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Paving project begins in Thomasville

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:25:00 EST

Construction kicked off Monday for a paving project in Thomasville that will improve 12 streets.

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APD: Woman killed in Albany house fire

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:48:00 EST

A woman died after a house fire on Dawson Road Monday night, according to Albany police.

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Agriculture leaders attend opening of Cook Co. farm facility

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:17:00 EST

A new farm facility opened its doors on Monday in Cook County and it is providing a huge boost to the local economy.

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Dozens celebrate Presidents Day with Jimmy Carter in Plains

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:18:00 EST

President Jimmy Carter spoke to students and families on Monday at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. 

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Albany Fire Department to get new aerial ladder trucks

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:07:00 EST

A major fire in downtown Albany last month was contained thanks to some specialized equipment, and city leaders will be spending $2 million purchasing replacements.

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Students skate to raise funds for Mission Change of Albany

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:01:00 EST

Dougherty County students spent Monday at Stardust 2 Skate Center in Albany, skating for a cause. 

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Valdosta police issue reminder to residents to lock their vehicles

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:46:00 EST

A handful of vehicle thefts and break-ins in Valdosta this year has police sending out a reminder to community members that should be practiced every time you exit your vehicle.

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Valdosta commissioners review the fiscal year

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:38:00 EST

It is the beginning of a new year, but a halfway point for the fiscal year and the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners came together this morning for their annual planning retreat.

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Valdosta City School bus drivers rally against working conditions

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:29:00 EST

Some South Georgia school bus drivers say they are fed up with the work conditions they have had to endure for the last three years.

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Police suspect Uber Eats driver in killing of customer

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:28:00 EST

Police said Ryan Thornton ordered food through Uber Eats to be delivered to his condominium in Atlanta.  

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Murder suspects arraigned in Calhoun Co.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:49:00 EST

Two suspects in two different murders in Calhoun County appeared in front of a judge for the first time Monday. Cortez Anderson and Australia Tammie Martin were indicted by a grand jury at the beginning of the month. 

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Albany's oldest park has new life

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:19:00 EST

After Saturday's Community Planting Day, there is new life in Albany's oldest park. 

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DOCO votes to keep several county roads open to public

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:48:00 EST

A request to close several Dougherty County roads to the public was denied Monday morning by county commissioners. 

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Lee Co. School System to host job fair for educators

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:02:00 EST

The Lee County School System is looking for educators at all levels for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Students petition White House for full military honors burial for school shooting hero

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:22:00 EST

Junior ROTC cadet Peter Wang was wearing his uniform when he was gunned down during last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

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Uber Eats driver accused of fatally shooting man in Buckhead surrenders to police, in custody

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:28:00 EST

A 30-year-old man has died after being shot several times following a dispute with an Uber Eats driver on Saturday in Buckhead.

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Manufacturing job fair to be held at Bainbridge State College

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:46:00 EST

Both experienced and inexperienced workers looking for a job in the Bainbridge and Decatur County area will have an opportunity to meet with manufacturing employers this Thursday.

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Apple devices going haywire when Indian-language character appears

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:50:00 EST

The character is not a virus or malicious hack, but rather a simple and confounding bug.

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Person of interest questioned in deadly Americus shooting

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:19:00 EST

The Americus Police Department said its officers responded to a shooting in the 200 Block of Waitsman Drive around 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

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Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:58:00 EST

The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

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Man arrested for feeding cocaine and whiskey to goat

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:32:00 EST

Footage from the January 2 incident shows Palomares-Guzman holding the goat’s horns while a second male suspect inserted cocaine into the goat’s nostril.

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PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:33:00 EST

Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

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Black history program honors history maker

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:09:00 EST

"I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

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South Georgia city honored with state recognition

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:30:00 EST

The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

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Family escapes safely before fire destroys Edison home

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:26:00 EST

A fire destroyed a Calhoun County family's home early Sunday.

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Fallen Moultrie police officer to be honored in Washington, D.C.

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:32:00 EST

Officer Julian Reed Palmer died in 1934 after a wreck during a high-speed chase caused his gun to go off, killing him.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 4.70"; Normal for the Month 4.95"; Yearly Total 7.57"; -/+ Year to Date -1.17".

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Women Empowerment Conference brings in many for Valentine Day Weekend

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:20:00 EST

Though Valentine's Day has come and gone, the topic of self-love and empowerment came to the forefront in Albany this weekend. Nearly 130 women attended a women empowerment conference Saturday. 

