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When do the fireworks start?: A list of local Independence Day celebrations

When do the fireworks start?: A list of local Independence Day celebrations

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA – South Georgia and North Florida offer multiple opportunities to celebrate America’s Independence Day this year. Here is a list of a few of the events: Valdosta Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular Tuesday, July 4 Best viewed on the Valdosta Mall side of I-75 between Exits 16 and 18 Fireworks […]

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Georgia man pleads guilty to rape of girl, gets probation

Georgia man pleads guilty to rape of girl, gets probation

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Outrage sparked over a Macon, Georgia man avoiding jail time after pleading quilty to statutory rape. Tremayne Driskell, Jr., 21, was charged with rape and child molestation of a 13-year-old girl in 2016. A plea deal gives him five years of probation. Meg Baldwin, the executive director of the Refuge House in […]

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GBI Crime Lab identifies new fentanyl analogues

GBI Crime Lab identifies new fentanyl analogues

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab in Cleveland, GA has identified two new fentanyl analogues, acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl. Both of these synthetic opioids had not previously been identified by the GBI Crime Lab. They both can be absorbed through the skin and are considered highly dangerous. The Forsyth County Sheriff’s […]

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Lowndes TSA teams compete in Orlando

Lowndes TSA teams compete in Orlando

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

LOWNDES Co. – Last week, the Lowndes High and Hahira Middle School TSA chapters traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete against over 8000 kids in the 39th Annual TSA National Conference. The team included Isabel Autrey, Molly Davis, Jon Liu, Alana Lund, Hank Peagler, Lyla Ruff, Ruby Ruff, and Cameron White. This group of talented young […]

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Fireworks: Fun and Dangerous

Fireworks: Fun and Dangerous

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fireworks can be fun and exciting, but they can also be dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not taken.  Agent Bivins Robinson of Robinson Agency Inc. is teaming up with the Georgia Arson Control Board to remind the citizens of Lowndes County to make safety a main priority if they choose to handle legal […]

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No smoke has been seen in two weeks at Georgia swamp

No smoke has been seen in two weeks at Georgia swamp

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

FOLKSTON, Ga. (WCTV) – Authorities say it has been nearly two weeks since any smoke has been seen at the site of a wildfire that began in early April in a south Georgia swamp. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Ranger Susan Heisey says June 10 was the last time smoke was seen in the area, and […]

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Valdosta delivers a balanced budget

Valdosta delivers a balanced budget

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

VALDOSTA – The City of Valdosta Fiscal Year 2018 Budget was approved by the Mayor and City Council at their June 22 City Council meeting. The budget was presented to the council as a balanced budget, as required by the City Charter, importantly with no property tax increase. Council approved the $97 million budget, following nearly […]

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FBI: White powder letters test negative for known hazards

FBI: White powder letters test negative for known hazards

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

ATLANTA – On Thursday, June 15, 2017, a series of suspicious white powder/ letters were sent to Roswell, Georgia residents, one of which was the residence of U.S. Congressional 6th District Candidate Karen Handel. Concurrent with that incident, WAGA Fox 5’s Briarcliff Road, Dekalb County news station received a very similar letter containing suspicious white powder.  Later […]

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Inmates to get shorter sentences for helping Georgia deputy

Inmates to get shorter sentences for helping Georgia deputy

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

CEDARTOWN, Ga. (WCTV) – A Georgia sheriff says he will reduce the sentences of inmates who stepped in to help a deputy when he collapsed on the job. Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told news outlets the deputy suddenly collapsed while overseeing inmates on a work-release detail. The six inmates opened the deputy’s shirt, removed […]

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Morning News Briefs for 6-22-17

Morning News Briefs for 6-22-17

| June 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mayor John Gayle and members of the Valdosta City Council will meet I regular session at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. On the agenda are various bids, an ordinance involving the city’s Cash Bond Schedule, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and the Employee of the […]

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