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Hyundai Dymos workers help rehab Lanett mill village house
Hyundai Dymos workers help rehab Lanett mill village house

Some people who have been hired to work at the Hyundai-Dymos plant when it goes into production this fall in West Point have been spending this week in the Lanett mill village rehabbing a home for the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project (CFCP). The house is located on South Third Street just across the street from the W.O. Lance Elementary School playground. Plans are to dedicate a like-new home on Sept. 11. Justin and Jennifer Graves will be living in the house. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Justin was wounded in the Iraq War. The couple is raising two small children. Some of these abandoned homes in local mill villages were made with excellent building materials and can be rehabilitated into nice places to live. They were made of virgin or second-generation pine, something that exists today only in historic homes or through recycling. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Tax-free back to school shopping set this weekend
Tax-free back to school shopping set this weekend

By THE TIMES-NEWS

This weekend offers an opportunity for shoppers across the two-state area to save some money on back to school purchases.

Both Alabama and Georgia have back to school sales tax holidays this weekend, beginning Friday and ending Sunday.

Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie P. Magee reminds shoppers that beginning this Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3, many necessary school items will be exempt from the state’s four-percent sales tax.

Georgia Retail Association Executive Director Taylor Byrd says the tax holiday is good for retailers and Georgia families. Byrd says increased business during the tax holiday period is "good for our economy, because it means more work hours and higher payrolls."

“This is the perfect opportunity for parents to purchase needed supplies and get a tax break,” Magee said. “It is a win-win situation for parents, all shoppers and the retailers, who will see consumers buying non-exempt items as well.”

Some of the exempt items include clothing priced at $100 or less per item, school supplies priced at less than $50 per item and computers, software and computer items costing up to $750 per item.

A full list of items qualifying for the tax break is available at http://revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/STHolidayQuickRefSheet14.pdf

Officials say state and local sales taxes in most Georgia counties will be waived between Aug. 1 and 2. Officials say the tax exemption applies to computers, software and more worth less than $1,000, clothes and shoes worth less than $100 per item, and school supplies worth less than $20 per item.

Georgia officials say the tax exemption applies to computers, software and more worth less than $1,000, clothes and shoes worth less than $100 per item and school supplies worth less than $20 per item.

Saturday motorcycle ride benefits Cure for Andy
Saturday motorcycle ride benefits Cure for Andy

By THE TIMES-NEWS

VALLEY — The local Cure for Andy Martin fund-raising effort will hit the road this Saturday.

Bikers for Christ is sponsoring a motorcycle ride Saturday to help Martin, a cancer patient, and his family with unexpected expenses.

The event is $20 per bike with $5 for extra riders. It will start at Big Swamp Harley-Davidson in Opelika.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. CDT with kickstands up at noon.

Sausage dog plates will be sold for $5, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

For additional information about the ride, contact Karie Dalton at 706-586-8313.

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Schools open fall camp next week
Schools open fall camp next week

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

Four of the seven local high schools will officially open fall camp workouts next week in preparation for the start of the 2014 high school football season.

Valley, Lanett, LaFayette and Beulah will open fall camps Mon., Aug. 4 while Springwood and Chambers in AISA play will open camp Thurs., Aug. 31.

The Troup Tigers began fall camp July 25.

It will be a very interesting year as Lanett will be the local team with the best shot of making a serious run at a state championship but a number of other schools should be playoff-bound as well.

Once in the postseason, anything can happen.

Valley moves up to 6A but opens the season Aug. 22 with rival 2A Lanett and is the first game between the local rivals since 2011.

Lanett’s offense against Valley’s defense should be a great matchup to kickoff the season.

All other local teams open the season Fri., Aug. 29.

•In addition, the Point Skyhawks football team will open fall camp, Fri., Aug. 1.

