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Movie filming takes downtown LaFayette back to 1950s
Movie filming takes downtown LaFayette back to 1950s

"Mississippi Burning" is no longer the only movie to be filmed on location in downtown LaFayette. In recent days, the portion of U.S. 431 that runs past the west side of the Chambers County Courthouse has been blocked off while scenes are being shot for "White Water," the story of a nine-year-old African American boy in 1963 Opelika, Ala., who was obsessed with tasting the water from a "whites only" drinking fountain. Written by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, "White Water" is being directed by Rusty Cundieff. It has a release date of February 2015. The film crew's art department has done an amazing job of making the downtown street look vintage 1963 with an Opelika Bus Depot that has "colored" and "whites only" entrances, storefronts from the period, cars from that era parked along the street and a bright yellow "Cleveland Avenue" bus on the street corner outside the courthouse. While scenes are being shot, local police are directing traffic around the site. For some local residents, it's been interesting to hang around and watch. For some local merchants, though, the disruption of traffic has not been good for their business. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Boys and Girls Clubs participation increasing
Boys and Girls Clubs participation increasing


VALLEY — After going through a down period in terms of participation, things appear to be picking up for the Chambers County Boys & Girls Club.

"We picked up a lot in participation over the last year," said Board Member Jerome Bailey at a recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Valley. "Our (Langdale site) director, Kim Dozier, has been doing an excellent job.

"We had between 105 and 110 kids each afternoon all summer long, and we're now having at least 55 kids every session on week day afternoons."

A retired law enforcement officer with more than 30 years experience in Chambers County, Bailey today works for the local drug court while running a barbecue catering business. This is his first year as a B&G Club board member.

Bailey said the search is under way for a few more active board members, and plans are to have the Lanett and LaFayette units up and running again within the next year.

"We make sure our kids are safe," he said. "They are in a very clean environment. They get help with their studies, we have computers for learning, and they play lots of different games. We have certified teachers helping us in the afternoons. Some people think the Boys & Girls Club is a baby sitting service. It's not; it's more than that."

Bailey said the Langdale site could use a deep fryer and a new refrigerator.

There will be an open house at the meeting site in November. Bailey is asking everyone to be looking for the details in the coming weeks.

During the summer, it costs around $500 a month for the club to break even. Donations, fundraisers and some help from an Auburn food bank are beneficial. "The Troup County Boys & Girls Club helps us," Bailey said. "They recently had an Oscar Night and a golf tournament that helped us. We've also had some local fundraisers."

Bailey is frequently doing fundraisers, not just for the Boys & Girls Club but for other causes as well. "Me and (Sheriff) Sid (Lockhart) enjoy doing fundraisers to help the kids in the community," he said. "We've had them for the Circle of Care to help them get a new van. There are people out there with health challenges. We can't turn our backs on them."

Membership in the Boys & Girls Club costs $45 a week during the summer months and $25 a week for the after-school program. Bailey said the members have enjoyed taking trips to Auburn and other destinations in the east Alabama region.

The board meets on the third Monday of every month. Bailey thanked Chambers County Superintendent of Education Dr. Kelli Hodge for her support. "She comes to all of our meetings, and helps keep us in the right direction," he said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national organization of local chapters which provides summer and after-school programs for young people. It is headquartered in Atlanta with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, New York City and Los Angeles.

The first Boys Club was founded in Hartford, Conn., in 1860. In 1906, 53 independent clubs came together in Boston to form a national organization, the Federated Boys Clubs. The organization renamed itself the Boys Clubs of America in 1931 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990.

The organization today has over 4,000 local clubs. It's the official charity of Major League Baseball, and actor Denzel Washington, a former member, is its national spokesperson.

Current members range in age from 5 to 16 years. Approximately 31 percent of its membership is Caucasian, 29 percent African American and 23 percent Latino. In addition to Washington, notable people who were members in their youth include Shaun White, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Sandler, Gen. Wesley Clark, Lee Corso. Magic Johnson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Smokey Robinson, Shaquile O'Neal, Martin Sheen and C.C. Sabathia.

