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Lowndes County Posts School Open House Schedule

Lowndes County Posts School Open House Schedule

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Schools announced their open house schedule for all county schools. Elementary Open House Tuesday, August 4 2:00-4:00 pm. Clyattville Elementary School Dewar Elementary School Hahira Elementary School Lake Park Elementary School Moulton Branch Elementary School Westside Elementary School Pine Grove Elementary School Hahira Middle School Orientation Schedule Yearbook photos will be […]

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Series of Auto Break-ins, theft, has Police Searching

Series of Auto Break-ins, theft, has Police Searching

VALDOSTA — Police are searching for suspects related to auto dealership and body shop break-ins and grand theft. Late Monday night, a person or persons broke into both Bennett Motors and Pops Auto, stealing 2 cars.  Later that night, there were further break-ins of vehicles at Langdale Kia causing damage to the steering columns of […]

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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McCall Named Interim Principal at Lowndes High

McCall Named Interim Principal at Lowndes High

VALDOSTA — LeAnne McCall has been named interim principal of Lowndes High School to succeed Jay Floyd, who is anticipating a new position in Hart County. McCall currently serves as Director of Curriculum 6-12 for Lowndes County Schools. Wes Taylor, Lowndes County School Superintendent, stated he is very confident of McCall’s leadership ability. He noted […]

| July 29, 2015 | 1 Comments
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State News

State Watchdog Group Investigation Leads to over 5 Dozen Judges to Step Down, Some in Handcuffs

State Watchdog Group Investigation Leads to over 5 Dozen Judges to Step Down, Some in Handcuffs

Atlanta Journal Constitution More than five dozen Georgia judges have stepped down from the bench in disgrace since the state’s judicial watchdog agency began aggressively policing ethical conduct eight years ago. More lately, however, the jurists aren’t just leaving the court in disgrace. Some are leaving in handcuffs. Earlier this month, former North Georgia magistrate […]

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Details Emerge on 11-year Old who strangled 4-year old to death

Details Emerge on 11-year Old who strangled 4-year old to death

ORLANDO – An 11-year-old boy accused of strangling a 4-year-old boy had a history of disturbing behavior, including choking another child until the child turned blue in the face and carrying around dead farm animals, according to sheriff’s deputies. The past problems were detailed in an arrest report for the older child. It was obtained […]

| July 30, 2015 | 1 Comments
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Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee man is in jail after authorities found multiple files containing child pornography on his computer. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Gewen He, 30 of Tallahassee, on 20 counts of possession child pornography. FDLE agents and Leon County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant Tuesday at 805 Timber Court […]

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Sports

Braves Trade Away Wood, Peraza, plus 2 others in 3-team Deal

Braves Trade Away Wood, Peraza, plus 2 others in 3-team Deal

ATLANTA — Expected to be active before the MLB trade deadline, the Braves didn’t disappoint with a reported three-team deal with the Dodgers and Marlins on Wednesday, though the pieces they parted with were what made this move so shocking. Per multiple reports, Alex Wood — perceived as a foundation piece for the rotation — […]

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jags will host Packers in Jacksonville, not London in 2016

Jags will host Packers in Jacksonville, not London in 2016

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Jaguars will once again be playing in London in 2016, but the stands at Wembley Stadium won’t be packed with Cheeseheads. On Thursday, Jaguars team president Mark Lamping said the team’s matchup with Green Bay next season will be played in Jacksonville, not London. The Packers had been rumored as a […]

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Corky Kell Tickets on Sale for Wildcat Fans

Corky Kell Tickets on Sale for Wildcat Fans

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Wildcats are once again playing in the Corky Kell Classic on August 22, in the Georgia Dome.  The matchup between Valdosta High and Norcross will kick-off at 2:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Office located in the Valdosta Board of Education on 1204 Williams Street. All tickets […]

| July 30, 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 | 0 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 | 1 Comments
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Other Recent Posts

OLENS URGES EPA TO DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF WOTUS RULE

OLENS URGES EPA TO DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF WOTUS RULE

| July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA – Attorney General Sam Olens, along with Attorneys General and officials from 30 other states, sent a letter asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps Clean Water Act. The rule is currently set to go into effect on August 28, 2015. The AGs asked that the rule not be implemented for […]

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Second Body Found in Jacksonville, but still No Lonzie

Second Body Found in Jacksonville, but still No Lonzie

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

JACKSONVILLE — Investigators say a second body has been recovered during the search for a missing Jacksonville boy. Jacksonville Sheriff’s divers checking a pond for 21-month-old Lonzie Barton on Tuesday found a submerged late 1980s model Mazda RX-7 with a man’s remains inside. Sgt. Craig Waldrup says the license plate has been recovered and authorities […]

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Woods Believes Schools Test Too Much

Woods Believes Schools Test Too Much

| July 29, 2015 | 1 Comments

ATLANTA — Georgia’s State School Superintendent believes more emphasis needs to be placed on learning instead of testing. Therefore, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, students will take fewer tests due to a reduction of Student Learning Objectives required for schools to administer. “I have always believed that we test our students too much,” State […]

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