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New turning lane at Fairfax Bypass, Fob James Drive
New turning lane at Fairfax Bypass, Fob James Drive

On Monday, Kathy Snowden (at right) was sworn in as the City of Valley's new city clerk/treasurer. Administering the oath of office was Chambers County District Court Judge Calvin Milford (left). Holding the bible was Mrs. Snowden's husband, Mike. Snowden succeeds Regina Glaze, who recently retired after a career with the city that spanned some 35 years. She was one of the newly-incorporated city's first employees. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — At Monday evening's meeting of the Valley City Council, local residents were advised of some road changes that have taken place at the intersection of Fairfax Bypass and Fob James Drive and at the parking lot on the north side of Ram Stadium.

Planning and Development Director Travis Carter told the council that there are now two left turn lanes from Fairfax Bypass onto Fob James Drive. Recent traffic counts, he said, have revealed that as many as 500 vehicles per hour go through that intersection at peak periods.

The other change will be put to test for the first time at tonight's graduation ceremony at Ram Stadium. The parking lot between Ram Stadium and Valley Sportsplex is now linked with the portion of Huguley Road that has been closed for a number of years. The road is part of the 400-acre site the city recently purchased from WestPoint Home. There's a very short distance between that road and the parking lot. An access road has been put in place to make the road reachable from the parking area. A gate is in place to keep the road closed most of the time, but it will be open tonight to help with traffic congestion after the graduation ceremony.

"This new exit will be open for the Valley High graduation," said Public Works Director Patrick Bolt, "but it will be open only for those who are leaving, and not for those who are coming to the graduation. People will be turning right, back toward the mill store. It should help with the traffic flow. We'll see how it goes tonight."

Bolt said that his department would soon be putting up some new street lights at various places around town. "We've talked to the power company about it," he said. "The new lights should arrive soon. Some will be more complicated than others."

Some of the work will be just a matter of putting new lights on existing poles; in other cases new poles will be going up.

Bolt said that relief is on the way for dimly-lit Exit 77 on I-85. There are 96 individual lights at the intersection, and only four of them are working. "The work should start on this in June," he said.

Valley and Lanett have each agreed to pay for the electricity on their side of the Interstate.

Bolt said that his department would be very busy with grass cutting and pothole patching during the summer months. They recently had quite an experience in a sinkhole repair project on 51st Street. A big hole along the road opened up when a section of a large corrugated metal pipe collapsed. While doing the repair work, the city's mini excavator fell into the hole.

Council Member Henry Cooper, who watched the repair work taking place, commended Bolt and the work crew for the manner they extricated the expensive piece of equipment from that situation. "You've heard of someone digging themself a hole," he said. "This was more a case of digging themself out of a hole. They were very careful about it, and I was impressed with the way they put safety first."

Council Member Jimmy Gilson said that someone has been using the city park as a place to leave their household garbage and that they needed to put a stop to this. He said that it might be a good idea to put up cameras to catch whoever was doing this. If anyone is caught doing this, they will be in for some stern punishment. "It's a pretty place, and most people are conscientious enough to take care of it," he said, "but we do have a few renegades, and we need to keep watch of this."

Monday was the first day on the job for new City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Snowden. She was officially sworn into the position Monday evening by Chambers County District Court Judge Calvin Milford.

"She brings a wealth of knowledge to the job," Mayor Leonard Riley said.

Most recently she was the controller for Craftmaster Printers in Opelika. She'd been there since 2006 and before that had been the accounting manager for WestPoint Stevens' retail division. Snowden is a 1980 graduate of Valley High. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in accounting from Troy University and later earned an MBA from Troy.

PHd Jazz Band will be performing at Summer Sounds Friday
PHd Jazz Band will be performing at Summer Sounds Friday

By THE TIMES-NEWS

WEST POINT — PHd Jazz Band, out of Atlanta, Ga., is the Summer Sounds band for Friday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. in West Point’s new River Park.

The park is adjacent to City Hall on First Avenue and U.S. Highway 29. The concerts are sponsored by the Greater Valley Juneteenth Committee in partnership with the City of West Point.

