Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States has jumped to 64. Georgia still has no confirmed cases, but the state's Division of Health requested its share of antiviral drugs from the federal government.
Local health departments across the state expect to get some of that supply. Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation that would make it easier to get a flu shot by allowing pharmacists and nurses to give them.
The Obama Administration also asked Congress for $1.5 billion to combat flu.
When it comes to the Swine Flu, Georgia is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Health officials say it's not surprising the number of cases has jumped.
"As more people who have recently traveled recognize that they have symptoms, of course they're going to be tested so, we're going to be seeing a spike," said Southwest Georgia Public Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant.
While Georgia hasn't confirmed a case, health officials aren't waiting. The Division of Health asked the federal government for their share of the stockpile of antiviral drugs. "They have requested the 25 percent of the state's supply of the anti-virals.
And they've placed their own order for Tamiflu and Relenza. "The state has actually ordered additional doses as well," said Grant.
The local health department is also trying to convey a clear message to the public and its partners, by contacting schools like Dougherty County and emphasizing good hygiene practices.
"Our nurses and Phoebe have provided through partners hand washing stations in all of our schools and we're encouraging their use regularly especially with this threat potential," said DCSS Public Information Officer R. D. Harter.
Carnival Cruise Lines suspended stops at Mexican ports and travel agents say travelers need to decide whether they think it's safe to travel to Mexico.
"Most of the major tour operators are allowing people to postpone their trips possibly rebook them to alternate destinations," said Dennis Fenton of Your Travel Connection.
Health officials say they're prepared to take the next step if more needs to be done like opening an operations center or requiring large gatherings to be canceled.
The Southwest Georgia Health Department is readying a list of employees that could be called in the middle of the night to open an operations center if it becomes necessary.
The Centers for Disease Control says people can best protect themselves by taking precautions they were taught as kids, like frequently washing their hands. The U.S. government is being "extremely aggressive" in the steps it has taken to protect the American public. More >>