Harris Chamber sets airport open house Thursday, Oct. 9
Harris Chamber sets airport open house Thursday, Oct. 9


HAMILTON — The Harris County Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend the Business After Hours Airport Open House on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.

This has become an annual event for the whole family, and is presented by the Harris County Chamber of Commerce and the Harris County Commissioners.

The event is sponsored by W. K. Dickson & Associates, the county’s airport consulting firm. W. K. Dickson has assisted the county with many airport improvements.

"We hope folks will join us for an evening of networking, food and fun at what has become our most popular Business After Hours event," said Jayson Johnston, Chamber president. “As in year’s past, we have several local pilots who will be bringing out their planes and offering free short plane rides to take in the Harris County sights by air.”

The Pine Mountain Volunteer Fire Department will be cooking on site this year and providing food. They will be accepting donations to support the department. They will also be on hand with their ladder truck for kids of all ages to explore.

The airport is located at 789 Sky Meadow Drive in Pine Mountain. For further information please contact the Harris County Chamber of Commerce at 706-628-0010.

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Troup opens softball region tourney Wednesday
Troup opens softball region tourney Wednesday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — After a solid season, the Troup High Lady Tigers softball team is busy preparing for the GHSA 4A-Region 5 tournament this week held at Whitewater High School.

Troup went 10-9 in regular season play and 5-5 in region action.

In addition, Troup defeated rival LaGrange for the first time in five seasons.

The region tourney will open Wednesday at Whitewater High and will be a best 2-of-3 games format.

Libby Wheeler, Taylor Mooseman, Abby Taylor and Kinley Stanford are all from West Point.

Wheeler is a two-sport student-athlete, playing golf and softball for the Lady Tigers. In addition, Taylor also plays on the golf team.

Troup is led by coach Blair Shimandle.

Assistant coaches include Devin Arnold, Eddie Hull and Mason Bracket.

Troup outscores Callaway 23-0 in fourth for 37-27 win
Troup outscores Callaway 23-0 in fourth for 37-27 win

By Times-News Sports Staff

LaGRANGE — The Troup High Tigers staged a remarkable fourth-quarter rally Friday at Callaway Stadium to claim a 37-27 win over the Callaway Cavaliers.

At three different times during the game, the Tigers trailed by two touchdowns. By the time Troup had made its first down of the game (in the second quarter), Callaway had amassed 228 yards of total offense.

The Tiger win overshadowed an outstanding individual performance by Callaway’s Eddie Culpepper. The big back bruised the Tiger defense for 197 yards on 25 carries good for four touchdowns.

But Troup had its own multiple-TD rusher as Dexter Shealey pounded the Cavalier defense for 113 yards on 21 carries, good for three scores. Mess Bonner actually led the Tiger attack with 121 yards on 25 rushes and one TD.

The Tigers ran 67 rushing plays in the game, good for 330 yards and five touchdowns, as quarterback Will Smith (10 carries for 33 yards) also had a scoring run.

Michael Young was perfect on PATs, kicking five, and late in the game Vanquez Bonner gave the Tigers clinching points when he tackled Culpepper in the Cavalier end zone for a safety following a fumbled pitch.

Perhaps the most significant statistic of the game had to do with turnovers. Troup had none. The Tigers didn’t even fumble and recover it. Callaway lost four fumbles and had two pass interceptions, and it was turnovers in the fourth quarter that doomed the Cavaliers.

Troup had no offensive penalties.

The game opened on an encouraging note for Callaway. After holding Troup to a three-and-out on the first Tiger possession (the Tigers were three-and-out on four first quarter possessions), the Cavaliers marched easily to a touchdown. A 35-yard pass completion from quarterback Dre Martin to Terry Godwin got the Cavaliers into Tiger territory at the Troup 35, and it took Culpepper four carries of 9, 10, 9 and 7 yards to get the score. Hunter Milliman missed the extra point after a bad snap, but with 7:57 left in the first quarter, Callaway had a 6-0 lead.

Troup ran three plays, punted and Callaway came roaring downfield. Its first drive covered 70 yards in six plays. This one moved steadily downfield from the Callaway 30 to the Troup 27 before a Culpepper fumble was recovered by Troup’s O.J. Zeigler to thwart the drive.

