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CFCP ReUse Store will open Thursday in Lanett
CFCP ReUse Store will open Thursday in Lanett

The Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project (CFCP) ReUse Store will open for business following a 10 a.m. EDT ribbon cutting on Thursday. Located in the former Knology building on Gilmer Avenue in Lanett, the new store has all kinds of gently used household items and collectibles. There's a contractor's room, a lighting area, a hardware section, a gardening department, a living room area, a miscellaneous room for chairs, bedding and the like and a Christmas shop. "When I first came here I wondered how we could ever use so much space," says CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts. "It's filling up faster that we thought it would have. I'm now wondering where we can put everything. We have really been blessed." Roberts invites everyone to the ribbon cutting and to browse around a bit inside the new store. "The sales we make in the new store will help us keep building new homes in the area and with our Greater Blessings projects," Roberts said. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

New industry Hantal Alabama will locate in Chambers park
New industry Hantal Alabama will locate in Chambers park


LaFAYETTE — Chambers County's newest industry got a warm welcome Tuesday morning at the regular meeting of the Chambers County Commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve property and sales/use tax abatements for Hantal Alabama, which plans to build a plant in Chambers County Industrial Park.

Chambers County Development Authority Executive Director Valerie Gray said Hantal will be acquiring the CCDA's Advantage Site at a discounted price of $300,000 and will be receiving the standard tax abatements allowed by law for new industries.

The CCDA will provide temporary office space for the company and assist in securing permits and a $150,000 state grant for site preparation. Additionally, the county commission agreed to provide $20,000 in highway department services so the company can begin moving dirt immediately.

The company also will have an option to purchase additional property if expansion is required.

Gray said the CCDA and Hantal had been negotiating for months and the contract between Chambers County and Hantal is "ironclad" with clawbacks.

"Hantal is a very good company and we are very excited about them coming here," Gray said. "We welcome them to our community."

Hantal Alabama will be doing coating and chemical processes at its Cusseta plant.

The company will be making a capital investment of $20 million, Gray said, with full employment set at 200.

Of that number 120 will be full-time employees and the remainder will be contract employees, she said. Average wage is an estimated $12.16 per hour.

The formal contract signing will take place Monday, April 28 at the courthouse and will be followed by a groundbreaking ceremony at the site, Gray said.

"It is a great privilege to be here," Bernard Ham, an attorney representing Hantal, said at the meeting. "Hantal is excited about making a commitment to this important region of the state. We look forward to a profitable, community-spirited project."

Kimberly Carter of the CCDA said Hantal is ready to get moving on its plant. She said she expected dirt to be moved at the site as early as next week, and the company wants to be in production as soon as possible.

At the beginning of Tuesday's meeting, Chambers County native Bill Fuller announced his independent candidacy for Alabama State Senate District 13, the seat held by Sen. Gerald Dial. Fuller said he needs to acquire enough signatures by July to get on the November ballot and will be working on getting those signatures in coming weeks.

Fuller said he would not take his Senate salary but would return that money to the counties within the 13th District to be used to assist senior feeding programs and foster parents.

Fuller, who served five terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, said he was "deeply troubled by the issues in Montgomery that need to be addressed positively."

He said he wanted to restore a spirit of partnership between the Senate and Chambers County. "We haven't had that partnership with the Legislature the past seven years," he said.

Chambers faces major expenses with county jail repairs
Chambers faces major expenses with county jail repairs


LaFAYETTE — Several major projects at the James C. Morgan Chambers County Detention Facility were discussed Tuesday by the Chambers County Commission's Public Safety Committee.

Maj. Clay Stewart of the sheriff's department discussed the hot water situation at the jail. The pipes are failing and need to be replaced his said. An estimate last year put the cost between $270,000 and $300,000, Stewart said.

He said if the pipes are replaced the manifolds need to be replaced as well and the jail's showers need to be water-proofed.

County Attorney Skip McCoy suggested the county retain an engineering/architectural firm that specializes in jails to come up with plans and recommendations for the project.

County Manager John Dendy said the current fiscal year budget has $225,000 from the Alabama Trust Fund account budgeted for the hot water project. Dendy said he would need to know by July what the total project would be so he could include the balance in the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

Dendy said the county is not required to bid out professional services, so the county can retain the best qualified professionals to do the planning.

