VALDOSTA — Authorities took a teenager into custody Thursday in connection with a weekend fire at the Ashley House in Downtown Valdosta, according to the Valdosta Police Department. The 5 a.m. Saturday, April 27, fire destroyed one apartment and sent a group of seniors and disabled persons fleeing from the Ashley House complex. Investigators from the city’s police and fire departments concluded that the fire, which originated on the building’s fifth floor, had been intentionally set, according to reports. Spencer Lamar Lonon, 18, is charged with a count of arson, a count of burglary, and 24 counts of reckless conduct, according to Valdosta police. No injuries were reported in connection to the incident, according to Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice who said several of the apartment complex’s residents required assistance exiting the smoky building last Saturday. Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department, (229) 293-3145; or can remain anonymous at (229) 293-3091.
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LEIF honors Rhett Akins
Country music and laughter filled the Lowndes High School cafetorium Tuesday night in celebration of Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation’s annual banquet and awards ceremony.
Valdosta Harveys converting to Winn-Dixie
Bi-Lo Holdings will begin the process next week of closing three Harveys supermarkets, transforming them into Winn-Dixie stores.
Editor Harris resigns from The Times
Managing Editor Kay Harris has resigned from The Valdosta Daily Times to pursue other interests after a long, distinguished career at the newspaper.
Lanier County Board of Commissioners meeting
The Lanier County Board of Commissioners will have a Called Meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2015 at the County’s Annex Building, 162 W. Thigpen St. The meeting is concerning the EMS Agreement.
4-H participates in Random Acts of Kindness Day
It’s long been said that it’s better to give than to receive.
Rabies and Microchip Clinic this weekend
Lowndes County Animal Shelter hosts its Annual Rabies and Microchip Clinic Saturday.
River flooding causes wastewater backup
The Valdosta area and areas to the north of Valdosta received very heavy rains on April 18-19, which caused the Withlacoochee River and Little River to rise above flood stage, according to the City of Valdosta Wednesday.
Valdosta participates in National Community Development Week
The City of Valdosta celebrates Community Development Week this week highlighting the Community Development Block Grant program.
The Art of Determination
Artist Dan Keplinger invests passion into his frenetic pieces. His line work teems with energy. An unexpected trait in the often technically precise medium of printmaking.
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