Morning News Briefs for 2-19-16

| February 19, 2016

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Life plus five years in prison was the sentence given to Conardo Dennard for his part in the shooting death of Cordele resident Tellis Fort last May. The trial of his co-defendant Keontay Miller begins next week. Law enforcement officials say that the men went to the Tellis home to commit a burglary and ended up shooting Fort.

The 2016 winner of the Grand Champion Ham award has been named at the 66th Ham and Egg Show. Travon Lewis stood proudly with his uncle, Raymond Battle and cousin Joshua Battle as he accepted the grand prize.

Lorraine Hansberry’s award winning play A Raisin In The Sun first debuted on Broadway in 1959 changing the American Theatre scene forever. She got the title for the work from a Langston Hughes poem A Dream Deferred. It offers a glimpse into the life of Black family on Chicago’s Southside who await insurance money in hopes of a better life and the racial and domestic challenges they face. The play is opening at Valdosta State University, and the run continues through next week. The play was directed by Melissa Porterfield and co-directed by Dr. John Gaston, the retired dean of VSU College of the Arts; for more information call 229-333-5973.

A grease blockage is blamed for the spillage of over 5,000 gallons of sewage into the waterways of Valdosta. Officials say that the occurrence is not unusual as residents often pour grease and other debris down their drains. Work crews find various items such as diapers, rags and even clothing at the site of the spills.

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