Radio Hall of Fame honors Quitman’s lost voice

The Voice of Quitman

Martha and Bill Hoopes sit in their home photography studio in this file photo. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame will induct the late Bill Hoopes next weekend.

Martha and Bill Hoopes sit in their home photography studio in this file photo. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame will induct the late Bill Hoopes next weekend.

QUITMAN — The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame will induct the late Bill Hoopes into its ranks next weekend.

Hoopes was a legendary South Georgia radio disc jockey and commentator, known primarily for his long-running show on WSFB AM Quitman, said Bob Harrison, president of the Hall of Fame board of directors.

Harrison nominated Hoopes.

“He was my first boss and a strong influence on me as an early broadcaster,” Harrison said.

Hoopes’ family is expected to attend the Atlanta ceremony on Oct. 25, Harrison said.

Hoopes died in February 2012 at the age of 87. Though he will be honored for his contributions to Georgia radio, Hoopes’ life was diverse.

From Chattanooga to Iwo Jima to Quitman, William Franklin Hoopes was a boxer, a pilot, an award-winning photographer, a prize-winning cutting horseman throughout the South and the West, a painter, a radio personality and a business owner.

He witnessed the famed flag-raising at Iwo Jima during World War II.

He earned his black belt in judo at the age of 49.  (click the read more button below more on this story) ……….

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Blazers Shut Out Mississippi College 62-0 (from

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VALDOSTA, Ga.  The Valdosta State offense scored on nine straight possessions while the Blazer defense limited Mississippi College to just 139 yards of total offense as VSU shutout the Choctaws 62-0 in Gulf South Conference football action at Robinson-Hale Stadium Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Valdosta State improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in GSC play while Mississippi College fell to 1-5 and 0-3.

After punting on its first drive and fumbling in the end zone on its second drive, Valdosta State scored on each of its last five possessions of the first half to build a 35-0 halftime lead.

On the third VSU drive of the game, Jake Medlock capped off a six-play, 80-yard drive with an eight-yard scoring run for the first points of the game. After forcing a Mississippi College punt, the Blazers again marched the length of the field to go in front 14-0 when Cedric O’Neal scored on a six-yard run with 13:09 remaining in the second quarter.

The third Valdosta State score of the game just over four minutes later when Austin Scott scored on a five yard run while Medlock threw for the final two scores of the half, the first on a 13-yard pass to Donovan Bolden while the second came with 1:09 to go in the half when he connected with Shane Henderson on a 51-yard pass.

While the Blazer offense tallied 386 yards of total offense in the first half, the defense was just as dominating as it allowed the Choctaws only 62 yards of total offense and only three first downs.

Valdosta State continued its scoring streak on its first four drives of the third quarter as Medlock connected with Chris Andersonon a seven-yard pass before exiting the game. Kaleb Nobles came in the game on the ensuing drive and directed a 7-play, 52-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard scoring run by Nick Davis. Eric Scott became the eighth Blazer of the day score on VSU’s third drive of the game when he ran from eight yards out a drive later.

While the Valdosta State offense clicked off touchdowns, the Black Swarm defense was just as effective as it did not allow Mississippi College past the 50 yard line until MC’s 11th drive of the game. The Choctaws also crossed the 50 on their 12thdrive, but did not get inside the Blazer 36 yard line during the game.

Medlock completed 19-of-20 passes in the game to set a new Gulf South Conference single game record for completion percentage at 95.0 percent. He passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 35 yards and a score. O’Neal finished the game with 107 yards and a score on 11 carries while Austin Scott carried the ball eight times for 43 yards and a score. Bolden led the Blazer receivers with seven catches for 64 yards.

Valdosta State topped the 600-yard mark in total offense for the second straight week as it tallied 651 in the contest, including 344 rushing and 307 through the air.

Kenny Murphy led the VSU defense with seven tackles in the contest. The shutout marked the first for the Black Swarm since stopping Shorter 41-0 on September 21, 2013.

Valdosta State returns home next weekend for its final home contest of the 2014 regular season. The Blazers will play Shorter in a Gulf South Conference contest at 3:00 p.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. In addition to the VSU seniors being honored prior to the game, the contest will also feature Valdosta State’s Homecoming game.

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Local man has guns stolen during armed robbery


Release from the Valdosta Police Department:

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:22 pm, the Valdosta Police Department responded to 4491 InnerPerimeter Road in reference to the report of an armed robbery that occurred in the 2300 block of Chattooga Drive.

Officers made contact with a 22-year-old man who indicated that an African American male pulled a handgun on him and stole his wallet and two handguns.

Detectives responded to investigate and are looking at persons of interest in the case. No one was hurt during the incident.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.


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