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Grant, CraftMaster generosity get new furniture for center
Grant, CraftMaster generosity get new furniture for center

Valley Mayor Leonard Riley (second from left) receives a facsimile check in the amount of $2,500 from State Sen. Gerald Dial and State Rep. DuWayne Bridges. The money is from the East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission's local fund account by way of the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and has been used to purchase some much needed new furniture for the Valley Senior Center. The old furniture that's being replaced had been at the center since it opened in 1982. At right is Valley Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Blount, and on the right are ADSS Board Chairman Ray Edwards and Senior Center Director Ron Fancher. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the generosity of West Point businessman James Pearson, the Valley Senior Center today has some new furniture for its TV room for the first time since the center opened in 1982.

At 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, a big truck from CraftMaster Furniture in downtown West Point pulled up outside the center. Inside was furniture valued at at least $6,000. Roy McCauley and George Benton of Craft- Master began unloading a host of plush items including a large leather couch, a leather love seat, two matching side chairs, two matching lamps, some end tables, coffee tables and a 42-inch flatscreen color TV.

Needless to say, the seniors were most appreciative for what was happening on this eventful day and couldn't wait for the new furniture to be arranged inside the big front room of that house on Denson Street. Each took turns testing out the comfortable seating afforded by the new furniture, and each senior bore a broad smile as they did so.

At a ceremony inside the center, ADSS Board Chairman Ray Edwards credited ADSS Commissioner Neal Morrison for coming up with the $2,500 grant and State Sen. Gerald Dial and State Reps. DuWayne Bridges and Richard Laird for their long-time support of the Department.

"Mr. Pearson gave us a really good deal, and we want to thank him. I also want to thank Ron (Fancher) and Laurie (Blount) for the good work they do on behalf of our seniors," Edwards said, getting some enthusiastic applause from the seniors. "I also want to thank DuWayne, who's about to retire from the Legislature, Gerald and Richard for always helping us when we needed it."

Edwards added that it really helps to have legislators who have seniority and "who know their way around in Montgomery" for being able to come up with funding when it's needed.

With the grant money secured, Edwards, Blount and Fancher went to CraftMaster Furniture in downtown West Point to see what they could get in the way of some new furniture for the Senior Center. "We told him what we were looking for, and we wound up with $6,000 worth of furniture," Edwards said. "He sold it to us at cost, and gave us some items, too. If you go to downtown West Point go by CraftMaster and thank Mr. Pearson for helping us."

Rep. Bridges commended Edwards on being a fierce advocate for seniors, both statewide and on the local level. "If there was ever a need he knew of for them he would call me, Gerald and Richard time and time again to let us know of it and to seek our help," he said. "Gerald is one of the most respected men at the State House. When he talks about a need for his District, people listen to him. He has helped us in the local community many times. Few people in Montgomery know how to get things done the way he does. Experience really matters."

Sen. Dial thanked Bridges for those kinds words and in turn commended him for being a fine, Christian gentleman who always tries to do what's right. He also commended Edwards on having recently received a high award from the ADSS, nomination into its Hall of Fame. "Ray, we are proud of you and what you do for our seniors," he said, getting much applause.

Mayor Leonard Riley thanked the local legislative delegation for their work in securing a $450,000 grant for the East Alabama Water, Sewer and Fire Protection District. The city applied for this grant on behalf of East Alabama, and the money will be used to bring some much needed sewer improvements in parts of the Langdale community.

Riley said he would always be grateful for Sen. Dial in the way he came through at the last minute to get some funding approved back in 2000 when the Chambers County School System needed to build back part of Valley High after a fire had damaged the oldest part of the building. The funding, plus some insurance money, allowed for a two-story addition to be built on that site.

"We need seniority in Montgomery to help us get funding, and Gerald is that person," Riley said.

As Dial had done before him, Mayor Riley congratulated Edwards for being named to the ADSS Hall of Fame. "Ray has been a big supporter of seniors for a long time," he said. "I appreciate what he does to help our seniors and the city.”

Valley's Ray Edwards honored by Alabama Senior Hall of Fame
Valley's Ray Edwards honored by Alabama Senior Hall of Fame

By THE TIMES-NEWS

MONTGOMERY – Alabamians from across the state were in Montgomery recently for the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony.

One of Chamber County’s own, Ray Edwards from Valley, was presented with the Honorary Award at the ceremony. The Honorary Award is given annually to the senior citizen who has made exceptional and noteworthy contributions to the lives of other older Americans during the past year. Edwards was nominated for this award by Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville.

