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Chambers County Museum holding annual fundraising drive
Chambers County Museum holding annual fundraising drive

Located a short distance from LaFayette's downtown square is the Chambers County Museum, shown above, located in the former Central of Georgia Railroad Depot. The facility contains much of the county's history through displays of period clothing, early textile equipment and other artifacts. The museum's board of directors is currently soliciting donations as part of an annual fundraiser for building maintenance, activities and programs. (Photo by David Bell)


LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Museum, located in the historic Central of Georgia Railroad Depot near downtown LaFayette, is again seeking financial support to continue its operation.

"Now is the time of year when we ask the citizens of Chambers County, businesses and surrounding area for their annual support," said museum president Martha Lee Gatlin. "We rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for assistance with building maintenance, activities and programs. The depot and adjacent farm buildings are in constant need of repair."

The founding of the Chambers County Museum stemmed from a love of history by Mr. Houston Kingry of LaFayette in 1977. Artifacts and treasures that have been collected are now housed in the old train depot that was donated to the county by the railroad after a decline in freight business between Opelika and Roanoke. It is now a nonprofit organization overseen by a board of directors.

"This museum belongs to the public, and we have exhibits that are priceless. We need more participation, volunteers and interest in this worthy cause," said Gatlin. "We encourage everyone to come visit and take a tour of the history our ancestors helped create."

Admission to the museum is free of charge. However, appointments are required in advance. Tours can be scheduled by calling 334-864-5549, 334-864-9866 or 334-864-7689. Groups such as family reunions, clubs and class trips, as well as individualized tours, are welcome.

"We hope community minded individuals will answer the museum's appeal by making a donation. Any amount makes a difference," Gatlin concluded.

Tax deductible contributions can be mailed to Chambers County Museum, Inc., P.O. Box 171, LaFayette, Ala., 36862.

Early voting continues in Georgia's March 1 primary
Early voting continues in Georgia's March 1 primary


LaGRANGE — Early voting began this week for the March 1 Republican and Democratic presidential primary races in Georgia.

Voters in Troup County can cast their ballots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Troup County Government Center in downtown LaGrange.

For voters in Harris County, ballots can be cast at the courthouse annex building in downtown Hamilton between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and also on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early voting ends on Feb. 26.

Candidates appearing on the Republican presidential primary ballot, in alphabetical order, include Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John R. Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald J. Trump.

The Democratic presidential primary ballot includes candidates Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders and Michael Steinberg.

Voters must have a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license, and specify which political party ballot they wish to vote on at the polling location. Only presidential candidates will be featured in the March 1 primary election. Local and statewide offices, including Georgia's Third Congressional District, will appear on the May 24 primary election ballot.

Sample ballots can be obtained online through the Georgia Secretary of State's office at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Diverse Power Foundation donates $50,000 to THINC
Diverse Power Foundation donates $50,000 to THINC


LaGRANGE — The Diverse Power Foundation recently presented THINC College and Career Academy with a $50,000 check.

The funds will go toward creating and equipping a science lab to complement the Academy’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program.

Part of the Troup County School System, the LaGrange-based charter school opened in August 2015 with the goal of preparing high school graduates who are work-savvy as they head off to college or into the workforce.

Career pathways at THINC include business and technology, mechatronics/engineering, energy/engineering, engineering drafting and design, health sciences and more. Personalized instruction is incorporated through internships and with dual/college credit opportunities.

The school currently is open to 11th and 12th graders in Troup’s public high schools and plans to include ninth and 10th graders within five years.

“We feel that THINC, which serves all three Troup County high schools, is a worthy cause,” says Diverse Power Foundation Chairman Gordon Cone. “Many fine organizations already have contributed and we are proud to join in this community effort.”

The goals of THINC are in line with the Foundation’s mission to enhance education in the communities served by Diverse Power, according to Cone.

Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in educational grants and student scholarships, thanks to donations from Diverse Power members who round up their monthly power bills.

“Along with the monetary support, we value our relationship with Diverse Power and appreciate the impact they have on our students,” says THINC CEO Kathy Carlisle.

