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Makaya Brooks is crowned Miss Vallerata at annual pageant
Makaya Brooks is crowned Miss Vallerata at annual pageant

The Miss Vallerata Pageant was held Feb. 25 and Makaya Brooks was crowned Miss Vallerata. Shown above, from left, are Miss Vallerata first runner-up Gretil Sutton, Miss Vallerata Makaya Brooks and Miss Congeniality Dani Wright.

LaFayette seeks bids on first phase of new city park
LaFayette seeks bids on first phase of new city park

By CY WOOD

LaFAYETTE — The city recognized members of the advisory committee for the new city park during Monday’s regular meeting.

During the meeting, Allen Tucker of Harmon Engineering reported that final drawings have been completed on the project and it is ready to be let for bids. The council approved the advertisement of bids on the first phase of the 50-acre park, to be opened April 20 at 3 p.m.

Certificates were presented to members of the park advisory committee, who were commended for their efforts in bringing the project to the public’s attention and for their support and input on the preparation of the park plans.

Recognized were Bell Todd, Charlene Story, Johnnie Sutton, Terry Mangrum, Patricia Davis, Ruby Carr, Councilwoman Tammie Williams, Mayor Barry Moody, Tytianna Smith, Darryl Seroyer, Rebecca K. Hill and Dr. Donald Busby.

Mayor Moody said the park is something that everyone in the city can get excited about.

City Attorney Mack Tucker reported that Quality of Life, the company planning to open a health center in LaFayette, has asked that the contract with the city be revised.

“They want to scale back,” Tucker explained. The company will open initially offering only medical services. Originally, they had planned to offer dental and counseling services at the same location, the former medical clinic near the Department of Human Resources building on Highway 50 West.

Tucker said Quality of Life wants a one-year lease on the building, at a rental of $525 per month, and wants to expand in the future.

He said the company faces a tight time frame, wanting to open in two and a half weeks.

Renovations will continue on one wing of the building and the commons area, he said.

The mayor and council approved the revised contract with Quality of Life.

District 37 Rep. Bob Fincher was at the meeting and said he was proud to represent all of LaFayette in the Alabama House of Representatives. Fincher noted that he drives through LaFayette on his way to Montgomery each week, and has been impressed with the progress of the city’s streetscape project.

Engineer Tucker reported that project is almost complete, with the installation of some handrails the only remaining work to be done. Tucker also noted that with the improved sidewalks and landscaping, the city wound up with a net of two additional parking spaces.

Councilman Toney Thomas reminded everyone that registration for baseball will be held the next two Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at J.P. Powell Middle School. Registration fee for youth 4 to 12 years of age is $40.

In other action at Monday’s meeting the mayor and council:

•Designated Councilwoman Tammie Williams as the voting delegate, Councilman Michael Ellis as first alternate and Councilman Toney Thomas as second alternate for the Alabama League of Municipalities annual business meeting.

•Designated Ellis as voting delegate, Williams as first alternate and Thomas as second alternate for the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corp. annual business meeting.

•Appointed Vickie Rampey to the Board of Adjustments.

•Approved a motion to have properties from various city departments declared surplus so the items can be sold. City Clerk Louis Davidson advised that minimum bids should be set on some items.

•Approved a revised agreement with the Chambers County Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force.

Valley hears complaint about street parking hazards
Valley hears complaint about street parking hazards

By WAYNE CLARK

VALLEY — The Valley City Council Monday listened to a city resident complain about a continual parking problem along the narrow street he lives on. Barry Love told the council that he has lived on the 5800 block of 21st Avenue in Langdale for most of his life and that at one time parking was not a problem.

“Everyone parked along the west side of the street,” he said. “But times have changed, and people park anywhere they want to.”

The problem with this on a street like 21st Avenue is that when people are parking in the street in front of their houses there are places where the parked cars make it all but impossible for a large vehicle such as a fire truck, ambulance or school bus to get through.

“Most of the houses have driveways, but people don’t use them,” Love said. “If someone on that street has a heart attack an ambulance won’t be able to get to them. Most of the houses on the street were built in the 1920s. If one of them catches fire, there won’t be much left of it if the fire truck has to wait for a vehicle to be towed away so it can get through.”

