Category Archives: Around our Area

Suspect accused of robbing multiple convenience stores caught in Cairo Tuesday

A man wanted by police in connection with 2 Florida convenience store robberies was finally caught Tuesday when he allegedly attempted to hold up a store in Cairo, Ga. Robert Lee Perkins, 30, was arrested by the Cairo Police Department at around Tuesday at 10 a.m. Perkins is a suspect in a robbery that happened Monday morning at… Read More »

Doughtery Co. School students with unexcused absences could fail or lose driver’s licenses under stricter attendance rules

From WALB: Dougherty County School Board members gave final approval tonight to a much stricter attendance policy. Kindergarten through 8th graders who have more than 5 unexcused absences won’t pass. That’s up from the previous limit of 14-days. High school students won’t get credit for a course if they miss more than 3-hours in a semester or 5… Read More »




Use of dangerous ‘spice’ on rise in area

THOMASVILLE — Recently, Grady County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a young woman in her home suffering from paranoia and seeing things that weren’t there. According to Sheriff Harry Young, there has been a steady uptick in similar calls caused by people using spice. Young said spice is “a bad, bad, dangerous drug that drives users out of their… Read More »

Around Our Area: Chicken house fire in Coffee County

COFFEE CO., GA (WALB) – Coffee County Firefighters said it took four hours to control flames after a chicken house caught fire Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the chicken house at the 300 block of West Chicken Road around 1:30 p.m. Read More at WALB FWC Officer Shot and Wounded, Boat Stolen PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida… Read More »

Around Our Area: Speeding driver stopped, officer finds 15 lbs. of pot

from WALB.com Landis King Rollins, Jr. was spotted by a state trooper, speeding down Highway 93 in Grady County Wednesday, just after noon. The trooper stopped him in Grady County just South of Grasslawn Drive, and in a search of the car, a huge haul of marijuana, about 15 pounds’ worth, was found. Grady County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and… Read More »




Around Our Area: New Colquitt County High School is one of largest schools in South Georgia

Students and parents will get into the school, located on Darbyshire and Doc Darbyshire roads, when the school holds its open house Thursday. The event will be 3-7 p.m.  Students will get their schedules and receive a variety of paperwork to complete. It will be their first chance to meet with teachers as classes gear up to open… Read More »

Kolomoki Mounds to hold workshop for teachers

Kolomoki Mounds State Park will host a “Project WILD/Aquatic WILD” educator training workshop to help educators learn how to incorporate wildlife education into their curriculum. The workshop will be held Saturday, August 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the state park in Blakely, Ga., and is open to teachers of all subjects. Project WILD/Aquatic WILD are wild-life… Read More »




2 Valdosta Men Plead Guilty To Dog Fighting And Firearms Charges

United States Attorney Michael J. Moore announced today that Raymond Lee Hendrix a/k/a “Georgia Lee” and “Lee”, of Echols County, Georgia; and Willie Henderson, of Lowndes County, Georgia, entered guilty pleas to a number of charges in United States District Court in Valdosta. The pleas were entered on June 25, 2015 before the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior District… Read More »

Around Our Area: Death of One-Year-Old in Thomasville Deemed a “Tragic Accident”

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Tonya Hayes hugged her sons just a little tighter Thursday; following the death of her neighbor’s 19-month-old son, Dallas Beltran. He died in what authorities are calling a “tragic accident.” “It’s heartbreaking, it’s a tragedy. You start thinking if it had been yours,” Hayes said. It all happened Wednesday morning on Swanson Road in Thomas… Read More »




Thomasville man awaiting trial in international pornography case

THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville man charged as part of an international child exploitation conspiracy case is scheduled for a jury trial on Sept. 8 at the Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia. James Edwin Hancock, 44, is one of seven defendants who allegedly operated two websites designed to trick children between ages eight and 14 into engaging in sexual… Read More »




1 current and 2 former Colquitt Co. HS football players charged with murder and armed robbery attempt

Colquitt County, GA, High School junior running back Tykerious “Grump” Jones, 17, faces charges of murder and criminal intent to commit armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of 68-year-old John Hester. The incident happened on July 5, but Jones and six other co-defendants were charged in recent days. There were seven teenagers arrested with connection to… Read More »

Around Our Area: Racial wounds reopened in Grady County after vote on Confederate flag

Racial wounds reopened after Grady County commissioners vote to keep Confederate flag CAIRO — Scabs of racial wounds were ripped off during Friday’s special called meeting of the Grady County Commission to discuss the Confederate flag’s place at the Veteran’s Square surrounding the Grady County Courthouse. After an unruly two hours of emotional statements by commissioners and residents,… Read More »




Moultrie man wins $274K in lottery

Douglas Bridges of Moultrie is a huge winner in the Georgia Lottery Fantasy 5, taking home $274,321. Packers Food Mart, 527 U.S. Highway 319 North in Moultrie, sold the winning ticket from the June 30 drawing. Bridges claimed his prize July 1 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton, Ga. Check the latest winning lottery numbers here… Read More »

Dawson’s Judge Bishop appointed to serve on Georgia Commission on Family Violence

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Pataula Chief Superior Court Judge Joe C. Bishop to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a state agency created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive plan for ending family violence in Georgia. GCFV conducts quarterly meetings inAtlanta. Judge Bishop will serve… Read More »

Around Our Area: Blakely man dies in early Friday accident

A Blakely, Ga., man passed away in an auto accident in Albany, Ga., early Friday morning, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The Georgia State Patrol identified the victim as Escondarius Deshon Yarborough, 24, of Blakely. The one-car accident happened on Gillionville Road in Albany at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Friday, April 24. According to GSP, Yarborough apparently lost… Read More »