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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 >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:16:37 GMT
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 >>
October 3, 2007
Lee County -- On a daily basis, there are more fire vehicles than there are firefighters on duty to drive them.
A deadly fire last week brought to light the need for more firefighters, so now the Fire Chief is putting together several options for commissioner to consider.
It was after last week's fire on Somerset Drive, where 12-year-old Tony Long died, that firefighters spoke up about needing more personnel. Since then the phone's been ringing.
"The citizens of this county are concerned, I think some of them were surprised. They weren't aware of the situation," said Lee County Fire Chief James Howell.
Citizens, along with Chief Howell, are calling on commissioners to do something about improving staffing numbers, but that's not easily done.
"I think us getting some more firemen on duty, we'd be a lot better off and people want basic service, but it costs money for basic service," said Lee County Commission Chairman Morris Leverett.
Money Lee County must try and find in their already strapped budget, because they didn't raise taxes, despite Commissioners Leverett's and Wally Roberts' urging.
"We don't know where the money's coming from, we're going to look at it, do some cutting here, some cutting there, hopefully we can hire at least one or two more firemen," said Leverett.
Right now the Chief is working on several scenarios for commissioners, what adding one fire fighter or two per station will cost.
"There's the salary itself, the benefits, cost of uniform, additional safety equipment as far as bunker gear, training requirements that the state puts on us, my training budget's affected every time I put an additional position on my staff, even sleeping accommodations," said the chief.
But the County already can't build a new fire station in Smithville even though they have the land and the building paid for in sales tax money, because they can't pay for the manpower to staff the station.
Howell says his department also encourages volunteers to help with staffing issues. The department has a few, but getting volunteers to devote the time needed for training is difficult.