Happy Valley kickoff a big success
Happy Valley kickoff a big success

By Wayne Clark

News Editor

HUGULEY — Approximately 200 high school football players and coaches from local high schools gathered Saturday evening at Happy Valley Baptist Church for a dinner in their honor. The kickoff event was timed to coincide with the beginning of football practice for the 2014 season. It was free to all the invited teams and included pre-season fellowship and a steak dinner with all the trimmings. Schools invited were Valley High, Lanett High, Harris County High, Springwood School and Chambers Academy.

A local ministry, Iron Sharpens Iron, Inc., sponsored the event and funded it. Mitchell Hamilton of Water Break Ministries served as quarterback of the planning committee. He was assisted by Happy Valley pastor, Rev. John Samanie Jr. Julie Ambrose, vice president of the Troup/Valley Region for CharterBank, coordinated getting the food cooked and served by teams of volunteers. CharterBank provided some supplies and paid for the desserts. Rev. Tim Bass coordinated the cleanup team from Fairview Baptist Church.

Following dinner was a prayer by Rev. Napoleon Darden and singing by Kevin Dunn. Dunn sang two solos. For the second one, “How Great is our God?”, he invited the crowd to join in and sing it with him.

A local high school football living legend, Gary Barnes, spoke to the crowd. Barnes played for Doug Lockridge at Valley High in the 1950s. He later went on to play for Frank Howard at Clemson and spent seven seasons in the NFL.

He was a rookie with the Green Bay Packers in 1962 and played on the team that won the NFL championship. He later played for the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons. He’s best known for scoring the first touchdown in Atlanta Falcons history. He played in 60 career games with 41 receptions for 583 yards.

Barnes told the crowd he would always be grateful to Coach Howard and his staff at Clemson for giving him the chance to play college football. Most college coaches, he said, thought he was too thin to play at that level. He later proved a lot of them wrong.

Barnes said that one of his fondest memories was standing in the tunnel at Yankee Stadium and being introduced as a starting player for Dallas. He said that he’d never forget standing there in that tunnel, looking out on the field and seeing a giant U.S. flag flying over the stadium and statues of famous New York Yankee baseball players in Monument Park, just over the outfield wall. He said it was a special feeling hearing the public address announcer saying to the big crowd present “Starting at wide receiver for Dallas, Gary Barnes.”

The principal speaker of the evening, Rev. Buddy Norton, followed Barnes. A native of the Chattanooga, Tenn. area, Rev. Norton talked about his experiences with the game of football, both as a high school player and in being close friends with a lot of coaches over the years.

“I’ve always loved the game of football and being around athletes,” he said. “My life still bears the marks made on me by the men who were my coaches, and I want to thank the coaches who are here with us this evening for what you mean to your young men.”

Rev. Norton talked to the large group of players assembled for the program about the importance the choices they would make today would have on the rest of their lives. “The choices you make will shape your life and determine how it turns out,” he said. “Each day, each of us have choices and decisions to make.”

Rev. Norton mentioned some instances where one player with a bad attitude had cost his team a chance to something really special, like win a championship. He asked the boys present it they’d ever heard the name Aaron Hernandez. Lots of hands went up. “Did he make some bad choices?” he asked, getting lots of yeses in response.

Instead of continuing with a promising career in the NFL, the former New England Patriots star faces murder charges.

“Where you will end up five years from now will be the result of the kind of choices you made today,” he said.

At the conclusion of the message, a large number of the young men who were present came forward to receive salvation. They then met with a team of 15 pastors from churches in the local area who prayed with them. The pastors then offered to be available to them for follow-up discipleship.

Iron Sharpens Iron, Inc. is led by Julian Nealy, a Valley native and non-denominational pastor. Iron Sharpens Iron works with area churches and pastors to further the gospel and to promote the unity of faith among believers in the local area.

Nealy has been friends with Gary Barnes for years and from him learned about Buddy Norton Ministries and its successful outreach through football dinners.

Pastor Nealy said he would like for this pre-season steak dinner to be an annual tradition.

Former Valley standout Rudd named to Point football staff
Former Valley standout Rudd named to Point football staff

By Scott Sickler

Sports Editor

VALLEY — A familiar face to Valley High football fans will be roaming the sidelines for the Point University football staff this fall.

