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Springwood Girls play for state title, perfect season today
Springwood Girls play for state title, perfect season today

Members of the No. 1-ranked Springwood Lady Wildcats basketball team (29-0) signify they have one game left to complete a rare perfection season and the school’s first state championship since 1993. Coach Rick Johnson’s team will play the South Choctaw Lady Rebels (25-1) for the AISA 2A girls state title today at 1 p.m. EDT at the Montgomery Multiplex at Cramton Bowl. For more information, see page 9. (Photo by Scott Sickler)

Lanett bridge replacements won't happen before June
Lanett bridge replacements won't happen before June


LANETT — Detour signs for washed-out bridges won't be disappearing any time soon in Lanett.

Mayor Kyle McCoy, speaking to the Rotary Club of West Point Thursday, said getting federal and state assistance to replace the bridges washed out in the Christmas Eve flood is a classic example of "hurry up and wait."

McCoy said federal and state assistance officials want the city's information about the damaged structures now, but it will take them weeks to process the information.

State and federal assistance is important, he said, because Lanett is looking at replacement costs in the million-dollar range. Disaster assistance funds from the Federal Highway Administration, through the Alabama Department of Transportation, will cover 80 percent of the cost on two of the lost bridges on Cherry Drive and 11th Avenue, while the North 12th Street bridge will be eligible for 75-percent grant funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

McCoy thanked Wayne Clark of The Times-News for his work on behalf of the city. Clark accompanied city officials as they toured the damage during and after the flood. His photos were compiled on a computer disc and submitted with the city's application for disaster funding.

Right now, McCoy said the city is getting right-of-way information from surveyors because the city will have to have permission from adjacent landowners to go on their property while making bridge repairs.

When the right-of-way issues are resolved, the city will have to get environmental clearance for the bridge work.

Once that's done, the city can contract to have engineering plans done for the bridge replacement projects. Those plans have to be approved by the appropriate federal and state agencies.

Once the agencies sign off on the plans, the city would then be able to advertise for bids on the bridge replacements. Once the bids are opened and awarded, construction can begin.

Realistically, McCoy said, "We're talking about June before any actual work will be done. It will take some time."

When it's over, though, McCoy said the city will have a sounder infrastructure.

Progress is that way, he noted, "It takes time and inconvenience."

Troup Board of Elections looking at bylaws changes
Troup Board of Elections looking at bylaws changes


LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Elections and Registration discussed possible changes to its bylaws Thursday during a called meeting at the government center on Ridley Avenue.

Members were split during the discussion, with some asking why a revision of the bylaws was necessary and others calling for the board to have more authority to directly conduct elections.

Randall Hodges, a board member appointed by Hogansville City Council, noted he felt the board has spent more time talking about how their meetings should be conducted rather than conducting any actual business.

Lonnie Hollis, the board’s vice chair and an appointee of the Troup County Democratic Committee, said she felt the board didn’t have enough autonomous authority and once in the meeting called the board “nonfunctioning.”

Regardless of how the board members feel, there are certain things about the board’s functions that can’t be changed, advised Mark DeGennaro, an attorney retained by the county.

He explained there are basically three levels of rules governing the board: state election law, the local act passed by the General Assembly that created the Troup County Board of Elections and the bylaws of the BOER.

BOER members can’t change their bylaws to conflict with either the local act or state elections law.

Ever since the board’s creation, there has been a tinge of controversy. In the summer of 2013, shortly after the board’s creation, the Troup County Board of Commissioners asked an appointee of the Troup County Republican Party to resign from the board. Commissioners cited email correspondence between the member and the former elections superintendent that they said seemed to show a desire to undermine the BOER.

The board, created by the Georgia General Assembly, first met in January 2013 after the Board of Registrars and county elections superintendent position were dissolved and replaced by the BOER.

Some of the suggested changes to the BOER’s bylaws included spelling out the state law regarding removal of members, tweaking the process of how meetings are scheduled and a statement of duties of board members and officers.

No action could be taken at the called meeting, and the board must meet once again to discuss any changes before members can take action at a second regular meeting after that.

Story compliments of LaGrange Daily News

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Valley Runnin' Rams stun 2A No. 1 Lanett 60-49
Valley Runnin' Rams stun 2A No. 1 Lanett 60-49

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — It was a long time coming but it sure was sweet for coach Marshon Harper and the Valley Runnin’ Rams here Friday evening after they stunned the 2A No. 1 ranked Lanett boys 60-49 at a jam-packed Rams Den.

Valley’s win over Lanett was its first over the Panthers in five seasons as the two rivals split the season series at one win apiece.

Emotions always run high in a rivalry and that’s definitely the case and give credit to Valley in its win over Lanett.

The Panthers have been the better program for a number of years but on Friday, the Rams out played Lanett, played with fire and passion and earned a memorable win.

The Runnin’ Rams had a balanced scoring attack led by Tymon Howard with 16 points while Chad Lowe and Trent Stringer each had 12.

Mervin Ingram had eight and Keshawn Hicks tallied seven.

For Lanett, Anquaveious Pollard led with 20 points, Tre Story added 11, Tye Truitt chipped in with five while Jalen Madden and Emmanuel Littles each had four.

•In the girls game, Lanett led by 14 points heading to the fourth quarter only to see Valley outscore Lanett 26-6 to take a 57-51 win and the season series sweep over the No. 8-ranked Lady Panthers.

Taylor Miller led George Grimes’ team with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Raven Houston added 13 points, Takayla Bussey tallied 11, Kenjadae Dunn had nine, Ariel Patton scored five and Ny’kerria Buckhanon had two.

