Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
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 >>
Thomasville- Thomas County 4-H and FFA members held their annual Market Hog Show in Thomasville Monday afternoon. It was an event they spent months preparing for.
The Thomas County Market Hog Show took a lot of training for showmen like Tyler Stephens to get off the ground. "Probably 4 or 5 months. You just kind of walk them around, get them used to the stick, you being there. And pointing them in the right direction," he says.
Those months of hard work pay off in the ring. The name of this game is keeping a hog that weighs a couple of hundred pounds well-behaved for the judge. "You try and keep the pig in front of the judge, give him a good, clear view, not walk in front of him or anything. An keep your eye on him. You have to watch the judge," says Stephens.
The "alleyway" is where the hogs are lined up before entering the main arena. It's also where the excitement of the competition begins. "We tell the young ones, if they start fighting, get out of the way and let the ring man separate them with partitions," says show chairman Ken Stringer.
Stringer's years of experience come through. He says that while these types of events are fun, they're also a necessity to South Georgia. "If it wasn't for the show pig business in the south, hog farming would kind of be lost." That's because there are no major packing facilities around here.
But as long as up and comer's like Stephens keep showing an interest, hogs can still bring in good money for South Georgia farmers. "They start at about a dollar, and may go up to 4 and a half, to 5 dollars a pound," says Stringer. That's big money when you've got a farm full of big pigs.
The people who participate in hog shows generally raise the animals from piglets. After the event, they can either keep the animals for next year, or make a little money selling them at market value.