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Valley Haven honors volunteers at Thursday annual meeting
Valley Haven honors volunteers at Thursday annual meeting

Dr. John Crowder, right was presented the John Allen Smith Award Thursday evening as Valley Haven’s outstanding volunteer for the year 2014. Crowder has been active with the Valley Haven Board of Directors for more than 20 years and has served the organization in a variety of ways. Thursday, he was helping prepare the meal for the annual dinner at which he received the award. At left is Valley Haven Executive Director Tony Edmondson.

By CY WOOD

VALLEY — Former Probate Judge Dr. John Crowder received the John Allen Smith Award as Valley Haven's outstanding volunteer for 2014 as Valley Haven School and The Arc of The Chattahoochee Valley honored its volunteers at the 55th annual meeting of the organization.

A large crowd was present for the dinner event that featured keynote speaker Gerald Andrews and reports from various fund-raising efforts on behalf of Valley Haven.

In presenting the outstanding volunteer award to crowd, Valley Haven Executive Director Tony Edmondson noted that Valley Haven would not be possible without its unselfish volunteers.

"We present this recognition in appreciation of Dr. Crowder's 20 years of service to Valley Haven, for his many contributions to our service and for all he has done for Valley Haven, year after year."

Edmondson noted that Crowder has played important roles in Valley Haven's annual Hike/Bike/Run and that he has been an active board member for 20 years.

He also praised Crowder's other community service and pointed out areas such as the Five Points Volunteer Fire Department, where he

served as chief for five years; at his church, where he has taught Sunday school and served as a deacon at Five Points Baptist Church and later LaFayette First Baptist; at Chambers Academy, where he has served on the board since 1993 and as chairman for two years; and as a Chambers County Commissioner and Probate Judge before retiring.

Dr. Crowder is also a veterinarian.

During the meeting, new officers for the organization were installed. They are Lawrence Henry, president; Lessie Beck, first vice president; Tommy Barrow, second vice president; Mary Hamilton, secretary; Richard Bolt, treasurer; Crew Pitts, chaplain; and Essie Mae Harris, membership chair.

New board members include Sam Bradford, Lynn Duncan, Billy Fetner, Karen Poer, Frederick Stanley and Tommy Weldon.

Returning board members include Brandy Easlick, Rachel Harris, Brenda Jones, Eddie Lanier, Sid Lockhart, Alfred Lyons, Tony Powers, Irmgard Westfal, Wendy Williams and TaWonna Willis.

In giving his report on the 2014 Hike/Bike/Run, Overall Chairman Don Cleveland said more than $154,000 in pledges were made and more than $140,000 has been collected. It marks the 22nd consecutive year that Hike/Bike/Run receipts have topped $100,000, he said.

Cleveland stressed that the staff and board at Valley Haven believe in Valley Haven's service and care about the people who are served.

"One key to the success of Valley Haven is the community's heart and caring, which allows Valley Haven to provide this valuable service to infants/toddlers and adults with special needs."

Lawrence Henry reported that the Valley Haven Foundation continues to grow in assets and provides a financial cushion for the school as state and federal funding continues to decline.

Robert Hale reported that the Walt Meadors Valley Haven Golf Tournament held this month at Riverside Country Club raised $8,800 for Valley Haven and had 92 golfers participating.

The late Walt Meadors started the tournament 33 years ago and the tradition continues today under his son, Drexel Meadors, with the assistance of the Rotary Club of West Point, he said.

Bruce Schnoover reported on the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive for Valley Haven. This year it raised $5,300, which was off from previous years because sales could not be made in front of Walmart.

Schnoover said that Walmart will allow the Tootsie Roll Drive to return this year, and said he expected better results.

Andrews entertained and motivated the capacity crowd with a humorous and meaningful discussion of "Things I Have Learned. Andrews shared insights and humorous comments gleaned from a long career in the business world. That career spanned 49 years with a number of different companies and responsibilities.

Andrews closed his remarks by telling the audience, "We can each make a difference in the lives of others. Sometimes the path is loaded with barriers that may seem impossible to break through, but we can. It may be as simple as recalling one little thing we did yesterday, or one thing we made happen today, or a simple little gesture that made things better for someone last week. There is power within all of us that needs to be unlocked, but only you have the key."

