Ground was broken Thursday afternoon for a major apartment development to be built on Gabbettville Road in West Point, near the Kia Georgia Training Center. The development, located at 700 Gabbettville Road, will be built in phases and will offer a variety of apartment home floor plans. Shown above, from left, are Paul Meadows of Batson-Cook, contractor for the project; Bruce Emfinger of AuburnBank, which is financing the project; Ricky Wolfe, Troup County Commission chairman; Miles Scully, chairman of Mad River Holdings; Drew Ferguson IV, mayor of West Point; Gloria Marshall, West Point councilwoman; Brendan Sullivan, project manager; Joe Appleton, Batson-Cook; Sandra Thornton, West Point councilwoman; Steve Tramell and Jerry Ledbetter, West Point councilmen; and Jim Read, project designer.
By CY WOOD
WEST POINT — Mad River Holdings Inc. officially launched Abbey Glen Apartments, its 100-acre apartment home community in West Point, during a groundbreaking event today.
“This event marked a significant milestone in the history of Mad River Holdings and the West Point community,” said Miles Scully, chairman of Mad River Holdings. “The Abbey Glen story is just beginning to unfold with the construction of the first 72 apartments now under way. We look forward to starting 72 additional units in the spring, with 144 more beginning next fall.”
Abbey Glen will ultimately include up to 1,600 affordable and upscale apartment homes on the 100-acre scenic wooded property.
With the success of the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plant which has added more than 15,000 people to the employment base of West Point and provided a large boost to the economy, Mad River Holdings recognized the need and opportunity to provide affordable housing within a half mile of the Kia plant, Scully said. "The Abbey Glen project is proud to offer a housing option close to both work and leisure," he added.
The Abbey Glen Apartments project is overseen by Brendan Sullivan, project manager; James Read of James Read and Associates Architects; and Alan Adams of Adams Mortgage Capital.
“We look forward to continue to be a part of this community for the next several years,” said Scully. “The officials of the West Point community have been out-
standing to work with. They have been with us every step of the way. From approvals to permits, they guided and assisted us.”
Sullivan, in remarks at the groundbreaking, singled out a number of people Mad River Holdings would like to personally thank for their support of the project, including West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson, City Manager Ed Moon, the West Point Planning Commission, City Planning Director Sammy Osborne, Building Inspector Matt Livingston, the civil engineers at Harris Gray, Kevin Pigg of Century 21 Real Estate, Evans Realty Inc. for property management and leasing, Paul Meadows, Jonathan Collard and Chaitra Ziebarth of Batson-Cook Construction for making the ground breaking possible and AuburnBank representatives Terry Bishop and Bruce Emfinger. AuburnBank is providing the financing for the project.
During the ground breaking comments, Ferguson called the event an exciting day, noting that this residential project validates what the city has done in economic development to bring employment opportunities to West Point.
Ferguson pointed out that the project involves a local contractor, a local bank, a local engineering firm and at times there will be as many as 75 local people working at the construction site.
Abbey Glen Apartments is located at 700 Gabbettville Road.
Mad River Holdings Inc. is a real estate development company that specializes in single and multi-family homes, apartments, golf courses and commercial buildings in Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Idaho, Colorado, and California.
Mad River Holdings is owned and operated by Miles Scully, a principal of national law firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP and has been recognized among the top 100 lawyers in California.
By CY WOOD
LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Commission approved two agreements with the Alabama Department of Transportation during a Thursday called meeting.
County Engineer Josh Harvill explained that the paperwork on the two projects had not arrived from the state in time for the last regular meeting.The agreements cover two bridge projects under the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).
Both bridges are located on County Road 258.
One, over Whatley Creek, will involve the installation of a four-barrel, 12x6 culvert at a cost of $574,800. ATRIP funds will cover $459,840 of the cost, with the county's share $114,960. The project is .21 miles in length with approaches.
The second bridge, over Chikasanoxee Creek, calls for installation of a precast four-span bridge 120 feet long at a cost of $788,740. ATRIP funds will cover $630,992 of the cost, with the local
share $157,748. With approaches the project is .3 miles in length.
Harvill said the county has one ATRIP project remaining, County Road 62, which should be let in the state's December bidding.
Commission Chairman Henry Osborne announced that the next meeting of the commission would be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. in the courthouse. The meeting is delayed from its normal first Monday of the month because of the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election. Commission seats involved in the election will be seated at the Nov. 12 meeting.
Ways, Rules and Means Committee Chairman Debbie Wood announced a committee meeting would be held Monday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at the courthouse.
By THE TIMES-NEWS
ANNISTON — Tourism in Chambers County will get a boost from TV and print advertising.
The Alabama Tourism Department will assist eight counties in east central Alabama in promoting the area, officials recently announced.
