Anyone with ties to Lanett High School will be pleased to know that a collection of the school yearbook, The Lanala, has been digitized and can be easily viewed at Cobb Memorial Archives. The CDs cover school years ranging from 1937-38 to 2013-14 and can be loaded into a computer database for anyone to access. "This is such a neat thing, not only for the local community but for Lanett High alumni all over the U.S.," said Superintendent Phillip Johnson (far right). The annuals that were scanned were loaned to Cobb Archives from a complete collection that's kept in the Lanett High office. Mary Hamilton (second from left), director of Bradshaw-Chambers County Library, said that she would like to see the annual collections for all area high schools digitized and available for viewing at Cobb Archives. At left is former Lanett Superintendent W.O. Lance and third from left is LHS Principal Jennifer Boyd. (Photo by Wayne Clark)
By WAYNE CLARK
LANETT — The Lanett School System is celebrating a significant event this school year as 2014-15 marks the 50th year for the current Lanett High School building.
"We will kick off a year-long celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the current high school building at halftime of Friday night's Lanett vs. Valley football game at Morgan-Washburn Stadium," said Superintendent Phillip Johnson. "Special recognition will be given to the Class of 1965. All Lanett High alumni are asked to come and be part of the event. Game time is 8 p.m."
The high school was dedicated on April 6, 1965. A program of the event notes that Carle Sheppard, chairman of the Lanett Board of Education, served as the master of ceremonies for the dedication. The Rev. John A. Mowery, pastor of the Community Chapel Church of God, offered a devotional and Byron McEachern sang a solo to mark the occasion.
Architect B.A. Bond officially presented the new building to Superintendent J.T. Greene. Speakers for the day included Joseph L. Lanier, president of West Point Manufacturing Company; Lanett Mayor Dick Rearden; and Dr. Waights Henry of LaGrange College.
An octette made up of LHS students sang some songs appropriate for what was widely seen as an ultra-modern new high school. Those students included Diane Gunn, Pat Ponder, Olivia Carter, Phoebe Crump, David Glover, David Mays, Dennis Carter and Pat Gibson.
Following the program, Lanett High Principal W.O. Lance led some tours of the new building.
At halftime of Friday's Lanett-Valley game, members of the LHS Class of 1965 will be recognized. Fifty balloons will be released to mark 50 years of education in the building. A special guest of honor will be Mr. Lance, who will be presented a plaque in honor of the occasion. "Following the halftime ceremony, Mr. Lance will hang this rededication plaque in the school vestibule," Johnson said.
It took only one year for the new high school to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). "They promoted it as a state-of-the-art facility," Johnson said.
The major emphasis on the year-long celebration will be taking place next spring. Bradshaw Library will showcase a 50th year exhibit at the library and school tours will be taking place.
Johnson is looking forward to hosting those tours. "A lot of people haven't been inside the school building in many years," he said. "It will give us a chance to show them the renovations we have made in recent years and the new technology upgrades we have."
By THE TIMES-NEWS
WEST POINT — Another 101 acres of land has been transferred to the City of West Point by the Trust for Public Land.
The donation was finalized this week, with the city getting title to the 101 acres, plus a conservation easement on an adjacent 23 acres for the protection of its natural resources.
The land adjoins and lies to the north of the 178-acre West Point River Park that was donated by the TPL to the city 10 years previously.
"The City of West Point is grateful for the generous donation of the latest tract of land by The Trust for Public Land,” West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson IV said. “The shared goal of preserving this remarkable stretch of land along the Chattahoochee has been made possible by the strong relationship between the city and The Trust for Public Land. We look forward to future ventures that benefit the environment and the residents of our area."
The Trust for Public Land has a long history along the Chattahoochee River, having protected over 16,000 acres and 76 miles of river frontage from Helen to Columbus. Funding for the $814,000 acquisition and easement came from The Trust for Public Land's Chattahoochee River Protection Program Fund.
