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McCollough donation will support children reading program for 20 years
McCollough donation will support children reading program for 20 years

Mrs. Sylvia Word McCollough has made a generous donation to the Bradshaw Library to provide financial support for the library’s summer reading program for children over the next 20 years. The summer reading program serves hundreds of local children. Mrs. McCollough, second from right seated, presents the trust donation to Mary Hamilton, library director. Seated at left is library trustee Elinor Crowder and at right trustee Dr. Rose Wood. Standing from left are Patsy McKenzie of Capital City Bank, who helped Mrs. McCollough set up the donation; Tabitha Truitt, library assistant director; trustee Charles Story; and Early McKnight, board of trustees vice-chairman and treasurer.

By CY WOOD

VALLEY — A generous donation prompted by the joyful faces of children participating in the summer reading program at Bradshaw Library will provide substantial funding specifically for that program over the next 20 years.

Library officials met Thursday with Sylvia Word McCollough to accept her gift.

Mrs. McCollough explained that recently she saw in the newspaper the story about the library's summer reading program awards event, and was impressed by the number of children affected and especially by the joyful expressions on their faces.

"It came from my heart," she said. As a child, Mrs. McCollough had difficulty reading, and sees her gift as a way to help today's children overcome the problems she experienced.

Mrs. McCollough said she is afraid too many of today's children aren't getting what they need to become useful and successful citizens in later life, and hopes her gift to the library will help a difference in the lives of local children.

She praised the local library for its efforts, and said the community's support of its local library is essential so it can continue to meet the needs of the community. She noted that the Bradshaw Library stands on land that was once owned by her family, the Word family.

"With Mrs. McCollough's contribution, our summer reading program will be an even more enriching and rewarding experience for the children of Chambers County," Library Director Mary Hamilton said. "Mrs. McCollough believes that reading can make a difference in children’s lives and through this amazing gift she is leaving a legacy for an entire generation to discover the joy of reading.”

Hamilton said the continuing funding will enable the library to provide extra incentives for the summer reading program, which serves hundreds of local children every year.

“To honor her contribution the summer reading program will be named in her honor as ‘The Sylvia Word McCollough Summer Reading Program,’” Hamilton said.

The library will receive funds from the donation each year for the next 20 years.

Lanett police hold man in shooting death
Lanett police hold man in shooting death

By THE TIMES-NEWS

LANETT — Lanett police are holding a Lanett man in connection with a Wednesday homicide in the city.

Police Chief Angie Spates said officers with Lanett Police Department responded to a shooting in the 500 block of South Sixth Street in Lanett Wednesday around 10 p.m.

Upon arrival officers found an unresponsive black male inside the

residence, she said. The deceased was pronounced dead on the scene by the Chambers County Coroner and later transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Montgomery for an autopsy.

The deceased was identified as 27-year-old Richard White Jr. of Lanett.

Damien Glimps, 35, of Lanett has been charged in connection with the homicide.

No further details are available at this time as the case is still under investigation, Spates said.

West Point First United Methodist Church celebrates 185th anniversary
West Point First United Methodist Church celebrates 185th anniversary

Special to THE TIMES-NEWS

WEST POINT — There were horseback-riding Methodist ministers or itinerant preachers in the area of Franklin, Ga., when it was incorporated as a town in Troup County in 1831. This Indian station and trading post was in the hands of sturdy pioneer settlers who had begun to arrive about 1827-1828, soon after the county was surveyed in 1826. They built on the east side of the Chattahoochee River, the boundary between the whites on the east and the Indians to the west. In 1832, the name of the town was changed to West Point.

Through the zealous leadership of the Rev. Thomas Williamson, the first church for Methodists in West Point was established in 1830. A log building was erected on Lot 1, Block 34, East Side of the Chattahoochee, at about the present address of 409 East Tenth St. The building was also used as a school house and for meetings of other denominations. A church in Harris County, and a church at Long Cane, Troup County, are also credited to the organizational ability of the Rev. Williamson.

The West Point congregation of Methodists, planning a new church building or meeting house, met for a while in a school building just erected on a hill north of present Pinewood Cemetery. The street was then known as Academy Street, but is now East 12th Street. Their new frame church building, replacing the old log structure, was finished in 1834.

West Point Land Company, instrumental in the early development of the town, was petitioned by the West Point Methodists for a building lot in 1852. A lot was donated to the congregation by the company, being the West half of Block 72 on the East Side of the river. On this lot, the present location of the First Methodist Church, the members built a brick church costing $3,000.

By 1905, the need for a larger and more modern building was felt by the growing congregation. The old church was torn down and the present sanctuary was completed in 1907. Constructed of concrete blocks molded in a simulated stone pattern, the building cost about $15,000. The cornerstone was laid in 1906 during the construction of the foundation. It is said to contain a Bible, a history of the church, local newspapers, a coin dated 1830 taken from the old cornerstone of the 1853 building and possibly some other items.

Today the West Point First United Methodist Church continues to thrive and serve West Point and the surrounding community. In1978 the church initiated a Meals on Wheels program, and continues to deliver hot, well-balanced meals weekdays (including holidays). An average of 11 meals are delivered each day equating to over 105,000 meals delivered over the 37 years of operation.

A soup kitchen was started in 2005. Approximately 65 souls are fed both physically and spiritually every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.

West Point FUMC has a program called CIA, which stands for Christians In Action. This program provides transportation to the elderly and needy for doctor's appointments, the pharmacy, as well as for other related needs.

