Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

July 15, 2014

Kingston discusses Moody during Valdosta stop

VALDOSTA — Congressman and Senate candidate Jack Kingston discussed Moody Air Force Base and its mission Monday during a Valdosta visit and campaign stop.

Moody Air Force base has been essential to the Valdosta-Lowndes County community since it first opened in 1941 as Valdosta Airfield. Kingston said he has supported Moody since he was first elected into the U.S. House in 1993.

“The number one thing on my platform is a strong national defense. I don’t ever want our servicemen and women to ever have to fight a fair fight,” Kingston said. “I want them to go up against any enemy, any time, any place, and know for certain what the outcome is going to be. We want them in the fastest airplanes, firing the most powerful most accurate missiles, and in the strongest tanks.”

As a member of the House’s Defense Committee, Kingston said Moody constantly faces challenges, and he does whatever he can to support the military.

“We have challenges in these installations all of the time, because the nature of national defense is always going to be changing,” Kingston said. “We know, full well, about the battle for the A-10s and I expect the people from Valdosta to support the A-10s but maybe they have a slight bias. Why don’t we talk to the infantry, the Marines and the Army about the value of that A-10?”

Kingston shared a story from about a year ago of a U.S. convoy of 130 troops was pinned down in Afghanistan, and how they were so close to the enemy that helicopters could not rescue them. “So the commander called the A-10s to save our troops, and that is a real-life example of the benefits of the A-10 program,” Kingston said. “It is a weapons system that is relevant. People call it old, and I say, sometimes when things are old, there’s a reason because people still like them and because they still work … The House has spoken and we want to keep the A-10s, and in the Senate, I'll support the A-10s, too. ”

When asked about the pressures of being a sitting U.S. representative and  being in a campaign for the U.S. Senate, Kingston replied, “It’s very difficult, but we’re continuing to work for the military. We’re working on the issue with the children coming over the Mexican boarder. We’re moving along on the Savannah deepening project. Just last week we had a significant vote on it. I’m wearing two hats. I’m doing my day job, and I’m running for office.”

Kingston is in a runoff election with candidate David Purdue. Both men are running to be the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate seat opened by Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ departure at the end of the year.

Advanced voting is going on this week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the elections office, 2808 N. Oak St. The last day to vote is 7 a.m.-7 p.m., July 22, at assigned precincts.

For more information on the election, contact the Lowndes County Board of Elections, (229) 671-2850.

Text Only
Local News
  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-man_hunt001.jpg Dump truck thieves sought

    Authorities continued searching for suspects Monday evening connected to a stolen dump truck involved in a chase with law-enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • City workers strike natural gas main

    A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.

    July 29, 2014

  • education.jpg Desegregation status approved

    Forty-three years after an initial lawsuit was filed to force the system to desegregate, Valdosta City Schools has officially been approved for “unitary status.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • ARociewilliams_002.jpg Woman shares nearly a century of lessons

    With nearly 100 years of life under her belt, Ocie Viola Williams has plenty of advice to share with the world. Her top two pieces of advice: know the importance of education and don’t expect a teacher to raise your child for you. 

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • psst1 photo page copy.jpg PSST! finishes peachy season

    Peach State Summer Theatre concluded its 2014 season Sunday, a season which broke attendance records for the professional musical theatre company.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_2381.jpeg Award-winning young professionals share success secrets

    The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber’s MetroOne Young Professionals hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn to highlight successful business practices.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140726_summerlibrary002.jpg Library celebrates end of summer reading program

    With the first day of school just around the corner, students are soaking in the last few weeks of summer vacation. The end of summer also means the end of the South Georgia Regional Library’s 2014 summer reading program.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • artseason1 copy.jpg A sneak peek at some area arts organizations’ 2014-15 seasons

    Beethoven. Tennessee Williams. Non-stop art. Two versions of “The Wizard of Oz.” The 2014-15 arts season is coming.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results