//Morning News Briefs for 11-7-16

Morning News Briefs for 11-7-16

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Second Harvest Food Bank is working to make sure that area residents in need have a happy Thanksgiving holiday and they are calling for volunteers to help fill Thanksgiving Day boxes. Over 2,000 of the food boxes will be given away that will be enough to feed a family of four for a week. The cost to sponsor the 20 pound box is only $5 and distribution will take place Tuesday November 22nd at Valdosta High School starting at 8 a.m. and it will continue as long as the supplies last. For more information call 229-244-2678.

The search for a new President at Valdosta State University continues and now there are four finalists. The list included Dr.’s Kelli Brown of Georgia College and State University, Richard Carvajal of Darton State College, Christopher Maples former president of Oregon Institute of Technology and Timothy Caboni of the University of Kansas. For information on public forums visit Valdosta Today.com.

The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reports that the state has broken the record for early votes cast set eight years ago. As of Friday more than two million ballots had been cast in the state and the numbers continue an upward climb. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Acting on a tip the Thomas County-Thomasville Narcotics-Vice Division interrupted the delivery of methamphetamine in Coolidge and four people from Moultrie were arrested. Michael Crumly, Deborah Jones, Nicholas Emory, and Willie Dillard were charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell or distribute.

The Standing Rock North Dakota protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project continue. Initiated last April by the Sioux First nation Tribe in Fort Yates, the opposition reports that the pipeline will run through multiple reservations connecting pipelines in North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. In the wake of the Colonial gasoline Pipeline explosion in Alabama, and other protest in the region over the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, demonstrators in Atlanta joined the western and mid-west protesters in Solidarity. The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline they say, poses a threat to Sacred Lands and to the water supply provided by the Missouri River.

Fox News Atlanta reports that the number of Latino registered voters is up in Georgia as the issue of immigration reform continues to be a topic of discussion across the nation. The office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp reports that the number of register Hispanic voters is up by 38 percent since 2012.