Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 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 >>
September 12, 2007
Albany - - People in South Georgia learned all they need to know about West Nile Virus at a community meeting district health leaders organized Wednesday evening. Already, there have been three confirmed cases in South Georgia this year and 18 statewide. Health leaders say those numbers will grow if people aren't educated about the disease.
At 73 years old, Martha Bearden can make a yard look just right. Cutting shrubbery and maintaining her flowers is like a hobby.
"I just like to get outside," she says.
But she's careful when she does it since we're in the West Nile season.
"It's not good for older people to have it."
Public Health officials put on a West Nile 101 forum to inform people of that. Attendees learned all about the virus and that the only way you can get it is from a mosquito whose come in contact with the virus, usually from a dead bird. Health experts gave plenty of tips on how to protect yourself.
"If you wear a good repellent with at least 35 % DEET, you're protecting yourself if you get bit by a mosquito," says Jacqueline Jenkins with Public Health.
But just because you get a mosquito bite tonight or tomorrow, that doesn't mean panic.
"Only 20 % of the population actually get sick with symptoms and it's usually the older population that is at higher risk and persons with other pre-existing conditions are also at risk," Jenkins says.
If an infected mosquito bites you and you don't develop any symptoms, you're probably just fine, experts say, and the virus will just work its way out of your system.
Folks like Bearden are taking all the precautions.
"I stay inside when it starts to get dark. I don't come outside at night," she says.
She also tries to keep her windows closed unless they have functioning window screens because...
"Mosquitos can get in your house," Bearden says with disdain.
So protecting yourself can save your life.
The recent lack of rain actually helped keep the mosquito population down. When it does rain, experts say be sure to get rid of standing water around your home.
Also, if you're in need of window screen repair, the Health Department offers assistance for those who qualify.