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Children enjoy games at Library's Absurd Olympics
Children enjoy games at Library's Absurd Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics will soon be getting under way in Brazil, but the participants have nothing on the youth who took part in Bradshaw-Chambers County Library's Absurd Olympics; nothing that is if the outcome is based on just having fun and not being afraid of looking silly. Shown above on the front row, from left, are Ellie Miller, Stella Llorens and Gracie Llorens of "Bassachusetts; Simone Floyd and Adelaide Floyd of "Altera" and Kaitlyn Smalley, Lily Hill and Catherine Smalley of "Whatsittoya." On the back row, l-r, are Emma Miller, Sarah Marberry and Johnny Powell of Bassachusetts; Tracy Floyd and Sim Floyd of Altera and David Kerr of Whatsittoya.

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — Bradshaw-Chambers County Library's recent 2016 Absurd Olympics was an "absurdly" successful event, both in terms of participation and the fun everyone had. "Unlike those other games (which will be taking place in Rio de Janeiro). no special skill or talent is needed to participate," said Kati Behrens, youth programs coordinator. "All that's needed is the willingness to have fun, take a chance and not mind being silly."

Six teams competed in seven events. Each team had to create a country, make its flag and describe what the flag meant.

Teams were asked to handle such tasks as moving cotton balls with their noses having been dipped in Vaseline, throwing cheese curls at a teammate's head while it was covered with shaving cream and to complete an obstacle course by crawling, hopping, hula hooping and making one’s way through a tunnel.

The bronze medal went to the country of Whatsittoya, captained by David Kerr; the silver to Bassachusetts, captained by Johnny Powell, and the gold to Altera, co-captained by Tracy and Sim Floyd.

It was a repeat performance by Altera – they won the gold medal in last year's inaugural games.

Employment grows in Troup and Harris but jobless rate up
Employment grows in Troup and Harris but jobless rate up

By THE TIMES-NEWS

ATLANTA — Unemployment rates in Troup and Harris counties went up in June as both counties experienced big gains in their civilian labor force numbers.

Harris County's unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in June, compared to 4.3 percent in May. Employment in the county rose by 12 to 14,916, but the county's civilian labor force increased by 135 to 15,713. Unemployment total for the county increased to 797 from 674 in May. A year ago, Harris County had a 5.7 percent unemployment rate.

Troup County's June unemployment rate rose to 5.2 percent from 4.4 percent in May. Troup saw a major increase in its civilian labor force as it rose to 36,964 from 36,557 in May. Employment in the county moved past 35,000 to 35,032, compared to 34,934 in May. Unemployment in the county rose to 1,932 from 1,623. A year ago, Troup's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent.,

Unemployment rates in major cities in the area included Columbus, 7.0 percent, up from 6.0 percent in May, and LaGrange, 5.6 percent, up from 5.0 percent in May.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for June was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in May. It was 5.8 percent in June 2015.

Job seekers and employers are encouraged to use the GDOL’s online job listing service, www.employgeorgia.com to search for jobs or recruit new employees. In June, 2,361 new job openings in the River Valley region were posted on Employ Georgia. Throughout the state, 64,944 new jobs were posted.

To learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect on social media, visit www.dol.georgia.gov.

Eagles tribute band performs at Langdale Theater Saturday
Eagles tribute band performs at Langdale Theater Saturday

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — A very good crowd is expected for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. performance at Langdale Theater by Eagles tribute band On the Border.

Concert promoter Bill Gilbert of Bill Gilbert and Associates told The Times-News that only a handful of main floor seats are still available and that anyone who wants them had better act today or Friday to get them.

"I'm been overwhelmed by the orders I've been getting," he said. "On some days I've been up to 2 a.m. and sometimes to 3 a.m. to get them filled. We have a very, very few seats left on the main floor and some in the balcony. The balcony seats have been selling well, too. We probably won't have a sell-out, but we're expected a really good crowd."

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday. The doors will open an hour before that.

For tickets and information, call Bill Gilbert and Associates at (334) 768-3410. All fans of classic rock and roll don't need to miss it.

On the Border is much acclaimed for the passion, showmanship and precise attention they give to replicating the details of Eagles' music. They will be doing such familiar classics as "Take it Easy," "Desperado," "Tequila Sunrise," "One of These Nights," "Best of My Love," "Lyin' Eyes," "Hotel California, "Life in the Fast Lane" and many more.

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Glisson pleased with first full week of fall camp
Glisson pleased with first full week of fall camp

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — One week into fall camp and things are looking up for second-year coach Tanner Glisson and the Troup High Tigers.

Troup is the first of the seven local schools to open fall camp this week and continue the momentum they built in spring drills as well as a very busy summer of 11-on-11 skills camps.

Last fall was a learning experience for the Tigers in Glisson’s first year, but the team made steady progress throughout the season and came within a blocked field in Week 9 against Fayette Co. of earning a GHSA 4A state playoff berth.

If you watched spring drills or seen any of 11-on-11 skills camps this summer, you've witnessed first-hand kids that are a lot more confident, a year stronger, faster and everyone — coaches and players alike — are all on the same page and unified.

In short, Troup is on the move to what could be a solid season with an eye on securing a 4A playoff berth.

