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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."

Man shot during Fort Valley liquor store robbery

A store owner was shot during a robbery attempt at a Fort Valley liquor store Thursday morning.

Governments join forces for I-75 development

For the first time, several Central Georgia governments are coming together for a development project they expect will benefit all of them.


They plan to grow business along, what they are calling, the "I-75 Corridor."

Community leaders say this will bring more people and business to the area.

If you get off the exit at Russell Parkway or Housers Mill Road, it will take you a few miles to find the nearest stores.

"Our goal is, if we can create a vision for the area, so that maybe we can keep it from being hodgepodges of gas stations and convenience stores," says Jay Flesher, Flint Energies' Economic and Community Manager.

Flesher is one of the people spearheading a group that aims to bring more business to the interstate.

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Fort Valley shooting

UPDATE 8-12-15 11:04 a.m.:The Fort Valley Police Department have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection to the shooting in East Church Street Tuesday around 12:45 p.m.

According to a news release, Markes Alron Dassau is being charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and probation violation.

Deputies arrived to Indian Oaks Apartments Tuesday and found 25-year-old Anthony McGhee shot in the upper torso. The investigation led deputies to arrest Dassau, of Fort Valley.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding the case should call the 478-825-3383.


Nine jobs; seven programs cut at Fort Valley State University

Seven programs were cut and nine people have been let go at Fort Valley State University following a "lengthy, transparent review of the entire institution."

According to a statement issued Thursday from the President's Office, the programs being eliminated include General Business, Sociology, Computer Information Systems, English, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Master of Science in History and Master of Arts in Teaching. For example, students can still take English courses, like English 1101, but can no longer receive a degree in the subject.

The statement says the programs are being eliminated due to failed attraction and graduating the number of students necessary to continue the programs. Staff who were let go, according to the statement, were offered one-year contracts that will end in 2016.