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ASU staff gives tour of multi-million dollar Fine Arts Building

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:51:00 EDT

Albany State University's multi-million dollar Fine Arts building is just weeks from being completed. 

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MCLB LOGCOM hires wrap up summer program

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:45:00 EDT

Dozens of students will finish up their last week at the Marine Corps Logistics Command on Friday. 

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Crisp Co. Sheriff warns of drug dangers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:38:00 EDT

Crisp County's Sheriff warned South Georgians of legal and illegal drug dangers. 

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New year, new school: Turner Co. unveils new middle school campus

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:45:00 EDT

Turner County Middle School students joined faculty and staff to mark a milestone for the school system Thursday.

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Albany police search for man to question about downtown car break-ins

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:37:00 EDT

Albany police are searching for a man they want to question about car break-ins.

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Victim's camera catches man while entering auto, APD search for suspect

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:03:00 EDT

Albany police have released a picture of an entering auto suspect, caught in the act. 

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J.C. Penney works with YMCA to help kids heading back to school

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:48:00 EDT

As kids head back to school J.C. Penny is working with the YMCA to help make sure they have some essentials.

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New pediatrician provides after-hours care for first time in Ashburn

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:24:00 EDT

A new doctor's office in Turner County has virtually eliminated the commute for parents needing after-hours urgent care for their kids.

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Archbold, Thomasville first responders hold hospital fire drill

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:38:00 EDT

If you live in Thomasville you may have noticed a lot of sirens and first responders near Archbold Hospital Thursday morning, it was only a drill.

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SRTC holds 'Dueling Pianos' fundraiser for Colquitt Co. scholarships

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:35:00 EDT

A new fundraiser is aiming to help fund scholarships for Colquitt County students. 

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Community raises reward money for Moultrie homicide case

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:30:00 EDT

A Moultrie family is still pleading for answers after a 68-year-old woman was shot and killed more than a week ago. (Source: WALB)

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Police: Dougherty Co. drivers need to be prepared for Aug. 1st

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:25:00 EDT

Police are cautioning drivers to build in extra drive-time when classes start back in Albany Tuesday.

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DCSS teacher pep rally set for Friday

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:13:00 EDT

Thousands of pumped-up teachers will be shaking their pom-poms at a back-to-school rally Friday morning.

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Nashville church group volunteers in Albany

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:08:00 EDT

A Christian youth missionary group from Nashville, Tennessee wrapped up a week of volunteer work in Albany.

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Dougherty High community enjoys 'We are One' event

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:54:00 EDT

The Dougherty County Comprehensive High School family joined together Thursday night in the 'We are One' Event. 

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Valdosta police investigate possible human remains

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:13:00 EDT

Leadership inside the Valdosta Police Department confirmed that possible human remains have been found in the city.

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Marine dog with cancer gets tear-filled farewell

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:48:00 EDT

Hundreds of people in Michigan came together to salute and say a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 3.98"; Normal for the Month 5.87"; Yearly Total 29.60"; -/+ Year to Date -4.14".

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Attorney: Accused 'kidnapper' dad cleared of all Lowndes Co. charges

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:35:00 EDT

In August of 2015, WALB reported that two men had been arrested in Lowndes County for kidnapping a child at Westside Elementary School. On Thursday, Mike Ray McCormick's attorney, Nick Bajalia of Valdosta, issued a news release to WALB painting a vastly different picture.

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Sumter Co. Boys & Girls club renovations underway

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:10:00 EDT

The Boys & Girls Club of Sumter County is getting a facelift. And it's all thanks to one local business. 

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Body camera footage released after suspect injured in arrest

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:45:00 EDT

WALB got a closer look at an arrest that left one Albany suspect injured. That man's mother reached out to WALB to see what exactly happened the night her son was arrested. 

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Police: Woman tricked elder person out of thousands

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:52:00 EDT

Albany police need your help identifying this woman.  

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Woman arrested for lying to VPD

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:54:00 EDT

Valdosta Police and Paramedics responded to the 1500 block of Baytree Road just after 5:00 Wednesday afternoon, when a woman told 911 that a man attacked her with a knife. 

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ASU issues statement on NCAA investigation

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:45:00 EDT

The school announced the NCAA enforcement staff will have a joint investigation with ASU's outside counsel via press release Wednesday afternoon.

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Lee Co. woman goes to prison for lying in federal court

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:20:00 EDT

Angel Thacker Freundschuh, 37, of Lee County, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for perjury by U. S. District Court Judge Leslie J. Abrams in Albany, Wednesday.

