Morning News Briefs for 5-12-17

| May 12, 2017

Kickoff time is set for this evening at 8 pm at Bazemore Hyder Stadium. It’s the Valdosta Wildcats and the Lowndes High Vikings in their scrimmage game. All tickets are $5 each and no reserved seats will be sold. There will be a pass gate for all GHSA and GISA pass holders.


Justin Thornton, Alexis Griffin, and Clayton Zimmerman, were taken into custody in connection with the robbery and assault of Jose Jimenez of Highway 133 North in Moultrie. Another warrant has been issued for Joseph Fender and more charges could be filed.


Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed legislation designed to create more job opportunities in rural areas. The proposal from Representative Jason Shaw will assist businesses in rural areas of the state with access to capital when they seek to expand or to create new enterprises. The bill creates a $100 million revolving loan fund for agribusiness and other rural employers in counties with less than 50,000 residents. Up to $60 million in tax credits is offered over the course of four years to insurance companies, corporations and other investors who buy into the program. The bill takes effect July 1.


Thomasville law enforcement officials are encouraging residents to speak out when they spot suspicious or criminal activity. So far this year there have been 85 burglaries in that area and reports of 50 auto break- ins. The initiative urging resident to notify police is captioned If YOU SEE SOMETHING…SAY SOMETHING. Callers can remain anonymous.


By a vote of 3 to 2 Lowndes County governmental officials have declared their backing of the regional sales tax to be voted on by residents in May of 2018. The T-SPLOST if approved by the citizens of the area T-SPLOST would provide funding for transportation projects within an 18 county area. The additional one cent tax would increase local sales taxes to eight cents on the dollar.

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