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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
The very device designed to warn people in Hahira about severe weather was itself destroyed by lighting last week.
A lightening bolt hit a utility pole Hahira firefighters planned to use for a weather alert siren, then traveled through the building and damaged storm alert equipment. Now, they're working to make repairs.
Lightening struck this pole a week after firefighters had it installed. They planned to mount a siren on it to alert people in Hahira about severe weather and tornadoes.
"It's an act of nature and all you can do is carry on with it," said Hahira Fire Chief Dwight Bennett.
The chief says this pole is the replacement and soon Georgia power will install it.
After violent storms ripped through south Georgia lightening struck this pole at the Hahira Fire Department splintering it into pieces.
"According to the National Weather Service, it's nice to have a siren as a redundant in case people don't have phones or don't have the phones on or just have failed to register with the code red system so this is a catch all," said Chief Bennett.
The lightening bolt traveled through the offices of the fire department damaging computers and their server.
"We're still trying to climb out of that information black out," said Chief Bennett.
Once they get the siren operating they plan to inform the community about the tests and Thursday firefighters were out programming weather radios donated by Hahira Middle School with a grant provided by Colquitt EMC.
"We're very thanksful for having our weather radio here at headstart because nothing is more important than the safety of our kids," said Edward McCutchin, a Hahira Head Start center assistant.
While we hope there won't be another bad storm with severe weather season in full gear, there's always that possibility and Hahira will be ready.
Chief Dwight Bennett says he hopes to have the siren operating in 30 days. It was paid for by an 18 thousand dollar FEMA grant.
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