Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Valdosta - It's that time of year again, when mosquitoes start swarming in South Georgia. This year, many of those pests could be carrying a deadly disease. "We have found a high increase of numbers in the mosquitoes that typically carry the EEE virus," said Jennifer Steedley.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as sleeping sickness, has killed several horses and birds in the South Health District over the past three years, and left a 12-year-old Valdosta girl mentally and physically handicapped. Health officials don't want the same thing to happen again. "It's very important now that we be cautious and know that type of mosquito is out there and we need to be mindful of what we're doing," said Steedley.
Protecting your family from the disease starts at home. Make sure that you dump out anything holding standing water at least once a day. "This is a kids pool, you can see dead mosquitoes and if you got a little bit closer you could probably see eggs," said Steedley.
If you have areas of standing water around your home, like a gold fish pond, its important to always make sure the water is constantly running. "You don't want stagnant water because that's what breeds mosquitoes and that's what we're trying to stop people from doing," said Steedley.
And always wear insect repellent when outdoors. The CDC is promoting a new and improved repellent called Picaridin. "It's safe for the whole family, pregnant women and children under the age of two can use it as opposed to DEET," said Steedley.
None of the mosquitoes found have tested positive for E.E.E. but they are the type that usually carries it. Health officials want people to take a proactive approach to the pests before anyone else is struck by the disease.