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City of Lanett honors state championship basketball team
City of Lanett honors state championship basketball team

Immediately following Monday’s 6 p.m. Lanett City Council meeting, the Lanett High state championship boys basketball team was honored with an awards presentation and dinner at the Jane K. Farrar Event Center in the downtown area. Each player was given a certificate of appreciation, the school a plaque recognizing the 2016-17 2A state championship season and Coach Richard Carter a plaque recognizing his induction in the Alabama High School Coaches Hall of Fame. “I’m overwhelmed by the good things that have happened to me late in my coaching career," Coach Carter said. “There’s scripture that says that ‘your latter days will be better than your former days.’ That’s the way it has been for me.” (Photo by Wayne Clark)

By WAYNE CLARK

LANETT — Lanett’s city council meeting on Tuesday took on a celebratory mood for a couple of reasons. One, the mayor and council along with school officials honored the Lanett High basketball team on having recently won the 2A state championship and two, there were congratulations in store for Coach Richard Carter, who was inducted as a new member of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

After a short council meeting, city officials and representatives of the local school system made the short trip from city hall to the Jane K. Farrar Event Center on North Lanier Avenue for a dinner and awards program.

Members of both the boys and girls teams along with the cheerleaders were treated to some delicious Southern style barbecue prepared by Joseph B. Walker, better known as Smokin’ Joe, whose barbecue and food truck are known far and wide.

An overflow crowd was present for the event, and everyone was in a festive food, especially when Coach Carter said “How about a three-peat for next year?”

The Panthers should be heavily favored to do that in 2018. They have most of their key players coming back from this year’s team that won a state title for a second straight year.

There was a huge black and gold state championship cake that was served to the guests and John Radford of Piquarius Graphics in Lanett had some really nice state championship banners on the wall.

The players were seated at the huge banquet table just inside the front door and were recognized with certificates of recognition. Receiving them were two seniors, Jalen Madden and Tre Story; six juniors, state tournament most valuable player 6-6 Anquaevious “Long” Pollard, all-tournament team member 6-7 Manny Littles, starting guard Ty Truitt, Jaren Ross, Akaba Darden and Braylon Harrington; two sophomores, 6-7 Tifton Dobbs and 6-4 Trikweze Bridges, and four freshmen, 6-9 Cameron Boozer, 6-7 Zameron Boozer, 6-2 Kristian “Ken Ken” Story and Qua Houston.

Lanett High Principal Jennifer Boyd was presented a beautiful 2017 state championship plaque to be displayed at Lanett High, and Coach Carter was given one recognizing his induction into the state high school hall of fame.

“I’m overwhelmed by the good things that have happened to me late in my coaching career,” he told the crowd. “There’s some scripture that says that ‘your latter days shall be better than your former days.’ That’s the way it’s been for me.”

Coach Carter thanked Superintendent Phillip Johnson, the city school board and school administrators for their support of the basketball program. He said it was a good feeling to know that the community was solidly behind the team wherever they go. That’s not true for some high schools in the state.

Lanett teams don’t have to ask how much pre-game meals cost at tournament sites. They have the funding to cover it.

The team Lanett played in the 2A finals, R.C. Hatch of Uniontown, had to ask that and when they were told $20 per person they had to tell them they didn’t have enough to cover that and had to settle for a much smaller meal that cost $5 per person. That’s a particularly sad story given that R.C. Hatch is so good in basketball. Having won ten state championships, one would think there would be more support from the community for their basketball team. Coach Carter related the Hatch story during the banquet.

Coach Carter said it was quite an honor for him to be selected to the hall of fame. “I don’t know if I would have made it had I not been allowed to coach in Lanett,” he said. “I’m so appreciative to have had this chance. The young men I’m privileged to coach represent this city, the school system and their families very, very well. People from near and far came to see this team play this year, and it makes you feel good when they tell you that.”

Carter thanked his assistant coaches, Charlie Williams, who coaches the defense in addition to serving as the head girls’ team coach, and Trentavious McCants, who works with the offense. “We are so thankful for what we have in Lanett,” he said.

Superintendent Johnson said that school officials like to talk about being family in Lanett and that no one epitomizes that any better than Coach Carter.

Troup adopts ordinance curtailing underage alcohol
Troup adopts ordinance curtailing underage alcohol

By DAVID BELL

LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Commissioners heard the final reading of a new social hosting ordinance Tuesday before approving the measure by unanimous vote. The ordinance is designed to prevent underage drinking at social gatherings on private property under the control of adults in unincorporated areas of the county.

According to language contained in the document, the hosts of such gatherings will be responsible for keeping alcoholic beverages away from any minors in attendance. It goes further to require the host to take responsible action including contacting law enforcement if they discover illegal consumption has already occurred.