Coach Jennifer Norris’ team was led by a brilliant effort from junior Ataiya Bridges with 34 points while Aylcea Sharpe added 12.

•In other high school action, coach Obidiah Threadgill recorded his 100th win as the LaFayette Bulldogs defeated Dadeville 60-40.

Quentin Ray led the Bulldogs with 20 points while Jartavious Whitlow added 13 points.

LaFayette is 20-6 and will next play at the area tourney this week at Lanett High.

Springwood routs Wilcox 49-29; to play for 2A title
Springwood routs Wilcox 49-29; to play for 2A title

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — Junior post player Tazsa Garrett-Hammett had 23 points and 16 rebounds while sister Fannasy Garrett-Hammett tallied 16 as the No. 1-ranked Springwood Lady Wildcats (29-0) advanced to the AISA 2A girls basketball state championship game with a 49-29 semifinal win over Wilcox Academy here Friday.

Springwood will play against the South Choctaw Lady Rebels (25-1) for the 2A state title.

The Springwood-South Choctaw game will tip-off at approximately 1 pm. ET today at the Montgomery Multiplex at Cramton Bowl.

Coach Rick Johnson’s Lady Wildcats were outstanding once again in all phases as Springwood used a terrific, all-around game by Tazsa to take charge early and pull away.

As has been the case all season, Springwood used great team defense as the Lady Wildcats erased a quick 4-0 Wilcox lead and got right back in the game, then dominated from the early part of the second quarter on for the 49-29 win.

Amaya Battle chipped in with seven points and Anna Drake added three.

Springwood’s depth and contributions off the bench have been key for the team’s success all season.

Springwood outscored Wilcox off the bench by a staggering 23-2 count.

The Lady Wildcats were so dominant on defense that they held Wilcox scoreless for over 12 minutes in taking firm control of the game.

“The most recent girls basketball state championship at Springwood was in 1993,” noted Johnson. “We are trying to snap a 23-year streak as the last time Springwood won a girls title was in 1993 and also a championship in 1985,” noted Johnson.

The class of 2016, Johnson noted, ranks as the class with the most wins in one season (29), two years (52) and three seasons (69).

They can win No. 70 today and hold their place among the all-time AISA girls greats with a perfect 30-0 mark.

In advancing to the Final Four for the second straight season, it marked the first time the Lady Wildcats had accomplished the feat since the 1993 and 1994 seasons, Johnson noted.

SW girls, CA boys back at AISA Final Four
SW girls, CA boys back at AISA Final Four

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — For the second straight season, both the Springwood Lady Wildcats and the Chambers Academy Rebels are battling for AISA 2A and 1A state championships here at the Montgomery Multiplex.

•At 28-0, the No. 1-ranked Springwood Lady Wildcats face Wilcox Academy in the AISA 2A girls semifinals tonight at 6 p.m. CT.

With a win, coach Rick Johnson’s team will play for the 2A state championship against the winner of the Macon-East, South Choctaw game, ?Mon., Feb. 8 at 12 noon CT. The Lady ’Cats are a remarkble 51-4 the last two seasons.

•The last time a Springwood basketball team won a state title was in the 2001-02 season when first-year coach Jeff Damron led the Wildcats to the 2A state championship, routing nemesis Edgewood in the process.

What made Springwood’s state title so special is that the Wildcats had lost three games earlier in the season to Edgewood, including the area tourney title game.

The LaFayette Bulldogs led by John T. Woody also won the AHSAA 3A state title in 2001-02 with a 27-5 mark.

With the Springwood girls at No. 1 and the Lanett boys No. 1 in AHSAA 2A play, there’s a possibility we could have two state championship teams in The Greater Valley Area this winter.

It was accomplished in 2001-02 and it just may happen again in the next month.

The Lady Wildcats last won a girls state title was in 1995 under Dickie McCarthy, who won two titles in his outstanding tenure at the school.

•In other action, the Chambers boys (10-14) play defending 1A state champion Lakeside at 11:30 ET today.

The CA-Lakeside winner will play the Crenshaw-Abbeville winner, Sat., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. CT for the 1A boys championship.

It’s the third straight season Allen has led CA to the Final Four. He also led the Rebels football team to the 1A state title game as well in an outstanding 10-3 season.

Coach Jason Allen’s Rebels are 56-22 over the course of the last three seasons, including a sensational 26-2 season and state title in 2013-14. The Rebels went 26-2, 20-6 and 10-14 this winter.


Obituaries for Monday, February 8, 2016
Obituaries for Monday, February 8, 2016


VALLEY — Mr. Charles "Ray" Caldwell, 82, of Valley passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Tim Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery.

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


OPELIKA, Ala. — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Dorothy L. Hadaway, 74, of Opelika, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

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


LANETT — Mr. Wayne M. Hargett of Lanett died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Bethany House Hospice in Auburn, Ala.

Graveside services are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett with Dr. Randy B. Kelley, pastor of Goodsell United Methodist Church of Lanett, officiating.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.


ROANOKE, Ala. — Mrs. Johnnie Houston, 66, of Roanoke died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Traylor Retirement Community in Roanoke.

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


WAVERLY, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Clinton Ray, 89, of Waverly, who died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at LaFayette Extended Care.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.


ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Christine Moore Reynolds 87, of Roanoke Rapids passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at her home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Askew Funeral & Cremation Services in Roanoke Rapids with Dr Layne Wallace officiating. Burial followed at Cedarwood Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.

Askew Funeral & Cremation Services of Roanoke Rapids is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Mollie Annette Jones Young of Lanett, who passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Tony and LaWanda Cox, 1604 16th St. SW, Lanett.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.


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