Morning News Briefs for 8-22-16

| August 22, 2016


AAA reports that gas prices in the area are moving up again, now close to the $2.00 mark in some places. At last report the average price of a gallon of gasoline was at $1.99 while the lowest price was $ $1.85.

The hearing to determine payment of attorney’s fees in the Kendrick Johnson case has been postponed. Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson and their attorney Chevene King were ordered by Judge Richard Porter to pay the fees of city and county officials who were named in a $100 million dollar lawsuit alleging that the officials were in some way responsible for the death of Kendrick Johnson in 2013 at Lowndes High School. The suit was later dropped. His death was ruled accidental.

There is a new president of the Georgia State Firefighters Association Board of Directors; Captain Joey Hartley has been chosen to lead the organization and he will serve a term of two years. In his current position in Moultrie Hartley oversees operations and training and his service spans 33 years.

There is good news for some Georgia students who qualify for the Strategic Industries Workforce development Grant. Those residents who are eligible for the HOPE Grant and enrolled in diploma or certificate programs identified in the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant requirements may not have to pay any tuition and the money granted does not have to be repaid. The combination of the two grant awards should cover the costs of participating in the nine areas of study. Fees and equipment purchases however will remain the responsibility of the student’s; financial aid is available.

The Tift County School System will host a public information meeting Tuesday August 23 at 6 p.m. at the High School’s Performing Arts Center. According to the report Local School Governance Teams at K-12 schools are in the making that will become a part of the decision making process at each institution. Among the proposed objectives are enhanced school-community relations, greater academic achievement levels, the provision of instructor and administrative support and bringing stakeholders such as parents and members of the community into the process.

An I-75 accident involving nearly 30 vehicles caused an oil spill in Bartow County, Sunday required a major cleanup effort. About a dozen injuries were reported but medical crews on the scene said that they all appeared to be minor. Still between 12 and 15 people were transported for medical treatment. The accident reportedly blocked several miles of northbound traffic. Officials may also be looking for two tractor trailers that were reported to be involved in the accident.

Georgia Department of Transportation contractor Southern Concrete Construction Co. will shift Old Clyattville Road traffic at the Interstate 75 overpass. The previous four lanes have been narrowed to one eastbound and one westbound lane while the Exit 13 overpass is being repaired. Drivers should be prepared for a change in the traffic pattern. The changes take place August 30th.

Lowndes Associated Ministries to People (LAMP), Inc. is hosting a Clergy Chat and Chew Session on Tuesday, August 23rd from 11 am to noon. A free lunch will be included. This session is the first of many to provide a tour of the facilities and the organizations role in providing services for local homeless families with children, single men and single women. The lunch and learn is free and will be held at 714 Charlton St. in Valdosta. This lunch and learn is opened to local area Pastors, Clergy and Church Leaders in the nine surrounding counties that LAMP serves. Call 229-245-7157 ext. 289.

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