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Lee County takes precautions to avoid data breach

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:28:00 EDT

Lee County has started installation of new software, to protect their computer system and information.  

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Lee Co. to push forward with proposed LCMC despite Dougherty Co. lawsuit

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:00:00 EDT

Dougherty County commissioners were called into executive session at a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss pending litigation.

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Georgia woman admits false threats against daycare centers

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:41:00 EDT

A Georgia woman has admitted making false threats to blow up daycare centers.

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Atlanta attorney who killed wife to be sentenced next month

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:28:00 EDT

An Atlanta attorney who was convicted of murder for fatally shooting his business executive wife is to be sentenced next month.

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Albany native honored on historical marker

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:44:00 EDT

The Georgia historical society will dedicate a historical marker to Albany native Edward Vason Jones. Many know him for designing the Hugh Shackelford House in Albany. 

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Private jet maker plans additional Georgia service center

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:09:00 EDT

A private jet maker plans a new $55 million service center in coastal Georgia, hiring 200 people.

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Crews, officers in Thomasville prepare for Rose Show Festival

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:45:00 EDT

If you drive through Thomasville you may notice Public Works crews hard at work this week.

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Rainfall Gauge

Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:53:00 EDT

Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 3.81"; Normal for the Month 3.70"; Yearly Total 15.11"; -/+ Year to Date -2.08"

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You will have a chance to help a SWGA city win a national competition

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:56:00 EDT

Americus and Valdosta are now semifinalists in the America's Main Streets competition.

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Albany's CVB continues to move forward after split from Chamber of Commerce

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:19:00 EDT

On Tuesday, the community learned more about what a new, stand-alone Convention and Visitors Bureau will look like.

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Albany names new fire chief

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:45:00 EDT

The city of Albany named its new fire chief at Tuesday night's city commission meeting.

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Need a giggle? This South GA dog will have you rolling over with laughter

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:35:00 EDT

Think washing your car is a chore? Try washing it with this pup around.

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Moultrie community holds send-off for teacher

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:25:00 EDT

The Moultrie community came together to send off one of their own.

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South GA elementary students visit mayor's office

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:10:00 EDT

Second graders from R-B Wright Elementary School visited the Moultrie Mayor's office to see how the officials from around Colquitt County work and operate.

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Lifelink holds week-long celebration for National Donate Life Month

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:18:00 EDT

The Lifelink Organ Donor organization is holding a week-long celebration for National Donate Life month. 

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South GA fire departments collect donations for burn victims

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:01:00 EDT

Two South Georgia fire departments are collecting donations for the Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation. 

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Dog abandoned in dumpster finds forever home

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:40:00 EDT

A dog named Clark has a home of his very own after he was found inside the dumpster behind the elementary school in Blakely a few weeks ago.

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Spokesman: George HW Bush "responding and recovering"

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:35:00 EDT

A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Here's how your kids can have a 'super' summer in Dougherty County

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:41:00 EDT

On May 5, parents and kids have the chance to get a sneak peek at summer programs and camps being offered in Dougherty County.

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Albany Mayor signs proclamation for small businesses

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:35:00 EDT

The Albany area chamber of commerce held a proclamation signing Tuesday. 

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District Attorney: Relationship with law enforcement is vital

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:38:00 EDT

A strong message from Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brad Shealey. "If we don't do our job, then there are victims that are not being served."

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Suspected gunman in Waffle House mass shooting charged

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 05:55:00 EDT

The suspected gunman, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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More than 100 pounds of medicine incinerated

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:46:00 EDT

Lee County is working to keep even more drugs off the streets.  The Lee County Sheriff's Office along with Lee County Marshal's Office partnered to safely dispose of the pills a few times a year.  

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GBI conducts gambling raid in Crisp Co.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:00 EDT

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation raided six businesses and two homes as part of a commercial gambling sweep. 

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GA fares poorly in aggressive driving study

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:52:00 EDT

Gas, the website that tracks gas prices across the nation, has released a study that ranks the state with what it calls the most aggressive driving. 

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Albany police continue to look for paintball shooters

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:18:00 EDT

Albany police are still working to find those responsible for shooting two men with paintball guns over the weekend. 

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MCLB to hold full-scale exercise

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:35:00 EDT

The Marine Corps Logistics Base wants everyone to be aware of a full-scale exercise that will begin Tuesday.

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Former President George H.W. Bush in ICU at Houston hospital

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:52:00 EDT

Bush, 93, lost his wife Barbara just last week. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other president and first lady in history. 

