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Valdosta judge Vernita Bender dead

Valdosta judge Vernita Bender dead

VALDOSTA -- The City of Valdosta confirmed that Municipal Court Judge Vernita Bender has died. In 2016, Bender was featured by the Judicial Council of Georgia as one of the most influential African-American judges in Georgia. "Judge Bender leaves behind a legacy of outstanding leadership, public service, and memories that we will alwayscherish. She was a friend and mentor for City employees, as well as many Valdosta residents," said City Manager Mark Barber. “Judge Bender had a huge heart for the community’s young people and was always a positive example in both her professional and personal life. Judge Bender loved her community…
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How to cook a turkey without burning down your house

How to cook a turkey without burning down your house

It's that time of year again when your local fire departments would like to remind you of a few safety tips to make sure your home is filled with the aroma of turkey and not the flames of a fire. Cooking is the biggest cause of home fires and fire injuries, and Thanksgiving is one of the peak times for home cooking fires. “No matter how many years you’ve been cooking, or how many Thanksgiving feasts you’ve served, you still need to make safety your main ingredient,” says Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell. Start with these prevention tips: Make your cooking…
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Cat dies in Valdosta house fire

Cat dies in Valdosta house fire

VALDOSTA -- On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Valdosta Fire Department responded to a house fire on Springhill Drive. The call was received from dispatch at 11:35 p.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene in under five minutes to find heavy fire coming from the back of the home. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly. No injuries were reported. Unfortunately, a cat succumbed to smoke exposure and could not be resuscitated. The Valdosta Police Department and South Georgia Medical Center EMS assisted with on-scene operations.  A total of 13 fire personnel responded to the scene. The cause of…
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How to prevent package pirates, and other holiday tips

How to prevent package pirates, and other holiday tips

As we enter the holidays during a pandemic, local law enforcement officials are reminding residents that criminals may see the increased shipping the pandemic will bring as an invitation to steal packages from doorsteps. Law enforcement expects thefts of packages to be a bigger problem this year due in part to COVID-19, and Valdosta Police Chief Leslie Manahan offers some valuable tips to avoid porch piracy. “We know that due to the Pandemic, there will be an increase in the number of packages delivered to your home. These may be left unattended for hours, leaving them vulnerable to possibly being stolen,” Manahan…
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Barbecue restaurant in Valdosta catches fire

Barbecue restaurant in Valdosta catches fire

VALDOSTA -- Smoke engulfed a barbecue restaurant in Valdosta Monday night. Firefighters responded to the fire at It's All Good BBQ at 118 West MLK. Jr Drive just after 11:50 p.m. The first fire unit arrived to find heavy smoke extending from the front of the building. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly. No injuries were reported. The Valdosta Police Department and South Georgia Medical Center EMS assisted with on-scene operations.  A total of sixteen firefighters responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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Inmate death in Valdosta suspected to be homicide

Inmate death in Valdosta suspected to be homicide

VALDOSTA -- An inmate at Valdosta State Prison died Wednesday and investigators say they believe the inmate's death was a homicide. Agents say they have reason to believe inmate Bobby Carpenter died as a result of injuries sustained during an altercation with another inmate at the facility.  Medical personnel responded and life saving measures  were performed.  Carpenter was pronounced dead at the prison at about 7:48 a.m. The Georgia Department of Corrections is conducting an investigation into the death as standard procedure.  Carpenter was sentenced in Cherokee County in 2016 to serve 20 years for Armed Robbery.
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Valdosta makes masks mandatory

Valdosta makes masks mandatory

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta has joined a growing list of cities in Georgia that are mandating masks in public places now that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has given cities and counties formal permission to enact such mandates. However, the decision to mandate masks was split among city leaders. The Valdosta City Council voted 4-3 to approve the Local Option Face Covering Ordinance requiring face coverings in public places and government buildings during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Council members Vivian Miller Cody, Sandra Tooley, Sonny Vickers and Eric Howard voted to approve the ordinance, while council members Tim Carroll, Andy Gibbs and…
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Valdosta launches mask campaign as Georgia coronavirus cases rise

Valdosta launches mask campaign as Georgia coronavirus cases rise

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson launched a "Mask Up Valdosta" campaign on Thursday encouraging Valdosta residents to wear a face covering in public as a safeguard to slow the spread of COVID-19. City officials say the voluntary mask campaign is done in full support of Governor Kemp’s "Wear a Mask" Flyaround Tour of Georgia held earlier this month. “We want to keep our economy open and ensure our healthcare system has the capacity to treat all patients who need medical care,” said Matheson. “My mask protects you and your mask protects me. Together, we all can stop the…
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