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Library exhibit focuses on LHS building's 50th anniversary
Library exhibit focuses on LHS building's 50th anniversary

Bradshaw-Chambers County Library was a busy place during the one o'clock hour on Saturday. A large group of alumni from Lanett High was present for the opening of an exhibit on the Lanett city schools. Earlier in the day, a ceremony at Lanett High marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the current LHS building. Embracing the theme "A Proud Past, An Enlightened Future," the exhibit will remain on display through August. Assembled by the staff at Cobb Archives, the display has photos and memorabilia from the earliest days of Lanett schools up to the contemporary period. Some of the display cases have items from Lanier High. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

River recreation gets boost from TPL, Whitewater Express
River recreation gets boost from TPL, Whitewater Express

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — In 2009, the idea of a Chattahoochee Valley Blueway originated among a group of civic organizations and non-profits. The section of the Chattahoochee River from West Point Dam southward toward Columbus was seen by this group as an ideal place to promote outdoor recreation on the river and to see the benefits of tourism in the local area.

Some six years later, the idea produced in that brainstorming session is fast becoming a reality.

In a Friday morning ceremony at the Shawmut river park and boat ramp, officials from prominent Blueway booster The Trust for Public Land announced that Whitewater Express had signed on as an official partner to provide guided trips and gear as well as to market and promote the Blueway through their various print and social media outlets.

Since 1980, Whitewater Express had been one of the country's leading river outfitters and has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to develop Southeastern rivers. It has an unsurpassed safety record.

Whitewater Express President and CEO Dan Gilbert told the crowd present for the announcement that it was difficult for him to be so close to such an inviting river as the Chattahoochee and "not run down and get wet."

Since 2013, Whitewater Express has been organizing trips on the whitewater course that runs between Columbus and Phenix City. These trips drew some 16,000 visitors the first year and 26,000 the next. "It's been phenomenal," Gilbert said. "We expect to have 36,000 visitors this year."

An estimated 10,000 people will be testing out some new zip lines across the river this year.

The whitewater course has been a destination for people from all over the Southeast. "We've been bringing in people from far away," Gilbert said. "We've been bringing in youth groups from places like Dothan and Tallahassee. They no longer have to go to the Tennessee mountains to do something like this."

Gilbert said the Blueway is something special. He said the Langdale and Crowhop dams were gorgeous. "The shoals are, too," he said. "On the afternoon when we were on the river here we saw six bald eagles. It's the sort of place where you want to pull out a fly rod and spend all day. It's a destination treasure, and we want to work with a variety of groups to get them here. A group from Kia will be rafting this weekend."

Gilbert described the Blueway as one of the best places in the Georgia-Alabama area, a perfect spot for Boy Scout groups, youth and church groups to enjoy the great outdoors.

"We will be creating jobs and opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors," he said, estimating that more than 100 people worked for the outfitter in the Columbus-Phenix City area. "We are looking forward to working with West Point, Lanett and Valley."

Valley Mayor Leonard Riley described this new agreement between The Trust for Public Land and Whitewater Express as a milestone event for the Chattahoochee Valley Blueway.

"We expect to see increased numbers of water sport enthusiasts and all kinds of entering and exiting the river as the Blueway is constructed and marketed to the public," he said. "Today we are celebrating a significant step toward the fulfillment of that vision."

The mayor cited some impressive numbers in terms of employment and revenue generated by the outdoor sports industry. It's responsible for more than six million U.S. jobs and over $2 billion in wages and salaries over the past two years. There are more than 85,000 jobs in Alabama alone resulting from outdoor sports.

Spending on outdoor recreation is estimated at a staggering $646 billion nationwide each year, bringing in close to $40 billion each year in state and local tax revenue. Outdoor sports generates close to $50 million each year in state and local tax revenue in the state of Alabama.

"We believe the Chattahoochee Valley Blueway has the power to bring new economic and river stewardship energy to the area," Mayor Riley said. "We asked The Trust for Public Land to lead an effort to test that belief and to work toward making it a reality. The 50-mile stretch of river from West Point to Columbus has lots of beautiful water and scenery."

Patricia Barmeyer, advisory council chair for the TPL, explained that the non-profit organization protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for years to come. "Nearly 10 million people live within a 10-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden or natural area and millions more visit these sites every year. Since 1995, The Trust for Public Land has conserved more than 17,000 acres of land along the Chattahoochee River from its headwaters to Columbus."

