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In Remembrance of Spc. Kennedy Sanders: A South Georgia Hero

Spc. Kennedy Landon Sanders’ loved ones are devastated as she and two other U.S. Army Reserve soldiers are put to rest after a Jordan drone attack occurred on January 28. The ambitious 24-year-old Sanders was not only a respected soldier following a line of veterans from her family but she was also a loving daughter, sister and friend. Previous VSU ...

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VSUPD explains the $100,000 safety protocol change

VSUPD has found a better way to get a bang for their buck with the new Blazer Guardian app that replaces and serves the same purpose as the original call boxes located around campus to assist with student safety. Chief of Police, Officer Alan Rowe says the decisions in removing the call boxes started in 2016 due to most of ...

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Feature: The Haven and the Battle Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault

This story discusses topics regarding sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. For over three decades, The Haven has been a staple in educational resources and protective services. With its home in Valdosta, the women’s shelter and sexual assault center services women, children, families and individuals in nine South Georgia counties. Opened on July 18, 1988, The Haven has ...

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Governor’s Chief of Staff makes Georgia history

Lauren Curry made history by being the first female chief of staff for the Governor’s office in Georgia.  Brian Kemp announced on Jan. 12 that Curry will assume the role permanently beginning on Jan. 15.    Curry has served in numerous roles before this position, allowing her to gain experience and prepare for this job.  According to Gov.Georgia, Curry has worked ...

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New addition to Valdosta Mall leaves shoppers curious

The Valdosta Mall is gaining a new store by Feb. 29.  Construction is seen taking place where Bed, Bath and Beyond once was. There is much discussion over what the store could be, as it is hidden from the public.  James Dolen, the Valdosta Mall’s general manager, says adding stores will allow for growth.  “We have a new 20,000-square-foot store ...

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VSU to collaborate with Georgia Film Academy

Following the VSU mass media student groups’ trip to Trilith Studios in Atlanta, VSU has finally gotten the opportunity to have a collaboration with the Georgia Film Academy.  Georgia Film Academy has partnered with multiple schools in the University System of Georgia, including University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and many more.  Because of certain roadblocks in the way of ...

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Investigation continues into shooting death of VSU student

Law enforcement is actively investigating last month’s fatal shooting of a VSU student outside of a bar in Remerton. Brianna Long, a bartender at The Pier, was shot at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 29 after the establishment had closed and employees finished closing duties. Long died later at the South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta. Jamy Steinberg, the Georgia ...

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SGA holds vigil for Brianna Long

SGA held a candlelight vigil on the VSU front lawn on Nov. 1 to remember a VSU student’s death where family, friends and community came together. Brianna Long was a senior and dental hygiene major. With only one semester left until graduation, VSU will be presenting her family with her bachelor’s degree in May. Long died unexpectedly early Sunday morning ...

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