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ADS department integral part of UGA-Tifton

TIFTON — As the University of Georgia Tifton campus continues its centennial celebration this year, faculty from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science reflect on the impact their department has made in Tifton over the past 80 years.


Judge sentenced for theft of more than $430k

ATKINSON CO., GA (WALB) - A former probate judge in Atkinson County, Margie O’Brien, now faces jail time after entering a guilty plea for her role in stealing almost a half a million dollars.


Attorney Accused, Hit By 3 Cars, Dead Elephant: Top Georgia News

It was a busy week of news around Georgia, with stories such as a DeKalb attorney accused of killing his mother, a twelve-year-old who was fatally hit by three cars, a bill that would protect people who rescue animals from hot cars, a 911 call of a frantic mother who found her son's dead body and de


Controversial legislation could transform health care in Georgia

Gallery: Controversial legislation could transform health care in Georgia. Remove restrictions on building new health care facilities. Require nonprofit hospitals to reveal financial information.


Georgia woman pleads to hauling kilos of drugs on I-75

MACON, GA (WALB) -- A Tifton woman pleaded guilty in Macon federal court Wednesday on a drug charge after she was arrested for carrying four kilos of meth and cocaine in her car with the intent to distribute.


Lawmakers want limits on profits allowed in rural hospital program

ATLANTA — At least six hospitals that participate in a tax credit program for Georgia’s cash-strapped rural hospitals have also tallied significant profit margins. One, Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton, reported making a $61.7 million profit, according to 2017 data from the state Department of


Elizabeth Warren heckled at Georgia campaign stop: 'Why did you lie?'

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was once again reminded that she exaggerated her Native American ancestry and was heckled during a campaign stop in Georgia.


22nd Annual Georgia Organics Conference held in Tifton

TIFTON — The 22nd Annual Georgia Organics Conference and Expo was held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus on Feb. 8 and 9. The conference, which is held in a different location every year, features workshops, booths, farm tours, a Farmer’s Feast and opportunities to network for attendees fro


Georgia lawmakers mull medical pot cultivation, drones near prisons

ATLANTA | The Georgia legislature is beginning to pick up its pace as the 2019 session approaches the half-way mark. Friday marked legislative day 16 of 40. The past week saw the governor sign his first bill, a measure that clarifies when vehicles can pass a school bus. A new bill in the House would


3 Athens products are 'Taste of Georgia' finalists

Products from three Athens companies started by entrepreneurs are among the finalists in the University of Georgia’s annual “Flavor of Georgia” contests. The Athens finalists include Classic City Bee Company’s Smoked Honey, in the honey and related products category; Epting Events’ Beef Short Ribs i


Georgia launches new app for free mental health counseling

State health officials launched a new mobile app Thursday that offers free and confidential access to people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and other issues. The My GCAL app, which works on Apple and Android phones, caters to younger Georgians who are more comfortable sending texts t


Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition staying in Columbus, mayor Henderson says

The Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition will celebrate 75 years in Columbus when pageant contestants take the stage at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Mayor Berry “Skip” Henderson announced Saturday.


Loved ones remember Tifton developer Harold Harper Sr.

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A family is mourning the loss of a pioneer in Tifton. Family members call Harold Harper Sr. ‘The Godfather’ of Tifton’s downtown development. Harper Sr. moved to Tifton with a few dollars and a dream many years ago; building his legacy, literally, from the ground up.


Multiple injuries reported in Lee Co. wreck

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Multiple injuries have been reported after a two-car accident on Highway 82 near Armena Road in Lee County Saturday, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s office.


Tifton students and faculty send virtual Valentine cards to St. Jude

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Cupid will be shooting his arrows of love Thursday and Eighth Street Middle School is joining in on the effort. Middle school students and staff sent more than a thousand virtual cards to a children’s hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.


33 Flavor of Georgia finalists selected

ATHENS — Judges selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia’s 2019 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest, set for March 19 in Atlanta. The contest is the state’s premier proving ground for small, upstart food companies as well as time-honored products. This year’


Ray Scott, Darryl Worley set to play Tift Theatre

TIFTON — Ray Scott is set to play the Tift Theatre, along with Darryl Worley and Heath Deloach, on Feb. 16. The stage is a familiar place for Scott, who spends most weekends out on the road.


Two plead guilty for Adel Zaxby's robbery

Two Coffee County men will each be facing over 10 years in prison apiece after pleading guilty to a 2017 armed robbery in Coffee County. Officials with District Attorney Dick Perryman say that Chamon Joiner and Simeon Damon, both 20, took part in robbing Zaxby's in Adel.