Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
September 22, 2004
Valdosta - It's a site we haven't seen in Lowndes County for more than a month now, hotels with empty parking lots. "The September and August month were some of the highest, if not the highest in the history of Valdosta hotels," said Marty Brown, Conference Center Director.
Evacuees seeking shelter from Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Ivan found a temporary home in Lowndes County. "We have about 4300 rooms," said Brown. All of those were filled, during what is usually a slow time for hotels. "Typically in September, we'd be looking at about a 75 percent occupancy rate," said Brown.
They dined at our restaurants, shopped in our stores, and filled their gas tanks at our fuel stations, pumping a huge chunk of change into the local economy. But while tourism officials are counting the money made, others are adding up the monetary losses. "Hurricane Frances did more than 600,000 dollars in damage in Lowndes County alone," said Paige Dukes.
That's including overtime pay for clean up crews and replacement costs for items damaged in the storms. The county has applied for federal aid to help with the costs. "A FEMA representative was here last Friday and all the city and county representatives could come forward and present all of the overtime pay and other documents for reimbursement," said Dukes.
Luckily, only one of the hurricanes left us with storm damage, but evacuees came with all three storms. Now as the totals add up, county officials are hoping the money those evacuees spent here will outweigh what was lost.