Edwards has been an advocate for the aging for more than a decade. As a 12-year member of the Valley City Council, he supported the development of senior centers in both Valley and Lanett.

Edwards also worked to secure new transportation vehicles for the Valley Senior Center. He was instrumental in sponsoring the Masters Games in Valley and helped secure funds for transportation to the yearly games.

When he was active in business, each year he provided food baskets to seniors on his routes and assisted the senior centers with deliveries.

Appointed by Gov. Bob Riley, Edwards serves on the Alabama Department of Senior Services Advisory Board and currently serves as chairman. In this capacity, he has demonstrated his sincere concern for the elderly and is truly an advocate for senior citizens’ programs in Alabama.

In addition to the Honorary Award, other special awards were presented at the ceremony to senior citizens for outstanding service in the following categories: Civic, Educator, Military, Professional, Religion, Silver-Haired Legislature, Veteran and Volunteer.

Ten individuals were also inducted as Permanent Members into the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

About the Hall of Fame

The Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame was created by the Alabama Legislature in July 1983. On May 16, 2008, the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame became a part of the Alabama Department of Senior Services. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to bestow honor and recognition upon Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments, service and contributions to the lives of older Americans. Each person elected for membership shall be a citizen of Alabama who shall be chosen for accomplishment or services greatly benefiting the lives of older American citizens.

Services, hours reduced at Probate Judge office in Lanett
Services, hours reduced at Probate Judge office in Lanett

By THE TIMES-NEWS

LaFAYETTE — Chambers County Probate Judge Brandy C. Easlick reminds Chambers County residents that her office's hours and services at the Lanett Annex on Gilmer Avenue will be curtailed beginning Monday, Oct. 27.

Effective Monday, the Probate Office at the Lanett Annex will be closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Also effective Monday, Alabama driver’s licenses and non-driver’s identification can be renewed only at the courthouse in LaFayette.

Titles and registration of newly-purchased vehicles can be transacted at the Lanett Annex only on Wednesday, and not on the last Wednesday of the month. The LaFayette office will handle all these transactions Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. EDT.

Easlick expressed her regrets over being unable to maintain staffing levels at the Lanett Annex to continue providing the same level of service. She said she had asked the Chambers County Commission to provide another full-time employee so her office could continue that level of service, but the funding was not included in this year's county budget.

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Valley Rams also in state playoff picture
Valley Rams also in state playoff picture

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — The Valley Rams (3-5, 1-4) still have a shot at a 6A state playoff berth but they must snap a five-game losing streak Friday at home against region rival Pell City and also get help to make it happen.

After opening the season at 3-0, coach Marshon Harper’s team has dropped five straight contests and sits at 1-4 in 6A-Region 3 competition, tied for last-place.

The Rams can still get in the postseason if two things occur: 1) Valley must defeat Pell City Friday in the Rams Senior Night game; and 2) Chelsea must defeat Oxford and they’ll be in the playoffs as the No. 4 seed with a final region mark of 2-4.

With a return to great team defense, Valley can defeat Pell City, end a rough, five-game skid, regain much-needed confidence and once again tap into its swagger. But while Valley has to win, they’ll also need help from Chelsea to defeat Oxford.

Valley closes out regular season play on the road next week at the 7A Prattville High Lions.

•In other high school football Friday, Lanett hosts Reeltown, Beulah is at LaFayette, Springwood hosts Evangel Christian, Troup is at Carrollton and Chambers-Lyman Ward has been moved to Monday.

Pivotal week for local teams in playoff hunt
Pivotal week for local teams in playoff hunt

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

One local team is officially in the high school football playoffs and one more can accomplish the same feat this weekend as well.

The Chambers Academy Rebels (4-4, 3-2) are in the AISA 1A state playoffs and will travel to Choctaw or Sparta in first-round play, Fri., Nov. 7.

The Rebels will be a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the AISA 1A playoffs.

The Springwood Wildcats (5-4, 2-3) can also earn an AISA 2A playoff berth with a homecoming win over Evangel Christian Friday.

Springwood will be a No. 3 or a No. 4 seed in the 2A playoffs.

Both Chambers and Springwood will be on the road for the duration of the three rounds in the AISA playoffs.

The AISA 1A-3A football finals are played at Troy University.

The other local team in the hunt for the playoffs are the Troup High Tigers (3-4, 0-2) in GHSA 4A-Region 5 play.

