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Historical Society tours Civil War battlefields
Historical Society tours Civil War battlefields

The Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society recently hosted a motor coach trip to Civil War battlefields, including Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania and the Wilderness. Forty participants from seven counties joined this educational expedition, a first of its kind for the organization. CVHS board member and Civil War historian Murphy Wood led the tour, providing travelers with fascinating details while putting each battle in context of the larger war. At each battlefield, Wood pointed out the position and role of both the 14th Alabama and the 4th Georgia regiments, in which many soldiers from Chambers and Troup counties served 150 years ago. While at Gettysburg, many participants climbed the Little Round Top and walked across the field where Pickett's Charge occurred. The group is shown above at Stonewall Jackson's grave in Lexington, Va., where he taught at VMI prior to the outbreak of the war. Net proceeds from the trip will benefit a designated project for the Cobb Memorial Archives in Valley.

Troup sheriff deputy returns fire, wounds man
Troup sheriff deputy returns fire, wounds man


LaGRANGE — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is currently examining details of an early Monday morning shooting incident involving a Troup County Sheriff's deputy.

According to GBI public information officer Sherry Lang, the incident occurred at a home in the 3200 block of Hamilton Road shortly after midnight.

"The initial call was received at Troup County 911 around 12:05 a.m. from a citizen who reported their neighbor was shooting a gun. Deputy Stephen D'Angelo responded to the resi-

dence where he found the occupant, Terry Caldwell, age 60, sitting in his carport," Lang said.

"Caldwell had in his possession an AK47-style weapon which he fired twice at the deputy. Officer D'Angelo returned fire, striking Caldwell in the elbow and thigh. Caldwell was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he is being treated for what appears to be non-life- threatening injuries. Deputy D'Angelo was not injured during the incident," Lang added.

Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff said D'Angelo, who joined the department 10 months ago, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending results of the investigation.

"It is standard procedure for the GBI to investigate incidents of this type where an officer-involved shooting has occurred. When they have completed their work, it will be turned over to the district attorney's office for review," Woodruff said.

It's not known at this time what provoked Caldwell to shoot at the deputy, which was recorded by the dashboard video camera in the officer's patrol car.

Butts Mill Farm to reopen July 1 under new ownership
Butts Mill Farm to reopen July 1 under new ownership


PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — After being closed for several months and purchased by new owners, Butts Mill Farm in Pine Mountain is set to re-open July 1.

The new owners, John Kalvelage and his daughter, Lisa White, of Conyers, look forward to starting the farm over “fresh and new” while retaining the family fun of horseback riding, splashing in the creek and much more that Butts Mill Farm visitors have enjoyed since the attraction opened here 20 years ago.

Built in the mid-1800s, Butts Mill, a grist mill, operated for nearly 100 years as an integral part of Pine Mountain and the surrounding communities.

“A lot of people now don’t understand what the grist mill was to the community,” said Curt Snider, farm spokesman. “In those days, you didn’t have a Kroger or Publix to run to. So typically, what you found was that it was a real hub for the neighborhood. People would come and hang out at the grist mill to swap their crops or animals and to trade stories.”

In the mid-1940s, a flood destroyed the mill foundation and a nearby bridge. After that, trees and undergrowth covered the area, leaving the mill lost to its community for half a century — until Neil and Trish Liechty bought and cleared the property and opened the farm as a family attraction in 1995.

The new owners plan to carry on the traditions of the past two decades that brought families and school field trips, corporate parties and family reunions to Butts Mill Farm.

“We fell in love when we saw the place and decided it would be an awesome adventure for us and our family,” said White, who believes the farm’s appeal is because it offers “old-timey, family fun.”

The farm boasts tons of attractions for all age groups to enjoy, including a miniature golf course, creek-side beach, and playgrounds and inflatables for children; there’s a more challenging inflatable for teenagers and adults. Playing in the creek that meanders through the property is a favorite pastime for youngsters, and they’ll also enjoy sluicing at the mining station where they can pan for various gems from around the world.

Horseback riding is offered through woods along trails that circle the property, while pony rides are available for children. For even more adventure, a go-cart track invites a faster ride and two paintball fields are available with advanced reservations. Other fun options include volleyball and horseshoes, fishing in a lake stocked with catfish, or simply relaxing at the various picnic and pavilion areas where visitors can set up, grill their own meals and enjoy the day.

The major focus at the farm always has been on family, according to Snider.

“At the farm,” he said, “we hope people will step back and unplug. Here, you can really disconnect from the hectic world we live in and go back to the simple time like when the farm was first built. It’s a piece of land that time has not forgotten, surrounded by beauty. It’s a place for the family to reconnect by disconnecting.”

Visitors to Butts Mills Farm won’t need their cell phones, according to Snider. “Reception isn’t that great here, anyway,” he joked.

Along with relaxation, Butts Mill Farm is a great venue for children’s birthday parties with karaoke and competitions available in three themed rooms, including one with a Disney’s “Cars” theme, another featuring a princess theme and the third with a focus on country.

