Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
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 >>
October 11, 2005
Albany-- Soaring fuel costs affect the way many school systems run their buses.
You know how expensive it is to keep gas in your car. Imagine filling up 152 vehicles with extra-large tanks. That's how many buses the Dougherty county school system keeps rolling.
The cost of diesel fuel has jumped about a dollar a gallon since last year. That has school systems throughout south Georgia keeping a closer eye on their buses.
Keeping Dougherty county school buses running is Rick Wheeler's job, a more difficult job right now because fuel prices remain high. "If we can't run these buses, we can't get the children to school, and we can't get them home," says the district's transportation manager.
A nearly 60% increase in fuel costs forced the school system to make adjustments including reducing field trips and shortening bus routes.
"Where we had two or three buses doing routes, we've brought it down to one or two," says Wheeler.
On average the transportation department fuels about fifty buses a day, costing the school district about $4,000.
Dougherty County school buses consume a total of about 1,900 gallons daily. With diesel fuel costing the district more than two dollars a gallon, the district has looked into fuel alternatives. "We look at it a lot. It's being tested all over. We go to meetings every summer and discuss it," he says.
Wheeler has met with bus drivers to offer them tips for conserving fuel. "When they do a pre-trip in the morning and crank the bus up, they don't leave the buses running at school no more than they have to," he says.
Wheeler says the district will continue to look for ways to save money. "We can't control the prices, but we can do everything we can to control the consumption," he says.
Right now the system is fully stocked in diesel fuel and so far hasn't run into any major problems with its fuel supply.