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Albany CPA company contributes to rural Georgia hospitals

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:08:00 EDT

Draffin and Tucker announced Tuesday, as part of Georgia's new rural hospital tax credit program, the company is contributing $124,000 to all 49 eligible rural hospitals in the state.   

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Lawsuit claims rodent was baked into Chick-fil-A sandwich

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:47:00 EDT

A lawsuit claims a suburban Philadelphia woman got an extra topping in her Chick-fil-A sandwich: a dead rodent.

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Fight the Blight meets with neighborhood members

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:39:00 EDT

Tuesday night, Flight the Blight organizers met with neighborhood members from the Shackleford Park community.

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Governor candidate calls for removal of Stone Mountain carvings

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:52:00 EDT

Former Georgia House Minority Leader and candidate for governor of the state Stacey Abrams is calling for the Confederate carvings on Stone Mountain to be removed. 

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One dead after Dougherty Co. crash

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:52:00 EDT

One person is dead following a crash in Dougherty County Wednesday morning. 

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5 things to know for Wednesday, August 16

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:08:00 EDT

One person is dead after a wreck in Dougherty County, the GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Thomasville, and more.

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Lee County man pleads guilty to convenience store armed robbery

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:57:00 EDT

A Lee County man was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison, after pleading guilty to a violent armed robbery in Albany last year.

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GRAPHIC: Man accidentally shoots nail into his heart

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:25:00 EDT

The man says he felt fine and didn’t want to bother anyone, so he drove himself to the hospital.

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UPDATE: 1 dead in Thomasville officer involved shooting

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:11:00 EDT

Officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have confirmed that a man is dead after an officer involved shooting in Thomasville Tuesday afternoon.

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US vet returns dead Japanese soldier's flag to emotional kin

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:17:00 EDT

The veteran, who had taken the flag from a dead soldier on a World War II battlefield 73 years ago, returned it to the family, who had never gotten their loved one's body or - until that moment - anything else of his.

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Judge suspended in GA for comparing counter-protesters to ISIS

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:04:00 EDT

The judge posted on Facebook that, “The nut cases tearing down monuments are equivalent to ISIS destroying history.”

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Prayer vigil held in Albany for Charlottesville victims

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:01:00 EDT

A couple dozen people gathered at the St. John and St. Mark Episcopal Church off Holly Drive for the candlelight prayer service. 

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Sheriff: Suspect in Lee Co. manhunt in custody

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:50:00 EDT

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals confirmed a suspect has been caught after shots were fired outside Lee State Prison early Tuesday morning, which led to a manhunt.

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Epicon continues to 'live long and prosper' as it kicks off third annual event

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:47:00 EDT

'Winter's coming' a bit early this year, Epicon will be back in the Good Life City this Saturday.

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Tift Regional gets two new pediatric hospitalists

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:46:00 EDT

Tift Regional Medical Center now has two new pediatric hospitalists. 

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A family searches for answer after prison death

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:15:00 EDT

A family is looking for answers in the death of their loved one in Valdosta State Prison. 

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Valdosta meth lab suspects identified

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:46:00 EDT

Two people were arrested on Monday in Valdosta had to be decontaminated before they could be taken to the Lowndes County Jail for booking.  

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Easter Seals reach fundraising milestone, will open new project debt free

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:20:00 EDT

Easter Seals is celebrating a huge milestone Tuesday. The organization finally raising the funding needed for its Megan's House project, which will serve children with special needs in South Georgia. 

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Code enforcement issues warning for illegal dumping

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:15:00 EDT

A warning from Albany code enforcement after a lawn service company was caught dumping yard debris into someone else's dumpster.

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How South Georgia schools are preparing for the solar eclipse

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:52:00 EDT

School systems across Southwest Georgia are making preparations ahead of August 21.

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Lawsuit filed against Tift Co. teacher accused of knocking down student

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:01:00 EDT

A Tifton mother and her lawyer have filed a civil suit against Amelia Stripling, a former Tift County pre-school teacher who was caught on camera in March of 2016 kneeing a student in the back.

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Founding member of Freedom Singers reacts to Charlottesville

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:02:00 EDT

A civil rights icon says the weekend's white supremacy riots saddened her deeply and reminded her of the violent clashes during the 1960's.

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DCSS looking for mentors, sponsors for REACH Program

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:52:00 EDT

Dougherty County School Officials are looking for community mentors and sponsors for middle school students. 

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Grady Co. to adopt new millage rate

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:21:00 EDT

The Grady County Commissioners have tentatively adopted a millage rate of 14.65 mills. This would increase property taxes by just over 14 percent. 

