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WALB News Archives, March, 2009


 Sunday 3/1/2009

Deerfield-Windsor falls in championship game

Home collapses on top of a man in Colquitt County

Saturday's storms left a big mark in Tift County

Smoke from controlled burns cause Lowndes fatal accident

Snow falls in Southwest Georgia

Snow in South Georgia

Sunday marked 2nd Anniversary of Americus tornado

Terrell Academy girls are state champs


Monday 3/2/2009
30 year county employee recognized for service

AFD prepares for fire inspection

Albany Marine escorts students to D. C.

Americus craft distillery almost ready to open

Babies get hand-made blankets

Business & Management Directory

Canadian scam looks to take your money

Chairman wants Highway 133 expanded

Code Red will invite your registration

County works to slash expenses, keep jobs

Dougherty County is Work Ready!

Douglas-Coffee County officials react to plant closure

Elderly attack suspect in jail

Faulty chimney ruled cause of house fire

Flames engulfed east Albany home

Habitat gets higher-educated help

Lakeland says 'goodbye' to rusty water

Lee County looks to cut Grand Island debt

Luck runs out for businesses allowing illegal gaming

More storm damage in Grady county

Probation and parole numbers are the highest in GA

SUV slams into building

Shots fired during Camilla robbery

The GBI continues to investigate a Lee County couple's death

Tift County storm cleanup continues

Tornado season keeping shelter installers busy

Two road projects will slow traffic Monday night

Valdosta goes green

Youngsters at Jerger Elementary in new building



 Tuesday 3/3/2009

Albany driver charged with DUI after hitting building

Albany man gunned down inside home, suspect in custody

Albany man shot several times

Albany State University to test siren system

Archbold Medical Center receives prestigious award

Camilla armed robbery suspect questioned by APD

Churches want cigarettes to cost a dollar more

City applying for bomb dog grant

City mum on APD chief process

City, County make Stimulus list

Commissioners want preferential treatment for local companies

Help from SBA is here for tornado victims

Homeless group speaks to commission

Police need your help nabbing bank robber

Private schools seem to hold their own

Stocks drop as fear grows

Sylvester armed robber captured nearby

Tax watchdog group doesn't approve of $6 million bonds for downtown

Blazers receive honors

Darton splits with Chipola

Wildcats finally caught up

Wildcats glad to be in camp




 Wednesday 3/4/2009

Agreement reached in Klewitz wrongful death lawsuit

ASU tests out siren

Berrien athletes sign scholarships

Code Red picks up subscribers

Congress takes action to protect the food supply

Construction costs Cordele businesses

Couple fights Fitzgerald's eminent domain request

Drug trade on the rise in Berrien County

Hunting/Fishing retailer to close

Irwin Curriculum Director runs for state superintendent

Land selected for Sumter Regional Hospital

Local, state and federal reps host Coffee Co. forum

Many substitute emergency care for primary care

Missing Albany woman's car found in Quitman County

More charges levied against Valdosta man

Police investigate two shootings Wednesday

Restaurants recession proof in Thomasville?

Search for Leesburg getaway car

Sheriff looks for cheaper ways to run the jail

South Albany gang shooting reported

South Albany shooting prompts school lock-down

Two burglary suspects captured after foot chase

Wildcats add another receiver to loaded corps





 Thursday 3/5/2009

911: Emergency or not?

Albany Tech adding women's basketball

Blazers head to GSC tourney with two goals

Body of missing Albany woman discovered in Quitman Co.

Changing lives, one smile at a time

Colon cancer screenings save lives

Community Banks, still banking for community

Cooper employee found dead inside facility

January unemployment numbers new state record

Murder Victim Identified

Playing through the pain

Savage believes Wildcats chemistry will happen quickly

Terrell Co. Commission will report Co. Sheriff to state ethics commission




 Friday 3/6/2009

100 Moody airmen return from Iraq

ADICA Bonds a giveaway?