PHd Jazz Band, under the leadership of Gerald Holland, is composed of talented, mature musicians with more than 30 years of combined experience. This band specializes in traditional, contemporary (smooth jazz) as well as R&B dance music. Gospel music is also a specialty of the band.

Members of PHd include vocalist Charles Barksdale, drummer DeMarcus Dixon, Tavius Elder on guitar, George Grier on the bass, Gerald Holland on the saxophone and recording artist Eric Fleming on the keyboards. These gifted musicians can be found most often on the Atlanta circuit performing at private dinner parties, weddings, special events, graduations, anniversaries and church events.

Summer Sounds Friday evening concerts are free and family oriented. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, umbrella, picnic dinner and enjoy some groovy, grazing in the grass jazz music. Parents should bring a towel and a change of clothes for children who want to enjoy the new water splash feature at the park. In the event of rain, the concert will be cancelled. No alcohol is permitted in the park.

The two remaining Summer Sounds concerts are June 3, Brittany Avery and GP38, country western; and June 17, the James Brown Trio and the Greater Peace Youth Ensemble, gospel.

These free concerts are made possible by the generous donations of Capital City Bank, CharterBank, West Point Development Authority, Pokey’s, Johnny’s Pizza and J. Smith Lanier & Co. Insurance.

Retired Coach Woody will head LaFayette summer rec program
Retired Coach Woody will head LaFayette summer rec program

By DAVID BELL

LaFAYETTE — Retired LaFayette High School basketball coach John T. Woody has been appointed by the mayor and city council to serve as director of the city’s summer recreation program for youth.

Woody’s active coaching career spanned the better part of four decades, and upon his retirement, the basketball court in LaFayette High gym was named in his honor.

Coach Woody will run a daily five-hour program for young people in conjunction with the summer food program from May 31 until July 29, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the LaFayette High gym. At the suggestion of City Councilman Terry Mangram, participation will be controlled by a daily sign-in sheet, and council members collectively pledged their assistance with any further coordination as needed.

In addition, the mayor and council held a public hearing regarding two pieces of private property that have become overgrown and unsightly due to neglect. City attorney Mac Tucker said a notice issued by the city involving a parcel on MLK Jr. Drive, owned by Robert Gardner, was returned as unclaimed. The other property, owned by George Foster Jr. between 507 and 515 Second Ave. SW, had been properly served. Police Chief Ben Hill added that neighbors have continuously complained about the sites for nearly a year, and it was finally “time to do something about it.”

Since the issues were discussed in a public hearing, and receiving no comments, council members reserved taking formal action until the next meeting. Meanwhile, Tucker said an ordinance violation would be needed to declare the properties a nuisance.

The council also appointed Mayor Pro Tem Tammie Williams to serve as the city’s election committee representative at the upcoming Alabama Municipal Electric Authority conference in Montgomery.

And, Williams announced she would be making space available at her office for monthly meetings of the local UNITE organization, which is an acronym for “You and I Together Excel.” The non-profit group assists school students with tutoring and self-esteem issues to help them achieve success. Members have agreed to volunteer their services to various city projects in exchange for the meeting space.

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CA Rebels to host four-school football jamboree Aug. 18
CA Rebels to host four-school football jamboree Aug. 18

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — Chambers Academy will serve as the host school for a four-school AISA preseason football jamboree Thurs., Aug. 18, Jason Allen, CA head football coach and athletic director, told The Times-News Monday.

The four-school jamboree will consist of the CA Rebels, the defending 1A state runnerups, the 3A Springwood Wildcats, 3A powerhouse Lee-Scott Academy Warriors and 2A Evangel Christian Academy of Montgomery, Allen noted.

“We expect a huge turnout with CA, Springwood and Lee-Scott fans and will be a great way to kickoff the season for the players and fans alike,” said Allen.

Allen’s CA Rebels will field one of its best-ever outfits this fall in its quest to win the school’s first-ever football state championship.

The Rebels return 19 of 22 starters, including both the offensive and defensive fronts, in what should be an exciting season for CA fans.

All-star candidate Malik Lyons is back for his third year as the Rebels starting quarterback.

