Three killed in Northern California wildfire; thousands flee

Northern California’s wine country was on fire again Monday as strong winds fanned flames in the already badly scorched region, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes in the dark of night.

Albany, DOCO committee encourages neighborhoods to complete Census

New study shows COVID-19 mutation causing faster spread

DPH: Data shows steady rise in COVID-19 cases after Labor Day Weekend

Hahira Police Department warns of mail scam

Tennessee homicide suspect arrested in Crisp Co.

Confederate monument in Forsyth Park vandalized

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APD does ‘simple act of kindness’ for woman

APD report: Albany man tried to burn pregnant ex alive

Taylor Swift breaks Whitney Houston’s Billboard charts record

Carl Vinson VA drive-thru flu clinics open in several cities

Pandemic impacts Thomasville’s ‘Victorian Christmas’

  As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

Lowndes Co. wins state Supreme Court case

The lawsuit centers on a 2016 shared services agreement between Lowndes County and the Cities of Valdosta, Dasher, Hahira, Lake Park, and Remerton.

  Heroes Among Us: Rance Pettibone, Sr.

Rance Pettibone, Sr. more than 20 years in the U.S. Army. He's spent another 20 years serving as pastor at Second Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Albany.

Georgians can now get alerts about their absentee ballot

Georgians who choose to vote by mail are getting another way to keep track of their ballot throughout the process.

  Trump, Biden battle over quick confirmation of court pick

Trump’s announcement of Barrett for the seat held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is launching a high-stakes, fast-track election season fight over confirmation of a conservative judge who is expected to shift the court rightward as it reviews health care, abortion access and other hot-butto

Albany man turns himself in after East Oakridge crash

Ga. Senators Perdue and Loeffler express support for nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

1 dead after fatal shooting in Camilla

  WWII vet celebrates 100th birthday with his first birthday party ever

  Week 4: Friday night football scores and schedules

  KADB staff urge you to recycle unwanted electronics

  Officials: Lee Co. in “best” financial shape in history

Officials told us this is good news for people living in Lee County.

  APD investigating new evidence in disappearance of Jessica Dietzel

Jessica Dietzel was reported missing in February and last spotted in Albany.

  Thomasville resident hopes to transform former state hospital

One woman in Thomasville wants to take a former state hospital and turn it into something to help people in the area.

  Hundreds are expected to participate in unity gathering this Saturday in Valdosta

Pastors from different churches are coming together for a unity gathering on Saturday, at the old Lowndes County’s courthouse lawn.

Georgia Southern warns students about potential payment scam

Georgia Southern University issued a warning to students Friday about a possible phishing scam.

  Flint RiverQuarium to host socially-distanced festival

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic of this year’s celebration.

GRAPHS: Tracking Phoebe’s daily COVID-19 numbers

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is releasing its daily COVID-19 numbers.

  What to expect when some DCSS students return to school Monday

After being plugged in virtually, some Dougherty County School System students are headed back to the classroom.

Crisp Co. church preparing for prayer and food distribution

It will be held at Northern Heights Baptist Church at 1102 East 8th Avenue.

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at month’s end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress.

New online verification tool helping Ga. Department of Labor process unemployment claims

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) implemented a new tool to help with identity verification.

Lowndes football player saves Valdosta senior from burning car

Lowndes teen Brock Bailey was nearby working on a shed with a friend. The two heard the crash, ran to the scene and removed Eldridge from the vehicle just moments before it caught fire.

  Albany mother hosts Alopecia awareness parade for son

Vanessa Richardson said her eight-year-old son, Tristan, has had Alopecia Areata since he was 2.

Phoebe reports Friday COVID-19 numbers

This week, PPMH reached our lowest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in our health system since June 24,

Cairo’s Friday night football game canceled

There is an active COVID-19 case within the team, according to Athletic Director Tom Fallaw.

  Benadryl Challenge: FDA warns public about overconsuming allergy medicine

The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about serious side effects when overconsuming diphenhydramine because of the popularity of the “Benadryl Challenge” social media trend.

Collins, Scott ask IG to investigate Ocilla ICE center hysterectomy claims

The Congressmen asked the Inspector General to examine claims made by Dawn Wooten, who is represented by Project South, alleging that unwanted medical procedures have been performed on people detained at the ICE detention center in Ocilla.

Positive rabies specimens prompt caution in Worth Co.

Rabies is fatal in pets if they are not vaccinated, and there is no cure for humans who get it, and no test for it for those who are bitten by suspect animals.

WATCH LIVE: Dougherty Co. leaders hold Friday COVID-19 press conference

Dougherty County leaders are addressing the latest developments on COVID-19.

Georgia high school tests might not count toward grades

Students in Georgia public high schools would face no consequences for failing statewide standardized tests for at least one year under a proposal by state Superintendent Richard Woods.

  ‘No easy answer’: Many ask what next in Breonna Taylor case

Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky’s largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor.

UPDATE: Dougherty Co. missing man found

Police said Mark Steven Gregson, 60, was last seen Tuesday being dropped off at Whiskey River Bar in the 2900 block of Sylvester Road.

