July 20, 2007
Albany - - Fierce weather ripped through South Georgia Friday and it left damage behind.
The wind knocked a tree to the ground and scattered limbs in a field on Oakland and James Pond Roads.
The weather also caused trouble at Chokee Plantation. Workers were burning wood piles when high winds blew embers throughout this field. The fire scorched several acres.
Ironically, it was also the weather that helped firefighters get the fire out.
"The rain pretty much had the fire extinguished. We went around and hit hot spots but the rain helped us," says Capt. Todd Kirkland of Lee County Fire Dept.
The Forestry Commission came out to the field with heavy machinery, but the owners said they would clean up the mess themselves.
People in Terrell County also experienced some of the severe weather. A tree fell on top of a home on Bell Flower Road in Herod.
The family was too shaken up to talk about it, but they say they left home before the bad weather hit. They got a shock when they came home.
The family says there wasn't too much damage on the inside, but they will have some big clean-up to do on the outside.
Fulfilling student needs was the focus of a community meeting with Dougherty County School officials Tuesday.
Jimmy Carter was among those raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Americus-Sumter County Tuesday.
An electrical blackout during South Georgia's high temperatures created some concern at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society Tuesday.
Albany city leaders voted to deny the rezoning of the 2400 block of Whispering Pines Circle to allow the building of a Captain D's restaurant.
Albany city commissioners voted unanimously to roll back the millage rate.