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WALB News Archives, February, 2009

Sunday 2/1/2009

"Fair Pay" bill signed into law

Darton beats Truett-McConnell

Eateries anxious for Super Sunday

Georgia sends linemen north

Man arrested after fleeing Worth deputies

Power bills to rise, seniors get help

Super Sunday will draw DUI checks



Monday 2/2/2009

Albany store owner turns table on thief

Army National Guard begins first phase of deployment

Arrest made in Brooks County animal cruelty case

Bainbridge store clerk robbed at gunpoint

Chehaw takes on personnel operations

County denies Riverquarium Request

Friday is 'Go Red for Women Day'

Georgia needs more trauma centers

Grady Co. Health Department closed until Thursday

High School Basketball Scoreboard: 1/31/09

Investigators search for Dooly County killer

Judge looks for alternative sentences, not just jail

Keaton honored by Peach Belt Conference

Keeping your resolutions may save your life

Lawmakers want private schools to be an option

Lifesavers recognized by commissioners

Phoebe eliminates positions

President Barack Obama calls for FDA review in wake of salmonella outbreak

Rams rebound on the road

Rochelle Police pursue a serial arsonist

Severe Weather Awareness Week begins February 1

Special Report: How the salmonella contamination got this big

Winter Coon Dog Classic even better than expected



Tuesday 2/3/2009

ADICA to issue bonds soon

Albany Police warn elderly to be suspicious of knocks on door

Albany will get $$$ from MEAG

Albany woman injured in home invasion

Brooks County students cope with loss of classmate

City commissioners ponder cell phone law

City interviews chief candidates

City leaders ask Public Works to inspect subdivision

Darton winning streak reaches seven

Demand surpasses available aid for heating bills

Dougherty supervisor sees problems for voter proposal

Ecstasy: A growing problem in Thomasville

FDA, GBI to probe peanut plant

Fresh Fit Start '09

GSW to retire first basketball jersey

Gun permits are popular these days

Habitat for Humanity co-founder dies

Habitat for Humanity founder dies

Isakson wants reward home buyers

More arrests are made in Valdosta drug ring

More tax filers anticipate quicker refund

Posey humbled by hometown honor

Rams swept at Clark

Resident advisor is arrested for arson at Valdosta State

Some Darton students upset over merger proposal

Stimulus package could add up to money for college students

Suspected Albany gun thief leaves his name and address

Utility trailers stolen in Dougherty and Lee County



Wednesday 2/4/2009

Ag Commissioner wants new division

Albany State signs seven for football

Albany Tech named Tree Campus USA

Albany Tech starts Habitat home project

Arson kills twelve-year-old Lakeland girl

Deadly Firebomb in South Georgia

Fatal wreck on Highway 82 near Worth - Dougherty Line

GSW retires #42

"IRS" email is just another scam

Habitat founder buried at Koinonia Farms

Jury acquits, though defendant confessed

Lifesavers recognized by commissioners

PCA calls reports on Blakely plant misleading

Phoebe Bridge complete

Phoebe moves ahead in Americus

Phoebe Putney surpasses heart-care goal

Reid picks FSU

South Georgia Athletic scholarship signings, 2009

STAR student from Dougherty County named

Sylvester man charged with kidnapping

Terrell Sheriff, Commissioners feud over new jail

Woman needs your help finding brothers



Thursday 2/5/2009

38 cows killed in Bainbridge crash

Berrien defensive star signs with Mars Hill

Cairo Timken plant layoffs

Cold vagrants blamed for fire loss

Colquitt County couple charged with attempted murder

Darton breaks ground for new nursing building

Darton softball opens with great start

Deaf teenager killed by train

Don't cash that unexpected check

Environmentalists, foresters stress importance of prescribed burns

Fatal wreck on Highway 82 near Worth - Dougherty Line

Finding shelter during Georgia's deep freeze

Firefighters probe cause of Albany house fire

Group wants MEAG money to help elderly, poor

Is HOPE $ in jeopardy?

Marine Base conducts anti-terror drill

PCA cut off from federal contracts

Promotional Codes

Rams split at Stillman

Rams still working the recruiting trail

Salmonella gets Washington's attention

Suspected drug dealers arrested

Tax refunds a shot in the arm to car dealers

Thomas Co. wreck kills Grady Co. man

Tift soccer star signs with Lander

Titans shoot down Jets

Train hits, kills deaf Bainbridge teen

Turtles race to raise funds for Flint RiverQuarium

Two young girls safe after Tuesday night kidnapping

Valdosta State reloads with 37 players on signing day

Viewpoint: Let's support local business and industry

VSU coach pleased with signing class

VSU player will tee it up on the Nationwide Tour this spring

Will furloughs impact University system?

