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Boys & Girls Club hears program on local Civil War connections
Boys & Girls Club hears program on local Civil War connections

During the noon hour Wednesday, the Chambers County Boys & Girls Club hosted a program on Civil War history. Local re-enactor Billy Clark talked to the B&G Club members about the daily life of the Civil War soldier and the local area’s connection to the Civil War, the April 16, 1865, Battle of West Point. Local author Sheila Slavich (at left) talked about her award-winning Civil War-themed book, “Jumpin’ the Rails.” She gave copies of the book to those who are in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Mrs. Slavich’s daughter, Catherine, brought some dolls that were dressed in the manner of a young girl from the New Orleans area in the 1850s. Catherine (shown above, next to her mom) sharpened 130 pencils to give to the club members. Tamara Story (at right), who’s been organizing programs for the summer session, said that approximately 130 boys and girls have been active in the programs this summer. A number of speakers have been lined up for the final two weeks before school starts. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Troup schedules vote on SPLOST V for Nov. 7
Troup schedules vote on SPLOST V for Nov. 7


LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday setting the date for a referendum on extension of the current one-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

Known as SPLOST V, the vote is scheduled for Nov. 7. If approved, collection of the tax would continue for a period of six years, beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Total revenue that would be generated by the tax is estimated at $70 million.

The previous four sales tax collection periods have funded projects including the Troup County Sheriff’s facility and jail, the Troup County Government Center, countywide recreational facilities, bridge replacements and repaving on hundreds of miles of county roads.

In addition, the cities of LaGrange, Hogansville and West Point have used their portion of the tax to fund specific improvements within their municipalities.

Among countywide projects proposed under SPLOST V, upgrades for Troup County E-911, continued improvement of roads and bridges, jail renovations, vehicle and equipment replacements, fire department upgrades, building renovations and replacement of the fuel center for county automobiles would all be included for funding.

The City of Hogansville would use its portion of the revenues for water and sewer upgrades, roads and sidewalks, renovations at City Hall, the amphitheatre, parks and trails and technology improvements. The city would also receive $750,000 for recreational facilities.

West Point would earmark its portion of the proceeds for roads, sidewalks and parks, with $1.5 million dedicated to recreational facilities.

The City of LaGrange plans to construct an inner-city trail system, upgrade park facilities and improve gateway corridor areas, as well as fund road and bridge improvements, utility relocation, public safety upgrades and regional storm water management initiatives.

Governing officials in each of the county’s three cities must sign off on the resolution, which will take place during their next regularly scheduled council meetings. Meanwhile, citizens can review the proposed projects list by visiting the county’s website at troupco.org.

Georgia's unemployment rate falls to 4.8 percent in June
Georgia's unemployment rate falls to 4.8 percent in June


ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased for the fifth consecutive month to 4.8 percent in June, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.9 percent in May.

The last time the state recorded a jobless rate as low as 4.8 percent was in September 2007. In June 2016, the rate was 5.3 percent.

“Georgia’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in almost 10 years, because our employers continue to create jobs and put record numbers of people to work,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We now have record highs for the number of employed individuals, the labor force size and total number of jobs in Georgia.”

Employers added 27,400 jobs in June, a 0.6 percent growth rate, which increased the total number of jobs to 4,496,000. The growth more than doubled the average May-to-June increase of 12,100 jobs for the past three years. Job gains came in leisure and hospitality, 9,200; professional and business services, 8,500; other services, such as repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services, 5,700; education and health services, 5,600; state and local government, 2,100; information services, 1,100; and trade, transportation and warehousing and financial activities, 1,000 each. The job gains were offset somewhat by losses in construction, 4,000, and manufacturing, 3,000.

Over-the-year, Georgia gained 122,600 jobs, a 2.8 percent growth rate, up from 4,373,400 in June 2016. The federal job growth rate was 1.6 percent. Georgia’s job growth came in the following employment sectors: professional and business services, 37,400; leisure and hospitality, 21,900; education and health services, 18,100; trade, transportation and warehousing, 17,900; financial activities, 10,000; government, 8,300; information services, 4,500; other services, 3,900; and construction, 2,000. Manufacturing lost 2,500 jobs.

The number of employed residents rose by 8,782 to 4,797,789 from May to June. There were 153,335 more Georgians employed than in June 2016. The number of jobless residents declined by 5,385 to 240,923 in June. There were 18,394 fewer unemployed residents than in June of last year.

The labor force increased by 3,397 to 5,038,712 in June, partially because high school and college students entered the job market. The labor force consists of employed residents and those who are unemployed but actively looking for jobs. The labor force is up by 134,941 from 4,903,771 in June 2016.

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, increased by 771, or 3.1 percent, to 25,638. The increases came in manufacturing and construction, administrative and support services, accommodations and food services, and educational services, which includes private schools. Over the year, claims were down by 1,657, or 6.1 percent, from 27,295 in June 2016.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at employgeorgia.com, showed 71,261 new job postings statewide for June.

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

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Troup football staff to hold free camp Friday
Troup football staff to hold free camp Friday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — Local youngsters ages 6-12 will want to take part in a free football camp Friday morning led by the Troup High football staff, Tanner Glisson, Tiger head coach, told The Times-News Tuesday.

The camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon ET Friday at the Tigers practice field behind the school.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

All youngsters participating should be dropped off and picked up by the Troup High lunchroom.

Campers should bring tennis shoes, cleats, athletic clothes and plenty of sunscreen.

Skill development will be taught by the Troup staff and players, including blocking, tackling (form), passing, receiving, punting, kicking and long snapping.

Walkups are also welcome.

VAST has 20 qualify for state swim meet
VAST has 20 qualify for state swim meet

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — The Valley Area Swim Team (VAST) will be well represented at the Alabama Recreation & Parks Association (ARPA) state swim meet held in Opelika, Fri. and Sat., July 28-29, Buzz Kuhn, VAST coach and facilities coordinator at the Valley Community Center, told The Times-News Monday afternoon.

Kuhn said VAST will have 20 swimmers at the state meet to take place July 28-29 at the Opelika Sportsplex.

VAST entered 23 swimmers this past weekend at Opelika and 20 earned state qualifying times.

Below are the events and qualifiers for VAST.

•Girls 9-10 200-yard medley relay: Haley Yarbrough, Alyssa Collier, Maggie Jo Rennie and Gracin Adams;

•Girls 11-12 200-yard medley relay:

Chloe Matthews, Allie Britnell, Isabelle McDonald and Lillian Collier;

• Girls 13-14 200-yard medley relay:

Kenzley Yarbrough, Andis Bantug, Clara Ragan and Libby Sims;

•Boys and Girls 9-10 200-yard free relays: boys — Eli Rudd, Landon Smith, Tiago Pedro, Cole Collier; girls — Haley Yarbrough, Alyssa Collier,

Maggie Jo Rennie and Gracin Adams:

•Girls 11-12 200-yard free relay:

Chloe Matthews, Allie Britnell, Isabelle McDonald and Lillian Collier;

•Boys and Girls 13-14 200-yard free relays: boys — Justin Dawson, Skye Gilson, Gunner Johnson and Eli Westbrook; girls — Kenzley Yarbrough, Andis Bantug, Clara Ragan and Libby Sims;

Individual Qualifiers:

•Boys 7-8 — Eli Rudd 100 IM, 25 back; Landon Smith, 25 back;

•Boys 11-12 — Eli Westbrook 50 and 100 free, 50 back;

•Boys 13-14 — Gunner Johnson 50 and 100 free, 50 breast;

•Girls 13-14 — Clara Ragan – 50 free, 50 fly, 50 back.

Walt Meadors/Valley Haven golf tourney Aug. 5-6
Walt Meadors/Valley Haven golf tourney Aug. 5-6

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Golf enthusiasts will want to take part in the 36th Annual Walt Meadors/Valley Haven School golf benefit tournament Sat. and Sun., Aug. 5-6 held at Callaway Gardens Mountain View and Lake View golf courses.

Golfers will play the championship Mountain View course Saturday followed by the Lake View course Sunday.

Sponsored annually by the West Point Rotary Club, 100 percent of the funds raised from the tourney go to serve the many worthwhile needs and programs offered by Valley Haven School.

The Walt Meadors/Valley Haven School golf tourney is one of many local service projects the Rotary Club takes an active role in aiding the community.

The tourney is designed as a four-person scramble format. Four-person teams and individuals may also sign up. Other than four-person teams and individuals, teams will be made up by the tournament committee.

The cost is $100 per player or $400 per foursome. The $100 entry fee per player covers all — range balls, greens fees and cart fees for both days and one mulligan per day.

In addition, extra shots on all par-3 holes will be $5 per team. A hole-in-one contest will be in play Saturday at the Mountain View course. A longest drive competition will be held both days as well. An extra mulligan per team is $10.

All those playing should submit names of the four players, addresses, telephone numbers and handicaps.

Forms and entry fees should be submitted to: Craig Brown, Valley Haven School, P.O. Box 416, Valley, Ala., 36854.

Tee times will be 9 a.m. ET Sat., Aug. 5 and 1 p.m. Sun., Aug. 6.

It will be a shotgun start.

Following the tourney Sunday, an awards ceremony will be held.


Obituaries for Thursday, July 20, 2017
Obituaries for Thursday, July 20, 2017


VALLEY — Mrs. Lillian Reed Davis, 93, of Valley passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 21 at 2 p.m. EDT at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Beulah, Ala., with burial following at the church cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.


LaGRANGE, Ga. — Mrs. Hattie Dothard, 91, of LaGrange passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Vitas Healthcare in Duluth, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. W.T. Edmondson officiating. Burial will follow at Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, Ga.

Mackey-Wilson-Jennings Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Mr. James E. Griffin, 83, of Lanett passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 21 at 11a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with burial following at Sardis Cemetery in Clay County.

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

Obituaries for Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Obituaries for Wednesday, July 19, 2017


LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Trita M. Brooks, 45, of LaFayette passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 20 at 2 p.m. CDT at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Michael Stiggers, pastor, and the Rev. Cecilia Broome, eulogist. Burial will follow at Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in LaFayette.

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


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Mrs. Katherine Hill Grantham of Philadelphia died Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at 11 a.m. CDT at Kittie Hill Estate Cemetery in LaFayette with the Rev. Terry Magby officiating.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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