  Camilla family receives recognition for agriculture support

A family in Camilla was recognized today for their support of Agriculture.

  Thomasville’s Residence at Oak Grove gears up for grand opening

The Residence at Oak Grove in Thomasville held a sneak peek of their new assisted living community today.

  Colquitt Co. Board of Commissioners make decision on property taxes

Colquitt County Board of Commissioners made a decision on property taxes this week.

  City of Valdosta plans to renovate parks in the area

The City of Valdosta is planning to make some improvements to a few parks.

Albany commissioners approve study into APD

Albany Police Chief, Michael Persley, says the study will benefit both the department and community.

  Resident complains of parties in private Albany cemetery

Earlier this week, a man approached the Dougherty County Commission about parties in a private Albany cemetery.

  Dougherty Co. Superior Court to resume grand jury trials

Judge Lockette announced that superior court grand jury trials will start back up again.

  VSU’s Jazz Ensemble adjusts through pandemic challenges, hosts first virtual concert

The pandemic affects musicians when it comes to rehearsals and performances at schools, at every level.

  Dozens of tablets, phones donated to Phoebe Sumter after doctor’s Facebook post

“I just like to see the patients happy."

VSU postpones Homecoming to spring 2021

It was originally slated for October.

Inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at Crisp County Detention Center

The sheriff’s office said they received notification from Crisp Regional Hospital of the positive test result overnight Thursday.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp urges Georgians to take part in 2020 Census before deadline

Gov. Brian Kemp is urging all Georgians to take part the 2020 Census.

No end in sight for Americus church’s service during pandemic

The Kingdom Church hosted several food drives and giveaways, and members will distribute school supplies and gas gift cards in the near future.

  Americus pastor, Housing Authority CEO beat COVID-19; little to no impact on services during bout with virus

He was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in the spring and battled it and the symptoms for several weeks.

Two killed in rollover crash in Thomasville

According to troopers, a 2006 Lexus was driving south on Fletcher Street around 2 a.m. When the car approached the Lester Street intersection, it hit a curb and vaulted, troopers say.

Lowndes, Cook Co. manhunt ends; suspect in custody

Deputies tried to make a traffic stop Thursday morning, and the man lead officers on chase, the sheriff said.

Southwest Georgia’s unemployment rate drops in August

In Southwest Georgia, the unemployment rate decreased by 1.9 percentage points, dropping the rate to 5.5 percent. A year ago, the rate was 4.2 percent.

Op ‘End Game’ defendant sentenced for seeking sex with a minor

U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal sentenced John Wesley Ambrose, 36, from Watkinsville, to 46 months in prison, to be followed by ten years of supervised release

Breonna Taylor: Protesters pack city streets following grand jury decision

Police and protesters clashed on city streets in the Highlands and downtown Louisville on Wednesday following a grand jury’s decision to clear two of the three police officers involved in the deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment.

  Albany Coalition of Churches and Phoebe need your help planning new health center

The Albany Coalition of Churches is teaming with the Phoebe Putney Health System to start a community health center in East Albany.

  Cleanup continues after tree smash through Sylvester family’s property

The Holden family told us they provided food to the around 20 volunteers who showed up Saturday.

  Albany leaders see increase in masks on the ground during pandemic

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful officials said littering is no laughing matter and you could find yourself in jail if caught.

  ‘It’s a consistent thing’: Domestic violence still a major problem in Albany

Liberty House of Albany offers a 24-hour crisis line for victims.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Beshear asks AG’s office to release Breonna Taylor case evidence to public

“Those feeling frustration and feeling hurt deserve to know more," Beshear said during his daily press briefing.

  Valdosta’s city officials take part in neighborhood walk

With face masks on, the fire department, police, and city officials strolled the streets.

  Two South Georgia men wanted in connection to deadly shooting in Daytona Beach

Police are looking for two men from Lowndes County, wanted in a deadly Daytona Beach shooting.

  Red Cross gives blood donors new opportunity to help COVID-19 patients

American Red Cross blood donors now have a new opportunity to help patients battling COVID-19.

  Moultrie opens Northwest Park after renovations

A park in Moultrie is now open after many improvements.

  Moultrie Lions Club hopes to hold food distribution in Oct.

The Moultrie Lions Club is hoping to continue their food distributions in October.

  New devices added to track speed in Thomasville school zones

Thomasville police are implementing a new device to track speeding in school zones.

  Beta weakens to tropical depression, stalls over Texas coast

Beta weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland.

  Albany COVID-19 survivor encourages people to wear mask

In order for a mask mandate to stay in effect, there must be at least 100 cases of COVID-19 per every 100,000 residents.

  Lee Co. School System adapts COVID-19 protocols based on recent data

COVID-19 cases in Lee County schools are on a downward trend, and as a result, the school recently changed its protocols.

Moultrie police searching for shoplifting suspect

Police said on Sep. 15, just after 1 p.m., a man entered Hibbett Sports and took several items before leaving the store.

Loeffler introduces ‘Defending our Defenders Act’ bill

If approved, a person convicted of murdering a federal, state or local officer would face life in prison or the death penalty, according to the drafted bill.