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Mini excavator helps Lanett take down dilapidated housing
Mini excavator helps Lanett take down dilapidated housing

The City of Lanett's new mini excavator had a good workout Wednesday afternoon taking down an abandoned house on North Lanier Avenue right across the street from city hall. Street Department Superintendent Steve Crawley was at the controls, taking down a pretty big house in a relatively short time. The debris was taken to the landfill as the structure was coming down. The above TB 290 Takeuchi is ideal for removing dilapidated properties. It's the largest such equipment on the market today with rubberized treads. It's big enough to take on some pretty big projects but small enough not to tear up the landscape and rupture underground pipes. The mini excavator will soon take on a sizable task in the form of a two-story brick house on North Sixth Avenue. The house has been abandoned for some time and is in need of removal. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Fuller Center plans all-woman house build in June
Fuller Center plans all-woman house build in June

By WAYNE CLARK

LANETT — There's going to be a lot of hot pink off North 12th Avenue in Lanett during the first week of June this year. A lot of women wearing T-shirts of that color will be building the 35th house built by the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project (CFCP) in the Chattahoochee Valley since its inception less than ten years ago.

"It's going to be an all-women build," CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts told The Times-News. "We will be having our kickoff dinner on May 31 at Pilgrim Baptist Church. The new house will be going up a short distance away from there, across the street from where we've previously built some homes."

The first week of June will be called Lind A Hand Week in honor of Fuller Center co-founder Linda Fuller, who will be in town helping out with the build.

While women in the hot pink shirts will be doing all the work in building the new house, there will be lots of men on the scene, taking care of all the supportive tasks, seeing to it they have all the tools and supplies they need to get the job done and having food and refreshments ready for the women during breaks.

It's something of a role reversal of traditional roles, but then again there's nothing traditional about the Fuller Center's goal of eliminating poverty housing worldwide.

"It's going to be great, I'm telling you," Roberts says of Lind A Hand Week.

The construction of CFCP No. 35 will be part of a very busy year for the organization. There's also plans to rehab an existing home for a veteran and his or her family, to have a Block of Blessings clean-up week with Point University students and to have a Homeless for a Night fundraiser. The CFCP also has future plans of building homes in Valley. The city recently provided some land at very low cost for that purpose.

The CFCP this week received a $1,000 donation from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) through its local affiliate, Marvin's Building Materials in Valley. NRHA President Bill Lee is on the Fuller Center for Housing International's board or directors and has created a Save a House/Make a Home Fund for Fuller Center covenant partners (such as the CFCP) to draw for Greater Blessings and larger rehab projects.

Covenant partners who raise $1,000 can have that money doubled with the NRHA's matching grant, providing that the money is spent at local hardware retailers represented by the NRHA.

"For many Fuller Center covenant partners, this offers a gateway to an ongoing, mutually beneficial relationship with independently-owned hardware retailers in their communities," Lee said. "The funds stay in the community to help build and renovate more houses. We feel this model works because the beneficiary becomes part of the processes — it isn't a handout, so self-respect is retained — and those in need, by their house payments, become donors in their own rights. This is a philosophy that is very much in tune with that of independent retailers, who know the value of hard work. We share the mantle of 'locally owned and operated' and the philosophy of self reliance."

The Fuller Center is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that seeks to eradicate poverty housing by forming partnerships with individuals and community groups to rehabilitate or build homes with families in need. Families retain their dignity by being full partners in the process, contributing "sweat equity" hours and paying zero-percent-interest mortgages on terms they can afford. These payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity to help others become homeowners.

Georgia's jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent in January
Georgia's jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent in January

By THE TIMES-NEWS

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December. The rate in January 2014 was 7.3 percent.

“Our unemployment rate dropped for the seventh month in a row as we had 4,400 fewer jobs available than in December,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “We also had fewer new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, which is a measure of new layoffs.”

