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Fort Valley city council explore economic developments


In Fort Valley's City council meeting Thursday night, the mayor and city council members talked about ways to fund a multi-family housing unit.

The 60-unit building has already been approved by the mayor and the council, and will be located north of highway 341 near Nu-way Weiner. It will take $200,000 to build, and the funding would come from the Downtown Development Authority.

The council decided to apply for a Community Block Grant Thursday night. It would pay the city back through a revolving loan fund. The majority of council members supported applying for the grant.

Mayor Barbara Williams says it's because there was confusion as to whether the city would be liable to pay for the project in the end.

'Veggies in the Valley' encourages gardening


Patricia Alston Rohlman is looking for a "fresh" way to get food in Fort Valley.

"We're trying to promote the idea of a 'handup,' not a 'handout' so that people can view the gardens as like a learning lab, so they can come and learn how to garden for themselves," she said.

Rohlman started "Veggies in the Valley," a project that started 4 community gardens throughout the city.

The gardens are located on Oak Street, Love Street, on State University Boulevard near Fort Valley State, and behind the local Boys and Girls Club.

"People ask me all the time, 'Can I come and bring my kids?' So we have a couple of children signed up with their parents to come and work," Rohlman said.

The city donated three of the properties the gardens are built on.

The fourth one is privately owned by the City Marshal.

Softball tournament helps Peach County firefighter


Peach County Fire Sergeant, Jamie Smith, has to witness the aftermath at the scene of a lot of fires.

But he never expected it would happen to his own home.

He remembers that phone call from a fellow sergeant.

"He called me," remembers Smith, "and he said,'I'm sorry but it's pretty much burned to the ground."

No one was home at the time of the fire.

After the devastating loss, the other firemen are trying to help put back the pieces.

"We always say the fire department is a brotherhood," says Sergeant Jeffrey Oliver. "In situations like this it really shows."

Even though loss is an unfortunate part of their job, the dynamics change seeing it happen to them firsthand.

FVSU receives state funding to fix pool


Fort Valley State will be re-opening their pool, thanks to funding from the state.

"Local schools were heavy users of the pool," said Dwayne Crew, who is head of the facilities office, "When Houston County had their swim meets this place would be packed."

That was four years ago, before Fort Valley State University's pool closed due to cracks in the floor.

Crew says the cracks may have happened because the 12-foot pool was too close to the water table underneath the building.

The University System of Georgia has approved 400,000 dollars to the school to repair it.

Crew says construction should start at the beginning of September and be finished by early October.

He says different high schools would use the pool for regional swim meets, which brought in more revenue for the school.

Crawford County coroner sues county


For the past 18 months, coroner David O'Neal has been asking the Crawford County commission for a truck and an office with supplies because right now he uses his own pickup and works from home.

"I've had to have my son carry me in his own personal vehicle to scenes when my vehicle was not eligible to go. Without help, I could go hours," O'Neal said.

The county did not give him a truck but did provide him with an office.

O'Neal says it's locked and he doesn't have a key. And he wouldn't want it anyway.

Several times O'Neal told the county commission he would not accept that office.

Public invited to meet Peach Co. Superintendent candidates


The Peach County Board of Education announced a public meeting tonight with the top two candidates for superintendent.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Peach County High School on Campus Drive in Fort Valley.

At the meeting, the public will get to meet and greet the two candidates, and hear their plans for the future of Peach County Schools, if one of them is hired.

The first candidate is Dr. Daryl Fineran, who spent two years as the superintendent of Wayne County Schools in Jesup, Georgia, and worked as a teacher and administrator in several other school systems, including Peach County.

The second candidate is Jim L. LeBrun, who has been superintendent of the McDuffie County Board of Education in Thomson, Georgia for the past 5 years. LeBrun also served as superintendent in Jones County from 2005 to 2009.

Georgia Peach Festival

Georgia Peach Festival

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What better way to get your fill of peaches than at the Georgia Peach Festival. The festival began in 1986 and has been going strong ever since.

To kick off the Saturday, families enjoyed a pancake breakfast. Jimmy Jones has been coming to the breakfast since it started almost 30 years ago. "It's a good fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club. Foods good, the companies good, and it's a great thing for Peach County," said Jones.