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Dr. Richard Carvajal Named President of Valdosta State University

Dr. Richard Carvajal Named President of Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA – The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) today named Richard A. Carvajal, interim president of Darton State College in Albany, Ga., president of Valdosta State University in Valdosta. Carvajal will assume his post on January 1, 2017, according to USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “Dr. Carvajal is a proven leader in […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Valdosta residents urged to prepare for drop in temperatures

Valdosta residents urged to prepare for drop in temperatures

VALDOSTA – Although South Georgia doesn’t maintain freezing temperatures throughout the winter season, there are spikes of low to freezing temperatures in the forecast that cause some concern for city streets and residential/commercial water systems. The City of Valdosta Engineering Department is requesting that city residents turn off their irrigation sprinklers in preparation for the low […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Morning News Briefs for 12-9-16

Morning News Briefs for 12-9-16

A Tift County jury has convicted Timmy Thompson on the charge of felony murder in connection with the killing of his wife Peggy Thompson two years ago. His sentencing is likely to take place next week. Testimony was given by the couples adult children and a younger child regarding the father’s abuse of his wife. […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Regional News

Levi’s Call issued for abducted Georgia teen

Levi’s Call issued for abducted Georgia teen

EVANS, Ga. – Investigators are asking the public to be on the lookout for a 15-year-old girl who was abducted last week in Evans, Georgia. Authorities believe Calah Noel Waskow was abducted by Jason Johnson, 37. A Levi’s Call was issued Thursday, and investigators believe Johnson and Waskow are travelling in a tan 1998 Ford Crown […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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High School teacher accused of having sex with a student

High School teacher accused of having sex with a student

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Brad Casalvieri, 30, has been arrested for allegedly sex with a student. Casalvieri is a biology teacher and football coach at Leon High School. However, authorities say the charges stem from Casalvieri’s time at Lincoln High School, where he was also a teacher and coach. Deputies at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Second Georgia police officer shot in Americus dies

Second Georgia police officer shot in Americus dies

AMERICUS, Ga. (WCTV) – The second officer shot by a suspect in Americus, Georgia on Wednesday has died, the Associated Press confirms. Georgia Southwestern State University Officer Jodi Smith was initially airlifted from the scene in critical condition following the shooting that killed 25-year-old Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr. Officer Smith, 26, passed away from […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Sports

Moore Named AFCA First Team All-American

Moore Named AFCA First Team All-American

VALDOSTA –  The postseason accolades continued to roll in for Valdosta State football’s Kenny Moore, as he was named a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in an announcement by AFCA on Wednesday morning. After receiving Second Team All-Region and All-Gulf South Conference honors over the course of the last several weeks, […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Kemp and Moore Earn All-Super Region 2 Honors

Kemp and Moore Earn All-Super Region 2 Honors

VALDOSTA – The 2016 Blazer football season has reached its conclusion, but that hasn’t stopped the honors from rolling in for members of the squad. Both Brandon Kemp and Kenny Moore were recognized on Friday as members of this year’s Division II Conference Commissioner’s (D2CCA) All-Super Region 2 Team. Kemp, a 2016 First Team All-GSC red […]

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Valdosta City Schools charters fan buses, will release early Friday for State Championship

Valdosta City Schools charters fan buses, will release early Friday for State Championship

VALDOSTA – Valdosta City Schools will dismiss students early on Friday, December 9. The early dismissal will allow faculty, staff and students an opportunity to drive up for the Valdosta vs. Tucker State Championship Game. Dismissal times are as follows: Valdosta High School 11:30 am Middle Schools 12:00 pm Elementary Schools 12:30 pm Valdosta Early College […]

| December 6, 2016 | 1 Comments
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Business

Wild Adventures Christmas Fun Begins Saturday

Wild Adventures Christmas Fun Begins Saturday

VALDOSTA – Break out those ugly Christmas sweaters, dust off your holiday spirit, grab your family and join the official start of Wild Adventures Christmas this weekend. Featuring twinkling lights, bright decorations, festive music and holiday themed shows, it is also the last chance to experience Dinosaur Explore and share Christmas with these prehistoric friends […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Year-End Investment Decisions

