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UGA employee fired after hidden cameras found in Bulldogs locker room showers

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 14:19:00 EDT

James Purvis, who had been with the team since 2006, was charged with felony eavesdropping or surveillance, felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $16,000

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Near session's end, focus on paper ballots, abuse lawsuits

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:20:00 EDT

Thursday will mark the last day of Georgia's 40-day legislative session and several bills await action by either the House or Senate.

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Public service to be held for former Georgia Governor Zell Miller

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:29:00 EDT

Funeral arrangements for former Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller have been announced which include a public service, celebration of life, and an Executive State Funeral service.

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MCLB battle colors ceremony canceled

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:24:00 EDT

The Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base has canceled their Marine Corps Battle colors ceremony.

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Thomasville leaders debate development of former Roses location

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:45:00 EDT

City leaders and community members are working to find the right development for the old Roses site in downtown Thomasville.

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Valdosta City Council approves new vehicles for police department

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:29:00 EDT

The Valdosta City Council members approved 14 new vehicles for the Valdosta Police Department.

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Dougherty Co. commissioner declares 'war on litter'

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:00:00 EDT

Commissioner Anthony Jones has declared a war on litter in his Dougherty County district.

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Thomas Co. students learn about Iditarod through 'I Kid A Rod'

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:36:00 EDT

Most people have heard of the Iditarod in Alaska, but kids in South Georgia this week participated in the I Kid A Rod. 

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Thomasville police ramp up patrols to catch traffic violations

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:47:00 EDT

The Thomasville Police Department is on the lookout for reckless drivers behind the wheel. 

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Health officials use World Tuberculosis Day to remind people to get tested

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:30:00 EDT

World Tuberculosis Day is Saturday and the Southern District of the Georgia Department of Public Health wants to remind people of its importance.

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17 job positions cut at Albany Technical College

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:53:00 EDT

Albany Technical College plans to cut 17 positions by the end of the month.

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New interim Thomasville leader has big goals for the city

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:00:00 EDT

Thomasville's new interim general superintendent of utilities is officially on the job this week.

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Alumni football game honors fallen 1st Lt. Weston Lee

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:24:00 EDT

Friday night in Damascus, carrying his number 24 jersey onto the field in his memory, 1st Lt. Weston Lee's high school football teammates from Southwest Georgia Academy played a game in his honor.

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FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:48:00 EDT

Investigators are trying to determine why a 51-year-old man drove a flaming minivan loaded with propane tanks through a major Northern California Air Force base, saying the driver had no known links to terrorism.

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Suspended Worth Co. sheriff denied bond in eavesdropping case

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:57:00 EDT

The suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby will remain in jail following a bond hearing Friday afternoon that lasted for six hours.

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Sitting Disease: Could you have it?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:58:00 EDT

Sitting disease: It's not rare and it affects people young and old, but doctors say there are ways to prevent it. 

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Jury returns verdict in retrial for 2006 murder

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:40:00 EDT

A Dougherty County jury made its decision in a 2006 murder retrial on Friday.

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Pipeline break leads to sewage spill near Turner Golf Clubhouse

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:44:00 EDT

Albany residents near the Turner Golf Course are being advised to avoid contact with water in the reservoir in the vicinity of the golf course for the next three weeks.

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Businesses on high alert after Albany armed robbery

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:21:00 EDT

Albany police are continuing their search for three men wanted for an armed robbery in West Albany Thursday night.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 2.01"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 10.12"; -/+ Year to Date -2.40"

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'Students armed with rocks': PA school-shooter defense plan gets creative

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:24:00 EDT

A district outside Philadelphia has an apparently completely serious initiative to provide classrooms with buckets of rocks for use in school shootings.

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'Stash the Trash' volunteers have picked up tons of litter in 30 years

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:45:00 EDT

An enormous amount of litter has been picked up from roadways in the last three decades around Albany. 

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Memorial service scheduled for GSP trooper killed in accident

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:00 EDT

The memorial service for the Georgia State Patrol Trooper who died in a weekend accident is scheduled for this weekend.

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165-year-old Thomasville church finds new mission

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:06:00 EDT

A Thomasville church's efforts providing temporary shelter during severe weather is now permanent.

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Police officers promoted and recognized for service

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 EDT

Some men and women in blue were honored with promotions and awards Friday morning. The Cordele Police Department honored eight of their police officers in a quarterly ceremony at City Hall. 

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Mossydale Lane homicide suspect turns self in

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:43:00 EDT

A man wanted in a September 2017 homicide has turned himself in.

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Wanted man arrested in Cook Co. following standoff in Lowndes Co.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:21:00 EDT

A man has been arrested after an hours-long standoff in Remerton Thursday that led to a multi-county manhunt. 

