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Sav-A-Life will add medical services including ultrasound
Sav-A-Life will add medical services including ultrasound

In September 2015, Sav-A-Life will mark 30 years of counseling young women who are facing unplanned pregnancies. At Wednesday's noon hour meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Valley, Sav-A-Life Director Machelle Hall (at center) discussed some major plans that are in store for the local ministry. It will be transitioning from a pregnancy center to a medical clinic. A nurse will be hired to help Sav-A-Life offer limited ultrasounds. This will be done under the supervision of the medical director, Dr. Kim Owens. The club made a donation of $200 to help Sav-A-Life continue the work it's been doing. At left is Shawn Jarrell, the program chair, and at right, Tammy Merritt, club president. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — Sav-A-Life Director Machelle Hall was the guest speaker at Wednesday's noon hour meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Valley. She talked about plans the counseling service has of transitioning to a medical clinic.

At present, Hall is the sole paid employee on the staff. She's hardly the only person there — she credits 12 "wonderful volunteers" who take care of all the daily tasks involved in meeting an average of 70 clients per month. Hall will soon be joined by a second paid staff member, a registered nurse who will be heading up the new medical clinic.

Open in Lanett since September 1985, Sav-A-Life in its first three decades has offered free resources to young men and women facing unplanned pregnancies. Services in-

clude free pregnancy tests, confidential counseling by trained peer counselors, abstinence counseling for unmarried women. parenting classes, assistance with maternal clothing, baby clothing and supplies, post-abortion counseling, abstinence education in local schools, a men's ministry, all in all compassionate care in a non-judgmental environment.

"Our goal is to truly become the first choice for young women and men facing pregnancies so that fewer and fewer of them will consider the second choice of having an abortion," Hall said. "One way we are striving to become the first choice of women facing unplanned pregnancies is by transitioning to a medical clinic."

The RN that's being sought will oversee the provision of medical services under the supervision of Sav-A-Life's medical director, Dr. Kim Owens.

"Once the nurse is hired and has completed all of the training to fulfill her duties, we will then begin to offer limited obstetrical ultrasounds to clients who may be abortion minded or abortion vulnerable," Hall said. "This will be under the supervision of Dr. Owens."

"Why is offering ultrasound important?" Hall asks. "When a young woman sees her unborn baby on the ultrasound screen it has a huge impact on her decision-making process. Pregnancy centers that have successfully transitioned to medical pregnancy clinics report dramatic increases in the number of women who might have otherwise had an abortion choosing life."

Hall pointed to a Guttmacher Institute survey that showed a 33 percent drop in the rate of abortion in the U.S. since 1980 and credited ultrasound technology as a factor in this. Other factors include women who've had an abortion sharing their regrets with other women and pregnancy centers like Sav-A-Life counseling women who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.

"Sav-A-Life strives every day to change hearts, one woman at a time," Hall said. "We empower women to make life-affirming choices, positive, healthy choices they can live with."

A 501(c)3 non-profit, Sav-A-Life receives no government funding. It does receive strong support from individuals, churches and the Valley United Fund.

"Lots of businesses have come and gone since 1985 but we are still here," Hall said. "We are also expanding our territory so that we can impact more lives. We see lives changed every day. We tell young women that they need time to deal with their emotions. We talk to them about how to approach their parents with the news that they are pregnant."

She credits her volunteer staff for making such valuable contributions as putting out a newsletter and making baby blankets with Bible verses on the bottom.

"God strengthens us," Hall said. "Our ministry has two key missions: (1) to share the hope of Jesus Christ and (2) to share the truth of life; this will save lives."

Unemployment declines in Troup and Harris counties
Unemployment declines in Troup and Harris counties

By THE TIMES-NEWS

ATLANTA — Unemployment rates in Troup and Harris counties did an about-face in February as the rate fell sharply in both counties.

Harris County's rate fell to 5.6 percent in February, down from 6.4 percent in January as employment totals in the county rose while the county's civilian labor force contracted by a greater margin.

Employment rose to 14,662 from January's 14,601, while the labor force contracted to 15,535 from January's 15,599. Unemployment fell to 873 from 998.

Troup's February unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent from January's 7.6 percent.Troup saw employment grow while the civilian labor force contracted as well. Employment grew to 34,118 from 33,920 in January, while the labor force fell to 36,464 from 36,700. Unemployment dropped to 2,346 from January's 2,780.

Unemployment rates in larger cities in the area also declined. Columbus saw its rate drop to 8.0 percent from January's 8.1 percent, and LaGrange had a big drop to 7.4 percent from January's 9.0 percent.

Statewide, Georgia reported a 6.3 percent unemployment rate in February, down from 6.4 percent in January and from 7.3 percent in February 2014.

