Local News Capsule

| October 20, 2014

NEWS-BRIEFSLee Henderson, Newstalk 105.9 WVGA:

CHEMICAL THIEF GUILTY  |  ALAPAHA — Businessman Joe Dixon, the owner of Dixon Seed and Chemicals in Alapaha, has pleaded guilty in connection with a case involving chemicals stolen from a Brooks County Farm. He was implicated involving thefts in multiple counties covering several years.

SALVATION ARMY EMPTY STOCKING FUND  |  VALDOSTA — Registration for the Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking Fund gets underway this week. The operation provides gifts for area children for the holidays. Parents must register to participate in the program between the hours of 9 and 1 Monday through Thursday or 6 until 8 Tuesdays. The headquarters for the Salvation Army is located in the 200 block of North Troup Street.

COLLEGE ATHLETE PROTECTION BILL  |  ATLANTA –In the wake of the autograph signing controversy related to football memorabilia by University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley and his suspension, state lawmakers are looking at legislative measures calling for the punishment of anyone who puts in jeopardy the eligibility of a college athlete.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, State representative Chuck Sims of Ambrose has put forth a plan that will allow colleges to file suit against any and all persons who coerce college athletes to break NCAA rules in specified situations.

KEEP LOWNDES-VALDOSTA BEAUTIFUL  |  VALDOSTA — The Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful organization is in need of volunteers for this year’s Saturday cleanup effort that takes place October 25th from 8:30 until 11:30. The local cleanup is part of a nationwide Make A Difference Day effort of community service. Volunteers may also sign up for the Stormwater stenciling project that will be held the week of November 3rd or the electronics cleanup event on November 15th. Call 229-671-3698 for more informaiton.

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