Morning News Briefs for 3-13-17

| March 13, 2017

There were customers inside the North Valdosta Road branch of Southwest Georgia Bank Friday when a man came in and robbed the bank. But thanks to the quick and efficient work of The Valdosta Police Department and a deputy with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department the suspect was captured just minutes later with the help of a citizen who spotted the getaway vehicle and phoned 911.

A wanted fugitive from South Carolina is now in custody in Wilcox County. Toby Boyd was also wanted for multiple burglaries in Wilcox and Ben Hill County. Boyd had been sought for over a week.

Makayla Reynolds and Breanna Staten both of Valdosta were on their way to National Guard duty in Albany when Reynolds lost control of the vehicle that she drove crossed the median on Highway 520 and was struck by a tractor trailer. Reynolds and Staten were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi-45 year old Marvin Thomas of Tifton suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The members of the Valdosta City School Board could vote to change the start and end of school days at their next meeting at 7 pm Tuesday. The meeting takes place at the Superintendent’s Office on Williams Street and it’s open to the public. The tentative scheduled would shift High school from 7:25 a.m.-2:30 p.m., to 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.…Middle schools from 7:45 a.m.-3:05 p.m., to 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Elementary schools from 8:25 a.m.-3:30 p.m., to 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will accept new student applications for summer semester on Free Application Day, March 23. It takes place on the following campuses: the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus, Coffee Campus, Cook County WDC Campus, Moody Air Force Base Extended Campus, and the Valdosta Campus from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The options for earning summer college credits at Wiregrass include regular full-term semester classes which start May 15 and the new summer is Wiregrass’ Summer Express. The press release states that the seven-week semester will run from May 30 to July 25. For more information visit their website at or call (229) 333-2100.

State Representative Jason Shaw, R-Lakeland is among a group of state lawmakers who have set their sights on improving job opportunities, spurring growth in downtown areas of small rural communities and aiding hospitals in those areas. House Speaker David Ralston is supporting the proposal from Representative Sam Watson of Moultrie and he suggests that lawmakers investigate the possibilities by traveling the state to determine what the best options are for helping rural Georgia.

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