"I'm delighted to be here on this special day in this absolutely gorgeous place," Barmeyer said, adding that The TPL is now in a design and permitting phase, working closely with Georgia Power Company to have portages around the Langdale and Crowhop dams.

The Trust for Public Land is currently maintaining 66 conservation projects in 11 different Georgia counties. Barmeyer thanked Blueway supporters for their help. They include AFLAC, Batson-Cook, the Charter Foundation, Georgia Power, Design Alabama, May B. and Howell Hollis, the Norman and Emmy Lou Illges Foundation, Drew and Beth McBath, Matt Swift and The West Point Fund.

The program concluded with the unveiling of the Blueway logo. It's a neat-looking image with some gently rolling blue water in the foreground and a historic textile mill with two rows of windows and a smokestack in the background. It's a design local people will be seeing a lot in the coming days.

Police Reports for Monday, April 27, 2015
Police Reports for Monday, April 27, 2015

Lanett Police

LANETT — Lori A. Temm, 30, of LaFayette was charged with failure to appear.

Willie James King, 61, of Lanett was charged with failure to pay.

Theft of property second degree was reported in the 900 block of North 12th Avenue.

Criminal mischief third degree was reported in the 2300 block of South Second Avenue.

Burglary third degree and theft of property third degree were reported in the 1000 block of South Gilmer Avenue.

Theft of property third degree was reported in the 300 block of South 10th Avenue.

Domestic violence third degree was reported in the 300 block of South Fifth Street.

Criminal mischief third degree was reported in the 1000 block of South 12th Street.

Harassing communications was reported in the 1100 block of North 13th Street.

Harassment was reported in the 3200 block of 54th Avenue SW.

Domestic violence third degree was reported in the 1700 block of 24th Street SW.

Valley Police

VALLEY — Lori A. Temm, 30, of LaFayette was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Sandra Stewart Cannon, 60, of Valley, was arrested for Domestic Violence third degree.

Tito Santana Dunn, 22, of Valley was arrested for two counts of failure to appear.

Robert Brian Elkins, 28, of Valley was arrested for failure to pay.

Criminal mischief first degree was reported in the 3200 block of 15th Avenue.

Domestic violence third degree (reckless endangerment) was reported in the 200 block of Combs Street.

Theft of property second degree was reported in the 600 block of Fob James Drive.

Unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle and theft of property second degree was reported in the 1000 block of County Road 495.

Criminal mischief third degree was reported in the 200 block of Church Street.

Domestic Violence third degree was reported in the 7700 block of School Street, the 400 block of Sydney Street, the 1500 block of River Road, thet 400 block of Crestview Lane and the 1200 block of Coiunty Road 271.

Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle was reported in the 3500 block of 20th Avenue.

Chambers Sheriff

LaFAYETTE — Devendra Ledarious Carlisle, 23, of Valley was arrested for probation violation.

Wayne McClaron Bleigh, 19, of Valley was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana second degree.

Michael Jerome Barnesm, 50, of Lanett was arrested on grand jury indictments for theft of property first degree and assault second degree.

Sheriff officials reported 122 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

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LaFayette boys, girls track teams win sectionals
LaFayette boys, girls track teams win sectionals

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

BEAUREGARD, Ala. — It was a big weekend for the LaFayette High boys and girls track teams as both squads claimed AHSAA 2A sectional titles held over the weekend here at the Beauregard High track complex.

LaFayette captured the boys 2A sectional title scoring 213 points, outdistancing second-place and rival Lanett High with 195 points.

Coach Terrance Price’s Lanett boys team had nine overall winners in individual or team events in a fine second-place effort.

The Bulldogs boys team had eight individual or team winners.

The Lady Bulldogs also had a terrific meet as well in claiming first-place honors with 235 points.

The girls had 12 individual or team winners in the two days of competition.

The Lanett Lady Panthers placed third with 110 points and had two individual or team winners.

Don Turner, LaFayette High principal, told The Times-News this morning that LaFayette hopes to do well at the state meet held this weekend, May 1-2 in Cullman.

Both LaFayette and Lanett have each claimed boys and girls state track and field state championships.

•In 6A track competition, the Valley Rams boys team placed 10th as Opelika High won the sectionals title and the Valley High Lady Rams finished 11th.

