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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
October 20, 2003
Baker County-- We see drag racing glamorized in some movies. But in reality, it's illegal, dangerous, even deadly. And it may well have been drag racing that led to a fiery crash in South Georgia this weekend.
State Troopers say that the problem is getting out of hand. People who live along County Road 15 say it's become a mecca for illegal racing. "They drag over here all the time, this is a drag strip on Sundays," said Trooper Kyle Long of the Ga. State Patrol.
Thirty-one-year old Alonza Curry, of Oakfield, burned to death while trapped inside of his car. "There was fire involved, the vehicle was totally consumed by fire. He had no chance to get out of the vehicle," said Trooper Long.
Troopers say he was traveling south at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his Mustang. "From the roadway evidence we have it appears that he was on the wrong side of the road when he left the roadway on the east side here and struck a utility pole and then the tree," Long said.
The charred white Mustang was equipped for racing. It had roll bars, Nitrous Oxide, fuel cell and a high powered engine. "Racing on the streets is definatley illegal. Even the participation, the crowd, everybody can be prosecuted and if we do happen to find that there was racing or their is racing we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," said Long.
Though Curry is dead, troopers say this investigation is far from over. Troopers say they will crack down on illegal drag racing. The are urging anyone who suspects drivers are racing illegally to call their local law enforcment agency. The owner of a South Georgia race track is also mourning the death of Curry.
John Baldwin owns the U.S. 19 Dragway . He was a close friend of Alonza Curry. Baldwin says he's watched his friends race on his track dozens of times.
Now he's urging all drivers who want to race to do so legally and safely. "You see these movies like the fast and the furious and all that and they're racing on the street that's not the place to do it," said Baldwin. "Go to a race track if not here go some where. Go where there's a controlled environment where if something bad does go wrong, the people and the equipment are in place to take care of it."
Baldwin says his track is open to the public every Sunday. The track not only has a high tech computer speed tracking device, but is also equipped with guard rails, fire fighting equipment, and, on race days certified paramedics are always on hand.