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Another Arrest in Convenience Store Robberies

Another Arrest in Convenience Store Robberies

ALBANY — Albany Police announced the name of a second teen wanted in connection to armed robberies at convenience stores, according to reports from WALB. Ryshun Raybon Jackson, 16, is wanted for armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection to the robbery of a Woodall’s on North Slappey Blvd. He is also wanted for armed robbery, […]

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Report: Two found Dead from Gunshot Wounds in Tifton Home

Report: Two found Dead from Gunshot Wounds in Tifton Home

TIFTON — Reports out of Tifton claim authorities have found the bodies of two victims in their home, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. WALB is reporting that family members claim that two people were found dead in their home this morning, near Cole Street and Hale Avenue in Tifton. Unofficial sources say Harvey Brinkley and Shante […]

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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15-Year Old Arrested in Albany Convenience Store Robbery

15-Year Old Arrested in Albany Convenience Store Robbery

ALBANY — A teen has been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of an Albany convenience store last weekend. WALB is reporting that Michael Alexander, 15, was arrested Thursday night for the armed robbery of the Woodall’s on North Slappey Blvd at 3:00 am Sunday morning. Alexander had his first court appearance Friday morning, and […]

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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State News

Search Suspended for Teen Fishermen

Search Suspended for Teen Fishermen

MIAMI — The Coast Guard says it’s suspending its search at sunset for two teenage fishermen who’ve been missing for a week. Capt. Mark Fedor says the search continues in the meantime and has been a `true all hands on deck effort’. The 14-year-old boys, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, went missing last Friday and […]

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Reward Offered as Search for 21-month Old Continues

Reward Offered as Search for 21-month Old Continues

JACKSONVILLE — A reward to find a missing 21-month-old Jacksonville boy now stands at $10,500. Lonzie Barton has been missing for a week. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the man who lived with Lonzie’s mother and cared for him and his 5-year-old sister is a suspect and isn’t cooperating with investigators. Chief of Detectives Tom […]

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Confederate Memorial Vandalized with “Confed lives don’t matter”

Confederate Memorial Vandalized with “Confed lives don’t matter”

PENSACOLA — A Confederate monument in Florida’s Panhandle has been vandalized. Pensacola Police say the words “Confed lives don’t matter” were found painted early Friday on one side of the memorial. The granite monument was installed in 1891 with an inscription honoring “the Uncrowned Heroes of the Southern Confederacy, whose joy was to suffer and […]

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sports

Lowndes Football opens Pre-Season with Norcross High

Lowndes Football opens Pre-Season with Norcross High

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes Vikings will open the 2015 football season on Friday, August 7, 2015 with a pre-season game against Norcross High out of Gwinnett County. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM at Martin Stadium. Tickets for this game are on sale. Advance reserved seat tickets are $5.00 and all tickets at the gate […]

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Making Sense of the Braves Mega Trade: Olivera

Making Sense of the Braves Mega Trade: Olivera

ATLANTA — You might hate this trade. I understand if you do. I hope you’ll understand when I say: I happen not to hate it. On its face, it appears lopsided. I’ll grant that. The Atlanta Braves are giving up a good young pitcher and the infielder rated their No. 1 prospect before the season, […]

| August 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Hawks’ Mike Scott Arrested on Possession of drug “Molly”

Hawks’ Mike Scott Arrested on Possession of drug “Molly”

ATLANTA — Hawks forward Mike Scott faces felony drug charges after he was arrested in Banks County on Thursday morning. Scott, who just completed his third season with the Hawks, was arrested along with his brother, Antonn Imhotep Scott, for possession of marijuana and MDMA, known as Molly. According to a report from the Banks […]

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Business

Inland Port heads to North Georgia

Inland Port heads to North Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority, Murray County and CSX Transportation signed a Memorandum of Agreement today to establish the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth. Its service area will include North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. “This new inland terminal will open the door for economic opportunity and job […]

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Importance of Investing at a Young Age

Importance of Investing at a Young Age

Kent Patrick, Valdosta Today Financial Contributor Throughout your career, retirement planning will likely be one of the most important components of your overall financial plan. Whether you have just graduated and taken your first job, are starting a family, are enjoying your peak earning years, or are preparing to retire, your employer-sponsored retirement plan can […]

