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Marijuana edibles becoming growing issue in Georgia, nationwide

ATLANTA, GA. (CBS46) Marijuana edibles are becoming a growing issue for the state and there is especially a concern about children getting their hands on them. They're taking up more and more space inside the GBI crime lab.

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Irwin County among first in the nation for new Google initiative

IRWIN CO., GA (WALB) - A media giant brought their new initiative right here to Southwest Georgia. Google launched Wi-Fi enabled buses they call “Rolling Study Halls” with Gov. Brian Kemp and other state lawmakers Thursday.


Only 39 rental units available for every 100 low-income families in Georgia

Updated: April 20, 2019, 4:47 p.m. Two new reports from national nonprofits and research groups link a shortage of affordable housing with poorer health outcomes, and that correlation is evident in low-income neighborhoods across Gainesville and Hall County.


Irwin County Schools close Friday, ahead of severe weather

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Irwin County Schools are closing ahead of Friday’s potential severe weather. The school district is closing “in anticipation of strong winds and power outages,” Dr. Thad Clayton, superintendent, said.


Georgia city eyes safety policies after park electrocution

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — After a boy's electrocution at a public park last year, an east Georgia city is reworking its safety policy and inspection process. Melquan Robinson, 12, died after he touched a fence that had been accidentally electrified in October, The Augusta Chronicle reported. It happened a


North Georgia couple's dream of opening a men's and women's clothing boutique blossoms into three retail locations

Zach Cross is 31 years old with a college degree in business administration; Courtney Cross is 30 with degree in communications with a focus on human resources. Together, the young entrepreneurs are in their sixth year of running a profitable business.


Google, Kemp to unveil 'rolling study hall' initiative in Ocilla

OCILLA — Google is expected to join Gov. Brian Kemp, state Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, and state Rep. Clay Pirkle, R-Ashburn, in hosting a celebratory education event this week at Irwin County Middle School to unveil its "rolling study halls" initiative in Ocilla.


$200K worth of jewelry gone in 30 seconds by a duo of Georgia mall thieves

Two men allegedly used a hammer to smash through a glass display inside a Georgia jewelry store and got away with $200,000 worth of diamond rings, according to police reports. On April 15, one of the suspects walked into the Crescent Jewelers inside the Sugarloaf Mills Mall and expressed interest to


MSN Money Calls Georgia Infrastructure ‘2nd Best in the Nation’

Georgia’s transportation infrastructure ranks second best in the nation among U.S. states, according to a report published by MSN Money. In the report titled, “States that are falling apart,” Georgia ranks No. 49 overall, from best (No. 50, Florida) to worst (No. 1, Rhode Island) based on upkeep, ma


Veteran suicides draw new attention after two Georgia deaths

ATLANTA (Tribune News Service) — Olen Hancock, whose life had faded in many ways, shot himself outside the entrance of a Veterans Affairs hospital in Decatur earlier this month. He was 68.


Georgia driver steals weapons as he drives car through gun store

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Police in a Georgia city are looking for a bold thief who drove a car into a gun shop. Surveillance video at the Loganville store shows the car plowing through the front of the store around 5 a.m. Friday and then the driver hopping out and stealing as many guns as he can.


Ever Vigilant: Body cams keep police on the record

DALTON – Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer nearly five years ago in Ferguson, Mo. His death sparked protests and raised questions about police officers use of force across the country.


Kemp helps unveil education initiative in Irwin County

OCILLA — Google and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp hosted an event in Ocilla this week celebrating the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program, an initiative that brings Wi-Fi to students with long bus commutes in 16 communities across the country.


Death investigation underway in Fitzgerald

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) - Officials are investigating after a female was found dead Tuesday night, according to the Ben Hill County Coroner Mark Shealy. Shealy said he was called to Shady Lane around 10 p.m. Tuesday where the woman was found dead.


Omega Psi Phi brothers serve Easter Dinner at Salvation Army

ALBANY — The Omega Psi Phi fraternity was founded with uplifting others as one of its primary principles. On the Thursday before Easter, that's exactly what brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Eta Omicron Chapter did at the Salvation Army.


Restored Flats at 249 receives Georgia Trust award

THOMASVILLE — The Historic Thomasville Post Office in Thomasville, the New Albany Hotel in Albany, the Coleman-Talley offices in Valdosta, Leesburg Train Depot in Leesburg, and the H.H. Tift Building and Agricultural Research Building at the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia received statew


Drug traffickers plead guilty to distributing crystal meth in South Georgia, including Coffee County

Two men have pled guilty to conspiring to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine from Atlanta and throughout the Southern District of Georgia, including Coffee County. Enio Camacho-Pineda, a/k/a “Tony,” a/k/a “Tony Montana,” 31, of Atlanta, and Ricardo Santana-Hernandez, a/k/a “Richard Hernande


Overcoming Obstacles: Painter finds passion, purpose in art

NASHVILLE — Throughout Mary VanLandingham’s life, art has always been present. It’s been a constant, even during those moments when she has been discouraged. “I’ve always loved art, even when I was a kid, always doing crafts,” she said. “It was just something that was kind of clear that it was somet


Severe thunderstorm warnings updated for Big Bend, South Georgia counties

(WTXL) — The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for multiple North Florida and South Georgia counties unril 10:30 a.m. The North Florida counties include parts of Madison, Lafayette and Taylor counties.


WATCH: South Georgia deer smashes its way into convenience store

OMEGA, Ga. — Surveillance video captured at a Citgo gas station in Tift County shows a deer dramatically smashing through the door. After a quick trip around the store, it leaves through another entrance.