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Table built from old mill wood H/B/R Auction item today
Table built from old mill wood H/B/R Auction item today

The Henry Hudson Company, which is located in the old cotton warehouse in Fairfax, donated a table for the Hike/Bike/Run Auction. The table was made from beams that were extracted from Riverdale Mill. Thomas, John and David Bush are the owners/operators of the company. Shown above are Craig Brown, Valley Haven director; Thomas Bush, one of the company owners; Chris Miller of Valley Haven and Keith Kink, carpenter. The Auction will be held today at Valley Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. for inspection of items.

Troup BOE approves $2.2 million in spending
Troup BOE approves $2.2 million in spending

By DAVID BELL

LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Education approved the expenditure of $2.2 million for various equipment purchases and renovation projects during its regular monthly meeting Thursday evening.

The largest single expenditure, totaling $1,025,368.80, is earmarked for gasoline and diesel fuel purchases during the 2017-2018 school year. Hawkins Oil Company of LaGrange submitted the only responsive bid out of eight solicited to continue serving the school district as they have for the past several years.

The board also agreed to accept a low bid from North Georgia Tire in the amount of $71,817.44 for the purchase of new bus, truck and auto tires, and a second low bid of $19,786.82 for retread tires from Southern Tire Mart.

Both the fuel and tire purchases will be paid for out of budgeted transportation funds.

In addition, the school board approved spending $864,870.34 to upgrade surveillance cameras and access control systems at school campuses and other facilities that are still using outdated equipment. The purpose of the upgrades is to improve security and safety at all school system properties by providing better coverage and higher resolution video. The new equipment will be purchased with Education SPLOST funds.

Other approved expenditures included:

•Replacement of a walk-in cooler/freezer for West Point Elementary from Strategic Equipment Inc.in the amount of $48,751.91.

•Media center furniture for LaGrange High School from Ernie Morris Enterprises in the amount of $60,763.05.

•Classroom furniture for Troup County Comprehensive High School from Ernie Morris Enterprises totaling $90,429.37.

All the above purchases will be paid for through a Georgia Department of Education grant and Education SPLOST funds.

John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent for maintenance and operations, gave board members a recap of expenditures to date under the Education SPLOST 4, which is due to expire June 30.

“Nearly all of our schools and a majority of other facilities have benefited in some way from funds collected through the education special purpose local option sales tax,” said Radcliffe. “From total school constructions and HVAC upgrades to roof replacements and technology improvements, these projects totaled more than $51 million, which could not have been accomplished without the sales tax.”

Troup County voters approved an extension of the tax, known as E-SPLOST 5, last fall to fund future projects and improvements. It will become effective July 1, providing a seamless transition.

Police Reports for Friday, April 21, 2017
Police Reports for Friday, April 21, 2017

West Point Police

WEST POINT — Nekos Davis of West Point was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Ryan Anton Avery of Lanett was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Sue Evans of West Point was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Damage to property was reported on Frank Hall Jr. Street.

Valley Police

VALLEY — Traci Jones, 30, of West Point was arrested for criminal trespass third degree.

Kelvarski Drewontae Barnes, 21, of West Point was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance.

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

Theft of property fourth degree was reported in the 200 block of Glass Road.

Chambers Sheriff

LaFAYETTE — Kenneth Wayne Elliott, 50, of Lanett was arrested for failure to appear-child support (two counts).

Christopher Wayne Gillenwaters, 32, of Lanett was arrested for failure to appear-child support.

Traci S. Jones, 30, of West Point was arrested for harassment.

William Howard Penn, 51, of Columbus was arrested for probation violation.

Matthew Ryan Allen, 28, of Valley was arrested on a Grand Jury indictment for theft of property.

Sheriff officials reported 130 inmates in the Chambers County Detention Facility.

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Springwood boys track fourth, girls seventh
Springwood boys track fourth, girls seventh

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The Springwood boys and girls track and field teams both enjoyed solid showings recently at the AISA state meet held here in Gulf Shores.

The Wildcat boys team placed fourth overall and third in 3A competition.

“It was a great performance by our varsity boys and girls teams,” said Drew Dorsey, Springwood’s atheltic director. “The kids truly competed every day and were rewarded for their hard work and efforts.”

The Wildcats girls varsity placed seventh overall.

In addition, the junior varsity girls placed fourth in 3A action.

Springwood state champions include the following.

•Antonio Roberts, 800m run;

•Roberts, Henry Smith, McLane Martin and Dawson, 4x400m relay;

•Courtney Easlick, junior varsity state champion in the 400m run and overall girls MVP.

Others who placed for Springwood included:

•Chalyb Lenker, Roberts, Smith and Martin, second in the 4x800m relay

•Tazsa Garrett-Hammett, third in the 100m run;

•Lillie Hoats, Amber Franklin, Emily Drake and Allyssa Piper, third in the 4x800m run;

•Easlick, Dee Williams, Kitty Key, and Garrett-Hammett, third in the 4x100m relay;

•Roberts, third in the 400m run.

