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VHPC has protected Valley city landmarks since 1992
VHPC has protected Valley city landmarks since 1992

Terry Martin (at center), chairperson for the Valley Historic Preservation Commission, was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s noon hour meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Valley. She talked about the organization’s work in promoting the preservation of historically significant properties in the city. The VHPC has a seven-member board, holds regular meetings and is always open to input from volunteers. At left is Jason Williams, program chairman, and at right Bobby Ann McCollough, club president. (Photo by Wayne Clark)


The chairperson for the Valley Historic Preservation Commission (VHPC) talked about the organization at Wednesday’s noon hour meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Valley. Terry Martin explained to members of the club how historic properties in the city can become protected landmarks, the criteria in selecting properties for such protection and how historic districts can be created.

Created in 1992, the VHPC promotes the preservation of historically significant properties in the city. Its primary function is to identify and protect historic properties as authorized by federal or state laws and local ordinances.

“Currently, the City of Valley has 18 protected properties,” Martin said. “Although the four mill villages are on the National Register of Historic Places, this designation is only an honorary one and does not protect the properties. Only the local historic landmark designation provides guidelines for protection.”

Historic property designations may be proposed by the city council, the VHPC or a historical society. A neighborhood association group of property owners, or even a single property owner, may apply for this designation.

Martin said that this process involves seven steps:

(1) the completion of an application requesting that the property be designated as an official landmark: (2) the application is reviewed by the seven-member VHPC, and a determination is made if the property meets the standards for designation; (3) a public hearing is scheduled to discuss it; (4) the VHPC makes a recommendation to the mayor and council; (5) the council approves an ordinance placing the property on the city’s official listing of historic properties, (6) the property owner and city staff are notified within 30 days of this designation, and (7) the property is now protected by the VHPC and requires a certificate of appropriateness to make any exterior changes to the property.

Martin said that VHPC protection can apply to more than just buildings and houses. It can also be a site, an object or a work of art – something that’s deemed worthy of preservation for any of the following reasons:

•It’s an outstanding example of a structure of its era;

•It’s one of the few remaining examples of a past architectural style;

•It’s place or structure associated with an event or persons of historic or cultural significance to the city, state or region;

•It’s a site of natural, or aesthetic, interest that is continuing to contribute to the cultural or historical development and heritage of the city, county, state or region;

•The building or structure is an example of an architectural style, or combination of architectural styles, which is representative of the city or which is unique to the city.

“A historic district is a geographically definable area which contains buildings, structures, sites, objects, landscape features and works of art,” Martin said.

The criteria for selecting historic districts in Valley includes five factors: the district (1) represents one or more periods, styles of types of architecture typical of one or more eras in the history of the city, county, state or region, (2) represents a significant aspect of the cultural, political, economic, military or social history of the locality, region, state or nation, (3) has had a significant relationship with the life of a historic person or event, representing a major aspect of the history of the locality, region, state or nation, (4) is a part of the historic, architectural, archaeological or aesthetic heritage of the locality, region, state or nation, and (5) contains vernacular structures which contribute to an overall character and sense of place which is representative of the city.

The City of Valley’s 18 designated historic properties include: Shawmut Post Office, Shawmut Kindergarten, the LaFayette Lanier School, Langdale Theater, Langdale Kindergarten (Cotton Duck), Langdale Boy Scout House, Sears Memorial Hall (Langdale gym), Crestview Ballpark Grandstand, Fairfax Kindergarten, Fairfax First Christian Church, Old Fairfax Post Office, Johnson-Howell Store, Fairfax Girl Scout House, Fairfax Boy Scout House, Fairfax Depot, Historic Bethlehem Church, River View Elementary School and the River View First Christian Church.

Martin said that VHPC members attend two training events each year. Members meet regularly throughout the year, and volunteers are always welcome to come to the meetings and share their ideas.

GOP qualifying under way
GOP qualifying under way


The qualifying period is under way for those who want to seek Chambers County offices in 2016 under the Republican banner. Qualifying began on Monday of this week and will continue until 5 p.m. CDT (6 p.m. Eastern) on Friday, November 6.

Local offices that are up for election next year include the District 5 and 6 seats on the Chambers County school board, Districts 1, 2 and 4 on the Chambers County Commission and the position of Chambers County superintendent of schools.

Also on the 2016 ballot will be races for district attorney and for a circuit judge position. Qualifying will be done at the state level for those positions.

The incumbents for these offices are school board members, Alane Duncan, in District 5, and Bill Martin in District 6; Commissioners Charlie Williams in District 1, Jimbo Brown in District 2 and Henry Osborne in District 4 on the county commission; Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge, District Attorney E. Paul Jones and Circuit Judge Ray Martin.

One candidate has already qualified for one of the seats on the county commission. Retired educator Sam Bradford has qualified to run as a Republican for the seat that’s held by Henry Osborne.

