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Perry Man arrested for setting school on fire days before new school year. A man in Perry has been arrested after allegedly setting a school on fire just days before the new school year. An administrator for the school said the offices were destroyed and will have to be rebuilt.

Bilingual volunteers needed for JCSO

One of the best things about America is our diversity. The United States truly is a melting pot of a vast variety of cultures, races, ethnicity, and languages. In fact, according to Translators Without Borders, there are between 350 and 430 languages spoken in the United States, making it one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. In Jefferson County, about 92 percent of residents speak English, while a little over seven percent are fluent in other languages, the most common being Spanish. Some Spanish-speaking residents come from families or households that do not speak English as a primary language, and this can pose a dangerous problem when it comes to emergency situations.

City of Valdosta proposes small property tax increase

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - People in Valdosta are getting a chance to voice their concerns about a property tax increase that’s likely to happen next year. A millage rate is the tax rate used to determine local property taxes. And instead of using the rollback rate from previous years, the City of Valdosta is proposing a rate of 7.796 mills from last year.

Lanier County shooting arrest update

LAKELAND -A man wanted on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault in a Lanier County shooting has been arrested. Rodarious “Rod” Swanson was arrested in Lowndes County on August 15, 2022 and charged with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault. ORIGINAL RELEASE:. The GBI arrested Travion Snell, age...

Car Thieves, Kudzu, and the Chamber of Commerce

It all started a little over one hundred years ago. In 1919, residents of Jefferson County gathered to create a local body of individuals and merchants who could work together to promote the county. “The Chamber of Commerce was organized Friday afternoon,” announced the Monticello News on September 26, 1919. A good number of people turned out for the first meeting, and officers were elected. Charles A. Simpson was chosen as president, W. H. Bulloch served as the first secretary, and Paul R. Whitaker became the treasurer.

A year in, Valdosta On-Demand seeing great success

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - After a year in business, Valdosta On-Demand has been helpful and convenient to many in the Azalea City. Valdosta On-Demand is the city’s first-ever transit system. City officials said it has already been a great success. A success that has led to extended hours and an expanded fleet.

Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference at Valdosta State in November!

The Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference is coming to Valdosta State University November 11th and 12th!. Georgia College plays an important role as a member institution in this statewide consortium supporting excellent undergraduate research and creative endeavors. Students from all departments are invited to submit oral, poster, performance, visual, or full panel presentations for consideration.

County Commissioners consider impact fees

For several months now, the topic of resurrecting impact fees keeps surfacing at Jefferson County Commission meetings. The interest began in April, when Planning Official/County Coordinator Shannon Metty first mentioned the issue. Metty noted that the county was only collecting the impact fees for fire and emergency medical service, which together amounted to $110.02.

Victim Advocacy in Jefferson County

With every crime that is reported in the United States, a case is opened. Some crime cases are closed swiftly, while others may remain open for months or even years without resolution. With every case that is opened, there are innocent lives that have been impacted, sometimes irreparably. Victims or survivors of crimes often are thrown into unfamiliar legal territory, or may be unaware of their rights, and may be uncertain as to how to navigate criminal or court processes. They may be unaware of how to seek emergency services or who they can call during a critical situation in order to receive assistance. Marie Rigdon, the Victim Services Practitioner with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, has been helping victims to find the help they need since June of 2016.

VSU names presidential award honoree

VALDOSTA – VSU’s president honors Dr. Zulal Denaux with the 2022 Presidential Excellence Award for Research. Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, president of Valdosta State University, recently honored Dr. Zulal Denaux with the 2022 Presidential Excellence Award for Research. The Presidential Excellence Award for Online Teaching recognizes a faculty...

Duke Energy (DUK) Arm Adds 2 Lithium-Ion Battery Facilities

Duke Energy Corp’s DUK subsidiary, Duke Energy Florida, recently unveiledthe completion of two new lithium-ion battery facilities in the Alachua and Hamilton counties, thus highlighting its increased focus on investing in modern and advanced technology to deliver clean energy. Details of Battery Sites. Duke Energy Florida, which already has...

McConico Announced As August City Employee of the Month

The City of Valdosta is pleased to honor Marcus McConico as the August Employee of the Month. McConico was presented with the Employee of the Month for August by Mayor Scott James Matheson and Community Relations and Marketing Manager Sharah' Denton during the August 11 City Council meeting. For the...

Southern Music Rising Songwriter Show this Saturday!

For those of you who are looking for a great time this Saturday, you're in luck! Southern Music Rising is proudly presenting their third Singer/Songwriter show on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Monticello Opera House. This live show will feature the talents of Grant Peeples, Dana King and Danny Goddard as they take to the stage and share not just their amazing talent, but amusing road stories and good-natured banter among the artists. Goddard and Peeples are good friends, and have played at festival events and other concerts together over the years, and the pair are not shy about describing past road adventures.