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The Mix makes space for school and local clubs

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, Valdosta State University hosted The Mix. The event provided organizations on campus with a place to exhibit their work, and served as a mass interest meeting for students hoping to get involved on campus. The event was held in the University ballrooms, where dozens of organizations were given the space to set up booths, each boasting ...

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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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Kalifa Ford’s journey as a student-athlete-mom

Kalifa Ford is a 22-year-old from Bono, Arkansas, managing three different lifestyles while aiming for one goal: a comfortable life for herself and her family. Ford is a junior guard forward for VSU’s women’s basketball, an accounting major and a full-time mother to her 10-month-old daughter, Elleauna. After playing three seasons at her previous school, Oklahoma Baptist University, she realized ...

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Album Review: Music for the Masses

Independent traveling musician David Jacobsen debuted his new album, “Music for the Masses,” making his mark in Valdosta with his creative take on music. “Music for the Masses” is a concise and diverse assortment of songs, blending humor and contemplative moments while embracing contradictions. The initial track mocks the idea of composing a song about the French Revolution, later in ...

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Downtown Arts District Features Art Walk

The Annette Howell Turner Center for Arts and Valdosta Main Street created a new partnership to recognize the Valdosta City Center Arts District. The partnership highlights local businesses, local artists and the community through building connections. The Art Walk is a one mile long art instillation along N. Ashley Street, Webster Street, E. Hill Avenue and N. Patterson Street. The ...

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Belonging, Independence and Family: TGV presents “Little Women”

Character, setting, plot, meaning. These are just some of the common elements found across all stories, and Theatre Guild Valdosta’s production of “Little Women” highlights all of them. Though “Little Women” was originally written by novelist Louisa May Alcott, TGV’s production is based on playwright Kate Hamill’s 2018 adaptation of the classic novel. “Little Women” has been adapted over a ...

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Flames out burn Blazers on Hall of Fame Weekend

The VSU Blazers’ free fall continues as they lose a tight one to the Lee University Flames 68-61 on VSU Hall of Fame weekend. The Flames had 4 players in double digits in points. Flames’ graduate guard-forward Beyuan Hendricks led the way with 13 points. The Blazers were led by graduate guard LaTrell Tate who had a game high 24 ...

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Schirmer’s 100th win avenges loss to Flames

The Lady Blazers win their 13th straight game on Saturday as head coach Deandra Schirmer notches her 100th victory as head coach in Titletown. The Lady Blazers took on conference opponent Lee as the second act of Hall of Fame weekend on campus; a game that Lady Blazers fans have had circled since late November. The last time the Lady ...

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Blazer Athletics Hall of Fame is one for the books

The 27th annual Valdosta State Athletics Hall of Fame induction took place this past Saturday, and it was filled with many esteemed individuals. It was a room filled to the brim with Blazer legends, such as softball’s Thomas Macera to baseball’s Tommy Thomas. Some of the names that highlighted this year’s class were current Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore II, ...

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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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