LaFayette protests at the BOE meeting
The chanting of “No equity, no peace” was once again the background anthem to the Chambers County School District’s board meeting on Wednesday night as a crowd stood outside the doors to protest the district’s leadership. The post LaFayette protests at the BOE meeting appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Chambers County superintendent and residents discuss consolidated high school
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala (WTVM) - Protestors took their frustrations to the Chambers County Board of Education meeting on Sept. 27. The meeting came just one day after the superintendent held a press conference outlining plans to build a new high school to de-segregate the schools, as ordered by the court.
County gets damaged road, bridges update
During Monday’s meeting, County Highway Engineer Joshua Harvill gave the Chambers County Commission an update on the bridges on County Road 98 and County Road 166 and several county roads that were damaged in the March flooding. “We are working really hard to get patching done,” Harvill said. Harvill told the commission his department has […] The post County gets damaged road, bridges update appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Chambers Co. superintendent explains the next steps in merger of schools in press conference
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - Chambers County Superintendent Casey Chambley held a press conference Sept. 27 to explain Judge Keith Watkin’s opinion on the school desegregation case and how the community will move forward. The U.S. District Court upheld the decision for LaFayette High School to remain open while...
A timeline of new consolidated high school opening in Valley
The Chambers County School District will open its new consolidated high school in Valley in fall 2026. The decision to consolidate comes after over 50 years of legal battles and it will combine the student bodies, faculty and staff of Lafayette and Valley High Schools onto one campus in Valley Alabama.
CCSD receives judge’s approval to build new high school in Valley
In the case of Lee v. Chambers County Board of Education which was presided over and ultimately ruled upon by U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins this past June, a detailed ruling was released on Friday, September 22nd of 2023. Totaling sixty-five pages, Watkins legal opinion is fully written out in the unabridged judicial document. Providing context for the recent ruling and the complex set of circumstances that led to it, the document states “The court has been deep into these issues.
Judge OKs new Chambers high school, LaFayette High stays open during construction
VALLEY, Ala. (WRBL) – A U.S. District Judge has issued a ruling allowing the Chambers County Board of Education to move forward with the construction of a new consolidated high school in Valley. In the same ruling, Judge Keith Watkins denied the School Board’s request for the closure of Lafayette High School and moving those […]
‘We are ready to move forward’: Chambley comments on judge’s written opinion that OK’d consolidated high school in Valley
The Chambers County School District is moving forward with plans to build a consolidated high school in Valley that will open in fall 2026, following a written opinion from U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins issued Friday. Watkins’ opinion overruled objections from the plaintiffs’ — the Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice — and […] The post ‘We are ready to move forward’: Chambley comments on judge’s written opinion that OK’d consolidated high school in Valley appeared first on Valley Times-News.
OUR VIEW: School system, community, finally has certainty in what happens next
Every year for the past thirty years, the Board has opened the doors of its two high schools, and the hallways and classrooms of LaFayette High School and Valley High School have come alive with students and teachers. This year, the Chambers County Board of Education wants to begin construction of a new high school in the City of Valley.”
Man killed when motorcycle strikes SUV, head-on, Alabama troopers say
A two-vehicle crash killed a man, Sunday afternoon, Alabama state troopers reported. The crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and claimed the life of a Lagrange, Georgia, man. Casey L. Knipp, 35, was fatally injured when the 2005 Honda motorcycle he was operating collided head-on with the 2018 Ford...
Judge says ‘racial motivation’ not at play in decision to close Alabama school
A judge has weighed in on questions of discrimination behind Chambers County’s plan to close a majority-Black high school and build a new, merged school on the opposite side of the county. Chambers County is one of nearly 40 Alabama school systems that are still under active decades-old desegregation...
Meet Dr. Kerri Bevis: Your Gynecological Cancer ally in East Alabama
OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – As East Alabama comes together to observe Gynecologic Oncology Awareness Month, our community is fortunate to have Dr. Kerri Bevis, a renowned gynecological oncologist, serving as a beacon of support for our mothers, daughters, and sisters. Dr. Bevis, a gynecologic oncologist from Birmingham, Ala., earned her medical degree and completed her […]
Judge’s releases written opinion, OK’ing CCSD to build new, consolidated high school in Valley
A written order released Friday by U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins, confirmed a previous ruling from June, and has given the green light to the Chambers County School District moving forward with building a consolidated high school in Valley. The ruling permits the Board to proceed immediately with its plans presented to the court at […] The post Judge’s releases written opinion, OK’ing CCSD to build new, consolidated high school in Valley appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Unknowns remain around police jurisdictions
The cities of Lanett and LaFayette, and Chambers County, continue to plan around how police jurisdictions will be handled in the future. The post Unknowns remain around police jurisdictions appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Randolph 'Randy' Larry Slay
(ROANOKE) Randolph "Randy" Larry Slay, 70, a native of Chambers County and longtime resident of Roanoke died on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 at his residence. Mr. Slay was born April 4, 1953 to William “Bill” and Eva Slay in Chambers County. He was raised in the Rehope Community there. Early in life, he was a church-going young man, starting with his church home, Rehope Baptist Church.
Speech, hearing clinic to be held Friday
Auburn students will be hosting a speech and hearing screening clinic at the Chambers County Community Health and Wellness Center on Friday from 2 to 4 CT. The post Speech, hearing clinic to be held Friday appeared first on Valley Times-News.
Busby reflects on first 30 days as CCDA director
VALLEY — At the Monday meeting of the Valley Lions Club, Chris Busby talked about his first month as the executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA). He succeeded Valerie Gray in that role following her retirement in August. The post Busby reflects on first 30 days as CCDA director appeared first on Valley Times-News.
CCSD preparing for the Literacy Act
Chambers County Schools students and teachers have been preparing for the state legislation’s Literacy Act for third-grade reading scores benchmark, according to Director Of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Sheila Jones. The post CCSD preparing for the Literacy Act appeared first on Valley Times-News.
With Its Two Doctors Planning to Retire, an Alabama Town Patches Together Health Care Options
LaFAYETTE, Ala. — Charity Hodge had mixed feelings when she spotted a Facebook post announcing that her longtime primary care doctor was ready to retire after decades of serving their rural community. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, no!’” Hodge recalled while sitting in an exam room on a July afternoon, waiting to see the […] The post With Its Two Doctors Planning to Retire, an Alabama Town Patches Together Health Care Options first appeared on Houstonian News.