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Health Fair held at Lanett High School
Health Fair held at Lanett High School

Several local agencies, organizations and health professionals participated in the annual Health Fair Thursday at Lanett High School. Students were given the opportunity to meet and receive information from each representative, including Lanett Fire and EMS, United Wellness Center, EAMC-Lanier Dietary, Circle of Care Center for Families, Chattahoochee Federal Credit Union and LifeSouth. The highlight of the event was a fly-in by an Air Methods medi-vac helicopter out of Columbus, shown above. (Photo by David Bell)

Early voting begins Monday for Georgia primary election
Early voting begins Monday for Georgia primary election

By DAVID BELL

Registered voters in Troup and Harris counties can begin casting their ballots early for the May 24 primary elections starting Monday and continuing through May 20.

Troup residents can vote at the board of elections and registration office on the main floor of the Troup County Government Center in LaGrange, while residents in Harris County can cast ballots at the office of elections su-

perintendent Sherrial Jarrett on North College Street in Hamilton.

Several local candidates are vying for contested positions in Troup County, including the offices of Tax Commissioner, school board districts, county commission and Sheriff.

Three people are seeking to become the successor of Tax Commissioner Gary Wood, who is retiring at the end of his current term in December. They are former deputy sheriff Shane Frailey, financial services businessman Bill Hunnicutt IV and Ronnie LeFevers, a pastor and former director of operations and human resources for a federal bankruptcy trustee. All three candidates qualified as Republicans.

The only contested county commission seat is District 3, currently held by businessman Claude F. "Tripp" Foster III. His challenger is Lewis Davis, former chairman of the Troup County Republican Party. The other county commission seat on the ballot (District 2) is being sought by retired utilities manager Ellis Cadenhead to replace retiring commissioner Buck Davis.

Two seats on the Troup County School Board are being sought by three candidates each, while two others are uncontested.

Candidates in the District 5 race include educator Catherine Hunt, accounts manager John Asbell and real estate agent Kendall Butler. The winner will replace retiring board member Debbie Burdette. In District 6, funeral home agent Dorothy C. Jennings, maintenance planner Joe Franklin and retiree Rodell Poole are seeking to replace Ashley Adams, who is not running for re-election.

Kirk Hancock of LaGrange is the sole candidate for the District 2 school board seat, currently held by Shelia Rowe, and Brandon Brooks of Hogansville is the lone contender for the District 3 seat currently occupied by Diane Matthews. Neither Rowe nor Matthews is seeking re-election.

In the race for Sheriff, Republican incumbent James Woodruff faces no opposition within his own party, but is being challenged by Democrat Richie Bradley. The two will face each other in the November general election.

In the State Senate District 28 race, Republican candidates Matt Brass and Hayden Marlowe, both of Newnan, are vying to replace Sen. Mike Crane, who gave up his seat to run for U. S. Congress. Incumbent Republican State Senator Josh McKoon of Columbus, who represents District 29, is unopposed in the primary but will face Democratic challenger Ben Anderson of Grantville in the general election.

Voters in Harris County will decide only two local contested races. Incumbent District 4 county commissioner Harry Lange is opposed by Josh Alford, and the District 4 seat on the county school board is being sought by Joe Ligon and Scott Greene.

Both Troup and Harris County ballots will feature a crowded field of candidates seeking to replace retiring Third District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and incumbent Republican U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson.

For Congress, the Republican candidates are Mike Crane of Newnan, Drew Ferguson of West Point, Jim Pace of Peachtree City, Arnall "Rod" Thomas, Chip Flanagan and Samuel Anders. The winner will face Democratic contender Tamarkcus Cook in November.

Challenging Isakson in the U. S. Senate race are Republicans Derrick Grayson of Redan and Mary Kay Bacallao of Fayetteville. Democratic challengers include Cheryl Copeland of Hiram, John F. Coyne III, James Knox and Jim Barksdale of Atlanta.

