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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
Thomasville- The AFJROTC commander at Thomasville High School isn't pushing his cadets into military service. Instead, he's giving them the structure without strings attached.
The ROTC cadets at Thomasville High School are all in the same unit. But they're not all there for the same reasons. "I'm hoping to go into the air force or marines," says Cadet Elisha Chambers. "I'm trying to get a scholarship to college," adds Cadet Emily Ballard. "It'll help me out in sports," says Cadet Ladarius Hall.
But their reason for being there doesn't matter to Sergeant J.D. Packer. "Most people think we're here to enlist them in the Air Force, or other branches of the service. But we're not. Our main goal is to make them better citizens," he says.
Packer does that by teaching these cadets respect, teamwork, and above all, discipline. And that's the Sergeant's specialty. "We try to instill in them the philosophy you have to learn to respect people. And have self discipline to succeed in life," says Packer.
No matter how hard Sergeant Packer is on these cadets, they know it's for their own good, now, and later in life. "You learn respect, and you learn that you're part of a team. You aren't working by yourself," says Chambers. "If you listen to what they're trying to give you, it'll be easy," adds Cadet Whitney Turner.
Even when he has to yell at the top of his lungs, Sergeant Packer knows he's doing these cadets a service. "It's more so an attention getter. But I've found over the years, it's kind of a scare tactic," he says. Call it the toughest kind of love.
Sergeant Packer says it's hard to teach teenagers the morals he's trying to instill. But he adds that his cadets are top-notch, and that teaching them real values is an indescribable feeling of accomplishment.