Stewart said the jail, now 23 years old, has a lot of areas that need to be addressed. For example, the fluorescent lighting in the jail is no longer made, so the jail will have to convert existing fixtures to handle new bulbs or else install new fixtures. "There are a lot of lights in the jail," he said.

The jail's drains are also beginning to show age, Stewart said.

Stewart mentioned two areas where the jail won't cost the county any money.

The department is sending out proposals for management of the inmate commissary. The process will be automated and will save correction officers a lot of time, he said.

The contractor will provide the items the inmates order from a kiosk.

Also, the department will be replacing its existing inmate telephone service with one that also includes video visitation. Video visitation means prisoners don't have to be moved from cells to the visiting area, and it also allows more expanded opportunities for visitation. At a cost, people can even visit an inmate from a remote location, he said.

The system would also accommodate video arraignments, which would mean deputies wouldn't have to transport prisoners from the jail to the courthouse for an arraignment hearing.

Stewart said the county should also consider what it charges county municipalities to house inmates at the county jail. Cities now pay three dollars a day, he said, which all goes for food.

Checking all the expenses involved in maintaining the jail, Stewart said, puts the average cost of keeping a prisoner there at $28 a day.

He advised that the county consider raising the charge gradually so it would not be as great a burden on the cities.

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Troup falls to Shaw, 7-6; 10-year postseason streak ends
Troup falls to Shaw, 7-6; 10-year postseason streak ends

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

COLUMBUS — The Troup High Tigers (13-11, 7-7) saw its postseason streak of 10 years come to a heartbreaking end here Thursday when coach Craig Garner’s Tigers dropped a 7-6 eight-inning GHSA 4A-Region 5 game to the homestanding Shaw High Raiders.

With the one-run loss — Troup’s fifth one-run defeat in region play — the Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2003 in Garner’s second year as coach.The Tigers went 2-5 in one-run games in region play and held the lead in the seventh inning in four of the seven games.

In 13 seasons as Troup’s coach, Garner has only failed to make the postseason just two times in what has been a remarkable run for the Troup baseball program.

Unfortunately for Troup baseball fans, there won’t be a postseason for the Tigers this spring after dropping a gut-wrenching 7-6, eight-inning loss to Shaw.

Troup was also coming off an emotionally deflating 3-2 loss to arch rival LaGrange Monday at Tiger Field as well.

Shaw jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning before Troup tallied a single run in the top of the fifth.

Shaw answered back and scored one run in the bottom of the fifth, two more in the sixth, one in the seventh to tie the game at 6-all and the game-winning run in the eighth inning for the 7-6 win.

Troup’s big inning was the seventh as the Tigers trailed 5-1 and its last chance to post a rally.

They did and then some and in dramatic fashion thanks in large part to junior slugger Jonathan Foster.

With the bases-loaded, Foster, a catcher, got the pitch he wanted, turned on it, and smashed a tape measure grand slam to tie the game at 5-all.

It was Foster’s team-leading seventh roundtripper of the season, the second straight year the power-hitting youngster has led the team in home runs.

C.J. Tatum later provided the go-ahead run for a 6-5 Troup lead on a run-scoring single and the Tigers were in great shape to secure the win, just three outs away.

Shaw managed to tie the game with a run in the last of the seventh and the teams headed to extra innings tied at 6-6.

But what has been the case on five occasions this spring, a youth-dominated Troup team couldn’t hold the lead as the Tigers failed to score in the top of the eighth and Shaw pushed across the game-winner for the 7-6 win.

Troup had a big day at the plate, banging out 10 hits as Foster led the way with a pair of markers, including his grand slam.

The Tigers had three errors as well.

Sophomore righthander Bo Halcomb started on the mound for Troup in working six innings.

Troup will close out the season with a pair of home games Friday and Saturday at Tiger Field.

Troup will honor its senior class in Friday’s game against a strong Northside of Columbus team and complete the season Saturday against Luella.

•Troup Notebook: The Tigers went 14-4 in the postseason in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, both times losing in classic three-game series to eventual state champion Columbus Blue Devils in 2012 and the Redan Raiders in 2013.