Windows blasted in drive-bys



Friday 2/6/2009

Lions maul Blazers

Get Help to Weatherize Your Home

Promotional codes will save you money

Faith-based charities have friends in Washington

Lee County wrestler begins bid for state this weekend

Celebrating nine decades of 'Doing the Most Good'

Despite the recession, Thomasville company thrives

Cash register thief caught on video

Heavy smoke hangs over South Georgia

GBI won't seek criminal investigation into PCA plant

Billing problems leave some with no water

Family returns to fire-bombed house

More Scams being seen in South Georgia

No state charges ahead for PCA

Wanted woman takes officers on high speed chase

Valdosta prays for the homeless

Thomasville veteran ends his struggle with PTSD

TCCH hosts a very special dance

FDA says PCA peanut plant in Blakely knowingly shipped tainted products

Darton teams have big day on diamond

Monroe knocks off Westover




Saturday 2/7/2009

Patriots win second area wrestling title

A storybook evening for dads and daughters

Georgia Master Gardeners in Southwest Georgia for annual conference

Chehaw's American Bald Eagle laid an egg

Store manager seeing more shoplifters

Man injured in Worth fire

Albany man held up at gunpoint

Empty Albany business goes up in flames

Salvation Army celebrations continue

Runners race for finish at MCLB

Young Lee County wrestling team takes second in area

Patriots sweep Indians and Eagles and Trojans split at Dougherty

Hurricanes swept by Patriots

Blazers beat Wolves at buzzer

Rams lose third straight
Darton softball remains undefeated




Sunday 2/8/2009

A sesquicentennial Celebration

Halo Tournament draws a crowd

Adel man drowns in Berrien County

Worth fire victim in Augusta

90 year celebration for Salvation Army ends in prayer

Vagrants may have ignited Cab Stand fire

Albany bike riders sit in luxury

VSU tennis teams pass early season test

Blazers rally to split twinbill



Monday 2/9/2009

Atlanta man arrested at Albany motel in Internet Sex sting

Balfour Pole Co. stays busy after ice storm

Burn victim released

Cab Stand Fire investigation finds no bodies

City leaders get strategic update from department heads

County would face $1M shortfall

East Albany Walmart delayed

Farm Commodities recovery on schedule after fire

FBI assists FDA in Peanut butter case

Georgia fire danger level: HIGH

GISA Region Basketball Tournaments

Grady county $90,000 Marijuana Bust

Lady Rams softball splits home opener

Medical Tower II unveiled at Phoebe Putney Hospital

Norman Park shoot-out suspect pleads guilty

Peanut plant sealed by Feds

Peanut warehouse moves forward after fire

Rams baseball sweeps home opener

Rams sign three from Turner County

Red Lobster workers cope with co-worker's death

Roll-over accident in Lee County

Salmonella Outbreak prompts panel to consider food safety changes

Save or spend during a recession?

SMITH/Northview Hospital introduces Telemedicine

Southside Middle School makes history

State high court sides with Oxford

Teacher of the Year finalists

Valdosta State tennis teams going for national sweep

VSU tennis teams thinking championship sweep




Tuesday 2/10/2009
Ambiguous resale law goes into effect

City and county leaders have a stimulus wish list

Cook High names Thompson

Dillon Candy Company recalls Peanut Rolls

Dougherty County Police Officer runs down burglary suspects

Economy makes tech schools very attractive

Excavation cuts power to Westover High School

Fire destroys two Albany homes, elderly woman killed

First fire death of 2009 claims elderly lady

Food Bank destroys potentially contaminated food

Freshman QBs will get look at VSU this summer

How do you know recalled items aren't on your shelf?

Lady Cavs remain unbeaten in GJCAA play

Law enforcers learn how to better protect children

Marine Installations Commander tours MCLB

More lawsuits filed against Blakely peanut plant

New local businesses steady, but spending down

Nursing home reacts to stomach virus

Prescribed burns, making it harder to breathe

Ray City firefighters get life-saving equipment

Save or spend during a recession?

