The Valley City Council recently approved an ordinance declaring the two Fairfax scout houses historic properties. Both the Girl Scout House (above) and the Boy Scout House are owned by the Charter Foundation. The Girl Scout House was built in 1936 by West Point Manufacturing Company. The one-story, three-room cottage off Boulevard is of a colonial revival style architecture. It's distinctive for its front bay windows, pedimented portico with square posts and its original vertical panel door. Just outside the Girl Scout house is a picnic area with a brick amphitheater with the Girl Scout emblem embedded in the masonry. Nearby are some picnic tables and three brick barbecue grills. (Photo by Wayne Clark)
By WAYNE CLARK
VALLEY — At its Monday, July 24 meeting, the Valley City Council approved an ordinance declaring the Fairfax Girl Scout House and the Fairfax Boy Scout House historic properties. The Girl Scout House dates to 1936 and is located at 706 Boulevard. The Boy Scout House is located a very short distance away, at 605 Wellington St.
Both owned by the Charter Foundation, these two scout houses become the 16th and 17th sites in the City of Valley to have been given the designation of a historic property. The others include:
•Shawmut Post Office. 2224 23rd Drive. Built around 1935, this one-story, brick building has some clapboard, six over six windows, a gabled roof, round, louvered ventilation openings and some continuous piers. The inside entrance contains original post office boxes. In recent years, a brick addition includes some rooms in the back of the building and along with a gable and hip roof. Owner: Shawmut Baptist Church,
•Shawmut Kindergarten. 3314 24th Ave. Built in 1908. It's a rectangular building with a hip roof. Painted white, the siding consists of the original shakes. There's a continuous foundation and a two-thirds porch with steps and a train painted on the railing. There are some double doors, and the building's windows are of an unusual design. On the front, there are three five vertical panes over one and two small three vertical panes over another window. On the sides, there are five vertical panes over one and two that are six over six. Owner: City of Valley.
•LaFayette Lanier Elementary School (Langdale School). 6001 20th Ave. Circa 1935-36 and designed by Kennon Perry to have eclectic detail in its character. Of stylized Georgian architecture, this two-story brick building has a gabled roof and a formal facade with fanlights. It has a continuous foundation and load-bearing walls. The elevation is terraced, and the building has nine-over-nine Austral windows. Owner: Chambers County Board of Education.
•Langdale Kindergarten (The Cotton Duck). 6002 20th Ave. Built in 1914-15. This one-story, frame bungalow has an unaltered gable roof and its original facade of ducks and plants. Owner: Chambers County Board of Education.
•Langdale Boy Scout House. Built around 1924 by Charlie Holloway and his crew of stone masons. This one-room stone cottage has a gabled roof and is built on a high elevated, single terrace site. The original steps have been removed, but the original shutters are still there. On the inside, native pine was used for paneling and flooring and the Boy Scout emblem is embedded into a rock fireplace. Privately owned.
•Sears Memorial Hall (Langdale Gym). 1911 62nd St. Built in 1925. The Georgian style, two-story brick building has three ground-level entrances. There's a concrete porch and steps with original ornate iron work, A distinguishing feature is the building's nine-over-nine windows with keystones. Owner: Chambers County Board of Education.
•Crestview Ballpark Grandstand. Corner of U.S. 29 and West Sears Street. Built of clapboard in the mid 1920s, the structure has its original slate roof, covered with conventional materials. The original brick piers have been enclosed with clapboard on the back and is continuously enclosed on the front. There's a front opening enclosed with small chicken wire. The bleachers are one by sixes. Owner: Chambers County Board of Education.
•Fairfax Kindergarten. 300 Boulevard. Built in 1916. This one-story clapboard building has a continuous pier foundation and one interior chimney. It has nine-over-nine windows and a conventional gable roof. Privately owned.
•Fairfax First Christian Church. 302 Boulevard. Built by West Point Manufacturing Company around 1916. The building is designed in the shape of a cross and supported by nine-inch hand-hewed beveled-edged beams. The windows are hammered glass in the shape of Moses' tablets. The pews and light fixtures are in the shape of the windows. They have remained the same except for a 1952 addition. Owner: Fairfax Christian Church.
•Old Fairfax Post Office. 400 Boulevard. Built in the mid 1930s. This brick building has a gabled, slate roof, nine-over-nine windows and a three-over-three doormate. Privately owned.
•Johnson-Howell Store. 402 Boulevard. Built in 1916 or later. This is the only one remaining of the four general stores built by West Point Manufacturing Company in what is now the City of Valley. The three-story building's top floor housed a Masonic lodge, and the lower floors had such businesses as a butcher shop, barber shop, doctor's offices and a pharmacy. The brick structure has twelve-over-twelve windows and six-over-eighteen windows. There's an inside staircase connecting the first floor facing Boulevard to the ground floor, which faces East Sears Street. Privately owned.
