The third installment of Art in August features culinary arts experts Chef Randy DeCoudres of Friends Grille and Bar, Sue Cox of Covington's Restaurant and Catering and Chef Hunter Wills of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. 

Freshmen arrived at Valdosta State University Thursday, Aug. 15, for move-in day. Families and more than 700 student volunteers helped the new students move into their dorms. 

The Meeting Place II Women's Transitional Center hosts Homes for the Homeless 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the center, 706 N. Toombs St. Meeting Place founder Lisa Straughter and client Katina Wood speak about the shelter. 

Honoring the late Desiyunna Hill and advocating against gun violence, organizers host a Stop the Gun Violence rally Saturday in Scott Park. 

Debuting Aug. 4 is "Art in August," a four-week series focusing on non-traditional art forms such as landscaping, interior design and architecture. Experts explain the artistic aspects of these professions. The series will run throughout August in the Lifestyles section and online.

The second Food Truck Thursday is hosted on Lee Street near Central Avenue. Goodtime Jr. Music Shed performed and food trucks offered diverse menus. 

Alphonso Johnson, Jr. creates a platform for musicians through his venue Goodtime Jr. Music Shed; but the Valdosta native has a career that spans 40 years. Read more about Johnson in this Sunday Lifestyles section. 

Featured in Sunday's Lifestyles section, KB Horse Camp talks rodeo season, helping children with cancer and partnering with Roman rider Analise Granger.

A10C attack craft, once slated for retirement, may serve until 2030 if the Senate Armed Services Committee gets its way.

The Valdosta Fire Department and the Valdosta Citizens Fire Academy host a farewell party for Fire Chief Freddie Broome Monday afternoon. Broome will become the new fire chief for the City of South Fulton starting June 17. 

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