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Puerto Rico emerges from storm; water and some food scarce

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:08:00 EDT

Nearly everyone has no power and more than half the people don't have water after Category 4 Hurricane Maria roared across the island Sept. 20.

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High school students compete in 'handshake competition'

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:37:00 EDT

Students in South Georgia are learning how to build professional relationships within the community, one handshake at a time. 

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UPDATE: Albany restaurant suspects identified

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:21:00 EDT

Three men are in custody after an armed robbery at Five Guys on Dawson Road Monday night.

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Lee Co. woman arrested on drug charge

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EDT

Malinda Alison Pedigo, 45,  was taken into custody Monday morning, September 25, 2017, when the Lee County Narcotics Team served a warrant at her home.

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Registration Day: Election officials stress importance of voting

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:17:00 EDT

Across the country, organizations and groups will work to register thousands to vote for National Voter Registration Day.

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Suspect in 9-month-old child's murder previously charged with child endangerment, arrest records show

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:08:00 EDT

Myrtle Beach police have served a search warrant at a home on Third Avenue South on Thursday night in reference to the disappearance of an 11-month-old child.

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Dougherty Co. concerned over indigent care funding

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:26:00 EDT

Dougherty County commissioners have continued to search for answers on how the proposed Lee County Medical Center would affect taxpayers.

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LaGrange Police Chief to be honored as "hero in race relations"

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:29:00 EDT

LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar will be honored in Washington, D.C. for his exceptional strength, courage and compassion when confronted by the forces of hate.

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News to know for Tuesday

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:27:00 EDT

Three men are in custody following an armed robbery at Five Guys in Albany, Dougherty and lee Co. residents can learn about new transportation projects, and more.

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Off duty GSP troopers rescue 'wandering child' from highway

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:25:00 EDT

Two Georgia State Patrol Troopers in South Georgia are in the spotlight this week for possibly saving a 2-year-old's life.

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Monroe High assistant principal had 2 prior investigations

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:01:00 EDT

Monroe High Assistant Principal, Horace Bentley, was investigated twice before for sexual misconduct with students.

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South Georgia pastors see NFL player's protest differently

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:55:00 EDT

One South Georgia pastor said he thinks people need to remember the motivation behind the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, while another pastor said he will not watch one NFL team again.

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Dougherty Co. deadline approaches for debris pick-up

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:03:00 EDT

Dougherty County residents only have a few more days to take advantage of debris pick-up.

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Baby left on side of Oklahoma freeway in car seat with cash

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:17:00 EDT

Emergency workers estimated the child had been left in the 91-degree heat about 30 minutes, but said he appeared to be well cared for before being left on the interstate.

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Police search for woman after weekend stabbing

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:50:00 EDT

The Albany Police Department needs your help to find a woman they believe stabbed someone early Sunday morning.

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Lee Co. teachers learn how virtual reality can improve the classroom

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:40:00 EDT

Some teachers in Lee County got a chance to see how virtual reality can help students learn in the classroom. 

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Is the flu season never-ending?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:34:00 EDT

Southwest Georgia doctors haven't had much of a break from last year's flu season as they deal with the start of this year's.

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Lee Co. leaders finalize map for Kinchafoonee mile markers

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:42:00 EDT

Lee County leaders are nearly finished with a public safety project that could speed up the response time on the Kinchafoonee Creek. 

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Colquitt County's longest-serving commissioner dies at 70

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:00 EDT

The longest-serving Colquitt County commissioner has passed away according to the Colquitt County Board of Commissioners Facebook page.

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South Georgia Food Bank takes special delivery from Canada

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:30:00 EDT

Prince Edward Island, Canada shipped more than 42,000 pounds of vegetables to Second Harvest of South Georgia's Thomasville distribution center. Those vegetables will be distributed to Irma victims in Florida. "They were willing to do whatever it took to get produce into this affected area," said Foodbank CEO Frank Richards. It's not every day that you get a call from the prime minister of Canada, but Second Harvest staff says that connection lead to a shipment of 42,500 ...

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Puerto Ricans hunt for precious Wi-Fi and cell signals

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:08:00 EDT

Thousands of Puerto Ricans are spending hours hunting for a resource nearly as precious as power and water in the wake of Hurricane Maria: communications.

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SRTC acquires Bainbridge State College land and facility

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:29:00 EDT

In less than a year, Southern Regional Technical College will begin to offer its courses on the campus of what by then will be the former Bainbridge State College.

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Albany police investigate weekend shooting on Cedar Avenue

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:22:00 EDT

Albany police are investigating after a man was shot during a shootout on Cedar Avenue. 