Thanks to the generosity of the landowners, the purchase price was nearly half the fair market value.
"The Chattahoochee is Georgia's great river, and The Trust for Public Land has long been committed to improving public access to it," said Doug Hattaway, The Trust for Public Land's senior project manager. "We are grateful to our generous donors for entrusting us with improving public access to the Chattahoochee River. Without their support we could not have taken on the projects that comprise West Point River Park, much less donated them to the city."
The city will integrate the additional parkland into the programming of West Point River Park with passive recreational opportunities.
The City of West Point's master parks plan envisions a public greenway on either side of the Chattahoochee River from the city to the West Point Dam Recreation Area.
Access to the river also supports the goals of The Trust for Public Land's Chattahoochee River Blueway campaign to create a paddling route along the river from West Point Lake to Columbus.
About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Nearly 10 million people live within a 10-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org.
By WAYNE CLARK
LaGRANGE — On Tuesday, the Troup County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution affirming and supporting a Mission Zero Corridor along the 16-mile section of I-85 between Exit 2 in West Point and Exit 18 in LaGrange.
This section of the Interstate was previously designated the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway in memory of the founder and board chairman of Interface Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of modular carpet for commercial and residential applications.
A native of West Point, Anderson was known for his progressive views on environmental issues and for being an outspoken advocate of industrial ecology and sustainability. He died in 2011.
Seeking the Commission's support on the Mission Zero concept was a group including Mr. Anderson's daughter, Harriet Langford; Amy Luken, vice president for cultural development for Interface; and Allison Kelly, senior vice president for the Georgia Conservancy.
Luken said that Mr. Anderson had changed both his business and the industry in the name of sustainability. "He evangelized on this," she said. "Publications such as ‘Time’ and ‘Forbes’ named him the industrial pioneer of the century. We are taking his vision to have no negative impact on the earth – to be restorative – by the year 2020."
"We would like to showcase this 16-mile stretch of Interstate highway as the best little environmental area in the world," Luken said.
"We want to make this stretch of Highway 85 different," Langford said. "We'll have the most sustainable practices, enhance the look and promote safety. We would like for local governments to partner with us."
Local governments aren't being approached for funding, just vocal support. "We want you to buy into it with your enthusiasm," Kelly said. "We're not asking you to fund it, but we'd like for you to talk about it like you own it."
Some core partners have already lined up in support for the Corridor. They include Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the Georgia Tech College of Architecture and the Georgia Conservancy.
In her presentation to the commissioners, Kelly said the Conservancy wanted to see the portion of I-85 between Exits 2 and 18 to become the most sustainable highway in the U.S. "Technologies are rapidly evolving," she said. "I don't know if there has been a single attempt to attract them to one location as an exhibition area. We are hoping to influence and inspire other communities. We share in common with all countries all over the world the maintenance and stewardship of our travel corridors, to keep them safe."
Kelly termed this 16-mile section of I-85 Georgia's gateway to the west. "On average, 10.5 million travelers, businesses, commuters, manufacturers, farmers and west Georgia residents utilize the corridor every year," she said. "While the existing potential to expose and inspire those millions of current users to the technologies, innovations and sustainability concepts of the Mission Zero Corridor is significant, it is also conceivable that the corridor's future infrastructure, installation projects, as the project evolves and expands over time, could attract visitors and even expert and professional delegations from other states, other countries, every corner of the world."
The goal for year one is to build a strong foundation of support. "We will be building onto our core group of partners and working with the Georgia Tech School of Architecture," Kelly said.
A possible source of funding could come from the state. The Georgia Legislature has appropriated $10 million for visitor center upgrades. "We would like to secure some of that for the one at Exit 2," Kelly said. "We will be talking to the West Point City Council and our House delegation about this."
"We have long-term goals," Kelly said. "We are trying to build a broad umbrella of important stakeholders and decision makers like yourselves. As Ray might have said, 'We don't know how we are going to get there, but we need to take a strong first step.'"
