Morning News Briefs for 11-17-16

| November 17, 2016

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The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in October, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.1 percent in September. The rate in October 2015 was 5.5 percent.


A Thomasville pharmacy is now without $7,000 in medication after a burglary Tuesday night. Police on patrol saw a broken window at the Convenient Care Pharmacy on West Jackson Street. The burglars only took hydrocodone pills. Investigators said this also happened at Grow Drug Company in Colquitt.


A former evidence custodian at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Regional Crime Lab has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence vault. 37-year-old Amber Nawolski was about to change jobs in the crime lab when discrepancies were discovered during an internal audit at the end of September. Nawolski has pleaded guilty to charges of felony possession of hydrocodone, forgery, and theft by taking of oxycodone.


Second grade students from Berrien Primary School delivered hand-decorated brown bags to law enforcement officers in Berrien County Wednesday morning. The bags were decorated with flags, badges, and officers. Inside the bags were small, symbolic gifts: Lifesavers candy.


Southeastern Grocers is donating over 1,000 turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving season. Wednesday afternoon, Harveys donated 100 of those turkeys to Second Harvest of South Georgia.


According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a motorcyclist was seriously injured in Madison County Tuesday afternoon on NE Dusty Miller Avenue when he attempted to pass a Madison County Sheriff’s Office patrol car but crashed into the front of it. 44-year-old Gregory Graham, of Madison, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial with serious injuries, and charges are pending.


The annual Leonid meteor shower is approaching its peak tonight, but it might be a bit harder to see than usual. The orbit is expected to be the farthest away from Earth during it’s 33-year orbit, which means fewer meteors than we saw at its peak in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Instead, we could see only about 10 to 20 per hour.


Lowndes High School graduation rates fell from last year but are still higher than in past years. 2016 graduation rates have dropped about 1 percent from 2015, but the graduation rate has risen steadily overall from 67 percent in 2011 to 86 percent in 2016, according to a presentation given this week to the Lowndes County Board of Education.


Business fraud expert Phillip Hurd is speaking tonight at Valdosta State University. Hurd will be discussing Business Model Disruption and Its Effect on Ethics Infusion of Culture at 6 p.m. in the Health Sciences and Business Administration Building Auditorium.


Valdosta Cinemas has teamed up with the South Georgia Regional Library to celebrate the premiere of the latest movie in the Harry Potter series tonight. The first showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them begins at 6 p.m., but crafts and activities for the kids begin at 5 p.m.

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