Some tell Cupid to take a hike

Stolen guns buried by thieves

Tift seniors court governor over budget

Wilcox County mourn teens death


Thursday 2/12/2009

Accused kidnapper makes first court appearance

AHS holds realistic disaster drill

Albany boys are taking country by storm

Albany's oldest bridge closed by DOT

Argument escalates into stabbing

Blazers sweep Chargers

Broad Avenue bridge closed...

Brooks County High holds career fair for community

Brush fire claims old bowling alley

Can you help Albany police catch this Habitat Re-Store burglar?

Dougherty now a certified 'Work Ready Community'

East Albany plant announces 20 layoffs

Ellaville woman electrocuted

Frequently Asked Questions, from McCowan Surgical Associates

GPS device saves Albany woman's life

Kidnapping suspect arraigned

Logistics Command gets a makeover

Mediacom outage leaves 85,000 without Internet service

More arrests made in firearm thefts

NAACP celebrates the century mark

Nurse education up for change

Bishop has harsh words for the FDA over Salmonella outbreak

Residential Mortgage Lending... and More

Sellers pleaded guilty

State lawmakers want to regulate school boards

Valdosta maintains low unemployment

Valdosta Tech students aim for the GOAL

Van rear-ends Semi, side-swipes school bus




Friday 2/13/2009
3rd Annual Black Heritage Festival: Celebrate change

Albany State grabs overtime win over Morehouse

Deputies tipped off to "pot bunker"

Dougherty and Lee County Officers of the Year

Engineers: Use left turn lane!

Fitter Jack Posey ready to help FSU baseball team in 2009

Florida man dies after being tasered in Thomas County

Food for Thought Restaurant Inspections February 5 - February 11, 2009

Former Sheriff warns people to guard against crime

GBI takes over officer-involved death case

Georgia House of Representative could hold up truck seatbelt law

Health checked for free

Lakeland honors arson victim

Leaders question if Broad Avenue bridge is worth fixing

Lee County girls advance to 1-AAAA tournament

MCLB Band marches in the Big Easy

Oglethorpe Bridge now Downtown Albany's only river crossing

Paramedics bring cheer to pediatrics

PCA files for bankruptcy protection

South Georgia woman honors president with an Obama Quilt

State Sen. urges congress to build more reservoirs in GA

Westover boys have to forfeit top seed

Winning only stat that matters for ASU's Trice

Would you like to own your own home?

Young scientists show off their knowledge on Friday


Saturday 2/14/2009
Knights and Panthers sweep region titles

Meth's hidden cost is high

Fire destroys vacant Albany home

Wounded Crisp firefighter returns home

Wounded servicemen hunt Calhoun's plantations


Sunday 2/15/2009
A day for the young at heart

Albany State splits with Fort Valley State

Booming business this Valentines

9 in a row for Darton

GSW splits with USC Aiken

Albanians spent A Night in Venice

APD looks for flasher

Woman held up at an Albany intersection

South Georgians trade gold for cash

Police search for purse snatcher

Baker County church celebrates black history

Coffee County woman finds brothers

Georgians weigh in on stimulus plan

Hansen headed to VSU Hall of Fame



Monday 2/16/2009
Carter weighs in on Obama's stimulus bill

Commission hears complaint against coroner

Commissioners could carpool to future conventions

Deerfield-Windsor not looking ahead

Domestic violence on the rise, economy could be to blame

Economic downturn can cause depression

Family asks for fence between park and Flint River

Fight at skating rink sends a teen to the hospital

Former director of Albany Outreach arrested for theft

Grandma Scam making a comeback

Microchip dogs re-uniting with owner

MySpace helps find missing children

NComputing gives more students access to technology

Salmonella outbreak causes dip in PB sales

Sheriff still recovers 8 years after being shot

Transporter could help breast cancer cells commit suicide

Valdosta/Lowndes buck trends with another new business

WALB-TV to continue analog broadcast

Will blue-law vote go before the public?



 Tuesday 2/17/2009

Albany businesses get star treatment

Albany man warns of e-mail scam

Albany Police issue warrants in cold case

Albany tax preparer arrested

Albany training center off to a fiery start

APD gets information on 15-year-old case

ASU softball splits with Brewton Parker

Busy first quarter for Albany Civic Center

Carters concerned about peanut farmers

Clergy members trained as guidance counselors

Commissioners like the banishment option

David Snell will lead Fuller Center for Housing

Few new teachers needed after cuts

Five arrested in Grady county meth bust

Florida man who died after deputies tased him, GBI says was in car wreck a week before

Lee Chamber honors STAR student, teacher

Money can break more than just your budgets

Phony checks look like M&M Mars'

Property owners, code enforcement address vagrancy concerns

Public Defenders await High Court ruling

Rachel Terhune: I made it!

