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Valdosta State to hire Kerwin Bell as coach

Valdosta State to hire Kerwin Bell as coach

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

By Chris Beckham VALDOSTA – Former Jacksonville University coach Kerwin Bell will be announced Friday as the ninth head coach in Valdosta State football history. Bell will replace David Dean, the school’s all-time winningest coach, who accepted the co-offensive coordinator’s position at Georgia Southern earlier in January. Bell was 66-35 in nine years as the […]

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Isakson discusses ISIS and Veterans with Beckham

Isakson discusses ISIS and Veterans with Beckham

| December 3, 2015 | 1 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today VALDOSTA — U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson joined The Morning Drive with Chris Beckham Thursday and discussed what the country’s role has been and what it should be concerning ISIS.  He also provided an update on progress in revamping the Veteran’s Administration.  Finally, he offers his thoughts on the refugee resettlement plan. […]

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Conversation with Tad Mosley, Candidate for Valdosta School Board

Conversation with Tad Mosley, Candidate for Valdosta School Board

| October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today News VALDOSTA — In our continuing series related to the upcoming Valdosta municipal elections, we offer a conversation with Valdosta School Board candidate Tad Mosley. Mosely is running for the District 6 seat on the Valdosta City School Board.  That seat is currently vacant. Here is our conversation with him related to his candidacy: […]

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Conversation with Brooks Bivins, Candidate for Mayor of Valdosta

Conversation with Brooks Bivins, Candidate for Mayor of Valdosta

| October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — In our continuing series related to the upcoming Valdosta municipal elections, we offer a conversation with Mayorial candidate Brooks Bivins. Bivins is running for the seat of Mayor of Valdosta against incumbent John Gayle. Here is our conversation with him related to his candidacy: Chris Beckham is the host of The Morning Driver with Chris […]

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Conversation with Mayor John Gayle

Conversation with Mayor John Gayle

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today News VALDOSTA — In our continuing series with candidates for city office in the upcoming Valdosta elections, we have a conversation with Mayor John Gayle. Gayle was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but moved to Valdosta early and graduated from Valdosta City Schools.  He is a retired businessman and involved in many […]

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Conversation with Linda Jurczak, City Council Candidate

Conversation with Linda Jurczak, City Council Candidate

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today News VALDOSTA — In the third of our series on candidates for municipal office in the city of Valdosta, we speak with Linda Jurczak. Ms. Jurczak is a candidate for the At-Large Council Seat, now held by Ben Norton.  In this interview, she discusses children’s activity needs, public transportation, and other […]

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Conversation with James Wright, City Council District 1

Conversation with James Wright, City Council District 1

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today VALDOSTA — In our series on candidates in the upcoming Valdosta city elections, we speak with James Wright.   Wright is a life-long resident of Valdosta and graduated from Valdosta High School in 1977 and Valdosta Technical Institute in 1990 with a diploma in Industrial and Residential Electricity, and again in […]

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A Conversation with District 5 Candidate Tim Carroll

A Conversation with District 5 Candidate Tim Carroll

| October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today VALDOSTA — In the second of a series interviewing candidates for Valdosta City Government office, we discuss the City Council District 5 race with candidate Tim Carroll. Carroll was first elected to this seat in 2008.  This will be the Louisiana-native’s effort to earn a third term representing the city’s 5th […]

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A Conversation with Mayorial Candidate J.D. Rice

A Conversation with Mayorial Candidate J.D. Rice

| October 5, 2015 | 1 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today VALDOSTA — In the first of a series on local candidates, we will provide interviews to share each candidate’s views on their platform and why they believe they are the best candidate for the office. We begin with former Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice in his bid to unseat John Gayle […]

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Wes Taylor Discusses Classification Changes and his No Vote at GHSA

Wes Taylor Discusses Classification Changes and his No Vote at GHSA

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Chris Beckham, Valdosta Today Sports VALDOSTA — Lowndes School Superintendant Wes Taylor, as a part of the Georgia High School Association Reclassification Committee, voted against the new classification system. Monday the committee voted to move forward with a new system beginning in 2016-17. He was one of 10 members to oppose the idea against 47 […]

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