VFD: New gear will help with cancer prevention initiative

Firefighters face a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses, and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population. That is according to the National Fire Protection Association.

  Meet Minnie: VSU therapy dog helps nursing students through challenging times

DPH to change Dougherty Co. COVID-19 testing site

Several Ga. counties receive car seat mini-grant

  Lee Co. Commission chairman voted in for additional term

  Lee Co. leaders give update on LCMC

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  Valdosta Police Dept.: Crime rates dropped during pandemic

  Restore Dougherty program wraps up first week of applications

  Dougherty Co. D.A. plans to get COVID-19 vaccine

  Candlelight vigil planned for late Sylvester councilman

Thomas Co. Sheriff’s Office: 2 wanted in 4 South Ga. counties

Annual Albany Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast canceled

  South Ga. Medical Center accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru

Opening appointments Monday to volunteers and a few others, South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) began testing its COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination system.

  Dougherty Co. leaders move forward with morgue project

Dougherty County leaders are moving forward with the creation of a county morgue.

Dougherty Co. leaders apply for road project grants

Dougherty County commissioners are moving forward with a road drainage and infrastructure project.

  Valdosta police and fire chiefs encourage other officials to get vaccinated

The Valdosta police and fire chiefs recently received the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to help stop the spread of the virus.

SRTC Foundation awards $50K in scholarships

Funeral arrangements made for late Sylvester councilman

Albany Utilities drive-thru closed until further notice

  Sylvester councilman dies from COVID-19 complications

  Albany’s ‘Clean Sweeps Initiative’ aims for litter-free streets

  ‘Unity in the Community’ plans to rally against gun violence on Saturday

Litman Cathedral to host food giveaway Saturday

All participants must also have a truck or backseat accessible for the food box to be placed in.

  Paramedics help Lee Co. man minutes after voting

One Lee County man said he is thankful for first responders and the help of volunteers just minutes after he left the polls on Election Day.

  Dougherty Co. D.A. weighs-in on jury trial suspension

Greg Edwards, the district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit, has weighed in on Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton issuing a statewide judicial emergency order suspending all jury and grand jury trials in Georgia indefinitely.

City of Albany postpones upcoming basketball season

In January, the city said they will re-evaluate the numbers and will start again if the numbers support it.

  Tifton mother shares details on the death of her 15-year-old daughter

A Tifton mother continues to grieve her 15-year-old daughter’s death in November.

  APD awards Citizen of the Year to former officer for work amid pandemic

Wright is a former police officer who continues to serve the community in a variety of ways.

Lee Co. School System to return to remote learning

The Lee County School System has announced it will return to remote learning at the beginning of its second semester.

  SW Health District begins appointments for expanded list of vaccine recipients

More Georgians are now eligible to recieve the COVID-19 Vaccine.

  Georgia voters encouraged to report issues

Many Georgians have already cast their ballots ahead of the runoff election day.

  Sumter Co.’s newest sheriff already pushing recruiting, community relations

Sumter County’s newest sheriff, Eric Bryant, spent the day getting settled in and meeting public safety leaders as the new year officially kicked off his new administration.

UPDATE: Both suspects wanted in Albany dating app scam turn themselves in

One of the two men wanted by the Albany Police Department (APD) in connection to a dating app scam has turned himself in to police, according to a press release.

UPDATE: Pedestrian hit by car dies

Albany police said a pedestrian was seriously injured after he was involved in a crash Monday evening.

Murder warrants issued in Albany October homicide

Murder warrants have been issued for two men in the death of Jawaski Kennedy, 28, in Albany on October 17, 2020, according to a press release from the Albany Police Department (APD).

  Report: Political signs stolen from Albany veteran’s front lawn

An Albany man didn’t let thieves get him down after he said his political signs were stolen from his front lawn.

  South Ga. school receives donation of equipment worth thousands

A generous donation is helping save a South Georgia school thousands of dollars.

Weekend rain results in Valdosta sewage spill

Approximately 25,150 gallons of combined stormwater and sewage was spilled, eventually entered the Dukes Bay Canal.

  2021 kicks off with new Georgia Laws

The new year kicks off with new laws for the state of Georgia.

  New rec center, ball fields under construction in Worth County

A new recreation complex and four new baseball fields are under construction in Sylvester.

  Tift Regional Medical Center reopens COVID-19 drive-thru test site

Tift Regional Health leaders tested over 100 people for COVID-19 at its drive-thru testing site on its first day of reopening.

  Albany murder suspect indicted

An Albany man was indicted by The Dougherty County Grand Jury Wednesday for shooting two men and killing one of them.

  Sylvester to offer residential internet

Sylvester city leaders are gearing up to enter the residential broadband internet market.

Gov. Kemp expands criteria for COVID-19 vaccine in Ga.

Georgia Governor Kemp has announced plans to add adults aged 65 and older, law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders to the current group of individuals eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

  Valdosta Furniture and Mattress reopens following 2018 fire

After a fire destroyed his family’s business, just nearly days before Christmas in 2018... The Owner of Valdosta Furniture and Mattress rebuilt and has reopened.

  New vacuum truck helps Valdosta with littering, offers faster trash collections

The City of Valdosta has a new vacuum truck that will help the city’s public works department with littering and can clear up leaf piles from front yards even faster.