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Prevention and preparedness workshop helps to save lives

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:02:00 EST

Local doctors are working to teach prevention and preparedness, to help save lives this weekend. 

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Tift Park community tree planting day hosts hundreds

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:43:00 EST

More than 1,000 new trees and shrubbery fill the oldest park in the Albany. 

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Police, EMS respond to hit and run in Albany

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:48:00 EST

First responders responded to a hit and run in downtown Albany Saturday night.

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UPDATE: Sheriff's office: Missing teen reunited with family in Seminole Co.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:05:00 EST

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says a missing teen has been found.

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League for children with special needs begins baseball season

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:54:00 EST

Some children with special needs hit the baseball diamond for their fourth season today! The Challenger League, a Leesburg-based non-profit, gives children with special needs the opportunity to play non-competitive sports with each other.  

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Radium Springs Elementary student suspended after BB gun found in bookbag

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:21:00 EST

A Dougherty County student has been suspended after school leaders said the child brought a BB pistol to school in their backpack.

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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:07:00 EST

A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital.

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Abandoned Mobile Home Act could have impact on South Georgians

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:30:00 EST

Two state legislators want to do something about the abandoned mobile homes that are popping up across South Georgia. 

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ADDU arrests 3 men after drug raid at Palace Inn

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:26:00 EST

Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU) agents made a major drug bust at an Albany motel earlier this week. 

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Lee Co. leaders look at dumpster ordinance modifications

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:57:00 EST

There could be some new changes to how Lee County businesses keep their trash.

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Resident concerned after Riverside Cemetery taken over by wild hogs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:47:00 EST

Riverside Cemetery in Albany is where hundreds of people choose to lay their loved ones to rest. But according to family members, the cemetery is now being damaged by hogs running loose, especially at night.

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Phoebe hosts 2nd Annual Primary Care Summit

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:43:00 EST

Hundreds of primary care physicians gathered on Friday afternoon for a day of education and fellowship.

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DCSS official: 'Parents should know their children are in good hands'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:26:00 EST

In Dougherty County, school officials said they are taking all precautions to make sure children are safe.

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Georgia governor says he wants to study offshore drilling before taking stance

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:54:00 EST

This is the first time the governor has gone on the record when it comes to off shore drilling. He said he wants to take an educated stance and not a political one. 

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Woman 'ripped off' during drug deal calls police on suspected dealer

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:31:00 EST

Douglas police arrested a suspected drug dealer after a customer called authorities to report that she had been ripped off.

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APD, EMS respond to school bus accident

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:13:00 EST

The Albany Police Department and emergency services responded to the scene of an accident involving a school bus. 

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2 hospitalized after Albany wreck at Nottingham and Westover

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:05:00 EST

Albany police, EMS and the Albany Fire Department responded to a two car crash at Westover Boulevard and Nottingham Way Friday evening.

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Development officials approve new downtown Albany restaurant

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:04:00 EST

ADICA and the Downtown Development Authority moved forward with a DDA vote of four in favor, one against, and one abstention.

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ADICA begins daily checks for trespassers at old Albany Theatre

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:50:00 EST

Last month, a man died in a fire inside the closed down Albany Theatre. Now, the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority has requested that the property is checked frequently.

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2 nurses face drug charges in Douglas

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:03:00 EST

Two nurses from Douglas are facing drug charges after being arrested by the Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit in separate incidents.

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Lee Co. High School football team honored as state champions

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:53:00 EST

The Lee County High School football team received another honor Friday morning in celebration of its 6A State Football Championship. 

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Jury returns mixed verdicts in Albany murder trial

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:40:00 EST

The fate of an Albany woman accused of fatally stabbing her long-time boyfriend was decided Friday

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GA governor candidate announces proposal for minority-owned businesses

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:54:00 EST

A candidate for Georgia's governor has laid out a proposal to hire more minority-owned businesses for state contracts. 

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Douglas police praised for decrease in crime rate

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:43:00 EST

Newly released crime stats for 2017 show the city decreased crime by nearly 22-percent compared to the year before.

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Moultrie Chamber of Commerce to host career fair

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:10:00 EST

If you live and Southwest Georgia and are looking for a job, you may want to head to Moultrie next week! The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a career fair. 

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Work on West Pinetree Boulevard to begin Tuesday in Thomas County

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:36:00 EST

An improvement project for West Pinetree Boulevard starts next week after over five years of planning.

