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Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway on I-85 dedicated
Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway on I-85 dedicated

Ceremonies Monday at Del’avant in downtown LaGrange formally dedicated the stretch of I-85 from Exit 2 to Exit 18 as the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway. Anderson, a West Point native, founded Interface, the world’s leading modular carpet manufacturer, and became a champion of sustainable manufacturing. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation will be spearheading an effort to make the stretch of I-85 named in his memory as an example of how sustainability can be practiced in everyday life. Above, John Lanier, left, director of the foundation, is shown calling the audience to take their seats for the ceremony.

By CY WOOD

LaGRANGE — A large crowd gathered Monday to dedicate 16 miles of Interstate 85 between Exit 2 and Exit 18 as the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway.

Anderson is a West Point native who founded Interface and became the champion of business and industrial sustainability until his death in 2011.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation carries on the work he began in convincing the business world that "good environmental stewardship is good business."

Monday's ceremony paid tribute to his contributions as fellow business leaders, his family and friends remembered his contributions and pledged to assure the continuation of his legacy.

John Lanier, director of the Anderson Foundation, thanked those in attendance and announced that the foundation has a goal that involves more than the naming of the stretch of highway in Anderson's memory.

He said the foundation would be working with the Georgia Conservancy, Interface, Georgia Tech and other interested groups to make that stretch of highway "the most restorative highway in America." Details on what would be involved will be developed and announced later by the foundation, he said.

Rep. Randy Nix read the resolution passed by the Georgia General Assembly designating the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway.

“Ray Anderson was truly a visionary,” said Nix. “Not only did he revolutionize the carpet industry, but his commitment to manufacturing sustainability has proven that good environmental stewardship is good business.”

Pierre Howard of the Georgia Conservancy praised Anderson for his leadership in sustainable manufacturing and concern for the environment. He said the foundation's plans to make the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway an example of what can be done in terms of sustainability and environmental responsibility will continue the work that had been the focus of Anderson's life since 1994.

Howard said that sustainability was in accord with the creation account in Genesis, saying it is humanity's job to sustain what God created.

“Mr. Anderson’s impact on industry continues,” said John Wells, president and CEO of Interface Americas and member of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s Advisory Board.

“Ray’s legacy rests not only on the shoulders of the 3,500 people of Interface who are bringing sustainability to life every day in our factories and in their communities,” Wells said. “His far-reaching influence includes all of industry and the next generation of leaders, via his influence on higher education.”

Lanier said the foundation exists not just to provide funds but to "educate, inspire and connect — to keep telling the story to compel people to do their part."

Department heads have no surprises for county's next budget
Department heads have no surprises for county's next budget

By CY WOOD

LaFAYETTE — County department heads and elected officials made their initial presentations for the 2015 budget during Monday afternoon's meeting of the Chambers County Commission Rules, Ways and Means Committee.

The good news is that most departments will be asking for level funding in the upcoming fiscal year, and County Manager John Dendy had already reported that projected revenues should be slightly higher than the current fiscal year.

County Engineer Josh Harvill said the highway department would be operating with level revenue in 2015 and he expected no changes in salary expenses.

He noted that the department had a lot of equipment repair expenses in the current fiscal year, and that next year's budget amount would be considerably lower than the current fiscal year.

Commissioner Debbie Wood asked if he had heard anything from the state about the work on the lights at the inter-

state exit, and Harvill said he hadn't but would be meeting with state DOT officials this week and would bring the matter up.

Harvill said there could be some money in the three-mill fund for local paving projects.

He asked the committee to authorize the sale of county graders and dump trucks at auction. The county leases equipment for a few years, sells it at auction, and makes enough in the process to keep relatively new equipment in its inventory. The committee approved a motion to allow the equipment to be auctioned. It will require approval of the full commission at a regular meeting.

Tara Barr of the Cooperative Extension System thanked the commission for its increased support last year, and said it would be asking for level funding in the next budget year.

Barr said 4-H activity is increasing in the county, and the Cooperative Extension System hopes to expand the program to additional schools this year.

Donnie Smith of the county Emergency Management Agency said he would be asking for the same funding, which is used as the local match for federal and state grants that fund the county agency.

Smith said time is running out for grant funds to erect more weather sirens in the county. The county can get $234,237 in grant funds for 10 sirens, but must come up with $78,082 in local matching funds. He said if the county could fund a few of the sirens, it could keep the grant availability alive.

Revenue Commissioner Wendy Williams and Probate Judge Brandy Easlick said they didn't expect any major changes in their departmental budgets. Easlick had earlier told the committee she would like to replace one part-time position with a full-time position to facilitate service to the public.

