Governor Nathan Deal issued a statement regarding the veto of the religious freedom bill saying that his concerns over possible discrimination of members of the LBGT community led him to his decision. Deal says that the bill could be brought up again in the next session of the legislature, and that he saw no need for special protection for the faith based community that may well have opened the door for acts of discrimination against another group.
Striking a blow against crime in the Valdosta-Lowndes County community the Citizens Against Violence organization took another step in their effort to make communities safer. Neighborhood leaders were named and organizers say that citizen involvement is of their top priorities. Taking preventive measures is preferred over reactionary measures. Their next meeting is scheduled for May 9th at the Parks and Recreation building on north Forrest Street.
Keeping the city’s storm drains cleaner prompted students from Valdosta State University to partner with Valdosta’s storm water management officials. The students began marking a number of storm drains with no dumping stickers and they plan to involve more area youth in the environmental effort.
23 year old Denzil James of Stone Mountain was taken to the Lowndes County Jail over the weekend after he led law enforcement officers from multiple agencies on a dangerous high speed chase. Trooper Chris Kelch reports that the chase began in Tift County but James was finally stopped in Lowndes. No injuries were reported; the suspect has active felony warrants out of Hinesville and additional charges will be filed in Tift and Lowndes Counties.
Georgia is scheduled to carry out its fifth execution of 2016 on Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson. Death Row inmate Daniel Anthony Lucas was convicted in the 1998 killings of trucking company owner Steven Moss, 37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia.