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Feeding the Valley attacks local food insecurity
Feeding the Valley attacks local food insecurity

Renay Hinson, Pam Daniel and Dottie Worthy lead the food program for Davidson Baptist Church. They shop at the Feeding the Valley food bank warehouse in LaGrange every week for this mission to fight hunger in the West Point community.

By CARLEEN FROKJER

Food insecurity may not be a familiar term. In the food banking world, it is the reality of life and is at the center of its mission.

Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

It may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritional foods.

The elderly and children are the most vulnerable to food insecurity; in Georgia one in five adults and one in four children are considered food insecure. In 2013, Feeding America ranked Georgia the fifth highest food insecure state in the U.S.

Throughout the U.S., there are food pantries at churches, day care centers for children, soup kitchens, youth programs, senior centers, homeless shelters and agencies that serve the disadvantaged. A food bank is a centralized food source and vital to these organizations.

In our community, Feeding the Valley food bank serves more than 240 non-profit partner agencies and covers a service area of 14 counties that include Troup, Meriwether, Harris, Talbot, Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley, Stewart, Webster, Quitman, Randolph and Clay in Georgia and Russell County in Alabama.

Food donations come from national grocery retailers such as Walmart, Sam’s, Winn Dixie, Publix, Kroger and others, as well as from local produce suppliers and many nationally recognized corporations. The foods and products donated by these companies are the “unsold” foods that have to come off the shelves, but still have nutritional value.

All donated food is sorted and inspected before it is placed on the shelves. Non-profit organizations that have 501(c)-3 status and churches who meet certain criteria shop in the warehouse and pay $0.19 per pound and realize a significant savings.

As needs have increased dramatically in our region and in order to be more efficient, last year Feeding the Valley leased a 24,000-square-foot warehouse in LaGrange on Gordon Commercial Drive to offer distribution services to Troup, Meriwether, Harris and Talbot counties. Just in its first year, one million pounds of food have been distributed from this location, which is a 20-percent increase since last year for these counties.

In Troup County the food insecurity statistic is 20.2 percent of the population, or 1 in every 5 people. Every Wednesday, three special women from West Point lead an effort with Davidson Baptist Church to reach out to families in need and to the homeless through “Kristy’s Food Closet,” established in 2013 and named in honor of Kristy Scott, the daughter of Howard Longshore, pastor of Davidson Baptist Church.

“We named our food program in Kristy’s honor because it was her passion to start the food closet to feed people in need,” said Renay Hinson. Renay is part of a three-woman team, along with Dottie Worthy and Pam Daniel from the church. They make regular trips to purchase food from the Feeding the Valley warehouse in LaGrange and then spend their Tuesdays packing food to be provided on average to 46 families, 132 individuals every week.

And, as they learn about the personal hardships of some of their recipients, they become more and more passionate about their mission to help people living in their community who are less fortunate. It is an unconditional act of kindness.

How can we help in the fight against hunger? Monetary donations are critical as there is the need to build a larger facility to better serve the region. A capital campaign is currently under way to raise funds to build a larger warehouse in east Columbus. Donations are tax deductible. Food drives are vital to the mission of a food bank.

And, volunteers are the backbone of the operation.

For more information, call 706-561-4755, visit feedingthevalley.org and visit Feeding the Valley’s Facebook page.

No challengers in West Point as qualifying nears end
No challengers in West Point as qualifying nears end

By THE TIMES-NEWS

WEST POINT — With just hours remaining in the qualifying period, the four seats open in West Point's city election Nov. 3 are uncontested.

Qualifying for the city election ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

As of Friday morning, incumbent Mayor Drew Ferguson IV and three sitting councilmembers, Benjamin Wilcox, Sandra Thornton and Jerry Ledbetter, had qualified for reelection.

Qualifying fees are $153 for mayor and $90 for city council, based on three percent of the salary for the positions.

Advance voting in the city election will be held Monday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 30 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the West Point Technology Center.

Any adult who has resided within the city limits for at least 12 months and is a registered voter is eligible to run for city offices. The last day to register to vote in the city election is Monday, Oct. 5.

Police Reports for Friday, September 4, 2015
Police Reports for Friday, September 4, 2015

Troup Sheriff

LaGRANGE — Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating Eddie Charles Johnson Jr., 32, of LaGrange.

Arrest warrants for Johnson have been issued charging him with armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated battery related to an incident that occurred last week. Johnson is also is wanted by LaGrange Police for aggravated assault and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Please call Troup County investigators at 706-883-1616, LaGrange police at 706-883-2603 or Troup County CrimeStoppers at 706-812-1000 if you know his whereabouts.

West Point Police

WEST POINT — Shaquoya Semondee Gilliam, 23, of West Point was arrested for driving while license suspended.