Code Red picks up subscribers

Comedian Steve Harvey meets with fans

Couple fights Fitzgerald's eminent domain request

Decatur County Unemployment hits 11.3%

Downtown Albany's weekend of fun

Downtown Subway expands

Drug trade on the rise in Berrien County

Farewell to Carolyn Hatcher

Gold parties warned to follow Albany ordinance

Healthcare expands in Mitchell County

Help from SBA is here for tornado victims

Hunting/Fishing retailer to close

Irwin Curriculum Director runs for state superintendent

Local girl is helped by the Red Cross

Local, state and federal reps host Coffee Co. forum

Medicaid cuts could be devastating

Ministry feeding the Dray Line workers

Missing Child Found

More charges levied against Valdosta man

New information on Thomas County E-911 Supervisor

New Terrell County jail still sits empty

Peanut Corporation of America update

Safety of runners major concern for weekend marathon

Search for Leesburg getaway car

Serial killer responsible for Grinstead disappearance?

Sheriff looks for cheaper ways to run the jail

Sign of Lee County business growth continue

Smith Northview welcomes new CEO

Storytelling in Thomasville

Students get lesson in experiencing MS

Teen Zone gets stimulus money

Thousands pour into Albany for weekend events

Titans win overtime thriller at the GJCAA tournament

Transportation Day at Hand-In-Hand

Wreck slows traffic on Highway 82




 Saturday 3/7/2009

75-year-old runs in his 75 marathon

Jets are flying to nationals

Turtles race for a chance at $1 Million

Valdosta State splits with Delta State

Weekend events boost business

Westover Final Four bound, Valdosta's season over



 Sunday 3/8/2009

Armed robber hits Tifton car wash

Cuthbert woman killed in house fire

Dougherty thieves force residents into bedroom at gunpoint

Douglas family escapes burning home

Family recovering from fire vandalized

Foggy start to busy weekend

South Georgia Tech wins state tournament



Monday 3/9/2009
Albany's weekend of events netted a big turnout

Bainbridge College tests 4-day week

Black Caucus comes to Albany

County buys Code Red for another year

County will go to court to get land

Double the fun at Bainbridge

East Albany store robbed in broad daylight

Elaborate marijuana grow-house gets busted

Elderly man killed in East Albany

Elderly man struck, killed by SUV

Ga. tax collections dive 34.8 percent in February

Gang gunfire is not fatal

Georgia's Career Centers get money as part of the federal stimulus

GHSA and GISA State Tournament Brackets

Governor Perdue brings good news to Douglas

Gunfire comes as APD promises tough action on gangs

Knights open with big win over Terrell Academy

Lee County fans meet new football coach

Leesburg building covered in graffiti

Leesburg Police arrest two suspected robbers

Leesburg Police catch gangster robbers

Mom and step daughter charged in Lee County bus fight

Moody celebrates the homecoming of 300

Murray murder trial starts

Parents and District Attorney concerned after Monday shootings

Plains visitor center survives budget cuts

Should sidewalks be required for developments?

Super speeders would pay super fines

Teen injured after apparent jealous attack

Thousands pour into Albany for weekend events

Three people confirmed shot in "rolling gang fight"