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ABAC creates more than $369 million impact

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:11:00 EDT

According to a University System of Georgia sanctioned study, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College had an economic impact of $369,874,664 on South Georgia during the 2016 fiscal year.

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Tifton residents to discuss neighborhood watch program

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:06:00 EDT

On Monday night Tifton residents discussed starting a neighborhood watch program.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 2.89"; Normal for the Month 3.49"; Yearly Total 35.66"; -/+ Year to Date -6.18".

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Florida man stuffs over $1,000 in rectum in failed attempt to hide it from deputies

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:36:00 EDT

 Marion County Sheriff's deputies called it "crack money" in a hilarious Facebook post.

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Dougherty County looks for $100 million in federal disaster aid

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:07:00 EDT

Dougherty County is asking for millions of dollars in disaster relief assistance from the federal government. 

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'Inappropriate' post gets Shelby County Sheriff's Office employee relieved of duty

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:32:00 EDT

A Shelby County Sheriff's Office employee was relieved of duty after posting "inappropriate and insensitive comments" on the department's Facebook page. 

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Fact check: What are the rules about football players standing for the National Anthem?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:42:00 EDT

A couple of social media posts are making the rounds again after a protest filled weekend in the NFL and it's important you know what's true and what isn't when it comes to the rules for players and the National Anthem.  

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Community involvement increased with KADB

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:58:00 EDT

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful is growing in success according to Executive Director Judy Bowles.

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Buckets of Hope raises more than $7K for House of Hope

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:57:00 EDT

Tiftarea House of Hope, a nonprofit that helps provide women a place to stay, raised $7,500 for the women living there. 

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'Hurricane Hoedown' to benefit families, first responders affected by Harvey & Irma

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:33:00 EDT

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Crisp County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with a South Georgia wedding hotspot to help out.

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McCain calls brain cancer prognosis 'very poor'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:47:00 EDT

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a 'very poor prognosis' as he battles brain cancer.

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Saints fans burn memorabilia, boycott team after 10 players protest during national anthem

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:56:00 EDT

Some of the New Orleans Saints players chose to sit down during the national anthem on Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, causing some fans to boycott the team.

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Georgia Counties With Highest Child Poverty Rate

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:28:00 EDT

Child poverty in the United States is among some of the worst of any developed country in the world and the rates in Georgia are alarming. Check out the Top 25 counties in our state with the highest child poverty rate. 

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Two juveniles caught breaking into Valdosta church

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:02:00 EDT

Valdosta Police responded to a burglary call Sunday morning about 8:30. They saw that someone had broken a window trying to get into the church in the 800 block of West Magnolia Street. 

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ASU appoints director of Center for Faculty Excellence

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:55:00 EDT

The university recently appointed Dorene Medlin as Director for the Center for Faculty Excellence.

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97-year-old WWII vet joins 'take a knee' movement

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:51:00 EDT

Twitter user Brennan Gilmore tweeted a photo of his 97-year-old grandfather down on one knee saying that the Missouri farmer and World War II veteran wanted to join with those protesting the national anthem. My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee: "those kids have every right to protest." My grandpa is a 97 year-old WWII vet & Missouri farmer who wanted to join w/ those who #TakeaKnee: "those kids ...

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Hot weather can drain life from car batteries

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:17:00 EDT

Mechanic Tom Gieryic said many people think battery issues arise from cold, frigid weather, but the summer heat can also drain a car battery.

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Albany State to host open house on October 7

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:47:00 EDT

Albany State University officials are focusing on boosting enrollment numbers by recruiting local students. 

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News to know for Monday

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:17:00 EDT

‘Hurricane Hoedown’ to help families and first responders affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Albany Utilities is opening a centralized call center, and more.

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Fight Albany Blight targets new area

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:59:00 EDT

Fight Albany Blight has named the new target area they will concentrate on improving.   

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Man arrested near White House with weapons in car

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 01:53:00 EDT

The suspect said he wanted “advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head.”

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Albany congregation honors founder

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:18:00 EDT

Greater Faith Harvest Ministries held a ceremony for founder Mother Ella Street Davis.

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ABAC club raises money with tractor pull

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:49:00 EDT

People in Tifton celebrated a tradition over the weekend.

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Plains hosts 21st Annual Peanut Festival

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:44:00 EDT

"Everybody comes for the peanut butter ice cream."

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Tifton 'Buckets of Hope' raffle ends Monday

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:51:00 EDT

One South Georgia nonprofit has your chance to help others and win items like a flat screen TV or $500.

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Young teen dies in Early Co. car crash

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:49:00 EDT

The Georgia State Patrol said a young teen died Saturday in a one-car crash in Early County.

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'Car to Farm' tour shows off Tift and Irwin County Farms

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:14:00 EDT

For the first time ever, Southwest Georgians participated in a "Car to Farm" Tour on Sunday afternoon.