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Metro Valdosta Unemployment Rises

Metro Valdosta Unemployment Rises

VALDOSTA — The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Metro Valdosta’s unemployment rate for June was 6.7 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in May. The rate in June 2014 was 8.0 percent. The rate rose as the number of jobs decreased and the number of new layoffs, as measured […]

| July 23, 2015 | 1 Comments
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Living

Teachers Enjoy Free Admission Saturday to Wild Adventures’ Back to School Splash

Teachers Enjoy Free Admission Saturday to Wild Adventures’ Back to School Splash

VALDOSTA  –Wild Adventures Theme Park is making it easier for kids to warm up to the idea of going back to school by letting them go back to recess first. Saturday’s Back to School Splash will blend recess games into all the fun of Splash Island Waterpark. With special thanks for the difference they make […]

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Estate Plan Fundamentals: Documents and Differences

Estate Plan Fundamentals: Documents and Differences

Bob Lambert, Valdosta Today Legal Contributor Estate planning involves far more than a will to transfer assets after death, and is not just for the wealthy. If you have a family and property of any kind, you need an estate plan. Every individual and every family has different needs when it comes to creating an […]

| July 28, 2015 | 1 Comments
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Travel > Panama City Beach

Travel > Panama City Beach

Dan Deaver, Valdosta Today Travel Contributor This was my first visit to this beach. It took us about 3½ hours to get there and that was with a kayak on the roof. We stayed at the Origin at Seahaven. It was not right on the beach but across the street. One bedroom condo with a […]

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Opinion

HRC: “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s businesses that create jobs.”

HRC: “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s businesses that create jobs.”

Gary M. Wisenbaker, Valdosta Today Editorial Director VALDOSTA—Lost in the media and punditry din following the announcement of the Iranian nuclear deal and the shocking Planned Parenthood baby-parts-for-sale scandal, was Hillary Clinton’s “Big Economic Speech” recently given at NYU. Clinton now seeks to translate her 2014 quote into economic policy. It’s problematic that this is […]

| July 31, 2015 | 2 Comments
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Rudnik > Scott Walker’s Education Problem

Rudnik > Scott Walker’s Education Problem

No it’s not his lack of a college degree; it’s his lack of understanding what a degree signifies. Nick Rudnik, Valdosta Today Opinion Contributor Arguably the most important tome in both moral and political philosophy, Plato’s “The Republic” bequeaths to us the equally ubiquitous allegory of the cave. Plato uses this metaphor to underscore the […]

| July 29, 2015 | 2 Comments
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34,000 Georgia Veterans lost benefits due to VA “Gross Mismanagement”

34,000 Georgia Veterans lost benefits due to VA “Gross Mismanagement”

Christy Riggins, Z-Politics An older story from the Atlanta VA is beginning to resurface, as new revelations tell that 34,000 veterans lost their health benefits because the Atlanta system delayed actions on their applications until they expired. According to Military.com: …34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA […]

| July 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
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Other Recent Posts

Toddlers Drown in Backyard Pool

Toddlers Drown in Backyard Pool

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

DAYTONA BEACH — Deputies are investigating the drowning deaths of two toddlers found in the backyard pool of a central Florida home. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy were found Thursday in the backyard of a home near Daytona Beach. When paramedics arrived at the home, the toddlers […]

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VMS, VHS removed from State Focus School List

VMS, VHS removed from State Focus School List

| July 31, 2015 | 1 Comments

VALDOSTA – Valdosta Middle School and Valdosta High School have been officially removed from the Georgia Department of Education’s Focus School List. These two schools were focus schools because they are Title I schools that had the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup(s) and the lowest-achieving subgroup(s) and, at the high school level, had the […]

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Police Concerned regarding series of Attempted Abductions

Police Concerned regarding series of Attempted Abductions

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

TALLAHASSEE — The Tallahassee Police Department is actively investigating four suspicious incidents which have occurred in the area of Call Street and Conradi Drive. Additionally, TPD is also investigating an incident on Miccosukee Commons Drive for a total of five (5) incidents. Over the last several months, five different victims have reported that a male […]

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