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WALB News Archives, July, 2008

Tuesday 7/1/2008

10 Country: Caelan's Band of Bookworms

Albany native qualifies for U.S. Olympic track team

Albany woman celebrates her 103rd birthday

"Baby flying" lands teen behind bars

Bandana bandit strikes again

Campaign contributions given to 3 Dougherty School Board Members

Candidate says service record not politics

Chehaw continues to receive city funding

City gets a taste of "Fireproof"

Drunk-driving laws are now tougher

Fire Department can't bill insurance companies

From drug dealing to serious talk

House ruined for its copper

Kingston gives D. C. report

Look out for yet another scam

Lowndes schools targeted by copper thieves

Moultrie man killed after running from deputies

New financial aid options but fewer college graduates

New gun law takes effect

Palmyra to enter baby business

Police nix reports that SC teen was retrieving hat

Pruitt ready for his chance to lead VSU offense

Ruling halts construction of Longleaf Energy Plant

Rynders not running for State Senate

South Georgia mayor's son arrested

Two more E-coli cases confirmed

Unlikely pairs bond over gardening

WALB's Most Wanted receives honor

Woman's murder unsolved after 7 years





Wednesday 7/2/2008

8th man pleads guilty in multi-county indoor marijuana operation

Albany gears up for fireworks

Baker man pleads guilty to child molestation

Bank robbers still at large

Care Home celebrates the 4th early

Copper thieves do $500,000 damage to warehouse

DA says Echols triple shooting justified

E Coli source still undetermined

Echols triple shooting case closed

Felton looking to future with UGA hoops

Georgia man released by Colombian rebels

Georgia's voter rolls swell

Hatcher settling in in second season at Georgia Southern

Hostage freed after five years

J.D. Drew wins player of month honors

Lee County man uses horse power to run errands

MCLB civilian workers return home from Iraq

Reed Bingham prepares for 4th festivities

Roberts hopes to become Senator

South Jefferson is passable again

Sylvester Woman Charged With Molestation

Transplant patient celebrates birthday

Why would teen post shocking video?







Thursday 7/3/2008

23 deaths predicted on Georgia roads

Additional charges filed against rape suspect

Bikes save gas, but pose other dangers

Dollar General robbed at gunpoint

Fundraiser to benefit Quitman woman in need of a transplant

Health Officials pinpoint Moultrie E-Coli source

Holiday safety on Georgia roads

Investigators Search for Meigs Bank Robber

Law enforcers form copper theft task force

Lowndes library struggles to stay a float

Man Shot Thursday Night in East Albany

Masons serve the elderly

MCLB celebrates the 4th on the 3rd

New company offers fixed prices to fill up

New offense catching on for Tech

Peak season for Watermelon

Police sponsor blood drive to honor injured officer

Teacher knew to blow whistle after seeing video

YouTube baby's mom talks to Dawn Hobby




Friday 7/4/2008

4th Festivities for Lowndes County

Armed robbery captured on camera

Be safe on the waters this fourth of July

Beef could be source of E-coli scare

Coffee murder suspect arrested again

Crowd celebrates 4th with Wild Adventures

Five Democrat candidates challenge Senator Chambliss

Golden receives lifetime achievement award

Southern style 4th of July

Tifton police need your help to find a killer



Saturday 7/5/2008

"Bandana Bandit" robs Albany Cracker Barrel

Lowndes teen dies in motorcycle crash

New cars damaged in fierce flames

Police investigate East Albany robbery

Storms wreak havoc in Albany

Sylvester teen dies in car accident

Teen dies on Worth County Highway

Tifton police needs more info of Wednesday shooting



Sunday 7/6/2008

Albany police investigate holiday shootings

Lightning kills Georgia teen in Colorado

Man in Albany is dead after setting himself on fire

When lightning strikes go inside






Monday 7/7/2008

Bill would provide funding for hydrilla control

Carter named as Lowndes County interim fire chief

Commission comes out for Searles

Driskell wants to be Dougherty District Attorney

'Flying Baby' camera man faces charges, too

Food Bank and agencies struggle to fulfill need

Georgia has talented but not much tailback experience

Get Outdoors Georgia

Girls organization hears from female candidates

Immolation leads to counseling offer

Moultrie golfer qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur

New gas record, maximize your fuel efficiency

Paramedics added to Highway 82 station

Phoebe responds to lawsuit

Restaurant closed, but no E. coli source named

Riverwalk Trail to expand in front of Thronateeska

Search for bandana bandit continues

Search for salmonella source continues

Trial begins for Clinch County judge

Vote now for next week's election

Wheels turn in judge's trial

Widner sentence should not have been reinstated




Tuesday 7/8/2008

10 Country: Donell Hates Mosquitoes

A home of their own

A trunk full of shoes

Ag Expo preview brings in millions

Appeal: Sex offender law criminalizes homelessness

Brave Deputy Stops Reckless Driver

Child support payers have a chance to settle

Could Valdosta be named Title Town USA?