What was so amazing about Troup’s run the previous two seasons is that all 18 games were played on the road and the Tigers 14 wins were the most by any team in all of GHSA baseball in the two-year, 2012-2013 period.

Cleveland posts time of 4:47:07 at Boston Marathon
Cleveland posts time of 4:47:07 at Boston Marathon

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

BOSTON — Don Cleveland competed in his third straight Boston Marathon Monday during Patriots Day in posting a time of 4:47:07 in the grueling 26.2-mile course.

Cleveland placed 14,619 among all men and women, including 829 in his 62-64 age division and was 25,749 of nearly 50,000 overall entrants in the race.

He recorded times of 26:22 at the 5K split, 54:00 at the 10K interval, and 1:24:46 at the 15K mark.

His other times included 2:00:27 at 20K, 2:09:37 at the half, 2:36:54 at 25K, 3:14:25 at the 30K mark; 3:53:28 at the 35K interval, 4:30:17 at the 40K mark and a final time of 4:47:07.

Valley softball posts 20th win; Troup baseball wins 1-0
Valley softball posts 20th win; Troup baseball wins 1-0

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — The 5A No. 6-ranked Valley High Lady Rams softball team picked up its 20th win of the season as coach Adam Hunter’s team celebrated Senior Night in style with a 2-0 win over visiting Horseshoe Bend High School here Thursday evening at the Valley Sportsplex.

Ryan Simpson earned the win in the circle, tossing a complete game no-hitter, striking out 12 HBHS batters in the process.

Lacy Striblin, Mady Brown, Hayley Vickers and Lexus Burrows all tallied one hit each.

Valley (20-8) travels to Dadeville today and Saturday for the Dadeville Lady Tiger Classic.

•Earlier this week, Valley posted a 1-0 win over Marbury as well.

•In other Valley High sports news, the Rams baseball team (12-20) completed its season after dropping a doubleheader to the Central of Phenix City Red Devils.

Valley dropped Game 1 by a 13-4 score and fell in the nightcap contest by an 8-4 score.

In Game 1, Will Henderson led the offense for coach Matt Ward’s team with two hits, Tri Nix and Mitch Myers each had hits and one RBI while Austin Graben and Ryan Meadows both tallied RBIs on sacrifice flies.

•In the 8-4 Game 2, loss, Michael Vo, Nix, Luke Thompson, Graben and Hudson Shumate all had hits.

Vo added two RBI while Nix and Thompson also had one RBI each.

Graben and Shumate each scored one run as well.

•The Troup Tigers baseball team (12-9, 7-5) moved one step closer to securing a GHSA 4A state playoff berth with a big 1-0 win over Fayette Co. Thursday in Fayetteville.

Coach Craig Garner’s team was led by another sterling effort on the mound from sophomore righthander Bo Halcomb in tossing a complete game shutout.

Halcomb scattered seven hits and junior slugger Jonathan Foster smashed his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the seventh, to give Troup the 1-0 win.


Obituaries for Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Obituaries for Wednesday, April 23, 2014


VALLEY — Mr. Roy Crim Jr., 73, of Valley died Friday, April 18, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor R.L. Carter and the Revs. W.G. Wimberly and Calvin McGee officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Unity Mortuary of Valley is handling arrangements.


LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Mae "Carpew" Hason Foreman, 82, of LaFayette passed into the presence of the lord Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her residence.

Her home going celebration will be held Thursday, April 24 at 2 p.m. CDT at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of LaFayette with burial at Handy Cemetery with Pastor Gary L. Dixon officiating.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.


LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Julia H. Jones, 105 of Lanett, who died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.


VALLEY — Mrs. Louise Marshall of Valley died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services and survivors to be announced by Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley.


LOGANVILLE, Ga. — Mrs. Ione Thomaston Pittman, 98, of Loganville, formerly of Lanett, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Embracing Hospice in Snellville.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church of Lanett with the Rev. Howard Merchant officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Obituaries for Tuesday, April 22, 2014


LANETT — Mrs. Mary L. Dawson, 78, of Lanett died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. Louis Upshaw, pastor, and the Rev. Calvin Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery in LaFayette.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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