TRACO suspends operations

Valdosta State falls in GSC finals

Wildcats meet and greet with fans



 Tuesday 3/10/2009

APD identifies suspected shooter

Assistant D. A.'s to get more furlough time

Blazer infielder ties NCAA DII record

Camp E-Tu-Nake falls victim to state budget cuts

Car dealer says Escalade is probably long gone

Cold front damages South Georgia's peach crop

Communities hang on for their economic lives

Father and son arrested in So. McKinley shooting

Father, son arrested in McKinley shooting

Florida man electrocuted installing power lines in Coolidge

Former DCP officer blamed for fatal wreck

Gang manual found in Lee High locker

Lady Red Devils ready for rematch with big, bad Wolves

Lancaster Village in popular Mag

Lee County stays unbeaten

Leesburg Police arrest two suspected robbers

Lowndes man arrested for child-porn

Murder trial features heightened security

New jobs come to Douglas

Ochoa returns to South Georgia

Remerton set to receive water from Valdosta

Soldier enjoys family time as deployment looms

Stolen rifle and drugs confiscated at Valdosta High

Two South Georgians arrested in child porn crackdown

UPDATE: Double fatality reported in northern Lee County crash




 Wednesday 3/11/2009

Albany businesses win awards

An Albany Veterinarian faces a 44 count federal indictment

Anthrax drill takes over Mitchell County

Base won't be specific about traffic increase

Business reacts to increased robberies

Butler reunited in St. Louis

City wraps up APD Chief interviews

College is possible despite the economy

Congress looks at how salmonella scare impacted farmers, small business

Downtown landscape changes a bit

Ellaville man refusing to leave foreclosed home

Gang manual found in Lee County locker

GHSA and GISA State Tournament Brackets

Goodin takes Southland job

Lee County road improvements discussed

New wheels will help keep ASU safe

Nighthawks win slugfest and Canes stop Costello's hit streak

Posey is up for Sullivan Award

Remerton police prepare to monitor noise

Report: SW Ga. has high 'food insecurity level'

Rosedale murder trial continues

Sheriff's Office tries to work against gangs

Sick prankster, or serial killer?

Tax refunds speed up car sales

Valdosta sees decline in traffic accidents




 Thursday 3/12/2009

Adversity keys Patriots final four run

Albany apartment fire sparked by water heater

Battle lines are drawn to fight MS

Blakely is peanut proud and ready for business!

Bonds may help spur more Downtown development

Combos Man Zone tours Albany

Convicted child molester gets life sentence

Counterfeit ring started with burglary

Credit Card delinquencies hit index record

Free tax help offered in Valdosta

GHSA and GISA State Tournament Brackets

Huge car tax measure passed in House

Jury deliberating in gang murder trial

Kitchen fire damages Albany apartment

Lady Cavs get needed softball sweep

Legislature kills grocery tax idea

More south Georgians become their own bosses

Morning fire heavily damages West Albany apartment complex

Nothing funny about playing hooky

Parents line up for Lee Pre-K

PCA appears in bankruptcy court

Pediatric Radiologist wants safer method used in kids

Sick prankster, or serial killer?

Special Report: Desperate Times

Teen still in jail after mall fisticuffs

Wild Adventures will re-open on Saturday




 Friday 3/13/2009

Albany's "best qualified" candidate for police chief is willing to take the job

Westover headed to state finals

Product Recalls

Delta State ends another Lady Blazer season

Trojans need five innings to beat Hawks

City identifies 'best qualified' chief candidate

Armed robbers charged

Georgia Legislative Black Caucus meets in Albany

Public shaming recommended for domestic violence convictions

Thomasville police beef up patrol in neighborhoods

Vehicle theft leads to high speed chase

AT&T expanding in Albany market

GSP warns against DUI on St. Patty's Day

Albany Police nab two suspects in a gang shooting

Two Albany gang members sentenced to life

Early warning system available for Lowndes residents

Valdosta man indicted for 2008 murder

Educators learn about the environment

Paper era ending in medicine

Fighting for fair property values

Infection closes Moultrie HeadStart

Blazers and Lady Blazers are ready for DII regionals

Turner County looking to finish against Whitefield

Food for Thought - Restaurant Inspections March 5 - March 11, 2009.

DCP sorts out bizarre home invasion and robbery

Patient Safety Festival at Phoebe

U.S. Marine back home in South Georgia

Two Albany gangsters are going to prison



 Saturday 3/14/2009

Americus children learn about safety

Black Caucus hears from South Georgia

Millions of people still need help to make the transition

Sidewalk challenge draws artists in

State representative give thoughts on Obama stimulus

Turner County finishes runner up again


 Sunday 3/15/2009

Azalea Festival draws thousands to Valdosta

Mother of gang shooting victim speaks out

Shots fired at an Albany mother with her infant




 Monday 3/16/2009

A good fire department audit will mean insurance savings

Albany Church youth choir cancels Mexico trip

Albany duo ready for NCAA tourney with Morehead State

Albany man dies in car crash

APD chief candidates have mixed views on process

County considers leasing landfill property

Four teenagers caught red-handed in Thomasville

General Motors starts production on 2010 Chevy Camaro

GHSA and GISA State Tournament Brackets

Infection closes Moultrie HeadStart

Lowndes County confirms two cases of Meningitis

MCLB Marines return from Iraq

Municipal Amnesty Program: Are you wanted by the city?

