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Ben Roberts says goodbye to WALB

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:15:00 EST

Ben Roberts has accepted a position with Phoebe Putney Health System as their Public Relations Manager. Longtime WALB News anchor Jim Wallace will be taking over as lead anchor at 5, 6 & 11 p.m. beginning January 1st.

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DOCO Credit Union recovers from bank problems

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:09:00 EST

Long lines were spotted at a major south Georgia credit union after a system upgrade caused customers some inconvenience. A line of cars waited in the drive-thru at the DOCO Credit Union in Lee County on Friday morning. The credit union closed down Thursday due to a system upgrade and warned customers that some features like online banking would be disabled temporarily. Employees worked through the night in order for the credit union to return to normal, but people said some o...

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Police hail parents who found, disarmed son at Utah school

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:39:00 EST

A Utah mother and father who followed their son to school and pulled a shotgun from his hand after he fired a round into a classroom ceiling likely prevented bloodshed by acting quickly on their intuition and conversations...

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Two in custody after home raided

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:57:00 EST

Drug agents raided a home in the 1900 block of Stuart Ave. Friday morning.

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Officials identify body discovered at Dawson Apartment Complex

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:50:00 EST

Police are investigating after a body was discovered outside the Autumn Crest Apartments in Dawson.

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Victim of fatal Liberty Expressway wreck identified

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:38:00 EST

Police have identified the person who died in Thursday's Liberty Expressway accident. 

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1 person killed, 3 injured in Liberty Expressway wreck

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:40:00 EST

Dougherty County Police and EMS have just responded to a wreck in the 1600 block of Liberty Expressway that has southbound traffic blocked.

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Three arrested in connection to Moultrie drug raid

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:15:00 EST

Three people have been arrested in connection with a drug raid that happened Tuesday in Moultrie.

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Residents concerned after heavy police presence in Moultrie

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:11:00 EST

Around 7:30 AM on Tuesday morning, GBI agents and Moultrie Police officers were in at least two locations for some kind of investigation.

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Families begin sifting through ashes after East Tennessee wildfire

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:17:00 EST

Gatlinburg leaders confirm 10 people have been killed in the wildfire that damaged and continues to threaten much of East Tennessee.

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Cyber-bullying allegedly led to teen's suicide in TX

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 02:02:00 EST

Brandi Vela's family attributes her death to an onslaught of bullying for years, including social media accounts created to mock her.

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ATC holds annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership ceremony

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:35:00 EST

Some Albany Tech College students and faculty got special recognition on Tuesday night.

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Academies grant to help students gain career development skills

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:34:00 EST

The Tift and Worth County School Systems found out on Thursday, they're each getting $3-million state grants to start college and career academies. Both will partner with Southern Regional Technical College.

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Chehaw hosts Bike Night to kick off the Festival of Lights

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:26:00 EST

Chehaw Park kicked off its annual Festival of Lights on Thursday with Bike Night.

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Tifton hosts annual downtown open house

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:35:00 EST

Tifton kicked off the holiday season with its annual downtown open house Thursday night. 

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Albany area ranked second to last in national credit score report

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:20:00 EST

Poor credit scores are more prevalent in Albany than just about anywhere in the country. 

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Albany salon to host Christmas giveaway

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:37:00 EST

An Albany salon is giving back to kids in the community this holiday season.

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Comedian and Mission Change put on LOL Comedy Night in Albany

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:28:00 EST

A nationally known comedian put on a show Thursday night in Albany to support a local charity.

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Sylvester gives 'The Gift of Christmas' in evening parade

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:36:00 EST

Several south Georgia cities hosted Christmas parades on Thursday night, including Sylvester. 

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Albany Area Arts Council shows off student work

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:29:00 EST

The artwork of more than 110 Dougherty County elementary school students is on display at the Albany Area Arts Council. 

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DOCO credit union system upgrade causes inconvenience

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:26:00 EST

Folks are working through the night at a major south Georgia credit union so it can return to business as usual on Friday.

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Victim identified in South Mock Road shooting

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:09:00 EST

Officials received a call that someone had been shot on South Mock Road around 7 p.m. Thursday night.

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Couple accused of kidnapping children booked in Lee Co. jail

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:59:00 EST

A Lee County couple in now being held in the county jail, accused of abducting their children.

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Death toll from Tennessee wildfires increases to 11

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:08:00 EST

Crews discovered the remains of more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 11, officials said Thursday.