Darius Marteze Harris, 28, of LaGrange was arrested for driving while license suspended and following too closely.

An incident of theft by shoplifting-misdemeanor was reported in the area of Highway 18.

A second incident of theft by shoplifting-misdemeanor was reported in the area of Highway 18.

An incident of unlawful conduct during 911 call by using obscene/vulgar/profane language to intimidate/harass 911 office was reported in the area of Highway 29.

An incident of theft by receiving stolen property-felony was reported in the area of East 14th Street.

A second incident of theft by receiving stolen property was reported in the area of East 14th Street.

Lanett Police

LANETT — Charles Brandon Lewis, 37, of Lanett was arrested for theft of services.

Jeremy Nitel Moody, 27, of Lanett was arrested for bail jumping.

Jeffery Dorr, 34, of Lanett was arrested for negotiating worthless instrument (bad check).

Domestic violence was reported in the 1000 block of South Second Avenue and the 1000 block of East First Avenue.

Criminal trespass was reported in the 500 block of North Fourth Street.

Fraudulent use of a debit card was reported in the 400 block of North Lanier Avenue.

Burglary was reported in the 1600 block of 20th Street SW.

Theft of property was reported in the 3900 block of 54th Avenue SW.

Valley Police

VALLEY — Shane Douglas Allen Nichols, 21, of Valley was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 13-year-old juvenile from Lanett was arrested for domestic violence third degree.

Criminal mischief third degree was reported in the 5900 block of 20th Avenue.

Reckless endangerment/harassment was reported in the 6400 block of 64th Boulevard.

Fraudulent use of a debit/credit card was reported in the 3500 block of 20th Avenue.

Chambers Sheriff

LaFAYETTE — Coby Michael Gaspard, 20, of Wadley was arrested for criminal trespass third degree.

Jeffrey Lewis Williams, 25, of LaFayette was arrested for probation violation.

Jeremy N. Moody, 27, of Lanett was arrested for failure to appear-child support.

Sheriff officials reported 138 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

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CA Rebels JV football team rolls by Lee-Scott 22-6
CA Rebels JV football team rolls by Lee-Scott 22-6

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — Hayden Harris tallied a pair of touchdowns and 66 yards while teammate C.J. Lyons rumbled for an additional 145 yards and one score as the Chambers Academy junior varsity football team (1-0) opened the season in impressive fashion with a 22-6 win over the visiting Lee-Scott Academy Warriors here Wednesday evening.

CA held an 8-6 lead after one quarter and added its two other TDs in the second for a 22-6 lead that stood.

Coach Jason Allen’s team rushed for 251 yards on 39 carries and all three TDs via a devastating ground game. Lyons had 11 attempts for 145 yards and one score and one two-point PAT as well. Harris added 66 yards on 18 carries and two TDs. In addition, Braxton Allen had seven carries for 30 yards and Payton Allen added one attempt for 10 yards.

Defensively, Mitchell Lee and Alston Knox each had five stops, Harris added four with a pair of sacks, Braxton Allen and Trae Wenck each had three stops, Lyons and Payton Allen both had two and Cotton Hand added one.

“This was a big win for our junior varsity program,” said CA head coach Jason Allen. “We came out and were very physical on both sides of the ball. I was very proud of our offensive line and they consistently established a new line of scrimmage. Our backs ran extremely hard and it was a great team victory,” Allen noted.

CA plays at Lakeside Academy, Tues., Sept. 8.

•In other sports action, the Beulah varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams both won against Pacelli of Columbus. The varsity won 25-21 and 25-7 and the junior varsity posted a 25-16 first match win and closed out the match with a 25-13 in game two.

The Beulah Middle School team lost to Opelika 25-22 and 25-18 and defeated Samford 25-23 and 25-10.

Six local football teams play key region contests
Six local football teams play key region contests

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

It’s the first really big weekend of the high school football season as six of the seven local schools all play important region games.

The Valley Rams (1-1, 0-0) open region play in hosting traditional power Oxford High at Rams Stadium.

Coach Marshon Harper’s team went on the road last year and upset Oxford but still didn’t win enough region contests to earn a playoff berth.

It’s a key game for Valley and if they want a chance of getting to the postseason, a win over Oxford is really a must.

Valley will be underdogs against Opelika, Benjamin Russell and Chelsea but games with Pell City and Chilton Co. are tossups.

The Lanett Panthers (1-1, 0-0) are fresh off a resounding 35-14 win over Notasulga last week and look to keep the momentum going in its region opener against the Horseshoe Bend Generals Friday at Morgan-Washburn Stadium.

Coach Clifford Story’s team looked strong in all phases of its game last week and should post another big win Friday.

The Panthers are hungry, want to earn a postseason berth and contend for the region championship as well as a home state playoff game as well.

