Morning News Briefs for 11-30-16

| November 30, 2016

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A homicide investigation is underway in Sylvester in the wake of the discovery of a body inside a vacant home. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist in the local law enforcement. This story will be updated as more details are released.


No major changes were included in the Service Delivery Strategy coming from the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners to the City of Valdosta and the county’s sister cities. According to the report the county basically used the same language used in the 2008 agreement to the regret of Valdosta officials, who now say that the matter may have to go before the courts. The call is for the existing agreement to be renewed; requiring the approval of Valdosta officials and two other municipalities. The agreement must be renewed every 10 years.


The Welfare Reform Council formed by Governor Nathan Deal has been touring the state bringing attention to the Blueprint for Change initiative. The program is designed to support families in Georgia, and increase awareness of the Foster Care program.


A law enforcement sweep in Colquitt County manned by officers from across the region including the GBI led to the multiple arrests. Officials say that a full report on the success of the raids will be forthcoming.


A report on action at the meeting of the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission states that a development proposal in need of a zoning change has been denied. Over 50 residents of that area of the proposed Turnberry at Thompson development opposed the change in zoning from agricultural to residential. The property is located off of Old Highway 41 North and Thompson Road.


The Holidays are a time for celebration, but unfortunately it is a time when the number of alcohol related crashes and fatalities increase. AAA reports that Georgia’s increase was 2nd in the nation after Florida which recorded 103 more alcohol related fatalities. There has been a 5% increase over last year in the number of roadway fatalities and te state is on pace to exceed 1400 for the 2nd year in a row.


Leading experts across Georgia will join forces this Thursday, December 1st at The Carter Center in Atlanta to address the issue of Impaired Driving. Attendees will learn about the challenges of identifying drivers impaired by alcohol, marijuana, over-the-counter drugs and other illegal substances and promising countermeasures. This Impaired Driving Summit hosted by AAA and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will bring key stakeholders together from Law Enforcement, Judicial, Healthcare and lawmakers to identify solutions and review best practices in this vital endeavor.


Mike Beatty, President and CEO of Great Promise Partnership, named Valdosta as the first Cornerstone Community in Georgia on Nov. 28 for their commitment to providing an educated and well-trained workforce and for achieving the Four Cornerstones of GPP Success, which are Political Leadership, Educational Leadership, Business Leadership and Community Leadership. Beatty, former Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs,wanted to put in place a program to help young people succeed by offering them up to two years of employment, job training, and an income as an incentive to finish high school. In 2013, Valdosta became the first community to embrace the program. The initiative is now in its fourth year.

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