Auburn University Athletic Director Jay Jacobs, second from left, was the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of West Point. Jacobs grew up in LaFayette and West Point, and credited the community with helping his family to instill in him the values of character and integrity that guide his adult life. Jacobs outlined a number of improvements made by the athletic department, which has a $105 million annual budget, to make the game day experience better for Auburn fans. Shown with Jacobs are program chairman Joe Hill, at left, and War Eagle fans Carolyn Lott and Gloria Watson. In the background is Gaines Lanier, chairman and CEO of West Point-based J. Smith Lanier & Co., who serves on the Auburn University Board of Trustees.
By THE TIMES-NEWS
WEST POINT — A one-year-old child died of drowning Sunday on West Point Lake.
Troup County 911 received a call Sunday at 12:25 p.m. reporting a possible drowning at Long Cane Access located off of West Point Road.
The first unit arrived on scene at 12:28 p.m. and discovered that a one-year-old male child had been found by his mother unresponsive in shallow water.
CPR and other lifesaving procedures were attempted. The child was transported to West Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:56 p.m.
This case appears to be a tragic accident and is currently being investigated by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.
Agencies responding to the scene were Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Fire Department, Troup County AMR, Georgia DNR and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
By THE TIMES-NEWS
LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Grand Jury returned 293 true bills in its fall term and came up with a long list of recommendations for improving the county courthouse.
The Grand Jury conducted physical inspections of the Chambers County Detention Facility and commended Sheriff Sid Lockhart and his staff on the manner in which the facility is operated and maintained. They said the staff was knowledgeable and efficient and the facilities clean.
Assistant District Attorney Roland Sledge led the grand jurors on a tour of the Chambers County Courthouse.
While the Grand Jury commended the Chambers County Commission on its efforts to preserve the historic courthouse, they recommended the following repair and improvements:
•Hot water is needed in all parts of the courthouse.
•All three courtrooms need better chairs and cushions.
•The pews in the three courtrooms need to be cleaned, repaired or replaced as needed.
•The speaker on the last radiator on the left side of the upstairs courtroom should be replaced or removed.
•The walls on the stairwell need to be painted.
•The paintbrush on the crown molding above the door leading to the jury room in the upstairs courtroom should be removed.
•The ceiling under the balcony in the upstairs courtroom should be painted.
•The broken blinds in the upstairs courtroom should be replaced.
•There is black mold in the juror room in the upstairs courtroom. This should be corrected and the room painted.
•Vending machines with drinks and snacks need to be placed in several areas of the courthouse to serve employees, visitors, jurors and lawyers.
•The ceiling tiles in the Worthless Check office should be replaced.
•The cracks in the wall outside the elevator entrance and the men's restroom on the second floor should be repaired.
•The ceiling tiles in the Assistant District Attorney's office should be repaired.
•All hardwood areas of the courthouse, especially the Circuit Clerk's office, need to be repaired or refinished.
•All wood trim and wood doors need to be repaired or refinished throughout the courthouse.
•All restrooms need to be cleaned and stocked on a regular basis.
•The hall at the county jail needs to be sealed and painted.
•The flooring in the Tax Assessor's office should be replaced.
•There should be fire extinguishers in the upstairs at the courthouse.
•The energy management system of the courthouse needs to be upgraded or replaced.
•The cable at the security station should be re-routed so as not to be under a carpet on the floor.
The Grand Jury commended Circuit Clerk Lisa Burdette and her staff for their assistance and service during the Grand Jury term, and District Attorney E. Paul Jones for the efficient manner in which his staff organized and presented the docket.
Appreciation was expressed to the officers of the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, Chambers County Drug Task Force and the police departments of Lanett, Valley and LaFayette for their professionalism in the presentation of their cases.
Grand Jury Foreperson Steven Frazier submitted the report on Aug. 29.