In the junior varsity meet held at Escambia Academy in Atmore:

•Easlick, third in the 200m run, second in the long jump and state champion in the 400m and overall girls junior varsity MVP.

Others who placed for Springwood included:

•Amber Franklin, second in the 200m run;

•Mary Frances Smith, third in the shot put;

•Lenker, second in both the 800m and 3,200m runs.

Troup defeats Sandy Creek 6-3 in region finale
Troup defeats Sandy Creek 6-3 in region finale

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

TYRONE, Ga. — The No. 2-ranked and GHSA 4A-Region 5 champion Troup Tigers baseball team (19-10, 10-2) wrapped up region play Thursday after posting a 6-3 win here over the Sandy Creek Patriots.

Coach Craig Garner’s team scored one run in the first, three more in the third and two runs in the sixth. Sandy Creek tallied one in the second, third and sixth innings.

Troup banged out nine hits in the win led by two hits each from Cooper Doughman, Colby Williams and Brantly Robinson. Jarred Helton, Ryan Bliss and Ken Truitt all had hits as well. Helton, Bliss, Robinson and Williams all tallied RBIs.

Colton Greathouse earned the win on the mound for Troup in working six innings on 92 pitches, scattered 10 hits, walked one and struck out one.

Troup will conclude its 30-game regular season schedule today at 7A No. 4-ranked East Coweta High Indians (25-4) in Sharpsburg.

Troup will open the GHSA 4A state playoffs at Tiger Field next week against an opponent still to be determined.

It’s the 14th time in 16 seaons that Garner has led the Tigers to the state playoffs. He is 39-29 overall in the postseason.

Rams, Wildcats open baseball state playoff action
Rams, Wildcats open baseball state playoff action

By Scott Sickler

Times-News Sports Editor

VALLEY — With three baseball region championships already in hand, there’s no doubt it’s been a terrific spring for local high school baseball.

Troup, Valley and Chambers all won region baseball titles while Springwood is in the AISA 3A state playoffs as a No. 3 seed and will be on the road Friday.

Valley won the AHSAA 5A-Region 5 region championship for the first time since the 1993 season, Chambers Academy captured its first AISA 1A-Region 1 title since the 2000 season and Troup won its second straight region GHSA 4A-Region 5 championship for the first time since winning three in a row from 1984-86.

First-year Valley coach Patrick Shivers leads the Rams (15-14, 5-1) into the 5A playoffs and will host Jackson High (18-6) in a first-round, best 2-of-3 games series Friday and Saturday, April 21-22 at Crestview Field. Friday’s twinbill will be 5:30 and 8 p.m. ET and the if necessary Game 3 would be Sat. at 12 noon.

The Rams come into the playoff series hitting at a .310 clip, have a fielding percentage of .890 and a team ERA of 4.17.

Valley’s pitching staff has done a fine job and been stellar in the last two weeks in clinching the region title.

Ryan Meadows was worked 45 innings with a 3.73 ERA, Bubba Burrows has 39.1 innings under his belt with a 2.31 ERA while Tyler Lott has worked 28.1 innings with a 2.71 ERA.

Offensively, Burrows is hitting at a .458 clip with 93 plate appearances, Daniel Osborne is at .429 with 30 at-bats, Chris Conner sports a .351 average with 64 at-bats and McKeyan McGinnis has a .328 average with 89 at-bats.

The Rams region title is the first for the school since the 1993 season and first winning season in several years, Shivers noted.

It’s been a memorable season for Valley but don’t be surprised to see the Rams make a big run in the postseason with three Division I players in the lineup, Shivers said.

If Valley can defeat Jackson in first-round play, they’ll host the winner of the Charles Henderson-Dallas Co. winner in second-round action.

•In other high school baseball playoff action Friday, the Springwood Wildcats (8-13) are fresh off a 19-1 drubbing of LaGrange Academy as they headed to Tuscaloosa Academy (17-11) for an AISA 3A first-round series.

“The boys are working hard and hope to carry over the momentum from the win over LaGrange Academy into the Tuscaloosa series,” noted Drew Dorsey, Springwood athletic director.

Springwood is the No. 3 team from AISA 3A-Region 1 and plays at Tuscaloosa Academy, the No. 2 team from Region 1.

The Wildcats have six players hitting .300 or better in what has been a very productive spring at the plate.

Noah West leads the Springwood offense with a .400 average and 10 RBIs, Andrue Davis is second at .342, Preston Messer stands at .325, Chandlor Champion is at .316, Dylan Anderson has an average of .309 with a team-leading 17 RBIs and Jon Jon Davis has a mark of .313 with 10 RBIs.

“Noah and Grant (Easterwood) have been standouts on the mound for us,” Dorsey added. “We’ve had solid outings from seven other players as well in Davis, Champion, Cam Hopkin, Sam Bradfield, Anderson, Davis and Cam Morrison. Easterwood has a 2.63 ERA and with 31 strike outs to his credit and only nine walks while West has a 3.27 ERA with 26 strike outs and 10 walks."

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