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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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
April 22, 2003
Tifton-- Many of us have seen local textile mills closed, with production transferred to Mexico or the Far East, but one man decided not to go with the industry, He uses his knowledge of textile manufacturing to compete with Mother Nature.
Yard work certainly picks up when spring comes, with thousands of bales of pine straw used to spruce up yards. But, Mother Nature's straw doesn't last too long. "In a commercial setting, we will change it out three times a year," says Moe Clements, professional landscaper.
What if all that changed, and we had straw that lasted for years instead of months? That has started happening, adapting textile-manufacturing techniques to making, of all things, pine straw.
"Basically, it is a textile process," said David Carvin, straw developer. Where used plastic, such as grocery bags, now in pellet form gets a second chance. "We can take something that's going into the landfill and turn it in something that will really look good in the garden."
The idea sounds simple. Getting its color right became a major challenge. "Making it look natural, you got to get the right color. It can't look plastic," Carvin said.
Mile after mile of natural looking plastic straw comes out ready for the great outdoors in pieces about eight inches long, and it costs about four times what pine straw does. But, he says will payback the investment in 18-to-24-months. The remaining two years are essentially free.
Future plans call for a variety of pine straws. They plan on improving their straw by putting scents right in the groove. Scents that will scare away animals deer, dogs, even snakes. "You can turn old things into new things, and it gets the value back into it," he said.
Radically new things, in this case. Sterile pine straw without the weeds and bugs that normally come with the naturally grown type. And, straw that can last, in theory, forever. When it's finished its life, they can melt it down.
A major home improvement chain will test market the new straw to see if it appeals to people.