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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 >>
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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 >>
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The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Authorities in Valdosta and Lowndes county are keeping an eye on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
The most common problem with these tropical systems produce here in South Georgia is flooding. South Georgia organizations are preparing for the strong winds and heavy rains that hurricanes or tropical storms could bring to the area.
"We want to make sure we give our system as much capacity as we possibly can ahead of any pending storm such as what we got last summer," said John Whitehead, City of Valdosta Public Works Department.
To prepare, Valdosta's Public Works Crews lower water in detention ponds. They also clear debris from low lying areas and storm drains in an effort to prevent flooding.
"There always needs to be a high alert, an alert factor involved in your community," said Terri Whitlock, American Red Cross Valdosta Chapter. "That's where listening to the weather radio or tracking on the website is important, Even though we're not in Florida it can affect us here in Georgia."
The local emergency management agency updates organizations on potential storms. Organizations are in contact with one another frequently to be sure they're sending the same message to the community.
Disaster does not discriminate says the Red Cross and the most important thing you can do is educate yourself and your family.
The Red Cross also recommends getting a kit and making a plan in case the need to evacuate arises.