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Valdosta State holds off West Alabama (Valdosta Daily Times)

Valdosta State quarterback Jake Medlock leaps past a West Alabama defender Thursday night in Livingston, Ala.

Valdosta State quarterback Jake Medlock leaps past a West Alabama defender Thursday night in Livingston, Ala.

LIVINGSTON, Ala. — West Alabama put up a serious fight, but Valdosta State’s “Black Swarm” defense had a stout showing, stout enough to hang on for a 27-17 win Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

With the score 24-10 in the fourth quarter, the Blazers had a shot to go up three scores, but decided to go for it on fourth down inside the 5-yard line and failed to convert.

“I put our defense in a tough situation, but they bailed me out and I’m proud of them for doing that,” VSU coach David Dean said.

Despite UWA making some big plays in the first half, the “Black Swarm” was able to limit the Tigers on the scoreboard by limiting their quarterback Kyle Caldwell.

Caldwell still managed to go 24-of-48 passing for 337 yards and two touchdowns, but the score could have been much higher. On several occasions when Caldwell got out of the pocket, he did what he does best — make big plays. The Tiger quarterback connected with receiver Chad Toocheck multiple times in the first half, including one pass for a 35-yard gain. ….

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No wrongdoing found in Winnersville scalping claims (Valdosta Daily Times)

VALDOSTA — A Times report Friday morning sparked an investigation into the reselling of Winnersville Classic tickets and whether or not it is legal to do so.

On Thursday, Valdosta City Schools Director of Public Relations Jennifer Steedley said the school system had received several complaints about an individual using Facebook to advertise the reselling of tickets to the annual varsity football game between Valdosta High School and Lowndes High School.

Steedley provided The Times with screenshots of Facebook posts from an individual who claimed to be selling 109 tickets to the game. In one photo, the individual appears to be holding less than 30 tickets. The tickets are advertised at a price of $20 for one ticket and $35 for two. Tickets originally sell for $10 each.

Steedley said the school system takes preventive measures in an attempt to ensure that purchasing tickets is a fair and equitable process. Fans and parents were reportedly upset that someone was allegedly able to obtain so many tickets to sell for profit.

Georgia law allows for the reselling of tickets but only in certain circumstances. Brad Shealy, Southern Circuit assistant district attorney, said only two people are allowed to resell tickets: the original purchaser or a licensed ticket broker.

“A person who is the original purchaser can resell one or more tickets for any price as long as he does so from at least 2,700 feet from the venue if the venue admits or seats 15,000 or more people,” said Shealy. “It is my position that since the code section specifically states that only the original purchaser can sell the tickets, then a person who received the tickets from the original purchaser at face value or as a gift cannot sell those tickets for more than face value.”

Essentially, original ticket purchasers and licensed brokers may sell tickets for whatever price they want while everyone else must sell them at face value.

On Friday morning, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said VCS made his department aware of the allegations of ticket scalping and initiated an investigation.

“The Valdosta Police Department has made contact with a person who was in possession of several tickets,” said Childress. “Investigators determined that there was no way to track ticket sales to an individual, so there is no way to prove that a person was scalping tickets.”

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Downtown Valdosta Unveils 22nd Edition Christmas Ornament

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The Valdosta Main Street office has released its 22nd edition in the series of the Downtown Valdosta Christmas ornaments.  The 2014 ornament, which was designed by the Main Street staff, is pearlescent white and features the Cranford Building located at 110-114 West Hill Avenue.

Ornaments from most previous years are also available for purchase while supplies last.  Ornaments from years 2010 through 2014 cost $10 each, and all other ornaments are $6 each.  Other ornaments in the Downtown Valdosta Christmas ornament series include:

.         25th Anniversary of The ‘Dosta Playhouse (2013)

·         The Roberts Building (2012)

·         Historic Liberty Theater (2011)

·         Valdosta Sesquicentennial/City Hall (2010)

·         Converse Building (2009)

.        Wisenbaker Building (2008)

·         City Market (2007)

·         First Presbyterian Church (2006)

·         King’s Grill (2005)

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