Maj. Clay Parrish said he saw no major changes in the budget for the jail, but mentioned a lot of repairs are needed.

Dendy said those would be covered by the capital budget and would come from Alabama Trust Fund revenue.

Sharon Hawkins of the Chattahoochee Humane Society said the contract with the county to maintain an animal shelter would be the same.

The committee discussed renovations to the old courthouse with District Court Judge Calvin Milford and Circuit Court Judge Steve Perryman. Milford said the Public Building Authority in LaFayette had built the Department of Human Resources building, which is leased by the state. When the debt is paid off on that building, the PBA will transfer it to the county, and the rental proceeds could be used to pay for courthouse improvements, he said.

The county's $50 court cost fee is now paying the current county debt, and when that is retired in 2017, those funds would be available for courthouse renovations as well, he said.

Milford explained that court cost collections have declined, but that's because a push to collect overdue fees raised the total temporarily. It now reflects the level of court activity, he said.

Dendy mentioned the possibility of merit raises for county employees and said the matter would be addressed in subsequent budget meetings.

Rotary Club to help LaFayette clean up downtown parking lot
Rotary Club to help LaFayette clean up downtown parking lot

By ANNE GLENN-HOLLIDAY

LaFAYETTE — A former mayor attended the LaFayette City Council meeting Monday evening to discuss landscaping in the downtown area.

Addressing the council, local dentist and former mayor Butch Busby said that the city's Rotary Club has had several programs about what the city can do to improve its appearance so it can attract businesses.

“The first impression, that's given to a prospective employer or business or a prospective new resident in the city, is what they see when they come down Main Street,” he said. "There are several projects on Main Street that have been really nice and have been well done. However, there are a few that still need a little attention.”

He explained that there's one area that the club can take care of.

“We can't go out and buy a building, because we don't have those resources,” Busby said. "But, we do have the capacity to do some cleaning up.”

He mentioned the city-owned parking lot next to the cleaners.

“Over the years, since the courthouse was built, there has been some oversight on keeping it up,” Busby explained. “If we let a garden grow or a piece of grass get out of hand, it gets a little angry. That parking lot looks a little angry. When we were talking to Jerry Bryant, who was the architect who put it together originally, we started seeing some visions of some smiles about what that parking lot can be and what it can mean to the city of LaFayette.”

He mentioned the courthouse, that's located across the street, and pointed out that it's well manicured and maintained, and he said the parking lot could be a nice centerpiece or focal point that could help improve the city's image.

He asked for the council's permission for the club to clean up the parking lot and the grounds around it and to put “a little TLC into it.”

“We want to help improve the city of LaFayette,” Busby said. “We want to work with the city, the mayor and the council to make it happen. We don't want this to be the end. There are some other plans that we're talking about to really make the city pop.”

He mentioned putting mulch around the plants, and Councilman David Ennis suggested that the club go to Lanett and get some crushed brick from the old mill. He said that he'll check into it for the club.

"The Rotary Club is going to be committed to maintaining the process,” Ennis said.

Busby also added that there are some plants, shrubs and trees on the parking lot that need to be trimmed.

“What we're looking at is incorporating other groups,” he said. “We want to incorporate the schools, the churches and other civic groups to step forward. Lets have some pride in LaFayette. We have a wonderful place to live, and I think that together, we can make a big difference.”

He also said the group will stay in contact with City Clerk Louis Davidson to make the council aware of what's going on.

A motion to allow the club to do the project was made by Councilwoman Tammie Williams and was unanimously approved.

Following the vote, Councilman Terry Mangram thanked Busby for looking out for the city.

Police Lt. Ben Hill attended the meeting to introduce the city's new animal control officer, Demontez Hughley, who has spent the last three days in Valley getting some training.

Council members approved a proclamation designating Aug. 1 as a day of prayer for Chambers County.

Accepting the proclamation, Dorothy Vines said, “God has given a vision to one person, but it takes a whole group of people to make that vision come to pass. Let all of us come together, and let us pray for Chambers County, for America and for our governors, for everyone who's involved and our children.”

Vines also reminded every one that there will be gifts and school supplies for the children at the end of the program.

She added that they have to be present to receive them.

Reporting on the back to school bash, that was held on Saturday, July 26 by Powell Chapel United Methodist Church and the Chambers County Board of Education, Williams informed the council that it was a success. She said that 749 students were registered and said that backpacks were given out.

Moody said that the event was well-organized.

City Attorney Mac Tucker discussed the lease the city had with Kardoes and reported that the city's old development authority still owns that property, which consists of two tracts.

He reported that a meeting will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. in LaFayette, and added that he needs seven board members to show up.

Appointments were made and approved for each district.

