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EAMC-Lanier wears blue for colorectal cancer awareness
EAMC-Lanier wears blue for colorectal cancer awareness

EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital kicked off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month when physicians and staff members joined together to help raise awareness of the importance in colon screening. Friday, March 6 is National Dress in Blue Day, and the staff is selling T-shirts in honor of this occasion. The staff will provide every endo patient in the month of March with printed educational information and a weekly diary. A banner has been displayed on the hospital’s front lawn to help raise awareness to the public. Shown above are, front row, Barbara Colley (staff), Heather Fields, CRNA; Dr. Rao Meka; Dr. Arvind Kamath; Dr. Phil Tranqui; and Kathy Kendrick, director OR Services. Back row are Debra Turner, Shannon Strength, Patricia Andrews, Lawanda Smith, Susie Whaley, Dixie Van Meter, Shannon Lowery, Jan Jennings, Diana Floyd, Pat Fitts (all staff), and Rusty Mills, CRNA.

West Point police report on busy year to mayor and council
West Point police report on busy year to mayor and council

By CY WOOD

WEST POINT — West Point's Mayor and City Council found out just how busy the West Point Police Department is during Thursday morning's work session.

Police Chief Tony Bailey, whose department launched its first-ever Citizens Police Academy Tuesday evening, gave the mayor and council an update on police activities in 2014.

Bailey reviewed the personnel in the department and went over their areas of responsibility.

He pointed out that a new administrator was coming aboard, Capt. Brian Kelly, who most recently was chief of the Gainesville Police Department.

Bailey said that departmental functions fall into two categories, field operations and administrative.

He said he has created an office of professional standards for the department to assure that all personnel meet standards and that the department can work toward state and national accreditation.

Bailey said he has also created a record/customer service role for the staff, which he described as a very critical position. "This is the face of the police department," he said.

During 2014, the department compiled some impressive numbers, including:

•6,000-plus calls to the city 911 center.

•4,769 traffic stops, 2,529 citations, 1,932 warnings and 28 DUI arrests.

•264 accidents investigated with 76 injuries and one fatality.

•15,271 calls for service resulting in 1,308 arrests.

•1,616 hours of training, including 308 in firearms, 500 in supervisory training and 440 in specialized training.

•Two investigators worked 145 felony cases resulting in 113 adult and 2 juvenile arrests.

Bailey said the department looks for ways to interact with the community. It holds a Youth Police Academy, attended by 50 youngsters last year, and actively participates in programs at West Point Elementary School.

The department conducted a Ministers Day Training program last year, where more than two dozen local clergy were introduced to police personnel and procedures.

Bailey said his department, along with the West Point Fire Department, will be starting a public safety Explorer program through the Boy Scouts of America

Grand Jury finds courthouse in need of many repairs
Grand Jury finds courthouse in need of many repairs

By THE TIMES-NEWS

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Grand Jury returned 208 true bills in its spring term and found fault with several county facilities.

The Chambers County Detention Facility got high marks from the grand jury. They commended Sheriff Sid Lockhart and his staff on the maintenance and operation of the facility and found the staff to be "knowledgeable and efficient."

Assistant District Attorney Roland Sledge led the grand jury on a tour of the Chambers County Courthouse. They made the following recommendations for repair and improvement:

•The upstairs courtroom needs new carpet.

•The cushions in the jurors' chairs in the upstairs courtroom need to be replaced.

•Water leak in the restroom on the right in the upstairs courtroom needs to be repaired. There is a weak spot in the floor in the front of this restroom.

•Overhead lights in the upstairs courtroom need new covers.

•The clock in the upstairs courtroom needs a new battery.

•All offices of the District Attorney's Office need carpeting cleaned or replaced, leaks repaired and ceiling tiles replaced, cable lying on the ground outside the Restitution Recovery Office needs to be removed, blinds are needed on many windows and all windows need cleaning. There is a leak in Investigator Mike Ellis' office.

•Windows in all sections of the old portion of the courthouse need cleaning and the bathrooms need to be cleaned. Although floors in hallways were clean, the general appearance of this part of the courthouse needs improvement with new paint and wood refinishing of the walls in hallways and in various offices.

•Old notices on bulletin boards need to be removed.