He’s been one of the elite players in all of AISA football and will provide great leadership as CA looks to win the 1A state title.

Lyons has been CA’s turbo-charger on offense and led CA to nearly 4,800 rushing yards last fall.

Coach Thomas Hill will also have a much improved team at Springwood as the Wildcats make the jump from 2A to 3A play.

Like rival CA, Springwood returns a plethora of talented players, including the whole offensive line led by standout junior Zack Guy.

The Wildcats will be led on offense by speedster tailback Shykee Thomas, one of the quickest players in the AISA and a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

•The 2016 high school football season will kickoff Aug. 19 when Valley goes to rival Lanett in the 85th all-time meeting. Valley leads the series 53-29-2.

With 19 starters back, 'sky is the limit' for '16 CA Rebels
With 19 starters back, 'sky is the limit' for '16 CA Rebels

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — After a sensational 10-3 and AISA 1A state runner-up season in 2015, the old phrase of “the sky is the limit” is certainly appropriate for what should be one of the finest Chambers Academy football teams in the Rebels history this fall.

Coach Jason Allen and his staff have done a remarkable job of turning the CA program not only back into a winner but on the cusp of winning the school’s first-ever football state championship.

To stay the Rebels are loaded would be an understatement but titles are not won in the press headlines, but with a 150 percent effort, year-round in conditioning workouts, staying healthy and great coaching and CA is blessed to have all three heading to 2016 in what should be one of the most exciting teams in school history.

The Rebels return 19 of 22 starters, yes, that’s right, and have athletic ability, size, power and skill across the board on both sides of the line, Allen noted.

“We return nine starters on offense and 10 more on defense,” Allen noted. “We’ve also got a really good ninth grade class coming up that will provide extra depth,” said Allen.

“Our offensive line returns intact for a third straight year which I am most excited about,” Allen noted. “The defensive line also returns intact. When you have that experience returning, it’s comforting. We have Trent Dodgen, Mateo Valdez, Brinson Sheffield, Reilly Birditte, Trey Waldrop and Colby Boone. It’s a great group of guys and I’m excited about what they can do this fall,” Allen said.

One of the premiere players in the AISA is rising senior and three-year starter Malik Lyons at quarterback.

Lyons rushed for over 1,100 yards as a sophomore and had a sensational season passing, rushing and leading a supercharged CA offense last fall. He ran for over 1,500 yards, passed for over 1,000 and led a Rebel offense which rang up 4,800 rushing yards, the second-highest total ever in the seven-school local area. He accounted for over 30 TDs in a remarkable season for the youngster.

“Malik returns as our quarterback and is as a very accomplished player on offense but we feel very good about several other guys who can run the ball. as well,” Allen said. “Johntavious Flournoy is an overlooked player who had 800 yards last season. In addition, Hayden Harris, Matthew Keebler, C.J. Lyons and Mitchell Lee are all capable runners and we may have several others that can provide help as well. We have some options and that's always a good thing. This summer will be about getting stronger and working on our passing game to become a more balanced team,” Allen noted.

Coach Lowe: 'raise the level of expectations'
Coach Lowe: 'raise the level of expectations'

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — The Valley High Rams concluded spring drills Thursday afternoon at the practice field with the Blue and Orange intrasquad scrimmage.

It was a productive spring for new coach Brad Lowe and the Rams as they’ve accomplished a lot but still have a long ways to go.

Valley has a lot of very good but youth-dominated athletes who have a lot of ability and several, big time playmakers on defense, including sophomore defensive tackle Quez Tucker and freshman inside linebacker B.J. Smith just to name a few.

“I thought overall, spring went well,” Lowe said following the scrimmage. “The kids are still getting acclimated to what we're trying to do; more-so off the field than on. We’re trying to raise the level of expectations of what we want our program to be, then, being disciplined enough to be accountable by it,” Lowe noted.

“We tried to make the best of the situation,” said Lowe. “We were able to touch on all special teams, which is very important. We laid the foundation of what we want our identity to be offensively and defensively. Being that we didn't play a traditional game, it was more of a situational scrimmage; based on down and distance, field zones, and clock management. We have tried to focus on competing, and we feel like we have at least raised the level of awareness of this,” Lowe noted.

