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CCPD Captain, wife save dog who fell out of car on I-95

A Chatham County Police Captain and his wife were able to jump into action and help a dog that had just fallen out of her owners vehicle while on Interstate 95 last Friday.

Congressman Sanford Bishop responds to court upholding SNAP benefits

Record 1.4M Georgians cast ballots during first week of early voting

Reward offered in abandoned dog case in Brunswick

Flavors of the Fair event brings all your favorite fair foods in lieu of Georgia National Fair

Winn Dixie, other grocery stores to close Thanksgiving Day

Ga. Chick-fil-A employee saves child choking in drive-thru lane

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Virus impacting peanut crops in Georgia

Bond hearing scheduled for two suspects charged in Arbery shooting

Pirates find their way to Tybee Island despite festival cancellation

Georgia man sentenced for using fake Facebook to make threats against West Georgia, East Alabama schools

Teal Pumpkin Project provides safe treats for trick-or-treaters with allergies

Kysor Warren Epta US invests $27 million to expand in Columbus, creates 200 jobs

Jury trials to resume across the state of Georgia

Jury trials, which have been suspended since March, are set to resume throughout the state of Georgia.

Some Columbus residents reporting stolen and vandalized political yard signs

The presidential election is less than a month away and things are already getting heated in Columbus with some people reporting their political signs being stolen and or vandalized.

1 suspect arrested, searching for another after body of missing Alma man found

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Bacon County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect on murder charges and is searching for another suspect.

Gov. Kemp stops in Richmond Hill to discuss Ga.’s pandemic progress, economic development

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp stopped in Richmond Hill to discuss the state’s progress as the pandemic continues, economic development and more.

Police: 6 shot, wounded during fight in an Atlanta store

Georgia sea turtle nests continue to meet recovery goals

October highlights Breast Cancer month

Columbus man charged with possession of child pornography after August GBI seizure

Human remains found near Oriole Drive identified as missing Savannah teenager

Georgia Power customers to see $18 reduction on bill in October

Georgia Secretary of State, corporations partner for election safety amid pandemic

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is working with corporations to provide better safety measures during the November election amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Magnolia Manor reports no active COVID-19 cases for the last month

Magnolia Manor is reporting no active COVID-19 cases across all of their campuses for the fourth week in a row.

New anti-trafficking hotline created in Georgia

There is a new statewide resource to report information related to human trafficking cases.

Judge orders Georgia to have paper pollbook backups

A federal judge says every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup of the electronic pollbooks that are used to check voters in.

Absentee voting underway in Peach State with record number of GA voters expected to vote absentee

With just 36 days to go until Election Day, absentee voting for the is underway in the Peach State with some Georgia voters starting to receive their absentee ballots in the mail.

Confederate monument in Forsyth Park vandalized

A memorial to Confederate soldiers in Forsyth Park was the target of vandalism overnight. This is the second time the monument has been vandalized since June.

One million dollars in jewelry stolen from Hinesville store

A million dollars in jewelry was stolen from a store in Hinesville early Friday morning.

Fmr. Columbus police officer William Talley sentenced to life in prison

A former Columbus police officer accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced Monday morning in Superior Court.

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.

91-year-old veteran gets help finding a new home

Not only does the 91-year-old veteran have a new place to live, but his son does too. Stallworth takes care of his son with special needs.

Bird coming off endangered list thanks to Ft. Benning conservation efforts

A bird that has been on the endangered species list for decades is finally making its way off the list thanks to combined conservation efforts at Fort Benning.

Georgia Southern warns students about potential payment scam

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

Money seized from illicit gambling ring donated to Savannah agencies that help victims of crime

Christmas came early for four Savannah-area non-profits, thanks to money forfeited from a big illicit gambling operation in the state last year.

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.

New lawsuit claims Diocese of Savannah covered up allegations of child molestation

A new lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Savannah claims the Diocese covered up allegations of child molestation more than 30 years ago.

Toddler safe after LaGrange mother’s car stolen with child inside, suspect unknown

A toddler is safe after being kidnapped in LaGrange for a little less than half an hour.

Georgia, Alabama bringing up the rear in rankings of census completion

The Deep South has a big problem when it comes to census responses this year: the numbers are low.

Tybee Island prepares for potential flooding as tides rise

The City of Tybee Island is preparing for any flooding that could occur due to the extremely high tides that are expected Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Fifth officer fired after death of inmate at Chatham Co. Jail

Sheriff John Wilcher issued a statement on Monday saying the inmate was found unresponsive in their cell during a routine check.

  Georgia surpasses 300,000 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since pandemic began

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,901 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Thursday, Sep. 17.

One of the Savannah officers fired after use of force investigation will face criminal charges

One of the former officers fired after a use of force investigation will face criminal charges, according to a representative from the District Attorney’s Office.

Lewis family, protesters call for more police training

Protestors gathering in Sylvania this Saturday hope to keep pressure on prosecutors in the case of a state trooper who shot a suspect after a chase.

Kemp extends current COVID-19 restrictions

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed an executive order that extends the current COVID-19 restrictions, along with guidance on visiting long-term care facilities.

Teenage twins help fill a poll worker shortage & continue family tradition

The Sullivan sisters may not be able to vote yet but that won't stop them from making sure everyone else can by applying to be poll workers for the November election

FEMA approves extra federal assistance for Georgians receiving unemployment benefits

Georgians who receive unemployment benefits can now get up to $1,800 in extra federal assistance.