The Springwood Wildcats (0-1, 0-1) are coming off a tough 32-21 region loss last week to Lakeside and head Friday to Macon-East for a game with Knights. This is a pivotal game for coach Thomas Hill’s team. If the Wildcats want to get into the playoffs and have a chance to earn a home playoff game, this is a must win contest.

•In other key games, Chambers (1-0, 1-0) is at defending state champion Abbeville, Beulah (0-1, 0-0) is on the road at state-ranked Montgomery Academy and LaFayette (1-0, 0-0) hosts Reeltown all in region battles.

The CA-ACA game should be a war and the Bulldogs game with Reeltown could go a long way for coach James Lucas’ team and a state playoff berth.

Troup looks to rebound against Northgate Vikings
Troup looks to rebound against Northgate Vikings

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — After an opening game battle against rival LaGrange, the schedule doesn’t get any easier this week for coach Tanner Glisson’s Troup Tigers as they host a powerful Northgate Vikings team Friday at Callaway Stadium.

Although Troup battled hard and had several good scoring chances go by the boards against LaGrange, Glisson hopes his team will learn from the loss and move forward in getting ready for a strong Northgate team fresh off a 45-0 pounding of Shaw last week.

“We got our tails kicked by a better team (LaGrange),” Glisson noted. “We had some chances in the first half with some good field position, but couldn't capitalize. Our defense did a decent job of bending and not breaking but we kept throwing them out there too much. Hats off to LaGrange and they've got bragging rights for 365,” said Glisson.

Troup faces an even more difficult change Friday against a Northgate team looking to regain the form three years ago when they went 11-1.

The Vikings are led by Tommy Walburn, the Tigers head coach from 2001-2005. Northgate will be one of the best teams Troup will face all season.

Northgate is physical on both sides of the line, has a lot of size and excellent skill personnel all over the field.

“They (Northgate) are really impressive,” Glisson said. “They are probably the best team we've seen and very, very sound on both sides of the ball. They've got a linebacker that has offers from Clemson and LSU and he’s a fine player. Needless to say, it will be a huge challenge and we must get better and have a good week of practice,” noted Glisson.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, September 4, 2015
Obituaries for Friday, September 4, 2015

MR. MONCUS

ROANOKE — Mr. James Wayne Moncus, 68, of Roanoke, formerly of Valley, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Taylor Retirement Center in Roanoke.

Arrangements will be announced by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home.

MR. PINKARD

LANETT — Mr. Willis Frank (Rod) Pinkard, 63, of Lanett died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT) at Forest Home Christian Church on County Road 91 in Randolph County, Ala., with the Rev. Joel Scott and the Rev. Howard Longshore officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. TODD

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Willie Bessie Perry Todd, 93, of LaFayette passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. CDT at Friendship Baptist Church No. 2 in LaFayette with the Rev. Curtis Spidell, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MRS. WORTHAM

HUGULEY — Mrs. Paula Wortham, 67, of Huguley passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Ron Williams and the Rev. Raymond Alexander officiating.Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Gardens.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Thursday, September 3, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, September 3, 2015

MR. BRADY

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Wilson Brady, 82, of LaFayette died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. CDT at Vines Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette with the Rev. Thomas W. McMillian officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Cemetery in LaFayette.

Vines Funeral Home of LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MR. PINKARD

LANETT — Mr. Rod Pinkard, 63, of Lanett died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT) at Forest Home Christian Church on County Road 91 in Randolph County, Ala., with the Rev. Joel Scott and the Rev. Howard Longshore officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MR. ST. GEORGE

VALLEY —Mr. Frankie St. George of Valley died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Valley with Pastor Karanja Story, officiant, and Pastor Corey D. Huguley Sr., eulogist. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MR. WHITE

LANETT — Mr. Richard Lamar White Jr., 27, of Lanett died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Lanett.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at North Lanier Avenue Church of Christ with Brother Calvin Willis, minister, Brother Stoney King, eulogist, Brother Cleveland T. Smith and Brother Simpson S. King officiating. Burial will follow at Pinehill Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. WORTHAM

HUGULEY — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Paula Wortham, 67, of Huguley, who died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MR. BRADY

LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Wilson Brady, 82, of LaFayette, who died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Ga.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. BUTLER

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Mrs. Shirley Deloach Butler passed away Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Orange Park.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

MR. FERRELL

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Jimmy Lewis Ferrell, 66, of LaFayette died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. CDT at Friendship Baptist Church No. 2 in LaFayette with the Rev. Curtis Spidell, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MR. HUGULEY

LANETT —Mr. Johnny Huguley of Lanett died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Lanett with Pastor Louis Upshaw officiating and Bishop Donald Lancaster, eulogist. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

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