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 >>
July 16, 2002
Employee benefits such as vacation time, health, dental and life insurance, rank highly with working people. But one South Georgia company providing a benefit we have never heard of. The benefit doesn’t cost the employee anything, except a little time.
Just about every afternoon you can always find Dennis Collier and Rusty Rugg picking vegetables after work. “It doesn’t take long to fill up a bucket out here.” A vegetable lover’s dream come true with okra, squash and not one, but two types of corn and peas.
“I’ve done this before, but I don’t want my wife to know too much about it.” Buddy Bryan often joins them. He came up with the idea of a garden for his employees. “We got a lot of very dedicated employees. It was for a good reason.”
Many of the company employees wanted a vegetable garden, but since they work out of town for an extended period of time, it wasn’t feasible for them to have one. So, the company president decided to plant one for them.
“I bought a sack of corn seed. just kept planting and kept going.” The ground produces a lot of veggies for the 80 employees of Utilco.
Rusty Rugg estimates the company vegetable garden saves his family of three about $100 a month on his grocery bill. Plus, he finds these vegetables better than what he could buy in a grocery store. “You know where they come from. Who has had their hands on them.”
It doesn’t cost the employees anything, a free company benefit with modest conditions. “They got to pick it. I won’t pick it for them.” They can’t pick the vegetables on company time either.
Dennis Collier remembers when he first heard of the idea of a company garden. “I thought it was going to be a small place. I didn’t think it would be this large. I wound up with a 30-acre garden.”
Thirty acres, complete with its own brand spanking new irrigation system ready to provide water for thirsty plants for years to come. “Everybody has enjoyed it so much I’ll just continue it through the summer and fall.”
A healthy benefit that can leave a good taste in your mouth about who you work for. The Company has employees working in west Texas and in Canada, and when they get home, they’ll find fresh vegetables ready for them.