Could Valdosta be named Title Town?

Dougherty District Attorney candidates face off

Expo manager passes torch to his son

Field day helps farmers conserve water and fuel

From scooter rider to salesman?

Ga. court overturns sentence review panels

GBI searching for clues in 28 year-old murder of Moody airman

Health Department issues News Release on E. Coli

Hospital like lab to benefit nursing students

Lee County Road Extension Project Kicks-Off

Lee County's "biggest cocaine dealer" off the streets

New law enforcement gear comes to So. Georgia

Officials close in on a cause for E-coli

Police: Daughter slain after she rejects union

Power lines snarled by truck

Sylvester PD warns citizens about scam

The Cost of Trucking

Trial for Judge Peterson reveals new details on FBI probe

Valdosta police search for fast food bandits

Where is Brandi?

Wildcats want White Out

YouTube teen held in RYDC






Wednesday 7/9/2008

ACF stakeholders discuss problems

Chamber hosts annual military appreciation breakfast

Courthouse Square Campaigning

Dougherty School zone changes

H-I-V inmate found guilty but mentally incompetent in trial

High school football is the foundation for Valdosta's championship tradition

Injured deputy speaks out

Kids Cool-Off at RiverFront Park Fountains

Mitchell County coaching search continues

Police, businesses vigilant of Bandana Bandit

PPMH raises fees

Safety board: signs factor in Atlanta bus crash

Three Albany gang members plead guilty

Water Councils forming around Georgia




Thursday 7/9/2008

Airlines ask customer help to curb oil speculation

City to fight gangs with task force

Edwards endorsed by former County Commissioners

Hooking kids on the game of golf

Hurricane Bertha could strengthen in coming days

Interstate wreck blocks traffic

Is Bandana Bandit behind bars?

Judge Peterson takes the stand in extortion trial

Moss Farms hosts zone diving

Officer, wife faces charges after altercation

One Tank Trips

Shots fired on Skylane

Sims runs on education platform

South GA E-Coli source confirmed

SWAT Commander steps down

Valdosta police search for fast food gunmen

Would more competition slow PPMH hikes?







Friday 7/11/2008

An interesting Terrell County sheriff's race

Armed robber escapes on foot

Bandana Bandit confesses to multiple armed robberies

Bandana bandit confesses to ten armed robberies

E. Coli victim's family speaks out

Early voting draws good numbers

Food for Thought- July 3 - July 9, 2008

Man charged with abuse of his elderly mother

Moss Farms qualifies three more divers to Junior Nationals

Peterson verdict expected Monday

Thomasville baseball star headed to All-Star game

Wildcats looking to play better than O.K.



Saturday 7/12/2008

Community steps in to end blood shortage

Mission trip from the HEART

NFL players hold football camp at Monroe

One dead in Mitchell plane crash

Wildcats fence in Yard Dawgz 55-34



Sunday 7/13/2008

Colquitt County gymnast attracting college attention

Final leg to Tuesday's primary election

Thieves get away with stove

Tiny therapists help wounded soldiers

Who will be Dougherty's next coroner?

Wildcats in the driver's seat




Monday 7/14/2008

ABAC drops basketball

Clerk of Court race heats up

Clinch judge found guilty on two charges

County may work out drug discount

Dougherty School Board approves major project and millage

Driver in fiery crash not hurt

Druggist discovers scam

E-coli cases slow in Moultrie

Insurance plan to be decided...

Is Albany area's commercial growth slowing?

