Around Our Area: Monkey on the loose in Valdosta has residents on the lookout




This monkey is not the same monkey reported in Valdosta; the picture is for illustrative purposes only.
This monkey is not the same monkey reported in Valdosta; the picture is for illustrative purposes only.
This monkey is not the same monkey reported in Valdosta; the picture is for illustrative purposes only.

A city worker reported seeing a monkey Friday in Valdosta.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., “a Valdosta city employee reported seeing a monkey in a yard in the 400 block of River Street,” said VPD Lt. Kari Williams. “The monkey was described as medium brown with spots, and small in size. The monkey was last seen traveling north towards J.L. Lomax Drive.”

Reports of monkey sightings in South Georgia captured people’s imaginations Friday.

The Valdosta Daily Times article on monkey sightings reported from Hahira to Valdosta this week attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the newspaper’s website and Facebook site Thursday night and Friday.

Officials with Wild Adventures have confirmed that no monkeys were missing from the theme park, and have received no reports of a missing monkey.

Valdosta State University authorities issued an alert to students about the monkey sightings, warning them to not approach or touch it if seen. Read More at Valdosta Daily Times

Teen dead after train collides with car in Cordele

A family is calling for safety changes at a Cordele railroad crossing after a teenager was killed in a collision there Thursday afternoon.

Police and Norfolk Southern are both in the early stages of their investigations, but the crash is already raising safety concerns over the crossing there on 22nd Avenue between 7th Street and 5th Street.

Trains roaring down tracks through some of the busiest streets in town are a common site in Cordele.

“We’re here 6 or 8 hours a day and we have countless trains going to and fro,” said nearby resident Ralph Nutt.

Thursday was going like any regular day for Ralph Nutt.

“I heard the train blowing at approximately two o’clock as usual at the crossing,” said Nutt.

But what he heard next was the beginning of one family’s nightmare. Read More about the accident at WALB




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