Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – For the past few years, the honeybee population has drastically declined across the nation, dropping nearly 30% each year. While you may only think of bees as providers of painful stings and honey, as their population becomes more threatened, so too does the food you eat.
The University of Georgia has received a $4.1 Million grant to study the problem and see what can be done to stop it.
Bees can certainly be pesky. Buzzing around and making an occasional sting. But these insects do much more good than bad. Master Beekeeper Dale Richter said, "Pollination is really the honeybees main purpose."
An essential act that makes the food we eat plentiful. Without it, Richter said, "You would not have a lot of the fruits and vegetables that are out there. You'd go to the store and they just wouldn't be there."
Not into the healthy stuff? Without bees, your food could be jeopardized, too. "People say, 'well, I'm a meat eater so it won't bother me,' but the bees pollinate that grass which the cow eats, so if there's no grass for the cow, there's no cow."
And that's why scientists and beekeepers like Dale Richter are so concerned about the declining honeybee population. "The last two or three years have been anywhere from 30-33%."
A third of the bee population eliminated from disease, pesticides and lack of habitat.
While bees can certainly make you nervous, they are vital to what you eat. Without honeybees, you wouldn't be able to put 60% of the food you now eat on your table.
Richter said, "I've talked with beekeepers that have lost half their hives and I've talked to beekeepers that really haven't seen any decline in bees."
Richard Grebel is one of the fortunate ones, his bee hives are still buzzing right along. He said, "We do not have that problem."
And he's hopeful that he never will. If it happens, he knows how problematic it will. "The only way they get a crop is the bees have to pollinate the tree and it's true with all of our peaches and cantelope and all that."
Keeping the food we eat abundant and available.
One of the reasons for the decline in population is environment, but pesticides, parasites and viruses are the chief culprits.