"Handmade from the Heart" is a current exhibit on display at Bradshaw-Chambers County Library in Valley. Archivists Paula Maddox and Miriam Syler have gotten together an impressive collection of handmade treasures, some of which pre-date the Civil War, for this current exhibit. The public is invited to come by and see these beautifully created items using such techniques as candlewicking, crocheting, cross-stitching, embroidering, buck weaving, needlepoint, smocking, tatting and quilting. Some of the items are from the Cobb Archives collection and some are on loan. The above example of cross stitching is on loan from Cathy Wright of the library staff. It was done by the late Lorraine Cannon in 1988. (Photo by Wayne Clark)
By WAYNE CLARK
VALLEY — A current exhibit at Bradshaw-Chambers County Library features handcrafted items made by local women, all of whom were quite skilled at making treasures from the heart they could pass down through succeeding generations.
Appropriately titled "Handmade from the Heart," the exhibit features examples of candlewicking, crocheting, cross-stitching, embroidery, huck weaving, needlepoint, smocking, tatting and, of course, quilting.
In past times, women learned these skills from their mother, grandmother or close family friend. They'd do it in their spare time, possibly talking to family members about the events of the day and not having to deal with such distractions as TV, home computers, smart phones or tablets.
"They created something beautiful," said archivist Paula Maddox, who assembled the display with fellow archivist Miriam Syler. "The items they made were usually given as gifts. Some of them have passed down through several generations now and are as beautiful today as they were the day they were made."
That's possible if the quilt, doily, smock, apron, cross-stitched or crocheted item has been carefully stored over the years. "You don't need to put it in plastic and store it up in the attic where it gets hot in the summer time," Maddox said. "It's best to put such items in cool, dry and dark places such as a closet and hopefully in an acid-free box."
It's also a good idea to wrap it carefully, "to keep the little critters out," as Maddox explains.
Some of the handmade items currently on view in the library's display cases are from the Cobb Archives collections but most are on loan. Some of the oldest and most interesting items in the exhibit were loaned by Stephen Johnson of West Point. These include an apron that was made for Edna Poole Ward before the Civil War and a number of items made by Johnson's mother and grandmother. Maddox is particularly impressed by the tiny stitching one can see in the tatting. "It took a lot of time and patience to do that," she said.
Cathy Wright of the library staff has loaned some really pretty items including a crocheted tablecloth that was made by Overa Wright in 1970, a king-size crocheted bedspread that dates to 1990 and a rather striking red and white log cabin quilt. Wright has also loaned some examples of very skilled cross-stitching. These include a most impressive pattern of a Norman Rockwell painting done by the late Lorraine Cannon in 1988, a framed item celebrating Coach Bear Bryant's 323rd win in 1982 and something every housewife should have — the house rules.
For the curious, these rules include: "If you sleep on it, make it up; If you wear it, hang it up; If you eat out of it, wash it; If you turn it on, turn it off; If you step on it, wipe it up; If you borrow it, return it; If it rings, answer it; If you open it, close it; If you use it, put it away; If it's wet, hang it up to dry; If you empty it, refill it; Flush - flush - flush; If it howls, feed it; If it cries, love it."
"Some of these handmade items are in such vibrant colors," Maddox said. "Some are made in unique designs such as pineapples. When you see some of them it draws you in, and you want to see more. They are beautiful, utilitarian and we have emotion tied up in them. We know and appreciate that our ancestors took time to make them and to make them well."
A good example of the vibrant color Maddox talked about can be seen in a patchwork quilt made by Helen Hartley in 1935. She did a very good job of bringing out yellows, greens and pinks in this piece. In the same display case is an appliqued flower quilt from 1935 that's on loan from Billie A. Thomason Wilkerson along with an appliqued butterfly quilt made by Mrs. Hartley in the 1930.
Something that obviously means a lot to Mrs. Syler is a quilt that was made for her by her grandmother when she was an infant.
Paulette Colley has loaned a number of really nice items for the exhibit including an embroidered table runner that was made by Mamie Parson Ray, some pillow cases and doilies that were made by Ruby Colley and some "tools of the trade" such as decades old notions and a buttonholer.
