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Georgia man convicted of murder after shooting and burying 2

DOUGLAS, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia man has been convicted of killing two roommates in 2019 and then burying them. Assistant District Attorney Ian Sansot says Christopher Lane Jones was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of malice murder and two counts of concealing a death. A Coffee County jury deliberated for 35 minutes. Superior Court Judge J. Kelly Brooks sentenced Jones to two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders, plus another 20 years for concealment. Prosecutors say Jones killed 25-year-old Kristian Bell and 35-year-old Steven James Ward in January 2019. Evidence shows Jones was on methamphetamines when he became angry with Ward and shot him. Jones then shot Bell. Jones directed two others to dig a grave.
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Valdosta fire crews rescue resident from burning home

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire in the 700 Block of Collier Street early Friday morning. The call came in from dispatch at 4:46 a.m. and the first fire unit arrived on scene within four minutes to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the residence, according to the Valdosta Fire Department.

Forward Madison settles for another draw at home

A tap-in from Derek Gebhard gave Forward Madison a first-half lead but a defensive miscue let the visiting Greenville Triumph score late and the Mingos had to settle for yet another draw in front of about 3,200 fans at Breese Stevens Field Saturday night. Gebhard’s fifth goal came after a...

Top homes for sale in Douglas

Whether you’re looking for a new home on acreage or a fixer-upper close to amenities, you can probably find a listing here to suit you: Tired of the neighborhood, time to experience the country life! Very well maintained cottage style home on 1 acre! This home has so
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CHRIS CLARK: Demand for talent in new Georgia economy continues to grow

It’s been one year since the Georgia Chamber resumed safe, in-person events. After COVID riddled our very existence with uncertainty, we were forced to temporarily dispense with those gatherings to preserve the health and well-being of all Georgians. So it was good to be out last week, traveling back to...

Editorial roundup: Views from around Georgia

Valdosta Daily Times: Many reverse course on vaccine, thank you for doing your part. So many people are coming around, reversing course and getting vaccinated. We want to say thank you and commend you for your community service. People who had resisted the COVID-19 vaccination are now showing up at...

FC Tucson extends unbeaten streak to seven games with shutout win at Union Omaha

Charlie Dennis converted a penalty kick in the seventh minute for the game's only goal as FC Tucson continued its torrid stretch with a 1-0 win at second-place Union Omaha on Saturday night. The Men in Black (9-8-6), unbeaten in seven straight games, handed Union Omaha (10-3-8) its first home...

Match Report: Tucson Hands Omaha Its First Home Loss

OMAHA, Neb. - FC Tucson extended its unbeaten streak to seven games by defeating Union Omaha 1-0 at Morrison Stadium on Saturday night. In-form midfielder Charlie Dennis got Tucson off to a flying start, burying a spot kick for the second game in-a-row to put the visitors in front early. Omaha thought it had the equalizer later in the first half when Evan Conway put the ball in the net, but the assistant referee's flag came up for offside.
Valdosta Daily Times

Business Briefs

VALDOSTA – Dr. Rita Medina, M.D., infectious disease, has joined South Georgia Medical Center Infectious Disease. SGMC Infectious Disease is a part of the SGMC Physician Network, hospital officials said in a statement. Medina comes to Valdosta from Flagstaff, Ariz., where she practiced as an infectious disease physician at Flagstaff...

First Alert Weather

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - More days of sunshine are on the horizon for most of SGA as ridging takes over once again to push out a bit of the upper-level moisture. This will limit some of the clouds we will see outside, but we will see a few to give us a bit of shade to keep us cool. This is important because temperatures are not going to continue in the mild 70s but make a leap toward the upper 80s and low 90s. Warmer highs will make it feel like summer has returned, but we could see a slight deep in highs return next week. A backdoor cold front will push in slightly refreshing highs by next Friday and Saturday but also could help increase moisture chances to nearly 20%. This is not overwhelming rain chances but enough that a garden or two can get watered.
Valdosta Daily Times

King named Ga. Power regional vice president

VALDOSTA – Georgia Power’s board of directors elected Audrey King as vice president for the company’s South Region. In this role, she will lead external activities for customers in a 62-county area, which includes Valdosta, Savannah, Brunswick, Statesboro and Albany, among others, utility representatives said in a statement. In addition,...