December 29, 2005
Irwin County- Authorities say most of the damage caused by Wednesday's tornadoes was confined to barns and farm structures near the Ben Hill-Irwin County line.
High winds ripped away the workshop that once housed Steve Register's farm equipment. The storms also toppled over dozens of trees just missing his mother's house and destroyed utility shed.
"We're lucky. All this can be replaced, but we couldn't. It could have been a lot worse. The houses came out a lot better than everything else around did," says Register.
Though the tornadoes caused major structural damage, authorities say no storm related injuries have been reported.
Dougherty County's largest employer, also Southwest Georgia's safety net hospital, took a massive hit during the January storms.
Albany police have arrested a man wanted for trying to steal nearly $1,200 in jeans from a department store.
Victims of the storms one year ago were honored in Cook County on Monday night, as residents gathered to remember friends and relatives lost.
One year after the January 22 tornado, Procter & Gamble opened a new warehouse in Albany.
GBI agents say Thomas County Sheriff's deputy and drug squad agent Josh Smith shot and killed Herbert Gilbert, 37, while serving a search warrant.