Henry closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their support of The Arc, Valley Haven and the area children and adults with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities during the past 55 years, noting that today Valley Haven serves 120 clients and pointing out areas where Valley Haven has been able to improve its services and its facilities during the past year.

Chambers resident shot during home invasion
Chambers resident shot during home invasion

By THE TIMES-NEWS

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a home invasion incident involving injuries.

Thursday at 5:15 p.m., Chambers County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a home invasion at a residence on County Road 54.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the resident suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower body. The scene was secured and medical treatment rendered to the victim.

The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The case is under investigation by Chambers County Sheriff's Office and no further details were available at presstime.

Lanett police will hold Citizen Police Academy
Lanett police will hold Citizen Police Academy

By THE TIMES-NEWS

LANETT — The Lanett Police Department is taking applications for its upcoming Citizen Police Academy.

Chief Angie Spates said the academy will include a 10-week course where citizens will meet once a week for two hours with members of the Lanett Police Department to learn more about what goes into being a police officer as well as the duties of a police officer.

The registration fee is $25 per person (citizens 65 and older are free).

"The fee helps to buy materials needed for class, a Citizen Police Academy shirt, refreshments and a graduation banquet," Spates said. "The class is limited to 20 participants, so please get your application turned in soon."

The first class is scheduled to begin Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Meetings will be held in the council chambers at Lanett City Hall.

She added that Lanett police will also begin Neighborhood Watch meetings Oct. 7. The meetings will take place in the council chambers at Lanett City Hall.

"Please come out to learn more about beginning a Neighborhood Watch program in your community," Spates said.

Spates said anyone with questions on either program can call her at 334-644-5218.

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Springwood drops 41-18 region game to Lakeside
Springwood drops 41-18 region game to Lakeside

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

EUFAULA — The Springwood Wildcats (1-1, 0-1) outgained host Lakeside Academy 342-337 but turnovers, a host of penalties — some very questionable — and missed tackles all doomed coach Thomas Hill’s team as Lakeside defeated Springwood 41-18 in the AISA 2A-Region 1 opener for both teams.

It was an odd start to the game as Lakeside broke a scoreless deadlock at 10:11 of the first quarter when Wildcats quarterback R.J. McDonald was sacked in the Springwood end zone and a 2-0 Chiefs lead.

Give Lakeside credit, they played well and successfully utilized the outstanding athletic ability of two players, who were both playmakers and gamechangers.

Lakeside pushed its lead to 5-0 8:10 of the first on a booming, 49-yard field goal, which not only cleared the uprights, but also carried a good 10 yards beyond the fence in the back of the field. In short, the field goal would easily have cleared from 60 yards.

Springwood had their chances offensively but just couldn’t get in sync in executing its plays consistently throughout the game.

Lakeside pushed its lead to 11-0 on a nicely executed 75-yard, eight-play scoring march with :34.7 seconds left in the first.

Lakeside’s TD came on an eight-yard run up the gut and the Chiefs tacked on the two-point PAT run and it was 13-0 Lakeside at the end of the first quarter.

Springwood was still very much in the game but needed a ball-control, sustained drive to take back the momentum.

The Wildcats had several good drives in the second quarter only to see the chances end on either penalties or missed timed plays.

It was frustrating and costly as well.

Lakeside pushed its lead to 20-0 at 2:11 of the second quarter on a 17-yard TD pass play.

The Chiefs score was set up on a 63-yard pass play on the previous play.

Unfortunately, it didn’t get much better for Springwood, although they moved ball well for much of the game but didn’t have anything to show for it.

Lakeside upped its lead to 26-0 at 6:00 of the third quarter on an 11-play, 84-yard scoring drive capped by a seven-yard scoring run.

The Chiefs tacked on the two-point PAT pass play and it was all Lakeside at 28-0.

The home team tallied one more to make 34-0 with :15 seconds left in the third on a 23-yard TD pass, although it’s hard to understand throwing the ball with a four-score lead and one quarter left in the game.

Springwood finally scored with 10:34 left in the game on a 37-yard aerial strike from McDonald to Jake Sullivan, who beat his man on the corner for the score.