The number of seasonally-adjusted jobs in January declined 0.1 percent, to 4,222,100, down from 4,226,500 in December. Much of the loss was related to temporary holiday jobs. Most of the job losses came in administrative and support services, including temporary employment agencies, 5,000; retail trade, transportation, and warehousing, along with construction, 2,800 each; and information services, 2,200. The job gains were in manufacturing, 3,900; wholesale trade, 3,400; finance and insurance, 2,700; and health care and social assistance, 1,900.

“But, while we lost those seasonal jobs in January, as we often do, we had the strongest January-to-January growth we’ve had in 20 years,” said Butler. “And, six of our job sectors grew at least three percent.”

Over the year, the state gained a seasonally-adjusted 131,900 jobs, or 3.2 percent, from 4,090,200 in January 2014. Ninety-five percent of the job growth, or 125,800 jobs, was in the private sector. Most of the gains came in trade, transportation and warehousing, 33,500; professional and business services, 24,900; leisure and hospitality, 22,300; education and health services, 17,600; and manufacturing, 13,100; and, financial activities, 7,000.

Also, in January, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance declined to 57,194, down by 316, or 0.5 percent, from 57,510 in December. Most of the decrease came in accommodations and food services. And, claims were down by 897, or 1.5 percent, from 58,091 in January 2014. The over-the-year decline came in a wide range of industries, including trade, transportation and warehousing, accommodations and food services, and the construction industry.

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Mike McCarty named Point football coach
Mike McCarty named Point football coach

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — Birmingham native, former Troy University and West Alabama graduate and WAU assistant coach Mike McCarty has been named as the new football coach at Point University, the school announced this morning in a press conference at the trophy room at West Point gym.

“We had hundreds of applications for the job but we found what we were looking for in coach McCarty as he had the passion, energy and desire to lead our football program,” said Alan Wilson, Point’s athletic director. “I’m thrilled to have him as our new coach and feel like he’ll do a great job in leading our young men.”

McCarty has a wealth of experience and played and coached under Bobby Wallace at West Alabama.

“I want to thank coach Wilson, coach (Dr. Charles) Flowers (assistant athletic director for football and baseball programs), the administration and staff for this opportunity,” McCarty said. “We’ll have an open door policy and our players will be active in the community and making a difference.”

McCarty discussed his faith-driven life and is a terrific fit on the Point athletic staff at the Christian-centered school.

He is in the process of putting together his staff and the Skyhawks are also close on completing next season’s schedule.

“We had a lot of talks and meetings and we feel like we’ve found a person in coach McCarty who will do a great job in leading our football program,” Flowers noted. “He’s very enthusiastic, has a lot of charisma and he’ll hit the ground running,” Flowers noted. “We had a 6 a.m. players meeting today introducing him and the kids are excited.”

Developing relationships with coaches at local schools will be a big priority in McCarty’s program, he noted. It could make a significant and positive growth locally in the program.

Within a 50-mile radius of Point are some of the best high school football programs in the West Georgia and East Alabama area.

Successful recruiting in the area could go a long way in helping Point to develop a strong and consistent NAIA football program.

“We want our program to get to the point someday where we can have a pro day,” McCarty said in reference to Auburn’s pro day earlier this week.

McCarty is the third head football coach at Point since 2012.

Kevin Porter led the program in its augural season in 2012 and David Rocker was the Skyhawks coach for the last two seasons.

Valley Lady Rams softball upends Opelika 4-2 in 10
Valley Lady Rams softball upends Opelika 4-2 in 10

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

OPELIKA — The Valley Lady Rams opened area play in style Tuesday as coach Adam Hunter’s team defeated rival Opelika on the road by a 4-2 score in 10 innings.

Ryan Simpson earned the win on the mound in working a 10-inning masterpiece for the Lady Rams.

Simpson fired 11 strikeouts in the big Valley win.

