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Kristen Davis Tax and Accounting holds ribbon cutting
Kristen Davis Tax and Accounting holds ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the official opening of Kristen Davis Tax and Accounting, located next to Hood’s Pharmacy at 4506 20th Ave. in Valley. The business will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., providing services such as income tax, payroll and payroll tax, bookkeeping, Quickbooks training and more. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 334-710-2443. Shown above center are Kristen Davis with daughter, Hannah, and husband, Toby, surrounded by Mayor Leonard Riley, members of the local business community and representatives with the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, who sponsored the ribbon cutting event. (Photo by David Bell)

County Road 288 residents ask for help with road conditions
County Road 288 residents ask for help with road conditions

By CY WOOD

LaFAYETTE — A large delegation of County Road 288 residents filled the chambers of the Chambers County Commission Tuesday to ask for repairs to their road.

Pat Rivera, who lives on South Pine Cove Drive, served as a spokesperson for the group, and called the commission’s attention to the heavily patched road that also has an erosion problem where culvert work was done.

She asked that the commission repair the erosion and resurface the road.

Rivera said the road is hazardous for school buses and emergency vehicles because road conditions create a loss of vehicle control issue. The numerous potholes and multiple patches also damage vehicles, she said.

Rivera said residents were told two years ago that the road would be fixed after the erosion was repaired. “It didn’t happen,” she said.

To add to the problem, Rivera said there were two water breaks on the road this past week.

She said the road was in particularly bad shape near its intersection with County Road 278 and asked if at least a half mile or so there could be repaired if not the whole road.

She thanked the commission for taking her request seriously.

Vice-Chairman Charlie Williams, who was presiding in the absence of Chairman Debbie Wood, told Rivera the highway department would do whatever it could. He stressed that the residents could help the road situation in Chambers County by contacting the legislative delegation and getting them to support ATRIP-2, a statewide proposal to levy a three-cent motor fuel tax that would bring additional money to Chambers County (an estimated $12 million) to use on road and bridge repairs.

Commissioner David Eastridge said that the ATRIP-2 plan would levy the tax temporarily and it would expire when the bonds were repaid.

County Engineer Josh Harvill said County Road 288 was not on the county’s 10-year Transportation Plan for road work, but would be on the next 10-year plan. With the ATRIP-2 funds, Harvill said, County Road 288 would be repaired within the time limits of the bond issue.

He added that it falls among the 170 miles of roadways in the county that are considered in poor condition.

One member of the delegation said that if the county waited 10 years to repair the road, it would be impassable before then.

Another member of the public, Randy Talley, raised the issue of handicapped parking access at the courthouse.

Talley said he helped decorate the courthouse during Christmas and watched as elderly people with walking canes or walkers had to walk long distances to get to the courthouse. Once inside, he said, they also had trouble opening the heavy doors that connect the old courthouse to the newer annex.

He asked that the commission look at creating more handicapped parking spaces near to the courthouse and replace the heavy doors.

Chris Frickert talked to the commission about the driver’s license office having no handbooks for people to study. He said a neighbor’s child needed a booklet and when he went to the courthouse to get one, they didn’t have any.

Commissioners said that was a state responsibility, but Frickert said the commission could use its influence to get something done.

A member of the audience checked and determined that the handbook is available online at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s website.

Frickert noted that not everyone has access to the Internet and the booklets should be available.

In agenda items at Tuesday’s meeting the commission:

•Approved changes in meeting dates for three 2017 meetings. The previously scheduled meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 21 will be changed to Monday, Feb. 13, the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 will be moved to Monday, April 24 and the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 5 will be moved to Monday, Sept. 11.

•Approved budget amendments to provide funding for overtime for the county’s code enforcement officer. The budget was amended to provide $3,000 to cover overtime expenses.

•Heard an update on activities of the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for the fourth quarter of 2016 from Executive Director Ashley Crane.

•Approved budget amendments to reflect the funds received for the Standing Rock water project.

•Were reminded by County Manager Regina Chambers that the commission will hold a work session Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. at County Attorney Skip McCoy’s law office.