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Edwards Cancer Center opens in Moultrie

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:16:00 EST

People in Southwest Georgia can receive cancer treatment at a new facility. On Friday, the Edwards Cancer Center in Moultrie officially opened its doors.

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Moultrie officials host 29th annual Arbor Day celebration

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:18:00 EST

Folks in Moultrie celebrated Arbor Day Friday. City leaders, community members, and officials with Georgia Forestry came together for a ceremony. The group planted a Live Oak tree near the new water treatment facility. 

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Police: Card skimmer found at Valdosta gas station

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:34:00 EST

The convenience of paying with a credit card may come at a cost. Valdosta police are issuing a warning to consumers after a credit card skimmer was found Thursday at a gas station in the city.

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Police investigate after a rash of car break-ins at Thomas University

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:44:00 EST

Police have reported a new rash of car break-ins at a college campus in Southwest Georgia.

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Second Harvest of South GA recognized for advocacy efforts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:12:00 EST

Second Harvest of South Georgia is celebrating this week after the organization was named to the 2017 Feeding America Advocacy Hall of Fame.

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High school National FFA Organization members celebrate Tractor Day

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:36:00 EST

On Friday some Worth County students drove their tractors to school! Worth County High School students who are in the national FFA are celebrating National FFA week.  

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Wanted Lee Co. man may be in South Albany

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:20:00 EST

Fred Chase Odonnal, III is considered armed and dangerous, and his last known location was in South Albany.  He was last seen driving a black Ford Escape, with Georgia tag: PZK 1723. 

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All-clear given at Worth Co. High School after bomb threat prompts lockdown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:23:00 EST

The all-clear has been given at Worth County High School and Sylvester law enforcement is investigating after someone discovered a bomb threat.

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Lee Co. students experience STEM-related careers

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:08:00 EST

STEM students from Lee County Middle School West tried their hands in STEM-related careers today. 

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Albany organization hosts food, clothing drive

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:33:00 EST

The East Town Civic League held a food and clothing drive in East Albany Friday.

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GBI identifies Tifton homicide victim

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:14:00 EST

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Tift County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of Demetrius Graham, 19.

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Lee mother, teen indicted in child murder

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:07:00 EST

Leshia Michelle Green, and Javon Ricardo Edwards were both named in an indictment from a Lee County grand jury Thursday, and faces felony murder charges in the death of Karnelle Jackson, a foster child who lived in Green's home.

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Albany teacher's door decorations post goes viral

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:19:00 EST

A Dougherty County elementary school teacher's class room door tribute to Black History Month has brought her some instant fame.

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Terrell Co. Estep murder trial ends in acquittal

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:17:00 EST

A murder trial concluded Thursday in Dawson for Christopher Estep, who was accused of intentionally hitting his wife with a car and killing her in September of 2016.

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Douglas police search for second suspect in residential burglaries

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:48:00 EST

The Douglas Police Depart needs the community's help identifying a suspect. According to a Facebook post on the department's page, the man is a person of interest in last week's residential burglaries.

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Downtown Tifton road repair requires overnight lane closures

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:55:00 EST

The intersection of US 82 and South Main Street in downtown Tifton is set to get repaired. The Georgia Department of Transportation said heavy truck usage at the intersection has damaged the asphalt, leaving ruts and cracks in the roadway.

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Volunteers to plant 1,000 trees at Tift Park

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:26:00 EST

More than 500 volunteers are expected to be in Tift Park Saturday morning. After 2017's deadly January storms, many of the historic trees that South Georgia residents we're so accustomed to seeing were destroyed at the park.

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Hundreds attend Albany movie premier of "Black Panther"

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:51:00 EST

Hundreds of people came to the AMC Albany 16 movie theater to see the premiere of what is projected to be one of the biggest films this year, Marvel Studio's "Black Panther."

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Worth Co. teachers upset over board's tenure proposal

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:48:00 EST

Dozens of teachers and community leaders voiced concerns about a new proposal that would change school system tenure policies.

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Hahira police chief gives details on FL double homicide arrest, abduction rescue

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:53:00 EST

Police have released new and chilling details in the Gainesville, Florida double homicide arrest and abduction rescue made on Tuesday in Cook County.

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Jury finds Bainbridge man guilty of 2016 murder

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:30:00 EST

A Bainbridge man accused of killing a 22-year-old woman has been found guilty.

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Volunteers prepare to restore Tift Park

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:30:00 EST

Volunteers will take a big step toward restoring the canopy of trees in Albany's historic Tift Park in just days. 

