VALDOSTA — Dipak Patel came to America from India in 1987.

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VALDOSTA — Being an entrepreneur isn’t always easy and everyone does it a little differently. Some open online stores, while others open brick-and-mortar storefronts.

As Valdosta grows, businesses open, move, renovate and close down. The following is a list of recent business happenings in Lowndes County and the surrounding area.

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MOULTRIE – A Coke and a welcoming smile can take a person far – about 100 miles as the crow flies.

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VALDOSTA — Wearing crimson caps and gowns, 643 Lowndes High School students graduated Saturday morning at Martin Stadium.

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VALDOSTA — Wiregrass Technical College will be offering Summer STEM Camp in June. The STEM camp is for rising 10th-12th graders.

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VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University Continuing Education has partnered with Black Rocket Productions, LLC to offer summer camps to area children ages 8-14.

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VALDOSTA — Valdosta High School christened the gymnasium at its new location Friday night with a commencement for the Class of 2018.

Reporter Michael Hastings wrote the Rolling Stone article that led to the resignation of Gen. Stan McChrystal as commander of the American forces in Afghanistan ... before the magazine containing the article even hit the newstands.

During the recent Free Comic Book Day, Dynamite Comics did a smart thing with its sample issue of “Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.”

Marvel likes to take advantage of Free Comic Book Day to not only attract new fans but give regular fans something extra to seek from their favorite comic book shops.

VALDOSTA — A New York man was killed last week in a motorcycle accident in Valdosta, according to police.

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VALDOSTA — Harlem Globetrotter Cherelle “Torch” George and her basketball spun into town Friday afternoon during a fiery visit at Lowndes County Fire and Rescue.

VALDOSTA — Metro Valdosta's jobless rate went down in April, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

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VALDOSTA — Her eyes moist with tears, emotion overcame Jennifer Gillard as she spoke about her dad, 82-year-old veteran Frederick Gillard Sr.

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VALDOSTA — Officials have decided to move tonight's Valdosta High School graduation indoors. The ceremony will take place at the new Valdosta High School gymnasium located at 4590 Inner Perimeter Road. The threat of impending thunderstorms with lightning was the determining factor.

VALDOSTA — Expect rain, rain and more rain this weekend but emergency officials say Lowndes County should be safe from tropical force winds.

VALDOSTA — Veterans groups and community leaders will observe Memorial Day Monday with a ceremony in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

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VALDOSTA — Scintilla Charter Academy staff and scholars recently installed and stocked South Georgia’s first Little Free Pantry in Downtown Valdosta. 

VALDOSTA — Lowndes County honored Emergency Medical Services by declaring May 21-25 EMS week.

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VALDOSTA — Dr. Han Chen, associate professor of kinesiology and physical education at Valdosta State University, recently received two awards at the 2018 Society of Health and Physical Educators America National Convention and Expo in Nashville, Tenn.

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VALDOSTA — A hot cup of java bonded members of Valdosta Police Department with the community Thursday at the McDonald's on Bemiss Road.

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DALTON – Susan McCorkle knew Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was her guy in the governor’s race when she checked off three things: Conservative, Christian and a firm stance against illegal immigration.

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MOODY AIR FORCE BASE — The baton was passed Wednesday as the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing saw one commander leaving and another taking over.

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VALDOSTA — Peach State Summer Theatre opens Friday evening with the dramatization of a real moment in rock and roll history.

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VALDOSTA, Ga. — Unemployment was among the hot topics highlighted Wednesday during the Regional Business Summit hosted by the Department of Labor.

VALDOSTA — After a year of construction, the Candlewood Suites is open and ready for business.

VALDOSTA — The Studstill Firm will represent Lowndes County in a class-action lawsuit to recoup funds from opioid manufacturers.

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VALDOSTA — American Legion Post 13 in Valdosta is inviting residents and civic organizations in the Valdosta area to assist the Post Legionnaires and American Legion in placing American flags on Veteran's graves for the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28.

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