Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
August 31, 2004
Albany-- Legislators from across the state were invited to an irrigation workshop in Dawson.
Only four state lawmakers attended--all from South Georgia. They say the information learned is critical for the entire state.
Healthy crops contribute to a healthy economy. Without water, more than the crops suffer, "Our number one concern is agriculture. We certainly want to fight to be sure our resources are protected and not utilized for other sources, whether it is development or industry." State Senator John Bulloch, who is also a farmer in Ochlocknee, supports metering irrigation systems.
Democrat Bulloch says, "They have over estimated how much agriculture has used and this gives us a way to defend how much water agriculture is using."
Most irrigation systems are not being metered--yet, "Over 400-million gallons of water per year is being saved by more efficient uses of the irrigation systems and the studies they have done carries a lot of weight when we go back to metro Atlanta and they are always pointing the finger down here at South Georgia and the use of the water," says Albany Senator Michael Meyer Von Bremen.
South Georgia farmers and lawmakers believe that farmers are using less water than thought and the metering system will prove that. But, it is about more than just being right. It's about protecting the state.
Democrat Meyer Von Bremen says, "What really hit me hard was the fact that in California the Colorado river basin is being controlled by the federal government. So the question becomes do we want Georgia, Florida and Alabama to become a California Colorado river basin? I think the answer is no."
But, if Georgia doesn't use their water wisely, the courts might step in and show us how.
Only a handful of experimental metering systems have been installed. It will be several years before the data is collected to determine how much water South Georgia farmers are using.