Morning News for 4-5-17

| April 5, 2017

The South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting upwards of 30 families impacted by the storm that came through Monday night. Volunteers are helping residents with debris cleanup and with finding shelter. Persons finding themselves in need of shelter should contact their local chapters of the American Red Cross.

Work crews and volunteers are already assisting residents throughout the region with cleanup efforts and tree removals. The southwest portion and northern portion of the state could be hardest hit by the expected latest round of storms; even some tornadoes. Valdosta-Lowndes County and the surrounding area is on high alert for possible severe weather.

A residential fire in the 700 block of Murphy Street destroyed a home and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Valdosta firefighters responded and report that the rental property was vacant and some repair and remodeling work was underway.

40 delegates from the Lowndes County Republican Party gathered to select new leadership and representatives for their district and state conventions. Scott Smith and Sandra Supp will serve as first and second vice chairpersons, with Mary Blocker serving as secretary and Bill Tucker as treasurer. The convention of the 8th District will be held in Thomasville April 22nd and their State Convention June 2nd in Augusta.

Each spring Georgia DOT and departments of transportation across the country observe National Work Zone Awareness Week, which is April 3-7 this year. This year’s theme – Work Zone Safety Is in Your Hands – calls attention to the dangers in roadway work zones. It reminds motorists that their driving behavior in work zones can be the difference between life and death – not only for our workers, but for drivers and passengers. It also reminds workers to remain cautious and vigilant in a work zone. In all, 14 southwest Georgia employees have been killed in work zone crashes since 1969, when the district began keeping records. Members of the district Georgia Department of Transportation Employees Association presented a plaque bearing the names of the 14. The plaque will be displayed at the Tifton district office.

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