Jones campaigns on Saxby's turf

Judge Peterson guilty of perjury, false statement

McQuaig leads at Albany Junior Open

Mediacom is raising rates again

Millage tinkering won't make much difference

More shoppers clip coupons to save

Nice new cars up in smoke

South Georgia crops benefit from recent rains

Special Olympic chances now greater

Temperatures and car thefts up

Voter Turnout could top 60%

Water was good all along

Wildcats bowl for strikes with NFL receiver




Tuesday 7/15/2008

10 Country: Norma's Horse-Sized Heart

City to set millage rate

Civil Rights Digital Library on web

Dougherty County voters head to the polls

Enrollment up at tech school

Fire destroys Lee County home

Ga. Senate, congressional races up for grabs

GPS thefts on rise at Albany motels

Greg Edwards is Dougherty's District Attorney

High asphalt prices affect roadways

Inbounds Gymnastics ahead of the curve

McQuaig holds on to win Albany Junior Open

New gun laws creates controversy at airports

No exclusive contracts for city of Albany

OK likely for motocross facility

President lifts ban on off-shore drilling

Rising costs lead to loss of basketball at ABAC

Simms takes Georgia's Senate District 12 seat

Studio runs afoul of Codemen

Teenager receives threatening letter

Voters don't seem all that excited

Westover road alternate plan

Women's shelter in the works in Thomasville

Young faces greet voters as they cast ballots





Wednesday 7/16/2008

ABAC student says chemistry goes away with the basketball

Albany all-star team makes state finals

Albany business owners frightened by violent crimes

Be prepared to slow down on I-75

Burglars hit South Georgia storage units

Candidates qualify for GA Senate 13 seat

Cleaning up "Mercky" water

Dewey ready to take office

Dougherty Schools Transportation Director Quits

Downtown manager and wife face misdemeanor charges

Echols County consolidates Governments

Feel like getting away?

Hispanic Population Growth

Hola! Reaching out to Hispanics

Just what the doctor ordered: Camp Joy

Little girl bit by pit bull

Merchants notice Hispanic trade

New hotel ups Albany's room capacity

Posey makes it a sweep of college baseball's top awards

Runoff races will be held August 5th

South Georgia voters chose change

Sumter County murder trial begins

Threats land Bainbridge man in jail

Three votes could decide Tift County political race

Trial date set for Clinch County Sheriff

Two killed in morning wreck

Valdosta proud for their All-Star MVP

Violent armed robbery at Shoe Depot, store owner attacked

Wildcats can clinch another playoff goal at Peoria





Thursday 7/17/2008

Another candidate added to Senate District 13 ballot

Another Dougherty County business victim of copper theft

Berrien wants to be 'Work Ready'

Candidates qualify for GA Senate 13 seat

Day care registration revoked

Dollars can stretch at 'dollar stores'

Economic woes hitting home in GA

Film & TV star visits Arlington

Georgia joins list of outbreak states, CDC says

Literacy program hope to improve community

New Lee sheriff considers policy, personnel

One Tank Trip: Lake Blackshear

Quitman Co. election called into question

Rush Propst leads 7 on 7 passing camp

Saving money shopping at dollar stores

South Georgia town preserves its history

Transit center public hearings

Two Wildcats headed to SEC schools after their high school days are over

Valdosta Chamber salutes 'Big Thinking'

