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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
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It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Lowndes County - It seems that school start dates are getting earlier and earlier each year, but some Georgia lawmakers want that to change.
House Bill 285 would require schools to start between the last Monday in August and Labor Day.
Every summer, Wild Adventures is packed with kids enjoying their summer breaks. But when they return to school earlier, the park's attendance suffers. "Tourism is the second largest industry in the state of Georgia, it takes a lot to maintain that business here," said Jetter.
The park's target audience is families with school-aged children. Expanding students' summer break would mean a huge increase in revenue. "When you have a winter vacation and its cold outside, you're not going to have as many families come out with their kids as in the summer time when the weather's warm and we have things like Splash Island open," said Sara Sumner.
Park officials say having periodic breaks throughout the school year makes it harder for families to plan their vacations. "Therefore, they may stay closer to home, they may not venture quite as far out and business that we could get from other states may have a harder time getting to Georgia," said Jetter.
Not only will starting school later increase this park's annual attendance, it will also help expand their workforce. "We rely very heavily on the students," said Jetter.
At least half of the park's summer employees are students. "If they're looking for work here, it gives them regular employment during a time in the summer when we really need the folks to handle the crowds," said Jetter.
Parents like Kevin Brown also support an extended summer break. He wants school systems to set one calendar, and stick with it. "If they'd just go with one year, just stay with the dates, I think we'd be a lot better off," said Brown.
Better off for parents, and for the local economy.