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Farm bill, Ava's Law among FVSU breakfast discussion


The 32nd annual Egg and Ham Breakfast is happening today at Fort Valley State.

It's where you can talk about the latest issues affecting Georgians and eat a hearty breakfast.

Topics will include the discussion of the 2014 Farm Bill, Ava's Law and the legalizing of medicinal marijuana.

Invited guests include Rep Sanford Bishop and Senator Saxby Chambliss.

The event starts at 8 a.m. in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

Admission is ten dollars.


Fort Valley President has vision for growth


Fort Valley State's students and faculty honored their ninth president, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith during his inauguration Friday afternoon.

Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has been on the job as president since last summer, but Friday afternoon, he was formally inducted by Board of Regents Chancellor Henry Huckabee.

Congressman Sanford Bishop was one of several speakers who congratulated him.

"I am convinced that he has the vision to lead this university into an exciting, dynamic, successful future," Bishop said.

Griffith is a political scientist and a former provost at universities in New York and Virginia.

"You can put the goals into two categories: long term goals and immediate term goals," he said.

According to him, the school has already reached some short term goals since he took office last July.

Fort Valley State officially welcomes new president


He;s been on the job for almost nine months now. But Fort Valley State University will officially inaugurate Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith as its ninth president this week.

The university says Griffith will be formally welcomed to the university during a ceremony on Friday morning. He began his term as university president in July.

University officials say Griffith's vision is to bolster student-initiated research, cultural diversity and global connectivity.

School officials say more than 3,000 students are enrolled at Fort Valley State University, which was founded in 1895.

Griffith is a former professor of political science and a specialist on Caribbean security, drugs and crime. He comes to The Valley after six years as provost and senior vice president at York College of the City University of New York.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks


If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.


GBI: Roberta argument resulted from complaint against chief


An argument at Roberta City Hall apparently happened after the mayor's husband tried to file a complaint against the police chief.

A GBI spokeswoman says he hopes to meet with the district attorney this week about the "encounter."

J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office, says they're still interviewing witnesses.

It reportedly happened around 11 a.m. Saturday at Roberta's police station.

He says Jack Smith, 68, went there to file a complaint against Chief Benjamin Thomas. Ricketson was not sure about the nature of the complaint.

Smith apparently felt that the officer on duty was slow to provide a complaint form, possibly due to a computer problem, Ricketson said.

"The officer seemed to be having some difficulty," said Ricketson. "I don't think there was any intent not to do anything."

Roberta's police chief reportedly involved in city hall fight


The GBI has been asked to investigate a reported fight between Roberta's police chief and the husband of the mayor.

That's according to a news release from Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker.

He says it happened around 10:45 a.m. last Friday at Roberta City Hall.

The fight reportedly involved Chief Benjamin Thomas and Jack Smith, age 68. He is the husband of Mayor Becky Smith.

Walker would not comment on what caused the fight.

He said his deputies were called to the scene and he decided to ask the GBI's Perry office to investigate.

We could not reach Rodney Wall, special agent in charge of the Perry office, for comment.


GBI investigates altercation at Roberta City Hall


According to a press release from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an argument between Roberta Police Chief Benjamin Thomas and the husband of the mayor of Roberta, Jack Smith.

Sheriff Lewis Walker made the decision to let the GBI handle the investigation. According to GBI special agent in charge J.T. Ricketson, witnesses say Smith entered city hall to file a complaint, but the forms weren't available and the computers were down at the time.

This is what led to the argument between Smith and Thomas, who witnesses told Ricketson have a history of altercations with each other. Ricketson says he is not aware of any documented history between the two.