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ATC welcomes new police force

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:30:00 EST

It was an historic day at Albany Technical College as the school swore in its first police officers. 

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Students shop for Christmas gifts after school

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:55:00 EST

A group of Terrell County students got to pick out their Christmas gifts a little early. The "Spirit of Christmas" shop was set up for students in the positive direction youth center on Thursday.  The center is a non-profit organization that provides free care for kids after school.  The majority of gifts in this store were donated by Toys-R-Us. Kids could pick out two gifts and put them under the tree. On December 15th Santa will visit the center and hand the...

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Traffic officials urge drivers to plan ahead before going to holiday parties

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:07:00 EST

Last year Georgia had a significant increase in traffic fatalities compared to the rest of the country.

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Teen faces judge for first time after Dougherty Co. shooting

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:34:00 EST

A Colquitt County teen formally faces charges in Dougherty County for a shootout during an attempted robbery.

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Downtown Sylvester celebrates 'the gift of Christmas' with parade

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:50:00 EST

Santa is in Sylvester celebrating the most wonderful time of the year during the town's Christmas parade. 

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Police search for driver who crashed into apartments

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:01:00 EST

Officers are looking for a driver who crashed into an apartment building in Valdosta and then left the scene.  

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ASU Fine Arts Center one step closer to complete

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:04:00 EST

A big project at Albany State University is one step closer to completion. 

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MOST WANTED: Calvin Wooden

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:00:00 EST

A man accused of shooting at Dougherty County deputies remains on the run.  

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Intruder stabbed to death after breaking into home, biting off part of victim's ear

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:14:00 EST

One man is dead and another hospitalized after a Thursday morning stabbing in a Lubbock residence.

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Service delivery negotiations at a standstill

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:45:00 EST

The service delivery battle between Valdosta and Lowndes County continues. The City rejected the County's latest proposal and, a month after the deadline, the governments still can't reach a deal.

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Albany drug agents seize marijuana; Some baked as brownies

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:51:00 EST

Albany Dougherty Drug Unit agents said that they are seeing an increase in drug sales in Albany.

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Darton leader likely to head VSU

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:47:00 EST

The interim president of Darton State College, Dr. Richard Carvajal is being recommended as the new president of Valdosta State University (VSU).

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DCSS to present at Georgia School Board Association conference

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:08:00 EST

One school system has been invited to demonstrate their success at the state level. 

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Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade is coming to town

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:52:00 EST

The Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade will draw tens of thousands of people into downtown Albany Saturday evening.

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UPDATE: One arrested for stealing game systems from Target

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:56:00 EST

APD says Ashley Anderson was picked around 2:00 p.m. Thursday. They say she is one of the three individuals connected to the shoplifting incident at Target Saturday.

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So. GA counties share $9M career academies grant

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:28:00 EST

Governor Nathan Deal said in a release that each academy will receive $3 million, which will be matched with local funding to support startup costs, construction and initial staffing. 

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Landlord allegedly has sex on tenant's bed, seen on video

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:05:00 EST

The landlord faces criminal charges after the couple said a security camera caught him in the act on a couple's bed.

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Drought impact from Wednesday's rain

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:52:00 EST

Wednesday's rain was a welcome sign for south Georgia...but it hardly put a dent in the drought.

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Take a two-wheel tour of Christmas lights

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:38:00 EST

It's the first day of December and Chehaw has the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.

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Sylvester PD sorts out deaths, chase

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:50:00 EST

Sylvester law enforcement has dealt with two deaths in the last two days, and an un-related high speed chase leading to a major drug recovery. 

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US consumers should feel muted impact from rising oil price

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:48:00 EST

OPEC's decision to cut production gave an immediate boost to oil prices, but the impact on consumers and the U.S. economy is likely to be more modest and gradual.

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Dougherty jail inmate found dead, ruled suicide

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:55:00 EST

Dougherty County Sheriff's Officials are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate.  

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Businesses rally for Crisp Co. Cougars' playoff game

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:12:00 EST

Crisp County High School’s football team the Crisp County Cougars are preparing for their big playoff game. This is the third time in school history that the Crisp County Cougars have made it to the semifinals and the community is excited for the team.

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Sylvester man dies from gunshot wound, killers sought

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:23:00 EST

Police are searching for the gunmen who shot and killed a Sylvester man during a late night home invasion.

