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Meth ring busted in Ben Hill County

BEN HILL CO., GA (WALB) - Two men are behind bars in Fitzgerald and more arrests could be coming after Ben Hill County Sheriff’s deputies busted a meth ring, according to a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office,


Ryan Duke to appear in court again next week

IRWIN CO., GA (WALB) - A pre-trial hearing has been set for the man accused in the death and disappearance of Tara Grinstead, an Irwin County teacher and beauty queen. The pre-trial hearing for Ryan Duke will be Friday, March 1.


Exhibit by Juan Galarza showing diversity of region to open in Fitzgerald

FITZGERALD — An exhibit highlighting Hispanic leaders in the south Georgia region will open at the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Arts Council on Friday night. The exhibit features the photography of Juan Galarza, a native of Fitzgerald, and his portraits of Hispanic business and community leaders in the area.


Georgia mom's death at house party ruled accidental

FORSYTH CO., Ga. (WSB) - Georgia authorities say the death of a woman at a house party was accidental, but friends and family say they have concerns about the ruling. After Tamla Horsford attended an “adult birthday slumber party” at a Forsyth County home in November, she was found unresponsive in t


VERIFY: Georgia's laws for removing elected officials from office

MACON, Ga. — Over the past few years, Central Georgia has seen several local elected officials end up on the wrong side of the law. In early 2018, Macon County Sheriff Charles Cannon Junior was suspended after he was indicted for grabbing a woman inappropriately.


'Turn around, don't drown!' Flooding washes out roads in north Georgia

NORTH GEORGIA - Flooding across north Georgia shut down dozens of roads Friday as more rain moved through and rivers and streams overflowed. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls was in Douglas County, where Mount Vernon Road shut down after 2 to 3 feet of water flowed over the roadway.


Yellow Jackets off to a fast start

The Thomas County Central baseball team used stellar pitching, defense, and situational hitting to open the 2019 season with a three consecutive wins by an impressive 27-0 combined score.


Blackface photos found in Georgia Southern yearbooks

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) - Racist images are being uncovered in dozens of decades-old yearbooks, including one local university's. It’s likely the recent blackface scandal involving Gov. Ralph Northam prompted others to dig into school archives.


South Georgia drug busts linked to Cuban drug organization

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified and dismantled numerous drug operations in South Georgia. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the GBI’s Southeastern Regional Drug Task Force executed four simultaneous search warrants in Jenkins and Burke counties relating to an ongoing


Georgia ag museum plans stargazing program

TIFTON — Walk among the stars during the Victorian Stargazing program on March 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.


Bahamian track athlete found dead in Georgia

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On Thursday, Dekalb County Police identified a man shot to death Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of an office park in Stone Mountain, Georgia as former Bahamian track and field standout Douglas Lynes-Bell.


Georgia May Jagger’s Best Ever Concert? Her Dad’s, Of Course

MILAN — Sitting front row at the Emporio Armani show on Thursday, Georgia May Jagger reminisced about her favorite music-related memories as the child of one of the world’s biggest rock stars.


Here's What A Cool Million Buys In Georgia This Week

GEORGIA — Burrr. The chill of winter is in the air, even for Atlanta. But fret not, Patch has compiled a list of cozy Georgia homes on the market where you can cuddle by the fireplace.


Police won’t be filing charges in deadly Douglas shooting

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - The Douglas Police Department (DPD) has said it will not be filing any charges after a deadly shooting on Feb. 6, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.


Restaurant Report: Health inspections from Feb. 15-21

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Below is a list of health inspections conducted between Feb. 15-21 in Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, Tift and Worth counties. To view health inspection reports for any county in the state of Georgia, click here.


The raccoon is one of Georgia’s best-known animals

When I was taking the trash out the other evening, a raccoon suddenly walked from around the corner of my house. He stopped, looked at me for a second and then scurried into the woods.


Dozens of college police chiefs attend conference in South Georgia

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - Dozens of police chiefs from colleges and universities across the state came to Crisp County for a conference Thursday. It's the 11th year of university police chiefs learning new methods and techniques.


Resolution calls for Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston to step down

A state representative from Buford is calling for Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston to resign from his leadership position after an investigation by two Atlanta news organizations reported that he used his legislative position to delay court proceedings for criminal defendants he represents


Anti-bullying bill helps Georgia students switch to private school

GEORGIA - Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that would set aside money to help some students make the move from public to private school. It's designed to help students who are low-income, special needs, or whose families are active military.


Georgia Sports Medicine brings in new sports medicine specialist

TIFTON — Georgia Sports Medicine has announced that sports medicine specialist Dr. Celestine Nnaeto has joined the practice to provide evaluations and treatment for non-surgical orthopedic conditions, athletic injuries and spine disorders.