Thousands of Georgians wrapped up their Thanksgiving meal and then hit the stores as Black Friday bled into Thursday evening this year. Shoppers lined up well before 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Berry Square Mall in Rome for deals on footwear, more than two hours before retailers opened their doors.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore says he's opening an investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson. 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a school gym wrestling mat. Johnson’s parents pushed for the Department of Justice to open the case after Lowndes county officials ruled the death an accident.
The cause of an explosion and fire at a chemical processing facility in Valdosta remains unclear. A city spokeswoman said elevated pH levels of water inside the Perma-Fix facility delayed some of the on-site evaluations that need to be performed.
Authorities in south Georgia say fire crews were continuing to monitor the scene of a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex, injuring three people. Valdosta city officials said in a statement that firefighters remained at the scene Wednesday night until an investigation could begin Thursday.
Valdosta city officials say they're responding to a major sewage spill in the Withlachoochee River. Valdosta city officials say recent heavy rainfall may have caused sewage to be discharged from the Withlachoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The body of a south Georgia teen has been exhumed after his relatives requested a second autopsy to be done on him. The teen's family believes foul play factored into his death and has ordered an independent autopsy on his body.
A new Behavioral Health Crisis Center is being planned for Lowndes County as part of an effort to expand services around the state for those with mental health challenges. Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Frank Berry, said Monday that the new center in Valdosta will include 24 beds and six temporary observation spots at an annual cost of $5 million.
Regulators say they have closed banks in North Carolina and Georgia, bringing the number of U.S. bank failures to 12 this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized Pisgah Community Bank, based in Asheville, N.C., and Sunrise Bank, based in Valdosta, Ga.