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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 >>
A Lowndes County girl is one of the top young barrel racers in the country.
14-year old Whitney Bender was a big winner at the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Competition.
Whitney Bender isn't just horsing around this summer. She's a serious barrel racer who just got back from the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World competition in Mississippi.
"It was amazing and just running in it was a gift from God," said Bender.
She competed in three rounds, winning cash and a shiny new belt buckle.
She loves the adrenaline rush from the sport as she rides at top speeds around the barrels.
"Just the nerves you have," said Bender. "You release it all and you run as best as possible making the tightest turns as you can going around the barrels."
She got the fastest time in one of her rounds for her division last week, 15.5 seconds, earning her a first place.
Her instructor Kim McGhee trusts her skills and let her borrow the 16-year old Banjo the horse for the competition.
"It just takes a lot of discipline, dedication, having horsemanship skills," said Kim Maghee, the owner of KB Horse Camp. "You have to know how to take care of the horse all week long."
To be successful at barrel racing, both the rider and the horse have to work together as a team.
Whitney Bender has been taking lessons at KB Horse Camp since she was six years old and one day she hopes to become a professional barrel racer.
Whitney hopes to earn a scholarship to a college that has a rodeo team.
She wants to become a veterinarian and specialize in treating horses.