After another Troup punt to the Callaway 30, the Cavaliers moved quickly downfield and had a first-and-goal at the Troup five-yard line before Culpepper fumbled again, this time into the Troup end zone, which gave the Tigers the ball at their own 20-yard line.

After three plays, the Tigers punted, and a short kick gave Callaway the ball at the Troup 49-yard line, setting up Callaway’s second TD.

Culpepper got some rushing help from Labronze Zelaya and Cedric Maynard in the seven-play, 49-yard drive, but Culpepper did the scoring honors from two yards out. Milliman tacked on the point-after for a 13-0 Callaway lead with 10:08 left in the half.

Shealey got the Tigers rolling with a good kickoff return to the Tiger 39 and with the help of an encroachment penalty against Callaway, Smith ran four yards to midfield for the Tigers first first down of the game.

A chop block call against Callaway on a third-and-one from the Callaway 41 gave Troup its second first down of the game and great field position at the Callaway 23. Five plays later Mess Bonner scored from nine yards out, Michael Young kicked the point-after and suddenly, Troup was right back in the game, trailing 13-7 with 5:37 left in the half.

The Tigers missed out on a change to tie the game or take the lead later in the quarter. Vanquez Bonner picked off a Cavalier pass to give Troup the ball at its own three-yard line with 4:23 left in the half.

Troup then ran 16 plays, picking up seven first downs, and reached the Cavalier eight-yard line before running out of time and downs.

Callaway had dominated the first quarter, the teams fought to a draw in the second quarter, and Callaway had the edge in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers took the opening kickoff and drove 59 yards in nine plays to extend their lead to two touchdowns again. Culpepper got the score on a seven-yard run, Milliman kicked the point-after and Callaway led 20-7 with 7:13 left in the third quarter.

Troup’s offense had changed gears late in the second quarter, and the Tigers were rolling on their first possession of the second half. They drove 57 yards in eight plays for a score, with Shealey doing the honors from three yards out. Young’s PAT kick cut the Callaway lead to 2014 with 3:51 left in the third quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Callaway wound up with the ball at its own 45-yard line. On the next snap, Culpepper dashed 55 yards for a score, Miliman kicked the point-after and Callaway again enjoyed a two-TD lead at 27-14 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.

But it all came apart for the Cavaliers in the final stanza. Troup did its part but the Cavaliers self-destructed.

Down two scores, Troup drove 63 yards in seven plays with Shealey getting the TD on a 10-yard run when the Tigers were facing a fourth-and-five from the Cavalier 10. Shealey turned the corner on the Cavalier defense and then tiptoed between two defenders as he soared into the end zone. Young’s PAT kick cut the Cavalier lead to 27-21 with 10:13 left in the game.

On the ensuing kickoff Maynard fumbled the ball and Saye Sanders recovered for Troup at the Cavalier 36-yard line. A 14-yard pass from Smith to Shealey (Troup’s second pass completion of the game) moved the ball to the 22, and on the next play Smith kept the ball and ran 22 yards for the score to tie the game 27-27 with 9:39 left in the contest. Young’s PAT kick gave Troup its first lead of the game at 28-27.

Another quick turnover enabled Troup to pad its lead. Quarterback Martin was sacked for a huge loss at the Cavalier 30, fumbled the ball and Troup’s Hudson Newman recovered. at the Cavalier 30-yard line.

Mess Bonner ran twice for 15 yards and a first down, but three running plays left Troup facing a fourth-and-two from the Cavalier seven. Shealey got the call and bulled his way into the end zone for the score. Young added his fifth PAT kick and Troup led 35-27 with 4:56 left in the game.

It was still a one-score lead for Troup, but that changed on the next Cavalier offensive snap. The ball was fumbled into the end zone, Culpepper picked it up and was tackled by Vanquez Bonner for a safety at the 4:44 mark of the fourth quarter.

Troup handled the ensuing free kick and ran nine plays and all but 37 seconds off the clock to seal the victory.

Troup is now 3-2 on the season and will take this week off before beginning region play.

