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'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' coming Dec. 3-5 at NHCT
'Best Christmas Pageant Ever' coming Dec. 3-5 at NHCT

Cast members of all ages are currently in rehearsals for New Horizon Community Theatre's production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," based on a book by Barbara Robinson. The comedic adventure features the antics of six delinquent children who find themselves participating in a church Christmas play. Tickets are now on sale for the show, scheduled for Dec. 3-5. (Photo by David Bell)


WEST POINT — Tickets are now on sale for New Horizon Community Theatre's production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," scheduled for Dec. 3-5.

"This funny, family-friendly show is a great way to kick off the Christmas season," said marketing and publicity chairman Holly Wheeler.

A total of 28 cast members, between the ages of 5 and 60, have been in rehearsals since Nov. 2 preparing for the play, which is based on a book by Barbara Robinson. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman who engage in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in nonconventional fashion.

Show times are 8 p.m. (EST) Dec. 3-5, with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on the 5th.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for students, which can be purchased online at www.nhct.org, or by calling the ticket hotline at 706-518-6234.

EAMC-Lanier changing Emergency Department group
EAMC-Lanier changing Emergency Department group


VALLEY — Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Emergency Department services at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley will be under the direction of EmSouth, the same physician group that serves the patients at East Alabama Medical Center’s Emergency Department in Opelika.

Dr. Russell Herrington, who has served as the lead ER physician at EAMC-Lanier for five years, will still practice there and will be joining the EmSouth physician group. EmSouth is led by Dr. Alan Moore and previously had 10 physicians and 10 nurse practitioners on staff. EMSouth’s physicians have a combined 165 years of emergency care experience.

“We feel like this will make a meaningful difference,” Greg Nichols, EAMC-Lanier administrator, said. “The system we currently use is good, but we believe having the consistency of the EmSouth physicians — who already have a strong presence in the area — will improve our emergency services overall. Plus, as our two hospitals become more and more connected in the area of medical records, it will improve the continuum of care.”

Dr. Moore, who has been working with physicians and administrators to get the new system in place, is eager to get started.

“The ground work has been done and we are putting the finishing processes in place to make the changeover on Dec. 1. We’ve always had a good working relationship with Lanier, so this is a natural progression now that we are united as one organization.”

EAMC-Lanier’s Emergency Department currently sees 17,000 to 18,000 patients per year.

Valley police investigating Tuesday shooting incident
Valley police investigating Tuesday shooting incident


VALLEY — Valley Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred Tuesday evening in the parking lot of Burger King on 20th Avenue.

Chief Tommy Weldon told The Times-News Wednesday that a man observed an unknown black male attempting to steal his truck from the parking lot around 9:15 p.m. When the victim approached the assailant in an effort to prevent the theft, a fight ensued between the two.

According to Weldon, several shots were then fired in the direction of the scuffle from another vehicle, described as a gold colored Toyota Corolla or similar model. The would-be thief was able to escape and jumped into the car from which the shots were fired before the vehicle sped away.

“As they were leaving, another individual who was in the drive-thru of the business and saw the commotion pulled out his own handgun and pointed it at the fleeing automobile. But fortunately, he wisely decided not to shoot,” said Weldon.

The car was last seen headed north on Interstate 85, and was believed to be occupied by four black males.

“This was a very dangerous situation that could have easily escalated into something far more serious,” said Weldon. “We were lucky someone wasn’t hurt, or worse.”

Anyone with additional information concerning this incident should call the Valley Police Department at 334-756-5200, or Greater Valley Area CrimeStoppers at 334-756-8200. CrimeStoppers callers can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a cash reward if their tip leads to an arrest(s).

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Lanett boys second at N2 National Invitational
Lanett boys second at N2 National Invitational

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Lanett Panthers basketball team (3-1) completed an amazing run here at the four-state N2 National Invitational tournament Wednesday evening with a second-place finish among some of the premiere high school teams from the Deep South.

Lanett advanced to the finals Wednesday after taking down the Southwind (Tenn.) Jaguars 68-59 before falling to the Blackman (Tenn.) Blaze in the finals 50-45.

•In the first game Wednesday, Lanett topped Southwind as Anquavious Pollard scored 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Panthers led by as many as 13 with a 31-18 margin.

Other scorers for Lanett included Tre Story with 13 points, Terrion Truitt added 11, Emmanuel Littles and Travion Mathis each tallied six, Jalen Madden had five and Tavares Geiger chipped in with two.

The Panthers fitness was evident as Lanett scored 25 fourth quarter points.

•In the Blackman game, Geiger led Lanett with 15 points, Truitt added 12 and Pollard, despite being injured, also had 12.

It was high-octane basketball and the Panthers — although just a 2A school with 200 students — more than held their own against some of the top programs from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Lanett upended AHSAA 7A power Bob Jones, the largest school in the state at over 3,200 kids, in one of its most impressive wins of the tourney.

