Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
March 5, 2007
Newton -- Many of the people who were hit the worst are now looking forward and taking the first steps in rebuilding their lives. As shock begins to wear off, the rebuilding process is beginning for many Baker county families.
The Etchells were one of the families who's home was destroyed. Billy Etchells told us, "For three days we couldn't find the second half of the house. And finally my brother flew over in an airplane and he found it about half a mile away."
Yet amidst the terrible tragedy the Etchells have found a silver lining to such a dark cloud. "We're going to turn it into a blessing because we used to live in a mobile home and when we get through we're gonna be living in a house."
They've already started building their new house today. In other parts of the county recovery efforts underway as well. All the trees have been cleared from the roadways.
Victims say much of the cleanup is thanks to people they don't even know volunteering to help. "I didn't know any of them, and they showed up with chainsaws and started sawing the trees." Sharon Heard says the group from Grady County came to her rescue after her home was destroyed. "That got done and the next morning they were here with their bulldozers and they bulldozed and cleaned my whole place."
Power has been restored nearly everywhere, after almost half the county lost it in the storm. 155 poles were knocked down, and first estimates show $2 million in electrical damage alone.
Many of the survivors are expressing similar feelings about their situation. "The house is gone, its gone. But we've got life and that's what matters," Heard says. "Everything that was lost was material stuff it can be replaced. I feel very fortunate because people right down the road lost their lives."
Six people were killed in Baker County. Nine year old Kursty Thomas, her mother and stepfather, Daron and Phyllis Owens died in their mobile home.
In another mobile home, 12 year old Kierra Crumbley, 45-year old Joan Brinkley and 42-year old Willie Sue Brinkley were killed.
The American Red Cross is stationed at the old courthouse to assist victims. "We're also seeing those who have lost electricity and have lost food, we're giving them vouchers, we're giving them $75 for their food so they're taken care of," said Connie Hardison of the Red Cross.
Baker County authorities say their main priority right now is to make sure those affected by the storm have have shelter, food and clothing.
If you'd like to donate to victims in Baker County, they're being collected at 139 Roosevelt Street in Newton. The center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
At this time, they don't need any used clothing, but are in need of canned goods, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products.