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Bombing underscores New York subway system's vulnerability

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:36:00 EST

A Bangladeshi immigrant is expected to appear before a federal magistrate to face terrorism charges accusing him of setting off an explosive strapped to his body in a New York City transportation hub.

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Americus in top 10 to be considered for 'Small Business Revolution' web-series

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:27:00 EST

A South Georgia city has gotten one step closer to winning $500,000 to give a few of its businesses a makeover.

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Grant to develop Radium Springs trail in the works

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:43:00 EST

Supporters of a recreational trail in Albany are looking at a possible $200,000 grant to continue the project.

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Lanier Co. man found guilty on all charges of child molestation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:55:00 EST

A Lanier County man has been found guilty of two counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual battery against a child under the age of 16.

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Donations pour in for Operation Santa Paws

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:30:00 EST

It's the season of giving! And we can't forget about our furry friends. 

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Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:24:00 EST

The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, reeling from the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump and people around the world searching for information about the latest iPhone and how to make slime.

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South GA business owner pays off lunch charges for entire school system

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:54:00 EST

The Lee County School System has zero outstanding lunch balances all because of the generosity of a South Georgia business owner. 

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Americus firefighters spray Christmas trees for fire protection

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:54:00 EST

Crews in Americus want to make sure your home doesn't go up in flames because of a dried-out Christmas tree this holiday season.

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AmazonSmile purchases donate to Sumter Humane Society

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:08:00 EST

This holiday shopping season, a south Georgia animal shelter has urged people to buy their gifts and help its animals at the same time.

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Main Street director: String lights increase Americus quality of life

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:24:00 EST

On Wednesday, Americus Main Street Director Patrick Kay said that recent projects continue to increase the city's quality of life.

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BBB warns of 'Secret Sister Gift Exchange' - Facebook's favorite holiday scam

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:55:00 EST

It seems like harmless social media fun, but for the last several years, the Secret Sister Gift Exchange post has tricked a lot of giving people on Facebook.  But, a reminder: this is a scam.  

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College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:10:00 EST

Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

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Albany teen makes remarkable progress after head-on collision

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:30:00 EST

One Albany teen is making the unthinkable happen. Maddie Armona, 19, was severely injured in a head-on collision on Liberty Expressway in February.  But now, she's defying all odds and making remarkable progress after being in critical condition, with brain injuries and broken bones. 

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Hyundai, Kia recall compact cars to fix brake light problem

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:28:00 EST

DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. because the brake lights may not go out when the pedal is released.

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Baby appears for sale in Craigslist ad

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:49:00 EST

The baby’s father says the Craigslist ad was meant to be a joke, but not everyone took it that way.

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VIDEO: Bra bandits taser, mace Victoria Secret employees

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:48:00 EST

Two thieves who were caught on camera macing and stunning Victoria Secret employees during an armed robbery are being sought by Mandeville police.  

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Crisp Regional Hospital to appeal approval of CON for Lee Co. Medical Center

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:05:00 EST

Officials with the Crisp Regional Hospital announced Wednesday that they plan to appeal the Department of Community Health's approval of the proposed medical center's Certificate of Need.

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3 charged in connection with shark-dragging video

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:08:00 EST

The FWC's four-month investigation into the video confirmed numerous criminal violations.

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Geminid Meteor Shower peaks Wednesday night

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:17:00 EST

Meteors are expected to light up the night sky on Wednesday, Dec. 13, and continuing into the early morning on Thursday, Dec. 14 as the 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower passes overhead.

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Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:07:00 EST

An internationally watched Senate election is down to voters in Alabama who will choose between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

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Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:24:00 EST

The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions.

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Lee Co. commissioners approve contract for mega sports complex

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:37:00 EST

The mega sports complex in Lee County is one step closer to becoming a reality. 

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Retail beer license owners can now sell growlers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:42:00 EST

On Tuesday night, Lee County commissioners approved an amendment to the alcoholic beverage ordinance to allow for growler dispensaries.

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South GA leaders agree on SPLOST projects

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:32:00 EST

City officials with Smithville, Leesburg, and Lee County commissioners held their final planning meeting to develop an intergovernmental agreement between the municipalities. 

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Lowndes County projects bad flu season

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:33:00 EST

Don't let the flu catch up to you! The Georgia Department of Health is encouraging community members to get their yearly influenza shots as it is projecting a dangerous flu season. 

