Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
November 16, 2006
Valdosta - Almost two centuries ago, the Georgia Baptist Convention teamed up with Mercer University in Macon to instill religious and moral values in students.
But Convention leaders say that the University has increasingly become more liberal and that's caused rift in their relationship. "We felt like the college had come through the years, failed to represent who we were and who we are," says Wayne Robinson, a pastor at Morningside Baptist Church and the chairman for the convention's administrative committee.
And when a gay student group held a National Coming Out Day program on Campus, they say it was the straw that broke the camels back.
This week the convention, made of 3600 churches statewide, voted to severe all ties with the college. "This year with Mercer, they voted by raised ballots. There may have been someone opposing but it was 99 percent."
In a written statement, William Underwood, the President of Mercer University, said "We appreciate the positive and productive 173 year relationship we shared with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Mercer remains committed to its historical Baptists roots and continues to have close ties with Baptists and Baptist Churches throughout Georgia, the nation, and the world."
With the convention contributing almost four million to the university each year, the school will have to use those ties to make up for this loss in funds. "I think they will always have some alliances within Baptist work for those who feel sympathetic towards what they represent. I'm sure they'll give to that cause."
The Georgia Baptist Convention will continue to provide 3.5 million dollars in Scholarship funds until 2007.
The convention still has ties with Shorter College in Rome, Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, and Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon.