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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.
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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 >>
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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 >>
Worth County, GA (WALB) – The heat wave is forcing south Georgia farmers to spend big money to keep their crops alive. Temperatures have topped 95º for 11 straight days, and this month has been one of the driest Julys on record.
This weather couldn't have come at a worst time because crops are entering a critical growth stage.
It's raining in some southwest Georgia fields, of course that's just because man is making it rain. Unlike mother nature's showers, this water doesn't come cheap.
"It's hard on the pocket book right now more than anything. It's hard to make a crop when it doesn't rain," said Worth County Extension Coordinator Rusty Harris.
Clarence Jones and his son Jamie have been watering their 100 acres of peanuts and cotton on Highway 313 every couple of days. "If you didn't have irrigation and it turned off dry like it is, it could wipe you out, you wouldn't have a thing," said Jones.
It's costing them plenty for the diesel to keep the fields alive. "He'll fill up the tank and he'll run it a couple of days and it will cost him $200 to $300 dollars for that run and then in about four days he'll do it again. It's cost the farm about $2,000 so far," said Jones.
Those with electric systems like this field on Highway 82 are a little better off. "A minimum of eight dollars per acre inch with an electric system, and it can get up to $20 an acre inch with a diesel system," Harris said.
Right now farmers are hopeful this heat wave will give way to some showers soon. The problem is this is the heavy fruiting period for many crops. Without an inch and a half to two inches of rain a week, come this fall, it could cost farmers when the yield comes in.
Only half the fields in Worth County have irrigation systems. Farmers say some crops in fields without the systems are already being considered a loss.