Morning News Briefs for 4-6-16

| April 6, 2016


The City of Valdosta and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts invite artists and artist teams to submit their conceptual designs to be considered for a public Dumpster Art project as part of the 2016 Georgia Cities Week activities. Selected artists will have the opportunity to kick off Georgia Cities Week in Valdosta. Artistic work will be accomplished onsite, April 16-17. Completion of the project is expected by April 17, at 5 p.m. The deadline to apply is April 8, 2016, by 5 p.m. There is no artist fee. Paints and some supplies provided. Call 229-259-3548.


April is Prevent Child Abuse Month and the 20th Annual Blue Ribbon Campaign Kick-Off is this Friday, April 8, 2016 at the City Hall Annex 1902 W Hill Ave. Proclamations will be given by Bill Slaughter, Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and Mayor John Gayle, City of Valdosta; the featured speaker is hief Master Sergeant Retired Kenneth Lilly. 1,231 pinwheels wil be placed on the courthouse lawn representing the number of abused children in Lowndes County in 2015.


The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (GBCCF), a nonprofit organization serving as Georgia’s voice to end breast cancer, today called on Gov. Nathan Deal to sign The Honorable Jimmy Carter Act (House Bill 965). The legislation prohibits insurance companies offering health care plans in ‪Georgia from forcing metastatic (stage four) cancer patients to try or “fail first” on other drugs before they are approved for other potentially life-saving treatments prescribed by their physicians. “One in eight women will develop breast cancer, and close to one-third of these cases will eventually ‘metastasize,’ or spread to other parts of the body as stage four cancer. Advances in treatment are allowing women with incurable stage four cancer and other cancer warriors to live longer, productive lives, but only if these cancer survivors have unfettered access to new and effective therapies.”


As a group of clergymen and community leaders launch an effort to stop the violence in Albany the death toll continues to rise. The search continues for three men alleged to be involved in the shooting death of 25 year old Brennan Woods. He was wounded multiple times in a drive bye shooting incident. The car used in the shooting was later found abandoned outside the city limits.


When troopers with the Georgia State Patrol are called into action involving high speed chases their experience and extensive training comes into play. According to reports from the GSP they are able to employ their pursuit training to effectively stop suspects and make arrests. Their annual training gets underway at the end of the month.


The owners of the three dogs that attacked and mauled Mary Ellison in Colquitt County say that they want their animals returned to them. However, Animal Control Director Terry Mitchell holds that the canines are dangerous and should not be returned to the owners. Mary Ellison who is in her mid-eighties continues to recuperate in a Tallahassee hospital.


The Georgia Department of Transportation has proposed a multi-billion dollar plan to ease the brutal commute on I-75 northbound. From Macon to McDonough– both south of Atlanta — truck drivers would have their own lanes on the interstate. The estimated $2 billion proposal is one of the firsts in the country and the costs would be covered with state and federal funding. Under the plan, two additional lanes would be added to the current three-lane roadway. Trucker drivers would not have to pay a toll.

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