City of Valdosta Announces Holiday Sanitation Schedule

2 mins ago - The City of Valdosta will be closed for the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays. The Sanitation Division will NOT collect residential garbage, recyclables or yard waste on Thursday, Dec. 25 or Thursday, Jan. 1.

Funeral for Fallen LCSO Deputy Set for Tuesday

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Updated: 11/26/2014 - The funeral service for fallen LCSO Deputy Christopher Smith is set for Tuesday. Smith was ambushed, shot and killed while responding to a house fire on Saturday.

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Leg Lamp Stolen from New York Store's Display

Updated: 10:49 AM - The owner of the Yankee Spirits liquor store in North Tonawanda says his annual window display honoring the holiday classic includes memorabilia from the 1983 film, including several versions of the now-iconic leg lamp.

Charges Filed Against Protesters In Atlanta

Posted: 12/21/2014 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say charges have been filed against more than a dozen people who blocked an intersection during a protest near a busy mall in Buckhead.

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