Morning News Briefs for 10-11-16

| October 11, 2016


Today is the final day to register to vote in Georgia for the Nov. 8 general election. Georgians can do so on the Secretary of State’s website. On Oct. 17, the state will begin the process of allowing early voting. Those who show up to their polling place should bring an accepted form of identification. After early voting ends on Nov. 4, the next chance for you to cast your vote will be on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. All Georgia voters who vote in person (including voting early) must provide required identification. For a complete list of accepted ID go to Valdosta

Georgia driver’s license…Georgia voter ID or other ID card issued by the State of Georgia…any other state, or the US government; employee photo ID issued by the US government, Georgia government, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other Georgia government entity..US passport…US military photo ID…Student photo ID card issued by a Georgia public college, university, or technical school…Valid tribal photo ID.

October is domestic violence awareness month, and according to the latest reports from a Georgia organization that tracks fatalities tied to domestic violence at least 140 Georgia residents lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in 2015.” The Colquitt County Serenity House Project will host the annual vigil to promote education, awareness and support for survivors and families of victims of domestic violence. The ceremony will be held in the commissioners meeting room in the courthouse annex at 7 p.m. Anyone who is a survivor of domestic violence or the family of a domestic violence victim is invited to attend.

Samsung Electronics “has made a final decision to stop production” of the Galaxy Note 7 as reports come in that the smartphones are igniting, the Associated Press reported. Samsung has halted production of the phones after more reports and concerns about consumer safety. Those who still have the phones are asked to turn them off. The world’s biggest smartphone maker recalled 2.7 million Galaxy Note 7 phones in early September after reports that the battery can catch fire.

A food product recall has been announced involving the Nestle Drumstick Ice cream Cones. Officials say that there is the possibility of a listeria contamination, after machinery at the Bakersfield, California plant tested positive. The product recall is for the Nestlé Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack (Between June 2 – June 15, 2017) and the Nestlé Drumstick Club 24 count Vanilla Pack (between June 16 – June 19, 2017).

A Fayetteville woman faces several charges, including DUI, after police said she hit two pedestrians with her pickup truck and fled the scene. Police said the pedestrians were walking along Hood Avenue during the weekend handing out literature from their church. Marcia Demarcus’ Mazda pickup truck struck them both causing a 16-year-old girl to be rushed to Piedmont-Fayette Hospital where she died from her injuries. The second victim, a 67-year-old older woman was treated at the scene for injuries that were not life-threatening. Law enforcement officials arrested 42-year-old Marcia Demarcus and charged her with DUI Drugs, Vehicular Homicide and other violations.

The Valdosta Police Department has announced that the city’s annual trick-or-treating festivities will take place on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. To ensure the traditional evening is both safe and enjoyable for our residents, extra police patrol will be scheduled during the scheduled trick-or-treating hours. The city also offers the following practical tips for residents and their young family members: Children should walk in pairs, and always stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, then they should walk on the edge of yards, and as a last resort on the edge of the road. In addition to selecting a safe route with good lighting, children should also be equipped with glow sticks or flashlights with fresh batteries to increase visibility. For a completer list of safety tips visit

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Today is the last day to register to vote in Georgia
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