Lantorrance Rudd, a former standout for the Valley Rams, was recently named to coach David Rocker’s staff.

Rudd enjoyed a stellar career while at Valley High.

Rudd served as the Skyhawks strength and conditioning coach last year.

•In other Point football news, the team reported over the weekend for the start of fall camp.

Former Auburn All-American and NFL player David Rocker is back for his second-year as the Skyhawks head coach.

Point will open fall practice Aug. 1 with two-a-day workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and single workouts on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Skyhawks will have intrasquad scrimmages on Saturdays.

Morning practices will open at 8:15 a.m. while afternoon practices and scrimmages are set for 3:15 p.m.

Beginning Aug. 13, practices will be moved to once a day in the afternoon. All practices will be open to the public

Obituaries

Obituaries for Friday, August 1, 2014
Obituaries for Friday, August 1, 2014

MRS. BAILEY

VALLEY — Funeral services are pending for Mrs. Beverly Kay Bailey, 52, of Valley, who died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at LaFayette Nursing Home in LaFayette.

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

MS. CHIVERS

RIVERDALE, GA — Ms. Andrea "Rudy" Burress Chivers, 53, of Riverdale, Ga., formerly of West Point, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Emory University Hospital.

Memorial services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. at Emanuel Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Leon Williams, the Rev. T.D. Brown, the Rev. Charles Trammell and Minister Betty Ray officiating.

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

MR. CLEM

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Mr. Howard D. Clem Jr., 60, of Huntersville, N.C., formerly of the Langdale community, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Cornelius, N.C.

Funeral servces will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Chuck Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

MS. HOLLOWAY

LaFAYETTE — Ms. Argia Ree Holloway, 88, of LaFayette died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. CDT at Sardis Baptist Church in Camp Hill with the Rev. C.W. Fielder, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Cemetery in LaFayette.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. JONES

HUGULEY — Mr. Willie F. Jones Sr., 73, of Huguley died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Hospice LaGrange in LaGrange.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev. Brandon Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

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

MR. LOVELACE

WEST POINT — Mr. Ralph "Tee-Shirt" Lovelace, Jr., 70, of West Point died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT at St. John Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Trammell, Dr. Marcus Lovelace, the Rev. Billy Drakes, Sr., the Rev. Billy Drakes Jr. and Minister Brenda Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point.

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

Obituaries for Thursday, July 31, 2014
Obituaries for Thursday, July 31, 2014

MRS. BUNN

VALLEY — Mrs. Jan Bunn, wife, mother and friend, passed from this life Wednesday, July 30, 2014, from liver complications.

A memorial service to honor her life will be held at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley Friday Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. EDT.

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

MS. CHIVERS

RIVERDALE, Ga. — Funeral arrangements are pending for Ms. Andrea "Rudy" Chivers of Riverdale, formerly of West Point, who died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Hospice Atlanta.

M.Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

MR. JONES

LaGRANGE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Willie F. Jones, 73, of LaGrange, who died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Hospice LaGrange.

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

MRS. STARGILL

WEST POINT — Mrs. Andrea "Necie" Stargill of West Point died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Cusseta with the Revs. Arthur Thomas, pastor, and Louis Upshaw officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett.

W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is handling arrangements.

MS. GREATHOUSE

OPELIKA — Ms. Melissa M. Greathouse, 35, of Opelika died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tuskegee.

Funeral services are planned for Friday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. CDT at New Canaan Baptist Church in Camp Hill with the Rev. Justin Freeman, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home of Valley is handling arrangements.

MR. YEARWOOD

LILBURN, Ga. — Mr. Samuel Ellis Yearwood, 21, of Lilburn died Sunday, July 27, 2014.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 31 at 4 p.m. at LaFayette City Cemetery in LaFayette with the Rev. Bill Hand officiating.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home of LaFayette is handling arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Obituaries for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

No obituaries were reported today.

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