Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
September 25, 2007 Press release for the Public Health District
Albany -- During September, National Emergency Preparedness, Southwest District Public Health is renewing its call for volunteers.
"We are looking for a few good men and women to be public health volunteers - specifically Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers," said Emergency Preparedness Specialist Travis Donnelly.
The Southwest Georgia Regional MRC is a unit of the Citizens Corps of Dougherty and Lee counties. It partners with two Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in Lee and Dougherty counties and a Lee County Fire Corps, he said.
"This volunteer group focuses on community preparedness, health and safety. It is one of less than 20 such groups in the state, and it is the only one in the southern portion of Georgia," Donnelly said. "The Southwest Public Health District houses the local MRC."
Volunteers need not have a medical degree or healthcare experience to join. "We are actively seeking members from all disciplines," he said. "The only criteria is that you are interested in volunteering in support of your country and that you want to assist friends and neighbors through community service."
The establishment of an MRC in Southwest Georgia offers many benefits to residents, added Southwest District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. "It bolsters public health and emergency response infrastructures by providing supplemental personnel. With fewer resources available to healthcare and emergency response providers not just here, but everywhere, volunteers like those with the MRCs are increasingly important."
Volunteers may be called upon for a variety of health and preparedness activities, such as assisting county health departments with supplemental personnel at times of crisis, training with emergency responders, coordinating with or sharing information with partner organizations, helping in emergency shelters and assisting with dispensing pharmaceutical and other supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile in the event of an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency.
"Medical Reserve Corps volunteers could be instrumental in supporting friends and neighbors during a pandemic flu outbreak," Donnelly said. "In addition, MRC volunteers can choose to support communities in need nationwide. More than 30 MRC units worked for two months in the Gulf Coast region in the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, for example."
To find out more, call Donnelly at 229-430-1978, or go online to the district web site at www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org. A volunteer registration form is available online at the web site.