Love said the parking problem was a major issue for people who lived on the street and asked for the council’s help in resolving it. “I hope you can help us,” he said. “It would eliminate the problem if everyone parked on the same side of the street like they used to.”

Mayor Leonard Riley asked Police Chief Tommy Weldon for some input on this. “If everyone rode motorcycles we wouldn’t have this problem,” he joked, noting that he and Mr. Love had ridden together from time to time over the years.

Chief Weldon said the best solution would be to have a city ordinance designating one side of the street for parking and posting some signs along the street.

Council Member Jim Jones asked if such an ordinance applied to the entire city. Chief Weldon said it would have to be done on a street-by-street basis, based on public safety needs such as adequate room for emergency vehicles to pass.

Mayor Riley said that he’d discuss the matter with City Attorney John Ben Jones and for an ordinance addressing the problem on 21st Avenue to be ready by the first council meeting in April.

The mayor encouraged Valley residents to take full advantage of the spring clean up week that’s fast approaching. “This is the best time of the year to clean up and clean out,” he said. “The city is spending additional money to do this for the citizens’ benefit.”

Clean Up Week takes place April 3-8. It’s an ideal opportunity for city residents to clean out their attics, basements or garages. Unwanted items can be left by the curb and will be picked up by Mr. Green Jeans when they make their weekly runs. Those who will be leaving lots of items are asked to call the city to be placed on a list so that Mr. Green Jeans will be prepared for it. They will be picking up old TVs, but other items such as hazardous materials, old batteries, bricks, paint, etc. won’t be picked up.

These materials can be taken to the Farmers’ Market pavilion on Saturday, April 8. A flatbed will be there to haul off anything with a plug on it. This includes refrigerators, stoves, computers, TVs, etc. Old tires and car batteries will be accepted as well.

People need to understand that scavenging won’t be allowed. Everything taken there needs to be hauled away. “You can’t take what others have dropped off,” Planning and Development Director Travis Carter said.

A shredder will be there Saturday morning for people who need to dispose of old documents. Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Blount is urging people to volunteer for this year’s street cleanup. Volunteers will be going out Saturday morning to collect litter from the roadways. Those who come out will be given a free biscuit and T-shirt.

Blount said that an ARPA track meet would be taking place at Ram Stadium on Saturday. As many as 350 athletes in the 18 and younger age group will be participating. “Hopefully we will have good weather,” she said.

Blount said that Valley Parks and Recreation would soon be offering Dance to Fit. It’s a program similar to zumba that’s very popular among women. Classes will be taking place on weekday evenings and on Saturday mornings.

The council approved an extended contract for the Chambers County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. Chief Weldon told the council that one major difference from the previous contract is that a new Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, team is included. The Task Force board will remain the same but there will be separate commanders for the Task Force and the SWAT team.

The council approved a resolution to proceed with timber harvesting on another section of the 400-acre site the city has purchased from WestPoint Home entities. This is the fourth separate tract to be cut. It lies near the transportation center. “This will finish the timber cutting,” Mayor Riley said. “We’ll have to go back and remove the stumps.”

The council approved an off-premise retail beer and wine license for Valley One Stop, located on 20th Avenue in the Langdale community.

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Valley drops pair to 6A foes at Lake Martin Classic
Valley drops pair to 6A foes at Lake Martin Classic

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

ALEXANDER CITY — The Valley High Rams (9-12) opened the Lake Martin Classic Monday with a pair of losses to AHSAA 6A powers in John Carroll High of Birmingham 7-6 and also fell to Gardendale High 10-2.

Coach Patrick Shivers Rams took an early 3-0 lead but errors and mistakes proved to be costly as John Carroll battled back to win 7-6.

Errors led to five runs for John Carroll and Valley starter Bubba Burrows was the tough luck losing pitcher. Burrows allowed just five hits and two unearned runs and helped his cause at the plate with two hits as well.

Other hitters for Valley included Sam Henderson with two hits while Eli Culpepper and Coby McDonald both had one. Chris Conner also had one hit.

In the Gardendale game, Tyler Lott was the losing pitcher of record in allowing seven earned runs.

Ryan Meadows led the offense with two hits while Lott also added a two-RBI hit as well.