Early voting locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Harris County will also offer Saturday voting on May 14 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Additional information about primary voting can be found through the Georgia Secretary of State's website at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

West Point officer injured while making call
West Point officer injured while making call

By DAVID BELL

WEST POINT — A West Point police officer was injured early Thursday morning when he was attacked by an unknown assailant after responding to a call for assistance.

According to Police Chief Tony Bailey, the officer — who was not identified — was dispatched to a location in the West Point Housing Authority around 1 a.m. in reference to a domestic dispute. But as he entered the 1200 block of East 13th Street, he was assaulted by an unknown individual while still seated in his patrol vehicle.

The officer was transported to EAMC-Lanier Hospital where he was treated for injuries and released. Meanwhile, investigators are currently following leads and the case is ongoing.

Anyone with information concerning this incident should call West Point police at 706-645-3525.

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'Fab Four' leads Troup in its quest for 4A baseball title
'Fab Four' leads Troup in its quest for 4A baseball title

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — A standout group of four players, including a trio of seniors and one super sophomore, lead the No. 2-ranked Troup Tigers baseball team (21-5, 14-1) into today’s first-round of the GHSA 4A state playoffs against the visiting Madison Co. Red Raiders.

Senior centerfielder Miles Cameron, senior right-handed pitcher and second baseman Winston Turner and senior righthander and rightfielder Bo Halcomb have all enjoyed sensational final seasons and careers for the Tigers but have some unfinished business left as well.

With Cameron, Turner and Halcomb and add in sophomore sensation in shortstop Ryan Bliss, you’ve got the ‘Fab Four’ of GHSA baseball.

All four players are among the elite in GHSA baseball, one of the nation’s best states for producing professional baseball talent.

The unfinished business is winning the school's first-ever baseball state championship. You can bet that's the only goal left for a super-talented Troup team, one of the best in school history.

The 'Fab Four' have been exactly that and then some.

Turner has 108 career hits, 70 RBI, averages of .319, .366 and .471 clips his last three years at the plate, scored 84 runs, 34 stolen bases and belted six home runs.

In addition, Turner — along with Halcomb — have combined to give coach Craig Garner perhaps the best 1-2 combination on the mound in the GHSA.

Turner has a career mark of 21-9 on the mound with 146 strikeouts, a senior season ERA of just 1.68 and a WHIP of 1.08.

Halcomb’s numbers are outstanding as well.

Halcomb has banged out 117 career hits, 54 RBI, averages of .321, .387 and .488 the last three seasons, scored 80 runs, 52 stolen bases and three homers.

On the mound, Halcomb has been a stopper as well with outstanding numbers.

He has a career record of 17-3, 103 strikeouts, ERAs for the last three years of 2.291, 0.936, and 0.438 and a 0.844 WHIP.

Cameron has really come into his own the last two seasons for the Tigers as well.

He’s banged out 96 hits, including 71 the last two years, 68 RBI, averages of .379 and .438 his junior and senior campaigns, scored 77 runs, 41 stolen bases and cranked out eight roundtrippers, including a team-high six bombs this spring.

Bliss has been a member of the team for just two years but he’s been as productive as anyone in the state both defensively, where’s he’s been on absolute lockdown at shortstop but also offensively as well.

As a freshman in 2015, Bliss hit at a .337 clip with 29 hits, 14 RBI, scored 25 runs and had 17 stolen bases.

His sophomore season, he’s been on fire this spring.

Bliss has tallied 29 hits, belted three home runs, 23 RBI, scored 35 runs, 17 stolen bases and hitting at a .392 clip.

