Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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 >>
July 26, 2004
Lowndes County-- A South Georgia amusement park promises to be better prepared for emergencies. Twenty-eight thousand people packed into Wild Adventures Saturday. The heat index soared above 100 and several drink machines at the park were broken.
As a result, dozens of people overcome by the heat. At least one dozen of them had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Monday, the crowd at the park was pretty big, but nothing compared to Saturday. "It was four times the amount we usually see for Christian concerts," said Jimmy Holmes, Park Vice President.
Combine the large crowd with extreme temperatures and a lack of fluids, and you've got a problem. At least a dozen people were taken to hospital for dehydration and heat exhaustion, and about two dozen more were treated inside the park. "We opened some cooling stations and opened up our theaters and brought in additional EMT's and first responders and we gave away water and power aid in those areas," said Holmes.
But Holmes assures people this won't happen again. "I think this was a good learning experience for us," said Holmes. Park officials are already taking steps to protect their guests from the heat. They're adding more water fountains and new drink machines, so guests can get the fluids they need without having to wait in such long lines.
"We're going to have those things in place by this weekend," said Holmes. You'll also find more places to cool off soon. "We're going to be adding some more rain rooms and fans in the park," said Holmes.
So next time a dangerous situation arises like it did Saturday, this park will be better prepared. Park officials say Saturday's crowd was the second largest they've ever seen.