(Photo by David Bell)
A throng of ghouls, ghosts, goblins, witches and other characters enjoyed an evening of fun, food and excitement Saturday evening at the Howl-o-ween Fall Festival hosted by the Chattahoochee Humane Society. The fundraiser featured a haunted house, live and silent auctions and entertainment by Michael Blair Productions. Proceeds from the event support the CHS’s planned pet adoption center, where animals can live until they find forever homes.
By WAYNE CLARK
On October 1, Ajin USA hosted a Quality Five Star Award ceremony at its manufacturing facility in the Chambers County Industrial Park. Officials from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) were present to present this esteemed award to Ajin representatives and to congratulate them on the company’s success.
Presenting the award on behalf of KMMG was Mr. Jaehyun Choi, procurement executive; accepting on behalf of Ajin USA was Mr. Jung Ho Sea, president and CEO.
Ajin USA is the first KMMG body parts supplier to win the Quality Five Star Award, which is the most prestigious award given to Hyundai and KMMG suppliers. “The Quality Five Star Award is given to Kia and Hyundai suppliers who score 85 percent or above on their quality management system, Quality PPM (parts per million), field claims rate and top management philosophy,” said David Wilkerson, Ajin’s general manager for human resources and administration.
“This award would not have been possible without the support, hard work and dedicated team work of the Ajin team members.”
The Quality Five Star Award program motivates suppliers to improve quality management systems within the supplier team.
Ajin’s long-term goals are to become KMMG’s leading body parts supplier and to win the Grand Five Star Achievement Award by the year 2020.
By DAVID BELL
The Fall Term of the Chambers County Grand Jury has completed its services and returned a total of 319 true bills of indictment. The panel also conduced physical inspections of the Chamber County Detention Facility and commended Sheriff Sid Lockhart and his staff on the manner in which the facility is operated and maintained. They found the Sheriff’s staff to be knowledgeable and efficient.
In addition, the Grand Jury conducted physical inspections of the Chamber County Courthouse and was led on a tour by Assistant District Attorney Roland Sledge. While jurors commended the county commission for its work in helping to preserve the courthouse, they made the following recommendations for further repair and improvement:
• The upstairs courtroom carpet should be cleaned or replaced.
• The juror chairs in the upstairs courtroom need to have new cushions and lumbar support.
• The witness, defense and persecution chairs need to be repaired or replaced.
• The overhead lights in the upstairs courtroom need new covers.
• The window blinds in the upstairs courtroom need to be cleaned or replaced with wooden blinds.
• The windows need to be cleaned.
• All offices of the District Attorney’s Office need the following: Carpets need to be replaced or cleaned; leaks in the Pretrial Diversion office need repair and ceiling tiles need replacing; blinds are needed on many of the windows and all windows need cleaning. There is a water leak in Investigator Mike Ellis’ office and ceiling tiles need to be repaired or replaced in the assistant District Attorney’s office. The thresh hold plates to several offices also need to be replaced.
• Although the floors in hallways were clean, the general appearance of this part of the courthouse needs improvement with new paint and wood refinishing of the walls in hallways and various offices.
• The water fountain in the upstairs hallway needs to be replaced.
• A vending machine with a variety of snack foods would be useful when jurors are spending long days at the courthouse, and an area housing a refrigerator and microwave would also be helpful so that jurors can bring food from home.
• The cracks in the floor of the main downstairs hallway under the rotunda need to be repaired.
• There are tiles coming up in the alcove of the elevator on the main floor, and the floor beneath this needs replacing.
• Some bench cushions in the new courtrooms need to be re-upholstered or replaced.
• The Probate Office needs new carpet, and the restroom/kitchen area should be remodeled to where the two areas are not so close together.
• In the Clerk’s office, loose wood and holes in the wood floor need repair.
• Climate control is needed in the first floor hallway.
• The law library has a hole in the wall that is missing a receptacle, and the carpet needs cleaning.
• Courtroom A needs a sound system.
• The Circuit Clerk’s office needs a wall separating the break area from the work area.
The Grand Jury commended Circuit Clerk Lisa Burdette and her staff for their service and assistance, and District Attorney E. Paul Jones for the efficient manner in which his staff organized and presented the Grand Jury docket.
