Morning News Briefs for 3-22-16

| March 22, 2016
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A recall effort is underway in the city of Camilla. A group called The Citizens of Camilla Evolutionary Organization wants four of their city council members ousted. Petitions have been submitted calling for the removal of Annie Willingham, Vivian Smith Bryan Campbell and Danny Palmer. The main allegation against the council members is that they have failed to provide adequate representation for their constituents. This is the second attempt at a recall; the first one failed to gain ground.

Fitzgerald officials report that the shooting that took the life of 22 year old Jana Watson and left 23 year old Dekito Champ with multiple gunshot wounds may have been a murder suicide attempt. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report before making a final determination. Champ remains in intensive care and police say that his ex-girlfriend Jana Watson suffered two gunshot wounds; just who fired the gunshots remains a mystery.

Members of a Georgia organization are calling for Governor Nathan Deal to veto the the Religious Liberty Bill. The Georgia Education Association says that the bill seeking to protect the rights of persons or groups opposing same sex marriages could prompt boycotts of businesses in the state and the loss of convention revenues; all of which could result in less money for Georgia schools and the overall economy.

A group of faith based organization leaders have urged the governor to veto the campus carry bill that allows guns on college campuses. According to the report some of those calling for the veto work on college campuses. They have expressed their concerns about weapons in campus day care centers and other issues related to weapons institutions of higher learning.

Georgia residents in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure now have a new avenue to pursue that may help them keep their property. The 160 million dollar program is called HomeSafe Georgia. It makes mortgage payments when homeowners fall behind for up to two years. All of the allotted 160 million dollars must be spent by the end of next year and if the homeowner is able to keep their property for a five year period from the last HomeSafe payment made, there is no re-payment to HomeSafe. This is free mortgage payment assistance for people who are unemployed, underemployed or who face other financial hardships.  For more information call 877-519-4443.

 The efforts to stop violence is spreading across the region and Valdosta is no exception. Local minister J. D. Martin and his organization Citizens Against Violence have been working for months to bring awareness to the problem of violent activity in this area. He has partnered with Police Chief Brian Childress and the Valdosta Police Department. A meeting will be held April 11th at the Valdosta-Lowndes Parks and Recreation Building located at 1901 North Forrest Street at 6:30 p.m. A motorcade schedule was also released for those looking to get involved and the dates include May 14, July 16, Sept. 17 and Nov. 19. All motorcades start in front of Valdosta High School at 9:30 a.m. To get involved with Citizens Against Violence, contact Martin at (229) 292-8979 or (229) 740-0643.

Offices for the City of Valdosta will be closed Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The sanitation division will collect residential garbage only on Good Friday. Citizens should place their green roll outs at the curbside by 5 a.m. Friday, March 25, to ensure their garbage is collected. Recyclables, yard waste and special pickups for Friday and Monday routes will be collected on Monday, March 28. For more information call the city public works department, (229) 259-3590.

Georgia’s House Speaker David Ralston has announced that the house will pass no changes to the legislation that allows licensed carriers to have guns on Georgia college campuses. Governor Nathan Deal has expressed some concerns regarding the proposal that has already been approved by state lawmakers and now only awaits his signature. According to speaker Ralston the governor expressed no concerns until the legislation had passed.
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