Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

January 7, 2010

White joins city council

Valdosta’s fourth female council member sworn in

VALDOSTA — Deidra White officially became the fourth woman to serve on the Valdosta City Council at Thursday’s regular meeting.

White was elected in December following a runoff election against Dr. L.W. Williams.

White won the election with 56.87 percent or 178 votes over Williams, who had 43.13 percent or 135 votes.

Superior Court Judge Richard Cowart swore in White, the District 2 representative, along with incumbents Alvin Payton, District 4, and Robert Yost, District 6.

Payton retained his position as District 4 representative as he ran unopposed and Yost defeated John E. Johnson with 65.61 percent of the votes, or 498 votes, to Johnson’s 34.39 percent of the votes, or 261 votes.

All three members pledged to serve the City of Valdosta to the best of their knowledge, skill and ability.

Valdosta City Council then elected a new mayor pro tem. Payton nominated John Eunice, at-large, to serve as mayor pro tem. There were no other nominations and Eunice was elected unanimously.

Eunice was elected to city council at the age of 18, and is the youngest member of the city council and the youngest ever elected in Valdosta’s history.

He thanked the council for their vote of trust in placing him in the position of serving as mayor pro tem.

Several in the audience participated in the citizens to be heard section of the meeting including Joanne Griner, chairman of the DostaFest celebration taking place on Jan. 15 and a member of the sesquicentennial committee.

To kick off the 150th birthday celebration of the city, DostaFest will highlight downtown Valdosta as well as the city’s history from 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 15. Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. on the courthouse steps with opening ceremonies, Griner said.

Several people will be dressed in period outfits from the 1860s, along with other attractions during the event, she said.

Text Only
Local News
  • flood4c.jpg Flood warning extended

    A flood warning for the Withlacoochee River at Valdosta has been extended until Wednesday afternoon.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • doug henderson.jpg Memorial tourney returns

    The Doug Henderson III Memorial Golf Tournament has raised thousands of dollars for scholarship funds and to help organizations throughout the region.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914-WA-Egghunt021.jpg Park puts wild spin on Easter tradition

    Adventurous egg hunters braved overcast skies and a persistent drizzle to search for hidden prizes Saturday during Wild Adventure’s first Ostrich Egg Hunt.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • FallenTree003.JPG More spills reported

    City of Valdosta employees have spent the weekend responding to spills caused by several inches of rain that have again drenched the city during the past few days.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Underwater Easter_Rich copy.jpg Stories behind ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’

    Christ comes from the Greek word, “Christos,” meaning “the anointed one.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418_valwood001.jpg Valwood students register to vote

    Valwood teaches its students about the importance of voting. Each year, the school has encouraged eligible seniors to register to vote and participate in local elections.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • wadebrandon14.jpg Police still seeking missing mother, son

    Though their assignments have changed during the past dozen years, Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw and Sgt. Chris Crews continue working the case of a missing mother and her son.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Minor flooding expected

    Minor flooding of the Withlacoochee River is expected this weekend thanks to the day-long rains across South Georgia Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041814-TreeDownonRobinHood.jpg Wastewater hazards assessed

    During heavy rain events, five to 15 manholes throughout the city are at risk of overflowing into local waterways, according to the City of Valdosta.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418-VSU_HSBA003.jpg Valdosta State cuts ribbon for health, business building

    Eighteen months after breaking ground on the project, Valdosta State University held the official ribbon cutting Friday for its Health Sciences and Business Administration Building.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results