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Liberty Expressway beautification project to benefit Dougherty, Lee Counties

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:30:00 EST

A heavily traveled road that connects Dougherty County and Lee County is getting a much-needed upgrade to enhance both counties. The fence is torn down in several areas, and brush has grown under it. 

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Governor candidate accused of reporting several false endorsements

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:35:00 EST

Several Georgia community leaders are voicing concerns after being listed as an endorser of Stacey Abrams as a candidate for Georgia Governor.

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Downtown Thomasville to host semi-annual sidewalk sale this weekend

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:26:00 EST

Stores in Downtown Thomasville are preparing for the semi-annual sidewalk sale this weekend.

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South GA officers write condolence letters after line of duty deaths in US

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:17:00 EST

This week, one South Georgia police department has worked to support numerous law enforcement agencies across the country.

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March for Babies to raise money to help South GA moms

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:28:00 EST

The March of Dimes needs your help to keep babies safe and healthy in Georgia. Organizers need people to sign up for the March for Babies. 

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GA dad pushes for medical marijuana for son with autism

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:24:00 EST

A Georgia father is making a push for a change regarding the cultivation of medical marijuana.

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Jury goes into deliberations in Albany murder trial

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:01:00 EST

The fate of an Albany woman accused of fatally stabbing her long-time boyfriend is in the hands of a Dougherty County jury. 

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Community shocked by homicide investigation in Tift County

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:12:00 EST

One person is dead in Tift County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate.

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VSU presents Mary Turner Lynching Exhibit

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:21:00 EST

This Black History Month, Valdosta State University has an exhibit that could be a tough pill to swallow.

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FOUND SAFE: Heidi Todd family releases statement; affidavit reveals more details

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:26:00 EST

The family of a 4-year-old Johns Island child has released a statement thanking everyone for their support after their daughter was found safe and sound in Alabama. 

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Albany police continue to investigate recent break-ins

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:03:00 EST

The Albany Police Department has investigated dozens of car break-ins this week alone.

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WALB Storm Tracker visits Berrien County

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:58:00 EST

Fourth-grade students at Berrien Elementary School were given a special weather lesson Thursday morning.

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Most Wanted: Douglas home burglar

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:00 EST

Douglas Police are asking for tips to find a burglar caught in the act on camera. The man broke into a home last week in the Touchton Wood's area.

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Man indicted after November shooting at ASU

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:24:00 EST

An Albany man has been indicted after a shooting in November on Albany State University's campus. 

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OneBlood asking for blood donations after FL high school shooting

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:44:00 EST

OneBlood, the local blood center in Florida, responded immediately to the tragic shooting that occurred at the high school in Parkland by rushing additional blood to Broward Health North Hospital and Broward Health Medical Center.

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Calhoun Co. School System announces emergency school closing

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:01:00 EST

The Calhoun County Board of Education said the Calhoun County School System will be closed on Friday, February 16.

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Albany teachers tested on their emergency response

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:39:00 EST

One Dougherty Co. elementary school was under pressure Thursday, as health officials tested teachers in a life-saving drill. Teachers performed CPR on a dummy as part of West Town Elementary School's heart-safe school accreditation. 

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Dougherty Pre-K registration time is here

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:19:00 EST

Educators say it is so important to get your children enrolled in Pre-K, because it sets them up for a bright future.

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Price indicted in double Albany murder

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:26:00 EST

Trevis Lavell Price is accused of shooting and killing L. C. Tumblin and Dexter Covin in October of 2016, on East Road. 

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School district combats mental health issues with personal safety plans

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:51:00 EST

Tift County Schools is proactively combating self-harm ideations student by student daily. In 2000, the school system developed "personal safety plans" for students to sign an agreement to not who hurt themselves or someone else. Now numbers of students signing to protect their well-being and not act upon their thoughts is rising. 

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City closes street for planting day

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:03:00 EST

The City of Albany will block traffic on North Monroe Street on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. The street will be blocked between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue for the Tift Park Community Planting Day.

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4 charged with intent to commit murder and arson

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:41:00 EST

Police say four people were planning on murdering an Irwin county man, then set his house on fire to cover up the crime.

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FL double homicide suspect taken into custody in Cook Co.

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:37:00 EST

Hahira Police have taken a suspect in a Gainesville, Florida double homicide investigation into custody Tuesday afternoon.

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Maternity group home for young parents opens in Albany

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:30:00 EST

Pregnant and parenting youth needing a place to stay can now take advantage of Open Arms' new Maternity Group Home.

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