Morning News Briefs for 2-22-17

| February 21, 2017

Sallas Mahone’s Student Council members joined together to collect $1,121.50 to help the victims of the recent tornado in Cook County by collecting money from teachers and students. Student Council members, who are composed of fourth and fifth graders, encouraged their peers to donate. Students gave their allowances, ice cream money and even money from the Tooth Fairy.

Investigators in Thomasville are working to determine who fire shots Monday afternoon near Thomas University’s Magnolia Campus. One bullet struck the school’s Student Life Center. Police say the shot wasn’t fired on campus. It came from across the street. No one was injured during the incident.

Today marks one month since a deadly storm moved through South Georgia, killing seven people in Cook County. The family of Alexis Livingston, a 19-year-old killed when the storm hit the Sunshine Acres community, says they are staying busy by doing things in her honor.

The Georgia Power Foundation awarded $10,000 to South Georgia Medical Center’s Foundation last week to benefit Hospice of South Georgia and Langdale Hospice House. This donation strengthens a 16-year relationship between the two charitable Foundations. Georgia Power has a long giving history including contributions designated to support Langdale Place, the Pearlman Cancer Center, the Langdale Hospice House and the Dasher Heart Center & Patient Tower.

Workers in seven Georgia counties who were affected by severe storms and tornadoes in January have until Monday, Feb. 27, to file initial claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to compensate for loss of income directly resulting from the disasters. While applications may be filed at any GDOL career center in Albany, Americus , Eastman, Tifton, Moultrie and Valdosta.

The application window for the VMS STEM Academy will be open on March 6 through March 22. Two parent information nights will be held at VMS for the parents/guardians of all 6th grade prospective applicants for the 2017-2018 school year. One onFebruary 27 5:30 pm and another March 6 at 5:30 pm. Both of the parent information nights will be held at the VMS Media Center at 110 Burton Avenue. Applications will be made available on March 6.

Valwood School students, from kindergartners to 5th graders, will showcase their artistic talents in “Recovering the Masters,” beginning Feb. 27 at the SGMC Outpatient Plaza. The exhibition will available through March 31, with a reception to be held on Thursday, March 2  from 4:30-6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Georgia Music Educator’s Association has selected Valdosta City School’s Michael Thomas as the Music Educator of the Year for the state of Georgia. Michael Thomas received this honor officially on January 26 at a conference in Athens.

VSU head basketball coach Mike Helfer was honored on a national level as the National Division II Coach of the Week.

Adel family moves forward after losing daughter to deadly storms one month ago
Authorities investigating an inmate death at Valdosta State Prison
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