Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
April 3, 2007
Berrien County - The Georgia Forestry Commission in Berrien County protects 300,000 acres from wild fires, and an extremely dry spring is keeping them hard at work.
"Just right now in my county I have 110 fires and usually this time of year I don't have but 60 so I've about doubled my fires," says Chief Ranger Senior Travis Watson of the Georgia Forestry Commission in Berrien County.
The tractor plow is their secret weapon in controlling those fires. "It saves lives, land, and property. It's a valuable resource."
In years past, private industries had this equipment too and helped out when fire officials needed a hand.
But recently, all that's changed. "Now a days, industries have sold out to private individuals, and they've cut back on their fire fighting equipment," he says.
Putting the burden of fighting forest fires squarely on the shoulders of foresters.
Langdale Industries in Lowndes County has some equipment and will send it out to surrounding counties when in need. But many areas in South Georgia aren't so lucky. "They don't have the ability or resources to call some private company like that for help on a large wild fire."
But when that call comes, the forestry commission will respond, regardless of their equipment or lack there of. "We're here to protect the lands, private individuals, state lands, that's what we're here for, and we're going to continue to do that," Watson says.
The Forestry Commission is asking state leaders for money to buy additional fire fighting equipment.