The panel also expressed its appreciation to the officers from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Task Force and the police departments of Lanett, Valley and LaFayette for their professionalism in the presentation of their cases.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Writer
VALLEY — In desperate need of a region win over rival Chilton Co., the Valley Rams (3-3, 2-1) used a sterling second-half comeback, outscoring Chilton Co., 18-7 in the second-half, including getting the game-winning TD run from quarterback T.J. Lowe on the game’s final play, as Valley posted an emotion-charged 25-21, come-from-behind win here Friday at the Rams homecoming game.
After lopsided losses to Chelsea and Smiths Station, Valley needed a boost and once again they had players step up to the plate, and under a ton of pressure, hit a home run.
Rams senior quarterback Lowe connected with senior wideout Harper Power on a fourth-and-long pass for a first down at the Chilton Co. seven.
Valley was down 21-19 at the time and the game was on the line.
The Rams met the challenge and answered the bell in impressive fashion.
After three plays brought the ball to the Chilton Co. four and the clock running down to :02 seconds with the game on the line, Lowe made the play of the season to date for the Rams.
Lowe took the snap, ran off Valley’s left tackle but straight into two Chilton Co. defenders at the two.
He then spun out of the two would-be Chilton Co. defenders, made a quick head fake to his left, then darted back to his right and through the seam of the Chilton Co. defense as the buzzer went off, clock hit zero and set off a wild scene on the field among players, coaches and fans alike as they all swarmed the field.
It was sheer pandemonium on the field as Lowe’s last-second TD gave Valley a thrilling 25-21 win and kept them right in the mix for a possible 6A state playoff berth at 2-1 in Region 3 play.
Valley trailed 7-0 after the first quarter and by seven at the half at 14-7.
But when they needed to make plays, the Rams displayed the type of character needed.
The Rams outscored Chilton Co. 18-7 in the second-half.
Valley had 178 yards rushing on 40 carries and another 141 yards passing.
Defensive end Tyreic Martin led with eight tackles (6-2) and also made a verbal committment to play his college football next fall for the SEC East Missouri Tigers.
Jarmatez Barker made seven stops as well while Trent Stringer also had seven tackles, including one KO hit.
•For more details on the Valley-CC game, see Tuesday’s Times-News.
By Wayne Clark
Times-News News Editor
WEDOWEE, Ala. — Almost always, when a team scores 44 points in a high school football game that’s more than enough that’s needed for a win. The Lanett Panthers did that Friday night but it wasn’t near enough for them to come out on the long end of a scoring fest.
The undefeated Randolph County Tigers ran their record to 6-0 and 4-0 in 2A Area 5 with a 70-44 win over the error-prone Panthers. The home team led 56-24 at the half and played reserves for most of the second half. The score could have been even worse than that if they’d wanted to run it up.
With the loss, Lanett fell to 3-4 on the season and 2-2 in the Area. Even with back-to-back disasters on consecutive Fridays in Randolph County (the first being a 42-28 loss to Handley) the Panthers still have a shot at the 2A playoffs. The October 16 home game with LaFayette will likely have a post-season berth on the line.
Randolph County pretty much did what they wanted to do against Lanett’s porous defense, scoring eight times in the first half. Reco Hannah ran for 165 yards and scored five TDs and a two-point conversion. Quarterback John Mark Prestridge completed 15 of 16 passes for 308 yards and two TDs, most of them playing pitch and catch to wide open receivers.
After going 64 yards in five plays on their opening possession to take a 7-0 lead, the Tigers quickly made it 14-0 following an interception on Lanett’s first offensive play. Hannah intercepted it near the Lanett 30 and ran it back to the 10. On the next play, he scored a touchdown on a toss sweep off the right side of the line. The home team was up by two scores with 9:33 left in the first period.
On the second Panther possession, a fumbled handoff on first down left them in a second and 16 hole they couldn’t climb out of. Lanett had to punt it away on fourth down. The Tigers took over on the Panther 38 and made the most of a short field to run their advantage to 21-0. Hannah again scored on a toss sweep off the right side of the line. With 3:13 left in the opening period, Randolph County was up by three touchdowns.