In addition, Daniel Osborne, McKeyan McGinnis, Burrows and McDonald all had one hit.

Valley will play all week at the Lake Martin Classic before heading into the all-important meat of the schedule next week in area play.

Troup No. 4 in Georgia Dugout magazine 4A poll
Troup No. 4 in Georgia Dugout magazine 4A poll

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

The Troup Tigers baseball team (11-8, 3-2) is now ranked No. 4 (Georgia Dugout magazine March 25 poll) in GHSA 4A play after coach Craig Garner’s team recorded a huge 1-0 road win over No. 1 and six-time state champion Cartersville Friday.

It’s not only a signature win for coach Garner and the Tigers but could well be one of the most important games of the season in the race for the four spots in the state playoffs.

After falling 6-5 to Central-Carrollton at home Thursday and under a ton of pressure, Troup stunned Cartersville Friday and improved to 3-2 in region play and a tie for second behind first-place LaGrange at 4-1.

Troup has played 12 teams that are state-ranked and nine which are nationally-ranked.

Williams-led Troup stuns No. 1 Cartersville 1-0
Williams-led Troup stuns No. 1 Cartersville 1-0

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — After absorbing a stunning 6-5 home region defeat to Central of Carrollton Thursday, the Troup Tigers (12-8, 3-2) knew they faced a huge challenge Friday in playing at No. 1-ranked and six-time state champion Cartersville.

Facing a ton of pressure and trying to avoid a 2-3 region mark, coach Craig Garner called upon his sophomore ace righthander in Colby Williams to the rescue.

When his team needed a huge game, Williams provided the spark, tossing a sensational, three-hit, nine strike out effort as Troup went on the road and toppled No. 1 Cartersville 1-0.

Williams has been the stopper for Troup all season and tossed a three-hit gem in the Tigers win over rival LaGrange 3-1 last week. Troup hosts Sandy Creek Tuesday.

Obituaries

Obituaries for Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Obituaries for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MRS. BLANKENSHIP

CUMMING, Ga. — Mrs. Claudia "Lucille" Blankenship, 101, of Cumming passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Langdale Cemetery in Valley.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

THE REV. HUTCHINSON

LaFAYETTE — The Rev. Mike Hutchinson 66, of LaFayette died Sunday March 26, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 29 at 2 p.m. CDT at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Powell and the Rev. Gerald Purvis officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

MR. JAMES

OPELIKA, Ala. — Funeral services are pending for Mr. Terrance James, 30, of Opelika, who passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at Huntsville Hospital Systems in Huntsville, Ala.

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

MRS. McCLELLAN

VALLEY — Mrs. Pamela McClellan, 58, of Valley went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family Thursday, March 23, 2017, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at West End Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Downs officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Lanett.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

MS. SISOLACK

VALLEY — Ms. Joyce Sisolack, 59, of Valley passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Burial will follow at Johnson Memorial Gardens.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Monday, March 27, 2017
Obituaries for Monday, March 27, 2017

MR. AIKENS

LANETT — Mr. Billy Aikens, 84, of Lanett died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. at Happy Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. John Samani and the Rev. Floyd Aikens officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements,

MASTER GRIER

LANETT — Master Huntyr-Morgan Grier of Lanett died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

Funeral services and survivors will be announced by Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley.

MR. MAY

DADEVILLE, Ala. — Mr. James O. "Jimmy" May, 64, of Dadeville passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services with military honors by U.S. Marine Corps will be held at 2 p.m. CDT Monday, March 27 at the chapel of Alabama Funeral Homes in Dadeville with the Rev. Michael Crane officiating.

Alabama Funeral Homes in Dadeville is in charge of arrangements.

MR. MOONEY

OPELIKA, Ala. — Mr. James Preston Mooney of Opelika, Alabama was born in LaFayette, Ala., Sept. 20, 1933, and passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. He was 83 years old.

Funeral services will be in the Chapel at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home, Monday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service for family will follow in Lanett.

Frederick-Dean Funeral Home of Opelika is in charge of arrangements.

MRS. SISOLACK

VALLEY — Ms. Joyce Sisolack, 59, of Valley passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.

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

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