Some of the most skillfully made items on display were made by Jenny Clark in the 1980s. These include some hand-smocked dresses, some examples of huck weaving, and a candlewick pillow. Mrs. Syler has some exquisite items on display as well. These include a "chicken scratch" apron she made in 1952, some crocheted coat hangers and a woven basket.
"We hope people come by to see this exhibit and to admire, as we do, the skill our local women have had in making these family treasures," Maddox said.
By CY WOOD
WEST POINT — The Mayor and City Council are putting the finishing touches on the policies and procedures for its Forward Fund Loan and Grant Program.
At Thursday morning's work session, City Planner Chris Cole and City Manager Ed Moon went through the proposed policies and procedures for the program.
The city will use $2.5 million in payments in lieu of taxes from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia between now and 2016 to provide capital for the Forward Fund.
Moon reminded the mayor and council that the Forward Fund was established "to encourage sustainable community development projects in the city."
Cole was hired specifically to manage the Forward Fund program.
He explained that the mayor and city council will use their discretion in determining whether applicants receive funds as a loan or a grant.
Eligible applicants will include, but not be limited to, the City of West Point, West Point Development Authority, Downtown West Point Development Authority, West Point Housing Authority or other local government authorities and joint or multi-county development authorities that are proposing projects within the city.
Cole said private companies could apply for grants and loans, but that the system tends to work best when their projects are handled through a public agency. The minimum Forward Fund loan is $50,000 and there is no upper limit other than the resources available to the Forward Fund.
Cole said the Forward Fund will target projects in the Tenth Street Redevelopment Area.
The policies include strong and broad consideration with regard to conflicts of interest, Cole said, and transactions through the Forward Fund would be subject to the state's open records laws.
The mayor and council were given a thick stack of papers outlining the proposed policies and procedures. Moon said they could review the proposals and make any changes they wanted prior to adoption.
The city is also looking at an amendment to its zoning ordinance to tighten restrictions on telecommunications facilities, specifically cell phone towers.
Cole said the city is not getting a lot of applications for new towers, as most companies are practicing co-location (adding antennas to existing tower sites), but the amendment will give the city better control over future requests if they are made.
He said the city encourages telecommunication towers to be located in areas zoned industrial, and to locate one elsewhere would require a variance from the Board of Adjustment. They are prohibited in the central business district and historic districts, he said.
Moon reported that the city got some good news and some not so good news with regard to the sewer and water project for the Dymos plant on Kia Parkway.
The city received attractive bids on the work, he said, but is not getting as much grant money as it had anticipated. Under the project agreement with Dymos, the company will have to absorb some of the cost for the utilities service since the grant funds awarded were less than requested.
Moon said it may take a called meeting to award the contract once the details are worked out with the company.
He also announced that the renovation of the council meeting chambers will begin April 15, immediately after the regular April meeting, and should be completed by May 10, in time for the regular May meeting.
Work sessions during the construction period will be held at the Technology Center, he said.
By THE TIMES-NEWS
WEST POINT — Through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, an innovative online charity that makes it easy to help students in public schools across the United States, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and its team members have recently given more than $28,000 to classroom projects in local schools, impacting more than 7,900 students in Troup County and surrounding areas.
Combined with last year’s funding, KMMG’s contributions through DonorsChoose.org now exceed $100,000.
KMMG representatives recently visited the classrooms of teachers Jean Gravette and Barbie Whitley at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School and Kimberly Edmondson at LaGrange High School. Each of these classrooms received document cameras, a tool being used to further enhance the classroom experience and engage students in lessons.
“We are always happy to support education in our community and DonorsChoose.org has been a tremendous partner in helping us provide school supplies where they are needed most,” said Randy Jackson, KMMG’s senior vice president of human resources and administration. “The work being done in today’s classrooms is laying the foundation for the workforce and the leaders of tomorrow.”