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.71"; Normal for the Month 4.37"; Yearly Total 31.49"; -/+ Year to Date -5.19".

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Baker Co. deputies search for armed and dangerous suspects in robbery

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:29:00 EDT

The Baker County Sheriff's Office said two people, that should be considered armed and dangerous are on the loose after a robbery on Monday at J&M Liquor Store.

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Need solar eclipse glasses? Time, and supplies, are running out

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:28:00 EDT

We've all been talking about it all summer, but in case you're really out of the loop, a total solar eclipse is happening next Monday. South Georgia isn't in the path of totality, but many in the region will see around a 90% totality - meaning 90% of the sun will be covered by the moon.

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Irwin Co. woman indicted for insurance fraud

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:47:00 EDT

Pamela Frazier was arrested in May of 2016, for Felony Insurance Fraud, Forgery in the First Degree, False and Misleading Statements to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, and Violation of Oath of Office. 

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Cairo Boys & Girls Club hosts 2017 Musicfest

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:35:00 EDT

Staff at the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club in Cairo are working hard getting prepared for the 2017 MusicFest event.

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Thomasville city council approves new playground equipment purchase

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:28:00 EDT

Folks in Thomasville will soon see new playground equipment at MacIntyre and Weston Parks.?

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Powerful lightning storm in Albany prompts warning

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:22:00 EDT

Firefighters have a warning following a powerful Monday evening lightning storm in Albany that sparked a fire. 

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Thomasville, Thomas Co. leaders closer to Pinetree Blvd deal

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:25:00 EDT

Tax payers actually voted to pass a Special Purpose Local Option Sales tax back in 2012 to fix the road but the Thomasville City Council and Thomas Co. Commission have been debating how to fix it since.  

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Thomasville Locos Grill & Pub to open in fall

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:43:00 EDT

Locos Bar & Grill received its alcohol license from the City of Thomasville last night, bringing the restaurant one step closer.

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8-year-old boy, man shot near school bus stop; Person of interest in custody

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:39:00 EDT

Birmingham police are investigating a Tuesday morning shooting that injured an 8-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man.

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GRAPHIC: Bullies leave boy with nail in the back of his head

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:32:00 EDT

A child with autism was harassed by older boys in his Mansfield, England, neighborhood. One threw a piece of wood with a nail in it. 

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'I screwed up,' says ex-state trooper sentenced for shooting unarmed man in traffic stop

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:32:00 EDT

The former South Carolina trooper who pleaded guilty in connection to a high-profile shooting of a man during a traffic stop is has been sentenced.

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VIDEO: Father of Charlottesville victim forgives man charged with her death

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:20:00 EDT

"I just think about what the Lord said on the cross, 'Forgive them, they don't know what they're doing.'"

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UPDATE: State identifies dead Valdosta State prison inmate

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:05:00 EDT

Department of Corrections officials confirm that an inmate died last night at the Valdosta State Prison. But they have given no details on how he died, or the identification of the inmate.

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Rock Hill woman wires more than $56,000 to man she met online

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:48:00 EDT

Rock Hill Police say they responded to the woman’s home and she told them she met a man on the website: in May.

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Albany civil rights leader reflects on Charlottesville protests

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:01:00 EDT

W. Frank Wilson, the Executive Director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute said people with opposing views need to respect one another, talk about their differences, and move on.

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Start your own neighborhood watch program

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:39:00 EDT

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Fight Albany Blight will host a community workshop for residents wanting to start their own neighborhood watch programs.

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Ridgeville man fired after spotted at Charlottesville rally

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:14:00 EDT

A Ridgeville man said he wasn't surprised after he found out he had been fired after his employers saw him in a New York Times photo at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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UPDATE: Man killed in Valdosta wreck identified

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:02:00 EDT

One person has died after a single vehicle accident in Valdosta. The Valdosta Police Department got the call around 10:06 Monday morning. 

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Property owner shot in Ben Hill Co. during argument, officials investigate

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:59:00 EDT

The Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office said it's investigating a shooting that happened on July 30. 

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Missing woman stayed alive for month in wilderness eating berries, mushrooms

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:23:00 EDT

A woman determined to see her loved ones again endured a harrowing ordeal for weeks in the woods of Bullock County. Her survival story is being called a miracle.

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Protesters pull down Confederate statue in NC

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:09:00 EDT

An organizer said the protest was in reaction to the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and said similar Confederate statues across the country need to be removed.

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'Concussion' doctor says letting kids play football is child abuse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:23:00 EDT

The doctor who discovered the damaging effects of repeated hits in football is doubling down on condemning the sport.

