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Lanett business owner Terrance Griffin (left) was honored by the Lanett City Council Monday for his long-time support of youth in the community. His painting of a Panther is hanging in the LHS gym. --Wayne Clark

Lanett business owner honored for influence on youth

LANETT — A Lanett business owner and long-time booster of the city’s sports teams was honored by the Lanett City Council Monday for the positive influence he has on youth. Terrance Griffin owns a snowball stand, Biggie’s Wings & Shaved Ice, on the corner of North 6th Avenue and First Street.

“I want to thank Terrance for what he does,” said Council Member Angelia Thomas. “He is such a good influence on our youth. He encourages them to [pick up litter on the playground, to have values, to respect their parents and the community. We thank you, Terrance, for being one of the young guns to come from our town and to care about the young ones coming along today.”

A mayor’s proclamation noted his long-time support for Lanett High School, his alma mater.

“(He has) been a supporter of the Lanett school system for many years (and was) instrumental in drawing and painting a canvas of the Lanett mascot (a Panther), which is currently on display in the Richard Carter Jr. Gymnasium. He often encourages students to take pride in the city and school property.”

Griffin told the council he appreciated the recognition very much.

“Keep on believing and never stop,” he said. Imagination is everything. I’ve always felt that God wanted to use me. If you live in the faith, it will take you where you want to go.”

Griffin played basketball for Coach David Pickard at Lanett High in 2005-06. Those Panther teams were really good but came up short of winning a state title. 

Griffin loves to interact with today’s youth.

“Behind my business, I am putting together a food truck,” he said. “I also have a garden the children at the daycare center next door can see. I want them to learn early that there are things they can do on their own.”

Griffin has snow cones in 40 flavors, the favorites being strawberry and blue raspberry. “We also have wings. People really like them,” he said. “Lanett’s my home. I was born and grew up here. Raymond and Jean Henry owned the first snow ball stand on this corner. They sold it to me, and I’m carrying on what they started.”