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Boy allegedly killed by father saw 'compromising photos'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:05:00 EDT

The indictment stated that 13-year-old Dylan planned to confront his father over "compromising photos." 

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Rural Worth home damaged by Wednesday blaze

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:48:00 EDT

Worth County Fire Rescue crews were called to the 500 block of Jewell Crowe Road for a structure fire, about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. 

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DNA Week on TIG: Cade traces his Native American roots

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:24:00 EDT

As part of DNA week on Today in Georgia, WALB's Cade Fowler reveals his genetic findings and some tips on how to track down your ancestors.

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New York eyes textalyzer to bust drivers using cellphones

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:56:00 EDT

APNewsBreak: New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving.

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DCSS Superintendent talks goals, vision for new school year

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:33:00 EDT

Dougherty County Schools Superintendent Kenneth Dyer is preparing for his first school year in his new role.

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Trump's order: Bar all transgender troops from US military

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:28:00 EDT

President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the armed forces.

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Coke Zero gets makeover as Coke Zero Sugar

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:08:00 EDT

Coke Zero is getting a makeover as Coke Zero Sugar in the United States.

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Police: Man snapped puppy's neck over Wi-Fi dispute

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:30:00 EDT

The 3-month-old puppy died on the way to animal rescue, and an examination confirmed major spinal trauma.

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Lee Co. leaders spends $40k on public restrooms

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:16:00 EDT

Lee County leaders installed new public bathrooms on Jordan Road. 

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Terrell Co. looks to hire county manager

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:08:00 EDT

The Commission recently approved an ordinance to hire someone for the full-time position.

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South Georgia shooters aim for Olympic dreams

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:43:00 EDT

A skeet and trap shooting team from right here in South Georgia is making a global name for itself.

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M.O.V.E.R.S. hope to stop crime with collaboration

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:35:00 EDT

A group of concerned people in Albany are hoping to slow down the rate of violent crime by coming together. 

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Proposed Medicaid cuts could hurt DCSS special education programs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:38:00 EDT

Proposed Medicaid cuts could hurt Dougherty County School System (DCSS) special education programs. 

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Albany city leaders approve $1.4M consolidated fleet project

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:29:00 EDT

The million-dollar project will consolidate Albany's three worn down facilities into one location.

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Pedestrian hit by DeKalb County police cruiser dies

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:05:00 EDT

A woman who was hit by a DeKalb County police cruiser has died. The officer driving the cruiser was trying to avoid hitting another vehicle that had pulled in front of him. 

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Six months later: Storm survivor revisits damaged home for the first time

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:30:00 EDT

A little more than six months ago, three deadly rounds of storms ravaged South Georgia.

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Agriculture official: No 'red flags' in assembly of Ohio State Fair ride that killed 1

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:09:00 EDT

A person was killed Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair after a ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned, sending several riders flying through the air.

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Four Thomasville football players honored for heroic act

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:35:00 EDT

Four Thomasville high school football players are being honored as heroes after saving a young girl's life.

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Crews to remove 8 railroad tracks in Moultrie

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:21:00 EDT

At least 8 railroad tracks will be removed in Moultrie.

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Quick tips for controlling mosquito breeding

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:53:00 EDT

There are some simple things you can do right now that can make a big difference in diminishing the mosquito population around your home. 

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Officials investigate after 5 Lowndes County churches burglarized

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:21:00 EDT

  Swilly Hill Church of God is just one of five churches that have been broken into in the last week.

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South GA therapeutic riding center wins a new horse

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:25:00 EDT

A South Georgia therapeutic riding center has a new member of their team, a horse named Dolly! 

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Citrus industry growing fast in Georgia

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:20:00 EDT

Citrus farms are growing in South Georgia and at a fast pace!

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2 Leesburg Stockade Girls explain why sharing their story is crucial

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:06:00 EDT

Two well-known members of the South Georgia civil rights movement had a chance to share their story with students from around the world today in Leesburg. 

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Rolls Brothers Logistics make a move into Albany

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:42:00 EDT

A fast-growing small business has moved into the Good Life City. Rolls Brothers Logistics celebrated their official grand opening at their location off South Slappey Boulevard. 

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DQ Blizzard treat sales to benefit children in SWGA

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:08:00 EDT

Dairy Queen has a great reason to cool off with one of their blizzards this week

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ATC chef donates paycheck for study abroad program

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:58:00 EDT

A chef is putting his own money where his mouth is, in support of a culinary program sending South Georgia students abroad.