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Appeal deadline looms over proposed Lee Co. Medical Center

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:00 EST

County Commissioner Rick Muggridge said there haven't been any appeals opposing the Georgia Department of Community Health's approval of the certificate of need for the hospital.

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Christmas party for people with disabilities is a long time tradition

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:49:00 EST

This was the 30th year in a row that this party allowed ARC members and Albany Parks and Recreation members to celebrate Christmas. There was music, dancing, snacks, and fun.  Best of all, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were there to hand out gifts.

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Shop with a Firefighter gives kids a lesson in selfless giving

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:41:00 EST

Tuesday, kids throughout the Valdosta community were smiling uncontrollably after the "Shop with a Firefighter" event that allowed them to get whatever they wanted most for Christmas.

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Lowndes County sees spike in animal cruelty cases

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:39:00 EST

One South Georgia county said pet owners might want to think twice about leaving their animals outdoors as the temperature begins to drop. 

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Residents respond to Dougherty County's long-term recovery plan

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:24:00 EST

Dougherty County commissioners heard from concerned residents about the long-term recovery and resiliency plan. The residents gave their opinion on the  $151 million plan to rebuild and revitalize Dougherty County after the January storms. 

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Camilla mayor boycotts city meetings, city manager fights back

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:26:00 EST

Tensions are high in Camilla after Mayor Rufus Davis and a newly elected councilman Venterra Pollard announced they will be sitting out of city council meetings.  The announcement comes at the same time as a new charter was passed in the city.

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Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:13:00 EST

Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week.

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Camilla Main Street to host Tacky Christmas Sweater Sidewalk Parade

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:45:00 EST

If you love ugly Christmas sweaters, you may want to take a trip to Camilla.

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ATC, ASU reach new agreement for business related majors

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:37:00 EST

Students who earn a degree at Albany Technical College may be able to transfer to Albany State University seamlessly. 

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Thomasville residents concerned over audit services

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:23:00 EST

Residents in Thomasville voiced concern over the city's choice in auditors at Monday night's council meeting.

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Authorities say bomber mocked Trump before subway attack

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:33:00 EST

The man arrested in the bombing, who told investigators he wanted to retaliate for American action against Islamic State extremists, came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of U.S. citizens.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today:0.00": Monthly Total 1.96"; Normal for the Month 3.92"; Yearly Total 40.09"; -/+ Year to Date -8.97".

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Albany leaders consider splitting tourism group from chamber

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:33:00 EST

It appears a majority of the city commission is in favor of making the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau a stand-alone operation.

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Americus makes it into top 10 in small town competition

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:03:00 EST

A nationwide competition to find the town that champions small business growth the most announced the top 10 towns on Tuesday, and our very own Americus is in the running.

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Woman gives graphic testimony in case where she and then boyfriend murdered her convicted molester

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:04:00 EST

A Walker woman testified in court Tuesday in the case where she and her then boyfriend, Jace Crehan, 23, reportedly broke into the trailer of her convicted molester back in 2015 and murdered him.

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Thomasville council approves severance package for city manager

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:56:00 EST

Thomasville council approves severance package for city manager 

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ABAC, Bainbridge State College consolidation gets final approval

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:15:00 EST

On Tuesday, the Board of Regents gave the final approval for the new Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, which will be a consolidation of ABAC and Bainbridge State College.

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RECALL: Crib and toddler mattresses pose fire hazard

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:16:00 EST

A baby bed had been recalled after the mattress failed to meet the federal flammability standard.

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Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:46:00 EST

President Donald Trump has signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

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Girl Scout Cookie-flavored yogurt hits shelves nationwide

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:50:00 EST

The available flavors are: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Caramel Coconut.

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Holocaust survivor shares experiences with Worth Co. students

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:20:00 EST

Worth County Middle School students experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity on Tuesday.

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Inmate dies following fight at Telfair State Prison

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:37:00 EST

A man from east Georgia serving time at Telfair State Prison in Helena is dead after he was involved in an altercation with other inmates on Sunday. 

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Son carries on father's legacy, family tradition as Dawgs ultimate fan

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:20:00 EST

It’s a family tradition that began three generations ago.

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Victim identified after fatal accident in Boston

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:26:00 EST

Officials have identified the victim involved in a fatal Tuesday morning accident.

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Dooly Co. fire ruled arson, reward offered for information

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:11:00 EST

The Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens made the announcement Tuesday.

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Louisiana man admits misusing Trump's Social Security number

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:03:00 EST

Louisiana investigator admits misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number, trying to get candidate's tax information.