•Vending machine services should be upgraded.

•The crack in the floor of the main downstairs hallway needs to be repaired.

•Tiles are coming up in the alcove of the elevator on the main floor.

•Some bench cushions in the new courtroom need to be re-upholstered or replaced.

•The Probate Office needs new carpet.

•In the Clerk's Office, loose wood and holes in the wood floor need to be repaired.

•he hallways of the courthouse need to be painted.

•The X-ray machine at the security post needs repair.

•The law library has a hole in the wall that is missing a receptacle.

•The carpet in the law library needs cleaning.

The Grand Jury commended Circuit Clerk Lisa Burdette and her staff for their service and assistance, and District Attorney E. Paul Jones for the efficient manner in which his staff organized and presented the grand jury docket.

The Grand Jury also expressed its appreciation to the officers of the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, Chambers County Drug Task Force and the police departments of Lanett, Valley and LaFayette for their professionalism in the presentation of their cases.

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Lindsey coordinates cheerleading, tumbling programs
Lindsey coordinates cheerleading, tumbling programs

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — Girls looking to learn cheerleading techniques and physical fitness can do so by signing up for the West Point Recreation Department’s cheerleading and tumbling classes coordinated by Nicole Lindsey.

The cheerleading and tumbling programs are very popular with girls as the classes are taught two days per week.

Ages 3-7 are taught Mondays from 5:15-6 p.m. ET and Saturdays, 11:15-12:15.

Ages 8-14 are scheduled for Wednesdays, 5:15-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 12:15-1:15.

Lindsey leads the classes at 602 2nd Avenue in West Point.

The fee to participate is $40 per participant, payable at the beginning of each month.

A Randolph Co. and Southern Union grad, Lindsey has been involved in both activities since the age of four and enjoys working with the girls as they gain confidence and precision in their routines.

“It’s great to work with the girls and watch them gain confidence,” Lindsey says. “We lived in the Mobile area when I was little and I began cheering and tumbling around four years old. It’s fun, builds confidence and self esteem and the girls make great strides as they learn the fundamentals, repetition and hard work,” Lindsey noted.

She has 15 girls in the 3-7 age classes, 14 more in the 8-14 and also teaches four girls in private lessons.

Lindsey is assisted by Macee Streat and Marti Bell.

•For additional information, contact Lindsey at (256) 276-9913 or the West Point Recreation Department at (706) 645-3529.

Valley Lady Rams softball upends Opelika 4-2 in 10
Valley Lady Rams softball upends Opelika 4-2 in 10

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

OPELIKA — The Valley Lady Rams opened area play in style Tuesday as coach Adam Hunter’s team defeated rival Opelika on the road by a 4-2 score in 10 innings.

Ryan Simpson earned the win on the mound in working a 10-inning masterpiece for the Lady Rams.

Simpson fired 11 strikeouts in the big Valley win.

Valley banged out nine hits in the win led by Lacy Striblin with two hits and one RBI while Monica Murphy and Kelsi Schlemeir each had two hits with Schlemeir adding two RBIs.

Other hitters for Valley included Allie Davis with a solo home run while Simpson and Carissa Harper each tallied hits.

•In other high school sports action, the Springwood golf team in its second AISA tourney of the spring season Tuesday at Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery.

Coach Bill Edwards team placed seventh out of 15 teams.

The tourney was won by Lee-Scott with a four-man total of 301.

Springwood fired a 377.

For the Wildcats, Smith Collins had a terrific round, firing an 83 for team medalist honors, Bruce Andrews had an 88, Mary Charles Spivey scored 101, Blake Carter had a 105, McLane Martin 108 and Jack Brown 126.

“The 377 team total was some 50 shots lower than last year’s score on this course,” Edwards noted. “We need to improve our chipping and putting and the next tournament is at Riverside. We’re looking for good weather next week as it was wet and rainy at Arrowhead.”

Mike McCarty named Point football coach
Mike McCarty named Point football coach

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

WEST POINT — Birmingham native, former Troy University and West Alabama graduate and WAU assistant coach Mike McCarty has been named as the new football coach at Point University, the school announced this morning in a press conference at the trophy room at West Point gym.

