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Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's the 10th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School. Twelve students and a teacher were killed in Littleton, Colorado before the two teen gunmen killed themselves.
Albany High school administrators work everyday to make sure that deadly scene isn't repeated there. "Columbine was a situation that was a rude awakening for all of us to take school security seriously."
And that never left Assistant Principal Kono Smith's mind. "When I had to redo the school safety plan I had a conversation with the assistant principal at Columbine and he was able to send me there comprehensive plan."
They have regular drills to make sure that plan remains fresh in case the safety at Albany High is ever threatened. "The actual out of perimeter doors in all of our locations are secured. We conduct active or random locker and vehicle searches," said Chief of Dougherty County School Police.
There are two officers patrolling each of the four high schools and one officer at every middle school. "If we were to have a situation similar in nature, we have the means to respond. We are also members of the local jurisdictional SWAT Team," said Conley.
And whatever they miss is captured on surveillance video that is installed in every Dougherty County school. "It is in our best interest that we keep all of our students, all of our teachers, and all of our constituents safe," said Smith.
So that students and staff can focus on teaching and learning and not worry about a scene like this being played out again.
Despite all the safety measures in place, administrators know good communication is often the key to preventing attacks. Students can report any threat by calling the Student Crime Watch at 229-483-6362. Callers can remain anonymous.