Local News

JL Lomax Elementary named a 2014 Highest-Progress Reward School

JL Lomax Elementary named a 2014 Highest-Progress Reward School

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education today released its 2014 list of Reward Schools, designated as part of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Each Reward School is a Title I school that falls into one of two categories: A Highest-Performing School is among the five percent of the […]

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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THOMASVILLE TO BEGIN SPLOST STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS ON MLK DRIVE

THOMASVILLE TO BEGIN SPLOST STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS ON MLK DRIVE

THOMASVILLE -– City of Thomasville utility crews will begin work on existing utilities infrastructure at the intersection of Alexander Street and Martin Luther King Drive as part of a large stormwater improvement project. The project, awarded to Scruggs in the amount of $725,284.88, includes stormwater improvements to Both MLK and Mitchell Street and is expected […]

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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State News

Rasmussen Poll Keeps Perdue on Top in Georgia US Senate Race

Rasmussen Poll Keeps Perdue on Top in Georgia US Senate Race

Eric Baker, Valdosta Today Georgia Newsday reports that a poll taken by Rasmussen Reports puts GOP US Senate candidate David Perdue 5 points ahead of his Democrat opponent, Michelle Nunn-Martin. The poll, taken between September 15 and 16 and released on Thursday, September 18, puts has Perdue at 46%, Nunn-Martin at 41%, other candidates getting […]

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Florida Man Shoots Daughter, 6 Grandchildren in Murder Suicide

Florida Man Shoots Daughter, 6 Grandchildren in Murder Suicide

BELL, FL — A Florida man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday afternoon in the small north-central Florida town of Bell in what authorities called a murder-suicide. CNN is reporting that Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz identified the shooter as Don Spirit, 51, and the daughter as Sarah Spirit, 28.  The sheriff […]

| September 19, 2014 | 1 Comments
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Sports

Delta State, Mistakes Down Blazers

Delta State, Mistakes Down Blazers

VALDOSTA -– No. 14 Delta State used a big third quarter to defeat No. 13 Valdosta State 49-32 in Gulf South Conference football action at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium Saturday evening in a game available for view online via ESPN3. The Statesmen, who improved to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in league action, tallied 267 yard […]

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
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McPherson Earns Win 200

McPherson Earns Win 200

VALDOSTA — A hard fought 17-13 Homecoming win over Newton County on Friday night gave Lowndes High Football Head Coach Randy McPherson his 200th win. With a record of 71-9 at Madison and 129-28 at Lowndes in his 19th year as a head coach, Coach McPherson is now 69th on the all time Georgia High […]

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Business

Tift County Unemployment Higher than State’s

Tift County Unemployment Higher than State’s

TIFTON — Georgia’s unemployment rate for August has climbed to 8.1 percent, an increase from 7.7 percent in July and the second-highest jobless rate in the country, with only Mississippi being worse. While seasonally adjusted jobless rates for individual counties have not all been released yet, Tift County’s unemployment rate is expected to remain at […]

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Home Depot Data Breach Huge

Home Depot Data Breach Huge

ATLANTA — Home Depot said Thursday that its recent cyber attack put an estimated “56 million unique” credit and debit cards at risk. The company said the security criminals used malware not previously seen in other attacks and that it had been present between April and September of this year.  Experts say this breach dwarfs […]

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Community

VSU Fine Arts Gallery Presents Works by Jack King and Bryce Speed

VSU Fine Arts Gallery Presents Works by Jack King and Bryce Speed

VALDOSTA — The Department of Art at Valdosta State University will host a gallery talk with award-winning Tampa, Fla.-based sculptor Jack King at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Fine Arts Gallery. At 7 p.m. the gallery will host an opening reception for the latest campus-based exhibition, featuring works by King and Bryce Speed, […]

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Local Seaman Graduates from Navy Basic

Local Seaman Graduates from Navy Basic

GREAT LAKES, IL – Navy Seaman Recruit Travis Smith, son of Lawton and Delores Smith, of Lake Park, Ga., graduated from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis […]

| September 18, 2014 | 1 Comments
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Opinion

Editorial  |  Assassinating the First Amendment

Editorial | Assassinating the First Amendment

Gary M. Wisenbaker, Valdosta Today Editorial Director: Among William Shakespeare’s most memorable works is his historical tragedy “Julius Caesar”, a staple (or at least it was at one time) of most high school English lit curriculums. And one of the most memorable lines is given by Mark Antony when he eulogizes his former friend Caesar […]

| September 19, 2014 | 5 Comments
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Editorial  |  The (Precarious) Silver Lining of Ben Carson’s Visit to Valdosta

Editorial | The (Precarious) Silver Lining of Ben Carson’s Visit to Valdosta

Nicholas A. Rudnik, Valdosta Today Editorial Contributor: On Thursday, September 11, neurosurgeon turned political pundit and Fox News contributor Ben Carson was paid $43,000 to visit Valdosta State University and give a keynote address, amid discordant tumult and controversy over the speech. Regular followers of my column will note that I have previously stirred a […]

| September 17, 2014 | 40 Comments
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Other Recent Posts

Murder Suspect Arrested in Willacoochee

Murder Suspect Arrested in Willacoochee

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

WILLACOOCHEE — The Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office has gotten their man, over 4 years later. Sheriff’s Office reports confirmed that they have arrested Clarence Bennett Gaskins of Willacoochee for the murder of Rosie Courdle Gaskins. Rosie Courdle Gaskins was found murdered in her car on March 7, 2010, in Willacoochee. Authorities arrested Clarence Gaskins tonight […]

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Arrest made in Valdosta Apartment Shooting

Arrest made in Valdosta Apartment Shooting

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — A man police say fired shots into an apartment building in Valdosta has turned himself in to authorities in Alabama. Jabe Hepburn, 23, was taken into custody in Evergreen, AL, and will be extradited to Valdosta. Investigators said arrest warrants have been signed in Lowndes County on Hepburn for three counts of aggravated assault, […]

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Dollar General Burglary Arrests Made

Dollar General Burglary Arrests Made

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — The Dollar General on Old Highway 41 North was hit with a burglary Thursday morning.  Suspects are in custody of the Lowndes Sheriff’s Office. Around 2:30 am a Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered the front glass of the Dollar General busted and the business burglarized. Deputies and detectives began investigating with the […]

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