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Valdosta > Two Men Arrested For Stealing Lawn Equipment

Valdosta > Two Men Arrested For Stealing Lawn Equipment

VALDOSTA — Two men were arrested and charged with burglary and theft by taking. The men, 43-year-old Thomas Vickers and 48-year-old Erroll Parker stole lawn mowers, weed eaters, lawn blowers, and a four wheeler from local residents. One of the victims gave Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office a surveillance video which showed one of the men entering their […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Valdosta > City Cuts Ribbon on New Valdosta GATEway

Valdosta > City Cuts Ribbon on New Valdosta GATEway

VALDOSTA — Citizens, community leaders and state legislators cut the ribbon on Valdosta’s new gateway on N. Valdosta Road, on April 24, in observance of National Arbor Day and Georgia Cities Week. The gateway project, initiated by Mayor John Gayle and a 2015 Mayor/City Council Goal, was funded in part by a $19,490 GATEway (Georgia […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Albany > Man Thrown From His Vehicle

Albany > Man Thrown From His Vehicle

ALBANY — One man is dead after being thrown from his vehicle on Friday. Police officials reported that around 3:19 a.m. 24-year-old Escondarius Deshon Yarborough lost control of his Nissan Altima on Gillionville Road.   Georgia State Patrol reported that Yarborough did not have his seatbelt on at the time of the incident.

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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State News

Washington > Isakson, Perdue Fight Offshore Drilling Restrictions

Washington > Isakson, Perdue Fight Offshore Drilling Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The two U.S. Senators from Georgia, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, both Republicans, joined Senate colleagues this week in demanding the administration remove harmful restrictions on offshore energy development and keep its commitment to an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that will further advance job creation, economic growth and energy security in the United States. […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Georgia > Shift in Support of Gay Marriage?

Georgia > Shift in Support of Gay Marriage?

ATLANTA — A recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution seems to point to poll that shows a growing acceptance for same-marriage in the state. Though political leaders still remain largely opposed, the mood has softened of the last 10 years. When the Georgia Legislature approved a constitutional amendment in 2004, it sparked a debate […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Atlanta > Grady Health Fined over $2.9 million over Medicaid Billing

Atlanta > Grady Health Fined over $2.9 million over Medicaid Billing

ATLANTA — Attorney General Sam Olens announced that the state of Georgia has reached a civil settlement agreement with Grady Health System (Grady). Grady has agreed to pay $2,950,000 to settle claims that it inaccurately coded claims for neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) patients, resulting in alleged damages to the Georgia Medicaid program. Providers generally […]

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sports

Braves > Losing Streak Continues against Phillies

Braves > Losing Streak Continues against Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard was one of baseball’s most potent sluggers, the kind that frayed pitcher’s nerves and helped turn Philadelphia into perennial pennant contenders. Once feared, Howard now faces criticism that he’s finished. With a fragile frame, a hefty contract, and production that plummeted faster than the Phillies’ fall in the NL East, Howard […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Vikings > 2015 Football Schedule Released

Vikings > 2015 Football Schedule Released

VALDOSTA –  The 2015 Lowndes Vikings football schedule was released this week as the Vikings work to return to region contention.  The last season saw Coach Randy McPherson’s side fail to reach any of the four playoff spots in the six-team Region 1-AAAAAA. Lowndes will have a tough schedule again this season, starting with Norcross […]

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Hawks > A Look Back at the Hawks Ownership Trainwreck

Hawks > A Look Back at the Hawks Ownership Trainwreck

ATLANTA — The history of the Atlanta Spirit Group, the soon-to-be former Hawks ownership group, is so dysfunctional, so conflict-riddled and so freaking embarrassing that I couldn’t bear to rehash it completely in this space. They were brutal…brutal to each other and eventually to the City of Atlanta, leaving the notorious trail of blecch and […]

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Business

Bush > Trusted IRA’s

Bush > Trusted IRA’s

Stacy Bush, Valdosta Today Finance Contributor In a typical IRA, your beneficiary takes control of the IRA assets upon your death. There’s nothing to stop your beneficiary from withdrawing all or part of the IRA funds at any time. This ability to withdraw assets at will may be troublesome to you for several reasons. For […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Unemployment > Metro Valdosta’s Jobless Rate at 6.2%

Unemployment > Metro Valdosta’s Jobless Rate at 6.2%

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Valdosta’s unemployment rate for March was 6.2 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in February. The rate in March 2014 was 7.3 percent. The rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 172 to 3,885 from 4,057 in […]

