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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
August 8, 2007
Thomasville-- It's the second oldest church in Thomas county. Their historic cemetery boasts the graves of civil war soldiers, and dozens of other graves marked by aged headstones.
But at Summer Hill Baptist Church it turns out there may be more than meets the eye. "We received a report that there was the possibility of some older 1800 grave sites out there," says Sheriff's Investigator Bob Brettel.
The church was in the process of building a basketball court at the site when reports surfaced about the speculated graves. Cadaver dogs were brought in to sniff out the situation. "They've alerted in a positive manner that there could be some graves down there," Brettel says.
The church immediately halted construction and is even bringing in an archeological agency to assist in the investigation. Brettel assures, "They're doing everything they can to make sure if there's graves down there, they don't want to disturb them."
Jack Hadley, curator at Thomasville's only black history museum says unfortunately many grave sites of slaves are unmarked. "They didn't have the proper slabs, concrete slabs to put over graves so they used probably sticks. And over the years, that stuff disappeared," Hadley explains. He says the important thing is what we do, when we find them.
If it is indeed confirmed to be the burial place of former slaves this history-loving community will make sure its forever memorialized. "The community needs to come together, the community now, and the church need to come together and do some kind of memorial and make sure that the future generation will know that their ancestors are buried there," Hadley says.
If graves are discovered, the church will return the site to its original condition.
Investigators say people have also discovered broken pottery and other keepsakes often associated with slave grave sites in the area.