Those appointed were Tommy Rampey, Merilyn Vines, the Rev. Ed Vines, Forrest Holloway, Butch Busby and Tom Leverett

The council also approved the payment of bills totaling $333,646.

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Schools open fall camp next week
Schools open fall camp next week

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

Four of the seven local high schools will officially open fall camp workouts next week in preparation for the start of the 2014 high school football season.

Valley, Lanett, LaFayette and Beulah will open fall camps Mon., Aug. 4 while Springwood and Chambers in AISA play will open camp Thurs., Aug. 31.

The Troup Tigers began fall camp July 25.

It will be a very interesting year as Lanett will be the local team with the best shot of making a serious run at a state championship but a number of other schools should be playoff-bound as well.

Once in the postseason, anything can happen.

Valley moves up to 6A but opens the season Aug. 22 with rival 2A Lanett and is the first game between the local rivals since 2011.

Lanett’s offense against Valley’s defense should be a great matchup to kickoff the season.

All other local teams open the season Fri., Aug. 29.

•In addition, the Point Skyhawks football team will open fall camp, Fri., Aug. 1.

Happy Valley kickoff a big success
Happy Valley kickoff a big success

By Wayne Clark

News Editor

HUGULEY — Approximately 200 high school football players and coaches from local high schools gathered Saturday evening at Happy Valley Baptist Church for a dinner in their honor. The kickoff event was timed to coincide with the beginning of football practice for the 2014 season. It was free to all the invited teams and included pre-season fellowship and a steak dinner with all the trimmings. Schools invited were Valley High, Lanett High, Harris County High, Springwood School and Chambers Academy.

A local ministry, Iron Sharpens Iron, Inc., sponsored the event and funded it. Mitchell Hamilton of Water Break Ministries served as quarterback of the planning committee. He was assisted by Happy Valley pastor, Rev. John Samanie Jr. Julie Ambrose, vice president of the Troup/Valley Region for CharterBank, coordinated getting the food cooked and served by teams of volunteers. CharterBank provided some supplies and paid for the desserts. Rev. Tim Bass coordinated the cleanup team from Fairview Baptist Church.

Following dinner was a prayer by Rev. Napoleon Darden and singing by Kevin Dunn. Dunn sang two solos. For the second one, “How Great is our God?”, he invited the crowd to join in and sing it with him.

A local high school football living legend, Gary Barnes, spoke to the crowd. Barnes played for Doug Lockridge at Valley High in the 1950s. He later went on to play for Frank Howard at Clemson and spent seven seasons in the NFL.

He was a rookie with the Green Bay Packers in 1962 and played on the team that won the NFL championship. He later played for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons. He’s best known for scoring the first touchdown in Atlanta Falcons history. He played in 60 career games with 41 receptions for 583 yards.

Barnes told the crowd he would always be grateful to Coach Howard and his staff at Clemson for giving him the chance to play college football. Most college coaches, he said, thought he was too thin to play at that level. He later proved a lot of them wrong.

Barnes said that one of his fondest memories was standing in the tunnel at Yankee Stadium and being introduced as a starting player for Dallas. He said that he’d never forget standing there in that tunnel, looking out on the field and seeing a giant U.S. flag flying over the stadium and statues of famous New York Yankee baseball players in Monument Park, just over the outfield wall. He said it was a special feeling hearing the public address announcer saying to the big crowd present “Starting at wide receiver for Dallas, Gary Barnes.”

The principal speaker of the evening, Rev. Buddy Norton, followed Barnes. A native of the Chattanooga, Tenn. area, Rev. Norton talked about his experiences with the game of football, both as a high school player and in being close friends with a lot of coaches over the years.

“I’ve always loved the game of football and being around athletes,” he said. “My life still bears the marks made on me by the men who were my coaches, and I want to thank the coaches who are here with us this evening for what you mean to your young men.”

Rev. Norton talked to the large group of players assembled for the program about the importance the choices they would make today would have on the rest of their lives. “The choices you make will shape your life and determine how it turns out,” he said. “Each day, each of us have choices and decisions to make.”

Rev. Norton mentioned some instances where one player with a bad attitude had cost his team a chance to something really special, like win a championship. He asked the boys present it they’d ever heard the name Aaron Hernandez. Lots of hands went up. “Did he make some bad choices?” he asked, getting lots of yeses in response.

Instead of continuing with a promising career in the NFL, the former New England Patriots star faces murder charges.

“Where you will end up five years from now will be the result of the kind of choices you made today,” he said.

At the conclusion of the message, a large number of the young men who were present came forward to receive salvation. They then met with a team of 15 pastors from churches in the local area who prayed with them. The pastors then offered to be available to them for follow-up discipleship.