Troup Baseball Notebook —

•Troup is 814-509 in 61 years of baseball, including 284-163 (plus-121) in the 15-year tenure of coach Garner. Garner has led Troup to the state playoffs in 13 of his 15 seasons. Garner is 39-27 in the state playoffs. Troup is a plus-126 in run differential in 2016 (210-84) and a plus-103 in region play (145-42). The Tigers are on a nine-game winning streak, the third longest in 4A play. St. Pius leads with a 12-game streak, Thomas Co. Central with 10, Troup 9 while Buford and Heritage are tied with 8-game streaks. Troup’s 7.6 rating of schedule difficulty was the third highest in 4A baseball next to Carrollton’s 8.2 rating and Upson-Lee at 7.9. Garner is 14-11 all-time vs. rival LaGrange and 10-9 vs. LaGrange HOF coach Donnie Branch, who retired following the 2012 season. Troup’s senior class is 82-36 overall, 43-15 in region play and 10-5 in the state playoffs. The Troup seniors are 4-2 vs. LaGrange. MaxPreps lists Troup as its No. 3 team in its playoff predictions model. Buford is No. 1, Locust Grove No. 2 and Troup No. 3. Since 2006, Troup is 35-21 (plus-14) in the state playoffs compared to LaGrange 15-15 (even) and Callaway 22-25 (minus-3). If Troup advances past Madison Co., they’ll host the winner of the Cairo-Eastside series next week.

Springwood ousted by Northside Methodist in semifinals
Springwood ousted by Northside Methodist in semifinals

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

DOTHAN, Ala. — A terrific season unfortunately came to an end here Wednesday evening as coach Jason Walls’ Springwood Wildcats baseball team (12-17) dropped a doubleheader to the host Northside Methodist Knights (30-11) by scores of 5-4 and 11-0 in AISA 2A semifinal play.

It was an outstanding year for the Wildcat baseball program and Walls, the first-year coach and former standout pitcher at Springwood, Troy University and the San Fransisco Giants organization.

Over the course of the last two seasons, Springwood has posted a 34-24 overall record (22-7 in 2015 and 12-17 this spring.)

Led by the return of a number of talented players, Springwood should field an outstanding team next spring.

Troup solid in Blue & Gold football scrimmage
Troup solid in Blue & Gold football scrimmage

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — The Troup Tigers completed spring football drills here Thursday evening at West Point’s River Bowl Stadium with a spirited Blue & Gold intrasquad scrimmage.

It was a good effort by both sides and the team has made major improvements in many areas.

Second-year Troup coach Tanner Glisson was happy with the efforts of his team and the progress they’ve made in a short period of time.

“First and foremost, we got through the spring healthy,” Glisson noted. “I feel like we improved in a lot of areas. Obviously, the weight room has improved as we look better in uniform and are more physical. You can also tell that it’s year two in this offense and guys are starting to understand it. Defensively, we have made major changes in scheme to better fit our personnel. I thought both (junior quarterback Montez) Crowe and (freshman quarterback Kobe) Hudson showed some promise, obviously Crowe grasps more of the offense at this point. Jackson Davis ran hard and took care of the ball and Chanse Hill has really improved his game.”

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, April 29, 2016
Obituaries for Friday, April 29, 2016

MISS ALLEN

JONESBORO, Ga. — Funeral services are pending for Miss Asiah C. Allen, 27, of Jonesboro, who passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016.

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

MS. BARNETT

LANETT — Ms. VonCial Davis Barnett, 70, of Lanett passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. EDT at Greenwood Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. James McTier, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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

MR. CHILDS

LaGRANGE, Ga. — Mr. Glover Childs Sr., 67, of LaGrange passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.

The celebration of life service will be Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. EDT at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Roanoke (Welch), Ala., with the Rev. Reuben Simpson and the Rev. James Dunbar officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Baptist Church, Roanoke (Bacon Level).

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

MR. HARRIS

LANETT — The family of Mr. Norman James Harris of Lanett are saddened to announce his passing Wednesday, April 27, 2016. He died peacefully in his sleep at his residence.

No services are planned.

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

MR. McQUEEN

WEST POINT — Mr. James “Mr. Step” McQueen Sr., 87, of West Point passed away Friday, April 22, 2016, at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Willie T. Edmondson, pastor, the Rev. W.G. Wimberly, eulogist, the Rev. Alton Barber, the Rev. John Flournoy, the Rev. L.W. Booker and Dr. Bertha Hodges officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery.

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

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