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Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:10:40 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
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Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
April 23, 2007
Waycross -- Over 1,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes last Monday when this fire first broke out. Another 5000 received a voluntary evacuation request as heavy smoke was threatening to cover their homes.
Finally some of those homeowners were allowed to return home to see their houses for the first time in a week and hope they were still standing.
Highway 84 in Ware County still remains closed for drivers, but many people who live on or near that road and evacuated a week ago were finally allowed to return to their homes.
A week ago today, Darrell Lankford woke up to see an unusual sight in his neighborhood. "It was blazing pretty high up here. It got all around us," he said.
As the wild fire raged on, he was forced to evacuate his home and had no idea when he would return.
"Then when you left, you couldn't get back in of course." Or if his home would be there when he did. "It's a scary feeling to know you could loose everything you've got."
His home was still standing when he was finally let beyond the barricades. But many of his neighbors weren't so lucky. "We had a pastor who had surgery and we had another pastor sit in for us. He lost his home and everything."
Down the road, car after car is ruined, and a chimney is the only sign a house once stood on one lot. Just one of the reminders that a danger still lurks beyond the tree line.
"Everyday you come out here and still see campfires burning here or there up in the woods."
But once those fire are finally put out, he has no doubt the community will come together to pick up the pieces, and help those coping with a loss of their homes.
"I'm sure they'll be supportive. Everyone sticks together in these small towns anyway."
Even though some home owners were allowed through the barricades back to their homes, they must still be ready to evacuate again at a moments notice if the fire turns back in their direction.
Many families chose to stay in their homes, even though the fire burns on all around them. The Bateson family was one of those who chose to protect their home front.
They've put sprinklers on the roof and kept their yard wet, but have taken some extra measures to assure the Forestry Commission sees them from above and the fire fighters notices them from the ground.
"We've just been waiting on it and decided to make some signs to make the fire fighters feel better," Lisha Bateson said.
"We just got a little board and wanted to make sure they know where we are," Les Bateson said.
Those signs read 'Thanks Fire Fighters,' 'Get her done,' and 'Water Here!' On their roof, just in case that fire creeps to close for comfort and the helicopter above need some target practice.