Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Nearly 200 vendors began stetting up today for this weekend's Azalea Festival in Valdosta. 20,000 people are expected to come out for one of the largest festivals in south Georgia. WALB News Ten's Lydia Jennings tells us about all the fun you can expect this weekend.
With nearly 50 more craft, entertainment, and food vendors than last year, organizers expect this year's festival to be the most successful.
"We have at least five different states represented with vendors that come from all over," said Executive Director, Aaron Strickland.
Joanne Griner started the festival 13 years ago with a crowd of 5,000 and now it's grown to 20,000 visitors. She says it's a great boost for our local economy.
"They stay in our hotels and they eat in our restaurants after they leave the festival. It's very satisfying to see so many people enjoy the park," said Griner.
The festival is held in Drexel Park, named after Richard Drexel who served as the city's first Superintendent of Parks. You can find plenty of Valdosta's signature azaleas in full bloom there.
In 1925, Mr. Drexel planted hundreds of thousands of azaleas all over the city for the community to enjoy, giving Valdosta it's nickname the Azalea City.
But it's not just the flowers people come out to see. This year Wild Adventures will put on a show, History Channel's Ax Men will be there, along with horse and train rides for kids, rock climbing, a classic car and bike show, a mechanical bull, food, live entertainment, and much more.
"The word is growing you know, with this being the 13th year a lot of people have come to expect it and look forward to it," said Strickland.
All the fun runs tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.