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Arrests made in Quality Inn homicide

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:02:00 EDT

Albany Police announced three people have been arrested in the Saturday shooting death of a Thomaston man that was in Albany to celebrate Albany State's homecoming.

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VSU makes strides in medicine for Tuberculosis

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:53:00 EDT

Students at Valdosta State University are making significant strides in medicine for tuberculosis.

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Dougherty County School System prepares for reaccreditation

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:28:00 EDT

Officials with the Dougherty County School System are preparing for an upcoming reaccreditation visit.  

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Historic log cabin relocated to be more visible

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:22:00 EDT

One of two historical landmarks in Terrell County now has a new home.  

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VSU's Haunted Trail to open Thursday

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:49:00 EDT

If you are looking for a fright that won't break the bank, then Valdosta State University's Haunted Trail might be the place for you this Halloween season.

APD searches for 2 persons of interest in Dollar General homicide

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:44:00 EDT

One person wanted by the Albany Police Department turned herself in for questioning in a homicide investigation, but police are still searching for two others.

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Police search for driver after hit-and-run in College Park

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:16:00 EDT

Police say someone hit a pedestrian crossing a road in College Park and never stopped. The incident occurred just before 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 on Old National Highway near Godby Road.

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Webstaurant store searching for new employees

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:45:00 EDT

If you're looking for a job, one company in Albany is hiring! Webstaurant Store, an online food service company hosted a ribbon cutting to raise attention for hiring new employees. 

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Rules of the road: VPD expects bikes to follow the same laws as cars

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:04:00 EDT

With the weather cooling off, now would be the perfect time to get out and ride your bike. However, before you do, the Valdosta Police Department wants to remind community members of how to stay safe on the road.

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VPD asks for nominations, donations for Shop with a Cop event

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:01:00 EDT

It's that time of year again, the Valdosta Police Department needs your help for the 13th annual Shop with a Cop event.

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Daughter speaks out after mother, aunt killed in domestic violence homicide

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:38:00 EDT

"There's no bringing them back," said Cassenda Nelson, who lost her mother and aunt in a domestic violence-related homicide. It's a tough reality many people must face: the lasting effects of domestic violence.  

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Huge So. GA prison drug ring busted

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 EDT

Twenty people, nine from Tift County, have been sentenced in Albany Federal Court, for a wide-ranging drug conspiracy, that was run inside various Georgia prisons. 

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1 killed after log trailer overturns in Early County

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:09:00 EDT

The Georgia State Patrol said a 67-year-old man was killed in a semi-truck wreck in Early County early Tuesday morning.

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Valdosta man arrested for burglarizing his former employer

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:54:00 EDT

Last Friday, Valdosta Police arrested Demetrius Williams, 25, for burglarizing the Burger King restaurant, where he used to work. 

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Security is top priority at Sunbelt Ag Expo

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:30:00 EDT

There's a familiar face that can be spotted patrolling the grounds of the Sunbelt Ag Expo every year.

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Valdosta men plead guilty to stealing mail

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:45:00 EDT

Five Valdosta residents entered guilty pleas in Federal Court for stealing mail, altering checks and cashing them, to the tune of between $40,000 and $95,000 in 2016.

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Partners in Excellence honored at Rise N Shine Breakfast

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:10:00 EDT

Dozens of area businesses were recognized Tuesday morning at the Partners in Excellence Rise N Shine Breakfast held at the Downtown Albany Hilton Garden Inn. 

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WALB's 3rd annual Buddy Check 10K Trail Run

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:46:00 EDT

On Saturday, dozens of people showed up to Chehaw Park in Albany to run for a cause... Breast Cancer Awareness. Here's a look inside WALB News 10's 3rd annual Buddy Check 10-K Trail Run. 

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SLIDESHOW: Columbus police arrest 46 in weekend crime sting operation

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:28:00 EDT

The Columbus Police Department has arrested 46 people in a weekend crime suppression detail.

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Hospital won't let jailed dad donate kidney to his child

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:47:00 EDT

AJ Burgess was born a month early and without a working kidney, spending the first 10 months of his life in a neonatal intensive care unit. He weighs only 25 pounds, can't walk and is fed intravenously.

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40th Annual Sunbelt Expo is underway

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:27:00 EDT

The Sunbelt Ag Expo is an agricultural-based trade show held at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. Known as "North America's Premier Farm Show," the annual event has more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing the latest in farming technology. 

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FTC urges granting of Lee hospital certificate

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:54:00 EDT

The Federal Trade Commission has sent a letter to the Georgia Department of Health, supporting the Certificate of Need application of the proposed Lee County Hospital. 

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Police: Mother charged in children's death placed them in oven

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:48:00 EDT

A mother charged with killing her two young sons knowingly and intentionally caused their deaths by placing them in an oven and turning it on, according to an arrest warrant obtained by CBS46.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 0.53"; Normal for the Month 1.91"; Yearly Total 36.19"; -/+ Year to Date -7.28".

