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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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TIFTON — Mayor Julie Smith, District 2 Council member Jack Folk and District 4 Council member M. Jay Hall were sworn in for four year terms at the Jan. 6 workshop meeting of the Tifton City Council.

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ATLANTA — Independent pharmacies in Georgia are saying big pharmaceutical management companies are running them out of business, and lawmakers are struggling with what they can do to even the playing field. 

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VALDOSTA – By raising funds for their school theatre productions, 44 Valdosta Middle School Players students garnered approximately $85,000 in scholarships.

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MOULTRIE, Ga. – The first day of early voting for the House District 171 Special Election saw Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger visit the Colquitt County Courthouse Annex to watch the new paper-ballot voting system in action.

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THOMASVILLE — A man charged recently with impersonating a law enforcement officer and released on bond is now charged with human trafficking involving an Albany teen.

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Obituaries

Funeral services for Mr. James Warren will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Hall Chapel Church in Devereux, Ga. at noon. Warren Bros. Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Evelyn Looper Veatch, 90, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Westview Baptist Church with the Rev. Jody Branch, the Rev. Ralph Story and the Rev. Lee Ross officiating. Burial will follow at Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Veatch wa…

Rufus Earl Woodcock, 87, of Milledgeville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Funeral services for Mr. Woodcock will be conducted Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Williams Funeral Home of Milledgeville with Bishop Wilse Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Heritage M…

Mr. William "Carey" Roberts Sr., 72, passed away on Jan. 7, 2020. Funeral services will be private. Mr. Roberts was a native of Milledgeville and had lived in Hancock County for a number of years. He was the son of the late Calvin James Roberts and the late Nora Clifford Miller Roberts and w…