Albany church to host NYE celebration

Attendees will be able to worship from their vehicles, all while following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Albany courts to receive federal funds

The Department of Justice is awarding $400,000 through its Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is under its National Community Courts Initiative.

  National radio personality hosts Albany drive-in rally for Warnock

Nationally-syndicated radio personality Roland Martin made a campaign stop in Albany Tuesday night for Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock.

  Black Voters Matter bus stops in Sylvester

More than 50 people came out to see a Black Voters Matter bus roll through Sylvester Tuesday.

  Fire destroys Albany mobile home

An East Albany mobile home was destroyed by a fire Tuesday night.

  No issues reported at Worth County polls

Officials WALB News 10 that approximately 2,400 people have already cast their ballot in Worth County as early voting wraps up this week.

  Commissioners on why hazard pay is a no-go for Worth County employees

Some people in Worth County are upset and want hazard pay for essential employees during the pandemic.

  Vaccination distribution begins at nursing homes, long term care facilities in South Ga.

Georgia’s vaccine distribution has begun for nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

  Greater Valdosta United Way provides donations amid cold temperatures

As temperatures drop across South Georgia, the Greater Valdosta United Way wants to provide some warmth to the community.

  South Health District, SGMC give update on administering COVID-19 vaccine

Administering the COVID-19 vaccine is underway for both the South Health District and South Georgia Medical Center.

15th Anniversary SNICKERS Marathon Weekend postponed due to pandemic

The annual SNICKERS Marathon Weekend that is held every year in Albany has been postponed, according to a press release.

  RiverQuarium, Thronateeska to host winter break camps

The camp runs Jan. 4-8, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  Albany Fire Department encourages firework safety

With just a few days left in the year 2020, firework stores are anticipating an increase in demand. As firework demand grows, so does the risk for accidents.

  Right on target: Skoll Axe Throwing business thrives, expands during pandemic

Downtown Valdosta is getting some new entertainment. The owner of Skoll Axe Throwing started his mobile business during the pandemic and now, he’s expanding to a storefront.

  1 displaced after Valdosta house fire

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they said they saw smoke and flames coming from the attic.

  Community members express how blessed they are for the Albany Rescue Mission

After speaking with each person Friday morning, their overall message was that they are truly thankful for Albany Rescue Mission.

  Downtown Warwick gets Christmas decorations for the first time ever

“It just fills me with joy.”

  Business owner displays new butterfly mural on Albany building

Local business owner Milan Patel bought this building on Dawson Road and Westover Boulevard with plans for businesses to move in soon.

5 displaced in second Christmas Day fire in Valdosta

Five people were displaced by a fire on Pine Cone Circle Christmas Day, according to the City of Valdosta.

2 people, dog displaced in Valdosta fire

Two people were displaced following a fire Christmas afternoon, according to a press release from the City of Valdosta.

  Dougherty Co. EMS sees increase in COVID-19 calls

Dougherty County paramedics said they’ve been responding to more COVID-19 calls.

  Don’t let your furry family members suffer from freezing temps

If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pets. That’s what one local veterinarian warns as temperatures continue to drop.

DECAL helps feed children across Ga. during winter break

Here in South Georgia, several schools have extended their holiday breaks, leaving some kids without access to nutritious meals.

Christmas came early for Dougherty County Jail inmates

The jail now allows inmates to see their loved ones virtually after in-person visits were cut off in March due to the pandemic.

Lee Co. deputies warn residents about keeping Christmas presents in your vehicle

If you have Christmas presents in your vehicle, take them out. That’s the message Lee County Sheriff’s Office is stressed on Christmas Eve.

‘We’re getting to the point where we’re full’: Phoebe, Dougherty Co. leaders concerned about rise in COVID-19 cases

Phoebe Putney Health System leaders are concerned about staffing as they continue to see an increase in COVID-19 patients in their hospitals.

  VPD, VFD surprise kids with gifts on Christmas Eve

Valdosta police and fire departments surprised kids on Christmas Eve morning with gifts.

  Valdosta Fire Marshal shares holiday safety tips

Valdosta Fire Department wants to remind everyone to stay aware while cooking.

Valdosta, Lowndes Co. provide environment-friendly Christmas tree disposal

Valdosta and Lowndes County are partnering up to give residents an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of their Christmas trees this year.

  Veterinarians: Don’t rush to adopt pets for the holidays

Many of you may be doing some last-minute Christmas shopping and veterinarians are asking you to not have a puppy or kitten on that last-minute list this year.

  Several AR-15 rifles stolen during car burglaries in Lee Co.

AR-15 rifles and other weapons are being taken from unlocked vehicles in Lee County, and whether your vehicle is locked or not, crooks are after the items you left in your car.

  Valdosta airport sees increase in traveling during the holidays

Airports across the U.S. are experiencing a holiday travel surge despite the current COVID-19 outbreak.

  ’Don’t set yourself up to be a victim of a crime’: Albany police releases reminders about buying from Facebook

You can also utilize APD’s “Exchange Zone” parking spaces to meet the lister.

  Dougherty Co. paramedics use nasal spray to save lives

The Narcan nasal kits are much easier for EMS personnel to use.