Valley has a number of talented upperclassmen who will play key roles on both sides of the line but staying injury-free is a must with a youthful squad this fall.

“We were without a few potential starters, but, for the most part, got some good film on guys that we feel will have to do well for us to be successful,” added Lowe. “We are very young and inexperienced, so, we have to grow up in a hurry. It isn't usually beneficial to have to rely upon a lot of sophomores and some freshmen, but, that's where we are and will embrace it. We finished spring practice relatively healthy, minus a few aches and pains. We should be able to begin summer with all of our guys ready to go. It’s important that we continue to build what we have begun, and the summer program will be a big gauge to see if we are committed to our program, each other, and getting better,” noted Lowe.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Obituaries for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MR. BEATTY

GRAHAM, Wash. — Mr. Wesley L. Beatty, 35, of Graham passed away March 11, 2016, in Washington.

Graveside services were held Monday, May 23 at 1 p.m. CDT at Handy Memorial Cemetery in LaFayette.

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

MRS. BLEIER

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — Mrs. Deanna Lee Stewart Bleier, 54, of Phenix City, formerly of Lanett, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Columbus Hospice House in Columbus, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

MS. HEARD

CAMP HILL, Ala. — Ms. Vickie Heard, 63, of Camp Hill passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at her residence.

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

MRS. HENDERSON

VALLEY — Mrs. Barbara Margaret Henderson, 85, of Valley passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Nathan Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett.

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

MR. JAMES

VALLEY — Mr. Eugene Lee “Gene” James, 42, of Valley passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Memorial services for Mr. James will be held Thursday, May 26 at noon from Faith Congregational Church, 244 Peterson St., Valley, with the Rev. Mamie Pennington officiating.

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

MR. LITTLE

VALLEY — Mr. Johnny Lee “Hank” Little of Valley passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at his residence.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. McKISSIC

WEDOWEE, Ala. — Mrs. Ervis McKissic, 88, of Wedowee passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m. CDT at Pine Flat Primitive Baptist Church in Wedowee with the Rev. Thomas Knight, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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

Obituaries for Monday, May 23, 2016
Obituaries for Monday, May 23, 2016

MR. AARON

VALLEY — Mr. Marshall Aaron, 83, of Valley passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Rusty Letson officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

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

MRS. HENDERSON

VALLEY — Mrs. Barbara Margaret Henderson, 85, of Valley passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Nathan Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett.

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

MRS. JACKSON

CAMP HILL, Ala. — Mrs. Lillian O. Jackson, 48, of Camp Hill passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 24 at 1 p.m. CDT at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Waverly with the Rev. Corey Huguley Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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

MS. MATTHEWS

AUBURN, Ala. — Ms. Zora Matthews, 67, of Auburn passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

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

MR. McCLENDON

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Clyde McClendon Jr., 91, a lifelong resident of LaFayette, died Wednesday, May 19, 2016, at home in Gulf Shores, Ala., where he resided the past seven years with his daughter and her husband.

A graveside service will be held Monday, May 23 at 1 p.m. at LaFayette City Cemetery.

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

MRS. SIMPLER

VALLEY — Mrs. Janelle Smith Simpler, 86, of Valley passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehab and Specialty Hospital in Warm Springs, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at Plant City Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Reed and the Rev. Rusty Letson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

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

MR. TURNER

VALLEY — Funeral services for Mr. Earnest Engram "Jack" Turner will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with Evangelist David Copeland officiating. Burial services will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett, with military honors.

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

MR. WORKMAN

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. — A funeral mass for Mr. Larry Eugene Workman, 72, of Alexander City will be held Monday, May 16 at 2 p.m. CDT at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 454 North Central Ave., Alexander City, with Father Peter Reddy and Father Bruce Krause officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the Church Social Hall. Burial will be at the Van Keuren Cemetery, Swan Lake, N.Y., at a future date.

Mr. Workman passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, at University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital.

Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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