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Valdosta fire crews rescue resident from burning home

Valdosta fire crews rescue resident from burning home

VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire in the 700 Block of Collier Street early Friday morning. The call came in from dispatch at 4:46 a.m. and the first fire unit arrived on scene within four minutes to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the residence, according to the Valdosta Fire Department. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control. An occupant of the home was found inside of the structure and was rescued by fire personnel. The occupant was taken to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment. A total of 15…
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Here are the changes to how Valdosta City Schools will handle quarantine

Here are the changes to how Valdosta City Schools will handle quarantine

Valdosta City Schools released new COVID-19 quarantine guidelines earlier this week. Below is the information from the news release sent out by the school district so you can see the changes and reasons straight from the horse's mouth. On Tuesday, September 14, the Valdosta Board of Education adopted new COVID-19 quarantine guidance in accordance with the administrative order released by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Georgia Department of Health issued the following guidance to schools: “…recognizing the importance of in-person learning, we have issued an updated administrative order related to quarantine. Schools may now elect to adhere to…
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Valdosta residents, here’s how you can help Hurricane Ida victims

Valdosta residents, here’s how you can help Hurricane Ida victims

The Valdosta Police Department is partnering with New Territory Outreach Ministries to collect items to send to the Louisiana to assist in the Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.If residents are interested in donating any of the below listed items (no other items, please) to the relief effort, they can drop off the items at the Valdosta Police Department Lobby (open 24/7) or 307 East Jane Street (9am to 1pm) through Tuesday, September 7. Needed Items (new and unopened) Bottled WaterBatteriesFlashlightsNon-Perishable FoodDuct TapeDiapers/WipesHand SanitizerTarpsPlastic Sheeting For more information, please call Community Policing Officer Randall Hancock at (229)-242-2606 ext. 4090.
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Valdosta Fire Department stops early morning blaze

Valdosta Fire Department stops early morning blaze

VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 503 Gil Harbin Industrial Blvd. at 5:43 a.m. Thursday morning. The first fire unit arrived on scene within four minutes to find heavy smoke coming from multiple overhead doors. The large, commercial building resulted in a two-alarm response totaling seven fire vehicles and 21 firefighters. The building’s fire suppression system kept the fire contained until crews could bring it under control. All employees safely evacuated prior to Fire Department's arrival. The Fire Department reports no injuries. Valdosta Police Department and South Georgia Medical Center EMS assisted…
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Elsa leaves sewer spills in her wake

Elsa leaves sewer spills in her wake

VALDOSTA -- Tropical Storm Elsa brought rain and sewage overflows to Valdosta Wednesday. According to city officials, the City of Valdosta received more than three inches of rain from Tropical Storm Elsa in addition to about nine inches of rain received during the past two weeks. These rain events saturated the ground causing inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system. The excess flow exceeded the capacity of the collection system causing intermittent sewage spills at several manholes. On Wednesday the city identified seven seven locations in which these overflows occurred: 800 Block of Gornto Road = 43,350 gallons200 Block of…
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Meet Iva, Valdosta’s newest K-9 officer

Meet Iva, Valdosta’s newest K-9 officer

The Valdosta Police Department has added a new member to its team filled with dedication, drive, and a lot of fluff. Iva is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois that now works alongside K-9 handler James Turner.  Turner has been with the Police Department for almost six years. Initially, he started as a Patrol Officer but has since transitioned into the K-9 unit, where he has worked for the past three years. Recently Turner and Iva completed a nine-week course in New Market, Alabama, designed for K-9 instructors. Not only did this course assist the pair with additional skill sets such as…
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This is why Gordon Street in Valdosta is closed

This is why Gordon Street in Valdosta is closed

A portion of Gordon Street near Hightower Street will be closed until further notice due to an emergency repair. City of Valdosta road crews will be on site tonight to determine the cause of the road issue and extent of repairs needed. A photo released by the city shows a part of the roadway appears to have collapsed. Traffic control and devices have been placed in the area. For questions regarding the closure, call the city engineering department, (229) 259-3530.
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Popular lunch time concert series returns to Valdosta

Popular lunch time concert series returns to Valdosta

VALDOSTA -- The popular lunch time concert series is back in Valdosta. The Main Street Office will host the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series in Downtown Valdosta on Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7. This event, which is free and open to the general public, features the live performance of a different band each day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Lowndes County Courthouse Lawn. Concert attendees may also purchase lunch and beverages from a variety of restaurant booths. Concert-goers can grab lunch from Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering, a rotating schedule of food trucks or a picnic…
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Valdosta High School football team stripped of 7 wins

