Morning Briefs for 9-14-16

| September 14, 2016

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Publix Grocery Stores has announced the recall of apple coffee cakes. Officials say that the product may contain metal shavings, though no reports of sickness or injuries have occurred. The apple cakes were sold in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina. Full refunds are offered.


The Valdosta Early College Academy will host the program FutureNow. The assembly program takes place at the VECA School GYM on this morning and tonight at 7 pm.; students their families are invited. FutureNow uses live music, drama, and real-life stories to motivate and inspire young people to make right choices.


Feleica Harrington has been selected to become the new Shelter Director for LAMP (Lowndes Associated Ministries to People). She is currently serving as a Human Resources Sergeant in the US Army Reserves and working on a post graduate degree. Her experience includes work as a volunteer with the Homelessness in America Project. LAMP is also in need of a passenger van. The shelter utilizes a van to transport residents of the shelter to and from work, job interviews, employment searching and doctors’ appointments in their multi-county service area. Call 229-245-7157.


Students at Florida A&M University are planning demonstrations tonight in support of University Elmira Mangum. The Board of trustees decided to end her presidency in a September 2nd meeting. Now, some FAMU students are calling on their peers, alumni and other supporters to join them in a call for justice for Mangum. An all-night sit-in is planned. The demanded conditions include a one year sabbatical for Mangum at her full salary of $425,000, payment of expenses connected to vacating the president’s residence and that she would remain a school employee through the end of her contract which ends April 1st. A meeting of a special Presidential Leadership Committee is set for this evening at 4:30 p.m. and the full board meets Thursday. Meanwhile, the institution ranks 7th on the U.S. News and World Report list of the best of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities; number 1 among public HBCU’s.


The sign ordinance battle in Thomasville has gone on for two years and there is still no resolution in sight. For the leadership of the city it is a question of the needs of the downtown businesses and aesthetics. The matter will re-appear on the city council’s agenda next month.


Darrien Holloway of Thomasville has been found guilty in the death of his 9 month old daughter. He has entered a guilty plea and now faces prison time on the charge of voluntary manslaughter. Officials reported that the child died over two years ago from having been violently shaken and suffered traumatic head injury.


On October 1st over 40 local, state and federal agencies will converge on the city of Atlanta for the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event. The Veterans Medical Center reports that the special initiative is designed to assist homeless veterans with housing, employment and veterans’ court for those not convicted of a violent crime. It takes place at Fort McPherson.


The condition of a child brought in to the emergency room at South Georgia Medical Center was so severe that it was immediately airlifted to Atlanta for treatment. Medical staffers in Atlanta determined that the child had been neglected and suffered from physical abuse. After they contacted the Sheriff in Lanier County the mother of the female child-25 year old Candice McClure was taken into custody and now faces two counts of cruelty to children. Officials say that the four year old girl is recovering and her three siblings are now with other family members in Atlanta.


Moultrie law enforcement officials are searching for a $40,000 piece of equipment and for the thief that stole it. The report was filed by Lasseter Equipment Company involving the theft of a backhoe. The surveillance video shows what appears to be two white males with a semi-truck loading the backhoe and then driving away with it.

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