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Mother accused of leaving baby in burning car pleads guilty

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:32:00 EST

Shelby county woman enters guilty plea after police say she watched her car burn with her baby inside. 

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Thieves snatch doors, leave car

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:20:00 EST

The doors to a woman's 2014 Toyota Camry were stolen in the middle of the night over the weekend, and it was quick work.

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Tift Co. students learn first hand through experiential learning

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:49:00 EST

Tift County High School is offering a variety of options for hands on learning.

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Tift County High School nears completion of first phase of expansion

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:23:00 EST

Tift County High School will welcome 2,000 students back to campus next fall. That's because the campus is getting more than 600 freshmen.

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Legendary UGA football coach, wife visit Callaway Gardens for book signing

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:37:00 EST

Books written by Vince Dooley, former University of Georgia football coach, will be available for purchase and autograph during book signings at the Callaway Discovery Center. 

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Dozens gather at candlelight vigil for murder victim Justin King

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:23:00 EST

Justin King's family is still grieving his loss but they said they want his death to be turned into something positive and that is to stop violence in the community.

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Theatre Albany awarded emergency grant

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:53:00 EST

The grant comes from The Fox Theatre Institute, part of the Fox Theatre.

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DCSS receives $902k grant for technology

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:15:00 EST

Students in Dougherty County will see improvements in technology in the classroom thanks to One Georgia Authority. 

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South Georgians help WALB Stuff the Truck

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:08:00 EST

On Monday, some very generous South Georgians helped WALB Stuff the Truck with food and toys! 

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Thomasville man faces new charges after investigation

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:31:00 EST

A Thomasville man is facing drug and gun charges after a police investigation.

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Law enforcement speaks out after recent inmate escapes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:28:00 EST

Several inmates in South Georgia are back behind bars after short-lived escapes from prison or jail.

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Thomasville police warn parents about teens sending illicit photos

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:23:00 EST

Thomasville Police said they are receiving an alarming number of calls this year related to teens and even younger tweens exchanging illicit photos via smartphones and messaging applications.

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Goodwill sees increase in donations during the holidays

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:38:00 EST

The spirit of giving has those at the Goodwill celebrating this holiday season.    

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Mediacom: No changes coming regardless of Net Neutrality decision

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:18:00 EST

One telecom company operating in South Georgia claims nothing will change for its customers after the FCC decision on Net Neutrality that's expected this week. 

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Radium Springs storm memorial proposed after deadly Jan. 22 tornado

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:54:00 EST

A memorial to mark the death and destruction caused by January's EF-3 tornado, as well as past natural disasters, is being discussed by Dougherty County leaders. 

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H.E.A.R.T. gives 600 pairs of shoes to students

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:26:00 EST

Christmas is coming early for hundreds of Dougherty County students. 

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Good Samaritan's car stolen while he helped woman shot in face

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:54:00 EST

A bouncer at Lachey’s Bar came to the aid of his co-worker when she was shot in the face outside the OTR restaurant. But while the Good Samaritan helped the shooting victim, someone jumped in his car and drove off.  

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DCSS to offer parent workshops

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:27:00 EST

Dougherty County teachers are trying to keep parents up-to-date on new teaching styles and techniques. 

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Monroe High construction almost complete, public invited to see

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:49:00 EST

For the first time, you can get a look inside the new part of Monroe Comprehensive High School.

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OOPS: Athens woman breaks into occupied vehicle of corrections officer

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:01:00 EST

According to the arrest report, “Mencia stood silent for a short period of time and finally stated ‘just take me to jail.’ Sgt. Evans obliged Mencia’s request, walking her the approximately 200 feet to the booking room.”

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Panhandler accuses off duty Albany officer of stealing money

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:46:00 EST

An Albany police officer is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a panhandler.

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Landowners ask to close portion of county roads because of litter

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:17:00 EST

Too much roadside trash has two Dougherty County plantation owners asking to close some public roads. 

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'Suitcases for Kids' drive reaches 400 children

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:21:00 EST

More than 400 children in foster care will have presents to open this holiday season.

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Fire at Merry Acres extinguished before firefighters arrive

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:14:00 EST

Merry Acres on the 1500 Dawson Road is working to get one of its rooms back in order.

