Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
September 1, 2004
Nashville - The solution to Vidalia onion farmers' problems could be in these weeds. "The virus does tend to weaken the plants so they are susceptible to other diseases," said Ali Csinos, Ag Teacher.
She's talking about the Iris Yellow Spotted Virus. Farmers aren't sure what's causing the disease or where its coming from, but these Berrien High students are finding some answers. "We collected the weeds around our school and took them to Tifton and tested them for the diseases," said Sarah Schaffner.
With a little help from their Ag teacher Ali Csinos, Sarah and Anna Schaffner took on the experiment for the Future Farmers of America state convention. While many researches believed the disease was contained in Vidalia, the girls found different results. "Their research supports the theory that the virus has been present in the state, since Berrien County doesn't grow any commercial onions and we did find the virus present in some weeds growing here in the school yard," said Csinos.
"This is the first time IYSV has been discovered in Berrien and we also found two new weed varieties that have the disease," said Anna.
Because the virus is so new to Georgia, farmers aren't sure exactly how much damage it can cause to the onions. But they're hoping the information from this weed experiment will help prevent it from spreading. "This gives researchers the idea that maybe they need to look at a whole state approach in contracting the disease, because it can be brought in from an area that may not even be growing onions," said Csinos.
The experiment is paying off for farmers, and these students. Sarah and Anna won first place at the state convention and will represent Georgia at the national finals.