ADDU busts marijuana grow operation, 1 arrested

One person was arrested after the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU) busted a marijuana grow operation on Whispering Pines Road, according to a press release WALB received Saturday.

  Downtown Valdosta’s Makers Market to help small businesses grow

Dougherty Judicial Building closure extended

  ‘It’s getting serious’: APD investigating 3 vandalism cases at family home

City of Valdosta breaking ground for new Amphitheater Park

  City of Valdosta proposes ordinance to allow open containers in downtown

Boys & Girls Club of Albany tearing down storm damaged building

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Albany Recreation and Parks holding ‘registration rodeo’

‘Neighbor 2 Neighbor’ vaccine clinic set for Saturday in Cuthbert

  Albany Utilities working to have billing system delay resolved

  Hurricane debris, dry weather are keeping the Ga. Forestry Commission busy

  Sylvester to auction off trucks, equipment and more

  Albany Museum of Art wants to replace downtown dance studio with public art display

  Moody airmen rescue man from nearly drowning at Madison Blue Spring

Two Moody airmen came to the rescue and saved a man from nearly drowning

  Lee Co. gets new produce options in Dollar General Market and Local Grocery

People in Lee County are getting more local and affordable food options.

  Valdosta Police Department welcome 5 new officers

Valdosta Police Department just welcomed new officers to the force, a group that faced some obstacles during training because of COVID-19.

  Lily Pad SANE Center talks abuse case reporting amid pandemic

80 percent of the time children are abused; it’s done in their own home. The pandemic forced many families into their homes and out of a job or school.

Country artist Deana Carter to perform at Albany Municipal Auditorium

Litman Cathedral in Albany prepares for April food giveaway

Dooly Co. Sheriff’s Office captain dies from injuries

  City of Blakely recognizes young author, singer

  Sylvester summer camp to reopen this year

  Tift Co. sees decrease in COVID-19 cases, officials considering mask ordinance

  Albany leaders push for grant approval

The grant will help structure a plan that will soon revitalize Harlem located near downtown Albany.

  Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building closed until further notice

If you need something from the Dougherty County Judicial Building, you’ll need to wait until next week, or give them a call.

  High-speed internet on the way to Dougherty Co.

Dougherty County Commissioners just passed an ordinance to make the county a ‘broadband ready community,’ increasing high speed internet access.

  Southwell divsersity and inclusion director seeks to offer patient care

As the director of diversity, inclusion and wellness for Southwell, McIntyre analyzes trends in the hiring process and makes recommendations.

  Albany Boys & Girls Club aims to get kids active with summer camp

The Boys & Girls Club is putting its final touches on its summer program.

Valdosta man dies in early Monday morning I-75 wreck

One person died after a tractor-trailer overturned on I-75 just before 1 a.m. on Monday, according to Georgia State Patrol (GSP).

  ‘They got some big, scary-looking dudes to help them feel safe’: Biker organization on a mission to help abused kids

In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month, a biker organization is working hard to help abused children feel safe.

  City of Tifton auctioning off police cars, trucks and more

The film industry and raising inert landfill prices were also talked about.

Dougherty Co. to resurface several streets across the county

A $2.6 million dollar bid went to a construction company in Albany, as part of the 2020 Resurfacing Project.

Dougherty Co. makes new plans to tackle neglected properties

Dougherty County is taking a significant step in addressing dilapidated or neglected, properties in the county.

Safety officials share National Distracted Awareness Month message

April is National Distracted Awareness Month.

Dougherty Co. committee, officials talk possible crime lab plans

Dougherty County Commissioners decided to keep the construction of the morgue and crime lab separate. However, they plan to look for a location with enough space for a crime lab in the future.

Chehaw offers spring break camp

Chehaw is offering a spring break camp for kids.

Albany-Dougherty Youth Unit holds drive-thru easter egg extravaganza

On Saturday, the Dougherty County Police Department held its drive-thru Easter egg extravaganza.

Northside Elementary collects pennies for kids diagnosed with leukemia

An elementary school in Tift County held a fundraising event to bring awareness to cancer research.

Albany Museum of Art reopens in-person ‘Homeschool Day’

For the first time in months, Albany Museum of Art’s Homeschool Day is back in person.

  ‘They weren’t asking for it’: Sexual assault awareness clothing exhibit starts off in Tifton

A sexual assault can not be blamed on the outfit you are wearing.

  Fridays on the Flint returns to Albany

Fridays on the Flint are back.

  Strawberry festival kicks off this weekend at The Market at Rutland Farms in Valdosta

Strawberry season is here and the Market at Rutland Farms is getting ready for their Strawberry Jubilee Festival starting this weekend.

  Pandemic causing increased risk of child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Federal officials say the pandemic has increased the risk of child abuse.

  Chehaw creates free virtual lessons, field trips

Jackie Entz, director of education at Chehaw, said she hopes these lesson plans will be something teachers use even after the pandemic.

Update: Fla. man found dead in truck submerged in river in Bainbridge identified

A Florida man was found dead inside a truck submerged in a river on Thursday, according to Bainbridge Public Safety (BPS).

  Fresh produce given away during 2nd Dougherty Fresh Workshop

Some Dougherty County residents walked away with free produce and maybe even some newfound knowledge on how to cook and prepare it.