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Dollar General shooting victim described by community as a kind hero

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:00:00 EDT

People are speaking out about the man police are calling a hero.  

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19 people sentenced after SWGA meth ring dismantled

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:33:00 EDT

An Albany judge has sentenced 19 people after several law enforcement agencies worked to uncover a major methamphetamine drug ring in Southwest Georgia.

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Albany Commissioner cracks down on littering

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:27:00 EDT

A city commissioner suspects people are deliberately trying to cheat the system, and now she wants help cracking down on those caught littering. 

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Police urge parents to keep a close eye on kids candy

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:00 EDT

Dougherty County Police are asking parents to keep a close eye on the candy your child gets from trick or treating.

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Mother of 11-month-old speaks out after baby shot, stabbed, beaten; father charged with murder

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:19:00 EDT

An autopsy confirms that an 11-month-old child died after being shot and stabbed. 

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$1K in hygiene products reported stolen from Albany business

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:15:00 EDT

Albany police are investigating after a business in the 900 block of Clark Avenue was burglarized over the weekend.

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Police: Man shoots mother of 3, officer, himself in Athens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:36:00 EDT

Police say 27-year-old Nicolas Head shot and killed 28-year-old Quintavia Wade, a mother of three. Wade was the cousin of Head's children's mother, according to authorities. 

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Cookie donations for Marine Corps Logistics Base

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:45:00 EDT

People are buying cookies for soldiers in Albany. As a way to say thank you for their service, Great American Cookies at the Albany Mall has a campaign called 'Cookies for Troops.'

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Local vendors set up for Sunbelt Ag Expo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:56:00 EDT

Folks are still out at Spence Field setting up their exhibits for the 40th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo. And, if you go, you might see some familiar faces! 

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South GA sees economic boost from Sunbelt Ag Expo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:52:00 EDT

Big crowds are expected in Moultrie this week for the 40th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo.

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Sunbelt Ag Expo celebrates 40 years

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:48:00 EDT

The 40th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo is finally here.

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Vendors set up for 40th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:46:00 EDT

More than 1,200 new vendors were setting up on Monday for the 40th Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo.

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APD gives advice to store owners, customers following armed robbery

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:40:00 EDT

The Albany Police Chief has advice for business owners and customers, as investigators continue to identify suspects in Friday's armed robbery that left one person dead. 

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Severe peanut disease rising in Tift and Colquitt counties

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:19:00 EDT

Peanut farmers across the state are being warned to check the health of their peanut crops.

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Tift Community Health Center set to expand

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:00:00 EDT

The Tift Community Health Center is expanding. On Monday, the Tift County Board of Commissioners hosted a groundbreaking for the addition to the facility.

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Albany Police Chief calls for community to 'stand up against the violence'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:30:00 EDT

Albany Police are asking for your help solving two Albany homicides.  "I don't care if a person thinks it's insignificant. Any and all information is good for us to have," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley in a press briefing on Monday.  

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Thomasville PD searches for suspect after weekend stabbing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:26:00 EDT

Thomasville police are searching for a stabbing suspect after a fight on East Washington Street Saturday night.

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City commissioner calls for change after recent crime

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:51:00 EDT

One city commissioner says something has to change after there were two homicides in two days.

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Community to hold vigils to honor Dollar General robbery victim

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:05:00 EDT

One man is being called a hero by the Albany Police Department and others for his actions trying to put a stop to an armed robbery Friday.

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New signs posted on dumpsters warn of illegal dumping

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:18:00 EDT

Albany residents will soon see new signs on city dumpsters warning people about illegal dumping. 

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Doctor told not to sing national anthem during flight carrying remains of fallen Green Beret

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:57:00 EDT

A Delta flight attendant told the doctor that singing the national anthem is against company policy.

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GRAPHIC: Video of California wildfire escape is terrifying

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:01:00 EDT

A pair of roommates fleeing the massive Cascade Fire in California made a horrifying cell phone video.

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13-year-old girl secretly gives birth, leaves baby on woman's doorstep

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:14:00 EDT

A 13-year-old girl gave birth to a baby and left the child on a woman's doorstep. 

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Woman accused of beating kids with baseball bat

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:57:00 EDT

A Texas woman is in custody, accused of beating two teens with a bat.

Meetings for SPLOST discussion set in Thomas Co.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:09:00 EDT

The municipalities in Thomas County have scheduled meetings for the discussion of SPLOST taxes in the county for next year.

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Plan to lower Dougherty Co. employee insurance premiums approved

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:10:00 EDT

On Monday, the Dougherty Co. Board of Commissioners approved a 2018 County Employees Group Health Plan which includes a reduction in employee premiums. 