By Scott Sickler
VALLEY — The old saying in football is that you always have a chance to win if you play great defense and that’s certainly been the case for the Valley High Rams this fall after another sterling effort in a thrilling 7-6 overtime win over the 5A Greenville High Tigers here Friday at the home opener at Rams Stadium.
For the second straight week, Valley’s defense didn’t allow a point in regulation play, pushing it’s scoreless streak to now eight quarters of regulation play.
Greenville managed to score a controversial TD run in overtime, when it appeared the ball was loose in the Rams end zone before the back put the ball over the goal line.
Nonetheless, it’s another impressive win for coach Marshon Harper’s Rams and Valley’s first 2-0 start since the 2006 season.
It was a defensive battle from the outset as neither team could sustain much offensive consistency throughout the game.
Valley did manage to get into Greenvile territory six times in the game and three times in the red zone but penalites or other miscues hurt the Rams.
The same could be said for Greenville.
The Tigers advanced into Valley territory seven times in the game, including four times into the red zone, only to be turned away by great defense by the Rams, a multitude of penalties or other mistakes.
When Valley needed a big defensive play, they got it and always seemed to have an answer in stopping Greenville.
One of the biggest plays of the game for Valley was a TD-saving pass break up in the Rams end zone from Terron Barker.
In the fourth quarter with the game still scoreless and Greenville sitting at the Valley 16, Barker leaped high in the air on a first down play and broke up a nicely thrown fade route to the Tiger receiver in stripping the ball away on their way down.
Three plays later, Valley once again held the Greenville offense again and the game remained scoreless.
The Tigers also had two other opportunities to earn a TD in the fourth but as they did throughout the game, Valley’s defense refused to give an inch, stopped Greenville each time and kept the game scoreless heading to overtime.
In the overtime session, each team gets possession at the opponents 10-yard line and four plays to earn either a TD or field goal.
Valley went on offense first and junior quarterback T.J. Lowe made the offensive play of the game for the Rams on first down.
Lowe took the snap, delayed a second, faked the inside trap play and then followed his blockers left, right and left again and sprinted his way into the end zone for the score. Bobby Colley booted the PAT kick and Valley was ahead 7-0.
Lowe’s TD run set off a wild celebration among Valley players, coaches and fans but the game wasn’t over.
Greenville had its chance now at the Valley 10.
On second down, the Tigers scored, although it looked as though the ball came out of the back’s hand before he crossed the goal line. It counted, however, and now it was 7-6 Valley and a two-point play coming for Greenville.
The Tigers decided to go for a right flank sweep play and Valley’s aggressive defense strung the play out, forced the Greenville back outside, where he was absolutely belted by Valley’s senior all-state defensive back Martravious “Tre Tre” Williams.
Williams met the back straight on, lifted him up and pile drove him into the turf to end the game and set off a huge celebration on the Valley side of the field in a 7-6 overtime win.
Williams had eight solo tackles and one assist, tallied 12 carries for an additional 81 yards and had two punt returns for another 20 yards.
Senior linebacker Jeremiah Darden also had a big game for the Rams with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.
Lowe had a terrific game as well with 90 yards on 17 carries and the game-winning TD. He commanded the offense with confidence and his game management skills were excellent as well.
•Valley will open 6A-Region 3 play next week on the road at Oxford High.
By Times-News Sports Staff
LaGRANGE — Victory was bittersweet for the Troup High Tigers Friday as they dominated LaGrange 36-14 in the Tigers’ season opener.
Dre Towns rushed for four touchdowns in the second quarter as Troup moved to a 36-0 halftime lead at Callaway Stadium, but in the fourth quarter the game’s leading rusher was wheeled off the field on a stretcher after sustaining a broken leg.
Troup put together an almost perfect second quarter against an often hapless Granger squad.
After taking a 7-0 first quarter lead on Dexter Shealey’s one-yard plunge with 1:30 left in the quarter, Troup had four second-quarter possessions and scored on all four, with Towns doing the honors each time.
