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Lo Bucks demolition clears way for new businesses in Valley
Lo Bucks demolition clears way for new businesses in Valley

Work is under way in earnest to demolish the former Lo Bucks gas station on the south side of I-85’s Exit 79 in Valley. Lo Bucks has been out of business for a number of years. Its huge sign with gas prices that were visible from the Interstate was taken down several months back. The site is being cleared to make room for a new business, possibly two. Dunkin’ Donuts has reportedly committed to this location. Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the largest coffee and baked goods chains in the world with over 12,000 locations in 36 countries. Their products include donuts, bagels, other baked goods and a wide variety of hot and iced beverages. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Nigel Walker featured speaker at Black History Program
Nigel Walker featured speaker at Black History Program

By THE TIMES-NEWS

WEST POINT — The City of West Point’s annual Black History Month program will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at West Point Gym beginning at 5 p.m.

The annual event recognizes outstanding students and residents of the community and calls attention to the contributions of African Americans to the American experience.

Guest speaker for Thursday’s program will be Nigel Walker of LaGrange.

Walker is an educator, author, speaker and community activist.

Walker is assistant principal at Callaway High School. He holds a specialist degree in education and is a doctoral candidate in curriculum and leadership.

Walker is a three-time published author and a member of the Great Black Speakers Bureau. He has been nominated as teacher of the year, received the Golden Apple award, was named professional of the year by Covington's Who's Who professional registry, and was featured in the article “Seven Black Education Speakers Making a Difference.”

Walker is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the owner of WILL Educational Services LLC. His hobbies are writing poetry and music and community service.

Walker was born and raised in Eufaula, Ala. He lives in LaGrange and is married to Irene Walker.They have two daughters, Emily and Claudia.

Jody Fuller keynote speaker at Chamber's Business Expo
Jody Fuller keynote speaker at Chamber's Business Expo

By DAVID BELL

LANETT — U.S. military veteran and comic speaker Jody Fuller will be the featured guest at a business expo and luncheon next month sponsored by the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is being held on Friday, March 10, at the Point University Golf Club and Event Center in Lanett.

“The expo is open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. until noon,” said GVACC Executive Director Ashley Crane. “More than a dozen local vendors and businesses will be available to provide information and answer questions.”

Chamber members wishing to participate in the expo may do so free of charge. The cost for future members is $25 per booth.

The business expo will be followed by a luncheon from noon until 1:30 p.m., during which time Fuller, who grew up in Opelika, will discuss his struggles to overcome poverty and stuttering.

Enlisting in the Army after high school helped Fuller overcome the poverty, but the stuttering continues to pose unique challenges. After a four-year stint as an Army medic, he returned home to attend college at Auburn University at Montgomery where he received a bachelor’ degree in Business Administration.

After Sept. 11, 2001, Fuller returned to the Army by way of Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Ga. After OCS, he completed the Transportation Officer Basic Course at Ft. Eustis, Va., before being assigned to Second Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, Wa. In November 2003, he deployed to Iraq for a year with the 296th Brigade Support Battalion of the Army’s First Stryker Brigade, where he served as leader of the third largest platoon in the U.S. Army.

Fuller left active duty in 2006 to join the Alabama National Guard, and was deployed to Iraq two additional times. He continues to serve in the Army Reserves.

When not in uniform, Fuller performs all over the U.S. and abroad for a wide range of audiences, including non-profits, corporations and disability groups. He also speaks to military personnel around the world.

As a writer, Fuller has a column that appears in ten newspapers, and he has authored six books in the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person, and can be obtained through the Chamber’s website at www.greatervalleyarea.com. The deadline for making reservations is Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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Springwood baseball, softball earn Monday sweeps
Springwood baseball, softball earn Monday sweeps

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

Monday was a big day for the Springwood softball and baseball teams as both squads picked up sweeps.

Coach Alex Bryant’s softball team routed East Memorial Christian Academy (EMCA) 20-0 in Game 1 and 19-3 in the nightcap contest.

•In Game 1, Meg Parton, Emma Jennings and Haley Rogers all had two hits. McKayla Barber had a hit and two RBIs, Hayden Rogers added a two-RBI single and Bailey Morrison chipped in with three RBI.

Jennings earned the win in the circle, allowing one hit and struck out four.

•In Game 2, Parton had two hits and two RBIs, Hayley Rogers added two hits and one RBI and Jennings tallied a single.

Barber was the winning pitcher of record, striking out seven in six innings of work.

•In Wildcat baseball action, coach Jason Walls’ varsity team (3-1) and the junior varsity (2-3) both recorded wins over EMCA.

Springwood won the varsity game 15-0 on the mercy rule as Chandlor Champion picked up with the win on the mound.

Champion tossed a complete game of four innings in his first start of the season, noted coach Walls.

“It was a good outing for Chandlor,” Walls said. “He kept his pitch count low and threw a lot of strikes. He only faced only 15 batters, struck out four and gave up only one hit. The single hit came in the last inning with two outs — we've been giving him a hard time about it.”

Springwood banged out 13 hits in the win.

