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Giving Tree at Miserly Mutt helps shelter animals
Giving Tree at Miserly Mutt helps shelter animals

The Chattahoochee Humane Society's thrift shop, The Miserly Mutt, has a special kind of Christmas tree this holiday season that's ideal for anyone who wants to help the local animal shelter. They can do so by taking an ornament from the tree and donating the item that's listed. "The items on the ornaments range from pet food to towels to medical supplies," said Store Manager Cale Parrish (at left). "Anyone taking an ornament can either drop that item off at the store or take it to the shelter." The Miserly Mutt is located on West Third Avenue in downtown West Point, right across from The Irish Bred Pub. Shown above with Parrish is Shelter Manager Shon Sims. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

By WAYNE CLARK

WEST POINT — Animal lovers in the local area who want to help furry friends in need during the Christmas season can do so by visiting The Miserly Mutt and taking part in the fun of the Chattahoochee Humane Society's Giving Tree.

Located just inside the front door, the Giving Tree is decorated with colorful ornaments that have a dual purpose. First, they are pretty to look at and second, each ornament lists an item needed at the Humane Society's local animal shelter, located on Fair-

ax Bypass in Valley.

"You can help us by taking one of the ornaments and bringing back the item listed on it," says Store Manager Cale Parrish. "You can place the item under the tree. We will be taking all the donated items to the shelter before Christmas. If it's better for you to take an item to the shelter, that will work, too."

"All of us get busy during the holiday season," says Shon Sims, the shelter manager. "If you're unable to come by the store to check out our Giving Tree or come by the shelter with a donation, there are other ways you can help. Feel free to visit our shelter web site for complete needs of shelter needs. You can also make a monetary donation on our web site."

For the wish list, go to www.chatthumane.org/shelter-needs. To make a donation, go to www.chatthumane,org/donation.

Hyundai Glovis to build distribution center in West Point
Hyundai Glovis to build distribution center in West Point

By THE TIMES-NEWS

WEST POINT — Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday announced that Hyundai Glovis Georgia, a leading logistics services company for the automotive sector, will relocate its parts consolidation center to West Point, creating up to 190 jobs over four years.

“Georgia’s booming automotive and logistics industries play critical roles in creating jobs and bringing investment to the state,” said Deal. “To serve their global customer base and remain internationally competitive, companies like Hyundai Glovis need high-quality resources like those found throughout Georgia at their disposal. Hyundai Glovis Georgia’s expansion here speaks to the strength and vitality of our ready-to-work labor force and top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that this industry leader will continue to find success in our state.”

The company will work with a general contractor to develop a new, state-of-the-art 310,080-square-foot sub-assembly and sequencing facility in the Northwest Harris Business Park. The facility will be used to assemble and distribute components to meet the strict demands and timetables of its suppliers.

“We look forward to expanding our operations in Georgia and are appreciative of the support that we have received from West Point, Harris County and the state of Georgia,” said Hyundai Glovis Georgia Chief Operating Officer Hong Kee Rhee.

Yoonie Kim, senior project manager on the international investment team at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), assisted Hyundai Glovis Georgia on behalf of the state, along with the City of West Point Development Authority and Georgia Electric Membership Corp. Transwestern represented the company during the site selection process.

“Harris County is thrilled to welcome Hyundai Glovis Georgia as our newest corporate citizen,” said Harris County Commission Chairman Harry Lange. “Its decision to locate in the Northwest Harris Business Park represents a commitment to Harris County and its continuing efforts to attract premier businesses. We eagerly await its grand opening in the fall of 2015 and anticipate a strong partnership with Hyundai Glovis Georgia in the years ahead.”

“The automotive sector has grown significantly in Georgia over the past few years,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our competitive business climate, which includes a solid network of suppliers, direct access to leading original equipment manufacturers and an interconnected transportation infrastructure, create an ideal place for leading companies such as Hyundai Glovis Georgia to grow.”

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Valley approves Riverdale Mill sale for $340,000
Valley approves Riverdale Mill sale for $340,000

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — At a called meeting Thursday evening, the Valley City Council unanimously approved a resolution to sell the Riverdale Mill property to an Atlanta area construction company.

Henry Hudson, LLC has offered to purchase the 13-acre site for $340,000. There's a $40,000 down payment with a closing taking place on Jan. 15, 2015. The purchaser is required to have a bond in the amount of $226,000.

The company has been given an 18-month period to take down and remove everything inside a fenced-off area at the mill site. Two small historic buildings at the top of the hill will be spared from demolition.

