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Valdosta, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia
City
Valdosta City Hall
Valdosta City Hall

Seal
Motto: "A City Without Limits"[1]

Location in Georgia
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Georgia
County Lowndes
Incorporated December 7, 1860
Government
 • Mayor John Gayle
Area
 • City 30.3 sq mi (78.4 km2)
 • Land 29.9 sq mi (77.5 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 54,518
 • Density 1,799.3/sq mi (695.4/km2)
 • Metro 139,588
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31601-31606, 31698
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-78800[2]
GNIS feature ID 0324649[3]
Website City of Valdosta Website

Valdosta is a city in and the


  • Valdosta New Georgia Encyclopedia
  • City of Valdosta Website Portal style website, Government, Business, Library, Recreation and more
  • City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Valdosta
  • South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive Digital Library of Georgia
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  25. ^ CNN Staff. "Family demands coroner's inquest in teen's gym mat death." CNN. October 22, 2013. Retrieved on October 22, 2013.
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  27. ^ Climate Summary for Valdosta, Georgia
  28. ^ First and Last Frost Dates in Georgia 1997-2007 University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
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  38. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 23, 2010.
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  43. ^ Valdosta State University, Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  44. ^ Georgia Military College- Valdosta Campus, Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  45. ^ Valdosta Technical College. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
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  47. ^ Lowndes County Historical Society and Museum
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References

Valdosta in fiction

Notable people

  • Moultrie, programmed by WCTV in Tallahassee. The station serves the Valdosta and Albany areas, and includes subchannels offering programming from MyNetworkTV, Me-TV and The CW.
  • Waycross.

Valdosta and Lowndes County is part of the Albany market. See and .

Television

  • WDDQ TALK 92.1 FM Talk radio
  • Thomasville)
  • WVVS 90.9 FM VSU station
  • WWET 91.7 FM
  • WAAC 92.9 FM Country
  • WJYF 95.3 FM Christian Contemporary
  • WQPW 95.7 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WJEM 96.1 (repeater of 1150 AM)
  • WGOV-FM 96.7 FM Urban
  • WAFT 101.1 FM Christian
  • WXHT 102.7 FM Pop Hits (Broadcast from Valdosta but licensed to Madison, Florida)
  • Quitman)
  • WWRQ 107.9 FM Rock

FM:

  • WJEM 1150 AM; 5 kW Gospel
  • WVLD 1450 AM; 1 kW Sports Radio
  • WGUN 950 AM; 4 kW Adult Urban Contemporary
  • WRFV 910 AM; 50 kW

AM:

Radio

Newspaper

Media

Due to the Valdosta High School football team's record as well as multiple championships in many sports by Valdosta State University, Lowndes High School, Valwood School, Georgia Christian School, and other academic institutions in the town, Valdosta was nominated as a finalist in 2008 for ESPN's "Titletown USA" contest. On July 28, 2008, with 29.2% of fan votes on ESPN's website poll, Valdosta was named TitleTown USA.[60]

TitleTown USA was a month-long segment on ESPN that started in the spring of 2008 and continued through July. Fans nominated towns and cities across the country based on their championship pedigree. A panel reviewed the nominees and fan voting in May determined the 20th finalist. SportsCenter visited each city in July, and fan voting July 23–27 determined the winner.

ESPN's Titletown, USA

were a "Class-D" minor league team. Valdosta was also home to the Valdosta Trojans which was a "farm" team for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Valdosta Tigers From 1946-1958, the [59][58] Valdosta hosted several different minor league baseball teams during the twentieth century, and was one of six cities in the

Minor League Baseball

In 1915 the Newark Peppers of the now defunct Federal League held spring training in Valdosta.[57]

The first baseball team at Valdosta State was formed in 1954 and had its first official season of intercollegiate competition in 1955. Tommy Thomas, became coach in 1967 and served as coach until 2007. Under Thomas the Blazers saw 34 winning seasons, two conference titles, three Divisional titles, eight trips to the national tournament, and a Division II national championship in 1979. Thomas is the all-time wins leader in NCAA Division II baseball with 1302 wins. Greg Guilliams became VSU's head baseball coach in 2008 and won a Gulf South Conference East Division title in his first year and led Valdosta State to its first postseason appearance in seven years.[56]

Baseball

Valdosta State's Men's Tennis team leads the Gulf South Conference with nine conference championships (1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).[54] In 2011 the men's team became the first to win five consecutive GSC Championships in tennis.[55]

Valdosta State University's Men's Tennis team won the 2006 and 2011 NCAA Division II national championships.[53] The team has also appeared in the national title game in 2004, 2007, and 2010.