West's field goal lifts Springwood by Chambers in 32-30 thriller
West's field goal lifts Springwood by Chambers in 32-30 thriller

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — Noah West booted a 32-yard field goal with 1:41 left in the game as the Springwood Wildcats (4-2, 1-2) rallied for a thrilling 32-30 win over the Chambers Academy Rebels (2-3, 1-2) Friday evening here at CA’s Torbert Field.

Despite a plethora of turnovers on both sides, the 38th meeting between the local AISA rivals was one of the most exciting ever played and came down to a last-second interception at the Chambers goal line to seal the Wildcats hard-fought win.

Chambers jumped on top first with the opening drive of the game and a quick 8-0 lead with 8:24 left in the first.

The Rebels went 55 yards on nine plays when T.J. Silmon scored on a 16-yard run and CA converted the two-point PAT run.

Springwood countered right back as the Wildcats went 64 yards on seven plays when Maurice Fears scored on a 41-yard run up the gut to make it 8-6.

The Wildcats then tacked on the two-point PAT run on a nifty quarterback rollout bootleg run by R.J. McDonald and in for the score to tie the game at 8-all with 3:11 left in the first.

Chambers came back once again as Malik Lyons scored on a 71-yard run to cap a three-play, 80-yard march for points and now a 14-8 lead with 1:37 left in the first. The two-point PAT failed but CA regained the lead in a game which appeared to resemble an Oregon-style shootout.

The Rebels would push its lead to 22-8 at 10:32 of the second quarter on a nicely-executed 42-yard scoring strike from quarterback Tae Henry to Silmon.

Chambers scoring drive was five plays and 61 yards and the Rebels seemed to have command of the game.

But from this point on, the Wildcats outscored the Rebels 24-8 for the rest of the game in posting the 32-30 win.

Springwood cut the deficit to 22-14 with 8:23 left in the half after Steven Stuntz tallied a 12-yard scoring run up the middle of the CA defense. Chambers stopped the two-point PAT play but the Wildcats were right back in the game.

Two series later, the Wildcats rallied once again.

The highlight of the scoring march for Springwood was a beautifully thrown halfback pass from Fears to Jake Sullivan, who outleaped a CA defender for position, hauled in the pass to complete a 67-yard play.

Three plays later, Fears scored his second TD on a two-yard run off tackle and with 2:18 left, Springwood was down by just two at 22-20. Fears then added the two-point PAT run and within eight minutes, the Wildcats erased a 14-point deficit to tie the game at 22-all at the half.

Springwood took the lead at 29-22 on its third straight TD, this time on a 19-yard scoring run from Shykee Thomas, and with 9:36 left in the third quarter, the Wildcats were up by seven at 29-22 following Noah West’s PAT kick.

The Wildcats scoring drive was 47 yards on five plays.

Although both teams had many turnovers with a combined five interceptions and a ton of fumbles, it was an exciting game and down to the wire before the outcome was decided.

CA ended its scoring drought and regained the lead at 30-29 with 9:26 left in the game.

Corey Richardson capped a well executed 73-yard, nine-play scoring march on a two-yard TD run to cut the deficit to 29-28.

Silmon scored on the two-point PAT run and the Rebels took the lead at 30-29.

But after four more series, the game came down to Springwood’s game-winning drive of 72 yards and eight plays, setting the stage for West.

After the Wildcats advanced the ball all the way from its own 28 to the Rebel 22, West entered the game on fourth down with the game on the line.

With just 1:41 left, West calmly booted a 32-yard field goal with a good five yards to spare for a 32-30 Springwood lead.

West’s pressure-packed field goal just missed the fingertips of a CA lineman on the play (see photo) but the kick was true and set off a wild on-field, on the sidelines and in the stands celebration for Springwood players, coaches and fans alike.

You’ve got to tip your hat to West, who faced an enormous amount of pressure with the game on the line and he delivered with a perfect kick.

But the game still wasn’t over quite yet.

Chambers had time and drove the ball down deep inside Springwood territory with only seconds remaining.

But on a desperation fourth down pass play with :04 seconds left, Henry was intercepted by Thomas, who was one of three Wildcat defender around the goal line. Thomas made the pick at the Rebel five-yard line, advanced up field and fell down to end the game and set off a crazy mob scene on the field and a 32-30 Springwood win.