“By making this gift to THINC, Diverse Power pledges its support to the charter school and looks forward to the impact these grant dollars can have on countless students,” says Diverse Power President/CEO Wayne Livingston.

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Lanett, LaFayette showdown set for Friday
Lanett, LaFayette showdown set for Friday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — Better get your tickets as soon as possible as it’s sure to be a sellout Friday evening when the Lanett and LaFayette girls and boys basketball teams clash in a pair of 2A-Area 8 tournament championship games at the Panther Den.

It promises to be an exciting night of local basketball at its best pitting two of the top 2A boys teams in the state as well as a very good Lanett Lady Panthers team facing its arch rival in the LaFayette Lady Bulldogs.

In the boys showdown, No. 1 Lanett (22-6) faces No. 6 and defending 2A state champion LaFayette (21-7) with revenge on its mind after last season’s overtime upset by Bulldogs in the area finals. For the first time in many seasons, LaFayette won the season series with Lanett 2-1 after claiming the area title and used that momentum to run the tables and win the school’s fourth state championship.

In fact, the Bulldogs not only swept the seven-game run (two area, one substate, two regional and two Final Four) to the state title but won its last 11 straight.

Lanett is 2-0 vs. LaFayette this season with wins of 57-47 at the Dog Palace and a 65-31 rout at the Panther Den.

LaFayette began the season ranked No. 1 while Lanett was No. 6.

Now at the start of postseason play, Lanett is No. 1 and LaFayette No. 6.

When the Panthers and Bulldogs meet, rankings don’t mean much as its such an emotionally-charged contest for both schools and very personal.

It’s safe to say that the Lanett-LaFayette boys basketball rivalry is certainly one of if not the best in all of the AHSAA ranks. It’s decades of great tradition on both sides and bragging rights for another year. The Panthers-Bulldogs rivalry is the Iron Bowl of high school basketball.

Last year’s area finals overtime classic was one of the best and most hard-fought games between the two long-time rivals in years.

Expect the intensity level to be off the charts Friday as well and the same goes for the rabid fan base of both schools.

The winner will earn a substate home game next week while the loser will have to travel but both will face two quality foes regardless.

Lanett is led by future hall of fame coach Rev. Richard Carter, who’s won over 600 games in an illustrious, 40-plus year coaching career but — like Lanett — still searching for its first state championship.

Reaching the pinnacle, a long-awaited state championship, is always the goal at Lanett, which has won a plethora of games over the last 25 years and been ranked No. 1 seven times.

LaFayette is led by fifth-year coach Obidiah Threadgill, who two games ago recorded his 100th win at the helm of the Bulldogs. He also has a state championship to his credit, leading the Bulldogs to a 25-5 mark and routing Tanner and Elba at the Final Four last season.

•The first game of the evening Friday will pit the 2A No. 8-ranked Lanett Lady Panthers (18-5) vs. the rival LaFayette Lady Bulldogs.

The Lanett-LaFayette girls will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. ET followed by the Panthers and Bulldogs boys at approximately 7:30.

•In other high school basketball area tourney action, the Valley Lady Rams (11-15) defeated the Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats 46-40 Wednesday at the AHSAA 6A-Area 5 tourney held at Opelika High School.

It was also the 100th win for Lady Rams coach George Grimes over the course of the last five seasons.

The Valley girls are 100-37 over the last five seasons.

Grimes’ Lady Rams erased a seven-point Benjamin Russell lead after the first quarter and trailed BRHS 23-18 at the half.

Valley trailed by three entering the fourth quarter and used a big, late game 14-5 run to take home a 46-40 win and advance to the area finals against Opelika.

What’s most impressive about the Lady Rams has been a pair of fourth quarter explosions in its last two games.

Valley trailed 2A No. 8 Lanett last week by 14 heading to the final quarter and outscored Lanett 26-6 to steal the win.

They did it again Wednesday against BRHS, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 14-5 to record the come-from-behind win.

That’s two games and have outscored the opposition 40-11 in the fourth quarter alone.

Taylor Miller led Valley with 18 points, Areil Patton added seven, Takayla Bussey had five, Star Core, Kenjadae Dunn and Asia Murphy all tallied four points each and Raven Houston scored three.

