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Stormy weather postpones Valley's Fourth fireworks
Stormy weather postpones Valley's Fourth fireworks

A fireworks show that had been planned for dusk on Saturday was postponed earlier in the day by Valley Parks and Recreation. Some of those who didn't get the word were greeted by this sign at the gate of Shawmut Airport. It's probably a good thing the event was postponed until Labor Day weekend. Rain on both Friday and Saturday heavily saturated the infield area by the river. It would have been a mud bog for those leaving after the show, had it gone on as planned. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — The flash of lightning and the rumble of thunder over Shawmut Airport Saturday evening offered a different kind of fireworks show than what had been planned. Because such weather was in the forecast, the show had been canceled earlier in the day.

"We are very sorry, but due to the amount of rain we received last night plus the prediction of rain today makes the parking area of Shawmut Airport too wet to safely park cars," Valley Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Blount stated in a news release issued on Saturday.

Moving the event to Valley Sportsplex at such a late date wasn't realistic. "We can't move it to the Sportsplex for several reasons," Blount explained. "First, in order to have a fireworks show, we must have a permit from the State of Alabama with a detailed map of the location of the fireworks show. This cannot be obtained on short notice.

"Second, we had an awesome show planned for the Airport. We would not be able to shoot the size of some of these shells at the Sportsplex. Some of them were the 10-inch shells which spread out over 100 yards. We couldn't shoot them at the Sportsplex because of the perimeter fallout area.

"We'd also planned to have some cake shells, which would produce a great effect over the Airport but not so much at the Sportsplex because of limited low visibility."

The good news in all of this is that the show will go on, but at a different time. "Please make plans to come out for a Labor Day weekend fireworks show," Blount said. "It was not an easy decision for us to postpone the Fourth of July show. We hope everyone did have a good holiday otherwise."

Valley bank robbery suspect turns himself in
Valley bank robbery suspect turns himself in

By DAVID BELL

VALLEY — The primary suspect in last Thursday's robbery of Heritage Bank in Valley turned himself in to authorities Sunday night after police released his identity over the weekend.

Russell Alan Lashley Jr., 33, of Phenix City, was identified from photos taken by surveillance cameras at the time of the robbery. Along with a female accomplice, Lashley entered the bank's drive-through in a black Lexus around 3:30 p.m. Thursday and passed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller complied and Lashley drove off with an undisclosed amount of cash towards Interstate 85.

Lashley has been charged with first degree robbery and theft of property second degree. He's currently being held in the Chambers County detention facility pending a bond hearing.

Body recovered from West Point Lake; no foul play suspected
Body recovered from West Point Lake; no foul play suspected

By DAVID BELL

LaGRANGE — Troup County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body Thursday evening in West Point Lake.

“Around 7 p.m., 911 received a call about a body floating in the lake near the Waterview Drive area just north of LaGrange. Units from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Troup County Fire Department and Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene and recovered the body of a white male who appeared to be in his 50s,” said Sheriff’s Department public information officer Sergeant Stewart Smith.

No foul play is suspected in the man’s death. However, Smith said the body was transported to the state crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy to determine the exact cause.

Smith added that authorities believe they know the man’s identity but are still in the process of contacting family members for verification. Though the body could have been in the water for several days, no one had filed a missing person’s report for anyone matching the man’s description.

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Valley High Rams to add boys, girls varsity bowling programs
Valley High Rams to add boys, girls varsity bowling programs

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — The Valley High Rams will soon be adding boys and girls varsity bowling teams, according to a recent announcement from the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA).

The AHSAA announced late last week that boys and girls varsity bowling will become official championship sports starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

Valley High will be joined by Opelika and Beauregard as the only local schools in the area to compete next year, although that may change based upon interest, AHSAA officials noted.

The 2015-16 bowling season will commence Oct. 26 and the state tournament is scheduled for Jan. 29-30 at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham.

In its inaugural season, bowling will be a single classification (1A-7A).

Varsity bowling is the first sport added to the AHSAA since 1995, changing from slow-pitch softball to the highly-popular fast-pitch brand.

WPRD/Point to hold baseball camp, July 27-28
WPRD/Point to hold baseball camp, July 27-28

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — The West Point Recreation Department and the Point University baseball staff will sponsor a middle school and high school baseball camp at the West Point softball field, July 27-28.

Designed for youngsters sixth grade through rising 12th grade, the camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon ET on both dates.

Instructors for the clinic include Jeremy Christian, Skyhawks head coach; and John Tyler, assistant.

For additional information, contact: WPRD personnel at (706) 645-3529.

Acres named Team Ice MVP at Atlanta tourney
Acres named Team Ice MVP at Atlanta tourney

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

ATLANTA — Team Ice, a local AAU traveling boys basketball team coordinated by former Lanett all-state standout, Auburn, Troy and European professional player Cameron Boozer, earned a second-place finish last weekend at the Atlanta-based D1 Spects tournament.

Named MVP for Team Ice in its runner-up finish was Jakeem Acres, the son of Bobby and Jan Acres.

Bobby is a 1990 Valley High graduate and a U.S. Army veteran, who works with U.S. and coalition forces overseas and currently stationed in Iraq. The Acres reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Monday, July 6, 2015
Obituaries for Monday, July 6, 2015

MR. ALSOBROOK

FIVE POINTS — Mr. Fuller Alsobrook Jr., 89, of Five Points died Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City, Ala.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette.

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

MS. BROUGHTON

LaFAYETTE — Funeral services are pending for Ms. Mattie Broughton, 72, of LaFayette, who died Friday, July 3, 2015, at her residence.

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

MR. BROWN

WEST POINT — Mr. James "Jimmy" L. Brown, 77, of West Point went to his heavenly home Thursday, July 2, 2015, at West Georgia Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 6 at Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Lanett. He will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. CHEWNING

AUBURN — Mrs. Joanne Rehm Chewning of Auburn passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Bethany House in Auburn.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. with the Rev. Jay Woodall officiating.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

MR. DOZIER

VALLEY — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Charles Dozier of Valley, who died Saturday, July 4, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MR. LEWIS

ROANOKE — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Randy Lewis, 53, of Roanoke, who died Sunday, July 5, 2015, at her residence.

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

MISS NIX

OPELIKA — Miss Lina Anne Nix, 82, a resident of Cambridge Place in Opelika, Ala., went home peacefully to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate her home going at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the gravesite in Marseilles Cemetery, West Point, with the Rev. Mark McGee officiating.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MR. SMITH

VALLEY — Mr. Harding (Ronald) Smith, 72, of Valley died Saturday, July 4, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley after a hard fought battle with cancer.

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

MS. THOMAS

VALLEY — Anna Lynn Thomas, 29, passed away at EAMC-Lanier Emergency Department Saturday, July 4, 2015.

In keeping with Anna’s loving and generous spirit, it was her decision to donate life so that others may live. Anna gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Johnson-Brown Funeral Home in Valley is handling pending arrangements.

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