Work is under way on the west side of West Point Dam to clean up the debris left by the recent cutting of trees and undergrowth that had been growing on the earthen part of the dam. Some equipment on site is pushing the debris into a big pile where it's being burned. Once this area is cleared, there will be no trees or bushes growing along the earthen part of the dam from the old State Line Road to the concrete portion of the dam. (Photo by Wayne Clark)
By CY WOOD
WEST POINT — A new industry could be coming to West Point in the near future.
During Tuesday evening's Mayor and City Council work session, City Manager Ed Moon advised the mayor and council that a memorandum of understanding between the city and the prospective industry could be on the agenda for the regular meeting of Dec. 8.
Code named Project River, the new industry would be located in the Northwest Harris Business Park off Highway 103. Moon said the project involves a 300,000-square-foot plant, a capital investment of $16.5 million and would employ up to 200.
City officials also got an update on the city's participation in the expansion of nuclear Plant Vogtle.
Moon showed a video prepared by Georgia Power, the lead partner in the group building the two new nuclear power plants at Vogtle. Plant Vogtle already has two nuclear power plants in operation, and the expansion taking place there now represents the first new nuclear plants built in the U.S. in more than 30 years.
The Vogtle expansion will cost $14.8 billion and will provide more than a thousand megawatts of generation capacity. West Point, as a member of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, owns four megawatts of the capacity and is responsible for $30 million of the investment, Moon said.
In its report to the state, Georgia Power said the project is on schedule and on budget.
The first plant is scheduled to go online in 2017 and the second plant in 2018.
Moon said that when the Vogtle expansion is online, West Point will get more than half its power from nuclear plants, around 20 percent each from coal and gas plants and the rest from hydroelectric and other sources.
Mayor Drew Ferguson IV closed the work session by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving.
By THE TIMES-NEWS
WEST POINT — The City of West Point and the West Point Police Department will be working with the Salvation Army and the Christian Service Center to help meet the needs of less fortunate local families this Christmas.
West Point Police Chief Tony Bailey said his department and city employees were cooperating with the two agencies in trying to reach out to as many families as possible during the holiday season.
"We (West Point) will be a distribution center, and that will make it easier on the families involved, who won't have to travel so far to get help," he said.
A registration day for assistance will be held Thursday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for West Point residents only at the West Point Technology Center, 1122 O.G. Skinner Drive.
Families needing assistance should bring a photo ID, birth certificates for each child in the family, proof of current address, income information for all persons in the household, expense information for all household expenses, food stamp award letter (if applicable) and custody paper work if applicable.
Bailey said the agencies hope to serve up to 800 families.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
It was a tough night Tuesday for the Valley Rams and Troup Tigers as both schools dropped all four varsity games. The Valley Rams lost at rival Smiths Station while the Troup Tigers fell to the Opelika High Bulldogs.
•At Smiths Station, the Valley Runnin’ Rams lost to the Panthers by a 75-55 score.
No other information was reported on the Valley-Smiths boys varsity game as of press deadline today.
The loss dropped coach Marshon Harper’s team to 0-2 on the season.
In the Valley-Smiths Station girls game, the Lady Rams (0-2) dropped a 70-60 decision.
Valley led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter but trailed 27-23 at the halftime intermission.
Smiths Station outscored Valley 42-37 in the second-half to post the 70-60 final score win.
Breyunna Bussey led the Lady Rams with 14 points, Carissa Harper added 12, Ariel Patton tallied 11 while Taylor Miller and Kenjadae Dunn each scored eight.
Other scorers for Valley included Takalya Bussey with five points and Raven Houston added two.
•At the Troup-Opelika games, coach Paul Brewer’s Tigers (0-2) dropped a hard-fought 68-64 decision while coach Carla Thornton’s Lady Tigers (0-2) fell to the Opelika Lady Bulldogs 70-56.
Troup lost it season-openers last week to GHSA 6A Newnan High.
•The LaFayette Tip-Off tourney start this evening at the Dog Palace with two games on tap.
Smiths Station and Bullock Co. will tip off at 6 p.m. CST followed by LaFayette 1 vs. LaFayette 2 in the nightcap game at 7:30. The tourney will conclude Fri., Nov. 28 with the title game at 7 p.m.
•The Lanett Panthers boys and girls will open the season Dec. 2 at 7A Auburn High.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LaFAYETTE — The annual LaFayette High Tip-Off tournament will once again open a big season of Bulldogs basketball at the Dog Palace Wed., Nov. 26 while the championship game is set for Fri., Nov. 28.
For the first time in many years, rivals Lanett and Valley will not be participating.
Smiths Station and Bullock Co. will meet in the first game Wed., Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. CST.
The second game will be LaFayette 1 vs. LaFayette 2 at 7:30.
LaFayette coach Obadiah Threadgill wasn’t able to secure a fourth team, so the varsity Bulldogs team will be split into LaFayette 1 and LaFayette 2.
The Smiths Station-Bullock Co. winner will meet the LaFayette 1-LaFayette 2 winner for the championship, Fri., Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
All games are CST.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
TROY — It was another big weekend for the Springwood boys and girls basketball teams as both squads swept Pike Liberal Arts Academy here Saturday.
Coach Drew Dorsey’s Wildcats (3-1) defeated PLA 49-41 while coach Rick Johnson’s Lady Wildcats (3-2) posted a big 61-32 win.
•In the boys game, Springwood led 10-9 after one period and 21-12 at the halftime intermission.
The Wildcats tallied 17 points in the fourth quarter and were able to hold off PLA down the stretch for the 49-41 final score win.
Maurice Fears led the Wildcats with 25 points while Agrlin Braxton added 10.
McLane Martin scored six points, Merqui McClellan added four, Andrew Oswald scored three and Steven Stuntz had one.
•In the girls game, Springwood routed PLA 61-32.
The Lady Wildcats jumped all over PLA early and often as Springwood led 20-6 after the first period and 31-22 at the half.
Springwood used another big surge, this time in the third quarter, outscoring PLA 21-6, to take firm control of the game in posting the 61-32 win.
Tazsa Garrett-Hammett led the Lady Wildcats with 22 points, Jordan Self scored 14, Fannasy Garrett-Hammett tallied nine while Carson Leva and Langley Matthews each scored eight.
Springwood’s starters shot an impressive 62 percent from the field.
The Lady Wildcats have played the leading team in each of the AISA classifications in Lakeside, Evangel and Glenwood.
•In other high school basketball, the Valley Runnin’ Rams and Lady Rams both dropped openers Saturday at Auburn High.
The Runnin’ Rams lost 57-39 while the Lady Rams fell 55-38.
VALLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Susie Hutchinson of Valley, who died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at her residence.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
LANETT— Mr. George H. Walker, 86, of Lanett died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette.
WEST POINT — Mrs. Joyce Juanita Chipman, 70, of West Point died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange.
Funeral services are planned for Friday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at Reeds Chapel Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. Jeff McCartney officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.
McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.