Most of the metal, some of the historic brick and much of the wood that's in the building can be sold for scrap. What doesn't have resale value will be taken to the landfill. There's a designated truck route for materials being hauled away. The trucks will exit the mill site along Lower Street, turn left onto California Road and then right onto River Road at McGinty's Crossing. The route will then turn left onto Towel Avenue and head for Fairfax Bypass.

The vote followed a short executive session, which started at around 6 p.m.

Mayor Leonard Riley said the city has been talking to the Henry Hudson Company about a sale since August, not long after a possible sale to another company fell through.

The mayor said he wanted it understood that the sale did not include the boat ramp area or the large field where some dirt was recently stored. It's just the area that's presently fenced off. There's also a power house area, River View Dam and a park area that's nearby that are not part of the sale.

It's not known if the Atlanta area company will want to hold onto the land after the mill has come down and the site cleaned up. It's located in a flood plain, which will affect anyone's plans to build there.

The property is also in two states, some of it in Chambers County, Ala., and some in Harris County, Ga. There have been stories handed down over the years of couples being married inside the mill. At that time, Georgia law allowed for a shorter waiting period than did Alabama.

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Troup's Kendall released from football duties at end of year
Troup's Kendall released from football duties at end of year

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — The Troup School Board of Education (TCBOE) announced Thursday that Troup High football coach Lynn Kendall has been released from his football duties effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

Kendall just completed his third season as the Tigers coach in 2014 as Troup posted a 3-7 overall record.

Troup started off well this fall with a 3-2 record, including impressive wins over rivals LaGrange and later against Callaway.

The sweep over LaGrange and Callaway gave Troup the title of overall Troup Co. champions in the first year all three local schools played.

Troup faced a tough challenge with six Top-10 ranked foes on the schedule, including four in GHSA 4A-Region 5, the toughest region in the state.

The Tigers faced Top-10 region rivals in Sandy Creek, Carrollton, Whitewater and Woodward Academy as well as Carver and Harris Co., both Top-10 teams in 5A play.

After a solid start, Troup was unable to produce a region win, going 0-5 and winless in region play for the first time since Rob Ridings led the Tigers in 1998.

Off the five region games they lost, Troup led in four of the five contests.

Kendall succeeded Dr. Charles Flowers as Troup head coach in 2012, posting a 3-7 record.

In 2013, Kendall led the Tigers to the 4A state playoffs, losing at Gilmer Co. in the first-round, and posted a 6-5 overall record. The Tigers rushed for well over 3,300 yards in the split-back veer offense.

His three-year overall record at Troup was 12-19.

Kendall also served as head football coach at Pacelli of Columbus in the 1997-98 seasons.

Times-News Sports '14 Football Awards
Times-News Sports '14 Football Awards

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

The 2014 high school football season wrapped up the first weekend in November when both the Springwood Wildcats (2A) and the Chambers Academy Rebels (1A) both fell in the first-round of the AISA state playoffs.

As it turned out, Springwood (7-5) and Chambers (6-5) were the lone two local schools among seven to earn postseason berths.

With three weeks left in the regular season in early October, as many as six of the seven local schools had chances to earn playoff spots.

In short, it was a tough year success-wise for local teams as Valley (3-7), Lanett (4-5), Troup (3-7) and LaFayette (1-9) all struggled while the Beulah Bobcats came within one win of earning an AHSAA 3A berth.

LaFayette won their first game and then lost its next nine, Valley was 3-0 before dropping its last seven, Lanett — ranked No. 2 in the preseason — was up and down all year and finished out of the playoffs with a disappointing 4-5 overall record.

The Troup Tigers started off 3-2 and won the Troup Co. championship defeating rivals LaGrange and Callaway but then lost all five region games and didn’t qualify for the postseason.

Coach Jarrod Wooten’s Beulah Bobcats (4-6) just missed out on the playoffs, falling to Prattville Christian in Week Nine.

•Award winners include Lanett’s Marlon “MJ” Bridges and Valley’s Martravious “Tre Tre” Williams as Co-Offensive Players of the Year.

Both youngsters had stellar seasons and capped sensational careers for their respective schools on both sides of the ball as two-way players.

Bridges and Williams will be locks for all-state honors.

Defensive stars were many but two stood out including Troup defensive back/safety Vanquez Bonner and Springwood’s linebacker/lineman Steven Stuntz as Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

Bonner had a terrific season for the Tigers and had a pair of pick-6s, including one against three-time state champion Sandy Creek early in the game for a quick 7-0 Tigers lead.

Like Bridges and Williams, Bonner is fast, athletic, tough, has great instincts and should earn all-state honors and play college football.

Stuntz led an aggressive Springwood defense which played outstanding football, particularly the second-half of the season, and powered its stretch drive to the 2A state playoffs.