Tennis

The Valdosta State University Blazers have won a total of three Division II National Championship titles (2004,2007 and 2012) and have also have won 6 Gulf South Conference football championships (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010).

Football

Valdosta State University

The annual matchup between the two public high schools, Lowndes and Valdosta High, is known as the Winnersville Classic.[52] Valdosta leads the overall series 34-16 and 19-12 since 1981 when the annual match was named the Winnersville Classic.

Cross-town rival Lowndes High School have also built a strong program, winning five state titles since 1980 (including 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2007).[50] Local private school, Valwood School has won four GISA state football titles in Class A (1985, 1986, 1999, and 2012).[51]

[49] Valdosta has a strong

High school football

Sports

The Lowndes County Historical Society & Museum is located at the 24 Carnegie Libraries in Georgia.

Museum

In 1898, the Valdosta Street Railway Company secured the right to operate street cars on Patterson, Ashley, Toombs, Lee, Hill, Central, Crane and Gordon Streets. Valdosta was one of the smallest cities in America to have a street railway system. The streetcar operated in the downtown area between 1899 and 1924. The abandoned tracks were removed in the 1940s to be used as scrap metal for the war effort.[47]

Streetcar

The Valdosta Regional Airport, three miles south of Valdosta, is serviced by Delta Air Lines to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Atlantic Southeast Airlines as a Delta Connection. There is also a Greyhound bus station.

Other transportation

  • Interstate 75 (State Route 401) runs north to south through a western section of Valdosta.
  • State Route 7) runs north to south entering the city at the Withlacoochee River being known as North Valdosta Road, it continues south on North Ashley Street. It branches into two sections at Five Points, US 41 Business / SR 7 Business travelling south down North Ashley Street, US 41 Alternate / SR 7 Alternate travelling south down Patterson Street. At the overpass over the CSX railroad, they join together to become US 41 Business / SR 7 Business following South Patterson Street.
  • State Route 38 and runs west to east bisecting the city and is known as Hill Avenue through the city limits.
  • State Route 31 northeast of Valdosta.

Major highways

Infrastructure

Also located in Valdosta is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide: Moody Campus.[46] Embry-Riddle is the #1 rated aviation and aerospace university. Embry-Riddle teaches the science, practice, and business of aviation and aerospace.

The county's former Valdosta is also the home of

Higher education

West Hall at Valdosta State University

Valwood School is an independent college preparatory school enrolling students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.[42] Several Christian Schools offering classes K-12 also operate in and near Valdosta including Georgia Christian School, Lighthouse Christian School, Open Bible Christian School, Highland Christian School, St. John Catholic School, and Victory Christian School.

Private education

The Lowndes County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, consisting of seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and a high school. The school district serves communities of Lowndes County outside of Valdosta.[40] The district has 592 full-time teachers and over 9,245 students.[41]

Lowndes County School District

The Valdosta City School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, consisting of five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The school district serves the city of Valdosta and the surrounding communities of Lowndes County.[38] The district has 447 full-time teachers and over 7,178 students.[39]

Valdosta City School District

Education

Wild Adventures, a 166-acre theme and water park, is located 5 miles from Valdosta in rural Lowndes County. Wild Adventures is owned by Herschend Family Entertainment.

Moody Air Force Base is located about 9 miles (14 km) north of Valdosta in northern Lowndes County.

