Morning News Briefs for 1-25-17

| January 25, 2017

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Frank Hudgens puts the damages caused by the recent storms in the region at over 100 million dollars. Hudgens did a fly over tour of Dougherty, Cook and Turner Counties. Victims can find shelter relief, food and get donations at the following locations: In Albany the Albany Civic Center-the Friendship Mission and Mt. Zion Baptist Church. In Adel: shelter is provided at First Assembly of God Church and at First Baptist Church.


The Red Cross will be opening a phone bank at WALB TV to accept storm relief donations. The phone bank will be open Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The station will also be hosting a special Red Cross secured website to accept donations to help South Georgia relief efforts. According to the report viewers will be able to make monetary donations by phone and on WALB.com’s secure Red Cross page.


The overflow of rain caused sewer spills in the local area on James Rogers Drive, Wainwright Drive and on Gornto Road. Warning signs have been posted at the spill sites and at downstream locations. City officials estimate the amount of spillage to be about 77 thousand gallons.


Lowndes County government officials have filed a petition with the courts seeking resolution in the service delivery controversy with the City of Valdosta and her sister cities. Monday papers were filed with the Superior Court asking that the current SDS be kept in place due to the language in the service delivery legal statue. The county also seeks a ruling declaring that the governments involved in the dispute remain eligible for funding from the state.


Community Coordinator Kelley Saxon of the State office of Community Supervision reminds all stakeholders of their quarterly meeting Thursday at 2 pm. It will be held at the City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room 300 North Lee Street.


The Lowndes Associated Ministries to People Clergy Chat and Chew has been rescheduled for Monday January 30th from 11 until noon. It takes place at their Charlton Street location.


Janet Kishbaugh of the new Georgia Coalition for Public Education (GCPE), formerly known as the Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local, will continue its efforts to discuss best practices to support struggling schools following the defeat of Amendent 1. More than 40 diverse, statewide organizations are participating in GCPE’s efforts to ensure that local schools and communities have an effective voice in how their public schools are funded, staffed, and administered. For more information contact the Georgia Coalition for Public Education at 404-275-1481.


Members of the Georgia General Assembly will consider two proposals to make casino gambling legal. The proposed legislation calls for two resorts with casinos: one to be located in Metro Atlanta the other in a not yet specified area of Atlanta.


Georgia Governor Nathan Deal says that his first request for federal aid storm relief in Albany has been approved and now awaits approval on his second request for aid. The governor says that the second submitted request covering additional areas is also going to be a credit and hopefully will be approved very quickly.

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