Morning News Briefs for 7-5-17

| July 5, 2017

A Chatsworth, Georgia small plane crash has taken the lives of 55 year old Dexter Gresham, his wife and her 10 year old grandchildren; one female and one male. The plane went down about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta.


A lawsuit challenging the validity of Georgia’s electronic touchscreen voting system has been filed. The plaintiffs say that the system comes with so many problems that the recent 6th District United States House race election results should be thrown out. Such a move would nullify the results of the race between Republican Karen Handel-the winner, and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Their campaigns are said to be the most expensive in the history of the nation.


A controversy is brewing in Lake Park over property near Tom’s Pond where some veterans hope to erect a memorial. However, Lake Park city councilwoman Jena Sandlin says that a part of the property that the vets want to use belongs to her. At issue is Sandlin being blocked from water access and the veterans desire to include a fishing dock in the same area and the correct property line. An ordinance involving the veteran’s memorial will be discussed at the upcoming Lake Park City Council meeting on July 11th at 7:30 pm and it is open to the public.


Violating DUI laws, reckless driving violations and a host of other incursions with the authorities will now cost violators more money. Dozens of fines associated with traffic violations and littering have been increased along with the court costs connected to them.


Thursday, the public is invited to come join in the food, fellowship, and festivities with the Lowndes County Democratic Party. The program features guest speakers Sarah Todd (Democratic Party of Georgia Vice Chair of Congressional District Chairs and County Party Liaison) and Claudia Collier (Democratic Party of Georgia Greening Chair). Thats 6 PM,Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Mathis Auditorium, 2300 North Ashley Street. For ticket information call the Lowndes County Democratic Party or pay at the door.


The Valdosta City Council Work Session and the regular City Council Meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday, July 6, 2017, were canceled for this week. The next regular City Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm in council chambers at City Hall; the public is encouraged to attend.


Dozens of new laws are now in effect with the start of Georgia’s fiscal year, including an end to a ban on guns on the state’s public college campuses. Gov. Nathan Deal signed 275 measures into law after the General Assembly adjourned at the end of March, and more than 100 of them took effect as of July 1. The rest became effective with Deal’s signature or were written to take effect at later dates. As of July 1, Georgia joined nine other states that allow concealed weapons to be carried on campuses. Permit-holders must be at least 21 – or at least 18 with proof of basic training or active service in the military. Applicants must provide fingerprints for a criminal record check and undergo an additional federal background check.


Lowndes Associated Ministries for People, Inc. (LAMP) is proud to announce its Inaugural Gospel Explosion Competition Saturday July 29th at the Valdosta Courthouse front lawn at 2 pm. Community organizations, churches, singers, dancers and groups are invited to participate as first, second, and third place winners will be announced for each category. Local vendors can set up around the site to sale their merchandise including food items. For more information call (229)245-7157.

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