The ordinance was requested by Sheriff James Woodruff to give deputies additional leverage in combating underage drinking.

First-time violators will be punished by a fine of $200. The fine increases to $500 for a second offense and $1,000, plus at least 100 hours of community service, for a third or subsequent offense.

The new ordinance does not conflict with state law, which al-

lows parents to serve their own children alcohol within a residence they both share.

Commissioners also approved a request from Fire Chief Dennis Knight to convert one of his department’s pickup trucks to a brush truck. The vehicle will be used for fighting woods and grass fires in areas not accessible to regular fire trucks. Depending on the design, the brush truck could carry up to 200 gallons of water.

Money for the conversion will come from approximately $14,000 in revenue generated by the sale of surplus fire equipment.

In other business, commissioners approved a reimbursable agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to relocate a localizer antenna array at the LaGrange-Callaway Airport. The equipment, used by aircraft to approach and land at the facility, must be moved to make way for a runway extension. The FAA will reimburse the county 95 percent of the cost.

And, the board agreed to lift the county’s current hiring freeze to fill nine vacant budgeted positions. The Troup County Parks and Recreation Commission has openings for two part-time employees and six seasonal workers for park maintenance, while the airport is seeking a part-time line worker to fuel aircraft and handle light maintenance duties.

Applications for all positions with Troup County government are currently being accepted through the Georgia Department of Labor office on Longley Place in the LaGrange Industrial Park.

Police Reports for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Police Reports for Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lanett Police

LANETT — Randy Flowers, 63, of Lanett was arrested for domestic violence third degree.

David Smith, 53, of Lanett was arrested for failure to appear-traffic.

Jason Spears, 39, of Lanett was arrested for failure to appear.

Domestic violence third degree was reported in the 800 block of South 15th Street.

Valley Police

VALLEY — Jacqu-line Nicole Jones, 44, of Valley was arrested for bail jumping second degree.

Miracle Watts, 33, of Valley was arrested for public intoxication.

Steven Trey James, 23, of LaGrange was arrested for domestic violence third degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an altered firearm.

Tony Whaley, 44, of Valley was arrested for theft of property fourth degree.

Cody James Glover, 21, of Valley was arrested for failure to appear-traffic (three counts).

David Brian Smith, 53, of Valley was arrested for public intoxication.

Theft of property fourth degree was reported in the 3500 block of 20th Avenue.

Harassment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass were reported in the 5000 block of 19th Avenue.

West Point Police

WEST POINT — Richard Drew Smith was arrested for theft by shoplifting.

Tony Bernard Hargett was arrested for financial transaction fraud.

Chambers Sheriff

LaFAYETTE — Steven J. Fulghum, 35, of Five Points was arrested for failure to pay-negotiating a worthless negotiable instrument.

Dennis Paige, 42, of Roanoke was arrested for failure to appear-child support and failure to pay-driving while license revoked.

Phillip Andrews Wright, 33, of McDonough, Ga., was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance (three counts), unlawful possession of prescription medication, possession of marijuana second degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

Sheriff officials reported 124 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

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Valley tallies 34 runs in twinbill sweep of Tallassee
Valley tallies 34 runs in twinbill sweep of Tallassee

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — It was a memorable evening Tuesday here at Crestview Field as the Valley Rams baseball team (8-10) rang up 34 runs in an impressive, twinbill sweep over the Tallassee High Tigers.

Coach Patrick Shivers Rams tallied 22 runs in a 22-10 Game 1 win over the Tallassee. Valley then completed the sweep with a 12-3 pounding in Game 2.

“Ryan Meadows earned the win on the mound working three innings,” Shivers said. “Bubba Burrows came in for two innings in relief, allowing just two hits, one earned run while Tyler Lott closed the door in the sixth, setting Tallassee down in order for the win.”

It was an impressive performance for a much-improved and confident Valley team eyeing a 5A state playoff run later this spring.

“We absolutely wore the ball out,” noted Shivers. “Coby McDonald led off the game with a solo homer to get us started. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit, five guys had multiple hits led by Burrows going 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Lott added three hits with three RBIs, Eli Culpepper was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Ryan Meadows was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Sam Henderson was 2-for-5 with one RBI. All but one of our batters had at least 1 RBI in Game 1. We tallied 22 runs on 19 hits, so I was very pleased with our effort and being aggressive.”

•In Game 2, Lott worked all seven innings, scattering just four hits and one earned run, Shivers noted. “Very proud of his effort, he rose to the challenge and really pitched well for us,” said Shivers.

“At the plate, we continued to hit the ball very well,” added Shivers. “Again, every one of our players had at least one hit in Game 2 with several guys tallying multiple hits.”