Year-End Investment Decisions

What are year-end investment decisions? Year-end investment decisions may sometimes result in substantial tax savings. Tax planning may allow you to control the timing and method by which you report your income and claim your deductions and credits. The basic strategy for year-end planning is both to time your income so that it will be […]

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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VSU’s Institute of Management Accountants Wins Award

VSU’s Institute of Management Accountants Wins Award

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University has earned the 2015-2016 Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Outstanding Student Chapter Award for Excellence. “Our chapter promoted IMA’s mission and vision by providing a variety of activities and service opportunities to our student members,” said Ravisara Dowden, VSU IMA president. “This year, VSU’s IMA student chapter really went above […]

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Living

S.L. Mason CPIE Donates Funds for News Equipment

S.L. Mason CPIE Donates Funds for News Equipment

VALDOSTA – The WSLM news team at S.L. Mason Elementary School was in need of a new green screen to help them in producing their news reports. One gracious school Community Partner in Education, Don Lockart of Baytree Zacadoo’s, happily donated the funds needed to purchase the new green screen. The WSLM news team is […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Kevin Carter Earns USG Distinguished Service Award

Kevin Carter Earns USG Distinguished Service Award

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University’s Kevin Carter is the recipient of the 2016 University System of Georgia Distinguished Service Award. A plumber with more than 40 years of experience, Carter joined the Blazer Nation family in 1990 and currently helps the men and women of Plant Operations maintain the daily operations of all VSU facilities […]

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Dewar Student Council Volunteers at Salvation Army

Dewar Student Council Volunteers at Salvation Army

LOWNDES Co. – The Dewar Elementary Student Council recently spent part of their holiday break volunteering with the Salvation Army. Student representatives rang the bell and sang songs to Hobby Lobby customers as they helped the Salvation Army raise money for needy families. Serving the community is important to the council and helping others is an […]

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In Other News

In Other News: Nordstrom Is Selling a Small Rock For $85

In Other News: Nordstrom Is Selling a Small Rock For $85

I think we just found the worst Christmas gift of the year. Nordstrom just came out with a product called the “Medium Leather Wrapped Stone.” What’s that? It’s a small stone in a leather pouch. Yes, just a three-inch rock in a sleeve. And it costs $85. They describe it as, quote, “A paperweight? A […]

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In Other News: A Couple Stealing a TV Tase a Walmart Greeter Who Asked For Their Receipt

In Other News: A Couple Stealing a TV Tase a Walmart Greeter Who Asked For Their Receipt

A 42-year-old guy named John Davis and a 38-year-old woman named Natasha Hall went to a Walmart in Indian Trail, North Carolina on Sunday and tried to steal a $500 55-inch TV. As they were walking out, the 65-year-old woman who was working as the greeter at that Walmart asked to see their receipt. And […]

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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In Other News: A Makeup Kit For Three-Year-Old Girls Has Been Named the Worst Toy of the Year

In Other News: A Makeup Kit For Three-Year-Old Girls Has Been Named the Worst Toy of the Year

I hope your three-year-old daughter isn’t insecure about her complexion or the length of her eyelashes . . . but one company thinks she is. The Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood just made their annual pick for the worst toy of the year, and they went with “Lulu’s Pink Fizz Beauty Essentials” . . . […]

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Other Recent Posts

Obituary: Elliot Bergman

Obituary: Elliot Bergman

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Obituary Elliot Bergman, 86, of Valdosta, a caring father, grandfather, husband and brother, passed away on December 6. He was an active, positive and inquisitive man who took great joy in helping others and spent his lifetime contributing to the betterment of the world through advancements in science. Elliot was born and raised in Brooklyn, […]

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Valdosta shooting suspect surrenders to authorities

Valdosta shooting suspect surrenders to authorities

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA – A Valdosta man who was wanted in connection with a Friday shooting turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning. Antwain Devonta Williams, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Valdosta Police Department reports. Williams turned himself in the Lowndes County […]

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Fund established to help child injured during Valdosta Christmas parade

Fund established to help child injured during Valdosta Christmas parade

| December 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA – A fund has been established to help the family of a three-year-old boy cope with medical expenses after he was injured during Valdosta annual Christmas parade. London Herring fell out of a parade float on December 3. School officials say his jacket got caught, causing him to fall off and be run over. […]

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