Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
December 11, 2002 by Dave Miller
Valdosta High School football coach Mike O’Brien was told Wednesday by Superintendent Sam Allen that the School Board would not renew his contract for next year. The Board is supposed to vote on the matter on December 17 th.
The notice came as a shock to O’Brien, who posted a 70-20-1 record over seven years. He was promoted from the Offensive Coordinator spot in 1996 when Coach Nick Hyder died suddenly. He has been on the Valdosta staff as head coach or assistant for 24 years.
O’Brien’s teams won three region titles, made a playoff appearance every year except one, and won the AAAA state championship in 1998. Valdosta finished the 2002 season at 8-3-1 overall, for a .708 mark. They were 4-1 in their Sub-Region. The Wildcats were 6-1 in their region last year, finishing a very strong 9-1-0.
Camden County ended Valdosta’s 2002 season with 15-14 overtime win last week. The game ended in a 14-all tie, and Camden was awarded 1 point for penetration according to GHSA rules.
In nine games, it was Camden’s lone victory over Valdosta, which outscored Camden by an aggregate score of 252 to 77.
O’Brien led the Wildcats to the 800th win in school history this season, and ranks third among Valdosta coaches all-time, behind only Wright Bazemore (268-51-7), and Nick Hyder (249-36-2).
Valdosta City school superintendent Sam Allen confirmed he met with O'Brien this morning but would not divulge what was said.
Valdosta Touchdown Club president Ivey Plair, Jr. told Newscenter 10 Sports that he is like everyone else in trying to contact the superintendent to find out what was going on.
Plair says the club has no position on a possible coaching change at Valdosta High.
An earlier report on this web site quoting Valdosta High Touchdown Club board member Kevin Weldon saying the touchdown club supported the firing was not correct.