“Alabama is a great place to tour and visit, and we welcome everyone to explore our great state,” Gov. Robert Ben-
Bentley said. “There are many wonderful festivals and destinations throughout the state, and this regional tourism organization is a great opportunity for counties to jointly promote East Alabama.”
State tourism director Lee Sentell said his agency will help “Tour East Alabama” with marketing support including a television commercial and print ads.
The commercial will feature the Talladega Superspeedway, Cold Water Mountain, Cheaha State Park, DeSoto Caverns Park, the Chattahoochee River and courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. It will air next spring on approximately 50 Raycom television stations in partnership with the Retirement Systems of Alabama, Sentell said.
Calhoun County tourism director Mary Patchunka-Smith said the commercial will particularly raise awareness among the millions of residents in nearby Atlanta. Many tourists are drawn to the area for its family destinations, hiking trails and natural beauty, she said.
The eight counties included in the Tour East Alabama tourism organization are Calhoun, Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LaGRANGE — The Troup Tigers (3-5, 0-3) will have their work cut out for them the next two weeks if they’re going to earn a GHSA 4A state playoff berth in Region 4 play.
After facing a schedule that had six Top-10 ranked foes, Troup has been battle-tested but needs to snap a three-game skid with a pair of wins the next two weeks to earn a spot in the postseason.
Troup will host a good Fayette Co. team Friday, which earlier this season routed powerhouse Carrollton 33-6.
The Tigers will not only have to beat Fayette Co. tonight, they’ll also have to take down a tough Whitewater team also at home, Fri., Nov. 7.
Accomplish those two things and Troup will be in the playoffs. They must win both games.
•In other high school football tonight, the Valley Rams (3-6, 1-5) close out the season on the road against the 7A playoff-bound Prattville Lions.
In other contests, LaFayette (1-8) ends the year at 4A No. 6-ranked Saks (8-1) and Beulah (3-6) hosts Randolph Co. for homecoming. Lanett (4-5) finished its season last week and Springwood and Chambers are both in the AISA playoffs next week.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
The Springwood Wildcats (6-4) in AISA 2A and the Chambers Rebels (5-4) in 1A will both complete regular season play tonight.
Coach Thomas Hill’s Wildcats will host the rival Glenwood Gators while coach Jason Allen’s Rebels will be on the road at Coosa Valley.
It’s a great opportunity for both programs to work on fine tuning and gearing up for next week’s AISA state playoffs.
Springwood will be on the road next week in Linden to face the Marengo Longhorns (8-1) in a 2A first-round contest.
Chambers will also have a long road trip, traveling to Choctaw to face the South Choctaw Rebels in a 1A first-round playoff game.
SW and CA will each have nearly four-hour road trips but hope to come back with a pair of upset wins.
The SW and CA playoff games will both kickoff at 8 p.m. ET on Fri., Nov. 7.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
The regular season comes to a close this week for AHSAA schools Valley, LaFayette and Beulah as well as Springwood and Chambers in AISA play.
•Lanett (4-5, 2-4) concluded its season last week in a 26-19 loss to Reeltown.
•The Valley Rams (3-6, 1-5) will close out the year at 7A playoff-bound Prattville High.
Coach Marshon Harper’s Rams have lost six straight and defeating Prattville at the Lions Den is going to be a tall order in the season finale.
The Lions hope to make another run for a state championship.
•The Beulah Bobcats (3-6, 2-4) will close out the season for homecoming on Halloween against 2A playoff-bound Randolph Co. at Bobcats Stadium.
It’s been a good season for coach Jarrod Wooten’s team, although the Bobcats were just a win away at Prattville Christian from securing a 3A state playoff berth.
•The LaFayette Bulldogs (1-8, 0-6) will play an 8-1 Saks High team on the road in its season finale.
It’s been a rough year for coach James Lucas’ Bulldogs but better days are ahead next year.
•The Troup Tigers (3-5, 0-3) face a must-win scenario the next weeks to earn a GHSA 4A state playoff berth. The Tigers must defeat Fayette Co. Friday and Whitewater the following week. Both games are at home.
•In AISA play, Springwood (6-4, 3-3) hosts Glenwood Friday and Chambers (5-4, 3-2) are on the road at Coosa Valley.
Springwood will play at Marengo in the 2A state playoffs Fri., Nov. 7 while Chambers will face South Choctaw in the 1A playoffs also on Nov. 7. Troup must win the next two games to be in as well.
No obituaries were reported today.
WADLEY — Mr. J.T. Hardnett, 62, of Wadley died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. CDT at Greater Pine Hill Baptist Church in LaFayette (Penton community) with the Rev. Rodney Thomas Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Standing Rock Cemetery in LaFayette.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Mr. Robert "Bob" Smith died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Born April 12, 1930 in Lanett, he was the son of the late Lorraine and Tom Smith of West Point.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to www.tullahomafuneralhome.com.