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Former Georgia Governor Zell Miller dies at age 86

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:38:00 EDT

Former Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller has passed away at age 86. 

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Funds being raised for kids of slain Worth County native

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:16:00 EDT

A GoFundMe page has been setup to help raise money for two children of a murdered Worth County native. 

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Berrien Co. kids take on the Exceptional Rodeo

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:32:00 EDT

"Ride'em cowboy" could be heard far and wide Thursday, as some special kids took part in the 30th annual Berrien County Exceptional Rodeo. 

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Terrell Co. SO hosts first responders appreciation dinner for surrounding agencies

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:20:00 EDT

First responders from across South Georgia gathered in Dawson for the first ever first responder appreciation dinner. More than 200 people showed up Thursday night for the special event. 

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State records: Worth Co. High School students paid as substitute teachers

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:42:00 EDT

WALB News 10 found that in state financial reporting, the Worth County Board of Education in 2017 reported paying thousands of dollars to more than a dozen students for working as substitute teachers.  

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Thomasville YMCA hosts Special Olympics

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:49:00 EDT

Students with special needs from around Southwest Georgia showed off their athletic skills on Thursday.

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Thomasville community celebrates THS boys basketball state title

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:43:00 EDT

The Thomasville community celebrated the Thomasville High School Bulldogs boys basketball team's first state title on Thursday! A parade marched through the streets of Downtown Thomasville onto Remington Avenue and ended at the high school gymnasium.

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ABAC hosts 61st Southern Forestry Conclave

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:56:00 EDT

For the first time in history, ABAC hosted the Southern Forestry Conclave for its 61st year.  

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Thomasville BOE to discuss school resource officer expansion

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:39:00 EDT

This in the wake of another deadly school shooting in Maryland, and a national debate on how to best protect students from gun-toting attackers. Thomasville Police Chief Troy Rich said protection starts with more boots on the ground.

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Dougherty middle school students experience real life after graduation

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:31:00 EDT

Middle school students from Dougherty County got a taste of what real life would be like after graduation, thanks to the Phoebe Network of Trust and other partners. 

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Phoebe doctors make community donation for National Doctor's Day

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:14:00 EDT

In support of National Doctor's Day next week, several medical professionals gave a $5,000 donation to give back to the community.

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Ruth's Cottage, The Patticake House set for expansion

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:50:00 EDT

 A non-profit group that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is one step closer to expanding its facility. Ruth's Cottage and The Patticake House received a $50,000 donation from  Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation and Tift Regional Health System donated $100,000 to the group. 

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Judge: Albany woman faking cancer ordered to have mental evaluation

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:05:00 EDT

An Albany woman will now undergo a mental evaluation after suspicions that she may be faking cancer.

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Convicted Coffee Co. drug dealer busted with methamphetamine

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:59:00 EDT

Authorities in Coffee County found what they believed to be methamphetamine during the search of a convicted meth dealer's residence.

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Jury deliberating in Albany murder retrial

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:55:00 EDT

The fate of an Albany man, who's been serving time behind bars for the past 11 years, is in the hands of a jury. 

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Albany police respond to armed robbery

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:30:00 EDT

Albany police are looking for three armed suspects after a robbery at a business Thursday night.

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Gate-crashing at CA Air Force base being treated as possible terror attack

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:27:00 EDT

An unidentified person attempted to drive a car full of propane tanks onto a California Air Force Base on Wednesday night.

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Unattended food on stove leads to Albany apartment fire

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:09:00 EDT

Albany fire crews responded to the 600 block of Sands Drive just before 9 p.m. when a fire was reported at an apartment on Thursday.

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2 dead, including gunman, in UAB Highlands Hospital shooting

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:19:00 EDT

Birmingham police have released the names of both victims from Wednesday's shooting at UAB Highlands Hospital.

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'Young Gamechangers' meet to review Albany ideas

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:45:00 EDT

A group of South Georgia young professionals met on Thursday to continue to find ways to improve downtown Albany.

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Realtor: Albany area sees first seller's market since 2008

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:02:00 EDT

Existing home sales in the U.S. increased last month, according to The National Association of Realtors.

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Friends honor 1st Lt. Weston Lee in football game

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:45:00 EDT

A group of alumni from Southwest Georgia Academy are preparing for a football game to honor one very special alumnus.  First Lieutenant Weston Lee graduated from the school in 2010. 

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Solar farm rules in Dougherty Co. could change

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:53:00 EDT

A potential change to Dougherty County's solar farm rules could make them more noticeable.

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Annual King Dinner will be on 50th anniversary of leader's final speech

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:49:00 EDT

Albany's upcoming King Celebration is on a day with special meaning.  

