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Former Bainbridge Banker Sentenced to Prison plus Restitution

Former Bainbridge Banker Sentenced to Prison plus Restitution

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

ALBANY — A former Chief Lending Officer with Southwest Georgia Farm Credit has been sentenced as a result of his guilty plea in Federal Court. Larry Malone, 59 of Bainbridge, was sentenced to two years in prison.  I addition, he must repay more than $25 million in restitution for bank fraud. Reports state Malone used […]

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Coffee County Mother Charged with Child Cruelty

Coffee County Mother Charged with Child Cruelty

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

DOUGLAS — A young mother has been charged related to her child’s traumatic brain and other injuries. Amber Nicole Grantham, 24, was charged with first degree cruelty to children and aggravated battery related to injuries suffered by her 15-month old child.  Officials contend the child’s injuries were the result of being shaken. Reports from the […]

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Lowndes County’s 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index Score

Lowndes County’s 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index Score

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County School System posted an overall 0.3 point gain on its district 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score compared to its progress in 2013.  The scores, released early this week by the Georgia Department of Education,  place the school system 10.6 points ahead of the state average of […]

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DFACS Audit Reveals Frivolous Spending

DFACS Audit Reveals Frivolous Spending

| December 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lee Henderson, Newstalk 105.9 WVGA: ATLANTA — An audit is raising questions on potentially frivolous spending in the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. The questionable spending involves a state audit of the division’s Independent Living Program and it found that roughly $374,000 was spent on promotional items including umbrellas, t-shirts, fitness kits and […]

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Moody AFB Operation Broken Heart Results In 11 Arrests

Moody AFB Operation Broken Heart Results In 11 Arrests

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Allison Ericson, Valdosta Today News Director: VALDOSTA — Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office paired up with United States Air Force federal agents at Moody Air Force Base for operation Broken Heart. Broken Heart began in April 2014 in order to address the issue of child exploitation through social media outlets. The operation was designed towards Moody AFB’s […]

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Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $20,000 Traffic Enforcement Grant

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Awarded $20,000 Traffic Enforcement Grant

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office announced today that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network. There […]

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VFD Responds to Fire at Azalea Towers

VFD Responds to Fire at Azalea Towers

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at Azalea Towers, 2910 Tara Drive, at approximately 3:07 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18. Responding Valdosta Firefighters quickly evacuated all five floors and contained the fire to the first floor, minimizing the damage to only one unit of the 101-unit apartment complex. VFD firefighters […]

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Georgia Unemployment at 7.2%

Georgia Unemployment at 7.2%

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Labor reports the state’s unemployment rate at 7.2%, seasonally adjusted for November. The State Labor Commissioner stated that it was the largest monthly decline since 1976. However, Georgia’s rate remains above the national average, which stands at 5.8 despite adding 23,400 jobs last month to a total of 4.17 […]

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Underground Atlanta Sold to South Carolina Developer

Underground Atlanta Sold to South Carolina Developer

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA — A Mount Pleasant, SC-based developer is under contract to purchase the Underground Atlanta site. WRS, Inc. is planning to purchase the 12-acre site in downtown Atlanta for a reported $25.75 million with plans on converting it to a mixed-use development including retail, grocery and housing. The site, once the focus of bringing a […]

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Morven Shooting Arrests Made; Suspect Named Already in Custody for Murders

Morven Shooting Arrests Made; Suspect Named Already in Custody for Murders

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has made an arrest related to the double homicide in Morven. Anthony Ceasar, 33, has been charged with 2 counts each of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault. The suspect was also arrested and charged with murder in September related to a shooting in Lake Park involving […]

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