The game started on a more optimistic note for the homestanding Grangers. They drove from their own 20-yard line to the Troup 43 with two sucessive first downs, but stalled their own drive with a false start penalty.
The flag came after a one-yard fun on first down by LaGrange’s leading rusher Mon Denson. The next play was a 10-yard run by Laperrion Perry, but quarterback Ahmad Ogletree was dumped for a two-yard loss on third-and-three, forcing a LaGrange punt.
Towns dashed for 21 yards and a first down on Troup’s first offensive snap of the game, but Troup punted four plays later to the LaGrange 15.
The first of three LaGrange turnovers set up Troup’s first score. Ogletree’s pass was picked off by Austin Carter, setting up the Tiger offense at the LaGrange 18.
Quarterback Will Smith set up first-and-goal with an 11-yard gain, Towns rammed for three and then Shealey carried for three and one yards to culminate the drive. Michael Young tacked on the kick and Troup led 7-0 with 1:30 left in the first quarter.
The LaGrange offense could get nothing going after a holding call on the kickoff set them up at their own 17, and after a sack of Ogletree by Carter and an incomplete pass, LaGrange punted to the Granger 45.
It took Troup six plays to score. Messo Bonner had runs of 26 and eight yards before Towns scored from five yards out. The PAT kick was blocked, but Troup held a 13-0 lead with 9:23 left in the first half.
LaGrange’s second turnover of the game set up the next Troup score. Ogletree couldn’t handle the snap and Troup’s Tristan Thompson recovered the loose ball at the LaGrange 36. It took nine plays and an offsides call against LaGrange on a fourth-and-three play for the Tigers to score. Towns did the honors from 13 yards out, Young kicked the point-after and Troup led 20-0 with 4:26 left in the half.
LaGrange started out in the hole at its own 14 after the ensuing kickoff, thanks to another holding penalty, and when three plays netted three yards, punted to the LaGrange 34.
Troup went for the TD on first down but Smith’s end zone pass eluded the receiver. Runs of five yards by Smith and seven by Towns moved the chains to the 22-yard line. Smith lost two yards on two consecutive plays, setting up a third-and-14 from the LaGrange 26. Towns got the call and bulled 26 yards for the score. Shealey ran the two-point conversion for a 28-0 Troup lead with 1:02 left in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff LaGrange fumbled the ball and Nathan Wilborn recovered for Troup at the LaGrange 17-yard line. Towns passed to Tremaine Tolbert on the halfback pass, good for 16 yards and first-and-goal at the LaGrange one. Towns carried on the next play for the score and then ran the two-point conversion in for a 36-0 Troup lead with 34 seconds left in the first half.
The Tigers were content to sit on their lead in the second half. The Troup offense didn’t record a first down in the third quarter (Troup got one first down on a penalty), but LaGrange showed some life on offense.
After a long punt return gave the Grangers good field position at the Tiger 40, LaGrange drove for a score in six plays, with all of the yardage coming on the ground. Mon Denson scored from two yards out, Nthan Patton kicked the point after and at the 7:05 mark of the third quarter, LaGrange was on the scoreboard trailing 36-7.
After forcing another Troup punt, LaGrange put together a 10-play drive that fizzled on the first play of the fourth quarter with a sack of Ogletree, forcing a punt to the Tiger 19.
Troup showed some offensive life and reeled off three quick first downs, but the last one was disastrous for the team and for Towns. Towns carried tacklers with him as he rammed for 17 yards and a first down at the Granger 36, but didn’t get up after the whistle blew as he lay upon the Callaway artificial turf, his leg twisted at a grotesque angle. Towns left the field on a stretcher, as did a LaGrange player a few minutes later.
Troup wound up punting to the LaGrange seven-yard line, and from that point the Grangers drove 93 yards for their second score. LaGrange recorded more yardage on that last drive than in the remainder of the game. The score came on a 46-yard pass from Ogletree to Mike Hardy. Patton’s successful PAT kick left the final score at 36-14 with nine seconds left in the contest.