Rev. Richard Carter lined up perhaps the most challenging schedule in school history to ready the team for a state championship run.

2A Lanett stuns 7A powerhouse Bob Jones 46-43
2A Lanett stuns 7A powerhouse Bob Jones 46-43

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Lanett Panthers (2-0) moved into the championship round here at the N2 National Invitational (four-state) tournament in Madison Co. after Rev. Richard Carter’s team posted a stunning rally, defeating the 7A Bob Jones High School Patriots 46-43 Tuesday.

The Panthers were down 11-8 after the first quarter and were then outscored 17-3 in the second to trail 28-11 at the half.

The second-half, however, was all Lanett.

The Panthers ran at will in the third quarter, outscoring Bob Jones 15-3 to turn a 17-point deficit into just three points at 31-28 and anyone’s game heading to the fourth.

Lanett exploded once again in transition in the final quarter as the Panthers outplayed and outhustled Bob Jones for a 20-12 margin to upset the Patriots 46-43.

Anquavious Pollard led Lanett with a sensational 24-point game, Tavaris Geiger and Emmanuel Littles each had six, Terrion Truitt tallied five, Jalen Madden had three and Tre Story two for Lanett.

At 200 students and in 2A, Lanett upset Bob Jones, the AHSAA’s largest school with over 3,000 students.

•Lanett will play two more games today with a chance to win the tourney championship against some of the best teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

Springwood girls roll, Lady Wildcats now 7-0
Springwood girls roll, Lady Wildcats now 7-0

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — Some things in life just don’t change — costs keep rising for SEC football games, TV revenues for the NFL and MLB are off the charts and the Springwood girls basketball team just keeps on winning.

Coach Rick Johnson’s Lady Wildcats are an area-best 7-0 on the season and playing terrific team ball heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

Springwood closed out its holiday tourney with a 66-19 pummeling of Crenshaw Christian Academy Tuesday for a 2-0 mark in the two-day tourney.

“All 13 players saw playing time and 11 of the 13 got in the scoring column,” noted Johnson. “Our two top scorers, Tazsa Garrett-Hammett and Carson Leva, shot a combined 15-of-17 from the field. Our defensive pressure was strong again, limiting opportunities for Crenshaw, causing only a 14 percent shooting mark and forcing 20 turnovers,” Johnson added.

The Lady Wildcats led Crenshaw 24-7 after one quarter, 34-15 at the half and 60-16 after three.

Tazsa Garrett-Hammett led Springwood with 16 points, Leva tallied 14, Madison Meigs scored 10, Andie Martin and Anna Drake each had six while Caroline Linch tallied four.

Langley Matthews, Amaya Battle, Fannasy Garrett-Hammett, Kari Sims and Elizabeth McClendon all had two each.

Springwood will play a very good Lee-Scott Lady Warriors team on the road in its next contest.

After ending a multi-year losing last year against Lee-Scott, Springwood hopes to continue its success.

The Lady Wildcats defeated Lee-Scott last season three times — home, away and a neutral site, although the margins of victory were five, six and one point.

“This promises to be a real battle pitting two quality teams,” said Johnson.

•In the boys game, Springwood (2-5) fell to defending 1A state champion Crenshaw 62-52.

“We had too many turnovers and not enough offensive rebounds down the stretch,” said Wildcats coach Drew Dorsey. “Crenshaw is very talented and will be a main contender for the 1A state crown,” noted Dorsey.

Andrew Oswalt led Springwood with 18 points while Christian Lancaster added 14, McLane Martin tallied 11, Steven Stuntz had five points and pulled down 18 rebounds while Antonio Roberts had four points.

“Andrew had his best game of the season and the majority of his baskets were in the post,” Dorsey noted.

•In other action Tuesday, the Chambers girls lost to Trinity Christian 49-39.

Jessica Harmon led CA with 18 points and 14 rebounds, Anslee Reese added seven points, Brittney Williams scored six points and had 12 rebounds while Tori Harmon chipped in with five points and five rebounds while Tate Reese had four points as well.

“We played well,” said CA coach Brandi Fuller. “We turned the ball over a little more today but we are still getting the shots I want them to take. We just need to increase our shooting percentage from the floor and free throw line.”


Obituaries for Thursday, November 26, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, November 26, 2015


OPELIKA, Ala. — Ms. Hattie Mae Wright, 69, of Opelika passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. CST at Antioch Baptist Church in LaFayette with the Rev. Calvin B. Marshall, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

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

Obituaries for Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, November 25, 2015


ATLANTA, Ga. — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Tamika Lewis Gray of Atlanta, who died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at her residence.

The family may be contacted at 110 Old Airport Road, Apt. 12, LaGrange, Ga.

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


CAMP HILL, Ala. — Mr. Leon Hatcher, 44, of Camp Hill died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at Lake Martin Hospital in Dadeville, Ala.

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


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