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DOCO awards longtime paramedic with award

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:52:00 EDT

On Monday, Dougherty Co. EMS Director Sam Allen recognized Robby Head as the 2017 Exchange Club Paramedic of the Year.

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Officials ID driver killed in Grady semi wreck

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:55:00 EDT

Last Thursday, a semi-truck was traveling southbound on Highway 93, at the intersection of Highway 319 south,  when the rig ran through a stop sign and struck a tree.

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Victim involved in deadly shooting at Albany hotel identified

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:33:00 EDT

Albany Police responded to the Quality Inn on North Westover Boulevard just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Thousands expected at 40th annual Sunbelt Ag Expo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:32:00 EDT

On Tuesday, the gates will officially open for the 40th year of the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie. Preparing Spence Field to welcome 80,000 visitors isn't a task that happens overnight. 

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Burglars smash car into Smiths Station gun shop

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:39:00 EDT

Lee County sheriff's deputies responded to calls of an alarm ringing at Flat Iron Arms gun shop.  

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GRAPHIC: Dog found in suitcase after being stabbed, beaten dies

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:23:00 EDT

The dog, who was suffering from dozens of stab wounds, had two successful surgeries before he ultimately succumbed to the wounds.

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Sumter Co. shooting victim's family asks witnesses to come forward

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:51:00 EDT

Family members of a man shot and killed in Sumter County appealed to potential witnesses, hoping to bring peace and closure.

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Vehicle, fence damaged in fire at Albany business

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:14:00 EDT

The Albany Fire Department said an Albany business has around $4,000 dollars in damage after a fire Sunday evening.

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Crews set to begin road resurfacing on US 82

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:10:00 EDT

Crews were set to start road resurfacing on a major road in Worth County Sunday night.

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Albany natives ask for recent violence to stop

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:56:00 EDT

We now know the name of the man shot and killed outside an Albany hotel Saturday evening. The coroner says Zemal Fuentes, 27, of Thomaston died while visiting for Albany State University's homecoming. 

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Flint RiverQuarium hosts pumpkin painting event

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:46:00 EDT

Kids painted with a purpose Sunday afternoon here in Albany. The Flint RiverQuarium hosted it's Discovery Days event. Twice a month, kids channel their artistic abilities by making crafts. 

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7 SWGA cities join for 100-mile yard sale

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:40:00 EDT

For some, Saturday's are for hitting up yard sales, and South Georgia hosted the perfect opportunity Saturday.

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Car club hosts 44th annual car & truck show at Albany Mall

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:44:00 EDT

Dozens of people from across Southwest Georgia brought their cars and trucks to the Albany Mall Saturday.

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Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:56:00 EDT

Two men who hiked for miles expecting a grim discovery were met with a joyful one instead.

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Man stabbed at apartment complex in Thomasville

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:14:00 EDT

Thomasville police responded to a call about a stabbing in the 600 block of Washington Street at the White Oak Apartments in Thomasville just after 3 a.m. Saturday. 

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Friends remember man killed in armed robbery

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:31:00 EDT

Police say Javis Walker died a hero for the actions he took during the armed robbery.

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Church hosts first annual blessing of the pets

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:53:00 EDT

It's not everyday you can take your pet to church, but an Albany church made that happen for members today. Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church hosted its first ever "Blessing of the Pets." 

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High school football player transported by helicopter due to injury

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:04:00 EDT

A helicopter landed on a high school football field Friday night to help a hurt player.

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Police locate person wanted for questioning in deadly Dollar General armed robbery

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:58:00 EDT

Albany police are searching for a man wanted for questioning in a deadly armed robbery on Friday.

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Weston Lee's football jersey retired to honor fallen hero

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:45:00 EDT

Southwest Georgia Academy retired Weston Lee's football jersey, before their football game.  The 25-year-old First Lieutenant Lee was killed while deployed to Iraq last year. 

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Disqualified Camilla City Council candidate loses appeal

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:50:00 EDT

A 22-year-old Camilla man has lost his appeal to be allowed to run for city council. Now, he is not sure if he will continue his quest to be on the ballot.

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Edison gets Blue Star Memorial Marker

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:36:00 EDT

Edison residents now have a new addition to downtown that's for people of all ages to enjoy. 

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Former ASU provost's personnel file reveals complaints of sexism, racism

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:42:00 EDT

A look at the personnel file of the former provost at Albany State University has raised some concern.

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Bo Dukes waves Wilcox Co. arraignment in Tara Grinstead case

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:18:00 EDT

Bo Dukes has waived his arraignment after being indicted in Wilcox County for the death of Tara Grinstead.

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Matt Kirkley runs for Thomasville council at large seat

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:54:00 EDT

A candidate for Thomasville city council says transparency is his top priority. Matt Kirkley is running for the open At Large council seat. Kirkley said he wants the residents in Thomasville to feel more involved.