LaGrange is now 0-2 on the season, and Troup 1-0. The Tigers will be on the road Friday at Northgate.
By Wayne Clark
NOTASULGA, Ala. — Marlon Bridges ran for over 200 yards and scored on runs of four, 76 and 64 yards to lead the Lanett Panthers to a dominating 41-20 over Notasulga on a hot, muggy night at Blue Devils Stadium. The win evened Lanett’s record at 1-1 on the young season and gave them some momentum heading into their fist Area game of the year, which takes place next Friday at Horseshoe Bend.
Also having TD runs for Lanett in a physical hard-hitting game were Cameron Trammell, Demontavious Daneil and eighth grader Terrion Truitt, who scored on a 14-yard run late in the game.
As superb as he was on offense, Bridges may have been even better on defense for the Panthers, making a number of bone-jarring hits on Notasulga ball carriers and a couple of times forcing fumbles.
Coach Clifford Story was pleased with the way his team bounced back after a disappointing 21-0 loss to Valley in last Friday’s season opener. All week in practice, he urged his players to be more consistent in their execution. Rolling up close to 500 yards was one way to please the coach. “We got after it with our rushing attack,” he said. “That was a good way to bounce back.”
The Panther offense was fast out of the gate. After stopping the Blue Devils on the game’s first offensive series, Lanett took over on their 25 and took it 75 yards for the game’s first score. Bridges ran for ten yards and a first down on his first carry of the game. Trammell then swept around left end for eight yards, and the Panther offense was rolling.
On the next play, Bridges got free off the right side of the line, running to the Blue Devil 44 for another first down. Runs by Justin Jones and quarterback Tray Story got the ball inside the 20 before a couple of penalties set back the Panthers into a first and 25. They extricated themselves from that and kept the drive going with a well executed swing pass out of the backfield from Story to Bridges and a run by Daniel.
On third and one, sophomore running back Melvaunta Robinson ran for a first and goal inside the 10. Bridges scored on a four-yard run off the right side of the line two plays later. Freshman Bryce Clinton boomed the extra point right down the middle, and with 5:34 showing in the opening period, Lanett had a 7-0 lead.
It wouldn’t take the Panthers long to build on that. After stopping the Blue Devils on their next series, Lanett put the ball in play on their 24 following a punt. Bridges took a pitch around the right side of the line, made some nice moves near the sideline and used his sped to get past some would-be tacklers near the 30 and was off on a long scoring run, stiff arming a final defender near the Notasulga 20. Clinton’s second PAT of the game ,made the score 14-0 Lanett’s favor with 2:42 left in the period.
Lanett’s defense came up big on the next series. On a second-down play, sackmeister Jerrionda Lloyd sacked the Notasulga quarterback for a big loss and on third down Khalif Kellum batted down a screen pass attempt, forcing the Blue Devils into another punting situation.
After an exchange of possessions, Notasulga got their first drive of the game going. They moved the ball inside the Lanett 20 before Bridges made a big play to turn the ball over on downs, tackling the running back in the backfield on a fourth down screen pass.
The Panthers took over on their 20 with a little over six minutes left before halftime and drive the ball the length of the field for another score. A run by Bridges got the drive going but the biggest play of the drive was a run by Robinson on fourth and three at the Notasulga 38 to keep the drive going.
Another run by Robinson got it down to the 23. Bridges then gained six yards to bring up second and four from the 17. On the next play, Trammell took the ball off the right side of the line and maneuvered his way through some heavy traffic before breaking free for a score. Clinton’s third successful point-after attempt made the score 21-0 Lanett with 1:42 left before halftime.
On their final series of the half, the Blue Devils mad the most of a good kickoff return to go 55 yards for their first score of the game. A pass from quarterback Alex Woodard to Raheem Menefield moved it to the Lanett 30.
