jalen Madden with eight of his 10 points in the fourth while Terrion Truitt added five, including a huge 3-point goal from NBA range to spark the Panthers rally.
The Madden-Truitt duo really stepped up and met the challenge when the team needed a lift and emotional edge.
It was a jam-packed Panther Den Monday in the first meeting of the season between the two, long-time rivals and fans didn’t go home without watching two spirited varsity games.
Rev. Richard Carter’s Panthers battled with Obidiah Threadgill’s Bulldogs for the better part of three quarters before pulling away late, outscoring LaFayette 21-9 in the fourth for the 61-55 final score.
LaFayette was the better team for much of the game, and had four different 10-point leads in the third quarter, only to see Lanett rally with some terrific defensive play led by Madden and Truitt.
A banked-in, 3-point goal from Anquavious Pollard gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead after one quarter.
Pollard had a stellar game for Lanett, scoring a team and game-high 27 points.
When Lanett needed a spark and a basket, they went to Pollard and the big man came through with some late-game magic around the basket. His spin move is almost impossible to stop down low and he accomplished the feat several times under pressure.
But give the Bulldogs credit, they played a terrific game but tired late.
LaFayette led 27-22 at the half and 43-40 after three quarters but had the lead at 10 four times in the third.
Lanett’s 21-9 run in the fourth again was keyed by solid team defensive play and it was the difference in the game.
Pollard led Lanett with 27 points, Truitt tallied 16, Madden chipped in with 10 and Manny Littles had four.
Jartavious Whitlow had a big game for LaFayette with a team-high 22 points, My’Kale Trammell added 14 while Jamarquez-Boston Gaines and Jordan Wallace each had five points.
•In the girls game, the Lanett Lady Panthers (9-2, 5-0) used a sensational 34-point game from Ataiya Bridges to defeat the rival LaFayette Lady Bulldogs 58-40.
Lanett led 11-8 after one quarter and held a 25-22 lead at the halftime intermission.
The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 19-9 in the third quarter to pull away for the 58-40 final.
Makiya Broughton scored 10, Jaci Howell had five and Octavia Wright tallie three.
Jasmine Pitts led LaFayette with 15 points.
Lanett and LaFayette will meet again Friday at the Dog Palace.
•At the MLK Classic Monday held at Harris Co., the Valley Lady Rams (8-6) dropped a 57-51 overtime decision to the Loachapoka Lady Indians.
Takayla Bussey and Arteria Florence led the Lady Rams with 12 points each, Ariel Patton added 10 and Kenjadae Dunn scored nine.
Other scorers for Valley included Arienana Magby with four points and Starbresha Core had one.
•In the boys game, the Valley Runnin’ Rams (5-13) fell 53-49 in a hard-fought game to the Columbus High Blue Devils.
Khalil Boone led Valley with 12 points, Tymon Howard added 10, Quez Trammell and Markevious Booker each had seven, Lagarian. Hutchinson scored five, Kevontae Cooper and Kieonte Dent scored two.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
After a weather delay, it’s showdown Monday for the Lanett and LaFayette boys and girls basketball teams.
Boys B-team action will tip-off today at 3 p.m. ET followed by the girls varsity pitting a pair of 4-0 area teams and the much-anticipated boys varsity game in the last game.
•In other high school basketball over the weekend, the Valley Lady Rams (8-5) defeated Beauregard 49-36 while the Runnin’ Rams boys team (6-11) fell to Beauregard 64-61.
Ariel Patton led Valley with 17 points and 14 rebounds, Starbresha Core added 10 points and 15 rebounds, Arieana Magby tallied 10, Kenjadae Dunn and Emerald Floyd each had four while La’Teazia Stringer and Roniaseia Cofield both had two.
•In other action over the weekend, the LaFayette Lady Bulldogs (4-6, 4-0) routed Reeltown 46-31.
•In games played Friday at Fort McClellan, the Lanett boys team lost to Sacred Heart 89-54 while the girls team posted a 69-30 win.
