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St. John hosts reverse draw

VALDOSTA – Close to 400 guests attended dinner, dancing, auctions and a drawing for $10,000 at St. John Catholic School’s 21st Annual Reverse Draw, Mardi Gras Gala at the Rainwater Conference Center.


UPDATE: LifeWay expected to close in June

VALDOSTA — LifeWay Christian Resources has announced it will close all of its brick-and-mortar stores by the end of the year to focus on digital content. The Valdosta LifeWay Christian Store, 1747 Gornto Road, is expected to close in June, according to company officials.


Combat vets ride for other vets

VALDOSTA — The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association will have its Sixth Annual T.J. Lobraico Fallen Heroes Run from Valdosta into Florida. The motorcycle run began six years ago after Moody Air Force Base's 820th Base Defense Group was deployed, and one of the members was killed in action.


Moultrie couple witnesses barn fire that killed over 20,000 chickens

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - A massive weekend fire in Colquitt County is under investigation. The fire, which happened about a mile west of Berlin, killed over 20,000 chickens and destroyed two chicken houses on Chapman Road, according to officials.


Lowndes finishes well at Smith and Benson Relay

VALDOSTA –– Lowndes track and field continued its upswing with impressive finishes in the Smith and Benson Relay in Albany last Saturday. The boys team finished with 91 points –– good for a second-place finish at the Relay, while the girls earned a fourth-place finish with 88 points.


Cancer survivor honored by Annie Belle Clark Elementary School

TIFTON — Students and staff at Annie Belle Clark Elementary School surprised and honored one of their own on Mar. 18. Becky Hankins, a staff member at the school, was recently diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer. She has completed her treatment plan and is hopeful that she will not have any treat


Heritage House resident dream comes true

VALDOSTA – Yolanda Ray, acting activities director with PruittHealth-Valdosta (Heritage House), spearheaded the effort in granting resident Bessie McQueen’s wish. McQueen is an 89-year-old resident of PruittHealth-Valdosta, Heritage House representatives said.


Omega students camp out for literacy

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Students and parents in Tift County camped out under the stars Thursday night to read books and play games for Omega Elementary School’s literacy night. This is the school’s fifth literacy night but teachers said it’s the first time they’ve hosted “Reading Under the Stars, Camp O


DNA Study Identified Jack The Ripper?

VALDOSTA – Over a century later, new DNA has been found and might identify one of the first recorded serial killers, Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper is thought to have claimed the lives of at least five women in the Whitechapel area of London between August and November 1888. However, the identity


New Benches in Downtown Valdosta

VALDOSTA – In the coming weeks, Downtown Valdosta will have brand new sidewalk benches. Valdosta Main Street is replacing all of the old sidewalk benches throughout downtown with brand new, American-made benches. This is another beautification effort done by the Valdosta Main Street office. Earlier


Wild Adventures Ready for the 2019 Season

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Ga. opened Saturday, March 9 with the debut of a new 3-acre adventure area, the return of prehistoric giants, the addition of hypnotic shows and a 2019 season full of concerts and special events.


VSU groups host LGBTQ prom

VALDOSTA — Tiffany Padgett, a Valdosta State University student, believes the LGBTQ community is becoming more prevalent on campus. Padgett is vice president of VSU’s Genders and Sexualities Alliance and co-coordinator of the Night of Pride prom.


Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo part of ABAC celebration

TIFTON — From bull riding to bronco busting, rodeo fans will watch fearless cowboys and cowgirls in action at the annual Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo April 5-6 at 7 p.m. at the rodeo arena at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


Lowndes County students celebrate agriculture

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Hahira Middle School students celebrated Georgia Agriculture Week Wednesday. Lowndes County officials paid a visit to the students in honor of Georgia Ag Week. Chairman Bill Slaughter read 'Who Grew My Soup' to students. The book highlights the importance of agriculture


A life on the water

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Parker Guy is one of the many kids around the state of Georgia who believe fishing is so much more then just a hobby. He’s one of the few that have had the opportunity to turn his passion, into success.


Lowndes High School – AFJROTC Exceeds Standards

VALDOSTA – Lowndes High School’s AFJROTC program has rated EXCEEDS STANDARDS, the highest level of recognition attainable. Every 3 years AFJROTC programs are required to undergo a rigorous inspection process. I am pleased to share that the Lowndes High School’s AFJROTC program has rated EXCEEDS STAN


Observance reflects on MLK's legacy

VALDOSTA — An upcoming event will reflect on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A memorial observance will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the MLK Memorial Park, corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and South Ashley Street.


VSU offers spring break STEAM camps

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will present Camp Discovery: Spring Break Edition April 1-5. The Continuing Education-sponsored initiative will feature weeklong morning, afternoon and all-day enrichment opportunities for community children in kindergarten through sixth grade, university officia


LifeWay to close all brick-and-mortar stores

VALDOSTA — LifeWay Christian Resources has announced it will close all of its brick-and-mortar stores by the end of the year. The closure includes the LifeWay Christian Store located at 1747 Gornto Road.


Valdosta Wildcat Athlete Releases Top 10

VALDOSTA – Jaheim Bell, Wide Reciever for Valdosta High School, has been a force at Valdosta and recently released his top 10 schools of his choice. Bell, a junior athlete at Valdosta High School, made a splash in 2018 with over 800 all purpose yards – most being receiving yards. It’s safe to say th