Vernon Jones Visit

YouTube teens held in RYDC




Friday 7/18/2008

Americus hosts football camp

Blitch appears in Macon Federal Court

Development pushes more wildlife into private properties

Dog owner loses dog, pays fine

Fallen soldier to be honored

Fullback Nate Finlay visits Wildcats Corner

Georgia Ranks 8th in Obesity List

Getting to work economically

High fuel costs top priority for farmers

Judge Brooks Blitch, three others indicted

Looks like it's going to be a good harvest

'Mater 'clearance' may be too late for many farmers

MCLB holds sabre ceremony

Memory Walk raises money for Alzheimer's

Moultrie restaurant continues E-coli clean up

Phoebe Putney CT Scanner

Posey humbled by all of his postseason honors

Produce seller robbed, slapped

Project Lifesaver

$ave money staying in town

Scouts are even more prepared

Some voters confused by primary

Take Trooper Test at tech schools

Wildcats' Young is an old school arena player




Saturday 7/19/2008

Albany All-Star team wins Dixie Youth state baseball title

Albany teen arrested for child molestation

Car drives thru Albany grocery

Moultrie remembers a fallen soldier

Wildcats escape Pirate's den with an important road win

Worth County firefighter trainees test their skills



Sunday 7/20/2008

Albany police investigate shooting

Arrests made in Newton armed robbery

Back to school sales are here

Blevins love of football leads to a kick of a job

Chase through two counties ends with one man dead

Dry conditions fuel fires

Jackets lineman says pieces in place for triple option offense

Late night fire destroys Mitchell home

Mt. Zion breaks ground at new location

Regular gas is under $4 again




Monday 7/21/2008

Albany fugitive arrested

Albany Tech gets two million dollars to help struggling students

Barber hopes to be next Clinch County Sheriff

Clinch Commission Chair race heats up

County approves prescription drug card plan

Embattled sheriff removed from office

Fast-moving storm leaves a mark

Georgia facing a shortage of family doctors

HIV cases on the rise in the South

Lee School leaders pass budget, update new school status

Minimum wage rises, so does business cost

Moultrie family files suit over e-coli tainted meat

Quick storms uproot trees

Sex offender flees

State rallies behind Valdosta in Title Town race

Suttons, Bessonette appear in federal court

Valdosta police search for armed robbers

Wildcats coming home for the playoffs




Tuesday 7/22/2008

10 Country: Bobby's Stress Hook

APD officers pursue active shooter

Bad economy = increased crime?

Bush to visit Georgia

County legal response blames victim?

Double-fatal chase wreck wasn't first involving officer

Gas prices drive up online class enrollment

Georgia schools go through budget cuts

Georgia Southwestern expects good news from NCAA

Hundreds of abandoned bikes end up at PD

Man questioned in Hit-and-run

MCLB sends half a dozen to Iraq

New Study questions Breast Self-Exams

Now crooks strip appliances?

Rain causes flooding problems in Albany

Robots help in surgery

Rookie mistake sign of APD growing pains

Teen, mother injured in early morning wreck

Valdosta chamber awarded 5-star accreditation

Valdosta Police fight false crimes

ViewPoint: What's Congress waiting on?

Wildcats ready for division showdown at Huntsville




Wednesday 7/23/2008

17-year-old killed inside East Albany home

2 arrested with meth ingredients

Afternoon storms leave thousands without power

Albany Physician recognized for exemplary work

Another fast food robbery in Valdosta

Armed men pull off Randolph Co. robbery

Camp teaches diabetes patients confidence

Clinch judge wants charges dropped or new trial

Colquitt County Administrator resigns

Father saves children from burning home

Lowndes Co. hosts Georgia sheriffs

Mary Simon Moncrief

Mosquitoes invade South Georgia

Mrs. Rosa Margaret (Maggie) Dixon Ross

Pot has enemies in high places

Property damaged during an eviction at the wrong house

Public Works prepares for more afternoon storms

Remerton's water is about to improve

Vandals destroy statue in Enigma




Thursday 7/24/2008

Afternoon fire destroys home

Americus GBI investigates Macon County murder

APD: Guns+Youth = Problems

Child-porn indictment handed down

Counties collaborate on pre-k classes

Former ABAC hoops star having fun in MVC

Georgia ready for SEC bullseye

Georgia smokers can pick up the phone to quit

Governor Perdue: Vote Valdosta Title Town

HIV positive man sentenced to 20 years for biting attempt

Kentucky man pedals his way to Americus to benefit The Fuller Center

Lee County businesses give back

Lee County eight year old's transplant fails

McClain sworn in as new Superior Court Judge

Museum collecting phones for soldiers

Renters Aren't Getting Insured

Robert's Rant: College Football Crystal Ball

Silent auction benefits Easton Blanchard

Southwest Georgia's unemployment rate rises in June

Sylvester woman facing molestation charges is denied bond

Teen indicted for brutal beating death of child

Teen thanks nurses who aided his recovery

Teen's death becomes Albany's 7th homicide this year

Tifton family disappointed at military funeral

Wanted: old soles

Where is Travis Billings?



 Friday 7/25/2008

Albany conference attracts women from all over region

Albany State picked to repeat second place finish in the SIAC

Andrico HInes visits Wildcats Corner

APD makes hit-and-run arrest

Average airfares are up from last year

Baker's former sheriff tries to make a comeback

Berrien deputies to get dash-cams

Cancer needs strain blood supply

Citizens want cleaner rivers

Early detection can prevent kidney disease

Food for Thought- Restaurant Inspections - July 17- July 23, 2008

Georgians vulnerable to high gas prices

Hit and run case still unsolved

Is Albany in a housing slump?

