Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

December 27, 2012

Blaze destroys historic church

Cause of fire under investigation

VALDOSTA — A house of worship was reduced to rubble in the early hours of Christmas Day when a fire broke out inside the 129-year-old Ousley Temple near Highway 84.

Witnesses reported the blaze at around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, but the concrete building was all but lost by the time Pastor Curtis Sermons arrived an hour later.

“It never feels good when you suffer a loss,” said Sermons. “It feels as if someone took something from us. But we can't dwell on that now. We have to start to planning our next step.”

The Ousley Temple congregation will work out their short and long-term plans this Sunday. For now, Sermons said the church's members have been welcomed in by the Ousley Baptist church just across the intersection.

The Ousley Temple church had just celebrated its 129th anniversary this past November, said Sermons. He said the church has undergone several renovations and is preparing to hurdle the Christmas Day obstacle.

“We will rebuild,” said Sermons. “Several people have called to offer their support. We'll assess what we have. We won't know our next move until Sunday. We thank the community for their support and phone calls. You'll be hearing from us in the future.”

Detectives with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office have been conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire, according to reports, and have been assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s Office and Lowndes County Fire and Rescue.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at 229-671-2900 or 229-671-2975.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • 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

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

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