Many organizations supported by the First United Methodist Church of West Point include:

•Hope Harbor Ministries, which is a residential Christian recovery program serving women who struggle with the destructive forces of addiction.

•Tutoring 4 Life, which is a mentoring/educational program that meets at the church twice a week.

•The Boy Scouts of America.

•The Fuller Center.

•The West Point Food Closet.

•The West Point Elementary Clothes Closet.

•Point University.

•The Bloodmobile (quarterly). Life-South will host a blood drive at the church Wednesday Sept. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. All donors will receive a lunch box. Please consider donating blood.

This Sunday Aug. 30,the First United Methodist Church of West Point will celebrate its 185th year homecoming. Sunday morning service begins at 11 a.m. The doors are open to all who choose to worship and celebrate.

(The above article was submitted by Hamp Ferguson. Historical facts compiled from the book “150 Years of West Point Methodism 1830-1980” by William H. Davidson. Copyright 1980.)

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Troup, LaGrange clash in 28th meeting Friday
Troup, LaGrange clash in 28th meeting Friday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — After an intrasquad scrimmage and two preseason outings against Spencer and Upson-Lee, it’s now the real deal for coach Tanner Glisson and the Troup Tigers in its season opener Friday against arch rival LaGrange.

The Tigers have worked very hard in fall camp, trying to catch up and get everyone on the same page as Troup made the move to a new offense and added a number of new coaches this summer as well.

For the better part of the last three weeks, Glisson has been looking for continuous improvement and getting the right personnel in the right positions.

And give Glisson and his staff credit, that’s exactly what they’ve done.

Friday will be a big test for Troup as LaGrange looked very sharp in a 45-20 blowout win over a formidable Callaway High team last week.

This is the 28th all-time meeting between the two schools in a rivalry which began in 1968.

Troup has won four of the last five contests but LaGrange still leads the series 19-8.

The Tigers led 36-0 at half last year, the largest halftime margin in the 27-game series.

The only time a region title was in the balance between the two came in 1996 when the Grangers led 31-6 at half and rolled over the Tigers 52-6.

“I’m looking forward to this Friday and I'm sure the kids are excited,” Glisson told The Times-News Wednesday. “It's a big task, their offense hasn't been stopped yet and what they did to Callaway was impressive. I'm not sure that we can play four quarters of good football yet, but hopefully we can play good in spurts and try to stay in the game. I'm sure it will be a great atmosphere and hopefully we can give our folks something to cheer about,” Glisson noted.

•Troup and LaGrange will kickoff Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Callaway Stadium.

Freshman Lonzie Portis named starting QB for Beulah
Freshman Lonzie Portis named starting QB for Beulah

By David Bell

Times-News Staff Writer

BEULAH — Freshman Lonzie Portis has been chosen by coach Jarrod Wooten to lead the Beulah Bobcats in their season opener on the road against Woodland Friday night. Portis was one of three quarterbacks vying for the starting position this year.

"Even though I haven't seen a lot of separation among our players at the quarterback position, I've decided to go with Lonzie as our starter," said Wooten.

Sophomore Nolan Earle will be the backup for Porter and will likely see some playing time Friday night. Wooten said sophomore Trent Lewis, the team's third quarterback, is on injured reserve this week.

Beulah played two scrimmage games last Friday against Horseshoe Bend and Loachapoka at Bobcat Stadium, losing to the Generals in the first game 14-0 before battling the Indians to a scoreless tie.

Wooten said he was pleased with the way his team got better as the evening progressed, especially on defense.

This week, with the decision to go with Portis as the starter, Wooten hopes to see a solid performance from his offense.

Woodland lost their home opener Friday 21-7 in a non-region game against Cleburne County. The Bobcats' only score came in the first quarter.

Second-year coach Randy Boyd exhibits an old-school approach to the way he runs his Woodland football program, selecting team captains himself rather than allowing players to choose among their peers. Boyd says he learned the technique from former Randolph County head coach Ron Watters, and it has proven to be a successful method of establishing players in leadership positions.

•Kickoff for Friday night's game is 7 p.m. CDT at Woodland High School.

Springwood, Chambers open with key region contests
Springwood, Chambers open with key region contests

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

While the Alabama and Georgia public schools open Friday in non-region contests, that’s not the case for the two AISA schools in the Springwood Wildcats in 2A and the Chambers Rebels in 1A play.

For Springwood and Chambers, it’s a jump into the fire of reality immediately as the Wildcats and Rebels host crucial region showdowns in Week 1.

In short, if Springwood and Chambers want to earn home state playoff games, wins Friday are very important. Both programs are on the upswing and trying to get back to the glory years in the 1990s and early 2000s.

•Coach Thomas Hill’s Springwood team is looking to even the score against the Lakeside Chiefs Friday after absorbing a beatdown in last year’s opener in Eufaula.

This is one of the biggest games of the season for Springwood, especially with five-time state champion Edgewood looming later in the season. With a win over Lakeside, Springwood will have a great shot at securing a 2A state playoff game in holding the head-to-head tiebreaker matchup. Springwood’s first three games are all region contests.

•The Chambers Rebels are also in the same scenario as Springwood.

Coach Jason Allen’s Rebels need a win over region foe Cornerstone Christian Friday to hold the tiebreaker and gain a huge region win. CA lost last year to CC 33-32 and it cost them a home state playoff game.

CA can make a run in 1A this fall.

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