Should using a phone while driving be illegal?

The "Big Oak's" baby will be dedicated in Thomas County

Tire assembler wheels into $117,000 lottery win

Walmart shoplifting caper stopped

Will MEAG $$ help the city "Go Green"




Wednesday 2/18/2009

Albany State upsets Benedict

Americus keeps watchful eye on the skies

Berrien defensive star signs with Mars Hill

Chipper would welcome Gri, ffey Jr. with open arms

Commission hears complaint against coroner

Dallis Smith headed to VSU Hall of Fame

Darton softball opens with great start

Domestic violence on the rise, economy could be to blame

EDC plans Atlanta and Washington DC trips

Former director of Albany Outreach arrested for theft

High School Basketball Scoreboard: 2/17/09

Isakson will run for a second term

Lions maul Blazers

Rams split at Stillman

Rams still working the recruiting trail

Replacing Buster Posey

Statewide water plan regional, not partisan

Tift soccer star signs with Lander

Tougher food safety laws reach half way point

Two arrested in Albany drug raid

Valdosta/Lowndes buck trends with another new business

VSU coach pleased with signing class

VSU player will tee it up on the Nationwide Tour this spring

Will blue-law vote go before the public?






 Thursday 2/19/2009

A Marine comes home

Albany Police officer arrested

Americus honors their NFL hero

Auto dealer calls vandalism "meanness"

Bus wreck snarls traffic

Cities cooperate on commerce website

Crooks try to look like TurboTax

Darton a perfect ten

Former law officer charged with a felony

Griffey headed to Seattle

Lee County football coaching search nearing end

Lee school board approves new coach

Luckily, no people hurt in tornadoes

Many benefits for those buying homes

Mike Bobo confident about 2009

More south Georgians coming down with the flu

New construction collapses

One dead another injured in Cordele shooting

Outfield top priority for Atlanta Braves

Peanut leaders assure their products are safe

Poodle rescued from storm drain

Preventing wildfires in two easy steps

Second graders receive a memorable lesson

Southwestern State Hospital sends new patients elsewhere

Students learn lessons in Phoebe's laundry room

Thomas County losses many homes to tornado

Tornadoes hit South Georgia

Valdosta Technical College opens new addition





 Friday 2/20/2009

Not everyone is suffering during the recession

Cities share plans for stimulus money

Auto tax break in stimulus may drive up sales

Meth lab explosion kills two

Storm shelter gives south Georgia woman peace of mind

Farmers on tour

Twisters prompt state of emergency from governor

Anita takes the plunge

Even South Georgia motorcycle dealers say helmets should not be optional

Albany second hand dealers seek compromise on amendment

Valdosta's Minority-Owned Business of the Year is chosen

Black History program held at Lee school

Food for Thought - February 12 - 18, 2009

Five arrested for prostitution

Former Polecat Vazquez happy to be with Braves

Two people die in fire

WALB News Archives, February, 2009

Patriots, Tornadoes will battle for 1-AAA; Knights, Eagles advance at state

Citizens trying to outsmart criminals

Rams win streak reaches four

Blazers clinch tourney berth with latest win

Albany Tech's best and brightest honored

Dialysis Clinic honored Southwest Georgia Doctor


 Saturday 2/21/2009

Citizens recycle electronics

Gospel Concert increases awareness about HIV & AIDS

Knights headed back to Milledgeville

More than shopping at Albany Mall

South Georgia farmers hear from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

Squaws celebrate region title and Patriots sweep in Peach Country

Stern warnings for storm victims

Storm victims still without power

Teenager robbed on Albany street

Thomas County's warning system never activated

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture talks food safety


 Sunday 2/22/2009

Albany man assaulted by gang

Americus man stabbed

Blakely man injured in house fire

First Presbyterian celebrate 160 years

Great strides made in Thomas County's recovery

High School Basketball Scores: 2/21/09

It's a buyers market, but the problem is the financing

Prices at the pump fall

Thief pulls out a knife for $15

Vendors slash prices to help brides say "I do"

Will you be a millionaire?