“We thank Kia and its team members for all of the support shown to the Troup County Schools System,” said Superintendent Dr. Cole Pugh. “Our teachers and students will certainly enjoy the benefits of these additional resources.”
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
With cooperation from the weather, it will be a busy weekend of high school sports action.
Heading the list will be the Troup Tigers baseball team as they host 6A power East Coweta High today at 5:30 ET at Tiger Field.
•In other action, the Valley baseball team will host Enterprise Saturday at 3 p.m., the surging Lady Rams softball team will play at the two-day Phenix City tournament Friday and Saturday and the Valley soccer team will play at Carroll-Ozark tonight at 6 p.m.
•The Springwood baseball and softball teams will play at the Hooper/SMCA tourneys Saturday while the Wildcats track and field teams will compete at 3:45 p.m. today at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, Ga.
•The Beulah baseball team will play at Handley today at 5 p.m. and host the Tigers Saturday in twinbill action at 12 and 2 p.m.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
NEW SITE, Ala. — The 5A Valley High girls fast pitch softball team upped its record to 9-3 on the season after posting a 9-0 win over the Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals here Tuesday afternoon.
Coach Adam Hunter’s team was dominant in all phases of the game as Lexus Burrows earned the win in the circle with 10 strikeouts to her credit.
Leading the Lady Rams offense were Lacy Striblin with four hits, including a home run, Brooke Williams tallied three hits, Ryan Simpson added two while Mady Brown and Burrows also ripped solo homers.
“Our girls are playing really well,” Hunter said. “We also won the Beauregard Invitational this past weekend with a 5-0 win over host Beauregard in the championship game.”
•In other Valley High sports Tuesday, the Rams baseball team fell to 6A Opelika 11-0 in a five-inning mercy rule contest at Crestview Field.
Coach Matt Ward’s Rams were led by one hit each from Austin Graben and River Hadaway.
•In other high school baseball Tuesday, the Troup Tigers dropped a hard-fought 7-6 game in nine innings at Harris Co. Tuesday.
Coach Craig Garner’s Tigers (3-3) tied the game at 6-all with a single run in the seventh before Harris Co. rallied for the 7-6 win in nine.
Tyler Bunn and Winston Turner worked on the mound for Troup.
Jonathan Foster, Miles Cameron, Carson Aldridge, Tyler Kemp, Bo Halcomb and Bunn all tallied hits for Troup.
Errors were costly for Troup in the loss.
Troup will host the 6A powerhouse East Coweta High Indians Friday.
•In high school golf action, the Springwood Wildcats finished 11th of 13 teams Monday at the Arrowhead Country Club match in Montgomery.
Lee-Scott won the tourney with a four-person score of 305.
“It was a brutally cold day at 38 and wind chill of 31, one of the coldest in 50 years,” said Springwood coach Bill Edwards. “Golfers do not like cold, wind and damp conditions. The great news is we improved by 75 strokes over our first match of last year. We have a long way to go but work on it every day,” Edwards noted.
Springwood was led by Bruce Andrews with a 97, Blake Carter shot a 107, McLane Martin had a 114, Beck Terry fired a 117 and Mary Charles Spivey had a 128.
Meredith Burns played as an individual and shot a 112.
Springwood’s next match is at Lakewood Country Club in Phenix City Tuesday.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LANETT — The Springwood golf team has been busy practicing at Riverside Country Club and completed qualifying for the first tournament of the season today at Arrowhead Golf Club in Montgomery, Wildcats coach Bill Edwards told The Times-News Monday.
Macon-East Academy will serve as the host school, Edwards noted.
Springwood is led by three returning players from last season in Bruce Andrews, Blake Carter and Mary Charles Spivey.
Newcomers to this year’s team include Elizabeth McClendon, Beck Terry, Garrett Harmon, Timothy Hereford, Austin Teague, Anna Bolton, McLane Martin, Meredith Burns, Smith Collins and Will Lamb.
“The weather has got us off to a slow start but the kids have practiced hard,” Edwards said. “We are still in a rebuilding mode but that is the only way to do it right. We are excited about the first tournament.”