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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
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By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
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Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
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Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.The Albany Housing Authority is still working on a plan that could bring up to 30-millionMore >>
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.More >>
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Five months after the mysterious murder of a Coffee County woman, people gathered Tuesday night in Douglas to remember her and to launch a community effort to make sure her case isn't forgotten. FriendsMore >>
People gather to bring attention to one of many unsolved murders of women in Coffee County.More >>
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Thousands of people came out to enjoy Ashburn's 15th Annual Fire Ant Festival. Organizers say the good weather may be one reason the crowd was so big this year.
"Last year we got rained out so I think this year people wanted to come out more than ever so I think we've had a great crowd and a great day," said Ashburn Chamber of Commerce President, Shelley Zorn.
Businesses, restaurants, and hotels saw a benefit from the swarms of people. All 54 rooms at the Best Western were booked.
"Every fourth weekend in March we're ready for it and it's usually real busy and we have to do a lot of planning for it," said Best Western Desk Clerk, Kate Garner.
Families brought out their children who enjoyed the giant ant, rides and sweets. It's rides like the mechanical bull that attract some people to Ashburn every year. More than 20,000 people are expected to walk through the streets this weekend. That's about five times the population of Ashburn which sits at 4,000.
It also sits well for Rarfran Poyraz who makes a living selling original gyros and sish kabobs at festivals around the nation.
"It's a very fantastic festival and I've heard good things about it," Rarfran said. "We enjoy our time here."
And so do the thousands of people who cruised the streets in downtown Ashburn. Organizers will plan for next years event starting Monday. The Theme will be "Viva La Fire Ant Festival" with Elvis and Las Vegas. This year's theme was NASCAR.