Morning News Briefs for 11-29-16

| November 29, 2016

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Officials with the Valdosta Police Department are investigating a homicide that took place at the Ora Lee West public housing complex. At last report no arrests had been made and the male victims identity has not yet been released. More on this developing story as details continue to come in.


The members of the Dooly County School Board have been removed from office by order of Governor Nathan Deal. When a school districts’ accreditation is at risk the governor can by law intervene. A review has been underway since 2015 and over the past year investigators report that not much progress has been made. A six member panel has been named by Governor Deal as replacements.


Coach James Gatlin and continues to celebrate the success of his Titletown Titans. The Valdosta football team is headed to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida. However, as parents, team members and player families continue to celebrate, Gatlin says that the 27 member team is in need of community support. The cost of the trip to the Pop Warner Super Bowl is $20 thousand dollars and to help the youth from Valdosta to make the trip a Go Fund Me account has been set up…donations can be made at 2016 Titletown Titans Jr. Pee Wee S. Georgia Champs…Titletown Titans Road to Disney. The Titans will get the chance to play for the National Championship.


An initiative that assists high school juniors and seniors to get experience in the world of work at local companies has brought recognition to the Azalea City. Valdosta has been named a Cornerstone Community by the Great Promise Partnership. The program helps the students to prepare for college, the world of work and teaches the importance of financial responsibility. Valdosta is Georgias’ first city to receive the award.


Voters in Berrien County have until December 2nd to cast early ballots determining just who will be the next sheriff; early voting in the run-off election is already underway. The run-off was prompted after former sheriff Anthony Heath entered a plea of guilty to the charge of using excessive force on jail inmates; his named appeared on the ballot prior to the court action but it was later removed. Four candidates entered the sheriffs’ race with Ray Paulk who was elected to serve out Heath’s unexpired term in office. Paulk now faces opponent frank Swanson. Election Day is December 6th.

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