Iron Sharpens Iron, Inc. is led by Julian Nealy, a Valley native and non-denominational pastor. Iron Sharpens Iron works with area churches and pastors to further the gospel and to promote the unity of faith among believers in the local area.

Nealy has been friends with Gary Barnes for years and from him learned about Buddy Norton Ministries and its successful outreach through football dinners.

Pastor Nealy said he would like for this pre-season steak dinner to be an annual tradition.

Former Valley standout Rudd named to Point football staff
Former Valley standout Rudd named to Point football staff

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

VALLEY — A familiar face to Valley High football fans will be roaming the sidelines for the Point University football staff this fall.

Lantorrance Rudd, a former standout for the Valley Rams, was recently named to coach David Rocker’s staff.

Rudd enjoyed a stellar career while at Valley High.

Rudd served as the Skyhawks strength and conditioning coach last year.

•In other Point football news, the team reported over the weekend for the start of fall camp.

Former Auburn All-American and NFL player David Rocker is back for his second-year as the Skyhawks head coach.

Point will open fall practice Aug. 1 with two-a-day workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and single workouts on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Skyhawks will have intrasquad scrimmages on Saturdays.

Morning practices will open at 8:15 a.m. while afternoon practices and scrimmages are set for 3:15 p.m.

Beginning Aug. 13, practices will be moved to once a day in the afternoon. All practices will be open to the public

Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Obituaries for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MRS. McCANTS

ELLENWOOD, Ga. — Mrs. Dorothy Ruth McCants of Ellenwood, formerly of Valley, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church with the Rev. Karanja Story, pastor, offciating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MR. MEIGS

SALEM — Mr. Tony Wayne Meigs, 76, of Salem died Saturday, July 19, 2014, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 21 at 4 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Burial followed at Garden Hills Cemetery.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and Crematory of Opelika handled arrangements.

MS. ROSE

LANETT — Ms. Daphne Mitchell Rose of Lanett died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Midtown Medical Center in Columbus.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, July 30 at 1 p.m. at Davis Memorial Mortuary Chapel in Valley with Bishop Larry White officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett.

Davis Memorial Mortuary is directing.

MRS. SIDES

VALLEY — Mrs. Mary O. Sides, 83, of Valley died Friday, July 25, 2014, in Opelika.

Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Tim Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Langdale Cemetery.

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

Obituaries for Monday, July 28, 2014
Obituaries for Monday, July 28, 2014

MS. ABNER

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Margaret Abner, 61, of LaFayette died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at LaFayette Extended Care in LaFayette.

Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. CDT at St. John United Methodist Church in LaFayette with Pastor Julia Marbury officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. ELLIS

OPELIKA — Mr. Alizah K. Ellis of Opelika died Monday, July 21, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. EDT at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 216 Huguley Road in Valley, with Pastor Karanja Story, officiant, and the Rev. Tifton Dobbs, eulogist. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery in Valley.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is handling arrangements.

MS. GREATHOUSE

OPELIKA — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Melissa Greathouse, 35, of Opelika, who died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tuskegee.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. HENDERSON

WEST POINT — Mr. John W. Henderson Sr. of West Point died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at West Georgia Hospice.

Visitation will held Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. in the Zachry Center of First United Methodist Church in West Point, followed by a service in celebration of Mr. Henderson’s life in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

A family service of interment will follow at New Rosemere Cemetery in Opelika in the afternoon.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MRS. HILL

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. LeMerle Hill, 88, of LaFayette died Friday, July 25, 2014, at LaFayette Extended Care.

Funeral services are planned for Monday, July 28 at 5 p.m. CDT at Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Union Hill with the Revs. Ricky Cummins and Paul Howard officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MRS. HOLLOWAY

LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Argia Hollow, 88, of LaFayette, who died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. LOVELACE

WEST POINT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Ralph "Tee-Shirt" Lovelace Jr. of West Point, who died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ms. Patricia A. Tucker, 1401 E. 12th St., Apt. 13 in West Point.

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

MR. LAUDERDALE

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Nick Lauderdale, 63, of LaFayette died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Bethany House Hospice in Auburn.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. CDT at LaFayette City Cemetery with Mr. Tony Oliver officiating.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. POWELL

VALLEY — Mr. Bobby F. Powell, 85, of Valley died Friday, July 25, 2014, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at 8802 Lee Road 279 in Valley with Brother Steve York officiating.

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

MRS. SIDES

VALLEY — Mrs. Mary O. Sides, 83, of Valley died Friday, July 25, 2014, in Opelika.

Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Tim Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Langdale Cemetery.

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

MS. STARGILL

LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Andrea Stargill of Lanett, who died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

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