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Make South Inc. named CCDA Manufacturer of the Year
Make South Inc. named CCDA Manufacturer of the Year

Make South Inc. was named the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year in Chambers County Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Chambers County Development Authority. The family business is owned by Shannon and Kelli Smith, who are the company’s two employees. The Smiths are shown above accepting their award from Valerie Gray, right, CCDA executive director. At left is Bobby Williams, president of the CCDA Board of Directors. Joining them are the Smith’s children, Morgan, Maddy and Thomas.

Memorial Day Program Monday at 11 a.m. in Valley
Memorial Day Program Monday at 11 a.m. in Valley


VALLEY — Memorial Day 2017 will be observed on Monday, and American Legion Post 67 will be hosting a program to honor those men and women who died while in service to our country.

Weather permitting, the 11 a.m. service will take place in Veterans Memorial Park in the Langdale community. In the event of rain it will be held indoors at Valley City Hall.

In the featured event of this year’s program, three local veterans of three past wars will be talking about men they knew from the local area or who they befriended while in service who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and never made it back home to be with friends and loved ones.

World War II veteran John Lyons will be talking about some guys he knew who didn’t make it back home. Post Commander Lanny Bledsoe, a veteran from the Korean War era, will discuss some men he knew from that war who died in service. Former Valley Mayor Arnold Leak will talk about some soldiers he knew who died during the Vietnam War.

“Everyone’s invited,” said Bledsoe. “More people should come out to programs on Memorial Day and Veterans Day to show respect for the brave men and women who served our country. They especially need to honor the memory of those who died in this cause.”

Memorial Day is annually observed in the U.S. on the final Friday in the month of May. It began in the years following the Civil War and was commonly known as Decoration Day. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, merged into a single national holiday to honor all Americans who had died in military service.

Memorial Day marks the start of the unofficial vacation season with Labor Day marking its end.

West Point Lake Fly-In emphasizes summer safety
West Point Lake Fly-In emphasizes summer safety


LaGRANGE — The long Memorial Day Weekend, which begins this evening and runs through Monday, is one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year. It marks the unofficial start of summer, as people take to the roads and waterways for fun and relaxation.

As a reminder to keep safety first, the annual Memorial Day Fly-In made a stop at Pyne Road Park on West Point Lake Thursday afternoon as law enforcement agencies from Georgia and Alabama gathered to voice their unified efforts to keep citizens safe.

On the roads and highways, The Georgia State Patrol, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, sheriff’’s deputies and local police will ramp up their “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt campaign.

“Last year, in more than 60 percent of the fatal traffic accidents in Georgia, the victims were not wearing their seatbelt,” said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “It’s the most simple thing we can do to protect ourselves in a vehicle, and it’s the law.”

In addition to seat belt violations, officers will be watching for impaired drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol and distracted drivers using cell phones for texting or other purposes that require them to take their eyes off the road.

On lakes and rivers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Alabama Marine Patrol, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be checking for required equipment such as life jackets and fire extinguishers in boats. They will also have an eye out for those who violate the boating under the influence law.

“It’s all about reducing the number of fatalities down to zero, and the only way we can do that is with the help of everyone by obeying the law and taking the necessary steps to keep themselves safe,” said Blackwood.

Agencies represented at the fly-in included the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia State Patrol, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Troup County Sheriff’s Office and Troup County Fire Department.

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Defense strength for '17 LaFayette Bulldogs
Defense strength for '17 LaFayette Bulldogs

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — After a record-setting season in which LaFayette scored not only a school-record but also seven-school local record of 642 points (24th all-time in the AHSAA record books) in 2016, Bulldog fans may be looking at a new weapon in 2017 — terrific team defensive play.

LaFayette lost U.S. Army All-American and Auburn signee JaTarvious Whitlow, who accounted for 62 TDs and an AHSAA all-time state best of 5,366 all-purpose yards last fall.

But no need to weep for the Bulldogs. Defense will be its trademark this fall.

The key for LaFayette having a chance to repeat as region champion will be in its stop troops. The Bulldogs will field a fast, athletic and experienced defense that will be one of the better units LaFayette has had in the last decade.

Give credit to coach James Lucas and his staff. In just three seasons, the Lucas-led Bulldogs have gone from 1-9 to 6-5 and 12-1 and undefeated region champions. That’s quality coaching.

Keep a close eye on four standout defenders this fall — JaQuavian Boston-Gaines (No. 9, junior, 50 tackles); Julius Bullard (No. 45, freshman, 56 tackles); Omar Boston (No. 31, senior, 99 tackles); and Omar Turner (No. 66, senior, 29 tackles.)

Beulah's Wooten steps down, will be DC at Straughn
Beulah's Wooten steps down, will be DC at Straughn

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

BEULAH — After four years at his alma mater, Beulah High football coach Jarrod Wooten has decided to step down from his post and take a position as defensive coordinator next fall at Straughn High School, Wooten told The Times-News late Wednesday evening.