After an incomplete pass Lanett should have intercepted. the hosts pulled off the old hook-and-ladder play. Since it looks so easy, it’s embarrassing to a defense that gives it up, but give the Blue Devils credit, they executed it flawlessly. Woodard found Menefield open on a short pass play in the left flat. Menefield then lateraled the ball back to Anfernee Dukes who raced untouched to the end zone. A successful PAT cut Lanett’s lead to 21-7 with 19.4 seconds left in the half.
The Panthers took command early in the second half, scoring on back-to-back possessions to surge out to a 34-7 lead. They put the ball on play on their 23 following the second half kickoff and scored in just three plays. After a four-yard run by Bridges off the right side of the line, Trammell then ran around left end for a first down on the 36.
On the next play, Bridges burst through a huge hole in the left side of the line. Once he was in the secondary, no one was going to catch him. The 64-yard run and a PAT by Clinton extended the Panther lead back to 21 points, 28-7, with 10:48 left in the third period.
Now it was time for the defense to make another big play. On second and five from the Notasulga 38, a Blue Devil running back coughed up the ball with Melvaunta Robinson falling on if for the Panthers.
It took them only three plays to find the end zone. Runs by Bridges and Trammell got it down to a first-and-goal on the nine and from there Demontavious Daniel swept around left end to score Lanett’s fifth TD of the game. Clinton;s point-after attempt was blocked in the middle of the line, leaving the score 34-7 with 8:42 left in the third period.
Notasulga got their next score with a little over eight minutes left in the game. The scoring drive was kept alive at one point by a 15-yard penalty after Lanett had seemingly thwarted the series after a third-and-long pass fell incomplete deep in Blue Devil territory.
Given new life, Notasulga made the most of it, taking it in for a score, With 8:20 to go in the game, they capped off the drive when Khalil Jones scored on a one-yard run. The PAT cut the Notasulga deficit to 20 points, 34-14.
Lanett was in great shape following a kickoff that Trammell returned to the Notasulga 42. Penalties then put Lanett into a third and 14 situation before Jaelin Ross made a big play for the guys in black and gold. Ross took a pitch on a reverse play and got free down the sideline to the Blue Devil 23 before being knocked out of bounds.
With bsckup players now in the game, Lanett got one more score to get past the 40-point mark. From the 14, eighth grade running back Terrion Truitt took a pitch from backup quarterback Austin Blunt around left end and tightroped the sideline for the final Lanett score of the game. Clinton made his fifth successful PAT in six tries to extend the Panther lead to 41-14 with 5:08 to go in the game.
With Lanett clearing the bench to get everyone some playing time, Notasulga did managed one final score on a 52-yard run by Gary Cook wiht a little over two mintues left. The PAT failed, leaving the score 41-20.
ATLANTA — Mrs. Eleanor Ruth Strickland Adams, 88, of Atlanta, formerly of LaGrange, is resting peacefully now with her heavenly Father. She passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 3 at Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mark McGee officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillview East Cemetery.
Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home of LaGrange is handling arrangements.
LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Rita Davis, 51, of Lanett, who died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.
Vines Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.
ROANOKE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Jessie M. Gilder, 84, of Roanoke, who died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Wedowee Hospital.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.
WEST POINT — Mrs. Mary Emma Givins, 91, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at LaGrange Nursing and Rehab.
Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff McCartney officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.
Services have been entrusted to McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point.
LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Sallie Martin, 92, of LaFayette, who died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at her residence.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.
BUENA VISTA, Ga. — Miss Laura Jean Meigs, 21, of Buena Vista, formerly of Huguley, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Columbus Hospice House in Columbus.
Funeral services are planned for Monday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Gary Albridge officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.
WEST POINT — Mrs. Helen Douglas Spradlin, 94, passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home.
Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 from the graveside in Marseilles Cemetery in West Point with the Revs Bill Smith and Jeff McCartney officiating.
McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.