“I’m extremely proud of how our guys fought through adversity tonight,” Springwood coach Thomas Hill said. “It was a dogfight out there. Our guys gave it everything they had.”

While Springwood celebrated, it was a gut-wrenching defeat for Chambers and the second last-second defeat for the Rebels this season following a 33-32 season-opening loss to Cornerstone Christian Academy.

CA could very easily be 4-1 on the season with a combined two losses of just three points.

“I thought our kids played really tough and showed a lot of class,” said Chambers coach Jason Allen. “We played with a toughness and physicality that we had not shown up until this point. Having said that, however, we’re disappointed with the loss. We played well enough to win the game but we made some critical turnovers at some really crucial moments in the game. You can't fumble going in for a score or when your trying to run the clock out to win the game. Up until this point, turnovers hadn't been a problem for us. We will get those corrected. I really like the direction our team is headed and we will continue to improve as the season progresses. Our kids are really starting to buy into our system and believe in it. Next up is Pike Liberals Arts, a 3A team. We will have to play well as they are a much improved team from last season.”

Fears led the Springwood ground game with 137 yards on 18 carries and a pair of scores, added another 11 yards receiving and 98 yards passing on a pair of halfback tosses both to Sullivan. Fears also had 10 tackles in the win as well.

Springwood rushed for 236 yards on 38 attempts and four scores.

Sullivan had two receptions for 98 yards.

Sullivan also had a terrific game defensively in leading the Wildcat defense with 13 tackles (6-7).

A.J. Braxton also had a big game with 12 stops (7-5), while Stuntz and Fears both had 10 tackles as well. Michael Vo added eight stops as well (4-4).

Elijah Carroll, Sage Ferrell and Aaron Benford all tallied seven stops. Austin Teague, Chandlor Champion and Austin Kemp had six tackles each.

Springwood had three quarterback sacks, three fumble recoveries (two by Brandon Bryan and one by Ferrell) and had three interceptions (Thomas, Stuntz and Braxton).

Chambers rushed for 342 yards on 43 carries and four scores.

Lyons led the CA attack with 128 yards on 13 carries and one TD, Jay Tinsley added 85 yards on nine attempts, Henry chipped in with 61 yards on 14 carries and Silmon added 69 yards on 10 attempts.

Chambers also had another 115 yard passing.

Richardson led the CA defense with eight stops, Henry added seven, Tinsley, Austin Hudmon and Tyler Williams all had six, Mateo Valdez chipped in with five stops, Johntavious Flournoy and Trent Dodgen both had four while Silmon and Landon Harmon had three each.

Tinsley and Lyons both had interceptions as well.

•Springwood plays at 3A rival Lee-Scott while Chambers is at 3A Pike Liberal Arts.


Obituaries for Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Obituaries for Tuesday, September 30, 2014


VALLEY — Mrs. Helen P. Aaron, 80, of Valley died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Steve Langley officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.


ATLANTA — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Majid Allah of Atlanta, who died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at his residence.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.


WEST POINT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Willie "Sonny" Peters of West Point, who died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his residence.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.


LANETT — Mrs. Nancy Short Staples, 59, of Lanett died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Family Worship Center with Pastor Gary Cotney officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Monday, September 29, 2014
Obituaries for Monday, September 29, 2014


VALLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Helen P. Aaron, 80, of Valley, who died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.


WADLEY — Mr. Jesse Thomas Edge, 87, of Wadley died peacefully at his home in Wadley on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Funeral services are planned for Monday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. CDT at Beulah Christian Church with the Rev. Phil Gore officiating. Burial will follow at Wadley Cemetery

Quattlebaum Funeral Home of Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.


WADLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Frances Greathouse of Wadley, who died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at EAMC- Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services and survivors to be announced by Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley.


HUGULEY — Mrs. Mary Evelyn Griffin, 96, of Huguley died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at her residence.

Graveside services are planned for Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett with the Rev. Patricia Sims officiating.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.


LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Isaac Leverette, 77, of LaFayette, who died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.


VIDALIA, Ga. — Mr. Jesse Willard Yates, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at Bethany Nursing Center, Vidalia, after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church of Lanett, with the Rev. Howard Merchant officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.


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