Down 34-7, Springwood added two additional scores and Lakeside one for the 41-18 final score.

It was a tought night for Springwood as the Wildcats tallied more yardage and played well at times but mistakes hurt and blown offensive opportunities were a direct result in the defeat.

“It was a physical game,” said coach Hill. “They outmuscled us at the point of attack, but our guys played hard and played for four quarters. If we keep doing this, we’ll win our share of ballgames.”

McDonald had a fine game at quarterback, completing 12-of-16 passes for 131 yards and one score.

Springwood rushed for 193 yards as well with Shykee Thomas leading the way with 89 yards on six carries and Maurice Fears tallied an additional 66 on 14 carries.

Michael Vo had an outstanding game at linebacker for the Wildcats with 14 stops (9-5), Steven Stuntz added nine (6-3), Thomas tallied eight (6-2), Elijah Carroll added six (4-2) while Aaron Benford and Brandon Bryan each had five.

Springwood will look to get back on the winning path next week when they play host to the Macon-East Knights in the Wildcats home opener at Springwood Stadium.

Lanett ranked No. 5 in ASWA 2A football poll
Lanett ranked No. 5 in ASWA 2A football poll

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — The Lanett Panthers have dropped from No. 3 in the preseason to No. 5 in this week’s first Alabama Sportswriters’ Association (ASWA) 2A high school football poll.

Coach Clifford Story’s Lanett team hopes to rebound from last week’s 21-0 loss to 6A rival Valley High when the Panthers are on the road Friday at Notasulga High School.

Tanner is ranked No. 1 and garnered 31 of the 32 first-place votes while Lanett had the other first-place vote.

The following is the ASWA 2A football poll.

Class 2A

1.Tanner (31)(1-0) 375

2.Fyffe(0-0) 279

3.Washington Co. (0-0) 257

4.G.W. Long (0-0) 193

5.Lanett (1)(0-1) 172

6.Pickens Co.(1-0) 159

7.Cottonwood(0-0) 121

8.Sweet Water(0-1) 111

9.Falkville(1-0) 79

10.Addison(0-1) 39

•Others receiving votes: Reeltown (1-0) 15, Geneva Co. (0-0) 10, Luverne (0-1) 7, Red Bay (1-0) 6, Flomaton (1-0) 1.

Big weekend on tap for high school football teams
Big weekend on tap for high school football teams

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

Friday’s marks the first full weekend of the high school football season and there’s already some very important contests on the schedule.

•The Valley Rams (1-0) are coming off a big 21-0 win over rival Lanett last week and look to make it two straight at home Friday in its home opener hosting 5A Greenville High.

The Rams defense was outstanding against a very potent and explosive Lanett offense, holding the Panthers to a little over 100 yards and pitched a shutout in the process. Valley’s stop troops will play a big role in the team’s success this season.

Look for Valley to make it two straight Friday.

•The Lanett Panthers (0-1) are looking to rebound and take out its frustration from last week in a road contest at an improved Notasulga team Friday.

You can expect the Panthers to rebound in style as Lanett is still one of the premiere 2A teams in the state and can accomplish all of its goals, including a big playoff run for a state title.

“We are playing a well coached Notasulga team,” Lanett coach Clifford Story noted. “This is not the same team from last year. They are very organized and have a lot of athletes on both sides of the ball. We will have to play four quarters and stick to our rules. I expect my team to be up for the challenge and play Lanett football — speed, energy, and intensity.”

•The Springwood Wildcats are coming off a resounding 50-14 opening win last week at Lyman Ward and face a talented Lakeside Chiefs team in a key region contest Thursday in Eufaula.

The Wildcats lost to Lakeside last year 38-22 and it’s a must win for Springwood to stay at the top with No. 1 Edgewood. Springwood is a talented team and will get better on a weekly basis.

“We have a big region game at Lakeside Thursday and we know that they are going to run the ball right at us,” said Wildcats coach Thomas Hill. “We are going to be very physical inside. Offensively, we're going to have to get the ball to our athletes in space and make plays.”

Take the Wildcats in this one as I believe Springwood has a chance at having a terrific season.

•The Troup Tigers open the season Friday against arch rival LaGrange at what will be a jam-packed Callaway Stadium.