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Mechanic unharmed after thieves open fire

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:58:00 EDT

Police are looking for two men who shot at a mechanic late Monday night in Albany.

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Albany Tech signs articulation agreement with Georgia Southwestern

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:50:00 EDT

Folks at Albany Technical College said they want to expand pathway options for students and on Monday they did just that.

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Victim's family content as Supreme Court uphold's Albany murder conviction

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:46:00 EDT

A South Georgia family said they will sleep a little better at night after the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the conviction of their son's murderer on Monday. 

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Dougherty County bus crashes, parents upset after not being told

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:42:00 EDT

Parents are concerned, after finding out their children were involved in a bus crash, and the school system did not inform them.

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DCSS students win big at international competition

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:42:00 EDT

A group of Dougherty County Students are being recognized for their international achievements.

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Lightning sparks fire at Albany apartment

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:12:00 EDT

The Albany Fire Department responded to a fire at an apartment complex on Erica Court Monday night.

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One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:17:00 EDT

The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.

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Thomas University students return for fall classes

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:38:00 EDT

Students at Thomas University returned back for their first day of fall classes on Monday.

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Decatur Co. schools not changing hours for eclipse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:33:00 EDT

Decatur County Schools will not be changing school hours for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. 

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Changes coming to the Thomas Co. drug squad

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:32:00 EDT

A new policy will be going into effect this week, Drug Agents on the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics and Vice Division will only be Sheriff's Office personnel.

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Thomas Co. drug agents see rise in meth cases

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:27:00 EDT

Thomas County drug agents said they are seeing an increase in meth in the area. 

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Deadly Valdosta crash becomes reminder of seat belt safety

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:46:00 EDT

Friends and coworkers remembered two South Georgia men Monday night who died in a car crash on Saturday in Valdosta.

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Valdosta City School District's hits enrollment capacity

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:06:00 EDT

Classes are overflowing with kids at some schools in Valdosta.

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GA Literacy Commission seeks to help 4th-12th graders

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:50:00 EDT

On Monday education leaders from across the state met in Tifton to discuss how to improve literacy.

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Flint River Trail could improve economy and health status

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:42:00 EDT

Dougherty County's chairman said the Flint River Trail is one of the "easiest economic development projects the community can do", and it could potentially improve overall healthcare costs in the region.  

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$6.3 million paid out for tornado clean-up

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:55:00 EDT

Dougherty County leaders are prepared to sign-off on another large check paying for January's storm recovery.  

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Sheriff: Case of missing Wetumpka mom, son could turn to homicide investigation

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:00:00 EDT

The search for an Elmore County woman and her son is stretching into its third week, but the sheriff says the two have been missing for months.

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How to capture the solar eclipse with a smartphone

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:27:00 EDT

NASA says it is mostly safe to take photos of the eclipse with a smartphone, but take these precautions.

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Officer on fatal Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 01:26:00 EDT

Officials say the matter will be taken before a police review board if the investigation finds the officer did make the comment.

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One week ahead of big event, Amazon issues refunds for some eclipse glasses

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:39:00 EDT

Online retailer Amazon has had to issue recalls on some solar eclipse glasses after the third-party sellers could not verify the authenticity of the product. 

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ABAC adds five new bachelors programs

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:36:00 EDT

When Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students go back to class Wednesday, some students may be surprised to learn they have more choices to major in.  David Bridges, ABAC President, said the program concentrations act like a trial run. 

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'Factoids' creator says he 'loves Phoebe'; wants admin change

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:50:00 EDT

Will Geer primarily resides in Johns Creek, Georgia, but is a native of Albany, and owns a CPA firm over on Third Avenue. He says he has family, friends, and employees who live in the area, and he wants to see better health care.

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GA Supreme Court affirms sentence of Albany killer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:01:00 EDT

The triggerman in the Jack Camp murder of 2007, was sentenced to life in prison plus 15 years, about 1:00 by Dougherty Superior court Judge Loring Gray.

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ABAC King Hall's interior renovations complete

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:30:00 EDT

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has reopened one of it's oldest buildings. David Bridges, ABAC President, said King Hall will now be the Dean of Arts and Sciences office, English and Communication faculty offices, and classrooms. 

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Charlottesville murder suspect failed basic training at Fort Benning in 2015

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:30:00 EDT

The suspect charged with murder in connection with the Charlottesville, VA deadly rally attended basic training at Fort Benning.

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Man arrested in alleged Oklahoma City bombing attempt

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:13:00 EDT

Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, allegedly attempted to bomb a bank with a device similar to the one responsible the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred C. Murrah building.

