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Chambers Day of Prayer set for Friday, Aug. 5
Chambers Day of Prayer set for Friday, Aug. 5

The LaFayette Mayor and City Council issued a proclamation Monday designating Friday, Aug. 5 as a Day of Prayer in Chambers County. Participants will gather on the east side of courthouse square in downtown LaFayette at 6 p.m. CDT to pray for the county and the nation. Representatives from the LaFayette Police Department will also be on hand to distribute food and drinks in an effort to strengthen their relationship with citizens. Shown above are, from left, city councilman Michael Ellis, Police Chief Ben Hill, Prayer day organizer Diane Perry and Mayor Barry Moody. (Photo by David Bell)

By DAVID BELL

LaFAYETTE — The 15th annual Day of Prayer for Chambers County has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5 on the east side of the courthouse square in LaFayette, beginning at 6 p.m. CDT.

The mayor and city council issued a proclamation Monday in support of the service under the theme “Working Together in Unity.”

The proclamation was presented to event organizer Diane Perry during a regular council meeting.

“This prayer service is not about any denomination, but it is about coming together and praying for Chambers County and our nation,” said Perry. “We must continue to pray for God’s mercy and protection. For those who are unable to come out and pray with us, we ask them to join in prayer where they are.”

“This year, prayer is more important than ever in view of the fact that our world is in such turmoil,” Perry added. “It’s important to also keep our local elected officials covered in prayer.”

The LaFayette Police Department will be participating in an effort to strengthen relationships with city residents.

“This will be a time for us to meet and greet people in the community and come together to ask God’s blessings on our great city, our county and our nation,” said Police Chief Ben Hill.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and sodas will also be supplied by the police department as long as they last, and officers will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns that citizens may have in reference to police operations.

At the conclusion of the service, free school supplies will be distributed to all children in attendance.

Arrest made in Valley business following fatal I-85 shooting
Arrest made in Valley business following fatal I-85 shooting

By DAVID BELL

VALLEY — A metro Atlanta resident is being questioned as a person of interest in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred Monday morning on Interstate 85 near the Lee-Chambers County line.

Authorities have identified the man as Larry Bradford Moore, 21, who was taken into custody Monday afternoon by Valley police after a concerned citizen called 911. The person reported encountering a suspicious individual near the walking trail in Langdale who had fresh cuts and scratches on his arms. The caller observed the man entering Valley Pharmacy on 20th Avenue, where he was quickly apprehended by police without incident.

Moore is believed to have been involved in the shooting death of an Atlanta woman who was traveling in a vehicle with him and two other men en route to Florida. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said one of the males had a handgun and it discharged, striking the woman in the head. The driver and another passenger told investigators that the shooter, believed to be Moore, jumped out of the vehicle and ran.

The driver tried to chase down the fleeing man with the car when the vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer. None of the occupants in either vehicle was seriously injured from the crash and were later treated for minor scrapes and bruises.

Moore was last seen running into the woods near mile marker 68 before he was arrested at Valley Pharmacy approximately 12 hours later.

Sheriff Jones said no charges have yet been filed in the case as investigators seek to determine whether the gun was fired intentionally or by accident.

The shooting victim’s name has not yet been released pending notification of relatives. Her body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination. The case remains under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Lee County Coroner’s Office and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences.

Chamber will host municipal election political forums
Chamber will host municipal election political forums

By DAVID BELL

LaFAYETTE — The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a series of political forums featuring candidates for municipal elections in the cities of Valley, Lanett and LaFayette. Ashley Crane, who became executive director of the Chamber in May, announced the schedule of forums during Monday’s meeting of the LaFayette City Council.

The first event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Valley Community Center on Sportsplex Drive beginning at 6 p.m. Candidates for city council will be allowed a short opening statement followed by questions from a moderator. Participants will also be allowed to submit written questions on index cards provided at the site.

The second forum is set for Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Alfa Building in LaFayette beginning at 6 p.m. CDT, and will also include uncontested candidates for county positions.

Then, on Monday, Aug. 22, the final forum will be held at the Lanett High School auditorium. The public is invited and encouraged to attend each of the events.

Crane also presented council members copies of the Chamber’s quarterly report covering the months of April, May and June.

