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LIVE OAK — Country music greats Toby Keith, LOCASH, Randy Houser, Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie and Maddie & Tae will be the spectacular main artists performing at the 29th Suwannee River Jam, the South’s Country Music and Camping Festival, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Pa…

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MOULTRIE, Ga. — Dr. Billy Ray Price was recently named as the 2019 recipient of the Walter E. Harrison, Jr., M.D. Humanitarian Award. Price was presented the award at the 25th Annual Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation Love Light ceremony held in the Kate Jeter Serenity Garden. 

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp praised state agencies that have cut their departments by millions, while defending his budget increases for teacher and state employee pay raises.

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MOULTRIE, GA. — Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bradfield M. Shealy and the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia (PAC) hosted a one-day regional training on Jan. 9 titled Gangs and Organized Crime 101.

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TIFTON — The 44th annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference on Jan. 16 was attended by more than 1,400 farmers, exhibitors and peanut enthusiasts from all over the state.

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THOMASVILLE — Riding a bicycle at night without illumination is never a good idea. A passenger on a lightless bicycle’s handle bars and an illegal weapon resulted in a criminal case and three arrests.

JASPER — A Jasper woman was arrested Saturday following an early-morning incident in which one person was shot in the neck.

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THOMASVILLE — A 58-year-old Bainbridge woman is accused of exploiting and stealing more than $30,000 from an elderly Thomas County couple.

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ALBANY, Ga. – The ring-leader of an illicit drug operation that reached into communities across middle and south Georgia was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison Monday, announced Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. 

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MOULTRIE, Ga. — A Moultrie man was charged Monday in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in 2018.

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CAIRO — Cairo City Council members are likely to take action on a proposed ordinance that would regulate short-term leasing within city limits sometime next month.

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THOMASVILLE — J. Perry Mustian, president and Chief Executive Officer of Archbold Medical Center, recently announced his intent to retire following 20 years of service in Archbold’s regional health system.

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DALTON, Ga. — Members of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners say they still plan to vote on a resolution to place a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) on the May general primary ballot by the end of January.

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DALTON, Ga. — Sam Sanders, who takes the Dalton Board of Education seat of Pablo Perez after defeating him in November's election, wants to keep the school system "moving in the right direction."

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DALTON, Ga. — When the Dalton Board of Education meets for the first time in 2020 today, it'll have two new members, including Jody McClurg, who won her seat in November without opposition and brings her experience as a mother of children in the school system and as a member of the Dalton Education Foundation's board of trustees.

ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg told an Atlanta crowd Friday there needs to be “less partisanship, less divisions and less tweeting” in American politics.

CAIRO — A Grady County judge sentenced Anna Marie McBride to three years in state prison for her involvement in a January 2019 wreck that took the life of Thomasville High School senior Levi Knop.

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Two thousand and seven hundred gallons of sewage spilled into the wetlands near 31st Avenue Southeast Jan. 2, leaving the City of Moultrie to clean it. City Manager Pete Dillard said it could’ve been worse.

DALTON, Ga. — City of Dalton officials say they are trying to verify two invoices totaling more than $20,000 for work done almost three years ago on the historic Crescent City train car.

DALTON, Ga. — The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners had planned to vote this coming Monday on an intergovernmental agreement that would spell out how a four-year, $66 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) would be spent.

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Shortly after announcing a steady increase in the number of influenza cases, Colquitt Regional Medical Center has enacted stricter visitation measures to limit the spread of the disease.

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Moultrie citizens and merchants can look forward to more parking spaces over 2020 as the city starts the South Main Street parking lot improvements.

CUMMING — Tift County’s swim teams took sixth place at the Lambert Holiday Invitational last weekend. It was a balanced effort from the Swim Devils; the girls were fifth at 218 points and the boys were seventh at 131.

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Peggy Ruth Howland, age 93, of Live Oak, Florida, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her daughter's home in Birmingham, Alabama. She was born in Frostproof, Florida living most of her life in Live Oak. She, alongside her late husband, owned and operated Howland's Feed Mill until their…

Mr. Lawrence Leroy Bruner, 94, of Live Oak, FL; passed away, December 15, 2019 at Shand's of Live Oak, following an extended illness. He was the son of the late James E. and Belva Reeves York Bruner. He made Live Oak his home in 1997 coming from Punta Gorda, FL. He served his country in the …

Rueben Harold Johnson, Jr., 69, Live Oak, FL passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The Valdosta, GA native lived most of his life in Live Oak, was an Engineman for the U.S. Navy while serving in Vietnam and a member of First Baptist Church of Dowling Park. Mr. Johnson is survived by his…