In the retailing field, Valdosta has one major regional mall, Valdosta Mall, which features national chain anchor stores like JCPenney, Sears, Buckle (store), Office Depot, PetSmart, Belk, Old Navy, and Ross Stores. Several large stores surround the mall or are near the mall including Best Buy, Home Depot, Kohl's, Lowe's, Office Max and Target. Valdosta has other notable shopping areas such as the Historic Downtown area with many local businesses,[37] and the Five Points area which has a Big Lots, Winn-Dixie, and numerous national franchise and local restaurants.

Located in the far southern portion of the state, near the [35][36]

Aerial view of Valdosta

Economy

The median income for a household in the city was $31,940, and the median income for a family was $39,295. Males had a median income of $33,230 versus $25,689 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,003. About 20.3% of families and 28.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.3% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.[4][33][34]

There were 20,280 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 19.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.93. In the city the population was spread out with 30% 19 years of age and younger, 19.3% from 20 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25.5 years. 53.1% of the population of Valdosta was female and 46.9% was male. Females 18 and over made up 54.4% of the population to 45.6% male.

According to the census[2] of 2000 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Valdosta were: · Black or African American - 51% · English - 9% · Irish - 7% · German - 6% · Scotch-Irish - 2% · Italian - 2%

As of the census[2] of 2010 and estimates from 2005 to 2009, there were 54,518 people, 20,280 households, and 11,876 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,521.7 people per square mile (563.9/km²). There were 22,709 housing units available in Valdosta. The racial makeup of the city was 51.2% African American, 41.5% White, 0.3% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

City

According to the Bureau of Census, the Valdosta, Georgia Echols counties.)

MSA

Demographics


Climate data for Valdosta, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
(31)
87
(31)
93
(34)
96
(36)
103
(39)
108
(42)
104
(40)
105
(41)
103
(39)
97
(36)
92
(33)
85
(29)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 61
(16)
65
(18)
71
(22)
79
(26)
85
(29)
90
(32)
91
(33)
90
(32)
87
(31)
79
(26)
71
(22)
63
(17)
78
(26)
Daily mean °F (°C) 52
(11)
55
(13)
62
(17)
69
(21)
75
(24)
81
(27)
82
(28)
82
(28)
78
(26)
69
(21)
61
(16)
54
(12)
68
(20)
Average low °F (°C) 42
(6)
45
(7)
51
(11)
58
(14)
65
(18)
71
(22)
73
(23)
73
(23)
70
(21)
59
(15)
50
(10)
44
(7)
59
(15)
Record low °F (°C) 3
(−16)
2
(−17)
18
(−8)
25
(−4)
40
(4)
50
(10)
57
(14)
54
(12)
42
(6)
28
(−2)
16
(−9)
6
(−14)
2
(−17)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.79
(147.1)
4.47
(113.5)
5.30
(134.6)
3.61
(91.7)
3.15
(80)
4.91
(124.7)
6.30
(160)
5.24
(133.1)
4.11
(104.4)
3.11
(79)
3.24
(82.3)
3.83
(97.3)
47.27
(1,200.7)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9 8 8 7 8 10 13 12 9 5 7 8 104
Source #1: The Weather Channel [29]
Source #2: Weatherbase [30]

Valdosta has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), with mild, wet winters and hot, humid summers.[27] Temperatures frequently go over 90 degrees, but in extreme heatwaves, temperatures occasionally go over 100. Snowfall is rare but not unknown. Snow has not been sighted in Valdosta since February 2010, with the last significant snowfall being 1989. However, light frosts regularly occur between December and February.[28] Valdosta can experience Indian summers in the winter, where temperatures can get quite warm. Very rarely do winter lows go below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Climate

Valdosta is about 230 miles (370 km) south of Waycross were once the longest straight stretch of railroad in the world.[26]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.3 square miles (78 km2), of which 29.9 square miles (77 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is water, for a total area of 1.09% water.

Valdosta is located at (30.846661, -83.283101).[24]

Geography

Valdosta was named one of 2003's "Top 100 U.S. Small Towns" by Site Selection magazine.[21] In 2010 Valdosta was named one of the "Best Small Places For Business And Careers" by Forbes.[22] In 1910, Fortune magazine named Valdosta the richest city in America by per capita income.[23]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Monthly Labor Review, the first automated teller machine (ATM) was installed at C&S Bank in Valdosta.[20]

President Moody Air Force Base in November 1968.

