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DCSS making changes amid extended closure

(ALBANY, GA) - With schools now ordered closed to the end of the school year because fo the Coronavirus, the Dougherty County School System is making sure no student is going hungry, especially on the weekends. DCSS District Communications manager, J.D.…

Boys & Girls Club partnering with local food bank

(ALBANY, GA) -- A local food bank is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Club of Albany to help kids fight food insecurity. Feeding the Valley Food Bank is helping the city's Boys & Girls Club by setting up…

Phoebe Putney adds more ICU beds

ALBANY, Ga. - Wednesday, across the Phoebe Health System, a total of 685 patients have tested positive for COVID-19.  About 136 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 or are under investigation are being treated at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in…

Newly purchased germ-killing machines ensure EMS safety during pandemic

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, Ga. - Dougherty County is taking steps to prioritize the safety of their employees and patients with the purchase of two new germ-killing machines. The County Commission unanimously approved the $39,400 purchase of the decontamination equipment for Emergency Medical…

Local chamber of commerce warns about stimulus scams

(SYLVESTER, GA)- Locally, chambers of commerce are also telling people to keep an eye out on suspicious links when applying for the stimulus loan. Karen Rackely with the Worth County Economic Development Authority wants…

Incorrectly taking out the trash puts Public Works employees at risk

ALBANY, Ga. - Public Works employees are working diligently during this pandemic to ensure services aren’t disrupted. The City of Albany Solid Waste Division says some residents are leaving bags of trash beside containers instead of properly placing them inside of…

Phoebe death toll rises as new results funnel in

ALBANY, Ga. - Sadly, Phoebe Health System reported nine additional COVID-19 deaths Monday as a substantial number of test results were returned. As of today, 586 people have tested positive for the virus and 1146 tests are pending.  "We had one…

Baker Schools change meal distribution schedule

(NEWTON, GA) - With Georgia schools pushing the return date for students to April 30th, one rural school is making changes to help feed students. The Baker County School District announced they will deliver food throughout the week to students. In…

Small businesses can apply for SBA loan amid COVID-19 closures

(SYLVESTER, GA)- With help ranging from Locate South Georgia, the state's Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration, small businesses across the state can apply for a loan of up to $10,000. In Worth County, hundreds can now apply for…

Crisp County Sheriff urges residents to abide by curfew

CRISP COUNTY, Ga. - After a number of large gatherings took place in Crisp County over the weekend, the Crisp County leaders unanimously agreed to enact a curfew. Local law enforcement will work to enforce the curfew from 9:30 p.m. to…

Prayer parade to show support for Crisp Regional Hospital

  CRISP COUNTY, Ga. - On Sunday, hundreds of people from Crisp County showed their support for the staff of Crisp Regional Hospital (CRH) by forming a parade. This “prayer parade” followed social distancing guidelines as people prayed from their cars…

Two injured in shooting

Press Release Crisp County Sheriff Around midnight on March 29, 2020, deputies were called to 113 Judy Avenue, Cordele, Ga. Upon arrival, deputies found a large gathering of people that were attending a party at the residence. Inside the home…

Phoebe health system's COVID-19 deaths continue creeping up

SOUTHWEST GEORGIA - The Covid-19 toll continues to climb in the Southwest Georgia region.  During the Dougherty County 1 p.m news conference, Phoebe officials reported the number of patient deaths across their health system.  Two additional Phoebe patients have died from…

COVID-19 deaths in Dougherty County

Dougherty County, Ga. - Dougherty County remains one of the hardest-hit counties in the state by COVID-19.  As of noon Friday, there are 193 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Dougherty County, trailing only behind Fulton in the number of cases.  The Dougherty…

The home of golfer Davis Love III was destroyed by a fire

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (CNN) -- Golf legend Davis Love III lost his family home to a massive fire early Friday morning. The house in St. Simons Island, Georgia, was "completely engulfed in flames" by the time firefighters arrived…

MCLB sends employees home during Coronavirus pandemic

(ALBANY, GA) -- Marine Depot Maintenance Command’s Production Plant Albany has implemented an Operational Pause for its production line and have sent its employees home. The Operational Pause was implemented in order to actively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to…

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital nearly at capacity

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, Ga. - Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials say they've reached capacity in three of their intensive care units and have only four beds left. Dr. Steven Kitchen, Phoebe’s chief medical officer says, "We have topped out in terms…

Sumter County Schools suspends food distribution

(AMERICUS, GA) -- One Southwest Georgia school system announced Thursday that it will have to discontinue feeding students for the time being. The Sumter County School System announced on their Facebook page that after Friday, March 27th, the school would…

Local church donating to Phoebe during pandemic

(ALBANY, GA) -- With supplies running low for Phoebe Putney hospital during the Coronavirus pandemic, Sherwood Baptist Church and their community is lending a helping hand. "In our first day of collection, these m95 masks which are a premium, and…