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Student organizes blood drive for scholarship

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:28:00 EST

A Sumter County high school senior is getting a leg up on college tuition by convincing her community to donate blood.     

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Americus Fire Department offers free Christmas tree spraying

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:21:00 EST

Firefighters in Americus are working to prevent Christmas tree fires.

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Beekeepers prepare to help hives after drought

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:20:00 EST

While rain provided much-needed moisture for our area Wednesday, it may have come too late for honey bees.

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Albany Tech earns national ranking

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:51:00 EST

A national magazine ranked Albany Tech as one of the most productive community colleges in the country.

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ATC pins 10 nursing students

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:50:00 EST

More nurses are ready to enter the working world in south Georgia.

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Crisp County football player has miraculous recovery

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:40:00 EST

As the undefeated Crisp County Cougars fight for their first state football championship, and they're getting inspiration from a teammate who hasn't played a down all year. Joseph Stokes will never play football again after a car crash nearly took his life. But he is making an amazing recovery.

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Enjoy the 'Spirit of Christmas' in Leesburg on Saturday

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:07:00 EST

Lee County's Spirit of Christmas Parade on Saturday may have more participants than any holiday parade in this corner of the state.

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Westover High School hosts college fair

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:19:00 EST

Leaders at Westover High school want to see students thrive, even after graduation. 

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Officials respond to fire in Tifton

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:42:00 EST

Fire officials are on the scene of a fire in Tifton.

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Christmas tree safety

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:35:00 EST

Police in Cordele are reminding people about Christmas tree safety.

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Missing Lee County children found

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:47:00 EST

Folks all over the state are being asked to look out for two missing children from Lee County. 

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Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:48:00 EST

Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.

Community pitches in for Darton students surprised by debt

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:54:00 EST

Nursing students at Darton State College are still frustrated after getting a notification three weeks ago that they had to pay back loans they didn't know they had. 

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Suspect arrested in shooting of man found 'covered in blood' in Rowan County

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:16:00 EST

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says a person driving on Old Union Church Road called to report a wandering man who was wearing a flannel shirt, no pants and was "covered in blood."

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Moultrie man arrested after chase with GSP and SPD

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:35:00 EST

Georgia State Patrol called Worth County 911 to request help in a car chase that ended in a wreck and an arrest.

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ABAC wants to keep students safe on the roads

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:08:00 EST

ABAC is now even more committed to the safety of young drivers after a deadly wreck in front of the campus. 

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Safety while driving with emergency vehicles

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:01:00 EST

First responders want to remind drivers about proper procedure when you see an emergency vehicle, following a crash involving a Dougherty County ambulance over the weekend. 

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Therapy dogs help students deal with the stress of finals

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:56:00 EST

ABAC has also found a way to help students cope with the stresses of finals week. 

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Thousands worth of iPhones stolen from Albany store

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:14:00 EST

Police say surveillance video from the AT&T store on Nottingham Way around 1:30 yesterday shows two adults and three teens taking three phones worth more than $2000. 

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Firefighters reflect on hardships when responding to fatal calls

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:50:00 EST

Almost a week after a crash killed a Dougherty County Police officer and a little girl, first responders worked to bring awareness to the difficulties they see in their line of work.

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Friends host fundraisers for college student who fractured vertebrae

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:13:00 EST

Friends of a Westover High graduate will raise money this weekend after a tragic accident left the young man working to regain movement in his legs and arms.

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GSP collects donations for Toys for Tots

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:33:00 EST

Georgia State Patrol troopers want to make Christmas morning brighter for South Georgia kids in need.

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Grand Island court case has a date

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:33:00 EST

A lawsuit filed by the Grand Island Homeowners Association against the Lee County Parks and Recreation Authority will come to court next week.

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2 Colquitt Co. teachers arrested on battery charges

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:18:00 EST

Two Colquitt county teachers are on administrative leave following their arrests. 

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Dougherty Co. Police officer laid to rest

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:46:00 EST

A couple of hundred people, including dozens of law enforcement officers from across Georgia, attended Wednesday's funeral for a 40 year veteran of law enforcement.

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2 DCSS schools earn NASA grant for robotics programs

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:40:00 EST

Robotics students in Dougherty County have received a grant from a group who designs some of the largest robots in the world. 

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CPD: More patrols decrease robberies

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:32:00 EST

This year, Cordele police have seen an increase in armed robberies, while law enforcement says armed robberies typically rise during the holiday season.