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Most Wanted: Lanier County man still missing

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:00:00 EDT

Law enforcement is still seeking help from the public in the case of a missing Lanier County man. 

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Central Texas teacher, Columbine survivor: less accessibility to weapons, more mental health funding

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:14:00 EDT

Michelle Porter says time heals wounds, even the emotional ones she suffered as a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting that killed 12 students and a teacher in April of 1999. 

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16 years later: Rebecca family's murders remain unsolved

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:27:00 EDT

Thursday marked 16 years since a Turner County family was found dead inside their burning home.

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VPD fires an officer after bar incident

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:44:00 EDT

Valdosta Police Officer Shantaya Herring, a decade-long veteran of the force, was with her boyfriend at a sports bar, when the man got into a scuffle with bar security.

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Remerton, Lowndes authorities move to end standoff; Find no one

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:47:00 EDT

After unsuccessfully trying to communicate, law enforcement breached the door of the apartment to end the situation, and once inside, could not ind anyone there.

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Diabetes on the rise in Southwest Georgia

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:44:00 EDT

Across Southwest Georgia there's a growing disease you may not even see that could be affecting you.  

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Eating healthy: One bite at a time

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:00:00 EDT

You've heard it before: "you are what you eat," but now is the time to seriously take notice of your eating habits. March is national nutrition month and Phoebe health educators are urging people to take control of their health. 

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Facebook's recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:34:00 EDT

News reports that Facebook let the Trump-affiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analytica abscond with data from tens of millions of users mark the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed in this way.

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Bridge victim's grieving uncle lashes out at 'incompetence'

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:55:00 EDT

A grieving uncle is lashing out against what he called a "colossal failure" that allowed a partially completed pedestrian bridge to collapse and kill his niece along with five other people.

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Pedestrian killed by self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:25:00 EDT

Police in a Phoenix suburb say one of Uber's self-driving vehicles has struck and killed a pedestrian.

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Gambling warrant issued at Lumpkin convenience store

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:40:00 EDT

The search warrant was served at the "S-Mart" convenience store, in the 300 block of Main Street, in the city of Lumpkin.

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Teacher apologizes for accidentally firing gun in classroom

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:17:00 EDT

A teacher at a Northern California high school has apologized for accidentally firing a gun inside his classroom, causing minor injuries to three students.

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Smithville reopens police department after being closed for 5 years

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:40:00 EDT

After nearly five years, residents in Smithville will now have a police department.

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Albany Boys & Girls Club fundraiser dinner tickets sell out

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:15:00 EDT

Tickets have officially sold out for Albany's Boys & Girls Club largest fundraiser of the year.

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Harlem Globetrotters put on a show for SWGA fans

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:07:00 EDT

Thousands of South Georgia fans got a chance to watch basketball 's greatest showmen on Wednesday night.

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Albany Humane Society raises funds for APD Animal Control

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:51:00 EDT

The Albany Humane Society is stepping up to help Albany law enforcement officers and their encounters with animals.

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Leesburg aims to redefine downtown and establish a Depot Overlay District

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:45:00 EDT

With construction on the train depot and welcome center soon to be completed, Lee County Officials have more plans to restore and preserve downtown Leesburg.  

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Police: Maryland school shooter used his father's handgun

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:46:00 EDT

A 16-year-old girl, who authorities said had some type of relationship with the shooter, was critically injured and a 14-year-old boy was also wounded. 

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Thomasville residents excited about future of city

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:35:00 EDT

Plans for a major development are being discussed this week in the city of Thomasville.

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Experts: Less domestic violence cases means people aren't reporting it

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:45:00 EDT

The number of domestic violence cases in Southwest Georgia doesn't always give an accurate count of just how many people are abused.

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South GA students get science and news lessons

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:39:00 EDT

First Alert Meteorologist Andrew Gorton taught a very special science class of about 40 eight and nine-year-olds from Deerfield Windsor on Wednesday.

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Authorities: 'Reasonable level of certainty' no more bombs out in public

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:43:00 EDT

Mark A. Conditt, who killed himself with an explosive device, is believed to be behind a series of deadly bombings in and near Austin, TX. Authorities found bomb-making components in his home, but said there was "reasonable level of certainty" no more package bombs were "out in the public." Authorities are still urging the public to remain cautious.

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GA Senate bill would eliminate electronic voting

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:40:00 EDT

A bill is making its way through the Georgia Senate that would change the way Georgians vote.

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South GA pecan company wins state-wide competition

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:14:00 EDT

A South Georgia pecan company can now call one of its products the best flavor in Georgia.