Valley banged out nine hits in the win led by Lacy Striblin with two hits and one RBI while Monica Murphy and Kelsi Schlemeir each had two hits with Schlemeir adding two RBIs.

Other hitters for Valley included Allie Davis with a solo home run while Simpson and Carissa Harper each tallied hits.

•In other high school sports action, the Springwood golf team in its second AISA tourney of the spring season Tuesday at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery.

Coach Bill Edwards team placed seventh out of 15 teams.

The tourney was won by Lee-Scott with a four-man total of 301.

Springwood fired a 377.

For the Wildcats, Smith Collins had a terrific round, firing an 83 for team medalist honors, Bruce Andrews had an 88, Mary Charles Spivey scored 101, Blake Carter had a 105, McLane Martin 108 and Jack Brown 126.

“The 377 team total was some 50 shots lower than last year’s score on this course,” Edwards noted. “We need to improve our chipping and putting and the next tournament is at Riverside. We’re looking for good weather next week as it was wet and rainy at Arrowhead.”

Troup baseball team seeks county title Thursday
Troup baseball team seeks county title Thursday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

BEAUREGARD — The Beulah Lady Bobcats softball team (1-1) fell to the rival Beauregard Lady Hornets here Tuesday afternoon in a 9-6 contest.

Leading hitters for coach Allison Aikens’ team included Megan Parton and Kinsey Brown each with two hits while Parton also added a run-scoring single.

Madison Green, Haley Rogers and Amanda Remmel all added RBI doubles as well.

Brittney Williams was the losing pitcher of record for Beulah in working six innings, allowed nine runs, no walks and struck out three.

Beulah will play at Loachapoka today.

•After claiming the Troup Co. championship in football this past fall, the powerhouse Troup High baseball team (5-1) will go for the baseball version of the county title Thursday when coach Craig Garner’s Tigers host rival Callaway High at Tiger Field at 5 p.m.

Troup defeated rival 5A rival LaGrange last week 6-2 and will look for the sweep against the 3A Cavaliers Thursday.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Thursday, March 5, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, March 5, 2015

MR. AVERY

MOBILE, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Larry Avery of Mobile, who died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville, Ala.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MRS. BEALL

WEST POINT — Mrs. Laura Duncan Beall, 54, of West Point died Monday, March 2, 2015, at The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Newnan.

The funeral service is planned for Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at West Point First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at West Point Cemetery.

The Rev. Doug Crossman will officiate.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MR. BURNS

CAMP HILL — Mr. Carl Burns Jr., 78, of Camp Hill died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m. CST at Beulah #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Camp Hill with the Rev. Jerry Gibson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Camp Hill.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. DYKES

ROANOKE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Harvey Lee Dykes, 77, of Roanoke, formerly of Valley, who died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at his residence.

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

MR. MORGAN

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Mr. Nakia A. Morgan, 40, of Fayetteville, formerly of West Point, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1111 East 10th St. in West Point, with the Rev. Ralph Thompson Jr. serving as eulogist and the Rev. Dr., Willie T. Edmondson pastor, the Revs. Walter L. Darden and Michael Winston and Pastor Rodney Jones, officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MS. DOZIER

LANETT — Ms. Janice "Jan" Ramsey Dozier, 56, of Lanett died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Bethany House in Auburn.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Life Center in Lanett with the Revs. Louis Upshaw, pastor, L.W. Booker, eulogist, Terry Magby, Minister Hattie Bridges, Bishop Donald Lancaster and the Rev. Arthur Walker Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Pinehill Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Obituaries for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MS. BLAKES

LANETT — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Barbara Blakes, 59, of Lanett, who died Monday, March 2, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MRS. HAMBY

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Betty Jean Hamby, 78, of LaFayette died Monday, March 2, 2015.

Graveside services are planned for Wednesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. CST at Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens in Dadeville.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. LANGLEY

LANETT — Mr. David Loyd Langley, 47, of Lanett died Monday, March 2, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Rusty Letson officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.

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

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