Murtha Wilder Adams

Peanuts may soon be safe for everyone

Second Meningitis case confirmed in Lowndes County

Some Marines depart while others return home

South Georgia police officer jailed

There's hope for some struggling small business owners

Tippins cocaine cases aren't over yet

Two Lincoln students ready for district free throw competition

Westover falls to South Atlanta

Wildcats coach still debating QB decision

Will Hwy 133 make the cut?




 Tuesday 3/17/2009

Albany Police investigate two sexual assaults

Albany, Dougherty County to receive stimulus money

Arrests made in fatal Lakeland arson

Colquitt Co. wreck claims two lives

Commission didn't know consolidation legislation was coming

Communities hold special elections

County considers leasing landfill property

Crisp firefighter injured fighting flames

Cross permit denied

Drug Chief: Mexican drugs are here

Fiery crash kills two women outside of Moultrie

Four arrested in connection with deadly Lakeland arson

From foreclosed to sold

Gang member pleads guilty to Albany armed robbery

Hundreds in Turner helped by mobile pantry

Knights blank Tiftarea

Lee County public hearing draws big crowd

Marathon volunteers honored Tuesday night

Mayor Adams on ways to fight truancy

Mayor gives input on possible city-county consolidation bill

More colleges cutting out Friday classes to save money

Patriots fill head coaching vacancy

Plant Mitchell a step closer to converting to biomass

Rynders puts consolidation on front burner

South Georgia Preacher arrested for child cruelty

Special Report: Through the Eyes of Survivors

Tornado victims, don't delay, sign up with SBA

Unemployment seminar draws a big crowd

VSU's Littlefield honored by GSC

Worth County star signs with Andrew College



 Wednesday 3/18/2009

Arrests made in counterfeit check ring

Business is looking at vacant Albany offices

Calhoun Co. School Board tries to help troubled school system

Caterpillar layoffs affect Thomasville plant

Clothing prices jump leaving many to search for alternatives

Cougars edge Colquitt County for Trojan Invitational Title

East Albany Man arrested for kidnapping

Economic Development Commission has a new brand

Flexibility, tenacity are keys to job success

Georgia gets a "D" in mental health service

High school basketball starts ready for GACA all-star game

Jets win NJCAA opener

Lee County could end the year in the black

Lee County smoke tests sewer system

New fingerprint technology helps doctors

Newspapers hit hard by recession

Part-time Dougherty County teacher contracts on hold

Paving project underway on Nottingham Way

Pelham shooting creates controversy

State moves on tough new food safety policy

Students play with food for a good cause

Suspected serial rapist arrested

Teacher furloughs?

Trick me once but not twice

Wildcat QB battle heads to Florida

Worth County woman charged with murder





 Thursday 3/19/2009

Author speaks directly to Babyboomers

Chapparals lasso Jets in NJCAA tournament

Darton sweeps baseball and Lee soccer gets a big region win

Dougherty EMS wins awards

Firefighters come together to help comrade's widow

High level pow-wow called after CC boss boots worker

Jobless rate climbed to 9.3 percent in February

Lee County makes it eight straight wins

Listings for WALB/Raycom JOBS!

No public warning about Police Impersonator

Non-Profits struggle, local businesses step up

Nude man breaks into two apartments

Ray City offers an old-time celebration

Special Report: Through the Eyes of Survivors

Stimulus money coming for transportation projects

Students help out Habitat

Unemployment rate passes 9%

Vernon Jones speaks at gang seminar

Wildcats McCray glad to be home




 Friday 3/20/2009

Buried tax money stolen

Crash victim's family addresses ADDU board

Divorce rate falls to lowest level in nearly four decades

Economic engine could lose state funding

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers in Thomasville!