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Waffle House hero starts GoFundMe for families of victims

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:09:00 EDT

James Shaw, Jr. said he's not a hero. But his actions are nothing short of remarkable.

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Atlanta attorney found guilty of murder in wife's shooting

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:27:00 EDT

Well-connected Atlanta attorney convicted by jury of murder in shooting death of wealthy business executive wife.

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CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:06:00 EDT

The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors.

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Cook Co. school collects 100+ lbs. of can tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:03:00 EDT

Cook County Primary School has collected over a hundred pounds of can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Ben Hill County joins opioid lawsuit

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:40:00 EDT

Ben Hill County is the latest Georgia county to join the massive lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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Litter cleanup in Dougherty, Lee counties "big success"

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:57:00 EDT

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful reports it had 2,349 volunteers who cleaned more than 100 miles of roadways during its cleanup weekend.

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Part of Radium Springs Road to close Thursday

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:41:00 EDT

Radium Springs Road in Albany will be closed later this week.

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Why did Dougherty Co. file a lawsuit against the GA Dept. of Community Health?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:42:00 EDT

The Dougherty County Commission filed a lawsuit in Fulton County court last week and on Monday, Chairman Chris Cohilas said it's a move to protect Dougherty County citizens.

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2 in custody after high speed chase on I-75 ends in Lenox

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:51:00 EDT

Two men are in custody after leading South Georgia law enforcement on a 38 mile chase up I-75 at speeds of up to 131 miles per hour Monday night.

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Full-time employees of Tyson chicken plant will be paid for time off for fire

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:56:00 EDT

Full-time employees for Tyson Chicken plant in Dawson will be paid for a full week of work for three weeks. 

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"Dysfunctional" partnership builds between Thomasville police, Thomas Co. DA's office

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:08:00 EDT

Letters exchanged between the Thomasville Police Department and the Thomas County District Attorney's Office detail a partnership that the district attorney's office is now calling "dysfunctional."

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Downtown Albany bustling with events over the weekend

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:51:00 EDT

Downtown Albany was bustling over the weekend with multiple events.   

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Man walks away from crash unharmed after truck flips

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:36:00 EDT

A pickup truck flipped on Goldenrod Road trying to avoid a dog during the rainstorm Monday afternoon.

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Georgia gas prices highest since Hurricane Harvey

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:30:00 EDT

Gas prices are the highest they have been in Georgia since Hurricane Harvey hit last year. 

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Thomasville City schools get AVID about changing education

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:02:00 EDT

The Thomasville City School District plans to implement a new system next year to help prepare students for college and career paths.

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Groundbreaking to be held for new PCOM campus in Moultrie

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:19:00 EDT

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) released architectural renderings of the new campus in Moultrie.

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Douglas police continue to warn citizens about drag racing

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:40:00 EDT

The Douglas Police Department issued a warning to citizens about the consequences people can face for drag racing in the area. 

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Looking for a job in the Valdosta area? Find one at Thursday's job fair

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:02:00 EDT

The South Georgia Coalition for Employment is hosting a job fair this week in Valdosta.

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Report: Yeti cuts ties with NRA Foundation

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:50:00 EDT

USA Today reports that cooler-maker Yeti is no longer doing business with the NRA’s charitable arm, the NRA Foundation.

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Moultrie police search for burglary suspect

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:14:00 EDT

A burglary suspect is on the run and the Moultrie police department is asking for your help finding that person.

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AFD raises money to give 'Burns the Boot'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:04:00 EDT

The Albany Fire Department is raising funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. 

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2 head to Coney Island for national hot dog eating competition

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:28:00 EDT

A Georgia woman and an Illinois man came out on top in Valdosta on Sunday, qualifying to head to nationals for hot dog eating. 

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People raise money for Smarr-Smith Foundation by taking a test drive

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:07:00 EDT

People in Sumter County got behind the wheel to raise hundreds of dollars in support of law enforcement in their area.

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APD hosts Citizens Police Academy for Albany residents

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:32:00 EDT

Citizens in Dougherty County will be able to experience days in the life of different department officers in the county for 12 weeks starting May 1. 

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Thomasville to host public listening session for South Pinetree residents

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:24:00 EDT

The City of Thomasville is hosting a public listening session for residents along South Pinetree to come and give their thoughts on proposed improvements for the area.  

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Chehaw Massacre remembered on bicentennial anniversary

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:43:00 EDT

Historians say the Chehaw Native Americans were a friendly agriculture creek tribe that lived in South Georgia, who helped the early settlers that moved to Albany.

