Monday, May 20 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:45:01 GMT
Georgia law enforcers say if you don't wear your seat belt, you can expect to get a ticket. The annual May "Click it or Ticket" campaign got underway Monday across Georgia. Through the Memorial Day holidayMore >>
Georgia law enforcers annual click it or ticket campaign is underway, to get people to buckle up for safety.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:40:05 GMT
Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. Police say around 11:30 p.m., a 15 and 14-year-old broke into On The Way Tax ServicesMore >>
Two Valdosta teenagers are charged with burglarizing a business after they were caught leaving the scene Sunday night. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:38:02 GMT
With summer almost here, more motorcycles will be on the road. And south Georgia bikers urge you to watch out for them. They're asking car and truck drivers to look twice and make sure there is not aMore >>
South Georgia motorcyclists urge drivers to pay attention to the road, and look twice before pulling out.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:32:01 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:25:47 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
May 20, 2003
Dougherty County - Southwest Georgia has newcomers with sharp teeth, rough skin and a dangerous bite. On Tuesday, we got a large delivery of young adult alligators and their new home is at the Parks at Chehaw.
This isn't an ordinary delivery. Park employees yell, "We'll do this one first, how about that?" Piled in the back of the moving truck are 20, very much alive, alligators. Veterinarian, Dr. Ronnie Williams, says, "This is quite a truck load of alligators."
The six to seven foot long gators moved from sunny Florida to the relaxing pond at Chehaw. Dr. Williams explains, "They've had a long ride from St. Augustine, I'm sure they are a little car sick from that." It didn't take long for these reptiles to wake up. Their mouths were taped and eyes covered with a towel, but they were restless.
Before the gators were set free, a microchip was injected into their side. Dr. Williams explains, "Each animal has its own registration number. It's for identification."
The doctor even talked me into giving it a try. I asked, "It's not gonna hurt him? I don't want him back lashing." I injected the microchip into the gator and thought my job was complete, but Dr. Williams handed me a scanner. The scanner detects the microchip to make sure it worked. I finally heard a beep and quickly passed the scanner back to Dr. Williams. The things I do for this job and hopefully our paths will never cross again.
After all the commotion, the big guys were given the opportunity to explore their new southwest Georgia home.
Chehaw is expected to get two more gators from an alligator farm in Camilla. Eventually Chehaw will build a boardwalk, so you can see the gators too.