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Business > Measure Qualitative Performance in Employees

Business > Measure Qualitative Performance in Employees

Harvard Business Review Performance reviews often require you to assess an employee’s performance on some qualitative aspects of the job. To do this objectively, focus on measuring behaviors. Aside from questions that are specific to the position and your company, consider these attributes: Initiative: Does the employee demonstrate ambition or take initiative to improve processes […]

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Living

Valdosta > SGMC Offers Cardiovascular Shadowing and Internship Program

Valdosta > SGMC Offers Cardiovascular Shadowing and Internship Program

VALDOSTA — The Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia d/b/a South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) is pleased to announce the new SGMC Cardiovascular Shadowing/Internship Program. The program will offer selected local business leaders and Valdosta State University (VSU) senior nursing students the unique opportunity to shadow and observe SGMC’s Cardiovascular Team first hand at […]

| April 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Valdosta > Valdosta Fire Department 2015 Recruit School Graduation

Valdosta > Valdosta Fire Department 2015 Recruit School Graduation

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Fire Department welcomed 11 new firefighters at its Recruits School Graduation, on April 24. The newest members of the Valdosta Fire Department are: Jeff Kraushaar, Vincent Houston, Thomas Manus, Bradley Donaldson, Stanley Dickson, Hunter Young, Lamar Berrian, Steven Friend, Darrell Lever, Nicholas Kester, and Michael Arthur. Firefighter Bradley Donaldson was the […]

| April 25, 2015 | 1 Comments
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Valdosta > VHS SAVE Team Attends National Summit

Valdosta > VHS SAVE Team Attends National Summit

VALDOSTA — Valdosta High School is proud to offer a new program, Students against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). The National Association of Students against Violence Everywhere is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing students with the information and resources necessary to make a positive difference in safety efforts in schools and communities. The students meet twice […]

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Opinion

Wisenbaker > Flag Fever on Campus

Wisenbaker > Flag Fever on Campus

Not Exactly a 1968 Deja Vu Moment Gary Wisenbaker, Valdosta Today Editorial Director A funny thing happened after the flag trampling the other day. Last week a former United States Air Force instructor and Playboy model recently put this South Georgia community and, more particularly, its over 100 year old institution of higher education, Valdosta […]

| April 23, 2015 | 14 Comments
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Rudnick > On Free Speech in a Democratic Society

Rudnick > On Free Speech in a Democratic Society

Democracy’s Highest Ideal Must Be Respected, Regardless of a Message or Manner of Protest Nick Rudnik, Valdosta Today Opinion Contributor In the 2001 drama film starring Jim Carrey, “The Majestic,” we’re taken to California in the early-1950s. Carrey plays Peter Appleton, a young Hollywood screenwriter who learns he’s been blacklisted, accused of being a communist […]

| April 22, 2015 | 22 Comments
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Letters > American Vet in Need of Help

Letters > American Vet in Need of Help

Letter to the Editor:  Ty Davis I served my time in support of the Ideals that make the United States of America the great country that it is. I knowingly signed my life over to give everyone the right to fly our flag high, to allow whoever wants to drape there body with the flag […]

| April 21, 2015 | 2 Comments
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Lowndes Co. > Tornado Watch

Lowndes Co. > Tornado Watch

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

LOWNDES CO. —  A Tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the following counties until 4:00 p.m.: Ben Hill County, Berrien County, Brook County, Colquitt County, Cook County, Irwin County, Lanier County, Lowndes County, Thomas County, Tift County, Turner County, Worth County, Baker County, Calhoun County, Clay County, Decatur County, Dougherty […]

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Savannah > Truck Company involved in GSU Wreck had Safety Issues

Savannah > Truck Company involved in GSU Wreck had Safety Issues

| April 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

SAVANNAH — Five Georgia Southern Nursing students died tragically as a result of a fiery crash on Interstate 16 Wednesday morning.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that one of the trucks involved in the accident had a spotty safety record. A federal report came to light Thursday that said inspections found that the trucking had […]

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Valdosta > VSU Hosts Peaceful Rally

Valdosta > VSU Hosts Peaceful Rally

| April 24, 2015 | 1 Comments

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University held a peaceful Flags Over VSU rally today. An estimated 700 people lined Patterson Street in support of the American flag. Valdosta Police Department Chief Brian Childress spoke before the rally. “I’m here with you, I am a veteran of the United States, I did 23 years in the Air […]

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