Morning News Briefs for 3-27-17

| March 27, 2017

Rebekah Anne North age 21 of Hahira was airlifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with injuries sustained in a Lowndes County vehicular crash on Shiloh Road over the weekend. According to Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol her Toyota reportedly crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by a tractor trailer driven by Wesley Griffin age 59 of Valdosta who suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene of the accident. The investigation continues.


A Richmond County father identified as Mark Scoggins is facing reckless conduct charges related to the unsafe storage of a firearm. He was jailed after his 6 year old daughter who was left unattended inside their home while he spoke with friends outside, found her father’s .357 magnum revolver and discharged it. She was taken to the hospital and admitted for treatment of minor injuries.


Witnesses in a Marietta neighborhood watched in shock and horror as a private plane began a downward spiral and crashed into a two-story home. The occupants of the home were attending a church service when the crash occurred.


Georgia’s proposed budget could greatly benefit persons interested in the field of construction and Diesel Technology. According to the latest report on the budget, 4.98 million dollars could go to the Carlton Construction Academy at Albany Technical College. The budget has passed in the House and Senate and now awaits approval by Governor Nathan Deal.


The 20th Annual Lee Anthony Crews Memorial No-Tap Bowling Tournament & Auction is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Jac’s Lanes, 406 Connell Road, with registration and lunch, starting at 11 a.m. For information on entry fees and registration contact Bobby & Linda Ray, (229) 559-7108; Tommy & Gena Crews, (229) 559-5005; Lee & Jessica Crews, (229) 237-9345. The annual event raises money for area law-enforcement officers and scholarships for Valdosta State University criminal-justice majors.


A bill proposed by Representative Jay Powell of Camilla is getting push-back from some of his fellow lawmakers. Powell’s bill would scrap the state’s current graduated tax brackets in favor of a 5.4 percent tax rate that could prove to be a tax break for many Georgia taxpayers. However, opponents cite the fact that person’s in lower income tax brackets could see tax increases. Powell insists that his bill includes earned income tax credits that would offset the tax increases; still families with no children would still face the tax hike.


Travis Debrell Smith, 42, was charged in 2015 with violations involving child molestation after the Thomas County Department of Family and Children Services contacted the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office. A Thomas County Superior Court judge sentenced Smith to two concurrent 30-year prison sentences, with the first 25 years to be served in a Georgia penitentiary; Smith will then be on probation for five more years.


According to Dave Williams of the Atlanta Business Chronicle the next governor of the state of Georgia could get a hefty salary increase under legislation passed by the state Senate. The proposal calls for a $175,000 annual salary beginning in January of 2019. Governor deal’s salary is now at $139,000 a year.


The state Senate approved legislation providing an alternative to a constitutional amendment Georgia voters defeated last year that would have let the state take over chronically failing schools cleared the Georgia Senate Friday. Senators voted in favor of a bill calling for the appointment of a “chief turnaround officer” to work with local school administrators and teachers to improve schools identified as low performing. The turnaround officer would be selected and report to the Georgia Board of Education.


The Board of Commissioners of Lowndes County will begin budget hearings today with outside agencies and other elected officials. In addition, after the work session Commissioners will meet to finalize their 2017 goals discussed during their recent annual planning retreat. The budget hearing schedule is a little fluid and could adjust depending upon the length of discussions. These meetings are open and the public is invited to attend.

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