Food for Thought - Restaurant Inspections - March 12 - March 18, 2009

Food Network impressed with Vic's BBQ in Thomasville

Footloose opens Friday at Lee Co. High

Helping small disadvantaged business become successful

High unemployment keeping temp agencies extra busy

Knights rally to stay unbeaten

Lee road improvement plans ready

Man survives gun shot to the head

Norman Park woman wins $50,000 in Jumbo Bucks Classic

Rams announce 2009, 2010 football schedules

Several south Georgia projects cut from state budget

South Georgia corn crop being planted

Spring makes its official arrival

Stafford takes the stage on Georgia's pro day

Tift County fire truck crashes on emergency call

Tifton Fire truck wrecks

Turner Job Corps lends a hand to help save lives

Where are the jobs?


 Saturday 3/21/2009

ASU's economic impact for Albany could grow


Sunday 3/22/2009
Albany Fire Department makes a rare rescue

A vigil for the economy

Albany repossession became violent

Blakely shows their peanut pride

Children saddle up at the Therapeutic Riding Center

Fitzgerald man killed in work accident

FreedomWorks is calling for less government, and lower taxes

Gangs vandalize Albany properties

Kiwanis of Dougherty honors student art

Marines return from Iraq

Pedestrian struck and killed

Police investigate Waycross murder

Three gunmen rob Albany convenience store

United Way filed taxes for free




Monday 3/23/2009

ABAC brings rural communities to the forefront

Albany man killed in truck crash near dam

Albany murder suspect sketch released

All-Star Shaun Keaton

Day of Hope to end child abuse

Dismissed officer faces new charge

Double murder charges get reversed

Forestry Commission declares war on Cogongrass

Forestry Commission wants worrisome weed gone

Gang shooting victim now wanted by Albany Police

GHSA extends reclassification cycle

Golf tourney raises money, awareness of Alzheimer's

Harassment investigations ends with dismissals

Healthy baby program spearheaded by K-Mart

Help is Here Express stops in Valdosta

How safe do you feel in Georgia?

Lowndes stand-off ends peacefully

Motorcyclist dies after Ocilla crash two months ago

People risk death to steal power

Pizza people feed the hungry

Police search for autistic boy

School budget funds still uncertain

Some Albany projects are now on hold

Sunday's baseball and softball scores

Two Douglas officials are demoted

Wildcats open up with a dramatic win


Tuesday 3/24/2009

Albany city leaders approve MEAG ordinance

Albany Police investigate two bus stop attacks

Albany police search for gunman

Albany Police, Fire jobs highly sought after

Busload of assistance comes to Albany

Curnell earns two all-region honors

DCSS may need to reduce payroll

Finally, good news for the housing market

Habitat is forced to eliminate positions

Have you seen this missing Albany woman?

Highland shooting victim in critical condition

Klewitz family wants help from the city

Marine back home

Ocilla firefighters arrested for arson

Ocilla wants you to shop in their stores

Organization brings sports to special needs children

Police search for liquor store bandits

Posey clutch homer keeps Lee County unbeaten

Red Cross sees increase in donations, and needs

Road improvement projects get "green-light"

School board may need to consider Reduction in Force

The Job Link Employment Expo in Thomasville, GA

VSU's Costello is GSC player of the week again



Wednesday 3/25/2009

Albany Firefighters are getting more fit

Albany Recreation employees bake sweets to help little ones

Are you on Facebook? Do you Tweet?

Back under center

Commercial Refrigeration company needs more workers

Darton College holds a health fair

Darton softball sweeps and Lee baseball finally loses

Department of Ag's inspectors called into question

English teacher brings classroom to her house

Gasoline price gouging list

Have you seen this missing Albany woman?

House approves sentencing changes

House to vote on Albany/Dougherty consolidation

Marine Base wants mechanics, paint/body workers

Motive is still unknown in Tifton double-shooting

New life for the Ritz?