•Fairfax Depot. 99 River Road. Built in 1917. One of only two remaining Chattahoochee Valley (CV) Railway depots. There's a railroad museum inside with wall murals depicting scenes when CV trains traveled from one end of the Valley to the other. The one-room rectangular building has clapboard siding, a gable roof, a center chimney and a side porch with a wooden railing. Owner: City of Valley.
•Bethlehem Church. River Road. Construction completed in 1872. One of the oldest buildings in the City of Valley, the Greek Revival style structure has a gabled roof, clapboard siding and four columns on the front porch. Owner: City of Valley.
•River View Elementary School. 7775 School Street. Built in 1928. The two-story brick building is of a stylized Georgian architecture. It has a continuous foundation with one story on the front and two stories to the back. There's a formal pedimented facade with a decorative raised brick scroll design. An arched entrance leads to recessed double-hung doors flanked by Gothic windows with fanlight and keystone. Perfect architectural symmetry is attained by the use of two sets of five-nine over five-nine windows. Owner: City of Valley.
River View First Christian Church. 1465 California Road. Constructed around 1870 for use as a Union church to be shared by different congregations. It's a one-story building with a basement. The frame building has a gable roof, steeple and round top cathedral-type stained glass windows. There are two front doors and a cemetery adjacent to the church. The building was renovated in 1930 and in 1957. Owner: River View First Christian Church.
By THE TIMES-NEWS
WEST POINT — Incumbent Benjamin Wilcox qualified for reelection Tuesday to the West Point City Council.
All four incumbents whose seats are up for election Nov. 3 have now qualified. Mayor Drew Ferguson IV and council members Sandra Thornton and Jerry Ledbetter qualified earlier in the week.
Qualifying will continue until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. City Clerk Richard McCoy is the city's election official.
Qualifying fees are $153 for mayor and $90 for city council, based on three percent of the salary for the positions.
Advance voting in the city election will be held Monday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 30 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the West Point Technology Center.
Any adult who has resided within the city limits for at least 12 months and is a registered voter is eligible to run for city offices. The last day to register to vote in the city election is Monday, Oct. 5.
By DAVID BELL
LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Commissioners rejected a refund request Tuesday from a national leasing agent claiming ad valorem taxes they submitted for 2013 were in error.
At stake is $18,922.04, which the Troup County Board of Assessors claims it's entitled to keep.
The company filing the request, PNC Equipment Finance LLC, is the lease holder on certain fixtures and equipment that were installed at LaGrange College. The dispute involves how those items are classified for taxation under Georgia law.
PNC contends that the assets — high efficiency energy HVAC mechanical equipment and lighting — should not be subject to ad valorem tax because they were installed at a tax-exempt facility. Nevertheless, the company paid taxes for 2013 according to Georgia law which states, "All real property including, but not limited to, leaseholds, interests less than fee, and all personal property shall be liable to taxation and shall be taxed, except as otherwise provided by law."
Since LaGrange College is a tax-exempt institution, PNC asserts that the payment was in error because the items in question, though leased to the school, are now part of the real property and should also be exempt from taxation.
In contrast, the Board of Assessors believes that taxes are levied upon leasehold interest and real fixtures owned by non-exempt entities even if they are installed at an exempt property, and recommended that the request for refund be denied.
"This is one of those situations that could go either way," said county attorney Jerry Willis. "Usually, in such cases, final resolution is determined on a case-by-case basis. But, according to my analysis, the decision to deny the request is appropriate at this time."
PNC has 30 days to respond, and retains the option of pursuing the matter further through the court system.
In other business, county commissioners approved an application for an Emergency Management Performance Grant to supplement the costs of operating the county's Emergency Management Agency.
"This is an annual process that helps us offset expenses associated with maintaining our readiness for any type of natural disaster or other emergency that might require our assistance," said Troup County Fire Chief Dennis Knight.
The total amount provided by the state grant would be $20,113.
In addition, commissioners lifted their current hiring freeze to provide for replacement of a retiring Victim's Advocate in the State Court office. Solicitor General Markette Baker told the board during a work session Friday that the advocacy program has been of great benefit to the court in terms of providing support to victims.
"They offer a vital service for citizens who have been subjected to various forms of criminal activity. We continue to receive very positive results from their assistance," Baker stated.
