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 >>
Lee County- In a couple of weeks South Georgia farmers will begin planting their 2005 corn crop. But most area farmers will plant less this year than last. More farmers say they are going to stick to peanuts for 2005, because it is the only crop they think will turn a profit.
Doug Wingate is selling less fertilizer at Georgia Farm Services this year. Farmers are cutting back, because their costs are rising. "The diesel fuel, their equipment, fertilizer and chemicals, everything is up. And everything they sell is down," he said.
Now is the time to fertilize fields. But many South Georgia farmers have decided to cut back, especially on cotton, still smarting from last year's hurricane battered losses.
Lee Co. USDA Director Hank Hammond said "We had a large number of farmers who had excellent crops until Charley, Francis, and Jeanne made their appearance down here. It hurt a lot of people."
Hammond says farmers in Lee County will plant less because there is little chance to make a profit. "The price of the crops basically remaining the same or dropping in a lot of cases, that squeeze just gets tighter and tighter."
Farming is South Georgia's number one industry, so the cutback could have a major economic impact. "A lot of the smaller towns are totally dependent on agriculture. And if something don't happen to commodity prices I don't know where agriculture is going."
Hammond says pecans were another crop devastated by last year's hurricanes. Once a major farm commodity in South Georgia, Hammond says fewer farmers are planning on future pecan crops.