Valley will play Opelika Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

Lanett, LaFayette boys, girls area showdowns Friday
Lanett, LaFayette boys, girls area showdowns Friday

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

LANETT — The Lanett boys and girls basketball teams both posted big wins and the LaFayette girls and boys did the same here Tuesday evening in 2A-Area 8 tourney play at the LHS Panther Den.

•The No. 8 Lanett girls (17-5) posted a 62-33 win over Horseshoe Bend as Ataiya Bridges led the way with 34 points, including 20 in the first quarter alone.

•The No. 1 Lanett boys (22-6) rolled over HBHS as well by an 89-37 score.

Zach Mosley led Lanett with 12 points while Tavares Geiger, Jalen Madden and Anquaveious Pollard all had nine points each.

•In LaFayette action, the Lady Bulldogs posted a 54-33 win over Reeltown and the boys squad (No. 6, 21-7) held off Reeltown as well 65-53.

Jarmarquez Boston-Gaines led the Bulldogs with 25 points and eight rebounds while Jartavious Whitlow tallied 14 points and had seven assists.

With the wins, the Lanett girls and LaFayette girls will square off for the area title Friday at 5:30 ET.

In addition, No. 1 Lanett and No. 6 LaFayette boys will clash for the area championship as well following the girls title game at approximately 7:30 ET.

No. 1 Springwood girls complete perfect 30-0 season
No. 1 Springwood girls complete perfect 30-0 season

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — Perfection. It doesn’t come easy but it sure feels good knowing your the greatest team in school history and in elite company in the AISA ranks. The Lady Wildcats are No. 1 and set the standard that will be tough for any team to reach.

Springwood (30-0) set a goal before the season began to win the AISA 2A state championship. They accomplished that feat and a whole lot more after Monday’s 47-31 win over the South Choctaw Lady Rebels (25-2) to complete a perfect 30-0 season and with it, put themselves among the greatest girls teams ever in AISA history in the process.

Springwood was a team on a mission for perfection and greatness throughout the season and met all challenges to earn its place among the best in AISA history.

The Lady Wildcats were a complete unit with an excellent fast break offense, keyed off aggressive team defensive play forcing turnovers. They could run and gun if had to, played disciplined basketball, could rebound with anyone and had a plethora of great players coming off the bench as Springwood attacked the opposition in waves. In short, they found a weakness and made the opposition pay. Springwood was a complete team in every sense of the word and business-like to the core each and every game.

Like all great teams, they refused to lose per Kentucky’s John Calipari’s phrase but it was true and then some. They proved their mettle throughout the season, never panicked, never rattled and also had an answer to turn a negative into a positive and yet another win.

They did it again Monday in an impressive and equally convincing win over South Choctaw to complete the rarest of the rare in a perfect high school season at 30-0 and a lifetime of memories to cherish for decades to come.

“The 16-point margin was the closest game in the region or state tournament for our girls,” Johnson said. “I think with a perfect 30-0 record, we’ve established ourselves as the best-ever at Springwood and arguably, one of the all-time best in AISA history,” added Johnson.

The 30-0 record is the first-ever perfect season for a Springwood girls team and the first state title for the Lady Wildcats since the 1993 season. Springwood also won a girls state title in 1985 as well.

“Tazsa Garrett-Hammett was selected as the MVP and she was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Langley Matthews and teammate/sister Fannasy Garrett-Hammett,” said Johnson.

All three were brilliant in the title game for Springwood, combining for 32 points. Matthews led the way with 14 points, Tazsa added 12 and Fannasy had six.

“It was our third state title but it’s taken 23 years to get this one, making it even more special for Wildcat fans everywhere,” Johnson said with a big smile. “It’s also the first athletic varsity state championship of any kind at Springwood in 14 years,” noted Johnson.

The last Springwood state championship team of any kind prior to this season was the boys basketball state championship in 2001-02 led by coach Jeff Damron. The 2001-02 Wildcat boys team pounded Edgewood in the state finals after losing three games to the Wildcats earlier in the season.

But Monday was Springwood’s coronation of greatness.