New medical study could bring help for night workers

School board joins lobby effort

Security increased after Albany student kidnapping attempt

Shaw Industries closes its Valdosta facility

Smokers will pay more to light up

Special Report: "Food Dangers" by Jennifer Emert

State issues fines for gas retailers charged with price gouging

Struggling to balance school budgets

The Job Link Employment Expo in Thomasville, GA

'Think Big Breakfast' seeks to keep business local

Thomasville kids saying NO to tobacco

Two shot, suspect in custody in Tifton

Unemployment hikes free, reduced lunch applications

Westover students come to wrestler's help

Wildcats linebacker, receiver honored by AF2



Friday 3/27/2009

Albany car theft caught on surveillance video

Albany prepares offer for chief

Antics of Albany woman's children soon to be published

Bagby State Park could close for lack of funds

Bond issue awaits ruling

Business Spotlight Directory

Consolidation issue returns to local leaders

Cooper Tire layoffs begin

Decatur County sees damage from powerful winds

Food for Thought - Restaurant Inspections - March 19 - March 25, 2009

Foul play not suspected in woman's discovery

High winds leave damage in Bainbridge

Lakeland man was shot and killed

Senate approves home incentive bill

Wind damages homes in Seminole County

Woman found in drainage pipe

Woman found in river identified



 Saturday 3/28/2009

Albany's biggest problem: flash flooding

Ashburn declares state of emergency

Blind woman says she's victim of discrimination

Chainsaw whine starts early in Terrell County

Flash floods force Worth residents into shelter

Heavy rain causes flooding and evacuations in Miller County

High winds ripped through Sumter Co.

Inmate broke out of the Early County Jail

More Viewer Storm Pictures

Rain changing weekend sporting event schedules

Saturday Storm Pictures from WALB viewers

Severe Weather hits South Georgia

WALB Viewers' Storm video Clips


 Sunday 3/29/2009

Authorities search for missing man

Dougherty residents wake to rising flood water

Flash floods forced Mitchell county families out

Pedestrian struck and killed in Lowndes

Schools close due to road problem

Schools close due to road problem

Storms close roads, contaminate wells

Weekend storm leaves flooding in its wake

Wildcats improve to 2-0

Worth residents clean up after minor flooding




 Monday 3/30/2009

Albany office building destroyed by fire

Authorities search for missing man

Baconton residents clean up flooding mess

Big honors for Dougherty County EMS workers

Boy scouts celebrate centennial early

Cavs blank ABAC and Lee County does the same to Upson-Lee

Census Bureau will hire workers

Citizens lose fight with tax chief

County to consider placing fence at Riverfront fountains

Flood clean-up continues in Sylvester

Foul play suspected in man's disappearance

Georgia Baptist volunteers help Tift homeowners

Governor Perdue declares State of Emergency for six counties

Highland fire leaves mom, son homeless

Lee creeks bear watching

Miller County braces for more rain

Radial residents keep their fingers crossed

Rams defense wins spring scrimmage

Sandbags available in Albany

Scam targets elderly utility customers

Some Colquitt Countians need boat rescue

South Georgia counties prepare for the next round

Storms contaminate wells, roads re-open

Valdosta State football waiting to hear on Callaway injury


Tuesday 3/31/2009

A sacrifice for Talisa

Albany Firefighter expected to make full recovery

Albany gets pumps for expected rainfall

Braves not letting Chipper get away

Colquitt County gets another soaking

Cooper Tire employees transition at Albany Tech

Don't forget your pets if evacuations come

High water shuts down Cook County bridge

Huge federal tax increase takes place tomorrow

Little River dam weakened by rainfall

Lowndes County prepares for heavy rain

Lowndes rivers rise rapidly

Miller county gets ready for severe weather

Missing Albany woman found

Missing man's body found, suspect arrested

Mother asks for bus changes after child hit by car

Moultrie officials concerned about rain fall

Murder suspect set up ambush

Rain postponing more baseball games

Sandbag locations

Sandbags available for Turner residents

Sylvester evacuations expected, sandbags available

Taxpayers group to appeal to GA Supreme Court

Three-year-old killed in a Nicholls freak accident

Valdosta State guard earns All-American honors

VSU quarterback has torn ACL in knee


What to bring to a shelter if you evacuate


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