Police Reports for Thursday, March 26, 2015
Police Reports for Thursday, March 26, 2015

Valley Police

VALLEY — Adarius Raishaun Simmons, 19, of Valley was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana second degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Javanski Dorsey, 22, of Lanett was arrested for bail jumping second degree.

Brittney Shante Gibson, 24, of Lanett was arrested for bail jumping second degree.

Breaking and entering a motor vehicle and theft of property third degree were reported in the 100 block of West Sears Street.

Lanett Police

LANETT — Autumn Michele Hancock, 24, of Valley was arrested for theft of property third degree.

Justin Ladarius Huguley, 21, of Lanett was arrested for fugitive from justice.

Christopher Arnold Scott, 22, of LaGrange was arrested on five counts of failure to appear.

West Point Police

WEST POINT — Reginald Tremayne Cleveland, 40, of Lanett was arrested for public intoxication.

Criminal damage to property was reported to the West Point Police Department.

Fraud, resulting from an Internet transaction, was reported to the West Point Police Department.

Chambers Sheriff

LaFAYETTE — Jerald Dean Korporal, 27, of Five Points was arrested for probation violation.

Sheriff officials reported 126 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

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Springwood's Carroll signs with NAIA Lindenwood (Ill.) Lynx
Springwood's Carroll signs with NAIA Lindenwood (Ill.) Lynx

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — After a terrific career in both academics and athletics for the Springwood Wildcats, senior standout Elijah Carroll will be taking his talents next fall to Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill., the youngster announced Wednesday at his signing day ceremony at the school’s fine arts center.

An NAIA school in the American Midwest Conference, Carroll will play his college football for the Lindenwood University Lynx.

A well-respected student-athlete, Carroll had a solid senior season and two-year career for coach Thomas Hill’s Wildcats.

Carroll played a key role in the resurgence of Springwood football as the Wildcats won seven games (7-5, 3-3) and earned a first-round 2A state playoff game at Marengo Academy last fall.

“We’re very appreciative of the effort and dedication Elijah has given to the Springwood football program,” said Hill. “I'm very proud of Elijah and the opportunity that he has earned to further his education and to play football. There isn’t a better young man than Elijah. If he shows the character that he has shown here, I know that he will be successful in college and in life. Our coaching staff wishes him well.”

A tight end and defensive end, Elijah tallied 17 receptions for 325 yards and two TDs.

In his career, Carroll tallied 28 receptions for 451 yards and three scores.

Also a defensive standout, Carroll had 139 total tackles in two seasons, including 70 solo stops and 69 assists. He also had 15 tackles for loss (TFL). He added 3.5 sacks and seven hurries and caused and recovered one fumble as well.

Troup No. 6; Springwood No. 5 in GHSA, AISA baseball polls
Troup No. 6; Springwood No. 5 in GHSA, AISA baseball polls

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

The Troup Tigers (12-2, 3-1) and the Springwood Wildcats (13-1, 4-0) are both highly-ranked in this week’s Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) and Alabama Sportswriters’ Association (ASWA) high school baseball polls.

•Coach Craig Garner’s Troup Tigers are No. 6 in the AJC 4A poll. The Tigers are currently tied for first in the 4A-Region 5 standings with Whitewater.

Only the region rival Whitewater High Wildcats at No. 2 are ranked higher than Troup.

Troup is seeking its first baseball region championship since the 1995 season.

The No. 1 team in GHSA 4A baseball is Buford, followed by Whitewater No. 2, Locust Grove No. 3, St. Pius No. 4, North Hall No. 5, Troup No. 6, Mary Persons No. 7, Pike Co. No. 8, Liberty County No. 9 and Eastside No. 10.

Troup has also beaten 6A No. 10 East Coweta (12-6) and 3A No. 8 Callaway (5-3).

•Dr. Walter Banks’ Springwood Wildcats are 13-1 but slipped from No. 4 to No. 5 in this week’s ASWA AISA poll.

Springwood has already defeated No. 2 Edgewood (23-5) 4-3 in region play and with a home win over Edgewood April 7, the Wildcats will have clinched its first baseball region title since the 1999 AISA 2A state championship season (26-2.)

The Wildcats also beat No. 6 Macon-East (20-8) and only lost to No. 8 Northside Methodist of Dothan (29-5-1).

Monroe is ranked No. 1 in the AISA poll, Edgewood No. 2, Marengo No. 3, Glenwood No. 4, Springwood No. 5, Macon-East No. 6, Autauga No. 7, Northside Methodist of Dothan No. 8, Kingwood No. 9 and Pickens No. 10.

Troup, Valley & Springwood baseball teams all post wins
Troup, Valley & Springwood baseball teams all post wins

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

It might be best to call it “Terrific Tuesday” for three local high school baseball teams as the Troup Tigers, Valley Rams and Springwood Wildcats all posted big region wins.

