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World Milk Day gets full treatment at Valley High
World Milk Day gets full treatment at Valley High

Most people don't know it, but Sept. 28 is celebrated as World Milk Day. Everybody at Valley High who didn't know about it going into Wednesday was well versed in it by the end of the day thanks to the ingenuity of the lunchroom staff. People dressed as cows, there were "Got Milk?" doors and some often repeated puns throughout the day. "Have you herd the news?" said one student. "Why are so many kids and teachers looking udderly ridiculous?" "Aw, it's just a bunch of bull…" Mooooving right along, some of the classes did great work in the bovine-themed contests. Tera McCarty's personal finance class (above) was truly out standing in that field. In front, from left, are Garrett Perdue, Brandon Poe, and Elijah Smith. On Row 2, l-r, are Gabrealle Ray, Mrs. McCarty, Syrinna Holloway and Katie Knight. Row 3: Kallie Blair, Angel Jerry, Andre McBride, Kayleigh Burdette, Matilla Trammell, Hillary Vickers, Skylar Smith, and Mariah Thompson. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Women's gun safety course scheduled for Oct. 13, 15
Women's gun safety course scheduled for Oct. 13, 15


LANETT — The third annual Chambers County Women's Fall Gun Safety Course has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at the old Rescue Squad building on Phillips Road in Lanett, beginning at 6 p.m.

Officers from the Chambers County Sheriff's Office will present information on the proper care and operation of hand guns, as well as safety tips.

The original idea for the course was proposed by Kimberly Carter, family support coordinator and business retention specialist with the Chambers County Development Authority. Since then, hundreds of women throughout the area have taken advantage of opportunity to learn and become familiar with the operation of firearms.

Following the classroom instruction on Oct. 13, participants will meet at the Chambers County courthouse in LaFayette on Saturday, Oct. 15, and proceed to the county's firing range, where certified instructors will assist with live fire demonstrations.

Registration for the course is $20 per person, which includes lunch on Saturday, a T-shirt, printed materials and a graduation certificate.

Interested individuals can register at the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, 2 LaFayette Street S, LaFayette, or at the courthouse annex, 610 South Gilmer Ave. in Lanett. The course is limited to 25 participants.

For questions or additional information, contact Kimberly Carter at 706-590-0291.

Osborne announces reelection bid for Commission District 4
Osborne announces reelection bid for Commission District 4


Henry Osborne has announced his candidacy for reelection to the District 4 seat on the Chambers County Commission in the Nov. 8 general election.

In announcing his candidacy, Osborne made the following statement.

"I, Henry Osborne, am the Democratic nominee for the office of Chambers County Commissioner, District 4, in the Nov. 8 general election. I am a lifelong resident of Lanett and a graduate of Auburn University with a BS degree in education. I served for 26 years in the Lanett City School System. I am also a registered X-ray technologist as a graduate of the Columbus Medical Center.

"I am married to Laura Brown Osborne, a retired registered nurse. We have two daughters, Vickie Osborne Waldrep and Vanessa Osborne Sessions.

"I was first elected to the Lanett City Council in 1976 and served more than 20 years as a member of the council and as mayor, operating under an annual budget in excess of $12 million. I also served 11 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority with a budget of over $200 million. Government is first and foremost a service, however, certain business-like principles must be followed in its operations. My prior experience with these large budgets has been a significant advantage to me since my election to the County Commission in 2008. My goal has always been to provide the best possible services at the lowest possible cost. Spending must be kept in line with revenues. However, in an effort to supplement local revenues, we strive to be prepared for all possible grant applications at the beginning of each funding cycle. Both short range and long range projects must be planned well in advance. Our commission works continuously on those efforts and we have been most successful in securing these grants.

"Infrastructure is an ongoing challenge to all governmental entities. Chambers County is no exception. Roads, bridges, culverts must be maintained continuously. Failure to do so will produce insurmountable issues in the future. I am proud of the recent completion of projects in District 4, which total over $2 million. Additionally, there are District 4 projects currently under construction in excess of $600,000. Another approximately $65,000 in District 4 projects will be let in the fall of 2016. We have worked closely with County Engineer Josh Harvill in addressing the needs and the funding of these all-important projects.

"Chambers County has made some great strides in the past several years. We have gone from one of the highest unemployment rates in the state to one of the lowest. I am a strong supporter of the Chambers County Development Authority and its Executive Director Valerie Gray. I will continue to support the efforts of the CCDA in bringing and retaining jobs for our Chambers Count citizens. My voting record on the Chambers County Commission will reflect that support.

"I also believe the retention and support of county employees is a key factor in the delivery of services to our citizens. We need well-trained and well-disciplined employees. A revolving door situation is a hindrance to efficiency in governmental operations. Employees should be paid a fair wage for a job well done.

"District 4 is primarily, but not totally, located within the incorporated cities of Lanett and Valley. It is a large district which deserves a strong voice on the Chambers County Commission. I feel I have been that voice for the past eight years. I listen to our citizens and do everything within my power to resolve their issues. I have never allowed district lines to interfere with my service to all Chambers County citizens. I pledge to continue that policy.