The board also approved a property rezoning request for a 2.6-acre tract of land at 2221 West Point Road. The owner, Annie Bell Pannell, filed an application to change the property's zoning from residential to general commercial for the purpose of developing a business establishment. Jay Anderson, the county's senior building official, said his staff recommended approval of the request based on their conclusion that the project would not increase or overburden public facilities such as schools, utilities, police and fire protection or transportation.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Writer
With just one week of the regular season gone, we already have six local running backs off to terrific starts and perhaps 1,000-yard plus seasons.
Lanett’s Melvaunta Robinson, LaFayette’s Jartavious Whitlow, Springwood’s Shykee Thomas, Valley’s Tyree Dardy and the Chambers dynamic backfield duo of Christian Gillespie and Malik Lyons are all on pace to record 1,000-yard seasons and leading their teams to the postseason playoffs.
•At Lanett, Robinson rushed for 168 yards and had three TDs in a big win over Notasulga.
•In LaFayette’s season-opening 39-22 win over Loachapoka, Whitlow rushed for 169 yards and tallied four TDs. In addition, the super talented junior added another 116 yards passing. After leading the Bulldogs to the AHSAA 2A basketball state championship last winter as a sophomore, Whitlow is displaying football talents which may lead him to being a rare two-sport, all-state performer.
•At Springwood, Thomas, a junior, was sensational as well for the Wildcats. Thomas rushed for 130 yards on just seven carries and had a pair of TD runs, including a thrilling, 75-yard scamper.
•Valley’s Tyree Dardy had a great game and two TDs in the Rams opening season 35-6 win over Lanett.
•The Chambers duo of Gillespie (186 yards and four TDs) and Lyons (119 yards and one score) led the Rebels to a big win as well.
It’s going to be an entertaining and perhaps record-setting season this fall.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LaGRANGE — After an opening game battle against rival LaGrange, the schedule doesn’t get any easier this week for coach Tanner Glisson’s Troup Tigers as they host a powerful Northgate Vikings team Friday at Callaway Stadium.
Although Troup battled hard and had several good scoring chances go by the boards against LaGrange, Glisson hopes his team will learn from the loss and move forward in getting ready for a strong Northgate team fresh off a 45-0 pounding of Shaw last week.
“We got our tails kicked by a better team (LaGrange),” Glisson noted. “We had some chances in the first half with some good field position, but couldn't capitalize. Our defense did a decent job of bending and not breaking but we kept throwing them out there too much. Hats off to LaGrange and they've got bragging rights for 365,” said Glisson.
Troup faces an even more difficult change Friday against a Northgate team looking to regain the form three years ago when they went 11-1.
The Vikings are led by Tommy Walburn, the Tigers head coach from 2001-2005. Northgate will be one of the best teams Troup will face all season.
Northgate is physical on both sides of the line, has a lot of size and excellent skill personnel all over the field.
“They (Northgate) are really impressive,” Glisson said. “They are probably the best team we've seen and very, very sound on both sides of the ball. They've got a linebacker that has offers from Clemson and LSU and he’s a fine player. Needless to say, it will be a huge challenge and we must get better and have a good week of practice,” noted Glisson.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
BEULAH — The Beulah junior varsity football team got off to a great start Monday evening as the Bobcats posted a big 14-6 win over Randolph Co., Beulah coach Jarrod Wooten told The Times-News Tuesday.
Tae Moody led Beulah with a pick-six interception for a touchdown while Trent Lewis adding a scoring run and converted both of his PATs as well.
“This was the first win for the junior varsity team since starting the program last season,” Wooten noted.
•Beulah will host Pacelli Sept. 14 at Bobcat Stadium.
In other Beulah sports, the varsity volleyball team defeated LaFayette 3-0. The varsity and junior varsity travel to Columbus today to take on Pacelli High. The middle school opens its season today with a tri-match at Opelika and Sanford.
LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Wilson Brady, 82, of LaFayette, who died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Ga.
Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.
ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Mrs. Shirley Deloach Butler passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Orange Park.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
LaFAYETTE — Mr. Jimmy Lewis Ferrell, 66, of LaFayette died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. CDT at Friendship Baptist Church No. 2 in LaFayette with the Rev. Curtis Spidell, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.
LANETT —Mr. Johnny Huguley of Lanett died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Lanett with Pastor Louis Upshaw officiating and Bishop Donald Lancaster, eulogist. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.
Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.
LANETT — Ms. Mary Lois Bandy, 57, of Lanett died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. at Keeney Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ralph L. Thompson Jr., pastor, Bishop Donald Lancaster, eulogist, the Rev. Michael Slaughters, the Rev. Michael Stiggers and Evangelist Stephanie Davenport officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Willie Bessie Todd, 93, of LaFayette died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at her residence.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.