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Jonathan Poe wins Chambers County Spelling Bee
Jonathan Poe wins Chambers County Spelling Bee

Jonathan Poe was the winner of the 2015 Chambers County Spelling Bee held Friday, Jan. 23 at Bradshaw Library. Poe is shown at left above. He is in the fifth grade at Fairfax Elementary and is the son of Jon and Tami Poe. On the right is the alternate, Camryn Downs. She is in the fifth grade at LaFayette Lanier Elementary and is the daughter of Don and Donna Downs. Poe will be competing in the Alabama Spelling Bee in Birmingham March 7, representing Chambers County. The winning word was jocularity.

West Point Fire Department receives ISO 3 rating
West Point Fire Department receives ISO 3 rating


WEST POINT — The West Point Fire Department has a new fire station, a new fire truck on the way and a new ambulance in the works. It also has a new ISO rating.

West Point Fire Department Chief Mitt Smith announced Tuesday during a Mayor and City Council work session that West Point's ISO rating will fall to 3 April 1 of this year.

Smith said the Insurance Services Organization, which rates more than 49,000 fire departments nationwide on a 1 to 10 scale, visited West Point in September and made its inspection.

The city was later notified that it had qualified for a 3 rating. Of those more than 49,000 fire departments nationwide, less than five percent qualify for a 3 rating.

Smith said he didn't know what impact the lower rating would have on residential fire insurance premiums, but he has been told it can have a significant effect on reducing commercial insurance premiums. He added that West Point came very close to qualifying for a 2 rating.

The rating also tells West Point residents that they are protected by a professional, focused, well-trained, well-equipped and highly motivated fire department, Smith said.

He added that getting the lower rating was a team effort for the city. The water department assures West Point has adequate water pressure and availability to fight fires, the street department assures that firefighters can get where they need to go, the planning department assures that new developments place fire hydrants where they need to be and the city hall staff involves the fire department in its strategic planning and budgeting, Smith said.

Smith noted that since 2007, when the city essentially tripled in land area with the annexation of the Kia site, call volume has increased 35 percent for the department. He added that 92 percent of the calls are emergency medical service-related.

With the new station off Kia Parkway at 1700 Safety Way, Smith said the department can reach any point within the city in five to six minutes.

Smith said the new truck will be a valuable addition to the department's fleet and he is looking forward to getting the new ambulance. Having the new fire station is certainly an asset for the city, he said.

"But the greatest asset we have is the people riding those trucks," Smith said.

Smith reported that the department now has 25 students in its paramedic training class and two in its emergency medical technician class.

Suspect arrested in stabbing of Rosie Ramsey
Suspect arrested in stabbing of Rosie Ramsey


LANETT — An arrest has been made in the Jan. 19 stabbing death of Rosie Ramsey of Lanett.

Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates said agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, State Bureau of Investigations and Lanett Police Department Criminal Investigations Division arrested Katrina Lashell Smith, 38, of Lanett for capital murder in connection with the murder of Ramsey, 76, who was found stabbed to death in her South 15th Street residence at approximately 8 a.m. Jan. 19.

No further information is available due to the ongoing investigation, Spates said.

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Point seeking new head football coach
Point seeking new head football coach

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — Point University is looking for a new football coach, Alan Wilson, Point’s athletic director, confirmed Tuesday evening with The Times-News.

The school will be looking for a replacement for two-year head coach David Rocker.

A former All-American at Auburn and NFL player, Rocker served as the Skyhawks head coach in the 2013-14 seasons after taking over from Kevin Porter, Point’s original coach, in 2012 when the program began.

The job description and opening is listed under the school’s website.

“We are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication the previous staff gave to the university,” Wilson said. “Looking forward, we feel that the future is bright for our football program. We are eager to turn a new page as we strive to make our athletic department the absolute best it can be,” noted Wilson.

In the midst of recruiting season, Wilson said the school would like to have a new coach in the next few weeks.

“We hope to have a coach in place by mid February,” Wilson said. “We are reviewing applications and hope to get the best fit for the job.”

The new football coach will serve under the leadership of Dr. Charles Flowers, Point’s new assistant athletic director. Flowers will oversee the Skyhawks football and baseball programs, Wilson told The Times-News recently.

Lanett boys win another area championship
Lanett boys win another area championship

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

REELTOWN — The No. 10-ranked (ASWA, No. 2 Max Preps) Lanett Panthers boys basketball team (19-5, 5-1) officially clinched the area championship here Tuesday evening as coach Richard Carter’s team routed Reeltown 71-54.

The Panthers were dominant throughout the contest and rolled to its 14th area title in the last 15 seasons.

