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VSU student awarded ‘Blazer Creed Award for Citizenship’

Upon getting her award, Mardi Haynes, a communications disorders major, said “being a good citizen matters because it can impact a whole community.

  University System of Ga. chancellor announces retirement

SRTC Foundation awards $50K in scholarships

  Eggs Up Grill cracks its 500,000th egg

  Hahira students meet U.S. Space Force commander

  Valdosta police captain retires after 42 years

  South Ga. school receives donation of equipment worth thousands

Continued Coverage

  Phoebe names latest DAISY Award recipient

  APD’s ‘Operation Blue Santa’ kicks off second day

  Colquitt Co. Sheriff’s Office gives out donations made to ‘Jingle Ball’ drive

  Pine Grove Middle School gives back this holiday season

  Thomas Co. NAACP, Black Voters Matter host toy drive

  Department of Community Supervision collects over $1,200 in donation drive

  Beverage company donates 180K meals to Feeding the Valley

Molson Coors Beverage Company donated a total of 180,000 meals to Feeding the Valley Food Bank.

  ‘He’s always just been that father figure for me’: Hudgins retires from DOCO Commission after 28 years

Commissioner Lamar Hudgins represented district one.

  Georgia Cotton Commission donates socks to area shelters

Cotton farmers donated some home-grown gifts to South Georgia shelters this week.

  Hospice of South Ga. awarded $20K grant

The Price-Campbell Foundation provides grants to programs that make a positive difference in the community.

  DCSS teacher honored for acts of kindness

  SRTC students honored with drive-thru pinning ceremony

  SGTC sees large turnout for ‘Light Up Your Future’ drive-thru event

  Ocilla church donates to Tift Regional Foundation for breast cancer procedures

  Tift Regional gets achievement award

  Six new Wiregrass graduates honored with tradesman award

  Albany community center gets donation from DCP

The donation included 110 chickens, bread, canned goods, and many other items.

  Thomasville officer gets life-saving award

Officer Devin Tudor was publicly recognized by Mayor Greg Hobbs at Monday night’s city council meeting.

  3 SGTC basketball players headed to Division 1 level

Three South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Lady Jets are headed to play basketball at the Division One level.

  Student awarded first SGTC aviation scholarship

Ragan Norman, of Americus, was selected for that scholarship, which is named after retired SGTC Aviation Maintenance Instructor Mike Cochran.

Albany Tech sees first fire and emergency graduates

When a student finishes this program, they may be eligible to be certified as a firefighter or an EMT.

  Chick-fil-A honors Coffee Regional caregivers

The presentation was held on the front lawn of Coffee Regional.

  Artist completes paintings for Thomasville’s 100th Rose Show & Festival

The City of Thomasville is already gearing up for its 100th Thomasville Rose Show next year.

  Community Christmas tree now up in Moultrie

The City of Moultrie's utilities department just finished putting the community Christmas tree up for the season.

  BPS employee recognized for service

Courtney Chavers was recently recognized for two years of service by Director Jerry Carter.

  Lowndes High exceeds state average graduation rate

Lowndes High School’s Class of 2020 graduation rate is 94.1 percent, well above the state’s average at 83.8 percent.

  Camilla’s Tyson Foods makes donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Mitchell Co.

The need for the van was driven by COVID-19 safety protocols that limit the number of passengers allowed in each vehicle.

  Crisp Co. Sheriff’s Office honored in annual governor’s challenge

The sheriff’s office got second place in the Governor’s Challenge Category Four and the Distracted Driving Award at the banquet.

  Lowndes student wins poetry contest

Pine Grove Middle School student Erin Yoo entered the National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poetry contest, where she won at the local level for the sixth through eighth grade level.

  Crisp Co. boy to run mile in honor of fallen sheriff’s office corporal

Zechariah is the founder of Running 4 Heroes, an organization that runs one mile for every first responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

  Thomasville officers commended by city

After a half-hour of persuasion, a young man in crisis agreed to go to the hospital with officers.

  SGTC student named finalist for farming award

He was selected as a finalist in the program area of agricultural mechanics repair and maintenance placement.

  APD donates jackets to Salvation Army

It’s all part of what they’re calling “Operation Warm Coat."

  State record blue cat caught in Stewart Co.

A Florida angler caught the blue catfish that weighed 110 pounds, beating the previous record by more than 17 pounds.

  2 eighth graders sprint to Valdosta Middle cross country team’s top spots

Valdosta Middle School eighth graders Katya Jackson and Fletcher Adams were the cross country team’s top runners this year.

  SGTC student gets electrical lineworker scholarship

Michael Dominick, Jr. was awarded the scholarship because of his work ethic, academics and overall class performance.

  City of Blakely gets food box donation

The food boxes were filled with many items, including meats, vegetables, dairy products and fruit.

  Paralyzed Georgia dog named cover dog in global calendar contest

The sixth annual contest features pets using their “Walkin' Wheels” wheelchair, helping to raise pet mobility awareness.

  Former teacher donates a little free library to Valdosta’s L.A.M.P

A little free library was donated to L.A.M.P., a homeless shelter in Valdosta.