Possible upgrades for the West Point Visitor Center could include LED lighting. This would both save on energy bills and demonstrate a better practice for the traveling public. There could be some alternative pavement using scrap tires and techniques to improve the quality of the water runoffs.
"We could have a ‘wow’ factor for travelers coming into the state," Kelly said.
New concepts being implemented in other parts of the world include billboards in Lima, Peru that can capture water and absorb carbon. Kelly said that Georgia Tech is working on panels that can do this.
Kelly said that Idaho has some solar roadways that can help generate electricity while standing up to some terrible weather conditions. "We could demonstrate these concepts at the visitor center," she said. "We could possibly have it along the Corridor in the future."
The Georgia Conservancy's web site makes the point that all Interstates don't have to look the same. "What if we strived for something more beautiful?" it asks. "The Georgia Conservancy is exploring the potential for a different approach to transit corridors and management. We want to think about roads not just as a means of travel, but a way to showcase new innovations in sustainability. It's imagining how we can do better."
The Conservancy wants people to think about roads that can turn sunlight into electricity, billboards that can produce energy, preserved tree canopies that can store carbon, and a section of highway people all over the U.S. will be talking about for its green infrastructure, wildflower fields, orchards, wind energy generation and water purification capabilities that are in plain view.
Commission Chairman Richard Wolfe liked the economic development potential of the Corridor. He said he'd recently read where Georgia was surpassed only by Mississippi in terms of unemployment and that the state should be doing better than this. The Corridor may not be the driver that turns this around but it could help.
Wolfe said he liked the idea of Troup County being the host of "16 miles of welcome center."
Commissioner Tripp Foster said he liked that concept as well.
By Scott Sickler
LANETT — Lanett and Valley will clash for the 71st time (Valley leads, 41-27-2) Friday evening at Morgan-Washburn Stadium and it will pit a small school in the 2A Panthers against a large school in the 6A Rams.
But it’s more than just a David vs. Goliath battle. It’s about the community getting together, enjoying a game between friends and family.
One team will win, they’ll shake hands after and then both will tend to what matters most — competing in 2A-Region 5 for third-ranked Lanett while Valley will embark on its move to a very challenging 6A-Region 3 schedule.
Lanett and Valley’s goals are the same — beat each other, but most importantly, get mentally ready and focused to be successful in region play and earn postseason berths.
While Valley must tangle with powerhouses in Opelika, Oxford and Benjamin Russell in region play, Lanett is the class of their region and will be a prohibitive favorite defend it’s title.
“It is exciting for Lanett students and alumni to put Valley back on the schedule,” said Lanett coach Clifford Story, a former standout quarterback at LaFayette High. “I personally don’t considerate it a rivalry anymore due to the size difference. Lanett was a large 4A and Valley was 5A and 6A when I remembered it being a big rivalry. It’s a 2A playing a 6A now and that’s a huge difference. This game is for the communities. Some are relatives and a lot of former Lanett players kids are at Valley now and some of Valley’s former players have kids here at Lanett. We will line up and give them what we’ve got and see where the chips fall. We are just ready to start the season.”
•Thursday: Valley coach Marshon Harper on Lanett.
By Scott Sickler
LaGRANGE — If the Troup High Tigers football team earns a GHSA 4A state playoff berth this year, they’ve definitely earned it.
Coach Lynn Kendall’s team plays six teams ranked in the Top-10 of the 5A, 4A and 3A preseason polls.
Troup will again field a quality football team and you can expect the Tigers to utilize it’s split-back veer offense in playing ball control.
It was a successful and winning formula for Troup last fall in rushing for over 3,000 yards.
The Tigers have played challenging schedules in the past but this fall may be the toughest a Troup team has ever faced.
Troup plays 5A No. 9-ranked Carver High from Columbus, 4A No. 2-ranked Sandy Creek, 4A No. 5-ranked Carrollton, 4A No. 8-ranked Woodward Academy and 4A No. 9-ranked Whitewater.
That’s five-ranked teams right there.
In addition, the Tigers face 3A No. 3-ranked Callaway High led by All-American Terry Godwin, one of the premiere players in the nation and ranked as the No. 2 overall athlete in some of the national recruiting publications.
Six-ranked teams on the schedule, including four in 4A-Region 5 with Sandy Creek, Carrollton, Woodward Academy and Whitewater.
Troup’s other games are with an improved LaGrange with great tradition, 5A power Northgate who can be a Top-10 team, 5A Harris Co. which two years ago defeated Thomas Co. Central and Warner Robins to win the 5A-Region title and a dangerous Fayette Co. team.
There’s one thing certain this fall — Troup will be tested on a weekly basis.
By Scott Sickler
The 2014 high school football season officially kicks off Friday when the Valley Rams and Lanett Panthers renew one of the oldest rivalries in the state.
In addition to the Lanett-Valley game, the Springwood Wildcats will also open AISA play Friday with a game at Lyman Ward Military Academy in Camp Hill.
The Rams-Panthers showdown will be a very interesting contest pitting Lanett’s high-octane rushing attack led by all-state Marlon “MJ” Bridges and speedster Cameron Trammell versus a Valley defense which returns all 11 starters.
For Valley, linebackers Jeremiah Darden and Japai Robinson are two of the best in the state.
Add in linemen Keon Meadows and highly-sought after junior Tyreic Martin as well as all-state safety Martravious Williams, it’s a very stout unit.
If Lanett can run on Valley, they’ll most likely win.
If Valley can stop or slow down Lanett’s devastating ground game, the Rams could win.
It’s also a matchup of a 2A school (Lanett) facing its arch rival in now 6A Valley.
Make no mistake, it will be a hard-hitting contest.
•Coach Thomas Hill and Springwood will open at Lyman Ward and keep a close eye on the Wildcats this fall. Springwood is a much improved team and will be a real threat in 2A play. The Wildcats have athletic ability, size, depth and several transfers who all should make a big difference.
The Wildcats will be very good.
VALLEY — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Ida H. Brooks, 85, of Valley, who died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is handling arrangements.
LANETT — Mr. Steve Cotney, 64, of Lanett died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. CDT, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett with the Rev. Bill Bryan officiating.
Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.
HUGULEY — Mr. David E. Gay, 71, of Huguley died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley with burial following at Shawmut Cemetery.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.
LANETT — Mrs. Loretta "Honey B" Askew died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at her residence.
Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at Evening Spring Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. Elijah Jackson officiating.
Morgan and Sons Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Palmetto, Ga. — Mrs. Christine W. Palm, 79, of Palmetto, formerly of Lanett, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at her daughter’s residence.
Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. EDT at Mitchell Springs United Methodist Church with the Revs. Julia Marbury and Gary L. Fanning officiating. Burial will follow at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.
LANETT — Funeral services for Mr. Tommy Nelson “Bob” Smallwood, 76, of Lanett, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel of Roanoke with the Rev. Jeremy Sheppard officiating. Burial will follow at Potash Church of God Cemetery.
Mr. Smallwood died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
Quattlebaum Funeral Home of Roanoke handled arrangements.
VALLEY — Mr. Cody Lee Foster, 24, of Valley died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Derrick Hubbard officiating. Burial followed at Johnson Memorial Gardens in Valley.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home handled arrangements.
LaGRANGE — Mr. William "Bill" Haynes Sr., 85, of LaGrange died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at LaGrange Hospice in LaGrange.
Funeral services are planned for Monday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.
VALLEY — Mrs. Mary Ellen Thomas Ingram, 84, of Valley died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Bethany House in Auburn.
Funeral services are planned for Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Revs. Perry Duffey and Chuck Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.