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 >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Valdosta - 19 students clad in caps and gowns have anxiously awaited this moment for a year.
But instead of a theater or large venue, this ceremony was held at Valdosta State Prison, and these men were graduating from its faith and character based dormitory program. "The goal and purpose of the program is to prepare offenders to re-enter back into society as better people," says Toriarn Weldon, Project Coordinator.
The year-long program hopes to help these men rehabilitate, make positive changes, and find faith. "We're looking to change, providing pro-social environment while they're incarcerated because I've seen many times we're promoting positive thoughts and changing addictions," he adds.
Nathan Brown graduated from the program in 2005 and has since served as a mentor for fellow inmates.
He says the program has helped him to be more social and take initiative while reaching out to his peers. "It has helped me understand the importance of reaching out and helping other men and sharing the things I have and invest that in other people's lives," says Brown, an Inmate at the Prison.
Having currently served 30 years of his sentence for kidnapping, murder, and armed robbery, he says the program has helped him to take responsibility for his actions. "I made the choices, I was the only one who did and I think that's the most important thing that the program really confronts an individual with."
Although still years from his next parole hearing, he and the rest of the graduates returning to prison's general population will help promote an atmosphere of positive change.
The prison has been tracking graduates who have re-entered society. They say 95 percent of the former inmates continue to do well and stay out of prison.