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Cases of COVID-19 are now emerging in Southwest Georgia, far from the state epicenter of the outbreak in metro Atlanta.  

Officials at Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany say they have seen eight confirmed cases of COVID-19. Five of those people are being treated in the main Albany hospital with the remaining three recovering in their homes.

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Former President Jimmy Carter has been released from Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, following treatment for a urinary tract infection.

In a statement a spokesperson for the Carter Center said the former president, “looks forward to further rest and recovery at home in Plains, Georgia. He and Mrs. Carter wish everyone peace and joy this holiday season.”

Carter, age 95, is the oldest living former president. He’s had multiple hospital stays this year for fall-related injuries.

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center this weekend to treat an infection.
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Former President Jimmy Carter is back in the hospital just days after being released from Emory University Hospital following brain surgery. Over the weekend Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia to treat a urinary tract infection. 

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Until recently, you could have probably ridden by the Leesburg Stockade in southwest Georgia without noticing it or having any clue about the civil rights history to which the squat, block building bore witness.

A new historical marker at the site has changed some of that. It has also led to a debate about just how many young girls were jailed there in the summer of 1963.

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"All Things Considered" Host Rickey Bevington turned from news stories to ghost stories for Halloween. She and producer Sophia Saliby unearthed haunting tales of Georgia's most memorable spirits. 

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This Halloween, we’re introducing you to some of Georgia’s most memorable ghosts. In the southwest Georgia town of Americus, a little girl and her mother are said to haunt the halls of the Windsor Hotel.

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We spoke by phone to people from McRae, Plains and Valdosta about how Hurricanes may be the new normal for South Georgia. 

Officer Slayings 'Wreaked Havoc' On Rural Georgia Community

Dec 9, 2016
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What started as a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance erupted in violence as two responding officers were struck by deadly gunfire, leaving a rural Georgia community grieving and on edge as police hunted the attacker.

The manhunt lasted barely a day. A telephone tip Thursday morning led police to a home where a SWAT team found the suspected gunman dead inside — apparently having shot himself as officers arrived following a telephone tip.

BREAKING: Police: Suspect In Officer Shootings Is Dead

Dec 8, 2016
Americus Police Department

12:15 p.m.

Police say a man suspected of shooting two Georgia police officers is dead.

Phyllis Banks, a police spokeswoman in Americus, told The Associated Press on Thursday: "It's confirmed that the suspect is dead." That was after a SWAT team went into a home where authorities had received a tip that 32-year-old Minquell Lembrick was hiding.

Banks declined to give further information, including whether police had shot Lembrick or merely found his body. Police planned a 1 p.m. news conference.

Authorities say one of the police officers shot in Georgia while responding to a domestic dispute has died and another is in critical condition.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the Americus officer and a Georgia Southwestern State University officer were shot while responding to a report of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex near the campus about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday. Miles says the shooter is still at large.