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Lane Southern Orchards' Fall Festival to benefit the Children's Hospital


This weekend, Lane Southern Orchards is celebrating a tradition and helping raise money for the Children's Hospital.

Lane's 8th annual Fall Festival is this weekend.

They'll have food, live music, bouncy houses, and face painting for the kids, hay rides around the farm, the corn maze.

Just like years past, proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital, Navicent Health, where pediatric experts treat the youngest patients in a child-friendly environment.

Kathy Tolbert with the Children's Hospital says, "They have specialized equipment and needs, so the money goes to make sure that they have great care, that they have the newest and updated technology."

Lane's Fall Festival is this Saturday, October 24th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get your $10 armband for kids' activities.


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Fort Valley UMC celebrates 175th church anniversary


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We want to wish a very special happy birthday to Fort Valley United Methodist Church, but we wouldn't want to be in charge of the candles.

The church is celebrating its 175th anniversary, making it older than both Fort Valley and Peach County.

"Fort Valley Methodist has, for generations, been a church that included many community leaders, business leaders.," says The Rev. Doug Mays, senior pastor of the church. "The treaty with the Creek Indians ceding this land to the state of Georgia, the ink was hardly dry on it when the Methodists established this congregation."

Church historian poured over old church records in anticipation of the anniversary.

Have coffee with the Peach Patrol

Have coffee with the Peach Patrol

Citizens are invited to have cofee with the 'Peach Party Patrol' Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Fort Valley at McDonald's.

According to the Department of Public Safety's Facebook page, community members are encouraged to come and talk to alcohol prevention staff, law enforcement and judicial staff.

A free cup of coffee, along with educational and awareness material, will be provided

Two bodies found in burned-out car in Crawford County


Two people were found dead in a burned-out vehicle in the woods in Crawford County on Sunday.

J.T. Ricketson of the GBI's Perry office says the bodies were badly burned and still unidentified.

He said, although their cause of death is unknown, they're investigating the case as a possible homicide.

"We're not ruling anything out, from accidental to homicide," he said.

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FVSU hosts panel about policing and race


Many law enforcement officers find a string of high-profile cases make it more challenging than ever to connect with the communities they serve.

13WMAZ's Sitarah Coote attended a panel in Fort Valley where police and students joined a dialogue about what needs to happen to open up communication both ways.

Peach Co. man, five others charged in marijuana-growing cases


A Peach County man is accused of running marijuana-growing operations in four counties.

Sheriff Terry Deese says Jason Lang of Byron is charged with conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

Deese says Lang is accused of running "grow houses" in Houston, Crawford, Wilcox and Decatur counties.

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According to a news release, Lang was diverting electricity for those houses by bypassing the electrical meters.

Five other people face charges in the case, according to Deese.

Vigil held to rember FVSU senior


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Friends and family of the Fort Valley State senior who died in a car accident last week gathered this afternoon to remember her life.

Taylor Moore was a Mass Communication major and very involved in the school's peer education program.

Several friends talked about Moore's personality, her Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters called her an outgoing and an overly caring person.

Moore's mother Miriam Knight, attended the event.

Knight says the family relocated to be closer to Fort Valley.

She changed jobs, and as a result, Moore's insurance coverage lapsed.