Anyone with questions about qualifying should contact Cary Baldwin, chairman of the Chambers County Republican Party, at (706) 518-8815 or David Eastridge, party vice chairman, at (334) 756-6069, (334) 756-2235 or (706) 773-5716.

Qualifying takes place between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT (9-6 p.m. Eastern).

“On the final day of qualifying we will be at the office of Greg Ward, located at 301A North Lanier Avenue in Lanett,” Baldwin said.

Someone will be there from 8-5 CDT just in case there’s a last-minute rush of candidates jumping in the races that will be up for grabs in 2016.

Family Day on the Farm set for Saturday, November 7
Family Day on the Farm set for Saturday, November 7

Special to Times-News

Have you ever wondered what life on the farm is like? Do you realize the direct impact farmers and agriculture have on your life every day? On Saturday, Nov. 7, families will be able to see farming and agriculture first-hand. Where? Right here in Chambers County at the Slay Farm (24097 U.S. Hwy 431 – about 6 miles north of LaFayette). Attendance to this “Family Day on the Farm” is free of charge, courtesy of Farm-City proponents Prather and Lillian Slay. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT.

This year’s Farm-City theme is “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations.” Farm-City is designed to highlight the important role agriculture and farmers play in everyday life. At the Slay Farm, you will be able to see an operating farm. Upon arrival, you will have a walking tour and a riding tour. The walking tour will see what farm life was like in the 1920s. The Slays have renovated and furnished a one-bedroom house inside and out. There will likely be some livestock, a hay maze, and farm-related activities for the kids. The riding tour will experience a hay ride around the farm.

To get kids into the farming mindset, there will be a “Dress like a Farmer/Farmer’s Spouse” contest starting at 11a.m. Participants will be divided into three brackets: Pre-K and below, K to second grade, and third to fifth grade. Prizes will be awarded for the winner in each bracket.

You might be asking, “So, what is Farm-City really about?” Well, that’s a great question! For the past 59 years during Thanksgiving week, the American people have observed Farm-City Week to express gratitude for the bounty with which God has blessed our land and to recognize the achievements of the farmers, rural townspeople, and city residents who make our Nation’s agricultural production and distribution system so successful. Truly, this cooperation between rural and city dwellers for mutual benefit helps ensure our country’s well-being.

The importance and impact of farming cannot be overstated. Nurture, nourish, preserve – sustain. Perhaps no other occupation is more vital to sustenance than farming.Yet, today, many believe modern agricultural practices are at odds with sustainability. The Farm-City Week (Nov. 20-26) theme tackles this misconception by challenging rural and urban folks alike to discover all the ways agriculture is “Sustaining Future Generations.” At the most basic level, farming sustains life by providing food, shelter and clothing. Without agriculture, everyday life would be like popular survival shows on television. While the idea of making primitive fire, setting traps to catch game and gathering berries for food might sound appealing for a week (with a film crew and safety team nearby), few of us would choose that lifestyle permanently.

Farmers grow grain, fruit, vegetables, milk, honey, meat, poultry and fish for our meals. They produce cotton and other fiber for clothing. Likewise, farmers cultivate trees for lumber. But agriculture sustains life in other ways as well. Farmers play key roles in the sustainability of natural resources. Modern agricultural practices reduce erosion, create wildlife habitat, conserve water resources and preserve wetlands. Rarely is the survivalist mentality focused on sustaining resources. Farmers, however, understand the soil, water and air are vital to their

productivity. They sustain these resources because they’re dependent upon them for their livelihoods and because they have a deep respect for God’s creation.

Farming also sustains the economy. Agriculture and forestry have a $70 billion-a-year impact on Alabama’s economy. Related industries account for more than 20 percent of all jobs. Agriculture is the lifeblood of small towns and rural communities. It’s what sustains the banks, stores, equipment dealers and other small businesses.

Without farming, many of these places would become ghost towns. Farmers’ productivity has increased steadily, thanks largely to their initiative in supporting and adopting the methods and materials developed by scientific research. Yield per acre has grown tremendously, with the result that American farmers are able not only to meet the Nation’s basic needs for foodstuff, but also to produce agriculture goods for export and for a wide variety of specialty markets in the United States and around the world.

Agriculture, however, does more than preserve the status quo. It holds the answers to future challenges. Who will feed the estimate 9 billion people in the world by 2050? Farmers. Who will provide renewable energy solutions for the cars, homes and factories of tomorrow? Farmers. Who will provide the green space, wetlands and wildlife habitat we value ecologically, recreationally and aesthetically? Farmers. Who will grow crops that fight disease and prevent sickness? Farmers. And who will pass down the values of faith, family, hard work and stewardship to future generations? Farmers.