Errors doom Troup in 4-3 region title loss to Whitewater
Errors doom Troup in 4-3 region title loss to Whitewater

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — The Troup High Tigers (22-4) held a 3-1 lead early but late game errors proved costly as Whitewater posted a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Troup to win the GHSA 4A-Region 5 championship here Friday afternoon.

Junior righthander Bo Halcomb had another fine game on the mound for coach Craig Garner’s team in taking the heartbreaking loss.

It was the only Region 5 series defeat of the season for Troup as the Wildcats posted a 2-1 series win with scores of 2-0 and 4-3 while Troup routed Whitewater Thursday 13-4.

The Tigers will now focus on the 4A state playoffs as Troup will play host to the Marist School War Eagles in first-round play starting Fri., May 1 at 4:30 p.m. It will be a best 2-of-3 games series and all games will be held at Tiger Field.

Troup routs No. 2 Whitewater 13-4; Game 3 today for region title
Troup routs No. 2 Whitewater 13-4; Game 3 today for region title

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LaGRANGE — The Troup Tigers (22-3, 12-2) needed a statement game and they got exactly that and more as coach Craig Garner’s squad played its most impressive game of the season here Thursday in a 13-4 rout over the No. 2-ranked Whitewater Wildcats at Tiger Field.

The stars were many for Troup in all phases of the game as the Tigers got a great effort on the mound from Winston Turner, superb defensive play from shortstop Ryan Bliss and centerfielder Miles Cameron, as well as a potent offensive attack at the plate led by Cameron with four hits and Bliss with three as well.

Give credit to Garner and his staff as they perfectly executed its gameplan in putting Whitewater under pressure from the start from aggressive hitting, bunts and all-around superb team baseball.

Cameron led the offense with four hits, including a tape measure 400-foot plus smash to left centerfield, clearing the fence by a good 30 feet.

In addition to four hits and four runs scored, Cameron made an Otis Nixon-special home run stealing catch in the seventh inning.

Cameron leaped over the centerfield fence and pulled down the blast, denying Whitewater one last glory and the final out in a decisive 13-4 Troup win.

It was the Tigers 14th win in its last 15 games and set the stage for what will be a state championship-like atmosphere today at Whitewater in Game 3 for the GHSA 4A-Region 5 championship and No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.

In addition, Bliss had three hits and righthander Turner was outstanding on the mound, earning the win and ripped a solo homer to help his cause as well.

•Troup and Whitewater will decide the region championship today in Fayetteville at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Monday, April 27, 2015
Obituaries for Monday, April 27, 2015

MRS. BOCHETTE

BEULAH — Mrs. Martha Bochette, 78, of Beulah died Monday, April 27, 2015, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley.

MR. CHADWICK

VILLA RICA, Ga. — Mr. Ashley Tillman Chadwick, 59, of Villa Rica died Friday, April 24, 2015.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 27 at 2 p.m. from McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point with the Revs. Rusty Letson, Steve Garrett and Randall Hamer officiating.

McCarthy Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. CHEEK

MACON, Ga. —Mrs. Angelyn C. Cheek died Monday, April 20, 2015, at Pine Pointe Hospice.

A memorial service to commemorate her passing will be held at Lanett First United Methodist Church in Lanett Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

MRS. JOHNSON

JACKSONS GAP — Mrs. Laura Ann Carr Johnson, 51, of Jacksons Gap died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Lake Martin Community Hospital in Dadeville.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 27 at 1 p.m. CDT at Ozias Baptist Church in Camp Hill with the Rev. O.C. Stiggers officiating. Burial will follow at Handy Cemetery in LaFayette.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MS. MITCHELL

LANETT — Funeral services are pending for Ms. Sally Kate Mitchell of Lanett, who died Friday, April 24, 2015, at Twin Fountains Nursing Home in LaGrange.

The family may be contacted at 1202 South Eighth St., Lanett.

M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

MR. SUMMERS

VALLEY — Mr. David Etheridge Summers, 63, of Valley died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at his residence after a long illness.

Johnson Brown Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements, and services will be announced later.

MR. TOWLES

LaFAYETTE — Funeral arrangements are pending for Mr. Howard Towles, 79, of LaFayette, who died Monday, April 27, 2015, at his residence.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home of LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. UHL

ATLANTA — Mrs. Mary Spencer Uhl died Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Funeral services were held at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Saturday, April 18. Interment was at Westview Cemetery.

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