“The first week has been really good,” Glisson told The Times-News Wednesday. “We should know more once we put the pads on but early indications are that we’ve progressed well. I like this group. They work really hard and are coachable, that’s all you can ask for.”

The Tigers will go to pads and contact drills next week.

•Troup opens the season Fri., Aug. 19 at Hardaway High in Columbus.

Lanett-Valley meet for 85th time Aug. 19
Lanett-Valley meet for 85th time Aug. 19

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

The 2016 high school football season is just three weeks from Friday as all seven local schools are continuing workouts with the official start of practice next week.

Coach Tanner Glisson’s Troup Tigers started fall camp Monday in GHSA play.

Old rivals Lanett and Valley will officially kickoff the 2016 high school football season Fri., Aug. 19 at Morgan-Washburn Stadium.

Valley leads the all-time series 52-29-2 as the two schools will meet for the 85th time.

Since 1990, Valley has won 20 of the 24 meetings with Lanett, including six straight.

Lanett’s last win over Valley was in 2007 when coach Ronnie Sikes’ team held off the Rams 24-21.

AHSAA and AISA schools open practice next week.

Optimism abounds for all seven local schools and for good reason. For the first time in many years, all local teams should be improved this fall and that bodes well for a number of big seasons.

In addition to the Valley-Lanett game Aug. 19, LaFayette and Troup will also be in action. The Bulldogs will host Dadeville while the Tigers will be on the road in Columbus at Hardaway High.

Other schools opening Aug. 26 include Beulah at Spring Garden, Chambers will play at Coosa Valley and Springwood will be on the road as well at Kingwood.

LaFayette's Whitlow named South MVP
LaFayette's Whitlow named South MVP

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — LaFayette High rising senior student-athlete Jartavious Whitlow scored 24 points, pulled down eight rebounds, tallied five assists and had three steals in an MVP performance for the South stars in an 84-73 loss to the North at last week’s Alabama High School Sports All-Star Week activities.

For his outstanding efforts, Whitlow was named as the South team MVP.

It was another superlative effort by Whitlow, who’s entering his senior season this fall, in what has been a spectacular prep career for the local youngster.

He’s a two-time, three-sport (football, basketball and track and field) first-team, all-state athlete and has proven himself to be one of the greatest, all-around athletes not only locally but all-time in the AHSAA ranks.

As a sophomore, Whitlow helped lead LaFayette to the 2013-24 AHSAA 2A basketball state title, the school’s fourth.

While he’s been unstoppable on the hard court, Whitlow has proven to be even more hard to contain on the gridiron with back-to-back sensational, all-around seasons in 2014 and 2015.

Last season, Whitlow amassed over 3,400 all-purpose yards and 34 TDs.

In addition, he won four gold medals at the state track and field meet this past spring.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Thursday, July 28, 2016
Obituaries for Thursday, July 28, 2016

MRS. DAVIS

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Myrtis L. Davis, 90, of LaFayette passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 29 at 1 p.m. CDT at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Michael T. Stiggers Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Memorial Cemetery in LaFayette.

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

MR. HODO

WEST POINT — Mr. Ronnie G. Hodo, 66, of West Point passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 29 at 3 p.m. at Jehovah Baptist Church, Whitesville, Ga., with the Rev. Michael SlauM.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MR. McCONNELL

VALLEY — Mr. Calvin G. McConnell, 67, of Valley passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held Friday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at Fairfax Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Sexton officiating.

ghter officiating.

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

MR. SLAGLE

LANETT — Mr. Charles Alfred Slagle, 90, of Lanett passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Carillon Assisted Living of Wake Forest, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at Lanett First United Methodist Church.

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

Obituaries for Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Obituaries for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MR. ABNEY

VALLEY — Mr. Forrest Edward Abney, 84, of Valley passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Golden Living Center in Lanett.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Chuck Anderson, the Rev. Perry Duffey and the Rev. William (Bill) Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.

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

MR. DAVIDSON

LaGRANGE, Ga. — Mr. David “Head” Davidson Jr., 57, of LaGrange passed away Friday, July 22, 2016, at Hospice LaGrange.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point with Dr. Willie T. Edmondson, pastor, Pastor Charles Trammell, eulogist, Pastor Derrick Miller and Pastor John Pollard officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary in West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MR. McCONNELL

VALLEY — Mr. Calvin G. McConnell, 67, of Valley passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his residence.

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

MR. SESSIONS

CONYERS, Ga. — Mr. Bobby Lynn Sessions, 67, of Conyers, formerly of Lanett, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Phillip Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

MR. WARE

CAMP HILL, Ala. — Mr. James F. “Coot” Ware, 73, of Camp Hill died Thursday, July 21, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held at Beulah No. 2 Baptist Church in Camp Hill Thursday, July 28 at 1 p.m. CDT with the Rev. Jerry Gibson officiating. Burial will follow at Brummitt Cemetery in Camp Hill.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. WILKERSON

WEST POINT — Mrs. Hettie Wilkerson of West Point passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Dr. Hospice of Georgia, Riverdale, Ga.

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

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Obituaries for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MR. ABNEY

VALLEY — Mr. Forrest Abney, 84, of Valley passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Golden Living Center in Lanett.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley.

MR. HUGULEY

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Robert Huguley, 63, of LaFayette passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Bethany House in Auburn, Ala.

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

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