  ‘Determining what our priorities are’: Dougherty Co. leaders considering options for $17 million in aid

Seventeen million dollars is heading to Dougherty County in the form of COVID-19 relief and county leaders said it’s needed.

  40 guns traded in during APD’s gun buyback event

Albany police said residents can rest a little easier now that 40 fewer guns are out in the city.

  Ethics Board discuss hearing on complaint filed against Valdosta’s mayor

Valdosta Ethics Board met today to discuss the complaint against Mayor Scott James Matheson.

  City Commissioners and Albany police discuss new safety app

Albany City Commissioners and APD are discussing a new app that residents could use to report crime in the community.

  Newly renovated C.W. Heath Park opens to the public

A new park is open to the public. The City of Albany and Dougherty County held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the newly renovated C.W. Heath Park.

Albany Utilities announces drive-thru reopening

Albany Utilities drive-thru will reopen Monday, according to the city.

  Editorial: Spring in to a fresh start this season

The week of Easter brings a stark reminder of what brings us hope.

  Ben Hill fourth grader to represent Georgia in NASA essay contest

Future Engineers and NASA selected 155 semifinalists out of 14,000 essay submissions for the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest.

  Sen. Raphael Warnock tours Ga. farms

On Wednesday, Senator Raphael Warnock and Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop took a tour of Southwest Georgia farms to address the need for more funds.

  Complaint filed contesting Arlington special election results

Some people believe not all of the City of Arlington’s March 16 special election results are valid.

  $21 million in COVID relief funds coming to SWGA health centers

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock announced that $143 million is on the way to Georgia’s critical healthcare centers to help communities out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Valdosta City Schools sees increase in pre-k and kindergarten registrations

Valdosta City Schools held a Pre-K and Kindergarten registration drive-thru event this morning.. and the school system says the turnout was surprising.

Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter to host annual scholarship golf tournament

The organization said the purpose of the tournament is to raise money for Kappa League, the fraternity’s youth mentoring program.

Dougherty Co. garden workshop set for Thursday

The purpose of the workshop is to continue to engage a select group of residents to consider starting a community garden.

  Wild Adventures gears up for 25th season opening

Wild Adventures will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, as they prepare to open Saturday.

  Sheriff, family of slain Decatur Co. lawman gather for billboard lighting ceremony

“The days since Feb. 27 have been nothing more than a blur"

  Dougherty Co. leaders talk community’s ‘real issues’ with Sen. Ossoff

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Christopher Cohilas said they spoke about issues in a non-political sense.

  ‘Help is here’: Ossoff stops in Albany to talk economic relief amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ossoff said this rescue plan is about giving more access to the vaccine free of charge, ultimately laying the foundation for a strong economy.

  Lee Co. High learns about dangers behind the wheel

Seven Lee County students passed away from crashes since 1990, according to Lee County Public Safety.

  Roughly $500K saved as Albany outsources residential trash pick up

Albany city commissioners have now decided to outsource solid waste pickup, like garbage pickup, to Concrete Enterprises for East Albany residents, saving taxpayers around half a million dollars a year, according to commissioners.

  Lee Co. principal surprised with national award

A Lee County principal received national honors, and he was surprised with the announcement Monday.

  PPP extended for small businesses hurt by pandemic

Small business owners are getting a second chance to apply for a federal loan.

  Voter rights activists sue Ga. Sec. of State, protest new voting law

Civil Rights and activist organizations are suing Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and some election board staff in federal court.

  People complain about Albany IRS being closed, not keeping appointments

If you’re looking to file your taxes through the IRS in Albany, you may run into a problem.

Dougherty Co. aims to expand broadband internet access

Dougherty County leaders are taking steps to expand broadband internet access.

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Reserve Corps looking for volunteers

The Medical Reserve Corps is community-based unit that helps organize and use volunteers who want to respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.

Bainbridge-Decatur Marshals Office posting signs where property violations occur in city

The Bainbridge-Decatur Marshals Office is cracking down on property violations.

Sexual harassment case against Sylvester police chief settled for $145K

A Southwest Georgia police chief is still on duty after a hearing officer recently threw out sexual harassment allegations against her from someone within the department.

  Teachers get creative with STEM Ambassador Program

A teacher in Albany is getting creative with ways to teach STEM to her students, with help from NASA. Albany State University launched the STEM Ambassador program this month.

  Albany names interim city manager

The City of Albany has named an interim city manager.

  Westside Elementary’s agriculture program teaches students to care for the earth

An agriculture program at an elementary school is teaching kids, hands-on, about the earth at an early age.

  Volunteers gather to help organizations during annual ‘Day of Caring’

Volunteers and city leaders gathered for a good cause and helped nonprofit organizations tackle any projects they needed help with.

Albany begins process to select new city manager

The City of Albany is beginning the process to replace its city manager.

  Phoebe ready as COVID-19 vaccine expansion goes into effect

Phoebe Putney Health System staff said they didn’t see a large increase in requests for the COVID-19 vaccine during the first day Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s order to expand vaccinations to anyone 16 and older went into effect.

  Georgia Peanut Commission makes hefty donations to Second Harvest of South Ga

To celebrate National Peanut Month and Agriculture Week, Georgia Peanut Commission made a hefty donation.