“I'm going to be the defensive coordinator at Straughn,” Wooten said. “I need to step away from the extra things that go with being a head coach for a while. I'm definitely disappointed with this situation, because I don't feel like the kids have had the chance to fully develop their potential. Ultimately, I’m the head coach and I’m accountable for the outcome. Regardless of who makes a decision and whether it impacts the program positively or negatively, it is still the head coach’s responsibility.”

Wooten cited a lack of stability for part of his frustration in leading the football program.

“I'm on my fourth daily schedule in four years, so I feel like I'm doing a different job for the sixth year in a row. I told Joey Biddle when I arrived, that I wanted to bring some stability to the program, but it's been anything but stable. The players that stuck with us have done all they could do within the guidelines of the situation they were given.”

Wooten thinks Beulah can have a successful team next fall but is still lacking more depth and in 3A play, it’s a must to have a 35-40 man roster. The Bobcats had 26 out for spring ball.

“This core group that is coming back next year will have a chance to win and get to the playoffs again," Wooten noted. "They just need to catch every break they need in terms of being healthy and finding some depth somewhere. It's very stressful to feel like you have to go into every game with a perfect game plan. Ten or more players could have a huge impact on the program, if they would work together with the guys who have been there all along.”

Wooten compiled a four-year record at Beulah of 8-32, including 6-19 in region play.

This past season was his ninth year overall as a head coach. He previously served as head coach at Houston Co. for three seasons (2008-2010) where he went 13-18 but had a stellar 8-3 year in 2009. Wooten also was head coach at Parrish High in 2012 (5-5).

Wooten is 26-55 overall in nine seasons and is 0-2 in the state playoffs. He was also the 12th coach in Beulah’s football history which began in 1973.

He was the school’s fourth head coach since 2005 (Jeff Lamb, Steve White and Craig Hall preceded Wooten.)

Beulah’s last region championship was in 1995 under coach Kelley Farrar.

A championship football program requires commitment and dedication from the top on down and, make no mistake, it’s a year-round task in order to compete.

“We have fought the mindset that you can take 1-to-3 years off playing and working out and then try to come back out and play at a high level,” Wooten added. “High school sports has been a year-round thing for a long time. Lifting weights year-round has been a thing for a long time. Every single sport has a need for year-round weight training. You can’t be successful today without it. Anyone who truly knows me knows that I worked for 20 years to get here and I never thought that leaving here was something that I would want to do. It’s still not what I want to do, but I think it’s time. In these circumstances, I actually think it's the right thing to do. I love these players who have fought every day with me, and I take it personally when the others have quit on their teammates. It's going to take a group to make the commitment to stay together all the way through, no matter what. We had an all-state player three years in a row and every senior player last year had been offered at least a tryout for the next level. This is because they got the job done in the classroom as well. I'm going to miss the close relationship with the boosters and Roger Keel. Those folks make Beulah go. My prayer is that the right person is hired who can pull all the things that these kids deserve into place, be successful and get this program over the hump. That's not as far away as it has been made out to be.”

Troup's Glisson named FCA West Georgia Coach of Year
Troup's Glisson named FCA West Georgia Coach of Year

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Third-year Troup football coach Tanner Glisson is doing some amazing things with the Tigers football program in terms of building not only a winning program but also developing young men of strong faith, character, discipline and future winners in the game of life as well.

A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Glisson is busy getting his team ready for the upcoming season after coming off an 8-3, GHSA 4A Region 5 runner-up and state playoff season in 2016.

After going 1-9 in 2015, Glisson and staff have done a terrific job of building the program and have the kids believing once again they can challenge for the region championship and make a run in the state playoffs.

It’s been Glisson’s infectious enthusiasm, faith and dedication to the young people in his program which have made the young coach one of the most popular in all of GHSA football.

And his relentless commitment to work in the FCA program and Troup football hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Glisson was named as the FCA West Georgia FCA Coach of the Year at the May 22 FCA banquet held in Columbus Monday evening.

The award involves 10 counties and over 25 schools.

“I’m so proud of our staff, players and organization as a whole," Glisson said. “This is a great honor.”

•Troup returns a plethora of talented players on both sides of the ball as the Tigers look to win its first region championship in 30 years this fall.


Obituaries for Friday, May 26, 2017
Obituaries for Friday, May 26, 2017


WEST POINT — Mr. James Anthony “Buddy” Smith, 64, of West Point passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Newnan, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Shandor Calloway, the Rev. Michael Stiggers, eulogist, the Rev. Tifton Dobbs, the Rev. Rickey Cofield, the Rev. Leonard Autry, the Rev. Alfred Booker and the Rev J.D. Darden officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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


VALLEY — Mr. Jimmy Lee “Toot” Strickland, 58, of Valley passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m. at Zion Rest Baptist Church in Valley with the Rev. Frederick Stanley, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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