Category Archives: Around our Area

2 Valdosta Men Plead Guilty To Dog Fighting And Firearms Charges

United States Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that Raymond Lee Hendrix a/k/a “Georgia Lee” and “Lee”, of Echols County, Georgia; and Willie Henderson, of Lowndes County, Georgia, entered guilty pleas to a number of charges in United States District Court in Valdosta. The pleas were entered on June 25, 2015 before the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior District… Read More »

Around Our Area: Death of One-Year-Old in Thomasville Deemed a “Tragic Accident”

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Tonya Hayes hugged her sons just a little tighter Thursday; following the death of her neighbor’s 19-month-old son, Dallas Beltran. He died in what authorities are calling a “tragic accident.” “It’s heartbreaking, it’s a tragedy. You start thinking if it had been yours,” Hayes said. It all happened Wednesday morning on Swanson Road in Thomas… Read More »




Thomasville man awaiting trial in international pornography case

THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville man charged as part of an international child exploitation conspiracy case is scheduled for a jury trial on Sept. 8 at the Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia. James Edwin Hancock, 44, is one of seven defendants who allegedly operated two websites designed to trick children between ages eight and 14 into engaging in sexual… Read More »




1 current and 2 former Colquitt Co. HS football players charged with murder and armed robbery attempt

Colquitt County, GA, High School junior running back Tykerious “Grump” Jones, 17, faces charges of murder and criminal intent to commit armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of 68-year-old John Hester. The incident happened on July 5, but Jones and six other co-defendants were charged in recent days. There were seven teenagers arrested with connection to… Read More »

Around Our Area: Racial wounds reopened in Grady County after vote on Confederate flag

Racial wounds reopened after Grady County commissioners vote to keep Confederate flag CAIRO — Scabs of racial wounds were ripped off during Friday’s special called meeting of the Grady County Commission to discuss the Confederate flag’s place at the Veteran’s Square surrounding the Grady County Courthouse. After an unruly two hours of emotional statements by commissioners and residents,… Read More »




Moultrie man wins $274K in lottery

Douglas Bridges of Moultrie is a huge winner in the Georgia Lottery Fantasy 5, taking home $274,321. Packers Food Mart, 527 U.S. Highway 319 North in Moultrie, sold the winning ticket from the June 30 drawing. Bridges claimed his prize July 1 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton, Ga. Check the latest winning lottery numbers here… Read More »

Dawson’s Judge Bishop appointed to serve on Georgia Commission on Family Violence

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Pataula Chief Superior Court Judge Joe C. Bishop to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a state agency created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive plan for ending family violence in Georgia. GCFV conducts quarterly meetings inAtlanta. Judge Bishop will serve… Read More »

Around Our Area: Blakely man dies in early Friday accident

A Blakely, Ga., man passed away in an auto accident in Albany, Ga., early Friday morning, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The Georgia State Patrol identified the victim as Escondarius Deshon Yarborough, 24, of Blakely. The one-car accident happened on Gillionville Road in Albany at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Friday, April 24. According to GSP, Yarborough apparently lost… Read More »




Large crowd gathers for American flag rally in Valdosta (Pictures)

Powerful scene in Valdosta as supporters create a parade-like atmosphere with American flags. Very positive. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/sPKtIhr5gg — Matt Belanger (@MattWSB) April 24, 2015 Large police presence in #Valdosta as supporters line street @wsbtv Classes cancelled and business operations closed pic.twitter.com/TyjUJ9Ad1x — Matt Belanger (@MattWSB) April 24, 2015

Breaking News: Valdosta State cancels all classes and activities for Friday

All normal campus business operations are suspended Friday, April 24. This includes the cancelation of all classes and scheduled events. — Valdosta State (@valdostastate) April 23, 2015 According to the Valdosta Daily Times, VSU is suspending operations Friday, April 23 due to a rally expected to draw thousands of people along the streets surrounding the campus. The rally… Read More »

Action GM teams up with Rachael Ray Show to give new car to deserving college student

Tashana Shields, a sophomore at Florida State University, got a big surprise when she appeared on The Rachel Ray Show Thursday. Shields, a formerly homeless college student, was invited to the program along with a Tallahassee bank teller who had been helping raise money to buy Shields a car. Tashana talked with Rachel Ray about growing up in… Read More »




5 Georgia Southern nursing students killed in Wednesday crash on I-16

Five women killed early Wednesday in a fiery interstate crash in southeast Georgia were all nursing students headed to a Savannah hospital. St. Joseph’s/ Candler Health System said all five were Georgia residents commuting to St. Joseph’s Hospital for their final clinical rotation of the school year. The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer failed to slow down… Read More »

Around Our Area: Valdosta State police find protestor’s gun on campus; arrest warrant issued

Valdosta Today is reporting that Valdosta State University police found a backpack containing a gun at the VSU library. The gun was later linked to Eric Sheppard, one of the persons protesting against racism by walking on the American flag. The following was posted on the official Valdosta State University website Tuesday afternoon: At Odum Library at approximately 245… Read More »

Hundreds of VSU students show support for American flag after controversial protest

You may have heard the story about police in Valdosta detaining a U.S. veteran on Friday after she took an American flag away from students who were trampling it. Michelle Manhart, a former Air Force staff sergeant who left the military after 14 years, took the flag from a group of African American students at Valdosta State University who… Read More »




Around Our Area: Donalsonville pedestrian killed in accident

Southwest Georgia News Pedestrian killed in early morning accident (Donalsonville News) Paula S. White was struck and fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident on the foggy morning of April 2. Commissioners hear solar electric prices (Thomasville Times-Enterprise) Thomas County commissioners got quotes on the cost to potentially power the county courthouse and E-911 building with solar power. Mitchell… Read More »

Pelham police officer dies

John Mucci, an officer with the Pelham, Ga., Police Department, passed away Friday night. WALB-TV reported. Mucci had reportedly been in and out of the hospital over the last year, dealing with health issues. Mucci had complained of stomach pain earlier in the week before he died, Pelham Assistant Chief of Police Rod Williams said. Mucci was formerly… Read More »