Valdosta High School football team stripped of 7 wins

VALDOSTA -- As the investigation into possible rules violations and improprieties by the Valdosta Wildcats high school football program continues, the Georgia High School Association has handed down sanctions against the team.  Fines totaling $7,500 have been issued, along with the forfeit of seven wins from the 2020 season, a postseason ban for the upcoming 2021 season, and five players ruled ineligible for the 2021 season as well — some of whom have already left the school.  The decision comes after the release of an audio tape recorded in May by then-Wildcats booster club executive director Michael “Nub” Nelson. In the recording, a voice, alleged to be Valdosta head football coach Rush Propst, is heard discussing a variety of topics, including the…
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Meet Valdosta’s new judge

Meet Valdosta’s new judge

Judge Jeremy Baker was sworn in as the Valdosta Municipal Court Judge Monday by Lowndes County Superior Court Judge Gregory Voyles. Valdosta's mayor and city council appointed Baker in March.  “The Municipal Court is usually people’s first introduction into dealing with the legal system. So, what I look most forward to is interacting with the community and being able to serve at that level to ensure their first interaction is a positive one,” Baker said. Baker replaces Judge Vernita Bender, who died in December. Before his appointment, Baker served as an Associate attorney in Coleman Talley’s Valdosta office. His practice…
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Georgia inmates charged with drug trafficking and bribery at state prison

Georgia inmates charged with drug trafficking and bribery at state prison

Four inmates at Georgia prisons are facing federal charges stemming from a scheme to smuggle narcotics into Hays State Prison by bribing a corrections officer, FBI officials say. Jeffery Deroy Lewis, an inmate at Valdosta State Prison, along with Octavius Henry, Alexis Jay Stokley, and Khalid Eugene Mouton, inmates at Hays State Prison, and an accomplice, Jessica Corley Stokley, have been indicted and arraigned on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges. “These inmates allegedly smuggled drugs and other contraband into the prison, putting guards and fellow inmates in danger,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “By using hidden cellphones…
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Food trucks are ready to roll in Valdosta again

Food trucks are ready to roll in Valdosta again

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta Food Trucks are back for another season -- Social Distancing Style. The City of Valdosta and Valdosta Main Street are hosting Food Truck Thursday, March through November. The first event of the season will be held on March 18. The event will be held on the third Thursday of each month throughout the season. The event will be set up as a food truck crawl with food trucks set up simultaneously around Downtown Valdosta. The trucks will be located along Valley Street and in the Lowndes County Judicial Complex Parking Lot. Eventgoers can enjoy everything from BBQ…
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Georgia man faces up to 60 years in prison for child porn production

Georgia man faces up to 60 years in prison for child porn production

The Story: A Valdosta resident is facing a maximum 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts charging him with child pornography production, said Peter D. Leary, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. The Sentence: According to the FBI, 43-year-old Robert Abacan, of Valdosta, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson in Macon federal court Friday. Abacan is facing a minimum of 15 years to a maximum 30 years imprisonment for each count. Co-defendant 43-year-old Frances Abacan of Valdosta, pleaded guilty to one count production…
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Local Heroes: Four Valdosta police officers honored for saving a child’s life

Local Heroes: Four Valdosta police officers honored for saving a child’s life

Four Valdosta police officers have been commended for their actions last month in saving the life of a child who was unresponsive after a seizure. Chief Leslie Manahan recognized Officers Dmitry Zimin, James Turner, Preston White, and Alberto Castellanos, for their quick thinking and response which saved the child's life, by presenting each of them a departmental challenge coin on Monday.  On Jan. 21, a mother was rushing her child to the hospital due to the child having a seizure in the vehicle. While heading to the hospital, the mother updated E911 that the child was unresponsive. Officers were able…
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Boat manufacturer to bring 90 jobs to Valdosta area

Boat manufacturer to bring 90 jobs to Valdosta area

Correct Craft, a leader in building tournament inboard, freshwater fishing, utility and recreational boats, will invest more than $1.7 million in opening a manufacturing facility in Valdosta. Company officials say the new facility will deliver 90 jobs to Lowndes County. Correct Craft’s Valdosta facility will produce wakeboarding and wake surfing boats under its Supreme Boats brand. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Correct Craft and Supreme Boats to the family of outstanding manufacturers that call Georgia home. Boating and water sports play a vital role in our tourism industry in Georgia and, along with other important industry sectors, help create opportunity…
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