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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
October 16, 2007 Moultrie -- Farmers who couldn't irrigate this year say they won't harvest some of their fields because of poor yields. Many are calling for the state to build more reservoirs to conserve rain water for use during dry times.
So they're looking for more efficient ways to irrigate their fields. Many have switched to electric pumps to save on higher diesel prices, but they say they can't skimp on water.
Despite all the technology at the Sunbelt Ag Expo there just isn't an answer to the water shortage caused by the drought. Farmers say irrigation rationing would force some not to plant.
James, "I think areas around Spring Creek where they pump out of the creek over there they probably won't be able to plant this coming year," said Mitchell County Farmer James Lee Adams.
It's not only a problem in Georgia, Alabama farmers who haven't been able to irrigate are finding poor yields.
Richard "We're seeing some of the worst yields that we've ever had, some we may not even run a harvester through because it's so poor," says Richard Edger from Alabama.
While irrigation experts say they've seen more farmers switch to electric pumps rather than diesel because of the cost, farmers simply need water.
Terry "Everyone is trying to be smart with the water, but you still have to have water," said Terry Mann of Rainbow Irrigation Systems.
State House Speaker Glenn Richardson says despite legal issues with the Environmental Protection Division it's time for Georgia to consider more reservoirs. "We should have been building reservoirs ten years ago and we haven't. We should have built those in the north Georgia area."
Farmers say if irrigating restrictions in the Flint River Drought Protection Act keep them from producing a crop, they won't be the only ones hurt.
"What I'm really concerned about is the people who could be put out of jobs if this drought continues and we take too strong of action against farmers being able to grow their crops," Adams said.
Farmers say for every $100 they put into the community, it has a multiplying factor of four. They say that could have a severe impact and start affecting other jobs if they cut back.
Tuesday, Georgia's congressional delegation proposed legislation that would allow Georgia to be temporarily exempt from the Endangered Species Act, which threatens our water supply by taking water from north Georgia and sending it downstream to protect mussels and sturgeon in Florida.
It is expected to face strong resistance, but Georgia's lawmakers say it is a "common sense" solution to the state's persistent drought.