“We had hundreds of applications for the job but we found what we were looking for in coach McCarty as he had the passion, energy and desire to lead our football program,” said Alan Wilson, Point’s athletic director. “I’m thrilled to have him as our new coach and feel like he’ll do a great job in leading our young men.”

McCarty has a wealth of experience and played and coached under Bobby Wallace at West Alabama.

“I want to thank coach Wilson, coach (Dr. Charles) Flowers (assistant athletic director for football and baseball programs), the administration and staff for this opportunity,” McCarty said. “We’ll have an open door policy and our players will be active in the community and making a difference.”

McCarty discussed his faith-driven life and is a terrific fit on the Point athletic staff at the Christian-centered school.

He is in the process of putting together his staff and the Skyhawks are also close on completing next season’s schedule.

“We had a lot of talks and meetings and we feel like we’ve found a person in coach McCarty who will do a great job in leading our football program,” Flowers noted. “He’s very enthusiastic, has a lot of charisma and he’ll hit the ground running,” Flowers noted. “We had a 6 a.m. players meeting today introducing him and the kids are excited.”

Developing relationships with coaches at local schools will be a big priority in McCarty’s program, he noted. It could make a significant and positive growth locally in the program.

Within a 50-mile radius of Point are some of the best high school football programs in the West Georgia and East Alabama area.

Successful recruiting in the area could go a long way in helping Point to develop a strong and consistent NAIA football program.

“We want our program to get to the point someday where we can have a pro day,” McCarty said in reference to Auburn’s pro day earlier this week.

McCarty is the third head football coach at Point since 2012.

Kevin Porter led the program in its augural season in 2012 and David Rocker was the Skyhawks coach for the last two seasons.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, March 6, 2015
Obituaries for Friday, March 6, 2015

MR. AVERY

MOBILE — Mr. Larry Avery of Mobile, formerly of Valley, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville.

Funeral services are planned for Monday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Bernard Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery in Valley.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MS. BLAKES

LANETT — Ms. Barbara Blakes, 59, of Lanett, formerly of LaFayette, died Monday, March 2, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Health Services in Valley.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. CST at Handy Memorial Cemetery in LaFayette.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. BROWNING

VALLEY — Mr. Roy Lyles (R.J.) Browning Jr., 72, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Columbus.

A memorial service will be held Monday, March 9 at 11 a.m. at Community Chapel Church of God in Lanett with Pastor Jim Green officiating.

Kimbrough Funeral Home of Columbus handled the cremation.

MR. DYKES

ROANOKE — Mr. Harvey Lee Dykes, 77, of Roanoke, formerly of Valley, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery in Valley.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Thursday, March 5, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, March 5, 2015

MR. AVERY

MOBILE, Ala. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Larry Avery of Mobile, who died Monday, March 2, 2015, at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville, Ala.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MRS. BEALL

WEST POINT — Mrs. Laura Duncan Beall, 54, of West Point died Monday, March 2, 2015, at The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Newnan.

The funeral service is planned for Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at West Point First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at West Point Cemetery.

The Rev. Doug Crossman will officiate.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MR. BURNS

CAMP HILL — Mr. Carl Burns Jr., 78, of Camp Hill died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at his residence.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m. CST at Beulah #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Camp Hill with the Rev. Jerry Gibson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Camp Hill.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. DYKES

ROANOKE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Harvey Lee Dykes, 77, of Roanoke, formerly of Valley, who died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at his residence.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MR. MORGAN

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Mr. Nakia A. Morgan, 40, of Fayetteville, formerly of West Point, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1111 East 10th St. in West Point, with the Rev. Ralph Thompson Jr. serving as eulogist and the Rev. Dr., Willie T. Edmondson pastor, the Revs. Walter L. Darden and Michael Winston and Pastor Rodney Jones, officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Obituaries for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MS. DOZIER

LANETT — Ms. Janice "Jan" Ramsey Dozier, 56, of Lanett died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Bethany House in Auburn.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Life Center in Lanett with the Revs. Louis Upshaw, pastor, L.W. Booker, eulogist, Terry Magby, Minister Hattie Bridges, Bishop Donald Lancaster and the Rev. Arthur Walker Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Pinehill Cemetery.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

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