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Fitzgerald man pleads guilty to selling meth
A Fitzgerald man previously imprisoned for manslaughter has now pled guilty to selling meth. According to the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia's Office, Billy Ray Stafford entered the plea Monday to the charge of possession with intent to distribute meth.
Tara Grinstead case: Leaked confession reveals motive behind killing, investigators say
BEN HILL COUNTY, Ga. - The man accused of killing a former beauty queen and teacher in south Georgia in 2005 confessed to investigators in 2017, according to newly leaked documents.
Artist McWilliams’ exhibit opens Saturday
FITZGERALD — Photographer Kamia McWilliams will showcase her work in an exhibit titled “Aisha: She Who Lives” at the Carnegie Center here on Saturday. The exhibit will feature a series of portraits that offers a contemporary twist on traditional African style. Six poster-sized portraits will be on d
Clinch breaks Irwin's hearts again
ATLANTA — Irwin County head coach Buddy Nobles wasn't quite ready to talk Tuesday afternoon. Irwin dropped its fourth Class A public state final in five years to the Clinch County Panthers 27-20 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Nobles was misty-eyed.
Multi-county chase leads to I-75 traffic block
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) - A chase that started in Crisp County Monday afternoon ended on I-75 in Turner County, leading to the two left southbound lanes near Exit 84 being blocked.
Grant will help arts draw tourists to Fitzgerald
FITZGERALD — Tourism is a vital industry in Georgia, as it is in nearly any location in today’s world. Tourism generates money for the local economy and helps show outsiders what that state or community has to offer.
City names new downtown manager
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The City of Albany issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, in which Lequrica Gaskins was announced as Albany’s new Downtown Manager. She officially takes office on Wednesday January 9, 2019. Previously, Gaskins worked in downtown development with the City of Tifton.
GBI reveals information on Turner Co. incident
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been looking into a car chase that ended in shots fired on Monday in Turner County, near Ashburn. Around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, they issued this statement on that case-
Woman shot in Turner Co. officer-involved shooting is murder suspect
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) - According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a woman shot after a multi-county chase ended in Turner County was a murder suspect out of metro Atlanta.
GHSA State Championships Happening NOW
VALDOSTA – The A Public state championship is wrapping up with Clinch County Leading Irwin County. Games will be going on all day today and tomorrow. Don’t miss out on watching young talent play in the game of their life.
‘I was a coward:’ Accused Grinstead killer’s alleged confession describes what happened
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says its aware of a report detailing an alleged confession by Ryan Duke that's circulating the internet. Duke is the man charged with murdering Irwin County teacher and beauty queen, Tara Grinstead, in 2005.
Band of Brothers, Bam and JaJo to play Music Hall
LIVE OAK – Christmas is less than four weeks away and the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is ready to dazzle the audience with the fabulous Suwannee Lights' grand opening Saturday along with the ever-popular Mayo country musicians Band of Brothers making its first appearance at SOSMP in a while.
Judge overrules motions in Ryan Duke trial
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After several motions were made by Ryan Duke’s defense in the Tara Grinstead case, a judge has overruled five of them. Duke was arrested in February of 2017, charged with the murder of Ocilla teacher and beauty queen Tara Grinstead who disappeared in 2005.
Cook Co. man sentenced for molestation
ADEL, GA (WALB) - Steven Edward Sutton, 46, pled guilty to Aggravated Child Molestation in Cook County. Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson sentenced Sutton to 25 years in prison for the crime, according to Alapaha Circuit District Attorney Dick Perryman.
Speakers named for Georgia Cotton Commission annual meeting in Tifton
TIFTON — A Georgia cotton and peanut farmer will be one of the three featured speakers at the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 12th annual meeting on Jan. 30. J. Lee Cromley, a Brooklet grower who is a member of the Cotton Commission, will be joined by fellow program speakers K. Michael Tate, vice chairm
Man Convicted of Aggravated Child Molestation
ADEL, GA – Superior Court Judge Clayton Tomlinson sentenced Steven Edward Sutton, 46, to 25 years in prison for the crime of Aggravated Child Molestation, according to Alapaha Circuit District Attorney Dick Perryman.
PLAY OF THE WEEK (12/4/18): Benyard makes the sideline catch
OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Irwin County hosted Pelham in the GHSA state semifinals. In the first half, Zach Smith connected with Garland Benyard on the sideline, and Benyard got his toes in for the completion.
Volunteers continue to aid Hurricane Michael victims
TIFTON — Almost two months out from Hurricane Michael making landfall, some Florida communities continue to struggle with the fallout. Jan Connell saw it firsthand when she went to visit her brother-in-law, Coy Connell, who lives in Panama City.
TEAM OF THE WEEK (12/3/18): Irwin County stifles top offense in state
OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Irwin county held Pelham to just 6 points this past Friday at Indian Field. The hornets previous low was 34. That’s a team of the week performance. With the win, the Indians are headed to the state championship in A-public for the 4th time in 5 years.
Man reportedly abuses dog, charged with animal cruelty
TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Doris Ball said she didn’t know something was wrong with her 15-year-old dog Butterfly when she picked her up from a routine grooming appointment at Branch’s Veterinary clinic in Tifton. She later found out that an employee at the clinic had reportedly punched Butterfly in the no