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Police recover stolen 4 wheelers, search continues for suspects

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:15:00 EDT

Three four wheelers worth more than $40,000 were stolen and then recovered. Dougherty County Police now say they hope surveillance video can help track down the thieves. 

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Library employee reports seeing man inappropriately touch himself

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:49:00 EDT

Police were called to the library at 300 Pine Avenue Friday morning around 10:45.  An employee told police she saw a man with his hands in his pants. 

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Police investigate shooting at Shadowood Apartments

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:55:00 EDT

One man is out of the hospital after being shot multiple times early Sunday morning. 

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Euclid Police release dashcam video of arrest after Facebook video goes viral

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:10:00 EDT

The Euclid Police Department has released the dashcam video of an arrest they made on Aug. 12 after the video went viral.

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SLIDESHOW: 2017 best, worst states to have a baby

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:43:00 EDT

The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report in 2017 best and worst states to have a baby - and South Carolina is on one of the lists. 

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Florida couple transporting gas grill light cigarette, blow up car

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:18:00 EDT

 The grill was leaking propane into the vehicle, and the cigarette set it off.

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Authorities release ID of body found near Lowndes-Brooks line

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:36:00 EDT

For about a month, the Lowndes County  Sheriff's Office has been investigating a body found near the Lowndes County and Brooks County line on July 13.

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UPDATE: Two injured, one arrested after Lee County wreck

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 20:09:00 EDT

A man speeding and trying to improperly pass a car that was turning left caused a severe crash in Lee County at Buckston Trace and Philema Road, according to the State Patrol.

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First responders called to Stuart Avenue wreck

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:46:00 EDT

Two cars collided about 7:30 Monday morning near the K-Mart shopping center, on west Stuart Avenue. EMTs and police are on the scene, and traffic is being re-routed.  

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ASU begins new semester with new shuttle service

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:33:00 EDT

Albany State University faculty and students now have a new way to get to and from the two campuses.

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Campus Carry: What you need to know

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 EDT

The campus carry law will be in effect as students in Georgia head back to class for the fall semester.

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Teen in MN points fake gun at police

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:06:00 EDT

No charges were filed, and the boys went home with their parents.

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5 things to know for Monday, August 14

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 EDT

Classes begin at ASU with campus carry in place, two people were killed in a wreck over the weekend, and more.

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Lee Co. church makes heading back to school easy for students

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:28:00 EDT

The Church of the Groves hosted its second annual Back to School Party for students starting the new year.

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Friends, coworkers release balloons for Michael Donnell Richardson, Jr.

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:31:00 EDT

Friends and coworkers got together Sunday night to remember an Albany man who died earlier this week.

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Albany Police arrest man for entering autos

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:36:00 EDT

Albany Police made an arrest connected with a recent string of car break-ins.

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Vickie Winans cancels Albany show

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:47:00 EDT

Singer and comedian Vickie Winans canceled her Albany show that was three weeks in the making.

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Albany church presents 3 $1700 scholarships

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:49:00 EDT

Three Albany residents now have a little extra help for college. 

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5-year-old girl gives instead of receives for birthday

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:43:00 EDT

One little girl's fifth birthday party took on a different meaning than many other children's.

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GSP investigates fatal crash in Lowndes Co.

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:48:00 EDT

The Georgia State Patrol responded to a wreck at the intersection of Highway 41 and Twin Lakes Road in Lowndes Co. just after 4:30 p.m.

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Lee Co. Sheriff's Office arrest 3 men for attempted murder of police officer

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:13:00 EDT

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three men on charges of attempted murder and reckless endangerment after shooting at a police officer. 

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Bluffton honors fallen soldier, Lieutenant Weston Lee

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:58:00 EDT

Ahead of what would have been Army Lieutenant Weston Lee's 26th birthday, friends family and military supporters continue remembering the fallen South Georgia soldier.

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More than 2,500 students move onto ASU's residence halls

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:31:00 EDT

More than 2,500 students are moving into Albany State University today and tomorrow.

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Car wash fundraiser sets goal of $1,000

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:26:00 EDT

Volunteers who have stuck together cleaning up since January's storms, helped one of their own today.

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Albany business looking forward to ASU campus bustling

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:34:00 EDT

With more students comes more economic growth for businesses near Albany State's campuses.

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All residence halls full at Albany State University

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:30:00 EDT

For the first time in years, Albany State University has all of their 13 on campus residence halls filled.

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Lee Co. friend and family remember Anne Eubanks with moment of silence

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:23:00 EDT

A week after the tragic death of Lee County High School senior Anne Eubanks, friends and family gathered Friday night at the Trojans football scrimmage to honor her in a special way.

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