Lanett started to show some life on their next possession. A pass from Trey Story to Anquaevious Pollard advanced the ball for a first down on the Lanett 30. On the next play, Terrion Truitt, a freshman, took a handoff off the left side of the line and broke into the open. It looked like he was going to have a 70-yard run before a final Randolph County defender brought him down on the Tiger five.
On the next play, Tavaris Geiger scored on a wide play to the right side of the field, and Lanett was on the scoreboard. A try for two points failed, leaving the score 21-6 with 48 seconds left in the first period.
Lanett missed out on a chance to get back in the game when they failed to recover a short kick to the RCHS 38. Things still looked good when a holding penalty and a sack by Khalif Kellum had the Tigers facing second and 25 on their 23. With two quick pass plays, though, they were on the Lanett 40 taking it in for another score. The lead went to 27-6 on a quarterback sneak by Prestridge with 9:52 left in the half. Kellum broke through the line to block the extra point leaving that score unchanged.
The Panthers showed some quick strike ability on their next possession. A couple of passes from Story to Pollard and Moseley moved the ball from the 20 to the 21, and on a first-and-ten play, Story lofted a beautiful pass down the left sideline to a wide open Anquaevious Pollard who caught the ball on the dead run and loped his six-foot-six frame to the end zone for Lanett’s second score of the game. The try for two points failed. With 7:14 left in the half, Randolph County led 27-12.
It would take the Tigers only one play to increase their lead. After returning the kickoff to their 43, they were set back five yards by illegal procedure. On first and 15 from the 38, Prestridge found a wide open J.R. Roundtree running down the middle of the field. He hit him with a well-thrown pass, and just like that the Tigers were back up 33-12. A toss sweep to Hannah on the conversion added to more points. With 6:53 left in the half Randolph County led 35-12.
The scoring parade continued with Lanett matching that touchdown. Geiger ran back the kickoff to the Randolph County 46 to give the Panthers some good field position, and Story led the team the rest of the way for a score. He found Truitt open down the sideline for a big gainer to the 13. Four plays later, Melvaunta “Brent” Robinson scored from two yards out to make the score 35-18. A try to two points failed when a pass was broken up in the end zone by Randolph County’s Trey Terrell. With 3:56 left in the half, the Tiger lead was cut to seventeen points.
It would take Randolph County only three plays to score again on an 80-yard drive. On first down, Hannah ran to the Lanett 27. On the next play Prestridge passed to Roundtree to the Panther 10. From there, Hannah scored on a toss sweep off the left side of the line. With 2:59 left, the Tigers were up 42-18.
Things went from bad to worse on the kickoff when a Lanett player covered the ball on the one-yard line, possibly thinking the kick had gone into the end zone. Three incomplete passes from the one left plenty of time on the clock for the home team to score again before halftime. They did that on a pass from John Mark Prestridge to Andrew Prestridge with only 20 seconds to go in the half. That made it 49-18.
As hard as it might be to believe, two more touchdowns would be scored before halftime. Lanett got the first one on a beautiful 80-yard kickoff return by Truitt. That cut it to 49-24 with 7.4 second left. A try for two failed, leaving almost everyone in the stadium convinced that would be the halftime score. But there was still some fireworks left.
The Panthers recovered an onside kick with time left on the clock for one more play. Rather than heaving it downfield on a Hail Mary they attempted a screen pass. Randolph County’s D.J. Marable anticipated it to perfection, picked it off and ran it back 52 yards for a Randolph County’s eighth touchdown of the half. And like most of the other ones it was just way too easy. An extra point by Will Sledge upped the halftime lead to a very embarrassing 56-24 margin.
Lanett outscored the home team 20-14 in the second half but there’s not much consolation when you get beat by a score of 70-44.
By David Bell
Times-News Staff Writer
LANETT — The Springwood Wildcats (3-3, 2-1) had a lot to celebrate Friday night, except their 49-6 loss to the visiting Lee-Scott Warriors at Springwood Stadium.
Prior to the game, Blair Nolen DeCoux and Jake Sanders, both members of the 2000 graduating class at Springwood, were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
DeCoux , at six-feet, two-inches tall, was affectionately referred to as “the tower of power”. She helped the Lady Wildcats basketball team reach the Final Four each of her high school years, and led the Springwood tennis team to achieve the state title in her junior year and runner-up in her senior year.