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DCSS maintains school bus driver supervision

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:35:00 EST

School bus drivers in Dougherty County are constantly being monitored to make sure your children stay safe. 

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Sunbelt Expo introduces Kubota's newest tractor

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:27:00 EST

Folks at the Sunbelt Expo work year round to bring farmers the latest and greatest technology in the ag industry.  

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Trump says he's leaving businesses to avoid conflicts

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:08:00 EST

President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy...

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Thomas Co. cancer patient can sue asbestos producer

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:48:00 EST

A Thomas County woman claimed she contracted malignant mesothelioma from washing the clothes of her father who worked for the company.

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Charlotte officer will not face charges in shooting death of Keith Scott

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:06:00 EST

Keith Scott, 43, was killed Sept. 20 when police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road.

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Tift man gets partial win to get off sex offenders list

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:12:00 EST

 Justice Keith Blackwell said the high court agrees with the man that the trial court misinterpreted the statutes detailing under what conditions a sex offender may be released from the registration requirement.

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FIRST ALERT: SWGA counties under tornado watch

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:47:00 EST

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for 12 counties in Southwest Georgia until 6 p.m.

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Police identify body found in Sylvester

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:10:00 EST

Officials are investigating after a body was found on Sumner Lane in Sylvester Tuesday night.

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Man threatening violence gives up to VPD

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:56:00 EST

Specially trained crisis negotiators from the Valdosta Police Department were called to a house on North Saint Augustine Road this morning, where a man threatened himself and others. 

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Eggs Up Grill opens in Albany

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:48:00 EST

A new franchise is making its way to Georgia. Eggs Up Grill is now open in Albany.

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Mom alleges tutor broke her son's jaw

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:56:00 EST

Detectives are reviewing school surveillance footage, but it’s still unclear how the boy was injured.

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Mid-South rallies to help Gatlinburg fire victims

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:39:00 EST

People in the Mid-South jumped in to help the victims of the Gatlinburg fires.

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Rain needed to relieve stress on area ecosystems

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:02:00 EST

There should finally be some widespread rain on Wednesday for the first time in more than two months, and it is desperately needed.

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South Georgia Technical College 'lights up your future'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:34:00 EST

South Georgia Technical College used Christmas lights to illuminate the programs it offers.

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Chehaw Park hosts first ever Holiday Market

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:19:00 EST

Shoppers took to Chehaw Park in search of locally made gifts at Tuesday night's Holiday Market.

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Albany man arrested for drug trafficking

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:32:00 EST

An Albany man is in custody after drug agents said they caught him with a large amount of drugs.

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Phoebe hosts annual Lights of Love tree lighting ceremony

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:39:00 EST

The 40-foot Lights of Love tree is shining brightly outside the Phoebe Putney Cancer Center Tuesday night. It celebrates those who beat cancer and remembers those who lost their lives.

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GBI investigating after body found in Sylvester

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:23:00 EST

Officials are investigating after a body was found on Sumner Lane in Sylvester Tuesday night.

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Trump tapping Washington, Wall Street veterans for top jobs

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:17:00 EST

President-elect Donald Trump is enlisting a trio of nominees with deep ties to Washington and Wall Street to fill out his Cabinet, including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the Treasury...

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ASU hosts local law enforcement to discuss college campus security

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:46:00 EST

The Albany State University Criminal Justice Institute hosted some of the community's top police officers to answer student questions.

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Surveillance video released after Albany motel fire bombing

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:27:00 EST

The Albany Fire Department has surveillance video of a fire bomb attack at a North Albany motel.

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The Latest: Father says God saved son in Colombia crash

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:18:00 EST

The latest on the Colombia plane crash involving members of a Brazilian soccer team (all times local):

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Cordele Christmas tree farm donates 25 trees to troops

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:55:00 EST

"Trees for Troops" is preparing to send hundreds of Christmas trees to U.S. military members and their families for the holidays.

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Boys & Girls Club of Albany takes part in Giving Tuesday

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:52:00 EST

As millions of dollars are raised for non-profits across the world on Giving Tuesday, small, local charitable organizations are experimenting with the international fundraising day as well. 

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Police give advice to protect belongings over the holiday

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:55:00 EST

Thomasville Police say home and auto break-ins are on the rise during the holiday season. Police expect a list of thefts to keep growing as the holiday season approaches.

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