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Fort Valley State student dies in wreck

A Fort Valley State University student died early Thursday in a one-car accident.

Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks says it happened sometime after 2 a.m. on Carver Drive, near the college campus.

He said Taylor Moore, age 22, lost control of her car on a curve, overturned and struck a tree.

She died on the scene. No one else was in her vehicle.

Rooks says someone noticed her car around 7 a.m.

Moore, originally from Powder Springs, was a senior communications major and a member of the Alpha Beta chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, according to a news release from the college.

FVSU will be holding a memorial service for Moore at 4 p.m. Thursday at the C.W. Pettigrew Center, followed by a candle lighting ceremony along the Wildcat Plaza near the Greek Walk, the news release states.

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Missing Fort Valley teen found

UPDATE: 5:10pm

Sheriff Terry Deese reports that Preskitt has returned home.

Deese says they are currently interviewing the teenager to determine where he has been.


Police are asking for your help in finding a missing Peach County teen.

Tyler Ray Preskitt, 19, walked away from 576 Hendrick Road in Fort Valley. He suffers from autism, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and ODD. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and faded blue jeans. Preskitt left home around 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Anyone with info can call (478)822-9111 or the Peach County Sheriff's Office at (478)825-8269.

UPDATE: Juvenile steals school bus, crashes in Peach County

UPDATE: The school bus that crashed on Highway 49 Friday night in Peach County was stolen by a 15 year old, according to Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese. The juvenile who took the bus during a football game on Friday night, was not injured, Deese said.

The bus hit another vehicle head on at the intersection of Highway 49 (Peach Co. Parkway) and the Highway 49 Connector (Buddy Reddick Parkway). The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

The bus belongs to Peach County schools. Georgia State Patrol is investigating the wreck scene and Fort Valley police is handling any criminal investigation.

Sheriff Deese says the 15 year old is currently charged with auto theft, but says he could face more charges once the investigation is complete. 

Peach principal has long football history

The Peach County principal has some bragging rights himself, some football cred, you might say.

The Trojans may do a double-take if they ever have to visit the head guy's office.

Al Pollard's office is pretty normal until you spy the black and white photos on a table.

"I don't put my diplomas or anything else," Pollard explained. "They figure I got those or I wouldn't be in this office. But these are good conversation pieces. Sometimes they break the ice when parents might want to discuss other things."

Pollard is not your average principal.

There is a reason this guy zips around from classroom to classroom doing assessments.

He believes in his staff, but it's in Pollard's blood to stay active.

"This is against Auburn my senior year," he said as he showed us photos from back in the '70s. "I had 158 yards running that and we won 28-0 that game."

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FVSU awarded $538,000 from Department of Defense

Fort Valley State may be able to help out the Department of Defense while giving some of their students a research opportunity.

The department awarded the school with a grant totaling $538,000. Uppinder Mehan is the dean of the college of arts and sciences.

"This could certainly be the beginning of a relationship with the department of defense. I hope it's a fruitful relationship," Mehan said.

The grant will fund the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science to improve target detection by satellites and other machines.

"It's a bit of an arms race between the targets that are identified by people that mean us harm and our ability to be able to figure out what those targets are and take action and time," said Mehan.

Julian Bond honored at Fort Valley State University

The late civil rights leader Julian Bond was honored today at Fort Valley State University.

Bond, who died last week at the age of 75, was the son of the university's first president, Horace Bond.

The ceremony was held at the historic quadrangle near Founders Hall. Many students and faculty members place flower petals in the fountain to honor the man who dedicated his life to fighting for civil rights.

Walter Milton is a lecturer at FVSU and worked for Horace Bond as a graduate student. Milton remembers when Julian was not allowed to be seated in the state legislature because of comments he made about the Vietnam War.

Surveillance photos of attempted armed robbery suspect released

The Fort Valley Police Department needs help identifying a man involved in an attempted armed robbery, in which a convenience store owner was shot Thursday around 11:30 a.m.

According to a news release posted on Facebook, he was described to deputies by witnesses as a black male, in his mid-to-late 20s, approximately 5"10" or 6'0", with a slim build and low haircut. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a Nike logo on the front, black pants and a "Marine-style" black hat.

"The pictures ... were recovered from the store's security cameras," Police Chief Lawrence Spurgeon said, in a statement. "We believe that someone knows this subject and are asking the public's help in identifying him."