Sustainability isn’t a fad, movement or marketing ploy. It’s a way of life for farmers. We hope each Family Day on the Farm participant will find this experience engaging, inspiring, and challenging as they discover and celebrate all the ways Alabama Agriculture is Sustaining Future Generations. For more Farm- City information or any other topic, just give us a call here at the Chambers Extension office (334-864-9373). The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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Troup, Valley play No. 1, No. 3-ranked teams
Troup, Valley play No. 1, No. 3-ranked teams

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

The Troup Tigers (0-5, 0-0) and the Valley Rams (3-3, 2-1) face huge challenges Friday as both schools face some of the best squads in the state in region showdowns.

•Coach Tanner Glisson’s Troup team faces No. 1-ranked Woodward Academy led by All-American running back Elijah Holyfield in its GHSA 4A-Region 5 opener Friday evening at Callaway Stadium.

Woodward has a long history of standout football teams and is the alma mater of former Springwood and Georgia Tech player C.J. Williams.

The War Eagles are a complete outfit, stellar on both sides of the ball and looking to win the school’s first football title in a number of years.

“Woodward is the real deal,” said said Glisson. “Woodward is very explosive on offense and sound defensively. They are extremely well coached and deserving of their No. 1 ranking. Any time you play a team of that magnitude, there is very little room for mistakes.”

•Coach Marshon Harper’s Valley Rams (3-3, 2-1) face perhaps the toughest test in all of AHSAA football Friday when the Rams play at unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Opelika High.

The Bulldogs have been a wrecking machine and have impressive wins over 7A foes in rival Auburn and Central-Phenix City.

Valley will have to play an A game, create and score off turnovers in order to have a chance at the upset win.

LaFayette now becoming a football town
LaFayette now becoming a football town

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — The city of LaFayette has long been known as a basketball-crazed city and for good reason with the tradition-rich LaFayette High Bulldogs earning four AHSAA state championships (1986, 1989, 2002 and 2015) and the Chambers Rebels winning the AISA 1A championship in 2014.

No question, they’ll always love hoops but with the success of the football Bulldogs and Rebels this fall, LaFayette is also becoming well known for having outstanding football teams as well.

•Coach James Lucas’ Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) can take a major step towards its first region title in 10 years with a home win over region rival and unbeaten Randolph Co. Friday.

Led by all-world junior Jartavious Whitlow, LaFayette has been a scoring machine as the youngster is having a remarkable season and hopes to lead his team to the AHSAA state playoffs.

•Coach Jason Allen’s Chambers Rebels (4-2, 1-1) are also having a great season and just like LaFayette, the Rebels have been almost unstoppable in its Wing-T offense and vaunted buck sweep led by senior tailback Christian Gillespie and junior quarterback and all-purpose player Malik Lyons.

With a win over region foe Crenshaw Friday for homecoming, CA can take one more step to securing a 1A first-round home playoff game.

Point looks to extend win streak to six games
Point looks to extend win streak to six games

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — One of the hottest teams in all of NAIA football, the Point Skyhawks (5-1, 2-0) look to extend its school-best win streak to six games with a Saturday road matchup against a very strong NCAA Division I first-year program in the Kennesaw State University Owls team.

In it’s five-game win streak, the Skyhawks have been on a tear offensively. Point has scored 50, 36, 58, 56 and 48 points in its impressive, five-game run and all engineered by senior quarterback Charles Fortis.

The California native has done a masterful job of leading the Skyhawks high-octane offense, solid leadership and his game management skills are top notch as well.

“Kennesaw State is an extremely talented football team,” said Point coach Mike McCarty. “They are very balanced on offense and run their option attack with great efficiency. They are athletic on defense and run to the football very well. We will have to play a sound ball game in all three phases for us to have chance to win. We have a had a great week of practice and I'm confident our team will be ready to play Saturday.”

Skyhawks Notebook:

•For his outstanding efforts last week, Fortis was named as the Sun Conference Offensive Player of the Week after last week’s 48-21 road win over Warner University. He completed 18-of-27 passes for 273 yards, three scoring strikes and had no interceptions. He also added a rushing score as well. Fortis leads the Sun Conference in total yards (1,313), passing yards (1,187), passing touchdowns (15) and passing efficiency rating (153.9).

The Point-Kennesaw kickoff will be 1 p.m. ET.


Obituaries for Thursday, October 8, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, October 8, 2015


LANETT — Mrs. Carrie Darden Meadows of Lanett, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at LaGrange Hospice in LaGrange, Ga.

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


VALLEY — Mrs. Connie Benton Newman, 75, of Valley died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at her residence.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Tim Bass officiating.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is directing.

Obituaries for Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Funeral services are pending for The Honorable Oscar L. Crawley, reisdent and Mayor of the City of Lanett, who died Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at his residence.

Services and survivors will be announced by Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley.

Obits for Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Obits for Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Mr. Roger Dale Howell, 53, of Valley died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley with interment following in Johnson Memorial Gardens. The Rev. John Samanie officiating.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is directing.


LaFAYETTE — Miss Sandra Keel, 63, of LaFayette died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at the Capitol Hill Health Care in Montgomery, Ala.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Midway Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Gerri Johnson officiating.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette handled arrangements.


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