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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
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A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
June 3, 2008
Albany -- With the rainfall deficit already reaching about 8 inches in South Georgia, many people are worried about another summer of drought in 2008.
Especially farmers, who have invested heavily in crops this growing season. But Georgia Water Policy leaders say South Georgians water supply looks good, and there should be no drought worries in this part of the state.
After two summers of extreme drought in Georgia, and predictions of a third in 2008, water levels in South Georgia are described as good. Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center executive director Doug Wilson said "we're just really blessed."
A check of surface water levels shows creeks in South Georgia are low, but the ground water that provides drinking water for most South Georgians is at 31 feet below land surface. Wilson said "we've got some surface water issues, but the ground water levels, the Floridan Aquifer, the one we talk about here all the time, it's about where it always is."
North Georgians worry about water levels, especially Lake Lanier providing enough for Atlanta, is very real. But Wilson says South Georgia has abundant water, even with farmers having to irrigate heavily now. There are more than 700 thousand acres of irrigated farm land in the Flint River Basin, but Wilson says farmers are good stewards of the resource. Wilson said "it's an expensive input for them. It makes for better crops. It makes for more production. That's good for the region."
Because agriculture is Georgia's number one industry, and it's economic engine. Water Policy leaders say South Georgians don't have to worry about a lack of water for growing crops, or their taps running dry.
Wilson said the only drought concern right now in South Georgia is some creeks running dry, and the federally protected habitat for endangered mussles being challenged.