The Valley Rams (3-5, 1-4) in 6A-Region 3, defending 2A-Region 5 champion and preseason No. 2-ranked Lanett (4-4, 2-3), 3A-Region 3 Beulah Bobcats (2-6, 2-4) and 2A-Region 5 LaFayette Bulldogs (1-7, 0-6) have all been eliminated from the postseason race.

Clifford Story’s Lanett Panthers will close out the season at home Friday against the Reeltown Rebels.

The Valley Rams will host Pell City for Senior Night Friday before closing out the season Oct. 31 at 7A Prattville.

Coach James Lucas and the LaFayette Bulldogs will host the Beulah Bobcats Friday.

Jarrod Wooten’s Bobcats just missed earning a 3A state playoff berth last week, falling on the road to Prattville Christian 21-12. Beulah led 12-0 at the half but couldn’t hold on.

The third local team in the running for the postseason includes the Troup Tigers.

Despite an 0-2 region start, Troup still has three more 4A-Region 5 contests, including a key region battle on the road at Carrollton Friday.

Lynn Kendall’s team needs two wins in its last three games in order to earn a state playoff berth.

The final two region games of the year are against Fayette Co. and Whitewater and both are at the friendly confines of Callaway Stadium.

It’s possible Troup could lose to Carrollton, drop to 0-3 in region play but win it’s last two and also earn a 4A playoff berth.

Point Lady Skyhawks soccer team closing in on AAC title
Point Lady Skyhawks soccer team closing in on AAC title

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — With just three regular season games left, the surging Point Lady Skyhawks soccer team (9-2-3, 5-0-2) is closing on the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) championship.

Coach Randy Douglas’ team hosts the Reinhardt University Lady Eagles (10-3-1, 6-2-1) Wed., Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. ET with a chance to secure at least a tie for the AAC championship.

Reinhardt is third in the latest AAC standings.

Point is the lone unbeaten women’s team in the AAC and took a huge step towards winning the title after a 2-1 win over Montreat College Saturday.

The win over Montreat extended the Lady Skyhawks AAC-best winning streak to five games and also set a school-record for most wins in a season.

The Lady Skyhawks have been dominant and are currently on an overall 10-game unbeaten streak (7-0-3).

The Point athletics department invites all students, faculty, staff and other friends in the community to support the team Wednesday against Reinhardt.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, October 24, 2014
Obituaries for Friday, October 24, 2014

MR. BELL

VALLEY — Mr. Stephen Kevin Bell, 45, of Valley was born in Chambers County on June 7, 1969, and passed away at East Alabama Medical Center Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct 26 from 2:30 until 5 p.m. at the Valley Community Center.

Frederick-Dean Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

MRS. BOYD

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Leola Boyd, 67, of Talladega, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Talladega Health Care in Talladega.

Vines Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. CROWDER

VALLEY — Mr. Bobby L. Crowder, 86, of Valley died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus.

Funeral services are planned for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Shawmut.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

MR. HARDNETT

WADLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. J.T. Hardnett, 62, of Wadley, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. HEARD

LaFAYETTE — Mr. John A. Heard, 81, of LaFayette died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. CDT at Friendship Baptist Church No. 1 in LaFayette with the Rev. Cornelius Reese, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Cemetery in LaFayette.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. SMITH

VALLEY — Mr. Johnny "June Bug" Smith Jr. of Valley died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services are planned for Monday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Karanja Story, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MR. SMITH

LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Nathaniel H. Smith, 81, of Lanett, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at his residence.

Vines Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MRS. WALBURN

BEULAH — Mrs. Shirley Ann Walburn, 78, of Beulah peacefully passed away at her residence, surrounded by her family, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

A graveside service is planned for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett with the Rev. Blain Turner officiating.

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

Obituaries for Thursday, October 23, 2014
Obituaries for Thursday, October 23, 2014

MRS. COOPER

LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Emma Cooper, 95, of LaFayette, who died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at EAMC- Lanier Health Services in Valley.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. OLIVER

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mr. Ernest Oliver of Cincinnati, formerly of Chambers County, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Hall-Jordan Funeral Home, 11400 Winton Road, Forest Park, Ohio.

MR. SMITH

VALLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Johnny W. Smith of Valley, who died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at his residence.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Obituaries for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MR. WALTON

VALLEY — Mr. Eddie B. Walton Sr., 78, of Valley died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Health Services in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. EDT at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Cusseta with the Rev. Arthur Thomas, pastor, officiating, and the Rev. Sam Marshall Jr. presiding. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

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