“God bless their memory:” Gov., First Lady Kemp remember 9/11 terror attacks

Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp released a video statement remembering the terror attacks that 19 years ago today claimed thousands of lives.

Georgia: $300-a-week jobless boost to be paid next week

Many people collecting unemployment benefits in Georgia will get up to $1,800 in extra federal assistance over the next two weeks, Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday.

New Ga. law will add protections for surprise medical billing

Tara Conway channeled her frustration into a series of paintings after waiting for hours on hold to resolve a surprise medical bill.

CCSO: 3 officers fired, 1 charged after inmate found dead at Chatham Co. Detention Center

Sheriff John Wilcher issued a statement on Monday saying the inmate was found unresponsive in their cell during a routine check.

COVID-19 infections leap again at University of Georgia

Coronavirus infections have continued to spread at the University of Georgia, with the school reporting more than 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week.

Daughter feels letdown by nursing home during mother’s battle with COVID-19

COVID-19 has hit several long-term care facilities in Georgia. A nursing home in Liberty County has had 72 positive cases among residents, which has resulted in 10 deaths.

Supreme Court upholds murder conviction against man who killed 4-year-old

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the convictions of a man accused of killing a 4-year-old disabled girl, and assaulted her 3 year old sister.

Tattnall Co. community mourning death of retired EMT who passed away due to COVID-19

The Tattnall County community is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Georgia Southern student athletes lead peaceful march against social injustice, racism

Thursday evening, student athletes from Georgia Southern will march to call attention to national issues like social justice and racial equality.

DOJ: Transnational wildlife and drug trafficking operation dismantled

An alleged international money laundering, drug trafficking, and illegal wildlife trade operation has been shut down by federal, state and local investigators.

Columbus artist paints portrait of Breonna Taylor for cover of ‘Vanity Fair’

A Columbus artist’s work is gaining national attention after her portrait of Breonna Taylor is gracing the cover of ’Vanity Fair.’

Georgia island adds maritime forest to protected acreage

Georgia’s most populated barrier island is protecting a slice of its valuable maritime forest from development.

Tyler Perry teams with Ga. First Lady Marty Kemp for human trafficking PSA

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is teaming up with Georgia’s First Lady Marty Kemp to create a public service announcement for her commission that combats human trafficking in the state of Georgia.

UPDATE: Atlanta-area 1-year-old located hours after gunpoint kidnapping

An Amber Alert has been activated for a DeKalb County toddler who was kidnapped from his stroller while on a walk with his mother.

Georgia drops 4 previously required high school tests

Georgia public high school students will take exams in algebra, American literature and composition, biology and U.S. History under a plan to cut four other exams.

Over 20 missing kids rescued during two-week operation in Ga.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, 26 children were rescued, 13 children were located, and nine suspects were arrested.

Georgia Southern football practice suspended after positive COVID-19 tests

The Georgia Southern University football team has temporarily suspended football practice after positive COVID-19 tests.

Ga. Secretary of State partners with GDOT to recruit poll workers

The secretary said this partnership with GDOT is to ensure county elections officials have the staff they need on and in the weeks before election day.

Georgia no longer worst among states for virus transmission

Some Georgians are in line for more unemployment assistance as the state has given up the

World War II veteran celebrates 99th birthday after recovering from COVID-19

WTVM News Leader 9 was there to capture Jack Pearce's special celebration.

Savannah takes top spot for U.S. container shipping

The Garden City Terminal handled a total of 593,195 twenty-foot equivalent container units of loaded exports during the first five months of the calendar year.

Family honors legacy of Ahmaud Arbery with community bike ride

Ahmaud’s family and the Geechee Kunda brag team held a community bike ride, “I’m with Maud.” The biked 2.23 miles and say they hope to continue to honor him for years to come.

Ga. Department of Labor to add new online tool to help verify identities

The Georgia Department of Labor says it continues to see a high volume of fraudulent unemployment claims, which takes away manpower from processing and paying out real claims.

U.S. House bill seeks to create animal cruelty crimes unit in DOJ

Roosters forced to fight to the death while a room full of spectators place their bets on the sidelines. Scenes like that investigators say played out in Midville, Ga. during a federal raid in June.

Kemp defends coronavirus response after White House report

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp defended his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in fiery remarks Wednesday after a report from the White House coronavirus task force said Georgia led the nation last week in new cases per capita.

GBI launches new human trafficking investigations unit

It will be led by a special agent in charge and an assistant special agent in charge.

White House Coronavirus Task Force ranks Georgia as ‘red zone state'

The White House Coronavirus Task Force classifies Georgia as a red zone state, based on test positivity rate which is greater than ten percent of COVID-19 cases.

Georgia’s Kemp sets spending of federal COVID-19 school aid

Georgia’s governor has announced new spending plans for federal COVID-19 aid to schools.

Ft. Benning cancels Oktoberfest as a safety precaution

Fort Benning announced Monday that this year’s Oktoberfest is canceled.

NC trooper struck by car on I-485 transported to Georgia to resume recovery process

A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was struck by a car while investigating a fatal wreck on I-485 last month is getting stronger by the day, according to a recent post by those close to the trooper.

Trooper fired, arrested after deadly officer-involved shooting in Screven Co.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has arrested the Georgia State Patrol Trooper that was involved in a chase and shooting in Screven County.

Rescue looking for volunteer cat cuddlers

A local cat rescue, Pooler Paws, recently expanded allowing them to help more of their furry friends.

Columbus sex trafficking suspect makes court appearance

The district attorney’s office said 23-year-old Roy Bailey and others were involved in a sex trafficking operation exploiting girls for personal gain.