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Man wanted for North Augusta bank robbery also wanted by FBI for multiple bank robberies

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:25:00 EST

North Augusta Public Safety has identified the man wanted for robbing the South State Bank on Georgia Avenue as Frank Douglas, a resident of North Augusta. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Atkinson County man found guilty in 2012 brutal murder of a 72-year-old

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:55:00 EST

The 2012 murder of 74-year-old Curtis McCutchin went to trial this week in Atkinson County.

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GRAPHIC VIDEO: Police dog attacks innocent woman

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:19:00 EST

The woman was taking out her garbage at the same time as police were trying to catch two burglary suspects.

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Holiday shipping 2017: Important deadlines you need to know

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:29:00 EST

As Christmas creeps closer, people are running out of time to send their packages across the country. No one wants their packages to arrive after the holidays because of shipping deadlines, so shipping companies are posting important dates on their websites to help customers ship on time.

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Man arrested after accusing family of being 'ISIS,' attacking them with bat

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:04:00 EST

Police say they are investigating the incident as something that was “racially motivated.”

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UPDATE: Escaped Miller County Jail inmate captured

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:30:00 EST

Officials in Miller County reported that inmate Girlonzia 'Lonnie' McDaniel walked away from the Miller County Sheriff's Office around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

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Fans react to state championship game postponed

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:38:00 EST

This weekend wintry weather in Atlanta derailed high school football championship game plans.

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Car hit by freight train in Thomasville

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:59:00 EST

Thomasville Police responded after a freight train hit and a car just after 8 Sunday morning.

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Albany triplets celebrate success as ASU alumni

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:14:00 EST

Three Albany brothers are celebrating their success as alumni of Albany State University. 

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Vigil set for 2016 murder victim 1 year after his death

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:48:00 EST

Monday marks one year to the day since an Albany woman found out her 24-year-old son had been shot and killed.

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Arrests made in Thomas Co. armed robbery

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:41:00 EST

Investigators believe three of the suspects are involved in other South Georgia robberies.

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First responders on scene of Tift Co. wreck

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:44:00 EST

The Tift County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol are on scene of a wreck on Highway 82.

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Crying Tennessee student's anti-bullying video goes viral, draws massive celebrity support

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:49:00 EST

A young man has spoken out against those who bully him at school in a video clip that’s making waves on the internet.

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Sycamore mobile home a total loss after fire

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:41:00 EST

A mobile home in Turner County burned to the ground in a fire Sunday morning.

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Holiday cheer on North Church Street

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:47:00 EST

A home in Doerun features more than 12,000  holiday lights this time of year. 

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Humane Society hosts annual open house and Christmas bash

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:50:00 EST

On Saturday people in Albany got to celebrate the holiday season and raise money to help pets who need forever homes in the area.

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Augusta teen raises awareness about Type 1 diabetes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:06:00 EST

One Augusta teen is doing all she can to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes and she is making an impact right here in the CSRA. On September 13, 2013 Caroline Dorn's life was changed forever.

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Albany first responders respond to a wreck at the intersection of Slappey Blvd & Gillionville Rd

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 18:16:00 EST

Albany 911 Communications dispatched Albany Police Department units, Albany Fire Department units, and Dougherty County EMS Units to the intersection of North Slappey Boulevard and Gillionville Road around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in reference to an automobile accident.

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Affordable Care Act enrollment ends Dec. 15

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 16:38:00 EST

Time is running out to get insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. 

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Albany State University hosts fall 2017 commencement

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 16:32:00 EST

More than 800 students transformed to alumni at Albany State University on Saturday.

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Three taken into custody for burglary at a vacant Albany Building

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 13:11:00 EST

Albany police say while on patrol an unknown citizen reported that there were people inside the vacant Carmike Cinema building in the 1200 block of Gillionville Road.

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Coffee Co. officials: Runaway inmate has been found

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:25:00 EST

Officials in Coffee County say the inmate that walked off a work detail Friday morning has been located in North Carolina.

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Albany's Pretoria Fields Brewery has long-awaited grand opening

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:56:00 EST

Albany's first ever handcrafted beer brewery is finally open for business. Pretoria Fields opened it's doors to the community Friday afternoon.

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Law Enforcement Officers recognized for outstanding service

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:08:00 EST

Dougherty County and Albany law enforcement officers were honored Friday evening at the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner sponsored by various businesses and individuals throughout the county.

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Victim identified in fatal Sumter Co. US 280 East wreck

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:57:00 EST

Georgia State Patrol troopers have identified one of the people killed in two separate Sumter County wrecks Friday afternoon.

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