 Monday 2/23/2009

Aggressive cars and trucks are targeted on I-75

Americus teen faces another trial

Armed teens stick up pawn store

ASU splits with GSW

Beach or build? College students choose service

Buyer beware, a good deal maybe too good to be true

Cordele woman admits to killing her husband

County puts Code Red to the budget test

County sends tornado recovery help to Thomasville

Deerfield-Windsor prepares for Brookwood

Domestic dispute ends in charges for both

EF3 Tornado hits Boston

Entertainment for Less

Firefighter dies enroute to fire

Firefighters involved in fatal crash

Jobless outlook is bleak

Jury selected in Bentley's murder trial

Man arrested in Perverted Justice Internet sting

Man faces meth charges for Ty Ty explosion

More building in the flood plain?

Motel owner punched by job seeker

New organization gives back to soldiers

Police are on the lookout for missing Arlington man

Response time critical for paramedics

Thomas county has worst tornado damage in Georgia

Top Cops honored

Trial begins in Worth County slaying

Turtle race will raise funds for RiverQuarium

Two arrested on felony murder charges

Vagrants may have started fire in South Albany




Wednesday 2/25/2009
300 Men of Valor kicks off Thursday

Albany charity needs your support to serve the community

Albany Housing Authority gets millions from stimulus

Albany man arrested with 47 bags of marijuana

Albany observes Ash Wednesday

Boston cocaine dealer arrested

Broken gas main shuts down Valdosta intersection

City Departments cut expenses

Cooper job cuts a month off

County puts Code Red to the budget test

Courthouse Security Training in Thomasville

Crosswalk safety check keeps Police busy

Darton baseball tunes up with non-region win over ABAC

Darton wrestlers look to end first season with a national title

Did PCA create cross contaminate between Blakely and Texas?

East Albany home damaged by fire

Enrollment skyrockets at Bainbridge College

Fewer fly the friendly skies

GHSA and GISA State Tournament Brackets

Grand jury indicts former jailer for murder

Home ownership program cut

Lady Cavs coast into GJCAA finals

Lean times for school system

Loss motivates Lady Eagles in GISA tourney

More building in the flood plain?

P&G to cut up to 150 contract jobs

Prosecution rests in Szorscik's murder trial

Rams begin to install new offense in spring drills

Red Cross management to decide fate of Albany chapter

South Georgia Medical Center maintains small profit margin

Store robbers captured on camera

Two indicted for white collar crimes





Thursday 2/26/2009
300 Moody airmen are deployed to Afghanistan

Albany Fire Department controlled burn procedure

Albany Tech names 2009 Student of the Year

Albany's biggest events needs volunteers

Berrien County drug agents bust pot growing operation

Bodies found in Lee County

City Attorney wants to allow city employees to use his services

Coffee County teachers want answers

Community gathers for fallen hero's funeral

Community rallies to support Red Cross chapter

Comrades mourn loss of volunteer fireman

Couple found dead inside their Lee County home

Four businesses held up in string of armed robberies

HeritageBank to relocate Leesburg office

Leesburg, APD launch joint investigation into robbery spree

Man killed in motorcycle crash

MEAG money needed to fill WG&L budget hole

Salvation Army steps up for storm victims

School system looks to cut without cutting staff

Some good economic news comes for South Georgia

Szorscik Guilty

Tornado destroys artwork by Thomasville artist



 Friday 2/27/2009

130 jobs coming to Cordele

Bad weather threat highlights Code Red

Berrien County drug agents bust pot growing operation

Coffee County teachers want answers

GBI needs help to ID murder victim

Grandmother arrested for attacking kid on school bus

Lee bodies identified

Major South Georgia employer is shutting down

Married couples seek more church counsel

Person of interest wanted for armed robbery

Rash of burglaries in Thomasville

Red Cross gets a boost, needs more

Riverwalk - Chehaw bridge on hold

Senate declines new property assessment

State parks offer new adventures

The Winery robbed at gunpoint

Valdosta High School named IB World School

Albany State splits on senior night

Darton falls in region championship

GISA Girls Final Four Scoreboard




 Saturday 2/28/2009

Albany police investigate an arson attempt

Albany Tech falls to Coastal Georgia

Albany wins a wild one

Colquitt man killed in a hit and run

Deerfield back to state championship game

GHSA and GISA State Tournament Brackets

State Representatives talk about the 2009 budget

Storm damages Ty Ty homes

Trees will shade St. Teresa school playground


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