Burrows had three hits and two RBIs, Chris Conner tallied three hits and had one RBI, McDonald added two hits and one RBI, Steven Coker chipped in with two hits and two RBIs, McKeyan McGinnis also had two hits with three RBIs and Eli Culpepper also had two hits. All of our guys had at least one hit, including Lott with two RBIs to help himself on the mound, noted Shivers.

"In two games, we scored 34 runs off of 36 hits, so I couldn't be happier of the way my guys hit the ball,” Shivers said. “Our pitching and defense struggled at times, but we really hit the ball and had tremendous run production.”

CA Rebels baseball team now 9-4 on season
CA Rebels baseball team now 9-4 on season

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

AUBURN — The Chambers Academy Rebels upped its record to 9-4 on the season last weekend as coach Matt Smith’s Rebels split with AISA powerhouse Lee-Scott and fell to Kingwood.

CA split the twinbill with Lee-Scott, winning Game 1 by a 3-2 score and fell in the nightcap Game 2 by a 4-3 tally.

Dalton Thrower earned the win for CA in Game 1. The righthander worked five innings, scattered just five hits and allowed one earned run.

Hunter Davis picked up the save in working the sixth and seventh innings in relief.

Davis led the CA offense with two hits, one RBI and one scored one run.

Gavin White, Thrower, Blake Sheppard and Caydon Smoot all had hits as well. Brock Ennis also had one RBI.

In Game 2, Nick Harmon worked four innings, allowed just three hits and three earned runs in taking the loss.

Jordan Gillespie and Smoot led the offense each with two hits while Sheppard and Davis both added markers.

In the Kingwood game, CA tallied just two hits in the defeat.

Overall, it was a good weekend for the Rebels as CA has one of its better teams in the last decade and more than likely headed for a 1A state playoff run.

“Beating Lee Scott is a huge win for our program,” Smith noted. “Our kids were not intimidated at all and really came out and played with extraordinary effort and execution. I thought we played really good defense, and our pitchers were all effective against a tough lineup. Our bunt game was also executed very well, which is a great sign. I thought we competed pretty well defensively (against Kingwood), Gavin threw the ball really well but our hitting was non-existent. That must improve if we want to be a factor in the playoffs."

Springwood softballs sweeps rival Chambers
Springwood softballs sweeps rival Chambers

ByScott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — The Springwood Lady Wildcats softball team was in fine form Thursday as coach Alex Bryant’s team defeated rival Chambers Academy in a twinbill sweep.

The Lady Wildcats shut out the Lady Rebels in both games, winning by a 5-0 score in Game 1 and completed the sweep with an 8-0 win in nightcap contest.

•McKayla Barber, Emma Jennings, Hayden Rogers, Bailey Morrison and Olivia Johnson all tallied hits for Springwood in the 5-0 Game 1 win.

Jennings was also the winning pitcher in the circle, tossing a no-hitter and struck out 11.

•In Game 2, Morrison, Rogers and Barber all had two hits each while Jennings added two triples.

In addition, Angelie Tran and Sydney Goddard both added singles and Barber earned the win in the circle as well.

Barber tallied six strike outs in the win as Springwood continues to play outstanding team ball.

The Springwood junior varsity team is also having a good season with a 6-4 record.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Obituaries for Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MRS. BONNER

BOWDON, Ga. — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Marilyn D. Bonner, 50, of Bowdon, who passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at Tanner Health Systems in Carrollton, Ga.

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

MR. CLARK

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Mr. Robert David “Rob” Clark III, 69, of Birmingham, formerly of Lanett, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham after a short illness.

A memorial service for Robert will be held Friday afternoon, March 24, at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home on South Eighth Avenue in Lanett. The family will host friends at 1 p.m. with the service beginning an hour later.

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

MR. DODSON

VALLEY — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Terence Dodson, 42, of Valley, who passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at his residence.

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

MR. GOODEN

VALLEY — Mr. John Wesley "Butcherman" Gooden of Valley died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Muscogee Manor Rehabilitation Center in Columbus, Ga.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church in Valley with Pastor Frankie Hutchinson, officiant, and Dr. Bertha H. Hodge, eulogist. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MR. JAMES

FIVE POINTS, Ala. — Funeral services are pending for Mr. John Eddie James, 58, of Five Points, who passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

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

MRS. NELSON

LANETT — Mrs. Peggy Joyce Nelson, 85, of Lanett passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at Bethany House in Auburn, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Gary Cotney and the Rev. Laverne Cotney officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.

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

Obituaries for Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Obituaries for Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MS. HUNTER

RIVERDALE, Ga. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Lillie Hunter, 73, of Riverdale, who died Monday, March 12, 2017, at Genesis Riverdale Center in Riverdale.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

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