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Lightning deaths below average for 2017

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:38:00 EDT

Summer is in full swing, and that means afternoon showers and thunderstorms, capable of producing deadly lightning strikes.

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City commissioner Bobby Coleman announces candidacy for re-election

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:09:00 EDT

Albany city commissioner Bobby Coleman officially announced his candidacy for re-election. 

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Neighbors pleased after commissioners vote to deny rezoning

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 EDT

Neighbors are overwhelmingly pleased after city leaders voted to deny the rezoning of the 2400 block of Whispering Pines Circle. 

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Body discovered in Tifton

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:32:00 EDT

The Tifton Police Department confirms that a body was found at a home at the corner of 5th Street and Central Avenue. 

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Mother arrested after kids found covered in feces, living in bedbug infested moldy home

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:34:00 EDT

Police in Lorain have arrested a mother after her eight children were found living in a "disgusting" home. The children were smeared with feces and living in a home infested with bedbugs and covered with mold.

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Summer heat wave spurs reminder for children in cars

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:52:00 EDT

We are entering the warmest time of the year here in Southwest Georgia, which happens to also be the beginning of the school year. 

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Congressman Scalise released from hospital, to begin rehabilitation

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:52:00 EDT

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is out of the hospital, officials say. 

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Valdosta juvenile arrested after stabbing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:07:00 EDT

Fire Fighters at Fire Station 2 reported that a man approached the fire station bleeding from a chest wound.  They provided first aid and called for EMS.  

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Cotton Avenue stabbing victim identified

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:01:00 EDT

Albany Police responded to a reported stabbing in the 800 block of Cotton Avenue about 10:00 Tuesday night.

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Video: Newborn abandoned in grocery cart

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:54:00 EDT

Police bodycam video from June 4 shows police talking to witnesses after the newborn baby was found inside a backpack left in a grocery cart. 

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Rainy weather keeps lawn care businesses busy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:46:00 EDT

Wet weather in southwest Georgia is making the grass grow back quickly creating a spike in calls to lawn care businesses. 

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Officers kill man with no active warrants at wrong house

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:31:00 EDT

Documents show that Southaven officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.

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Changes coming to YMCA after school programs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:48:00 EDT

The YMCA is offering some new after school programs this year after the 21st Century grant ended.

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DCSS prepares for new bus riders

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:55:00 EDT

Due to the recent school realignment, the Dougherty Co. School System is preparing for additional school bus riders.

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Report: Ben and Jerry's ice cream contains carcinogen traces

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:41:00 EDT

The Organic Consumers Association reported that 10 out of 11 samples of the Vermont-based company's ice cream had traces of glyphosate, a key ingredient in herbicide. 

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DNA week on TIG: Chris traces his Polish roots

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 EDT

This week, Karla Heath-Sands, Cade Fowler and Chris Zelman are all learning the results of their genetic makeup on Today in Georgia. This is Chris' journey.

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Judge scolds mom after son, 9, shoots self

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:56:00 EDT

The woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and received a sentence of three years’ probation.

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Community comes together for school improvement meeting

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:44:00 EDT

Fulfilling student needs was the focus of a community meeting with Dougherty County School officials Tuesday.

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Carter, Abrams attend Boys & Girls Club Fundraiser

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:40:00 EDT

Jimmy Carter was among those raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Americus-Sumter County Tuesday.

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Cats, dogs without power at Moultrie animal shelter

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:38:00 EDT

An electrical blackout during South Georgia's high temperatures created some concern at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society Tuesday.

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City leaders denied rezoning of Whispering Pines Circle

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:47:00 EDT

Albany city leaders voted to deny the rezoning of the 2400 block of Whispering Pines Circle to allow the building of a Captain D's restaurant.

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Albany city leaders vote to roll back property taxes

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:23:00 EDT

Albany city commissioners voted unanimously to roll back the millage rate.

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Downtown Albany microbrewery voted alcohol license by city commission

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:38:00 EDT

Tuesday night city commissioners voted to approve the alcohol license to Pretoria Fields. Now that it's approved, the company has to file for a state license with the Department of Revenue. 

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Seven members appointed to Land Bank authority

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:29:00 EDT

Tonight, Albany city commissioners appointed board members to its newly-established Albany-Dougherty Land Bank.

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Phoebe launches nurse mentoring program

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:50:00 EDT

Phoebe Putney Hospital wants to teach its nurses how mentor new nurses and increase retention of those health workers.