“We will continue providing these reports to local city officials on a quarterly basis to let you know what the Chamber is doing on your behalf,” said Crane. “We have also formed a partnership with the local media to keep citizens better informed about our activities.”

As far as events specific to LaFayette are concerned, Crane said the annual Native American Pow Wow will return this October to the Chambers County rodeo arena.

In other business, the mayor and council adopted a resolution declaring District D councilman Michael Ellis the automatic winner for re-election to another four-year term. Ellis was unopposed during the recent qualifying period for city elections, which will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Mayor Pro Tem Tammie Williams announced that the raised bed community garden sites on Alabama Avenue and at the Chambers County Agricultural Center are now complete and ready for planting. There are currently 20 garden boxes at each location, and any individual, group or organization wishing to be assigned a box should contact Eric Barker at LaFayette High School.

Williams also encouraged city residents to participate in the national Ride-Along with local police during the week of Aug. 8-12. City Clerk Louis Davidson, Mayor Barry Moody and city attorney Mac Tucker will coordinate logistics for the ride-along, including eligibility requirements and liability waivers.

And, the mayor and council issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, Aug. 6 as Powell United Methodist Church’s Back to School Bash Day in LaFayette. This fourth annual event will return to the LaFayette High School band field between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT, serving approximately 500 students. Powell UMC representative Adrian Holloway accepted the proclamation and invited everyone to attend free of charge. Featured activities include games, live performances and school supply giveaways.

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Lanett-Valley meet for 85th time Aug. 19
Lanett-Valley meet for 85th time Aug. 19

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

The 2016 high school football season is just three weeks from Friday as all seven local schools are continuing workouts with the official start of practice next week.

Coach Tanner Glisson’s Troup Tigers started fall camp Monday in GHSA play.

Old rivals Lanett and Valley will officially kickoff the 2016 high school football season Fri., Aug. 19 at Morgan-Washburn Stadium.

Valley leads the all-time series 52-29-2 as the two schools will meet for the 85th time.

Since 1990, Valley has won 20 of the 24 meetings with Lanett, including six straight.

Lanett’s last win over Valley was in 2007 when coach Ronnie Sikes’ team held off the Rams 24-21.

AHSAA and AISA schools open practice next week.

Optimism abounds for all seven local schools and for good reason. For the first time in many years, all local teams should be improved this fall and that bodes well for a number of big seasons.

In addition to the Valley-Lanett game Aug. 19, LaFayette and Troup will also be in action. The Bulldogs will host Dadeville while the Tigers will be on the road in Columbus at Hardaway High.

Other schools opening Aug. 26 include Beulah at Spring Garden, Chambers will play at Coosa Valley and Springwood will be on the road as well at Kingwood.

LaFayette's Whitlow named South MVP
LaFayette's Whitlow named South MVP

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — LaFayette High rising senior student-athlete Jartavious Whitlow scored 24 points, pulled down eight rebounds, tallied five assists and had three steals in an MVP performance for the South stars in an 84-73 loss to the North at last week’s Alabama High School Sports All-Star Week activities.

For his outstanding efforts, Whitlow was named as the South team MVP.

It was another superlative effort by Whitlow, who’s entering his senior season this fall, in what has been a spectacular prep career for the local youngster.

He’s a two-time, three-sport (football, basketball and track and field) first-team, all-state athlete and has proven himself to be one of the greatest, all-around athletes not only locally but all-time in the AHSAA ranks.

As a sophomore, Whitlow helped lead LaFayette to the 2013-24 AHSAA 2A basketball state title, the school’s fourth.

While he’s been unstoppable on the hard court, Whitlow has proven to be even more hard to contain on the gridiron with back-to-back sensational, all-around seasons in 2014 and 2015.

Last season, Whitlow amassed over 3,400 all-purpose yards and 34 TDs.

In addition, he won four gold medals at the state track and field meet this past spring.

CA to host four-school football jamboree Aug. 18
CA to host four-school football jamboree Aug. 18

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaFAYETTE — Chambers, Springwood, Lee-Scott and Evangel Christian will play in a four-school jamboree Thurs., Aug. 18 at CA’s Torbert Field, Jason Allen, CA’s head coach and athletic director, told The Times-News this week.

