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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
COOK COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The Department of Natural Resources has announced more cuts after the state cut funding by nearly 40%.
Georgia's coveted state parks are suffering. New budget restrictions have made improvements, and even maintenance, nearly impossible.
At Reed Bingham State Park in Cook County, gasoline has become an unnecessary expense. Mowing is now a rare occurrence, and in some places, grass is several feet high.
The non-profit group, Friends of Reed Bingham, has had to step-up, performing large and difficult tasks.
"Our 'Friends' group is pretty committed," says Chet Powell, Manager of Reed Bingham. "They'll do everything from help run the office to pick up trash, mow grass, and run the weed harvester."
Without volunteers behind the wheel of the harvester, the lake could fill with hydrilla, making it impassible for boats and swimmers.
Having no money also makes repairs impossible.
Reed Bingham's nature trail is typically one of the park's most popular attractions. Ever since March and April's heavy rainfalls dislodged the boardwalks throughout the trails, it has remained closed.
"It's just unfortunate that right now it's not open," says park ranger Jennifer Glover. "We hope to get it opened up, but who knows when?"
The bathrooms near the popular beach area broke two months ago. They're too expensive to fix, so the park has been forced to install port-a-potties.
It's not just Reed Bingham that is taking the hit. Across the state, 150 jobs have been cut from the state park system--even some at Jefferson Davis Historical Site near Fitzgerald, and Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park in Cordele.
Parks encourage visitors to join their local 'Friends of Georgia State Parks' chapter to help keep them operating. You can do so by logging on to www.friendsofGAstateparks.org