This Tigers-Grangers showdown will be a dogfight as LaGrange is a much improved team and had rival and 3A No. 2-ranked Callaway High down 14-0 late in the game only to drop a tough 20-14 overtime contest.

Look for Troup to utilize its ball control oriented, split back veer offense.

It should be a great game between two very good teams.

“We are opening with our traditional rival LaGrange High School,” said coach Lynn Kendall. “This game has a great tradition in our community and both schools will be ready to play.”

•The Beulah Bobcats will look to get off to strong start when coach Jarrod Wooten’s team opens on the road at a talented foe in Woodland High.

“Woodland is a perennial playoff team and they know what it takes to win,” noted Wooten. “They have some big backs that run the ball hard and they are very quick off the ball. Defensively, they really have a lot of quickness. They have a great front seven that's going to fly to the football. They are well coached and extremely disciplined. We will have to make big improvements over last week to be able to compete.”

•At Chambers Academy, coach Jason Allen will lead a talented and athletic Rebels team in AISA 1A play with its sights set on a big playoff run.

Chambers will open on the road at Cornerstone Christian.

“Our guys have worked really hard this fall camp,” Allen said. “We are excited to hit somebody else. Cornerstone is a scrappy team that plays hard. We are expecting a four quarter game and we need to play error free. The team that turns the ball over usually loses these types of games. It's a region game right off the bat, so we need to execute at a high level.”

•The LaFayette Bulldogs open the James Lucas era Friday at home against the Loachapoka Indians.

The Bulldogs are also a much improved team. LaFayette has size, good depth and excellent skill personnel.

It should be a solid season for LaFayette.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, August 29, 2014
Obituaries for Friday, August 29, 2014

MR. HOLMES

VALLEY — Mr. James M. "Paw Paw" Holmes Sr., 85, of Valley went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. at West End Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Don Downs officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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

MRS. MONROE

EUFAULA — Mrs. Bettie June Thomason Monroe, 76, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at her residence in Eufaula following a lengthy illness.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. CDT at Memory Garden Cemetery, with the Rev. Glenn Brock officiating.

Chapman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MRS. McCULLOUGH

LANETT — Mrs. Mary Alma McCullough, 72, of Lanett died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lanett with the Revs. Frederick D. James, Leonard Autry and J.R. Riddle officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Valley.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Thursday, August 28, 2014
Obituaries for Thursday, August 28, 2014

MR. CROSBY

LANETT — Mr. William Marvin Crosby Jr., 72, of Lanett died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Mark McGee officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Gardens.

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

MR. MEHAFFEY

LANETT — Mr. Jesse Franklin “Jack” Mehaffey, 92, of Lanett, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Aug. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Lanett First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rusty Williams officiating. A private family burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett with the Rev. David Bradshaw officiating.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MRS. MONROE

EUFAULA — Mrs. Bettie June Thomason Monroe, 76, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at her residence in Eufaula following a lengthy illness.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. CDT at Memory Garden Cemetery, with the Rev. Glenn Brock officiating.

Chapman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MR. NORRED

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Mr. Douglas Norred, 84, of Fayetteville died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Fayette-Piedmont Hospital in Fayetteville.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 30 at noon CDT at Lebanon Christian Church, 2100 County Road 79 in Roanoke, with the Rev. Roger Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the adjoining cemetery.

Quattlebaum Funeral Home of Roanoke is handling arrangements.

MR. ROAN

VALLEY — Mr. Albert Roan Jr., 68, of Valley died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. at Burks Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Alphonso Smith and Gary L. Fanning officiating. Burial will follow at Hall's Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

MAJOR SMITH

MONROE, Ga. — Major Donald Clark Smith, 82, of Monroe died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

A graveside service is planned for Friday, Aug. 29 At 10 a.m. at Hill Haven Memorial Gardens in Monroe, Ga., with the Rev. Jeff Clegg officiating.

Meadows Funeral Home of Monroe is handling arrangements.

MR. WILLIAMS

COLUMBUS — Mr. Perry Jean Williams, 84, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Columbus.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church of West Point, where he was a member. The Rev. Jimmy Culpepper will officiate. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

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