Springwood’s shutout win over Glenwood was the Wildcats best overall defensive performance in many years.

A solid all-state pick, Stuntz and a host of his teammates will also have opportunities to play college football.

Leading their teams to the state playoffs earned Springwood’s Thomas Hill and Chambers Jason Allen both well-deserved recognition as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Troup's Garner wins Georgia Dugout Club Ethics Award
Troup's Garner wins Georgia Dugout Club Ethics Award

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — Troup High baseball coach Craig Garner has built one of the most respected high school baseball programs in all of the GHSA and it’s no secret why the Tigers have been so consistent and successful through the years.

The former Troup player stays with his gameplan on developing not only the baseball player but also leading young men to be successful in all walks of life off the field as well.

For Garner, it’s part of the total development of the youngsters in his program and his character speaks volumes for his success.

He’s earned the respect of his peers and was recently named by his fellow coaches’ as the winner of the Ethics & Professional Award.

“I was nominated a few months ago, was interviewed, and I had to submit a biography,” Garner says. “I consider this a team award. I won this because of all the great young men that I have coached, because of our parents, administrators, and from having a great all around program,” noted Garner.

Garner’s success and consistency with the Troup baseball program have been remarkable.

In short, he’s made the Tigers one of the top programs in the state and a major supplier of college and professional talent, including former Troup All-American catcher and Tampa Bay Rays organization standout Luke Bailey.

A 1989 Troup graduate, Garner played at LaGrange College and joined the Troup staff in 1994, where he’s been the head coach since 2002.

He’s the winningest coach in Troup history with a 13-year mark of 238-153 with memorable, back-to-back GHSA 4A state semifinal appearances in 2012 and 2013. During that two-year playoff run, Troup won an astounding and state-best 14 road playoff games in a 14-4 overall record, including six series sweeps.

Under his leadership, Troup also made three straight quarterfinal appearances from 2006-08.

Garner will be honored at a banquet in Atlanta in January.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, December 19, 2014
Obituaries for Friday, December 19, 2014

MRS. CANTRELL

WEST POINT — Mrs. Annie Jennings Cantrell, 90, of West Point died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Graveside services are planned for Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at Langdale Cemetery.

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

MR. LARKIN

WETUMPKA, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Bengiman F. Larkin, 77, of Wetumpka, who died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Baptist Medical Center-East in Montgomery.

Vines Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MRS. McCULLOUGH

LANETT — Mrs. Annie Pearl McCullough, 97, of Lanett died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church in Lanett with Pastor Charles Trammell officiating and the Rev. W.L. Darden and Minister Terry Tucker assisting. Burial will follow at St. John Community Church Cemetery on State Line Road.

Unity Mortuary of Valley is handling arrangements.

MR. McLENDON

VALLEY — Mr. Earl Gene McLendon, 83, of Valley died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at EAMC- Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Revs. Neil Norman and John Samanie officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Gardens.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Thursday, December 18, 2014
Obituaries for Thursday, December 18, 2014

MR. GAUNTT

LANETT — Mr. Ronald Joseph "Snake" Gauntt, 54, of Lanett died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Lanett First United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church.

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

MR. McLENDON

VALLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Earl G. McLendon, 83, of Valley, who died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

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

Obituaries for Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Obituaries for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MR. CORE

LaGRANGE — Mr. Renfro Core III of LaGrange, a former resident of Valley, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at LaGrange Hospice in LaGrange. Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Valley, with Pastor Robert L. Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery in Valley.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is handling arrangements.

MR. GAUNTT

LANETT — Mr. Ronald Joseph "Snake" Gauntt, 54, of Lanett died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Lanett First Baptist Church.

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

MRS. GOODMAN

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Willie Eva Goodman, 61, of LaFayette died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. CST at Greater Poplar Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerone Fannin, pastor, and the Rev. Douglas Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Cemetery in LaFayette.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. HART

VALLEY — Mr. James Ronald Hart, 81, of Valley, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. from the graveside at Shawmut Cemetery with the Rev. Chuck N. Anderson officiating.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MR. JACKSON

LANETT — Mr. Oscar James “Buck” Jackson, 61, of Lanett died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. Louis Upshaw, Bishop Donald Lancaster and the Revs. Sam Marshall and John Flournoy officiating. Burial will follow at Pinehill Cemetery.

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

MR. MARTIN

VALLEY — Mr. Andy A. Martin, 34, of Valley died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Ben Hewitt and the Rev. Donnie Erwin-Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Gardens in Valley.

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

MR. TAYLOR

MONROE, Ga. — Mr. Thomas Glen Taylor, 77, of Monroe died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville. Burial will follow at Shawmut Cemetery in Valley.

Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville is handling arrangements.

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