Kids on the move in Albany

More e-coli lawsuit expected

New York man drowned in hotel pool

Norman's British Open play gives boost to MacGregor

Restaurant owners indicted

Self exam seen as a lifesaver

Should all elections be partisan?

Small businesses like Thomasville

Two remain in Democrat Lowndes sheriff race

USA volleyball star teaches at Lee County camp




 Saturday 7/26/2008

APD's restructured districts are working

Bogus bill turns up in Albany

Doris Faye Thompson Chelmer

More than 14,000 children in GA need homes

Police and community collaborate to stop crime

Poulan fire guts home

Thieves steal new car off lot in broad daylight


 Sunday 7/27/2008

6 year old excels in motocross

Albany church surprises missionary with new car

Albany hair salon burglarized

Albany teenager recovers from hit and run

Car drives through convenience store

Donation helps keep Albany youth healthy

Lee County Football camp a big success

Lee County Sharks headed to Nationals

Most burglaries are preventable

South Georgia wins the South Division title

Wildcats feel confident headed into playoffs



Monday 7/28/2008

Advance voting begins in Ga. runoff

Albany Early College students receive orientation

Back to the gridiron

Billings booked in Dougherty jail

Burglar told police he owned the place

Business owner indicted for counterfeit sales

Businesses preparing for Thursday's sales tax holiday

Call her Commander Lewis

County Public Works goes to four day work week

Donalsonville's the place to find cheap gas

Dougherty employees are getting Hooked on Health

Early voting underway

East Albany grocery store robbed

Fake checks cause a scam alert

From worst to first in two years for Wildcats

Georgia's business climate ranks high

Lakeland man killed in robbery

Legal battle over Baker County Sheriff continues

Masked gunman gets away on foot

One more honor for Posey

Online banking continues to grow

Pumps clear sewage from Sumter Jail and CI

Rainfall Gauge

School supplements frozen

Sumter County in need of doctors

Teen found dead at apartment complex

Valdosta crowned title town USA!





Tuesday 7/29/2008

10 Country: Henry's Odd Legacy

Civilian Marines return home from Iraq

CRCT scores better the second time around

Day care operator surrenders registration

Donation helps fight Valdosta drop outs

Drowning is accidental, while pool laws are scarce

Fifteen MCLB civilian employees return home

Florida man arrested for shooting thief suspect

Gas price parks pick-ups

Is my money safe?

Jail escapee recaptured

Local hospital wins leadership award

State Insurance Commissioner investigates breach

Theft suspect shot outside Albany motel

Tifton conference informs farmers

Valdosta police set new standards

Virginia fugitive caught in Berrien County

When can you use deadly force?

Whigham man arrested for molestation




Wednesday 7/30/2008

Bond set for shooting suspect

Closing loopholes in Sumter Co. dress code

Drag racing causes fatal accident

Georgia's gun laws considered middle of the road

Georgians react to BCBS mixup

International players choose Darton

Jaywalk downtown and you'll get a ticket

Jones campaigns in Albany

Nearly 40 Nurses Will Soon Enter Workforce

Quitman celebrates 150 years

School bus routes changed to save money

Store clerk shot and killed in Lowndes County

Teacher's pay raise may be at risk

Tifton woman in serious condition after stabbing

Title Town provides economic boost

Underwood out of jail on bond

United Way gives away school supplies

Vigilante justice could be a result of stress

Who will be the next sheriff for Worth County?



Thursday 7/31/2008

1 Tank Trip: RiverQuarium

After 38 years of service, MCLB civilian retires

Ag company gives technology preview

Authorities want help finding copper crook

Blazers ready to get to work

City of Ashburn saves money with propane

Coke suspect wanted in Nashville

DCP makes sketch of accused robber

Ethanol plant workers to get tech training

Fatal crash in Ware County

Fifth Valdosta fast food restaurant robbed

Folsom, Daughtrey want to be Cook County Sheriff

Getting hooked on health

Lowndes County deputies search for killer

Lowndes killer captured in Florida

Man attacked while walking down street

Motorcyclist killed on East Broad

Police say they know who killed clerk

Practicing in the summer heat

Shot man known to law enforcement

Sign worker dies in fall

Stackhouse wins Georgia Women's Amateur

Tax Free Shopping starts

Theft victim understands the need for vigilante justice

Turner County Sheriffs are last minute campaigning

Vicious dog attacks in Tift County

Wildcats relying on playoff experience



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