Lanett School Board honors three Teachers of the Year
Lanett School Board honors three Teachers of the Year

By DAVID BELL

LANETT — The Lanett City School Board honored the system’s Teachers of the Year Monday during their regular monthly meeting. The educators selected each received a plaque, certificate and fruit basket in appreciation for their dedicated service to public education.

The honoree from W. O. Lance Elementary School was Reagan Gilbert, a first grade teach and native of Lanett who was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She attended Auburn University and has been teaching at Lance since 2013.

From Lanett Junior High School, enrichment teacher Kristina Story was selected this year’s top teacher. Story also serves as president of her school’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (P.T.S.O.) and teaches a Freshman Academy class at Lanett High School. In addition, she has been nominated for the national LifeChanger award which recognizes the best K-12 public and private school educators and employees who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Lanett High School’s Teacher of the Year is Katherine Placek, a math teacher currently in her second year at the school. Placek completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville majoring in physics, and later obtained her masters degree from Auburn University. Principal Jennifer Boyd described Placek as a “uniquely dedicated teacher.”

School superintendent Phillip Johnson also recognized LJHS enrichment teacher Mary Andrews and her students who recently participated in an online investment simulation exercise called the Stock Market Game that taught students the basic of investing and finance. Students worked in teams and started with mock investments of $100,000. Team members researched companies and built stock portfolios with the goal of making their money grow. They tracked the stocks weekly and made trades over a ten-week period. One of the local teams finished in fifth place out of more than 200 teams participating, and was awarded a $50 prize.

Johnson also commended members of the Lanett High School marching band for their performance at the Liberty Bowl football game in Memphis, Tenn., during the holidays. The band was also able to visit Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, the Civil Rights Museum and other attractions during the trip.

Individual board members were recognized for their service to the local school system as part of National School Board Member Month. They each received a potted tulip, hand-written thank you cards from students at Lanett Junior High, and certificates of appreciation from the student council at Lanett High School.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Johnson announced that the February board meeting will be conducted at W. O. Lance Elementary, followed by a tour of the recently renovated areas of the school that were damaged by flood waters in December, 2015.

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Springwood swept; Lanett routs Horseshoe Bend
Springwood swept; Lanett routs Horseshoe Bend

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — Local teams had mixed results Tuesday evening in another busy night of high school basketball action.

The Springwood Wildcats boys and girls teams both fell to AISA rival Glenwood while the Lanett boys and girls squads earned a pair of wins in area games on the road at rival Horseshoe Bend.

•In the Springwood-Glenwood girls game, coach Rick Johnson’s team (17-4) fell to the top-ranked Lady Gators (22-0) by a 50-33 score.

“Poor shooting and Glenwood’s dominance on the boards were big keys in the game,” noted Johnson.

The Lady Wildcats trailed 17-13 after one quarter and by nine at half at 27-18.

Glenwood put the game away in the third, outscoring Springwood 19-3 and rolled to the 50-33 win.

The Lady Gators had a 20-0 edge in points off turnovers.

Tazsa Garrett-Hammett led Springwood with 19 points while Maya Battle added 11.

Springwood is 47-4 over the course of the last two seasons.

•In the girls junior varsity game, Springwood won 19-12 as Emily Drake led the way with seven points.

The junior varsity team is 12-5 on the season and play their final game on Friday as well.

Friday marks the final regular season game of the season and is Senior Night at Boswell gym, Johnson said.

•In the boys game, Springwood (7-13) dropped a 69-50 decision.

Coach Drew Dorsey’s team trailed 22-14 at the end of the first and 40-26 at the half.

Glenwood outrebounded Springwood 35-17 for a 12-2 edge in second-chance points.

Christian Lancaster led the offense with 20 points, Gus Davidson added 14 and McLane Martin tallied six.

•In the junior varsity boys game, Springwood lost to Glenwood 33-14.

Will Craft led with five points while Chalyb Lenker tallied four.

•In other high school basketball Tuesday, the LaFayette Lady Bulldogs (5-6, 4-1) recorded a 47-42 home win over Russell Co.

Jasmine Pitts led the offense with a stellar 26-point effort.

•In the boys game, LaFayette (8-8, 4-1) dropped a 66-65 overtime heartbreaker to Russell Co.

•In other games Tuesday, the Lanett boys and girls teams swept Horseshoe Bend.