A high school oratory contest once held in Valdosta was notable for the second place winner, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The First Baptist Church was built in 1899

The local economy received an important boost when Interstate 75 was routed and built through the area. Many vacationers on their way to Florida found Valdosta a convenient "last stop" on their way to Walt Disney World and the Orlando area, especially those coming from the Midwest and Ontario, Canada.

The Valdosta Daily Times has twice reported that the world's second Coca-Cola bottling plant was at one time located in Valdosta.[18][19]

Valdosta was once the center of long-staple cotton growing in the United States until the boll weevil finally killed the crop in 1917 and agriculture turned to tobacco and pine timber.

[17][16][45] is located a mile outside of the city limits off of Interstate 75.

The Old Lowndes County Courthouse as it appeared around the early 1900s.

A major incident of racial unrest in Lowndes County occurred May 1918. Sidney Johnson, a black man and farm worker who felt that he had been mistreated repeatedly by his white farmer boss Hampton Smith, murdered Smith by gun shot and injured his wife. Subsequently, this sparked a lynch mob to be formed in Valdosta, which lasted from May 17 to May 24. It resulted in the lynchings of a least 13 African Americans, including pregnant twenty-one-year-old Red Summer (1919). By 1922 local chapters of the Ku Klux Klan were holding rallies openly in Valdosta.[14]

In November 1902, the Harris Nickel-Plate Circus' prize elephant, Gypsy, went on a rampage and killed her trainer James O'Rourke. After terrorizing the town for a couple of hours, she ran off to Cherry Creek, north of Valdosta. Gypsy was chased by Police Chief Calvin Dampier and a posse. Gypsy was killed by a shot from a Krag-Jørgensen rifle and buried on site; James O'Rourke was buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Valdosta.[12][13]

Old Lowndes County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the heart of downtown Valdosta.

After the American Civil War, over one hundred African Americans, families of farmers, craftsmen, and laborers, emigrated from Lowndes County to Arithington, Liberia, Africa, in 1871 and 1872, looking for a better life. This was made possible with the support of the American Colonization Society. The first group, which left in 1871, was led by Jefferson Bracewell, and the second group was led by Aaron Miller.[11]

Troupville, now virtually abandoned, had been named after estate, Val d'Osta (occasionally the Valdosta spelling was used as well), which itself was named after the Valle d'Aosta in Italy. The name Aosta (Latin: Augusta), refers to Emperor Augustus. Thus, the name Valdosta can be interpreted literally as meaning "Valley of Augustus' City". Originally, a long-standing rumor held that the city's name meant "vale of beauty."[10] The land around Valdosta is flat.

Valdosta was incorporated on December 7, 1860, at which time the county government was moved from nearby Troupville.[9] Citizens of Troupville relocated when the Gulf and Atlantic Railroad was built four miles (about 6 km) away. On July 4, 1860, the engine known as Satilla Number Three pulled the first train into Valdosta on the Gulf and Atlantic Railway.

History

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • MSA 3.1
    • City 3.2
  • Economy 4
  • Education 5
    • Valdosta City School District 5.1
    • Lowndes County School District 5.2
    • Private education 5.3
    • Higher education 5.4
  • Infrastructure 6
    • Major highways 6.1
    • Other transportation 6.2
    • Streetcar 6.3
  • Museum 7
  • Sports 8
    • High school football 8.1
    • Valdosta State University 8.2
      • Football 8.2.1
      • Tennis 8.2.2
      • Baseball 8.2.3
    • Minor League Baseball 8.3
    • ESPN's Titletown, USA 8.4
  • Media 9
    • Newspaper 9.1
    • Radio 9.2
    • Television 9.3
  • Notable people 10
    • Entertainment 10.1
    • Sports 10.2
    • Politics 10.3
  • Valdosta in fiction 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

[8] as the plant grows in profusion there; the city hosts an annual Azalea City It is called the

Valdosta is the home of Valdosta High School, home to the most winning football program in the United States.[7]

Valdosta is the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2010, had a population of 139,588.[6]

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