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Georgia counties celebrate 'Georgia Cities Week'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:12:00 EDT

Many counties will celebrate Georgia Cities Week starting Monday, April 23 through Saturday, April 28.  

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US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:02:00 EDT

US panel says a medicine made from the marijuana plant should be approved to treat severe epileptic seizures in children.

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Another inmate dies at Valdosta State Prison

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:07:00 EDT

The Georgia Department of Corrections announced Monday that an inmate at Valdosta State Prison has died. This is the second inmate to die at the facility in the last month. 

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Infant immunization week warns parents against deadly diseases

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:45:00 EDT

Every new mother wants her newborn baby to be healthy. Health departments across Southwest Georgia are urging parents to make sure they get their babies immunized.

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Gas prices continue to rise

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:41:00 EDT

The price at the pump continues to rise.  Gas prices have jumped nine cents in the last week.  

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Commissioner Jon Howard on East Albany's ongoing clean-up effort

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:11:00 EDT

A number of streets in Albany are much more appealing to the eye... thanks to 'Stash the Trash' volunteers who helped clean the city over the past few days.  Commissioner Jon Howard joined 'Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful' to help clean-up sites on seven blocks in East Albany. 

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Boat safety importance during spring and summer seasons

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:58:00 EDT

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has already seen two drowning deaths this year associated with boats on the lake. Now, they're working to keep those numbers down as boating season ramps up. 

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Georgia closer to becoming a hands-free driving state in coming days

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:38:00 EDT

     The state of Georgia is moving closer to being a hands-free driving state. That's according to Georgia lawmakers who have been working since January to put House Bill 673 into motion. 

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FIRST ALERT: Tornado watch extended for several South Georgia counties

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:05:00 EDT

Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for multiple counties in South Georgia, in effect until 12 a.m. (midnight).

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GSP investigates 2-car wreck in Albany Sunday

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:18:00 EDT

First responders went to the scene of a two-car wreck on South Slappey Boulevard at West Lincoln Avenue in Albany.

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Albany Fire officials investigate apartment fire

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:43:00 EDT

The call came in shortly after 9 p.m. for a structure fire in the 1000 block of Blakely Court.

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Pretoria Fields hosts family Earth day

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:47:00 EDT

A downtown Albany business invited families to celebrate Earth Day Sunday. Pretoria Fields Collective hosted an event where families got to do arts and crafts while enjoying a pint or two. 

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Albany-Dougherty community cleans up litter for 'Stash the Trash'

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 16:51:00 EDT

Hundreds of people participated in cleaning up around Albany and Dougherty County over the weekend. It was part of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful's Stash the Trash event.

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Victims of aggravated assault speak out

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:40:00 EDT

The Albany Police Department is looking into two aggravated assaults, involving paintball guns, both in the same night.  The first incident happened around 10:15 Saturday night, and the second was 10 minutes later. 

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Rivers Skate Park hosts Spring Skate Jam

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:40:00 EDT

A skateboarding tournament brought teams from Florida and Alabama to the Good Life City over the weekend. 

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Car drives into Albany duplex, driver flees

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:35:00 EDT

Albany Police responded to a duplex after a truck hit the building, taking out power for one side of the street.

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Family friend remembers Tifton shooting victim

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:50:00 EDT

A family friend of a Tifton woman who died after being shot multiple times this week speaks out about her life.  Our partners at the Tifton Gazette report it happened Tuesday at Rachel Jordan's home on Old Brookfield Road.

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Corn hole tournament to help revitalize downtown Pelham

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:55:00 EDT

A regional corn hole tournament is helping one Southwest Georgia city bring life and a new look to their downtown area.   The City of Pelham held the Southwest American Cornhole League (ACL) Regional tournament to raise funds to revitalize their downtown. =

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Pretoria Fields and local family work together to raise awareness for autism

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:39:00 EDT

The family of an adult struggling with Autism, is helping raise money to bring awareness to the disorder and other individuals with special needs in the Albany area. Pretoria Fields hosted an 'Anyone for Autism' Concert organized by Jimon Cutliff and his family.  

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Southern Soul Music Festival doubles attendees from last year

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:31:00 EDT

Hundreds filled the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds Saturday, for a night of music and dance.  Young Buck Entertainment hosted its 2nd annual Southern Soul Music Festival.  

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Casting Crowns brings largest turnout to Albany Civic Center in awhile

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:21:00 EDT

A world renowned Christian music group brought huge crowds to the Albany Civic Center tonight. More than 3,000 people went to the Casting Crowns concert. It marks the biggest turnout the Albany Civic Center has seen in quite sometime.

