Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
March 4, 2008
Lee County-- Stormy weather snarled traffic in Lee County Tuesday for hours. Traffic was backed up in both directions on busy U.S. 19 after a tree brought down power lines across the roadway.
This set the scene for some headaches as drivers were trapped in traffic and businesses and homes were left in the dark.
The big problem started in the early afternoon hours. "We noticed the wind was blowing real hard," said driver Gregory Shingles.
Shingles saw it all as he came towards U.S. 19 and Kinchafoonee Creek Road. "All of a sudden the tree started to falling and we saw electrical shocks coming from the wires," said Shingles.
And those wires were coming towards him.
"Whoooo, I had to make a quick decision," said Shingles. A quick decision turned out to be the best one.
"I had to turn real sharp right here and I don't see how I made it but God had to be with me," said Shingles. But patience had to be with all the other drivers on this busy thoroughfare. After those lines came down, traffic had to be re-routed. By 5 p.m, traffic was a mess and backed up in both directions.
"It was insane," said driver Wayne Johnson.
It normally takes Wayne Johnson 10 minutes to get home. Tuesday was much different. "An hour and a half later," said Johnson.
Roads all over that section of Lee County got saturated with frustrated drivers. Traffic lights were out. At a standstill, drivers only had time on their hands.
"Just sat bumper to bumper," said Johnson.
Not only did the problem stop drivers, it shut down the Super Mart on 19. It was lights out for hours. "Everything. No power, nothing," said Kem Patel.
By 6:30, crews restored power and the open sign came back to life for owner Kem Patel. But he says those hours off hurt his business.
"Right now, the economy is slow and they killed me today. They killed you today? Yeah," said Patel. Now, he's just glad it's all over.
"After the power came back on, I felt better," said Patel. U.S. 19 drivers agree. It'll be a day they won't forget.
"I felt like I was in Atlanta," laughs Johnson.
But Gregory Shingles can tell the story best.
"God was with me," said Shingles.
Shingles was there from the start of it all, but luckily he also escaped the crowded, congested ending.
About 800 people lost power Tuesday afternoon and about 1,500 Mediacom customers also went black. Everyone should have been restored by 7:00 p.m.