Morning News Briefs for 4-3-17

| April 3, 2017

Representatives from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement are in Valdosta to inspect the operations, procedures and policies of the Valdosta Police Department. Their findings will determine if the local law enforcement agency maintains its accreditation.

Motorists traveling on Georgia’s Interstate roadways on the upcoming weekend will find that the restriction of construction-related lane closures have been limited through April 9th at 10pm. Easter weekend the DOT will limit lane closures near major tourist attractions and shopping areas from 11 p.m. April 14 to 11 p.m. April 16.

Recently the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning Organization released information regarding a proposed amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Transportation Vision Plan (TVP). The organization will host an Open House presenting the proposed amendment at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College on Thursday, April 6th from 4 to 7 PM. For more information contact Corey Hull at 229-333-5277.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has just over a month to go over bills presented for his approval. Among the proposals up for review is one that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on to public college campuses. last year a similar bill was vetoed by governor Deal.

The East campus of Albany State University was on lockdown for a short while last night as law enforcement officers rounded up suspects who were breaking into vehicles parked in the area. Two of the three thieves were apprehended; one got away.

Valdosta State University continues to waive application fees through April 9th for students wishing to take classes in the summer and fall semesters. Prospective students may apply to the university online via the VSU website.

Lowndes County residents receiving food stamps should be aware of a new stipulation for eligibility. Recipients considered able to work and without children in their households will be required to put in a minimum of 20 hours of work per week to remain in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The new ruling will impact all food stamp beneficiaries between the ages 18 and 50 who are not classified as disabled. Other Georgia counties could soon enact the same policies.

Gasoline prices are up in Lowndes County with the average price reaching $2.20; an increase of six cents in just one week. The lowest price was reported to be $2.09 and the highest price $2.65. Georgia’s average price of $2.20 was up from $2.16 in the same period.

Weather alerts have been issued for the South Georgia area with some sectors under the possible threat of tornadoes and forecasters say that the alerts could be re-issued for Wednesday. The National Weather Service warns of straight line high winds that could reach gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.

Severe weather expected late Monday
Valdosta Fire Department promotes five
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