"I am proud of the accomplishments of the Chambers County Commission during my tenure and feel that my experience will allow us to continue to progress in an orderly and progressive fashion. I stand without reservation on my record. I sincerely solicit your support in allowing me to continue to serve you.

"My promise to you is that I will continue to serve the good people of District 4 and Chambers County with fairness, honesty and openness. I sincerely ask for your vote on Nov. 8. As always, the people's agenda will be my agenda."

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Six of seven local teams on the road Friday
Six of seven local teams on the road Friday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

It will be a travel weekend for local high school football fans as six of the seven local schools will be on the road Friday in key region contests.

The only local team playing at home will be the AISA No. 6-ranked Chambers Rebels (5-0, 2-0) who will entertain Northside Methodist of Dothan at Torbert Field.

Led by veteran coach Jason Allen, the Rebels — along with LaFayette — have been the most dominating teams in the area this fall.

The Rebels have been steamrolling opponents offensively and playing very good team defense, with the exception of the first half against Lowndes.

Look for CA to roll once again Friday.

Valley (1-5, 0-3) at Beauregard

It’s been a tough fall for first-year Valley Rams coach Brad Lowe and his team and it won’t get any easier this week at region powerhouse Beauregard in Lee Co.

The Rams have struggled offensively all season and the Hornets will be the best team Valley has played to date.

Beauregard will be a tough team for Valley to handle for four quarters.

No. 6 Lanett (5-1, 3-0) at Fayetteville

The Lanett Panthers are looking to rebound after a loss to 4A power Handley High last week.

Coach Clifford Story’s team looks to stay tied atop the region standings along with rival LaFayette with a road win Friday over Fayetteville.

Lanett has too many weapons for Fayetteville and expect the Panthers to win decisively.

Tre Story, Ty Truitt, Anquavious Pollard, Travon Mathis, Baraskious Dowdell, KenKen Story and Trikweze Bridges have all had terrific performances the last few weeks for Lanett and look for Story to rely on them for leadership as well.

Tre Story threw for nearly 350 yards and four TDs last week, Pollard had three TD receptions and Bridges had a stellar, all-around game on defense and is a playmaker who can force turnovers.

No. 4 LaFayette (5-0, 3-0) at Horseshoe Bend

There’s only two undefeated teams left in the area and that’s the LaFayette Bulldogs and CA Rebels.

Coach James Lucas’ team was open last week and will head to New Site to face an improved Horseshoe Bend team.

The highest scoring team in the area, LaFayette is on pace to score 500 points.

It all adds up to a big LaFayette win as the Bulldogs and rival Lanett move one step closer to a region title showdown Oct. 21 at Bulldogs Stadium.

Springwood (4-1, 1-1) at Georgia Southwest Academy

The Wildcats are fresh off a 35-0 thumping of Macon-East last week as they make the long trip this week to Georgia Southwest Academy.

Coach Thomas Hill’s team is playing well on both sides of the line and trying to peak for its stretch run for a hard-earned AISA 3A state playoff berth.

Springwood is 1-1 in region play with three games left vs. Tuscaloosa Academy, Lee-Scott and Glenwood. Two wins in its last three region games and they are in the postseason for sure.

Look for Springwood to keep its momentum going with a win over GSWA Friday.

Beulah (0-5, 0-3) at Prattville Christian

The tough luck local team this fall is coach Jarrod Wooten’s Beulah Bobcats who remain winless.

Beulah is coming off a tough loss to undefeated 1A Wadley team but head to Prattville Friday for a game with region foe Prattville Christian.

This is a good opportunity for Beulah to pick up its first win and with it, confidence to compete and hopefully win more with four games left.

Troup heads to The Battlefield for Sandy Creek showdown
Troup heads to The Battlefield for Sandy Creek showdown

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

TYRONE, Ga. — The Troup High Tigers (4-1, 1-0 in GHSA 4A-Region 5) are one of the most improved teams in all of GHSA football this season.

They’ve done it with excellent overall play as well as a tremendously improved offense led by 6-5 junior quarterback standout Montez Crowe.

Coach Tanner Glisson’s team has reeled off four straight wins after falling to Hardaway in its season opener.

Troup very easily could be 5-0 but the difference between winning and losing is a fine line and give the youth-dominated Tigers credit.

In 2015, they didn’t know how to close out games and lacked the confidence to turn adversity around and pull out close wins.

Move ahead one year and what a difference.

Despite its youth, Troup is a confident team and believes they’ll earn a playoff spot after a 1-9 season the previous year.

Give coach Tanner Glisson and his staff a lot of credit but the biggest challenges for the Tigers lie ahead in the five-game stretch run for a coveted playoff berth.

Troup will face a powerhouse Sandy Creek Patriots team at The Battlefield Friday.

Sandy Creek has proven itself as one of the elite programs in all of GHSA football over the last decade with three state championships.

Troup will need to be at its best in order to upset the Patriots.

If the Tigers are going to knock off Sandy Creek, Crowe will play a big role.

The “Air Troup” offense has really taken off under Crowe, a Division I prospect with all the skills and another year left in high school.