Sanders was a four-year football starter for Coach Roddie Beck’s Wildcats, and was picked by Alabama Sportswriters to the AISA All-State Football Team two years in a row. He also received the local area “Dan Washburn Award” his senior year, and was equally impressive as a baseball player, twice being recognized as a member of the All-State Baseball Team.
Both honorees were presented with plaques in appreciation for their outstanding contributions to Springwood athletics.
At halftime, senior cheerleader Mary Charles Spivey, daughter of Chuck and Christy Spivey, was crowned the 2015-16 Springwood Homecoming Queen.
Unfortunately, the celebration did not transfer to the gridiron, as the Wildcats football team found themselves trailing early to the Lee-Scott Warriors from Auburn. On their first possession of the game, Warrior quarterback Turk Petit connected with fullback Bo Dean on a pass play that went 80 yards for a touchdown. The extra point kick was good, and with only 18 seconds off the clock in the first quarter, Lee-Scott took a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats began their first possession at the 23-yard-line and moved the ball into Warrior territory before the drive was halted at the Lee-Scott 30. On fourth-and-eight, kicker Tom Schellen attempted a field goal that was blocked.
From there, the Warriors scored on every possession for the remainder of the first half. On second-down-and-six from the Springwood 8-yard-line, Petit scored on a quarterback keeper with 4:15 remaining in the opening period. The extra point kick was good, and Lee-Scott led 14-0.
Springwood’s only answer came 20 seconds later when junior running back Shykee Thomas took a handoff from quarterback Chandlor Champion and ran 83 yards for a touchdown. But Schellen’s extra point kick was blocked, leaving the score 14-6.
The Warriors responded immediately, and after setting up a first-and-goal from the Springwood 9-yard-line, Petit hit wide receiver William Vansant with a pass in the end zone. The ensuing point-after attempt was good, and with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter, Lee-Scott was on top 21-6.
The Warriors continued their assault on the first drive of the second period, when running back Mitchell Lewis took a handoff and went 22 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score 28-6 with 8:32 left in the first half.
Lee-Scott’s next points came after Springwood’s Shykee Thomas was hit in the back field for a huge loss, forcing punter Eric Schuster to kick from the back of his own end zone. The ball went off the side of Schuster’s foot and out of bounds at the Springwood 16-yard-line. Two plays later, Warrior running back Clayton Williams scampered across the goal line, and following the extra point kick, Lee-Scott had extended its lead 35-6.
On their next series, Springwood quarterback Chandlor Champion attempted a pass that was intercepted and returned all the way to the Springwood 7-yard-line. Warrior quarterback Petit then scored on a keeper with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter. The point-after attempt was good, and Lee-Scott led 42-6.
The Warriors’ final points came with just under two minutes left in the first half when running back Mitchell Lewis took a handoff straight up the middle on a 43-yard touchdown run. With the added extra point, the score stood at 49-6, where it remained for the rest of the game.
Champion was 6 for 10 in the losing effort with 44 yards passing. The bulk of Springwood’s 379 yards total offense came from running back Shykee Thomas, who carried the ball 16 times and had two receptions for 197 yards, and running back Steven Stuntz, who had 11 carries for 137 yards.
Springwood’s next game will be on the road against Coosa Valley Academy in Harpersville on Friday, Oct. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT.
VALLEY — Mr. Bobby Frank Danford, 73, of the Lake Harding community, Valley, passed away at his residence Friday, October 2, 2015.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
VALLEY — Mr. Handley F. Davis, 89, of Valley passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.
The family is planning a small graveside service at Langdale Cemetery Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. after the cremation process.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
FREDONIA, Ala. — Mrs. Christine Hunt Landers, 69, of the Fredonia community died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at her residence.
Graveside services will be held Monday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in LaGrange, Ga.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
LANETT — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Marvin Patton of Lanett, who died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
LaFAYETTE — Mr. Johnny Frank Ware, 68, of LaFayette, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at Lake Martin Community Hospital in Dadeville, Ala.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. CDT at Mr. Lebanon United Methodist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Clarence Foster, pastor, and the Rev. Jerry L. Gibson, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is handling arrangements.