Morning News Briefs for 7-25-17

| July 25, 2017

A Valdosta shooting incident in the 1400 block of Baytree drive has landed Jabari Brown in custody charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor-Travvon Rutledge’s charges include two felonies and Leon Golden is charged with two misdemeanors. The shootings took place around 3:30 am Saturday morning. Police Chief Brian Childress responded to the incident by saying that they are senseless and will not be tolerated,” said VPD Chief Brian Childress. “We appreciate the assistance of Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the witnesses who helped us bring these offenders to justice.”


State Troopers report that Ryan Buckley, age 21, was struck by a train Sunday afternoon. Buckley was driving a Ford F-150 pickup and crossed the path of a train traveling north and struck his pickup in the driver’s side. According to the report he suffered severe injuries and was transported to Tift Regional Hospital and later transferred to another medical center in Macon.


Bush Brothers & Co. has announced a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on cans. Officials report that it was an internal quality assurance checkers identified the issue, which originated from a can supplier. The reported problem has been corrected, no other products are affected and no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.

BUSH’S BEST® BROWN SUGAR HICKORY BAKED BEANS 28 ounce with UPC of 0 39400 01977 0 and Lot Codes 6097S GF and 6097P GF with Best By date of Jun 2019

BUSH’S BEST COUNTRY STYLE BAKED BEANS 28 ounce with UPC of 0 39400 01974 9 and Lot Codes 6077S RR, 6077P RR, 6087S RR, 6087P RR with the Best By date of Jun 2019

BUSH’S BEST ORIGINAL BAKED BEANS 28 ounce with UPC of 0 39400 01614 4 and Lot Codes 6057S LC and 6057P LC with the Best By date of Jun 2019


According to a report from Captain Stryde Jones of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department four churches in the area were burglarized within a two day period. The burglaries involved the theft of musical instruments and electronics. The list of churches includes the St. Mark Baptist Church in Delmar-the Swilly Hill Church of God on Hickory Grove Road-Corinth Baptist Church in Lake Park and Korean First Presbyterian Church on Bemiss Road.


The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has announced plans for a $21.4 million project that includes a fine arts center and the rehabilitation and re-purposing of the Carlton Library; it will in the future become a more comprehensive learning center. President David Bridges said the project is a top priority for the academic year ahead as the college prepares for the return of students for the fall semester. According to the Press Release, Bridges said the legislature has approved $1.6 million in design funds for the project. He hopes the remainder of the funding will be approved during the upcoming legislative session.


Law enforcement officials in Thomasville say that there is major concern over the disappearance of a woman who got on a Greyhound bus headed to Miami but she reportedly never made it. 32 year old Amber McGrivy left Thomasville on July 17th and was to transfer to another bus in Tallahassee in order to arrive in Miami Tuesday. Officials report that McGrivy requires medication and they are seeking the public’s assistance; anyone with information on Amber McGrivy is asked to call 229-225-3315.


James Salzer writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Georgia led the nation with the highest increase in personal auto insurance rates in 2016, according to a new analysis, but rising rates is nothing new for the state’s drivers. Georgia ranked either first or second nationally for increases in the three previous years, too. State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said there is little he can do about skyrocketing rates because of a law passed a decade ago that makes it almost impossible for the government to stop such increases. Hudgens voted for the law while serving in the Georgia Senate, and he says he has no regrets about supporting it.


According to a report posted by the Associated Press, Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis is endorsing Stacey Abrams in the Georgia governor’s race. Abrams, House Democrats’ minority leader until recently is among a group that includes four Republicans, two Democrats and one Independent are in the 2018 race to replace term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal. Abrams first must win a primary against state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna. Evans rolled out a key endorsement of her own this summer: Roy Barnes, the last Democrat to hold the Georgia governor’s office.


A groundbreaking ceremony was held as Atlantic & Southern Equipment begins work on their new production facility on Highway 82 West where construction is already underway. The company has operations throughout the Southeast and has been in Tifton since 2010, offering a full line of agricultural equipment.

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