The format for the jamboree will be Chambers and Lee Scott vs. Springwood and Evangel Christian, Allen noted.

It should be a spirited evening of top-notch AISA football action pitting 3A powerhouse Lee-Scott, led by veteran coach Robert Maddox, along with Allen’s CA Rebels, the 2015 1A state runner-up and expected to be a favorite for the state title this fall as well.

CA returns 19 starters and if they play to their potential and remain injury-free, may field one of the school’s best-ever teams.

The Rebels will be led by third-year starting quarterback Malik Lyons and physical line play on both the offensive and defensive fronts.

CA will also be able to utilize a stable of running backs with as many as 6-7 kids who will see action.

Coach Thomas Hill’s Springwood Wildcats have made the move to 3A and expect to field a much improved team this fall as well.

The Wildcats return its entire offensive line, quarterback Chandlor Champion and speedster tailback Shykee Thomas, one of the fastest players in all of AISA football and a dynamite college prospect.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Obituaries for Tuesday, July 26, 2016

MR. ABNEY

VALLEY — Mr. Forrest Abney, 84, of Valley passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Golden Living Center in Lanett.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley.

MR. HUGULEY

LaFAYETTE — Mr. Robert Huguley, 63, of LaFayette passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Bethany House in Auburn, Ala.

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

Obituaries for Monday, July 25, 2016
Obituaries for Monday, July 25, 2016

MR. ADAMSON

RIDGE GROVE, Ala. — Mr. David Clinton Adamson, 66, of Ridge Grove died Friday July 22, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Memorial services will be held Monday, July 25 at 3 p.m. CDT at Center Baptist Church with the Rev. Randall Hamer and the Rev. Bobby Duck officiating.

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

MS. BAILEY

LANETT — Ms. Virginia Mae "Bae" Bailey of Lanett passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at St. James Baptist Church in Lanett with Pastor John H. Flournoy, the Rev. Sam Marshall Jr. and Minister Norman Glaze officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MR. BROWN

ROANOKE, Ala. — Funeral services for Mr. Cecil Douglas “Doug” Brown, 71, of Roanoke were held Sunday, July 24 at 2:30 p.m,. CDT at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel in Roanoke with the Rev. Tim Steffey and the Rev. Tim Teague officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

Quattlebaum Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. CARTER

LANETT — Mrs. Geneva Bonner Carter of Lanett passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at her residence.

Arrangements will be announced by M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point.

MR. DAVIDSON

LaGRANGE, Ga. — Mr. David “Head” Davidson of LaGrange passed away Friday, July 22, 2016, at Hospice LaGrange, LaGrange, Ga.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ms. Luevenia Turner, 905 East Ninth St., West Point.

Arrangements will be announced by M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point.

MRS. DAVIS

LaFAYETTE — Mrs. Myrtis Davis, 90, of LaFayette passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016.

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

DR. COLLINS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Elmer C. Collins, M.D., passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Kobacker House in Columbus.

Visitation with family and friends will be from 9:30 until 10 a.m. Monday, July 25 at St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Church, 7179 Avery Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks, celebrant.

Private family burial will be observed at Resurrection Cemetery, Lewis Center, Ohio.

Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell is in charge of arrangements.

MR. GRIFFITH

VALLEY — Mr. Jimmy C. "Paw Paw" Griffith, 81, of Valley passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Bethany House in Auburn.

The family will be receiving friends at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley Monday, July 25 from 6 until 8 p.m. There are no funeral services planned after the visitation.

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

MR. HODO

WEST POINT — Mr. Ronnie Hodo of West Point passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Hospice LaGrange, LaGrange, Ga.

The family may be contacted at the residence of Ms. Chantell Hodo 1209 East Seventh St., West Point.

Arrangements will be announced by M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point.

MS. WATTS

ATLANTA, Ga. — Ms. Kerri Amanda Watts, 43, a resident of Atlanta and a former resident of Valley, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Nathan Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow in Fairfax Cemetery.

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

MRS. WILKERSON

VALLEY — Mrs. Barbara Ann Wilkerson, 64, of Valley passed away Friday, July 22, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 26 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with burial following at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

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

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