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Chiropractor shares benefits of regular examinations
Chiropractor shares benefits of regular examinations

Dr. Brenton Jones of West Point Family Chiropractic didn’t just talk about what he does during Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of West Point, he brought a model of the human spine with him to show how the brain and the body work together well when they are communicating, but when the communication is interrupted, bad things can happen. He stressed the importance of getting regular chiropractic examinations even when there are no apparent problems to be addressed.

Police Reports for Friday, January 30, 2015
Police Reports for Friday, January 30, 2015

Lanett Police

LANETT — Amber Nicole Lott, 28, of Lanett was arrested for failure to pay.

Albert Lewis Williams, 40, of Lanett was arrested for failure to pay.

Valley Police

VALLEY — Tina Traylor, 51, of Valley was arrested for domestic violence third degree.

Fredrick Lamon Edwards, 27, of Valley was arrested for unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, fraudulent use of a debit card and theft of property second degree.

James Rodney McDonald, 31, of Opelika was arrested for bail jumping second degree.

Negotiating worthless negotiable instrument (bad checks) and theft of property second degree were reported in the 4500 block of Fairfax Bypass.

Duty upon striking unoccupied vehicle was reported in the 2000 block of 35th Street.

Theft of property first degree was reported in the 1100 block of Fairview Avenue.

Chambers Sheriff

LaFAYETTE — James Rodney McDonald, 31, of Shorter was arrested on a grand jury indictment for possession of marijuana first degree.

Albert L. Williams III, 40, of Lanett was arrested on two counts of failure to appear-child support and failure to pay-driving revoked.

Sheriff officials reported 119 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

Troup Sheriff

LaGRANGE — Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office have arrested and charged Travanique Floyd, 28, of Chambers County, Ala., with burglary first degree and obstruction of officers.

Investigators have also obtained warrants for Floyd’s husband, Marcus Floyd, 28. Investigators believe this couple has participated in numerous commercial burglaries throughout Georgia and Alabama over the past few months.

Investigators are actively working with the following agencies on these cases: LaGrange Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Opelika Police, Camp Hill Police and Lanett Police.

Sheriff James Woodruff would like to thank the Chambers County Drug Task Force and the Valley Police Department detectives for their assistance in this investigation.

Marcus Floyd is currently not in custody and is actively being sought. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Marcus Floyd is asked to call investigators at 706-883-1616 or Troup County Crime-Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

AuburnBank reports record earnings in 2014
AuburnBank reports record earnings in 2014

By THE TIMES-NEWS

AUBURN — Auburn National Bancorporation reported net earnings of $1.9 million, or $0.52 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $1.7 million, or $0.47 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2013.

For the full year 2014, the company reported record net earnings of $7.4 million, or $2.04 per share, compared to $7.1 million, or $1.95 per share, for the full year 2013.

Fourth quarter 2014 operating net earnings, which exclude the effects of non-operating items such as net securities gains and losses, gain on sale of premises and equipment, and prepayment penalties on long-term debt, were approximately $1.9 million, or $0.52 per share, compared to fourth quarter 2013 operating net earnings of approximately $1.7 million, or $0.47 per share.

For the full year 2014, operating net earnings were $7.8 million, or $2.14 per share, compared to $8.0 million, or $2.19 per share, for the full year 2013.

“We are pleased to report record earnings for the full year 2014. Our full year and fourth quarter results reflect improved asset quality, as net charge-offs declined and we successfully resolved a significant portion of our nonperforming assets. In addition to maintaining a strong capital position, the company paid cash dividends of $0.86 per share during 2014,” E.L. Spencer Jr., president, CEO and chairman of the board, said.

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Lanett, Valley & Troup to have 11 on National Signing Day
Lanett, Valley & Troup to have 11 on National Signing Day

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

Signing Day is less than a week away and three local schools will have 11 student-athletes who will sign football scholarships Wed., Feb. 4.

Lanett High and Troup High will each have four signing while Valley High will have three more.

•At Lanett High, the foursome are: Marlon “MJ” Bridges, tailback/free safety; Branquavious Bussey, offensive/defensive tackle; Jerrionda Lloyd, defensive end; and Anquavious Simpson, cornerback/safety.