•At Troup (12-2, 3-1), the No. 14-ranked (Ga. Dugout magazine) Tigers remained tied for first in GHSA 4A-Region 5 play in battering region rival and 4A defending state champion Carrollton High 7-2 at Tiger Field.

•At Alexander City, the Valley Rams (9-7, 4-0) took a huge step towards not only securing a 6A state playoff berth but also hosting a first-round playoff series with a thrilling 2-1 region win over Benjamin Russell.

•At Springwood, the No. 4-ranked Wildcats (13-1, 4-0) moved within one win of securing its first region championship in 16 years with a twinbill (15-0, 25-0) demolition of visiting East Memorial Christian Academy.

•Troup reaffirmed its position as the early leader in region play with a dominating 7-2 win over Carrollton.

Junior righthander Bo Halcomb was sensational on the mound in limiting the Trojans to just three hits in six shutout innings of work.

Halcomb also struck out four in a 72-pitch effort.

Colby Darda allowed two unearned runs in the seventh with Troup already ahead 7-0. Neal Searels also saw work in relief in the seventh for Troup.

Tyler Bunn had an RBI single to score Miles Cameron, who earlier ripped a frozen-rope double to right centerfield, and a 1-0 Troup lead in the second.

Curtis Grant and Jonathan Foster had back-to-back hits while Ryan Bliss bunted in Grant for a 2-0 Tigers lead in the third. Following a Carrollton error, Foster scored and Troup was up 3-0.

The Tigers added one more run in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.

•The Valley Rams used another outstanding effort by sophomore fireballer Mitch Myers in a 2-1 win over Benjamin Russell.

Myers tossed a complete game with 10 strikeouts and allowed just two hits.

In addition, Myers was so dominant in fact that he had a perfect game through 4.1 innings and a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

For the season, Myers has worked 23 innings and allowed just one earned run with 34 strikeouts in Bob Gibson-like overpowering fashion.

Luke Thompson led the offense with three hits, Ryan Meadows, Tri Nix and Rye Shiver each had two hits, Myers added a double as did Nix and Meadows had a run-scoring hit as well.

Will Henderson scored both runs and blasted a tape measure solo home run.

Valley hosts Benjamin Russell in twinbill action Thursday.

•Springwood overwhelmed EMCA in doubleheader action 15-0 and 25-0.

Jake Sullivan earned the win in Game 1.

Noah West and Tyler Wright led the offense with two hits each while Lanier Gleaton, Dustin Hudmon, Brandon Bryan, David Miller and Connor Caldwell all had RBI hits as well.

The win clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the AISA 2A playoffs, Dr. Walter Banks, Springwood coach told The Times-News.

Springwood sealed the twinbill with a 25-0 win in Game 2.

Austin Hudmon earned the win on the mound.

Miller and Caldwell led the offense with three hits each, Dustin Hudmon tallied a pair while Noah West, Wright, Chandlor Champion, Bryan, Ricky Simmons, Reynolds Smith, Harrison Spivey, Lanier Gleaton and Austin Hudmon all added hits.

Springwood is just one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed and the region championship.

The Wildcats can secure its first region title since the 1999 state championship season with a home win over rival Edgewood, April 7.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Thursday, March 26, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, March 26, 2015

MR. THOMAS

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Benjamin (Ben) Thomas, 68, of LaFayette died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. CDT at the LaFayette City Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Howard and Matt Thomas officiating.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MR. DANIEL

LANETT — Mr. Charlie Daniel, 58, of Lanett died Monday, March 23, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26 at 2 p.m. EDT at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Mark Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is directing.

MR. HILL

VALLEY — Mr. Timothy Hill, 63, of Valley died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at his residence.

Memorial services for Mr. Hill will be held Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church of West Point.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MRS. KITTRELL

VALLEY — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Syble Kittrell, 79, of Valley, who died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is directing.

MR. LANE

VALLEY — Mr. Marshall Lane, 88, of Valley died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. in the Langdale United Methodist Church Family Life Center with the Rev. Rusty Tate officiating. Burial will follow at Langdale Cemetery.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is directing.

MR. TODD

CUSSETA — Mr. Linne Todd, 77, of Cusseta died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services for Mr. Todd will be held Friday, March 27 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Arthur Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Peterson and Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Obituaries for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MR. DANIEL

LANETT — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Charlie Daniel, 58, of Lanett, who died Monday, March 23, 2105, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

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

MR. SPRAGGINS

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Leonard Rodderick (Rod) Spraggins, 67, of LaFayette died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. EDT at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church on Highway 29 in West Point with the Rev. Jeff McCartney officiating.

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

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