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State Leaders : Many options for mental health needs in South GA

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:17:00 EDT

State leaders said many things have been done in Thomasville and surrounding communities to assist folks in need.

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Video shows shark being dragged by boat at high speed

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:27:00 EDT

The footage - posted on social media - shows the boat pulling the shark at a high speed.

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Father starts petition after Cook Co. tornado kills daughter

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:03:00 EDT

An Adel family is still torn apart, six months after the deadly January 22nd storms. Alexis Livingston, 19, was among seven people killed in the Sunshine Acres Mobile Home Park that morning. 

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Clean up progress being made at tornado damaged Adel mobile home park

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:07:00 EDT

Since the January 22nd tornado, owners of the Sunshine Acres Mobile Home Park in Adel said they have worked every day to rebuild.

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Vote expected shortly on City of Albany tax increase

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:46:00 EDT

There is only one more chance to have your say about a small property tax increase in the City of Albany at the third and final public hearing before the final vote on Tuesday. 

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ASU hosts terrorism training for law enforcement

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:43:00 EDT

Law enforcement officials from across South Georgia are learning how to keep our streets safer.  Albany State University hosted the United States Secret Service for an anti-terrorism conference on Tuesday.  

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Some Colquitt Co. residents without power for most of Tuesday

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:51:00 EDT

More than 1,500 residents in Colquitt County are without power. 

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DHS staff prepare for students, plan unity event

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:36:00 EDT

A few hundred more students and teachers than ever before will walk through the doors of Dougherty High School in one week. School faculty said they are ready.  

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Camp where 5-year-old drowned operated without license, being shut down

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:39:00 EDT

The camp where a 5-year-old drowned was found to be operating without a license and is being shut down, according to officials. 

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'#MadeInAlbanyGA' visits Adco Professional Products plant

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:44:00 EDT

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission members took a behind-the-scenes tour Tuesday of Adco, the maker and distributor of a dry-cleaning product, as part of its monthly '#MadeInAlbanyGA' campaign.

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Albany business fire damages thousands in equipment

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:18:00 EDT

The owner of Bob White Rents said Monday night's fire caused thousands of dollars in damaged equipment, but they're still open for business.

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Kids from AL, TN deliver back-to-school baskets to south GA teachers

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:10:00 EDT

South Georgia teachers are getting some much needed help when it comes to preparing for the upcoming school year. 

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'Nature's Nasties' intrigue budding animal scientists

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:29:00 EDT

If throwing slimy worms or digging rhino dung sounds like a good time to you, then 'Nature's Nasties' is a camp for you! 

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Suspect faces felony charge in Ten Commandments' destruction

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:54:00 EDT

A prosecutor says he plans to charge a man accused of crashing his vehicle into a Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas Capitol with first-degree criminal mischief.

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Killer smiles in court while victim's family speaks

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:49:00 EDT

The confessed killer's behavior angered the judge so much that he asked prosecutors to take the case to trial instead of accepting a plea deal.

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Sen. Perdue: Dems issue 'misinformation' on Obamacare

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:32:00 EDT

Georgia's junior U.S. Senator, David Perdue, spoke at 11:00 Monday night, after presiding over the Senate floor, to "combat [the] Democrat’s continued stream of misinformation on the damaging effects of Obamacare."

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Texas school district approves paddling to discipline students

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:16:00 EDT

THREE RIVERS, TX (KMOV.COM) - The board of trustees for a Texas school district has approved to reinstate corporal punishment. 

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How to cut down on your power bill

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:01:00 EDT

If you were shocked the last time you opened your power bill, Georgia Power has good news for you. The power company says its customers usually see their highest bills during this time of year, but there are ways to save on energy. 

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Two arrested in connection to Valdosta shooting

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:30:00 EDT

Valdosta Police have arrested two people in connection to a shooting on Shanna Circle that happened on July 15.

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SeaWorld's last killer whale born in captivity dies

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:15:00 EDT

Kyara, a three-month-old calf, was diagnosed with an infection, and her health never improved.

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NKY Golden Corral stays open without running water

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:10:00 EDT

The northern Kentucky Health Department was forced to temporarily close a Golden Corral after the restaurant stayed open for hours without water. 

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10 things to help parents prepare for back-to-school

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:28:00 EDT

As you try to prepare your child for heading back to the classroom, here is a list to help make sure you and your student are prepared for the upcoming year.

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Downtown Tifton: 'A Great Revival'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:27:00 EDT

Downtown Tifton’s occupancy level is at 98% and the City’s economic development director said that’s good news for residents.

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