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South Georgia group aims to stop underage drinking

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:44:00 EDT

An Albany nonprofit is working to address underage drinking.  South Georgia Starz Academy has gotten a mental block grant, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration or SAMHSA.  

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Art museum brings out local families

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:20:00 EDT

For almost 10 years the Albany Museum of Art has encouraged families to explore their creative side.  Saturday was no different.

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Groundbreaking for Lee Co veteran home

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:12:00 EDT

A South Georgia veteran's family will soon move into a new home, thanks to the hard work of volunteers.  The Flint Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a lot today in Lee County for the family of a veteran. 

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Americus home damaged by fire

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:53:00 EDT

The Americus Fire Department battled a massive house fire early Friday morning.

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Crisp Regional withdraws opposition to proposed LCMC

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:35:00 EDT

Crisp Regional Health Services has withdrawn its opposition to the proposed Lee County Medical Center. The hospital was the only approved group to oppose the Certificate of Need (CON).

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Southwest sends apology, $5K, to passengers on damaged jet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:33:00 EDT

Southwest offers apology and compensation to passengers involved in emergency landing incident.

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Woman killed in Tifton shooting

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:47:00 EDT

A Tifton woman is dead and her suspected killer is in critical condition after a shooting on Tuesday.

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Family health care center opens in Lenox

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:40:00 EDT

A community in Lenox, Georgia just received its first family health care facility.

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Cook Co. deputy recovers from first, second-degree burns

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:31:00 EDT

A Cook County deputy is recovering from first and second-degree burns to his face and arms. 

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Last day to register to vote is fast approaching

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:20:00 EDT

The May 22 Primary Elections are quickly approaching. 

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APD arrests 55 in violent crime operation

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:21:00 EDT

Multiple law enforcement agencies have made more than four dozen arrests across Albany this week.

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'The Little Mermaid' swims into Albany for weekend performances

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:14:00 EDT

On Friday night, curtains will open for a popular Disney musical in downtown Albany.

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1 arrested after Lowndes Co. investigators find drugs, money during search

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:58:00 EDT

A search warrant at a Lowndes County home led to an arrest and the seizure of several drugs and thousands of dollars.

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2 deputies killed at FL restaurant in apparent ambush

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:40:00 EDT

The deputies were identified as Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey. 

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Smarr-Smith Foundation partners with dealership for test-drive fundraiser

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:55:00 EDT

The Smarr-Smith Foundation has teamed up with Sunbelt Ford of Americus to raise money for the foundation.

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Public hearing held for Moultrie CHIP grant

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:14:00 EDT

The City of Moultrie is holding a public hearing next week for residents to discuss the use of its CHIP grant.

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Rolled ice cream shop opens in Thomasville

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:28:00 EDT

A new ice cream shop has rolled into Thomasville. Kreamkles Rolled Ice Cream had its grand opening Thursday. 

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Man hospitalized after being struck by vehicle

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:09:00 EDT

A man is in hospital after being struck by a vehicle Friday morning in Albany. 

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'Stash the Trash' event kicks off cleaning downtown

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:28:00 EDT

More than 100 Albany-Dougherty City and County workers are out cleaning the streets, hoping to make Albany more beautiful.  

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Semi overturned at Mock and Hwy 133

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:34:00 EDT

Officials are working to clear an overturned semi-truck. The scene is near the intersection of South Mock Road and Highway 133. 

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Moultrie family diving well impacts lives in South GA, nationwide

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:46:00 EDT

A small diving well that started on a family farm in Moultrie over 60 years ago is now known as a world-renowned tourist venue.

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Moultrie hometown BBQ sauce gets nationwide exposure

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:21:00 EDT

A national BBQ sauce was developed in Moultrie in the 70's and it began with two neighbors making a liquor exchange for a small batch of sauce. 

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YMCA brings fitness center to downtown Moultrie square

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:52:00 EDT

It's not every day you find a fitness center in a downtown area in Southwest Georgia. 

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Moultrie BBQ competitors cook for more than the competition

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 18:40:00 EDT

Andrew Bass and Ronald Benson know that the Backyard BBQ competition draws professionals, people who barbecue all day, every day. 

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Moultrie police to increase personnel for Spring Fling & Backyard BBQ

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 13:48:00 EDT

Organizers of the Spring Fling & Backyard BBQ said people from all over the country come to Southwest Georgia for the event.

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