Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
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 >>
March 24, 2006
Lee County -- In the coming weeks many South Georgia farmers will be planting crops. But many landowners are expected to plant trees or grass, as part of a United States Department of Agriculture conservation program.
These pine trees are planted on what used to be a peanut field in Lee County. Now it's part of the U.S.D.A's Conservation Reserve Program, serving the vital role of protecting the land from water or wind erosion. Farm Service Agency Lee County Director said "It might be cropland that the farmer wants to retire from production, or it may just be cropland they choose not to work anymore."
March 27th is the start of the sign up program for the Conservation Reserve Program. Landowners sign a ten or 15 year contract to plant land cover like trees or grass instead of crops, even in areas that might be problematic. Hammond said "Some folks see it as marginal cropland, or eroding cropland. We reduce erosion, we have numerous wildlife benefits, environmental benefits."
The U.S.D.A. pays an average 50 dollars per acre per year to join the program, and pays fifty percent of the cost to establish the cover.
For the landowner, it's a chance to insure South Georgia's environment. For wildlife, it's a new place to call home. Hammond said "The public, and the farmer and the farm itself are the winners for participating in this program."
Landowners can sign up for the U.S.D.A. conservation reserve program from March 27th through April 14th at their county Farm Service Agency office.