•At Troup High, the four include: Mitch Mathes, offensive/defensive tackle; Tristan Thompson, offensive/defensive tackle; Jason Hernandez, offensive/defensive tackle; and Vanquez Bonner, The Times-News Co-Defensive Player of the Year, cornerback.

•At Valley High, the trio includes: Matravious “Tre Tre” Williams, safety/wideout/all-purpose; Japai Robinson, linebacker; and Jeremiah Darden, linebacker.

The four other local schools in Springwood, Beulah, Chambers and LaFayette won’t have anyone sign Wednesday but may have later this winter.

Lanett Lady Panthers clinch area championship
Lanett Lady Panthers clinch area championship

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

REELTOWN — The Lanett Lady Panthers (11-11, 6-0) officially clinched the area championship and with it the right to host the area tourney after a big 55-37 win over the Reeltown Lady Rebels earlier this week.

Ataiya Bridges led Lanett with 17 points, five assists and seven steals, Ny’terria Griffin added 13 points, one rebound and one steal and eighth grader Makyia Broughton chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

•The girls area tourney opens Tues., Feb. 3 at the Panther Den.

Valley's Ryan Simpson signs with Point Skyhawks
Valley's Ryan Simpson signs with Point Skyhawks

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Writer

VALLEY — With her senior season still ahead, it’s been a great ride for Ryan Simpson and the Valley High Lady Rams softball team as the squad hopes to win a state championship in AHSAA 6A competition.

Her talents haven’t gone unnoticed as the talented player signed a national letter-of-intent (grant-in-aid softball scholarship) with the Point Skyhawks last week at the Valley High Media Center.

Simpson enjoyed a sensational junior season for coach Adam Hunter’s team last season.

The Lady Rams recorded a school-best 34 wins in a 34-14 season, won the region and area championships, then advanced to the AHSAA state championships last spring at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

Ryan had a terrific year for Valley.

She hit at a .326 clip with 42 hits, scored 32 runs and had 12 RBIs. In addition, Simpson added three doubles, three triples and blasted four home runs.

But it was on the mound with teammate Lexus Burrows in which Simpson’s most outstanding talents were realized.

Ryan was 21-6, struck out 183 with 10 shutouts, posted an ERA of just 1.43 and had a WHIP of .771. She also tossed 18 complete games.

A transfer from Beulah High after her sophomore year, Simpson also enjoyed a super career for the Lady Bobcats. She played for Beulah for four years.

She led the team in hitting average and RBIs.

Simpson was also named all-region in 2013 at Beulah as well as Valley in 2014.

Ryan was the 2014 region pitcher of the year and was an Alabama Sportswriter’s Association (ASWA) 5A first-team all-state selection pitcher.

She also ranks in the AHSAA Top-50 all-time with 10 shutouts last spring for Valley.

“Ryan has a great attitude, she works very hard and does a really good job on the field as well as the classroom,” said Hunter.

Also on hand at the signing were Point Lady Skyhawk coaches Jennifer Perkins-Tyler, head coach; and Sarah Warren, assistant.

“We love local kids,” Warren said. “We’re looking forward to the spring as this is our fourth year in the program.”

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, January 30, 2015
Obituaries for Friday, January 30, 2015

MR. OSBORN

WEST POINT — Mr. Donald Ray Osborn, 60, of West Point died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m., from the graveside in Marseilles Cemetery with Father Antoo G. Alapatt officiating.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is handling arrangements.

MR. SLADE

LaGRANGE — Mr. Dennis W. Slade, 46, of LaGrange died unexpectedly at his residence on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.

A graveside service is planned for Monday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Memorial Gardens in Valley.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MR. WILLIAMS

LANETT — Mr. Cecil Williams, 79, of Lanett died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Thursday, January 29, 2015
Obituaries for Thursday, January 29, 2015

MRS. BROWN

OPELIKA — Mrs. Danueline “Miss Danny” Nichols Brown, 87, of Opelika died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Bethany House in Auburn.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. CST at Central Baptist Church in Opelika, with the Rev. Scott Ferguson officiating. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. CST at Resthaven Cemetery in Lanett.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, www.jeffcoattrant.com, of Opelika is handling arrangements..

MRS. SHARPE

HUGULEY — Mrs. Rayma Jo Sharpe, 67, of Huguley died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Burial will follow at Langdale Cemetery.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements

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