The 2016 Miss Chatt Pageant was held Saturday at Langdale Theater in Valley. Shown above are the winners in each division. In front, from left, are Young Miss Chatt Jalyn Copeland, Pre-Teen Miss Chatt Zoey Zeunges, Little Miss Chatt Carly Yates, Little Miss Painted Rock Reese Riley, Pre-Teen Miss Painted Rock Carson Champion and Young Miss Painted Rock Jayla Glaze. In back, l-r, are Miss Chatt 2016 Caroline Elliott and Miss Chatt Outstanding Teen Jessica Baeder. (Photo by Wayne Clark)
By DAVID BELL
LANETT — The Alabama Independent School Association has selected Springwood School to receive the 2014-2015 Class AA President's Award for academic excellence during the previous school year.
Criteria for the award include achievement in all areas of school performance, such as standardized testing, scholarships, academic scholars, academic competitions, professional personnel standards and development accreditation.
"It is a high honor for Springwood to have been chosen for this prestigious award. It reflects the work of many — a collaboration of administration, faculty and parents who are dedicated to providing a quality education in a nurturing environment focusing on mind, body and spirit," said awards committee president Ellen Lanier Collins.
Since 1970, the AISA has been steadfast in its efforts to maintain an organization of independently operated non-public schools that are rich in diversity, committed to academic excellence, and dedicated to the growth and development of children and youth. The association's goal is to provide quality educational opportunities for parents choosing an alternative to public education.
The AISA President's Award recognizes only those member schools with the most outstanding educational programs. Springwood has attained that level of excellence in the areas of student and teacher performance, plant and facilities, student life and community involvement.
"This accomplishment represents the hard work, dedication and professionalism of an outstanding faculty and staff, who desire to provide the highest quality education in an environment that fosters learning. The Springwood student comes to school prepared to be engaged in learning, and our parents demonstrate support for that mission," said Headmaster Rick Johnson.
This was the third time in the past nine years Springwood has been selected for the honor. The local facility has also been cited as an AISA Blue Ribbon School for four consecutive years.
By WAYNE CLARK
VALLEY — Tickets are still available for the Saturday, Aug. 8 performance at Langdale Theater by the All American Boys Chorus, the only group to have ever gotten as many as three standing ovations for a concert at the theater. Promoter Bill Gilbert says that this coming Saturday's 7:30 p.m. performance could be the final one by this world-renowned chorus in Valley.
"With the rising costs of travel and accommodations, they may not be able to make it back to Langdale The-
ater, due to its limited seating capacity," he says. "This performance is going to be special. It's also going to be the final stop on their current tour, and they'd like to end it with a flawless performance."
Those lucky enough to have a ticket will be treated to a two-hour concert of what Gilbert likes to call "America's Happy Music."
"It's sure to be enjoyed by all," he says. "They will be singing selections ranging from pop to country, Broadway to Big Band, sacred to patriotic, and of course, with them being from southern California, they will be doing some Beach Boys hits from the past."
The current tour began with a concert in New York City and has continued with performances in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville and at Charleston and Hilton Head in South Carolina. Valley, Ala., will be the final stop on a seven-city east coast swing.
A total of 38 boys and seven staff members flew from Los Angeles to New York, where an equipment truck and a most impressive touring bus awaited them at LaGuardia Airport.
"This will be the fifth appearance by the All American Boys Chorus at Langdale Theater," Gilbert says. "Their most unforgettable one was in 2001, not long after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, when national unity and patriotism was running high. That's the night they received three standing ovations."
Some main floor seats are still available. For more information and tickets, please call Bill Gilbert and Associates at (334) 768-3410.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
VALLEY — Valley High rising senior quarterback T.J. Lowe will represent the East team at the annual Blue-Gray All-American Bowl in Dallas, Valley assistant football coach Tim’Vontae Walker told The Times-News this morning.
It’s a big honor for Lowe and the Valley program to have a player participate in the prestigious high school football all-star contest.
•In addition, Rams senior defensive tackle/end Tyreic Martin is one of the top players in all of AHSAA football and already has 16 scholarship offers, Rams head coach Marshon Harper told The Times-News last week.
Valley will kickoff the season against arch rival Lanett Aug. 21 at Rams Stadium.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
ATLANTA — A local youth travel baseball team enjoyed top-notch competition, fellowship and the thrill of a lifetime after competing at the Atlanta Braves Youth Classic tournament July 17-19.
The Chattahoochee Valley Thunder 7U youth baseball team played three games at the prestigious Braves Youth Classic.
In addition to the competition, the Chattahoochee Valley Thunder squad competed in the pitch, hit and run event, attended the Braves-Chicago Cubs game at Turner Field and made a team photo with Braves standout hurler Matt Wisler.
The team plays in a new league coordinated by Jay and Marissa Siggers in the Valley area.
The squad thanked area sponsors for their support and making the trip possible.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LANETT — The inaugural Best of the Best alumni benefit basketball tournament held last Saturday at the Lanett High gym was a big success, Lady Panthers basketball coach Jennifer Norris told The Times-News Thursday.
Pitting some of the best players in Lanett’s history against each other turned out to be a big deal, and in turn, helped raise funds to support the Lanett Lady Panthers varsity program as well.
“The event was a fundraiser to help our girls program and we had a great turnout,” Norris said.
“We had guys from the class of 1991 all the way through 2014,” Norris noted.
Funds from the event will be used to offset some of the expenses for the upcoming season.
The team representing LHS classes from 2010-14 won the one-day benefit tournament, Norris noted.
"We as a team and coaching staff would like to thank all of the participants and community for coming out and supporting the girls basketball team. We will be planning another alumni game in the future and hope it is just as successful as this one."
Norris has led the Lady Panthers to a pair of AHSAA Final Four showings.
OPELIKA — Funeral services are pending for Ms. Eula Baker, 99, of Opelika, formerly of LaFayette, who died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is handling arrangements.
LANETT — Mr. Eddie Charles Dowdell Sr. of Lanett died Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.
Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.
WEST POINT — Marrell "Cowboy" Foster went to be with the Lord Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 70 years old.
Funeral services for Mr. Foster will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery.
McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
AUBURN — Mrs. Eloise Gillenwaters Johns was born in Langdale, Ala., Nov. 4, 1934, to parents John and Mary Gillenwaters. Eloise joined her Lord in heaven Wednesday night, July 29, 2015, after a brief stay at Bethany House in Auburn, Ala.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday, Aug. 1 at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel with the Rev. John Dale Rector officiating. Burial followed at Town Creek Cemetery.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
WEST POINT — Mr. Charles A. Lovelace, 85, of West Point, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, died Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Hospice of Atlanta at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. John Community Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. Eric Dowdell, pastor, eulogist, the Rev. Walter L. Darden and the Rev. W.H. Trammell, assisting. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.