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Thomasville small business receives GA 'Rock Star' award

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:30:00 EDT

It's Georgia Small Business Week and people in Thomasville are celebrating one of their own small businesses this week.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg apologizes for Cambridge Analytica fallout

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:57:00 EDT

Mark Zuckerberg posted to his personal account on Wednesday acknowledging the scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica.

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Hobby's attorney withdraws from eavesdropping case, GBI issues more warrants

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:06:00 EDT

One of the attorneys representing suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby in the eavesdropping case has withdrawn.

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FL man associated with Parkland gunman taken into custody

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:25:00 EDT

Authorities were in a Tallahassee neighborhood Wednesday morning attempting to serve a search warrant at the home of the self-proclaimed leader of the Republic of Florida. 

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Albany murder trial continues with evidence questions

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:24:00 EDT

The central topic Wednesday morning during an ongoing Albany murder trial revolved around questions of where old evidence is now.

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Doctor sees increase in suicidal patients

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:36:00 EDT

Some South Georgia doctors are saying they've seen a rise in suicide attempts in our area in the past year.  They're trying to spread the awareness so that people can get help before it's too late.

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Albany Police unveil motorcycle patrol units

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:30:00 EDT

The Albany Police Department unveiled new patrol units to help keep the city safe.

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Nearly 500K smoke detectors recalled, risk of failure to detect fire

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:29:00 EDT

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two Kidde smoke alarm sensors and compromise the its ability to detect smoke.

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Hahira Middle School wins back to back technology titles

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:36:00 EDT

Hahira Middle School walked away from the conference with the Overall Most Outstanding Middle School Chapter Award for the second year in a row. 

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Victim of fatal Cook Co. train accident identified

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:39:00 EDT

One person is dead after being struck by a train in Cecil. It happened just before 1 a.m. on A-Ray Road.

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Coffee Co. surveillance yields 3 drug arrests

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:53:00 EDT

The Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit conducted a surveillance operation this week, and now three people are in jail for being involved in trafficking illegal prescription drugs.

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US existing-home sales are up

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:17:00 EDT

U.S. sales of existing homes rebounded in February after declining for the previous two months, a sign that many Americans are still looking to buy despite rising prices and a shrinking number of homes available on the market. 

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Thomas Co. teens charged for Boston arson

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:32:00 EDT

Three juveniles in Thomas County are facing arson charges after a house fire over the weekend.

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Lee Co. wreck blocks traffic on US 19

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:50:00 EDT

At least three cars are involved in a collision that has all but stopped the southbound flow of traffic in Lee County. 

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Miracle rescue: Shaker Heights officers save choking baby (VIDEO)

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:58:00 EDT

Incredible police body cam video captured the moments Shaker Heights police officers saved a choking baby from a car parked in the middle of a busy intersection.

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Georgia State Patrol trooper remembered as 'Rising Star'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:05:00 EDT

The Georgia State Patrol Trooper who was killed in a wreck in Crisp County on Monday has left fond behind memories for those closest to him.

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Albany beekeeper removes massive beehive from EMS station

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:54:00 EDT

A master beekeeper in Albany removed hundreds of honeybees that were swarming on the ground behind a Dougherty County EMS station.

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Phoebe introduces new monitoring device to prevent patient falls

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:35:00 EDT

Phoebe Putney Hospital now has new technology that prevents patients from getting injured while in their care.

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Harlem Globetrotters coming to Albany Civic Center

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:42:00 EDT

Southwest Georgia basketball fans are in for a real treat Wednesday night.

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APD releases dashcam of dangerous chase

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:40:00 EDT

The chase started after officers responded to calls about a burglary on Willard Avenue. They spotted 41-year-old Dexter Seigler, who took off in a Honda Accord. 

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Construction begins at Cherokee Park

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:28:00 EDT

Construction is underway at Cherokee Lake Park.

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AFD reminds residents 'Safety First' as boating season approaches

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:24:00 EDT

Albany Fire and Rescue have a warning for South Georgians as warm weather approaches. This after two women had a scare on the Flint River in Dougherty County.

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Free cone day at DQ benefits local CMN Hospital

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:29:00 EDT

Both Dairy Queens in Albany had long lines today for their free cone day, but it was all for a good cause. 

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Positive Direction Youth Center kids rewarded with $100 shopping spree

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:35:00 EDT

Some South Georgia six through tenth graders received some fast cash for a shopping spree today at the Albany mall as a reward for going through a mentoring program.

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Valdosta braces for three store closures in coming months

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:29:00 EDT

Two Winn-Dixie stores, one on Bemiss Road and the other on Madison Highway, as well as the Toys "R" Us on St. Augustine Road, will be closing in Valdosta.

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