The boys team (8-5, 5-0) routed Horseshoe Bend 80-41 while the surging Lady Panthers (11-2, 5-0) hammered the Lady Generals 81-36.

Ataiya Bridges led the girls with 29 points, 10 steals, 10 assists and eight rebounds, Ambria Jackson added 13 points, eight steals and seven assists and Nyterria Griffin tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

Other scorers included Jaci Howell, Jadyn Wynn and Makiya Broughton all with eight each, Crystalyn Sprayberry scored six and Octavia Wright and Jasmin Martin both had four points.

“The girls came out and played well from the jump ball,” said first-year coach Charlie Williams.

In the boys game, Rev. Richard Carter’s team used strong games from Tifton Dobbs with 15 points, Zameron Boozer tallied 10. Jalen Madden had nine while Manny Littles and Anquavious Pollard each had eight.

Lanett takes pair from rival LaFayette
Lanett takes pair from rival LaFayette

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — The Lanett Panthers (7-5) erased a 10-point third quarter deficit and took over in the fourth quarter to record a 61-55 win over the rival LaFayette High Bulldogs (8-7, 4-1) here Monday evening.

Lanett made it a sweep with a 58-40 win over LaFayette in the girls game as well.

In the boys game, give a lot of the credit to Lanett’s standout guard play from Jalen Madden with eight of his 10 points in the fourth while Terrion Truitt added five, including a huge 3-point goal from NBA range to spark the Panthers rally.

The Madden-Truitt duo really stepped up and met the challenge when the team needed a lift and emotional edge.

It was a jam-packed Panther Den Monday in the first meeting of the season between the two, long-time rivals and fans didn’t go home without watching two spirited varsity games.

Rev. Richard Carter’s Panthers battled with Obidiah Threadgill’s Bulldogs for the better part of three quarters before pulling away late, outscoring LaFayette 21-9 in the fourth for the 61-55 final score.

LaFayette was the better team for much of the game, and had four different 10-point leads in the third quarter, only to see Lanett rally with some terrific defensive play led by Madden and Truitt.

A banked-in, 3-point goal from Anquavious Pollard gave the Panthers a 14-13 lead after one quarter.

Pollard had a stellar game for Lanett, scoring a team and game-high 27 points.

When Lanett needed a spark and a basket, they went to Pollard and the big man came through with some late-game magic around the basket. His spin move is almost impossible to stop down low and he accomplished the feat several times under pressure.

But give the Bulldogs credit, they played a terrific game but tired late.

LaFayette led 27-22 at the half and 43-40 after three quarters but had the lead at 10 four times in the third.

Lanett’s 21-9 run in the fourth again was keyed by solid team defensive play and it was the difference in the game.

Pollard led Lanett with 27 points, Truitt tallied 16, Madden chipped in with 10 and Manny Littles had four.

Jartavious Whitlow had a big game for LaFayette with a team-high 22 points, My’Kale Trammell added 14 while Jamarquez-Boston Gaines and Jordan Wallace each had five points.

•In the girls game, the Lanett Lady Panthers (9-2, 5-0) used a sensational 34-point game from Ataiya Bridges to defeat the rival LaFayette Lady Bulldogs 58-40.

Lanett led 11-8 after one quarter and held a 25-22 lead at the halftime intermission.

The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 19-9 in the third quarter to pull away for the 58-40 final.

Makiya Broughton scored 10, Jaci Howell had five and Octavia Wright tallie three.

Jasmine Pitts led LaFayette with 15 points.

Lanett and LaFayette will meet again Friday at the Dog Palace.

•At the MLK Classic Monday held at Harris Co., the Valley Lady Rams (8-6) dropped a 57-51 overtime decision to the Loachapoka Lady Indians.

Takayla Bussey and Arteria Florence led the Lady Rams with 12 points each, Ariel Patton added 10 and Kenjadae Dunn scored nine.

Other scorers for Valley included Arienana Magby with four points and Starbresha Core had one.

•In the boys game, the Valley Runnin’ Rams (5-13) fell 53-49 in a hard-fought game to the Columbus High Blue Devils.