  PCOM student club starts mentoring program with Moultrie Boys and Girls Club

The mentoring program will begin virtually this fall.

  VPD gets grant from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

VPD got the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’ Southern Region Traffic Enforcement Network.

  Valdosta Middle School’s volleyball team finishes season undefeated

Both the A and B teams swept their competition this season and improved their volleyball skills.

  APD does ‘simple act of kindness’ for woman

APD decided to purchase and install a door handle for her home so that she could secure it at night.

  Albany mother hosts Alopecia awareness parade for son

Vanessa Richardson said her eight-year-old son, Tristan, has had Alopecia Areata since he was 2.

  Thomasville teacher 1 of 16 finalists in national competition

“I’m still just in complete shock," Jenny Holt said. "I’m just honored to even be nominated.”

  2 Lowndes teachers awarded grants

Two Lowndes County teachers were awarded grants for their “bright ideas.”

First major event since pandemic held for Leesburg senior home residents

This was the first major event since the start of the pandemic.

Valdosta students learn about charity, virtues through new program

This month, SJCS students are focusing on and learning about charity through in-school and at-home projects.

  Americus, Mitchell Co. to split $1M in federal grants

$1,000,000 in federal school safety grants is earmarked to improve school safety.

  Wiregrass Tech’s medical assistant program ranked nationally

The college rankings were determined by having high-caliber instructors with lots of experience, track record for strong student outcomes and job readiness and high employment rates among graduates

  Meals to be distributed for Miller Co. virtual learners

“Grab-n-Go” meal bags will be distributed behind the K-12 school kitchen from 10-10:30 a.m., Wednesday for those virtual learners.

  Moultrie Canopy of Lights to brighten earlier this year

People can watch a virtual countdown nightly at 6 p.m., either online in their home or in their favorite shop or restaurant.

  South Ga. Technical College earns best college award for second year in a row

This is the second consecutive year that South Georgia Technical College has earned this distinction.

Army veteran paints Henrico boy’s new room for free after it reminds him of the hospital

A Sandston family recently moved into a new home - a healthy space for their growing family - but it was missing something. That’s when a local painter stepped in to make the place really feel like home.

  Albany McDonald’s restaurants raise more than $49K for charities

The funds were raised during a recent drive-thru challenge held by McDonald’s restaurants in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina.

  Colquitt Co. High sees rise in SAT scores

Reading and writing rose by 24 points and math rose by 14 points.

SGMC honors COVID-19 nurses

SGMC nurses have cared for more than 600 COVID-19 patients.

  Albany Veterans of Foreign Wars gives out free flu shots

Flu season is here and leaders with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) want you to stay ahead of the virus.

  Food company to invest funds in Douglas community, COVID-19 response

Pilgrim’s is working with leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs in three key areas.

  Baker Co. students get incentives for starting new school year

Students had to be present or attend virtually to be eligible and the winners were drawn.

  VA medical center hosts drive-thru baby shower for ‘warrior moms'

Valdosta resident and Warrior Mom Samantha Corriell expressed her gratitude towards the VA and the Women Veterans Program for inviting her to the event.

  Crisp Co. law enforcement recognized for hard work keeping roadways safe

Sgt. Kenny Purvis, Cpl. Kris Herrick, Deputy Force Commander John Harvey, and Deputy Tara Herrick were recognized.

Owners of new Albany Kona Ice truck commit to helping community, giving back

Gary and Debra Morefield partner with schools throughout the area to host fundraisers, which allow administrators to raise money for underfunded programs and initiatives.

  Helping Hands Ending Hunger to host food giveaway for DCSS students

Lots of nutritious food, such as dry goods, meat, bakery, fruit and vegetables, will be distributed.

  Randolph Co. fifth grader hosts drive-thru bookbag giveaway

She gave away 75 book bags to the community and even held a drawing for the parents that came by with their children.

  Supply giveaway for Baker Co. students set for Saturday

It’s at Thankful Baptist Church, off of Highway 91 South.

  Moultrie police to give out backpacks of supplies to Colquitt Co. students

This giveaway will take place Thursday and will be set up drive-thru style.

  Bed Bath and Beyond launches shopping experience for remote college workspaces

Starting Tuesday, the College from Home section will feature virtual learning and study at home dorm essentials including lap desks, organization tools, accessories and bedding to transform childhood bedrooms into dreamy dorm spaces.

  Leesburg girl wins crown in Florida pageant

She was crowned Junior Miss National American Ambassador.

  Phoebe gift shop makes largest ever donation to Phoebe Foundation

After operating costs are covered, all proceeds from the store go to support the foundation each year.

  BPS officers save man’s life

When they got there, they found family members giving CPR to a man who didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing. The officers took over until EMS arrived.

  AT&T donates to Wiregrass Tech’s device loan program

The foundation will continue the device loan program, even though face-to-face instruction is returning in the fall.

  NFL player, Ga. native donates 1,500 masks

In an effort to help combat COVID-19 in Macon County, where he starred as a high school linebacker before going on to a record-setting career, Smith is donating 1,500 face masks that will be distributed to residents.

  Bainbridge Public Safety gets special visit from future firefighter in the making

He lit up the department with his big smile.