New Jobs; LCSS Defense Pleadings Filed; Regents Request Funding

| September 11, 2014

News Update Logo 2Lee Henderson, Newstalk 105.9 WVGA/Valdosta Today Newsdesk:


The Economic Development Department for the state of Georgia announced that the Oilon Corporation is coming to Thomasville and bringing with it 50 new jobs. The production operation makes components and burners for industrial boilers. Company officials cited the close proximity to its customer base and the skilled workforce in the area as causes for making Thomasville their choice.


The attorney for the Lowndes County School System will file what is known as defensive pleadings in the case involving two lawsuits filed against the system over the death of Kendrick Johnson; one of which is a wrongful death lawsuit. The discovery of Johnson’s body inside a gym mat last year is still a subject of major concern for the family members and their supporters. His death was deemed a tragic accident by investigators, but his family insists that he was murdered. The investigation now being conducted by U.S. Attorney Michael Moore continues. The Lowndes County School System’s attorney acknowledged service on behalf of all civil defendants in both cases filed by the Johnson family in the Superior Court of Lowndes County, Georgia. Defensive pleadings will be filed in accordance with the Georgia Civil Practice Act.


The Associated Press reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is requesting $1.99 billion for its 2016 budget and a separate $254.8 million for facilities. Included is $3.5 million in “planning and design funds” for a convocation center at the University of North Georgia (UNG), according to a news release from the board. University system officials say the budget request is $46.4 million higher — or 2.4 percent — than the state’s appropriation to the regents for fiscal year 2015.


The City of Valdosta will host a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 8:45 a.m., at Valdosta Fire Station #1, located at 106 S. Oak Street. Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome will preside over the ceremony in remembrance of those who lost their lives that day 13 years ago and in honor of the continued efforts of public safety professionals. Mayor Gayle, Fire Chief Broome, Chief of Police Brian Childress, the combined Valdosta Honor Guard, and other members of the Valdosta Fire and Police Departments will be present to remember the innocent victims and honor the brave heroes who perished during the tragic event. Members of the Valdosta Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps will perform and a special flag presentation by the Woodsmen of the World will also take place during the ceremony. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at (229) 259-3548.

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