•Tiger Tracks: Glisson told The Times-News Wednesday that WSB-TV Channel 2 Sports from Atlanta has made the Troup-Sandy Creek game its Game of the Week.

Ogle inducted into Springwood Athletic HOF
Ogle inducted into Springwood Athletic HOF

By Wayne Clark

Times-News News Editor

LANETT — In pre-game activities prior to the kickoff of Springwood’s homecoming game versus Macon-East, former Wildcat Dustin Ogle was inducted as the newest member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

A 2001 graduate of SHS, Ogle excelled in three sports, football basketball and baseball. In football, he was recognized by The Valley Times-News and The Opelika-Auburn News as a member of their All Area teams in 1998, 1999 and 2000. His senior year, he was an AISA All-Star and a member of the AISA All-State team. He received the Springwood Captain’s Award that year and the Competitive Heart award.

Basketball may have been his best sport at Springwood. He received the post season “Sharp Shooter” award twice and was selected to numerous tournament, district and state all-tournament teams. Most noteworthy, Ogle holds the record for being the school’s all time leading single game scorer, having poured in 43 points in a game versus New Life on January 12, 2001. The very next day he had 32 points in a game versus Calvary, putting him over 1,000 points in his Springwood career. He completed his career with 1,150 points.

Jeff Damron, who coached Ogle at Springwood, remembers him as a tough player who always kept his poise in difficult situations. “Dustin earned a reputation around the AISA as a great shooter,” he said. “He had to deal with being double teamed a lot. Our opponents were determined to make him earn every single point. I remember some impossible shots he made under tremendous pressure, often while being fouled.”

“It was a privilege to have coached Dustin on the varsity team back in 2001 when he scored his 1,000th career point and set the single-game scoring record that still stands today,” Damron said. “He represented Springwood with class both on and off the court. I congratulate him on his being inducted into the Springwood Athletic Hall of Fame. It’s a much deserved honor.”

In baseball, Ogle was a member of Springwood’s 1998 and 1999 AISA state championship teams. His junior year, he won the “Most Improved” award and the Golden Glove award. He was named team captain his senior year.

“My favorite memories of participating in high school athletics at Springwood,” said Ogle “are being part of back-to-back state championship teams in baseball in 1998 and 1999, playing in the basketball state finals in 1998 and having had the pleasure of playing alongside so many great individuals and athletes all the way through high school.”

Currently, Dustin lives in the Hamilton, Ga. area with his wife, Lauren, and children Fisher, age six, and Aubrey Ann, age three. He is the warehouse manager for Talladega Machinery and Supply. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his son’s recreation league basketball and baseball teams.

“Springwood and the Springwood Alumni Association congratulate Dustin on this well-deserved induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame,” said stadium announcer Warren Nolen. Ogle received a loud, standing ovation from the crowd gathered for the game.


Obituaries for Thursday, September 29, 2016
Obituaries for Thursday, September 29, 2016


LANETT — Mr. Billy Hugh Moody, 67, of Lanett passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at Faith Evangelistic Church with the Rev. Lonnie Baldwin and guest speakers, Joann Stribling and Gary Berrier, officiating.

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


LaFAYETTE — Mr. Terrell "Terry" Lee Prather, 64, of LaFayette, formerly of LaGrange, Ga., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Cemetery.

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


COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Waltavious Turner, 27, of College Park, who passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at South Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Ga.

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


LANETT — Mrs. Martha Fort Washington, 98, of Lanett died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point with the Rev. Al Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Whitesville Methodist Church Cemetery.

McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Obituaries for Wednesday, September 28, 2016


BEULAH, Ala. — Mrs. Sallie Booth, 67, of the Beulah community passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley.

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


MILLTOWN, Ala. — Mrs. Agnes T. Cole of Milltown went to be with the Lord Thursday Sept. 22, 2016, at the home of her son, Frank Cole.

The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville, Tenn. Funeral services followed with the Rev. Keith Osborne officiating.

The family also received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at LaFayette Heights Baptist Church in LaFayette, with graveside services following at Pleasant Grove Christian Church Cemetery in Union Hill, Ala., with the Rev. Paul Howard officiating.

Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville and Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette were in charge of the arrangements.


DADEVILLE, Ala. — Services for Mr. Jackie Milton Lamb, 76, of Dadeville will be held at Lake Pointe Baptist Church Friday, Sept. 30. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and the memorial service at 11a.m.

Mr. Lamb passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at his residence.

Langley Funeral Home of Dadeville is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Mr. Cecil “Pete” Woodall, 90, of Lanett passed away Monday, Sep. 26, 2016, at his daughter’s residence.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley.

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

Obituaries for Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Obituaries for Tuesday, September 27, 2016


LANETT — Mr. Jesse Heard of Lanett passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Wedowee Hospital in Wedowee, Ala.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Mrs. Janie Williams, 906 North Seventh St., Lanett.

Arrangements will be announced by M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point.


LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Aleta Lee, 83, of LaFayette died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at her residence.

Memorial services will be held at Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette at 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Sept. 28 with the Rev. Paul Howard officiating.

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


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