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Accused murderer's alleged plot to kill deputies foiled after shocking discovery

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A local sheriff has enhanced security around an inmate who was allegedly planning a dramatic escape. The sheriff said the prisoner planned to execute two of his deputies during transport.


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


Walt and Ginger Bivins celebrate 60th anniversary with family

Pictured above: Walt and Ginger Bivins, 60 years ago. Walt and Ginger Bivins celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 1 with a private family celebration. Walter Richard Bivins and the former Ginger Faith Barnes were married at Thomaston First Methodist Church in Thomaston, Georgia, Feb. 14, 1


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.


5-star signee Travon Walker Ready to Win Championships at Georgia

THOMASTON - In today’s college football, to win championships you need an elite defensive line. That position group is a big reason why Alabama and Clemson have been fighting for national championships the past four years. Big, athletic defensive lineman are game changers in college football and the


Pistol-packing Georgia grandmother fires shots at burglar trying to break into her home

JACKSON COUNTY, Ga. (CNN NEWSOURCE) - A great-grandmother in Georgia used a pistol to scare a burglar trying to break into her home. The grandmother had a few choice words for the burglar before firing off some shots.


How one Central Georgia musician became a member of Zac Brown Band

Coy Bowles self taught his signature sound in a small room near the attic of his parents' Thomaston home. He joined a band by the age of 13 and nearly 30 years later, the life-long devotion to the strings landed him a spot doing what he loves with the Zac Brown Band.


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.


GBI: Snacks that sent 28 middle school students to hospital contained THC

ATLANTA - A lab test conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found THC in a food sample from Sandtown Middle School, where 28 students were sent to local hospitals last week after eating Valentine’s Day treats.


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Learns Sex of Upcoming Baby in 'Ellen Show' Surprise

Florida Georgia Line member Tyler Hubbard and his wife, Hayley, recently announced that they are expecting their second child, and on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres helped the couple find out whether they'll be welcoming a boy or a girl.


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.


2 people helping stranded ambulance driver killed in crash

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Two people helping a stranded ambulance driver have been killed in a crash. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells the Macon Telegraph that 22-year-old Shemar Brooks and 21-year-old Zhaniesha Burnette were killed in the Tuesday evening crash.


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


Tornado warning issued for Meriwether County

ATLANTA - BREAKING: A tornado warning has been extended for Meriwether County until 7:30 p.m. Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said the warning was spawned from a radar-indicated tornado.


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.


Only one in 12 University of Georgia students is black. Why?

Why are African-American students still underrepresented at the University of Georgia? How do we change that?. Two guest columnists tackle that question today. Before retiring, Jerry Arkin was the University of Georgia Griffin Campus administrator and a UGA professor. Jack Bernard, a retired corpora


Area Births: Little Miss Botts

Rhett and Savanna Botts are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Hazel Sage Botts. She was born Feb. 8, weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Kristina Peterson of Barnesville and Richard Botts of Griffin, and Starla and Jason Brown of Jackson.


Flood watch takes effect for north Georgia, with more rain on the way

ATLANTA — Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking another night of heavy rain for thousands in northwest Georgia and there are now even more reports of flooding. A tornado warning was issued, then canceled for parts of Meriwether County after Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns said a ra


Incident reports for week of Feb. 20

Forsyth man arrested after alleged fight at Union Hills Apartments. A Union Hill Apartments man was charged with pointing a gun at a female around 5:49 p.m. on Feb. 4. Forsyth police Cpl. Timothy Kendrick stopped a tan Ford Crown Victoria at the corner of Jones and Main streets in which a suspect ha


Georgia leaders rally around Ralston amid threat of revolt

The silence at the statehouse over House Speaker David Ralston’s future is over. And the Republican has the threat of a revolt among rank-and-file members to thank for it. As news of state Rep. David Clark’s resolution calling on Ralston to resign his position ricocheted around the Capitol, a string