Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
January 27, 2003
Camilla - It just goes to show that pennies do add up. While Mitchell EMC customers are rounding up their power bill to the next dollar, others are reaping the benefits. The extra cents are teaching life skills to the disabled.
Forty-seven-year-old Ulysee Wallace is learning how to cut grass. He says, "About a week in a half ago. I'm learning good though."
More than $8,000 worth of extra change from Mitchell EMC customers bought an industrial sized lawnmower for Mitchell-Baker Service Center in Camilla. The director, Ginna Waters, explains, "It's teaching them job skills and independence, so we're very grateful."
These clients with disabilities are not only raking in new skills, but also a paycheck. They train and then go out in the community to work. Wallace explains, "No, it's not hard. Watch for stuff like limbs in the way."
Operation Round UP allows customers to round up their monthly power bill to the next dollar amount. The extra pennies have helped people like Wallace find a job. Wallace laughs, "Yep I love it. I love outdoor work." Wallace loves cutting grass so much, when the work is done, he doesn't want to leave.
The Mitchell-Baker Service Center serves more than one hundred disabled citizens. They have a dozen people who do lawn care and other groups who do janitorial work and recycling.
Mitchell EMC mainly serves Baker, Dougherty, Mitchell and Worth Counties. Individuals, families and organizations in those communities can apply for Operation Round UP money.
The Mitchell County Children and Youth organization is another non-profit organization that recently received $5,000 from the program. The money will buy supplies for those who are taken out of their homes. Executive Director, Sheryl Rehberg, says, "The Department of Family and Children Services will be assembling bags called HUGS, Helping U Get Settled. They will distribute to children or adults by taken into custody. Make it through that first night of custody."
The deadline to apply this quarter is February 24th. You can pick up applications at any Mitchell EMC office.