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Arrest Made in Valdosta Burglary through Community Cooperation

Arrest Made in Valdosta Burglary through Community Cooperation

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — Saturday night, Valdosta Police officers were dispatched to a house in the 2500 block of Seymour Street to respond to a reported burglary. Thanks to team work by officers working the case, a suspect was arrested. Upon arrival, a female resident told police an unknown person broke in and stole items from her living room. […]

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Guilty Verdict in Lee County Murder Trial

Guilty Verdict in Lee County Murder Trial

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

ALBANY — Jurors issued a guilty verdict in the retrial of a man charged with stabbing and killing an elderly man during a robbery. Timothy French was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, and armed robbery. The jury’s verdict comes after another jury failed to reach a verdict in a May trial. French was charged […]

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Construction Begins on ABAC Laboratory Sciences Building

Construction Begins on ABAC Laboratory Sciences Building

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

TIFTON—Ten shovels filled with red soil worked in unison for a photo opportunity. Then a yellow motor grader smoothed out the dirt as the real construction began on the new $8.5 million laboratory sciences building on a steamy hot Thursday morning at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. “It is more than symbolic that this building will […]

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Drowning Victim’s Body Found

Drowning Victim’s Body Found

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

LAKE BLACKSHEAR — A possible drowning victim’s body has been located in Lake Blackshear on Saturday. Search crews located the body in Crisp County. The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office reports the body of Deshrick Howard, 28 of Sylvester, was recovered Saturday afternoon. They believe Howard went past the posted swimming area, and when he was […]

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High Temputures Affect Watermelon Crop

High Temputures Affect Watermelon Crop

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

TIFTON — High summer temperatures and intense sun could reduce the end of Georgia’s watermelon crop this year, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong. Coolong joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences two years ago to work on Georgia-grown vegetables, especially those with the most acreage in the […]

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Valdosta Posts Balanced Budget

Valdosta Posts Balanced Budget

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — After making some tough decisions that resulted in the reduction of over $6 million of department requests, the City of Valdosta Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, balanced and with no property tax increase, was approved by the Mayor and City Council at their June 25 City Council meeting. City Council approved the $85 million budget—following […]

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Sheppard Bonds out of Jail

Sheppard Bonds out of Jail

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA — The fugitive protester accused of bringing a gun onto the Valdosta State University campus in April posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the Lowndes Co. jail at 10:45 Friday morning. Eric Sheppard was originally denied bond after he was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Tampa Bay, Florida, but his attorney appealed […]

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Jury Convicts Double Murderer

Jury Convicts Double Murderer

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

FITZGERALD — A double murder suspect has been convicted by a Ben Hill County jury. Patrick Shawn Fletcher, 31, was convicted of two counts of murder Friday afternoon in a Fitzgerald courtroom. He was sentenced to life without parole, plus five years. Two years ago, he shot his neighbors Dewayne and Octavia Brown in the […]

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National Beef Announces Expansion in Moultrie

National Beef Announces Expansion in Moultrie

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

MOULTRIE — A welcome sign of improvement in the Moultrie economy was announced this week. Governor Nathan Deal announced that National Beef Packing Company, a leading beef processing and packing company, will expand its operations in Moultrie, creating approximately 200 jobs and roughly $9 million into the expansion. “The growth of food processing in Georgia […]

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Deer Camera Catches Thief

Deer Camera Catches Thief

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

THOMASVILLE – You never know who is watching.  A would-be thief learned that lesson the hard way in Thomasville. A suspect is behind bars after a homeowner’s deer camera caught him stealing a weed eater from a tool shed.   Frank Young Jr., 58, is charged with burglary and probation violation. The homeowner discovered his weed eater […]

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