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"Grow your own groceries" class welcomes more than 30 attendees

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:27:00 EDT

If you want to learn how to grow your own groceries, you now have the opportunity.

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Tift Park community market remembers one of its supporters

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:15:00 EDT

"She was just a very, sweet, honest person," said Martha Bowden, a vendor at the Tift Park Community Market and friend of Jenkins. 

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Eighth annual building unity cookout gathers hundreds

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:04:00 EDT

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul took this Saturday off to give back to the community. The Albany/Dougherty community was invited to the eighth annual building unity cookout. This year's festivities happened at the Sherwood Acres baseball field. 

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Victim identified after Albany shooting on Mossydale Lane

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:59:00 EDT

The Albany Police Department responded to reports of a shooting on Mossydale Lane, off Gillionville Road, Wednesday morning.

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Lee County Female Minority Mentoring Program hosts annual luncheon

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:45:00 EDT

Ladies in hats flooded Albany Technical College today. The Lee County Female Minority Mentoring Program celebrated its ninth annual Mad Hatter's luncheon and silent auction. 

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Man accused of exposing himself in Walmart arrested

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:42:00 EDT

A man accused of exposing himself to a woman at the Lee County Walmart has been arrested.

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Albany utilities to open centralized call center

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:19:00 EDT

Albany Utilities is opening a brand new centralized call center.

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Tifton dentist hosts 2nd Annual Burgers for the Brave

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:35:00 EDT

Dozens of first responders and law enforcement officers in Tifton spent the night chowing down on some good old-fashioned burgers, thanks to a local dentist. 

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Phoebe welcomes new chaplain director

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:27:00 EDT

Phoebe Putney Hospital is working to meet the spiritual and physical needs of their patients with their new chaplain director. 

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Thomas Co. students wear hats for childhood cancer awareness

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:21:00 EDT

Employees and students in Thomas County wore t-shirts and hats Friday to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer.

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3 men rob, assault child over $3

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:18:00 EDT

A child was assaulted and robbed Friday morning while walking to school, according to Memphis Police Department.

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Thomas Co. students participate in GEAR UP week

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:31:00 EDT

This week more than 1,200 Thomas County Middle School students are learning about college.

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Dougherty Co. deputies quickly capture inmate who tried to escape

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:09:00 EDT

An escaped Dougherty County Jail inmate is now back in custody, facing new charges after trying to bolt during a work detail.

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Transportation public hearing to be held on Tuesday

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:51:00 EDT

People will have a chance to learn more about millions of dollars worth of transportation improvements in Lee and Dougherty County, and even voice their opinion about them.

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Student leaves ASU after school financial aid woes

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:48:00 EDT

It was an emotional Friday for the freshman A'Lauren Camp and her friends she had to say goodbye.  She said she is one of many students who had financial aid issues this year at Albany State University. 

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Mark's Melon Patch opens corn maze as fall season begins

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:57:00 EDT

You know fall has arrived when people start talking about corn mazes.

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Officials determine deadly Lee Co. fire caused by electrical malfunction

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:21:00 EDT

Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said the cause of a Friday morning house fire in Lee County that killed two elderly women was accidental.

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President Carter honored with GSW Presidential Plaza dedication

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:26:00 EDT

Dedication of Georgia Southwestern State University's "Presidential Plaza"  is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Wheatley Administration Building Lawn, on the Georgia Southwestern State campus in Americus. This new area on campus serves as the centerpiece to the University's signature entrance.  The west or front side of the plaza features a set of planted hedges that spell "GSW." The east or plaza side includes a mounted hand signature in cement from Pre...

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How to find missing loved ones in Mexico, Puerto Rico

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:44:00 EDT

There are more than 500 Red Cross relief workers in Mexico following two massive earthquakes within a week of each other.

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Grant murder trial ends with mixed verdicts

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:09:00 EDT

Eugene Grant was acquitted of the Felony Murder of Tony Carter, but was convicted of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

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Mexico shocked by news: Girl trapped in rubble didn't exist

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:15:00 EDT

Mexico shocked by news: Young girl thought buried in rubble of collapsed school didn't exist.

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Rodent renders Bainbridge powerless

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:16:00 EDT

A city-wide power outage left Bainbridge without power when a squirrel got into the substation and tripped breakers. 

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CVS makes changes to limit opioid prescriptions

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:29:00 EDT

 Almost 90 million people use CVS Caremark to fill their prescriptions. 

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Driver saves kids from school bus fire

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:04:00 EDT

As flames roared from the bus engine, the driver evacuated every child inside.