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Thomasville law enforcement prepares for annual 'Goodwill Project'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:48:00 EDT

The Thomasville Police Department and Thomas County Sheriff's Office are getting ready to fire up their smokers for their annual Goodwill Project.

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Pecan harvest season sees peak in nut thefts

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:42:00 EDT

Harvest season has begun and according to the Georgia code - pecans fallen during those days belong to the owner of the trees.

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Thomas University alumni return for homecoming

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:36:00 EDT

Alumni from Thomas University were in Thomasville Friday, returning to their alma mater for the school's annual Homecoming celebration. Friday they held meet-and-greet on the Forbes Campus followed by a tour of the campus.  

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Neighbor surprised but not worried after Fort Gaines double murder

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:33:00 EDT

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working to piece together what led to a double homicide in Fort Gaines.

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Phoebe's 'Hope Box' helps families heal after losing a child

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:22:00 EDT

A special memento box is helping a mother recover from the loss of her infant child.

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Many 'unknowns' concerning Atlanta's new marijuana law

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:38:00 EDT

As a brand new marijuana ordinance takes effect in our state's capital city, reducing the possession penalty to a small fine and no jail time within city limits, legal experts warn there are many gray areas. 

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GBI investigates vandalism at Turner Co. High School

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:54:00 EDT

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called Friday morning to assist with an investigation after Turner County High School was broken into and vandalized it. 

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WCHS students recognized for high achievement

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:01:00 EDT

Some exceptional students were honored at Worth County High School on Friday.

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South GA deputies make surprise appearance at birthday party

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:31:00 EDT

It's not every day that birthday wishes come true, but not if you ask Bentley! 

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Large deer captured in Douglas

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:18:00 EDT

Douglas city officials have spotted a massive deer within the city limits.

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Yellow jackets nests skyrocket over summer months

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:51:00 EDT

A warning for South Georgians about the dangers of yellow jacket nests. The warm winter we saw last year coupled with recent wet weather is the cause for the skyrocketing increase in yellow jacket nests across the region.

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2-day open casting call for upcoming Marvel movie being held in Savannah

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:29:00 EDT

There will be a two-day open casting call held in Savannah Oct. 14-15 at the Savannah Civic Center for the upcoming Marvel movie, "Cherry Blue."

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City of Albany looks to 'Paint the Town Pink' Friday

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:33:00 EDT

Downtown Albany and Albany Parks and Recreation are planning to "Paint the Town Pink" on Friday, October 13. It's a lunchtime party and organizers hope it'll put some smiles on the faces of those affected by breast cancer.

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Experts urge vigilance during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:26:00 EDT

Cybersecurity has been in the spotlight as news of major data breaches takes over the headlines. 

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DCSS prepares for possible busy flu season

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:56:00 EDT

Dougherty County Schools are gearing up for what experts say could be a nasty flu season.

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Commissioner Cohilas: 'Dougherty County had to make decisions'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:20:00 EDT

The disagreement between Dougherty County and Lee County Commissioners continues to focus on if the proposed Lee County Medical Center will hurt Dougherty County taxpayers.

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Grammy-nominated artist Rick Ross speaks to ASU students

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:32:00 EDT

A former Albany State University student and Grammy-nominated artist gave students a special homecoming treat. 

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Phoebe seeks breast cancer patients for clinical trial

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:25:00 EDT

Phoebe is actively recruiting breast cancer patients to take part in a year-long clinical trial that could help determine whether weight loss may help protect those patients from a second cancer diagnosis.

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Albany business raises funds to end childhood diseases

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:16:00 EDT

Bennett Jones was honored as a miracle child for the first annual balloon event, sponsored by RE/MAX, benefiting the Children's Miracle Network.

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Extraordinary peanut harvest is boosting South Georgia economy

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:36:00 EDT

Southern Ag is used to bringing in more help during harvest time, but this year's crop size has called for an extraordinary sized fleet.

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Camilla man files appeal to election disqualification ruling

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:26:00 EDT

Corey Morgan filed an appeal in Mitchell County Superior Court to the decision by the election superintendent, saying he was unqualified to run for Camilla city council.

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Citizens get to know candidates for Ward 2 City Commissioner

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:27:00 EDT

Candidates met Thursday night at the Albany Civil Rights Institute for the community to personally get to know commissioners running in the race for Ward 2 City Commissioner.

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Car seat manufacturer Diono issues voluntary product recall

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:21:00 EDT

The recall affects the Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica and Rainier car seat lines.

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Students explore environmental friendly options for school cafeteria

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:09:00 EDT

Lee County Middle School West students are working to save the school system money and save the environment. 

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Students respond to academic program terminations at ASU

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:39:00 EDT

Albany State University students are weighing in about new changes to some of their academic programs. 

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