Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
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 >>
June 18, 2004
Albany- It's been more than 140 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation ordering the freedom of all slaves, but it took two and half years after the order for the news to reach slaves in Texas.
"So, when they got the news, they had festivals and parties and had music, so that tradition has continued today in Juneteenth," says Dr. Judith Hatch, public relations coordinator for the Dougherty County Chapter of the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative.
The group is hosting a weekend long event aimed at bringing the importance of Juneteenth to Dougherty County.
"Unfortunately a lot of young children and youth in general, whatever race, they are taking their freedom for granted, so Juneteenth is a celebration to put us back in touch what the fact that freedom is a very special thing," she says.
The group has organized a parade, festival and gospel concert, but they say they want it to be more than just a celebration. They're hoping the event will help unify the community.
"The whole community, not just the black community, but the entire community can come in and participate and celebrate, because we all are Americans, and we all need to be together as Americans."
The Juneteenth Celebration will kick off Saturday at 9 AM with a parade down Pine Avenue and a festival at Tift Park.
The Gospel concert will be held Sunday at New Dimensional Christian Church from 5 PM to 8 PM. All events are free.