Justin Jones led the Panthers with 17 points, Anquaveious Pollard added 15, Terrion Truitt and Marlon Bridges each scored eight as well.

Jalen Madden added six and Tre Story chipped in with five points. By virtue of its win, Lanett earned the right to host the area tournament at the friendly confines of the Panther Den.

•In addition, Lanett will host Russell Co. Friday and will honor the memory of Mrs. Vickie Looser between the girls and boys varsity games. “Mrs. Looser was a dedicated teacher, counselor and devoted basketball fan,” noted Carter.

To honor her memory, the team has been wearing her “VL” initials on their home uniforms all season. “We wanted to honor her,” Carter said.

•In other high school basketball Tuesday, the Troup boys and girls teams fell to visiting Woodward Academy in GHSA 4A-Region 5 play at the Tiger Den.

•In the boys game, Troup (5-16, 1-6) lost to Woodward 57-54.

Missed free throws hurt the Tigers, especially in a close game. Troup converted just 8-of-17 in the game.

Of its 16 defeats, nine of them have been by five points or less.

Jamal Wilkerson led Troup with 18 points,

•In the girls game, Troup fell to Woodward 66-38. Troup’s Daushanique Sanders led the Lady Tigers with 11 points.

Troup will visit region rival Whitewater Friday.

CA Rebels boys earn 16th victory
CA Rebels boys earn 16th victory

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFaYETTE — The Chambers Academy boys basketball team continues to be one of the hottest teams in the area after coach Jason Allen’s Rebels (16-6) defeated Macon-East Academy here Monday evening.

Jamie Brown led CA with 15 points and eight rebounds, Jay Tinsley tallied 14 points and six rebounds, Tae Henry added 11 points, nine rebounds and had five blocks.

CA will next be in action at the region tournament at Macon-East.

•In Saturday basketball, both the Lanett and LaFayette boys teams were coming off an emotional battle Friday evening but both were ready to play Saturday and picked up big wins.

Coach Richard Carter’s Lanett Panthers (18-5) defeated 6A Russell Co. on the road in Seale 81-69.

Freshman Anquaveious Pollard led Lanett with 15 points.

“It was a total team effort,” Carter noted. We had five players in double figures. We played well I thought especially after a tough loss Friday (to LaFayette) when I felt like we didn't give our best effort. We turn our attention now to Reeltown on Tuesday. We need a win there to secure the area championship.”

•Coach Obadiah Threadgill’s LaFayette Bulldogs pounded Loachapoka 76-24 and improved to 17-4 on the season.

•In other basketball over the weekend, The Valley High Lady Rams (12-9) defeated the Callaway High Lady Cavaliers 50-41.

The Lady Rams were led by Bri Bussey with 18 points, Taylor Miller added 15 points and Carissa Harper tallied nine.

•In the boys game, Valley (3-19,1-5) lost to Callaway 71-60.

No other details were reported on the game.

•In other games, the Troup Tigers (5-15, 1-6) fell to visiting Sandy Creek Saturday 65-50.

Jamal Wilkerson led the Tigers with 27 points while Issac Moss added 14.

•In the girls game, Troup (7-13, 2-5) defeated Sandy Creek 61-38 as Daushanique Sanders scored 29 points

Troup hosts Woodward tonight.


Obituaries for Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, January 28, 2015


LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Rayma Sharpe, 67, of Lanett, who died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

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


TIFTON, Ga. — Kathryn Milner Shehane, 87, of Tifton, formerly of Douglasville, Ga., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Tift Regional Medical Center.

She had lived in Tifton for the past five years.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church, 8800 Rose Ave. in Douglasville. Burial will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Highway 78 in Douglasville.

Hightower’s Memorial Chapel of Douglasville is handling arrangements. 770-489-2818.

Obituaries for Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Obituaries for Tuesday, January 27, 2015


LANETT — Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Irvin, 56, of Lanett died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Lanett.

Memorial services are to be held at a later date.

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


AUGUSTA, Ga. — Mr. Charles Travis Manley died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Augusta.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at Higgins LaGrange Chapel in LaGrange with the Rev. Jody Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.

Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


ROANOKE — Mrs. Mattie Crowder Emory Smedley, 90, of Roanoke died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Wedowee Hospital in Wedowee.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. CST at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke (Welch community) with Dr. Mario McDaniel, pastor officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.


WEST POINT — Mrs. Susan Ruth Weiss, 55, of West Point died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the Columbus Regional Hospice Center.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at Spring Road Christian Church in Lanett with the Rev. Danny Smith officiating.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.


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