Ataiya Bridges led Lanett with 20 points, 15 assists, nine steals and nine rebounds.
Makaiya Broughton added 18 points, 10 steals and nine assists, Octavia Wright tallied seven points, had 15 rebounds and four blocks, Jasmine Martin added six and had eight rebounds.
Crystalyn Sprayberry also added six points, five rebounds and four assists and Jadyn Wynn scored five points.
In addition, Ambria Jackson had five points, six assists and eight steals while Chasity Coty tallied five points and 10 rebounds.
“We had a great, all-around effort by the ladies,” said coach Charlie Williams.
No information was reported on the Lanett-Sacred Heart boys game.
The Lanett boys (6-5) also fell on the road Saturday at 7A Central-Phenix City by a 79-67 score.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LaFAYETTE — The Springwood Wildcats and Chambers Rebels renewed their longstanding rivalry Thursday evening as the No. 2-ranked Lady Wildcats and the CA Rebels boys varsity teams both posted wins.
•In the girls game, coach Rick Johnson’s Lady Wildcats (17-3) posted a 48-23 win for a 2-0 season sweep while coach Jason Allen’s Rebels evened its mark against Springwood, defeating the Wildcats 48-46.
Tazsa Garrett-Hammett led Springwood with 21 points and seven other Lady Wildcats scored in rolling to its 17th win of the season against three defeats.
Springwood surged to a 10-5 lead after one quarter and outscored CA 38-18 for the duration in the 48-23 final score win.
Junior guard Amaya Battle added eight points and senior Langley Matthews hit a pair of 3-point goals and a free throw to tally seven points.
Tate Reese led CA with 12 points.
“The win ties the class of 2017 with the class of 1985 for most wins all-time in Springwood basketball history at 87,” noted Johnson.
Next up for the Lady Wildcats is a rematch with the undefeated Glenwood Lady Gators (21-0) in Phenix City Tuesday.
•In junior varsity play, Springwood lost to CA 32-23. McKayla Barber led the team with seven points.
In addition, the junior varsity Lady Wildcats qualified as the No. 2 seeded team for the JV 3A state tournament, added Johnson.
The tournament will be held Saturday at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn. First game for the Lady Wildcats will be at 1:30 p.m. ET against Morgan Academy from Selma.
•In the boys game, CA posted a second-half rally, overcoming an eight-point, halftime deficit, to record a 48-46 win for the season series split with Springwood.
“We played quite well at time in the first half, but we didn't take care of minor details to extend our lead,” said Wildcats coach Drew Dorsey. “Coach Allen made some great adjustments defensively, which gave us fits. I didn't coach well enough to give my boys a chance to win tonight.”
Christian Lancaster led Springwood with 25 points while Gus Davidson added 12.
Malik Lyons led CA with 16 points, Peyton Allen had 11, Kaine Thomas tallied eight and C.J. Lyons scored six.
•In junior varsity boys play, Springwood won over CA 27-21.
Tyler Ly led the Wildcats (6-8) with eight points, Chalyb Lenker and Coleman Hull each had six points.
VALLEY — Ms. Jimmie Sue Brooks, 82, of Valley passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.
The family may be contacted through Mr. Wendell Brooks.
Unity Mortuary in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
WADLEY, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Andrew Lee Meadows, 60, of Wadley, who died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala.
Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.
LANETT — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Barbara Allen Nuncio, 79, of Lanett, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her residence.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Mrs. Doris Virginia DeLoach Bryan passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Chattanooga.
No services are planned.
LANETT — Mrs. Daisy Brown Gilbert, 76, of Lanett passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Diversicare of Lanett.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Huguley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rusty Tate and the Rev. Albert Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
LANETT — Mrs. Martha Minter, 70, of Lanett passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at Waverly Cemetery in Waverly, Ala., with the Rev. David Bradshaw officiating.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
ROANOKE, Ala. — Funeral services for Mrs. Lois Rice Turner, 91, of Roanoke were held Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. CST at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel in Roanoke with the Rev. Derek Farr officiating. Burial followed at Cedarwood Cemetery.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.