Khalil Boone led Valley with 12 points, Tymon Howard added 10, Quez Trammell and Markevious Booker each had seven, Lagarian. Hutchinson scored five, Kevontae Cooper and Kieonte Dent scored two.

Lady Rams, Lady Panthers post big wins
Lady Rams, Lady Panthers post big wins

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

After a weather delay, it’s showdown Monday for the Lanett and LaFayette boys and girls basketball teams.

Boys B-team action will tip-off today at 3 p.m. ET followed by the girls varsity pitting a pair of 4-0 area teams and the much-anticipated boys varsity game in the last game.

•In other high school basketball over the weekend, the Valley Lady Rams (8-5) defeated Beauregard 49-36 while the Runnin’ Rams boys team (6-11) fell to Beauregard 64-61.

Ariel Patton led Valley with 17 points and 14 rebounds, Starbresha Core added 10 points and 15 rebounds, Arieana Magby tallied 10, Kenjadae Dunn and Emerald Floyd each had four while La’Teazia Stringer and Roniaseia Cofield both had two.

•In other action over the weekend, the LaFayette Lady Bulldogs (4-6, 4-0) routed Reeltown 46-31.

•In games played Friday at Fort McClellan, the Lanett boys team lost to Sacred Heart 89-54 while the girls team posted a 69-30 win.

Ataiya Bridges led Lanett with 20 points, 15 assists, nine steals and nine rebounds.

Makaiya Broughton added 18 points, 10 steals and nine assists, Octavia Wright tallied seven points, had 15 rebounds and four blocks, Jasmine Martin added six and had eight rebounds.

Crystalyn Sprayberry also added six points, five rebounds and four assists and Jadyn Wynn scored five points.

In addition, Ambria Jackson had five points, six assists and eight steals while Chasity Coty tallied five points and 10 rebounds.

“We had a great, all-around effort by the ladies,” said coach Charlie Williams.

No information was reported on the Lanett-Sacred Heart boys game.

The Lanett boys (6-5) also fell on the road Saturday at 7A Central-Phenix City by a 79-67 score.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Obituaries for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MR. COBB

VALLEY — Mr. Thomas Elijah Cobb passed away at home surrounded by family and loved ones Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 84.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Kirby Smith officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. EST at Paran Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Rock Mills, Ala.

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

MRS. GRIFFIN

LANETT — Mrs. Audrey Cedatol Griffin, 75, of Lanett passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Health Services Hospital in Valley.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley with burial following at Johnson Memorial Gardens.

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

MRS. GUNTER

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Marie Gunter, 68, of LaFayette died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at LaFayette Extended Care in LaFayette.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 19 at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. James Caulfield officiating. Burial will follow at LaFayette City Cemetery.

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

MRS. NUNCIO

LANETT — Mrs. Barbara Allen Nuncio, 79, of Lanett passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her residence.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at Osanippa Cemetery with the Rev. John Samanie officiating.

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

Obituaries for Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Obituaries for Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MS. BROOKS

VALLEY — Ms. Jimmie Sue Brooks, 82, of Valley passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

The family may be contacted through Mr. Wendell Brooks.

Unity Mortuary in Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MR. MEADOWS

WADLEY, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Andrew Lee Meadows, 60, of Wadley, who died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. NUNCIO

LANETT — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Barbara Allen Nuncio, 79, of Lanett, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her residence.

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

Obituaries for Monday, January 16, 2017
Obituaries for Monday, January 16, 2017

MRS. BRYAN

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Mrs. Doris Virginia DeLoach Bryan passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Chattanooga.

No services are planned.

MRS. GILBERT

LANETT — Mrs. Daisy Brown Gilbert, 76, of Lanett passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Diversicare of Lanett.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Huguley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rusty Tate and the Rev. Albert Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.

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

MRS. MINTER

LANETT — Mrs. Martha Minter, 70, of Lanett passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. at Waverly Cemetery in Waverly, Ala., with the Rev. David Bradshaw officiating.

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

MRS. TURNER

ROANOKE, Ala. — Funeral services for Mrs. Lois Rice Turner, 91, of Roanoke were held Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. CST at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel in Roanoke with the Rev. Derek Farr officiating. Burial followed at Cedarwood Cemetery.

Quattlebaum Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.

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