Noah West, Andrue Davis, Cam Hopkin, Grant Easterwood and Preston Messer all had two hits each. Dylan Anderson, Harrison Spivey and Jon Jon Davis all had one hit.

Andrue Davis’ hit was a two-run homer and Springwood hit for the cycle, Walls noted.

“Overall, I was pleased with our performance,” said Walls. “It's important (and difficult) to avoid complacency when you have a favorable lead. I believe our guys did a good job of staying focused throughout the game and executed every at-bat and defensive play the way they are suppose to. I was especially proud to see that after our guys suffered their first loss of the season to Calvary Christian in Columbus Saturday.

•In the junior varsity game, Springwood posted an 11-4 win.

Sam Bradfield was the winning pitcher of record with three strike outs, allowed one hit, gave up just one earned run and had two walks.

Trevo Williams and Corbin Piper each worked one inning as well.

Springwood had 11 hits in the win led by Hopkin with three markers, Ethan Plank and Piper each had two while Williams, Bradfield, Cooper Champion, James Dorminey all had hits.

Lanett, LaFayette by the numbers
Lanett, LaFayette by the numbers

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — It’s showdown night at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University today as the No. 4-ranked Lanett Panthers (21-7) and the rival LaFayette Bulldogs (20-8) battle for the Northeast Regional championship at 4:45 p.m. CT.

It’s also the fourth meeting of the season between the rivals as Lanett holds a 2-1 lead and defeated LaFayette at the Dog Palace a week ago for its 27th all-time area championship. LaFayette has 17 area titles to its credit as well as the two Chambers Co. schools have a combined 44 area championships.

Now in his sixth season leading Lanett and 46th year of coaching, Rev. Richard Carter has carved out an amazing 146-33 record with five area titles and one state championship (2016) with the Panthers.

LaFayette coach Obadiah Threadgill is also in his sixth year as the Bulldogs coach and has fashioned a

121-51 mark with one area title and one state championship (2015).

Lanett is 15-5 vs. LaFayette over the course of the six-year rivalry between the two coaches and the 21st meeting is tonight with a ticket to the Final Four and another chance at bringing home a state crown to Chambers Co. Lanett has recorded a sensational mark of 56-3 at home since the 2013 season and 90-13 at the Panther Den since the 2009 season. Lanett is 75-17 last three seasons while LaFayette has rung up a 66-20 mark.

•Tonight’s matchup is the second time in five years (2013) that Lanett and LaFayette have met for the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville St.

In 2013, after going 0-3 against Lanett during the season and area tourney, the Bulldogs ended Lanett’s season with a 51-43 upset at the Northeast Regional.

•Barbour Co. and R.C. Hatch both earned 2A Final Four berths Monday. The Lanett-LaFayette winner will play Barbour Co. Mon., Feb. 27 in Birmingham.

Valley's Lawson Bonner signs with Huntingdon Hawks
Valley's Lawson Bonner signs with Huntingdon Hawks

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — Valley High football standout Lawson Bonner will take his talents to Montgomery next fall when the big offensive tackle will play for the Huntingdon College Hawks, Bonner announced Friday in a scholarship signing ceremony at the Valley High Media Center.

Bonner started 25 consecutive games, graded 83 percent as a senior and was a three-year starter for the Rams.

He’s an outstanding young man and a student-athlete who’s been a great ambassador for Valley High and will be a success in the college ranks, noted Rams coach Brad Lowe.

“He’s a student-athlete on the field and off and has a lot of ability, outstanding character and we’re excited to have him continue his education and career at Huntingdon College,” Lowe said. “They are getting a quality young man who will be a success.”

Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Obituaries for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MS. AVERY

LANETT — Ms. Helen J. Avery, 67, of Lanett passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. EST at Greenwood Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. James McTier, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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

MR. HALL

WEST POINT — Mr. Willie W. "Shagg" Hall of West Point died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. W.T. Edmondson, pastor, Bishop Donald Lancaster, officiant, and Dr. Tanda J. Canion, eulogist. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery in West Point.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. LANDRETH

VALLEY — Mrs. Celia Bowers Landreth, 86, of Valley passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Tim Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

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

MS. TURNER

LaFAYETTE — Ms. Lorene Clark Turner, 67, of LaFayette passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Bethany House in Auburn, Ala.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. CST at Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette with the Rev. John Clark officiating.

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

Obituaries for Monday, February 20, 2017
Obituaries for Monday, February 20, 2017

MR. BUTLER

VALLEY — Mr. Charlie Will Butler of Valley died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at LaGrange Hospice in LaGrange, Ga.

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

MRS. CRENSHAW

HUGULEY, Ala., — Mrs. Mary Jean Crenshaw, 69, of Huguley died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. CST Monday, Feb. 20 at Osanippa Baptist Church with the Rev. Claude Bennett and the Rev. Phillip Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Cusseta Cemetery.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MR. JOHNSON

VALLEY — Mr. Jesse “J.L.” Johnson, 89, of Valley passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Chuck Anderson and the Rev. David Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

MRS. LANDRETH

VALLEY — Mrs. Celia Bowers Landreth, 86, of Valley passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at her residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley.

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