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Thousands expected to attend Plains Peanut Festival

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:28:00 EDT

The 21st annual Plains Peanut Festival kicks off Saturday. There will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors and the Main Street parade.

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News to know for Friday

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:51:00 EDT

Georgia Southwestern is honoring President Carter today, FEMA’s visit to Albany has been delayed, and more.

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Improvements to be made to Tifton neighborhoods

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:52:00 EDT

A community input meeting was held at the Welcome Center for residents to voice their wants and needs of the community. 

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Man given $180 littering ticket after trying to give homeless woman money

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:19:00 EDT

Blake says he gave the woman two cigarettes wrapped in a dollar bill. The problem is, he tossed the gift at her feet, so to the officer behind him, it looked like he was throwing trash out of his car.

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New security upgrades at the Dougherty County Judicial building

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:10:00 EDT

Next month, new security upgrades will be started at the Dougherty County Courthouse, and there are new items that people will not be able to bring inside.

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Attendees sport colorful ties during annual Cancer Ties fundraiser

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:49:00 EDT

The event was a night of dining and dancing with attendees on the move to raise money for those battling cancer.

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AMA kicks off annual writing competition

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:52:00 EDT

The Albany Museum of Art is calling all students to enter their annual writing competition.

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Deputies: Man arrested after found passed out in someone's vehicle

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:40:00 EDT

Coffee County sheriff's deputies arrested a man on Thursday after he was found passed out in a resident's vehicle.

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TN Sheriff: 'Dead body' is actually 'great' Halloween display and it's scaring the neighbors

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:31:00 EDT

A sheriff's department received so many calls about a gruesome and realistic Halloween decoration, they posted it to their Facebook page, where the shock is even greater.  

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Analysis: Support and opposition to the the proposed Lee Co. hospital

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:20:00 EDT

The proposed Lee County Medical Center has attracted both outspoken supporters and opponents.

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Parents charged with running over toddler during domestic dispute

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:01:00 EDT

A toddler was rushed to the hospital after being run over in the midst of an argument between his parents. 

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Valdosta State University organize donations for Irma victims

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:32:00 EDT

It has been a little over a week since Irma struck Florida and parts of South Georgia.

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Valdosta man buys new bike for homeless man

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:20:00 EDT

A little goes a long way in some cases. In this case, a homeless man will be able to travel just a little bit further after a Valdosta man gifted him with something he never expected.

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Valdosta State University holds political forum

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:25:00 EDT

Community members got a chance to meet political candidates running for election this November.

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Soldier rescues woman from burning car, shields her body from explosion

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:15:00 EDT

“My instinct and training tells me that a smoke means there’s going to be a fire, and a car has gasoline in it,” Hinkle said.

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Moultrie city leaders approve budget, lower taxes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:58:00 EDT

For the first time in 12 years, the city of Moultrie is lowering taxes. This comes after a new budget for the upcoming year passed on Tuesday. 

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Gov. Deal signs order to increase reward in Moultrie homicide case

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:51:00 EDT

City officials confirmed on Thursday that an executive order from Governor Nathan Deal has increased the reward in a Moultrie Homicide investigation.

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Driver cited after crashing into Albany daycare bus

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:41:00 EDT

The Albany Police Department confirmed that the driver of the SUV involved in a collision with a daycare bus has been cited.

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Students in leadership program get lesson from Moultrie mayor

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:25:00 EDT

Participants of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Program received a special visit from city leaders on Thursday.

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Red Cross hosts lunch and learn for Terrell Co. students

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:08:00 EDT

A national disaster organization is seeking future volunteers, and they are looking to Southwest Georgia students.

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A hospital volunteer is honored for 23+ years of service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:45:00 EDT

A faithful hospital volunteer, who prefers to be behind the scenes, was in the spotlight Thursday! Mary Buillon is the recipient of Phoebe's annual Lillian B. Allison Volunteer Award.

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TCCHS student serves on state Student Advisory Council for second year

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:32:00 EDT

For the second year in a row, one Thomas County Central High School student is continuing his quest to become an educator and to help positively impact the state education system.

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$3K reward offered for information in Coffee Co. shooting

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:40:00 EDT

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information about a Douglas shooting that happened in July.

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Arrest made in Bainbridge stabbing

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:39:00 EDT

A Bainbridge man is charged with aggravated assault after an overnight stabbing on South West Street. 

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Most Wanted: Derrious Rakeem 'Rock' Carter

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 EDT

The Douglas Police Department wants to find Derrious Rakeem 'Rock' Carter, who is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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Hundreds march for peace in Albany

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:51:00 EDT

Close to 500 students and faculty at Turner Job Corps in Albany took to the streets in what they are calling a Peace Walk.  "We're working to bring peace and make this campus better," said Vincent Little, a student at the center. 

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