South Choctaw jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Springwood responded, ripping off 11 straight points and held an 11-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Wildcats aggressive team defense and big rebounding edge (47-29) were keys to the win and it started to frustrate South Choctaw already late in the first quarter.

Springwood led 19-14 at the half and took complete control in all phases of the game in the third.

The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Rebels 16-8 to hold a 35-22 lead heading to the final quarter.

Springwood kept its comfortable lead and the Lady Wildcats played keep away for the last four minutes in rolling to the 47-31 final score win.

The Lady Wildcats won by 16 but converted just 17-of-32 free throws or the margin of victory would have been much higher.

Springwood outrebounded South Choctaw by a whopping 47-29 margin, held a 9-0 edge in blocks and forced 20 turnovers. That is championship basketball at its best. Domination.

Amaya Battle also had a big game for Springwood with eight points, Madison Meigs added four, Andie Martin tallied two and Anna Drake scored one.

It was a remarkable season for a group of girls who refused to give in, refused to quit and were rewarded for their determination with a perfect season and memories that will endure for a life time.

•Springwood will hold an assembly for the team at the school Wednesday at 9:50 ET in Boswell gym to honor the team. Springwood fans and the general public are welcome to attend.


Obituaries for Thursday, February 11, 2016
Obituaries for Thursday, February 11, 2016


ROANOKE, Ala. — Mrs. Johnnie Ruth Houston, 66, of Roanoke passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at The Inn at Traylor Retirement Community in Roanoke.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. CST at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke (Welch) with the Rev. Dr. Mario McDaniel, eulogist, and the Rev. L.B. Houston officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wadley.

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


LANETT — Mrs. Bessie M. McCants "Anna" Huguley, 93, of Lanett passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at noon EST at Greenwood Baptist Church in Lanett with the Rev. James McTier officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.


LaGRANGE, Ga. — Mrs. Frances (Delores) Bailey Parmer, 67, of LaGrange died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at McCarthy Funeral Home in West Point.

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


WAVERLY, Ala. — Mr. Clinton Ray, 89, of Waverly died Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at LaFayette Extended Care in LaFayette.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at noon CST at Antioch Baptist Church of LaFayette with the Rev. Calvin Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Vines Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries for Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Obituaries for Wednesday, February 10, 2016


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Funeral services are pending for Ms. Cornelia Chatman of Douglasville, formerly of West Point, who passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Douglasville Nursing and Rehab Center.

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


AUBURN, Ala. — Mr. Mason Dollar, 73, of Auburn passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

A memorial service honoring Mason’s life will be held at 2 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 11 at Auburn United Methodist Church.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (www.jeffcoattrant.com).


VALLEY — Mrs. Gracie Whatley Maddux of Valley peacefully went home to glory with her family at her bedside in her earthly home Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at Valley First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Wallace Bell presiding, followed by a graveside ceremony at Fairfax Cemetery presided by the Rev. James Fogal.

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


PALMETTO, Ga. — Mrs. Doris Parkman of Palmetto died peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at the Old Palmetto Baptist Church Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.

Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-964-4800, is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Ms. Mollie Annette Jones Young, 64, of Lanett passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Cooks, Bishop Donald Lancaster, the Rev. Calvin Marshall, the Rev. Stanley Roberts Sr. and the Rev. Rodney Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Obituaries for Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Obituaries for Tuesday, February 9, 2016


VALLEY — Mrs. Vida Sarah Lynn Thomaston Alford, 93, of Valley passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her residence.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Mellow Valley, Ala., with the Rev. Steve Langley officiating.

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


CUSSETA, Ala. — Mrs. Dorothy L. Hadaway, 74, of Cusseta passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. at Pine Grove Church with Pastor Mark McCarty and Pastor Ricky Thomaston officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfax Cemetery.

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


LANETT — Mr. Wayne M. Hargett of Lanett died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Bethany House Hospice in Auburn, Ala.

Graveside services are scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett with Dr. Randy B. Kelley, pastor of Goodsell United Methodist Church of Lanett, officiating.

Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley is in charge of arrangements.


LANETT — Ms. Bessie M. Huguley of Lanett passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her residence.

Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.


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