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Mike the Camel helps Springwood celebrate 'hump day'
Mike the Camel helps Springwood celebrate 'hump day'

Students arriving at Springwood School on Wednesday morning may have been baffled by some signs along the road leading to the school that said "Do you know what day this is?" When they got to the fork in the road between the stadium at the Fine Arts Center that question was answered — it was hump day. Inside a corral was Mike the camel, who was there to help the students celebrate Homecoming Spirit Week. Mike's 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. visit was arranged by the school's PTO. Everyone loved the theme popularized by a Geico TV commercial and the chance to visit big Mike and feed him. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Unemployment rate drops in Troup and Harris
Unemployment rate drops in Troup and Harris

By THE TIMES-NEWS

ATLANTA — The employment picture brightened considerably in Troup and Harris counties in September.

According to Georgia Department of Labor reports, the unemployment rate in Harris County fell to 5.7 percent in September from 6.6 percent in August, and in Troup the rate dropped to 7.9 percent in September from 8.8 percent in August.

Harris County's employment number rose to 15,331 from 15,199, a gain of 132 jobs. The county's civilian labor force contracted slightly, falling to 16,262 from August's 16,270.

Unemployment in the county stood at 931, compared to 1,071 in August, a drop of 140.

Employment in Troup County grew to 31,972 from August's 31,740, a gain of 232 jobs. The county's civilian labor force contracted slightly to 34,725 from August's 34,814.

Unemployment in the county stood at 2,753, down 321 from August's 3,074.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent to 7.9 percent in September. The state's civilian labor force decreased by more than 5,000 while employment grew by 215 to 4,383,628. The number of unemployed in the state was reported at 378,465, down from 384,209 in August.

Chambers Fraternal Order of Police endorses Lockhart for sheriff
Chambers Fraternal Order of Police endorses Lockhart for sheriff

By THE TIMES-NEWS

LaFAYETTE — Chambers County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 20 has endorsed Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart for reelection.

Lodge President David Smith said a lodge resolution states Lockhart has been "a true and faithful servant to the citizens of Chambers County for the past 39 years and is a proven leader in the law enforcement community."

The resolution adopted by the lodge says, "It is the consensus of the Chambers County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 20 that Sheriff Sid Lockhart will represent Chambers County with dignity, pride, and honor."

The resolution further states that Lockhart is "an honest, hardworking, informed and caring candidate" and the lodge "prayerfully endorses Sheriff Sid Lockhart in his endeavor for election to the Office of Sheriff of Chambers County."

The general election in Chambers County will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Valley Rams also in state playoff picture
Valley Rams also in state playoff picture

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — The Valley Rams (3-5, 1-4) still have a shot at a 6A state playoff berth but they must snap a five-game losing streak Friday at home against region rival Pell City and also get help to make it happen.

After opening the season at 3-0, coach Marshon Harper’s team has dropped five straight contests and sits at 1-4 in 6A-Region 3 competition, tied for last-place.

The Rams can still get in the postseason if two things occur: 1) Valley must defeat Pell City Friday in the Rams Senior Night game; and 2) Chelsea must defeat Oxford and they’ll be in the playoffs as the No. 4 seed with a final region mark of 2-4.

With a return to great team defense, Valley can defeat Pell City, end a rough, five-game skid, regain much-needed confidence and once again tap into its swagger. But while Valley has to win, they’ll also need help from Chelsea to defeat Oxford.

Valley closes out regular season play on the road next week at the 7A Prattville High Lions.

•In other high school football Friday, Lanett hosts Reeltown, Beulah is at LaFayette, Springwood hosts Evangel Christian, Troup is at Carrollton and Chambers-Lyman Ward has been moved to Monday.

Pivotal week for local teams in playoff hunt
Pivotal week for local teams in playoff hunt

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

One local team is officially in the high school football playoffs and one more can accomplish the same feat this weekend as well.

The Chambers Academy Rebels (4-4, 3-2) are in the AISA 1A state playoffs and will travel to Choctaw or Sparta in first-round play, Fri., Nov. 7.

The Rebels will be a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the AISA 1A playoffs.

The Springwood Wildcats (5-4, 2-3) can also earn an AISA 2A playoff berth with a homecoming win over Evangel Christian Friday.

Springwood will be a No. 3 or a No. 4 seed in the 2A playoffs.

Both Chambers and Springwood will be on the road for the duration of the three rounds in the AISA playoffs.

The AISA 1A-3A football finals are played at Troy University.

The other local team in the hunt for the playoffs are the Troup High Tigers (3-4, 0-2) in GHSA 4A-Region 5 play.

The Valley Rams (3-5, 1-4) in 6A-Region 3, defending 2A-Region 5 champion and preseason No. 2-ranked Lanett (4-4, 2-3), 3A-Region 3 Beulah Bobcats (2-6, 2-4) and 2A-Region 5 LaFayette Bulldogs (1-7, 0-6) have all been eliminated from the postseason race.

Clifford Story’s Lanett Panthers will close out the season at home Friday against the Reeltown Rebels.

The Valley Rams will host Pell City for Senior Night Friday before closing out the season Oct. 31 at 7A Prattville.

Coach James Lucas and the LaFayette Bulldogs will host the Beulah Bobcats Friday.

Jarrod Wooten’s Bobcats just missed earning a 3A state playoff berth last week, falling on the road to Prattville Christian 21-12. Beulah led 12-0 at the half but couldn’t hold on.

The third local team in the running for the postseason includes the Troup Tigers.

Despite an 0-2 region start, Troup still has three more 4A-Region 5 contests, including a key region battle on the road at Carrollton Friday.

Lynn Kendall’s team needs two wins in its last three games in order to earn a state playoff berth.

The final two region games of the year are against Fayette Co. and Whitewater and both are at the friendly confines of Callaway Stadium.

It’s possible Troup could lose to Carrollton, drop to 0-3 in region play but win it’s last two and also earn a 4A playoff berth.

Point Lady Skyhawks soccer team closing in on AAC title
Point Lady Skyhawks soccer team closing in on AAC title

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — With just three regular season games left, the surging Point Lady Skyhawks soccer team (9-2-3, 5-0-2) is closing on the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) championship.

Coach Randy Douglas’ team hosts the Reinhardt University Lady Eagles (10-3-1, 6-2-1) Wed., Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. ET with a chance to secure at least a tie for the AAC championship.

Reinhardt is third in the latest AAC standings.

Point is the lone unbeaten women’s team in the AAC and took a huge step towards winning the title after a 2-1 win over Montreat College Saturday.

The win over Montreat extended the Lady Skyhawks AAC-best winning streak to five games and also set a school-record for most wins in a season.

The Lady Skyhawks have been dominant and are currently on an overall 10-game unbeaten streak (7-0-3).

The Point athletics department invites all students, faculty, staff and other friends in the community to support the team Wednesday against Reinhardt.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Thursday, October 23, 2014
Obituaries for Thursday, October 23, 2014

MRS. COOPER

LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mrs. Emma Cooper, 95, of LaFayette, who died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at EAMC- Lanier Health Services in Valley.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. OLIVER

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mr. Ernest Oliver of Cincinnati, formerly of Chambers County, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Hall-Jordan Funeral Home, 11400 Winton Road, Forest Park, Ohio.

MR. SMITH

VALLEY — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Johnny W. Smith of Valley, who died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at his residence.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Obituaries for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MR. WALTON

VALLEY — Mr. Eddie B. Walton Sr., 78, of Valley died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Health Services in Valley.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. EDT at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Cusseta with the Rev. Arthur Thomas, pastor, officiating, and the Rev. Sam Marshall Jr. presiding. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

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