Events for adults are big, too, at Butts Mill. Weddings at the covered bridge or gazebo are popular. Corporate events are held in the Hoedown Barn, which can accommodate hundreds of people; the ample stage is perfect for bands, karaoke or contests. The original grist mill is now open for special events as well, from rehearsal dinners to receptions and more.

With these events, the farm offers amazing meals prepared by local chef Tyrone Sledge, who will oversee all food operations. As the personal chef of Cason Callaway Jr. for many years, Sledge brings a wealth of culinary experience to Butts Mill Farm. Well known throughout the region, he is particularly renowned for his barbecue and Brunswick stew.

“The addition of Tyrone Sledge will easily result in Butts Mill Farm becoming known as a destination for memorable meals with extremely good food,” said Snider.

While closed, the farm has undergone various improvements with a substantial investment made in infrastructure.

“We want to make a really great place for locals and tourists,” said White. “We want our guests to have a quality experience. We believe that we can, not only in our immediate community but statewide and beyond, offer recreational opportunity here, but our biggest hope is that families come and simply enjoy being outside. We want to put smiles on their faces.”

Butts Mill Farm is located at 2280 Butts Mill Road in Pine Mountain. For more information, call the farm at 706-663-7400 or visit their Facebook page, and be on the lookout for the soon-to-come relaunch of their website at buttsmill.farm.

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West Point 9-10 baseball stars rout Peachtree City
West Point 9-10 baseball stars rout Peachtree City

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — The West Point 9-10 baseball all-stars proved they are the team to beat over the weekend here at the Little League Baseball District 4 tourney at West Point City Park.

The local stars routed rival Peachtree City in a pair of games to take firm control of the tournament.

West Point defeated PTC 5-2 in the first game and completed the sweep later in the day with a 17-7 rout.

•In the 5-2 first game win, West Point was led by Will Hamilton, Braxton Barber and Sam Anderson all with one hit and one RBI each.

Anderson worked four innings on the mound for West Point in earning the win while Hamilton worked the last two for the save.

Anderson struck out five and walked just one.

•In the second game 17-7 win, Hamilton and Jackson Hancock led the offense with two hits and two RBIs.

Ashton Carter also smashed a two-RBI hit as well.

Lewis King earned the win on the mound for West Point working four innings and struck out two.

•In other all-star action over the weekend, the West Point 12U stars fell to Peachtree City 22-1.

West Point, Valley all-star teams in action
West Point, Valley all-star teams in action

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

Recreation all-star teams in both youth baseball and softball are all in action this week locally and on the road.

The West Point Recreation Department and Valley Recreation Department each have numerous baseball and softball teams participating in both Little League action (WPRD) as well as Dixie play (VRD).

West Point has 10 teams playing in sub-district play with six baseball teams and four softball all-star squads.

The WPRD is hosting the District 4 tournament at City Park as both the 10U and 12U teams will serve as hosts.

West Point also has four girls softball teams (10U, 12U, 14U and 16U) and 10-11U boys, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U baseball squads all in action.

West Point has enjoyed great success in recent years in 16U and 18U play, advancing to the southeast regionals and national tournaments as well.

The Valley Recreation Department also has several baseball and softball all-star teams in action.

Valley’s all-star teams include 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 and a number of softball teams as well. Please go out and support our teams.

Former VHS standout Barnes to play for ASU Hornets
Former VHS standout Barnes to play for ASU Hornets

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — Former Valley High Runnin’ Rams standout Nick Barnes will play his college basketball next winter for the Alabama State University Hornets.

The 6-6 power forward averaged 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game his senior season for Valley coach Marshon Harper several years ago.

Barnes is the cousin of LaFayette’s Travond Barnes, who recently signed with the Hampton University (Va.) Pirates and the brother of Lanett High sophomore sensation Anquaveious Pollard.

Barnes attended Texas Southern after he finished at Valley High and played last year at Cincinnati State, where he averaged 11 points per game.

“I just felt like it was time to come home,” Barnes said. “I turned down several big name schools just to get a chance to play in front of my family again.”


Obituaries for Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Obituaries for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No obituaries were reported today.

Obituaries for Monday, June 29, 2015
Obituaries for Monday, June 29, 2015


DADEVILLE — Mr. Vontrayvious L. Alvies, 21, of Dadeville passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Tallassee Health and Rehab in Tallassee, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 29 at 2:30 p.m. CDT at Sardis Baptist Church in Dadeville with the Rev. William Perry officiating. Burial will follow at Dadeville City Cemetery in Dadeville.

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


BEULAH, Ala. — Mr. Ferrell L. Barrington, 68, of Beulah died Sunday, June 28, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 3 p.m. EDT at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Jim Dykes and the Rev. Lanny Sledge officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Cemetery.

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


LANETT — Mr. Walter "Belum" Barrow, 83, of Lanett passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Bethany House in Auburn.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 1 p.m. CDT at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Michael Stiggers officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Springs Church Cemetery in LaFayette.

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


WEST POINT — Mr. Willie C. "Jack" King, 66, of West Point passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at his home.

The celebration of life service will be Tuesday, June 30 at 1 p.m. at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1516 44th Avenue SW in Lanett, with pastor Jackie Banks officiating. Burial follow at the church cemetery with military honors.

Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home of LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.


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