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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Could Georgia be breaking out of its record breaking drought? State Climatologists say thunderstorms several days a week seem to be showing the drought recovery process is in motion.
Mark Daniel's peanuts look promising, and he credits the recent rain, which after years of drought he calls a blessing. Daniel said "Friday in one hour we received four inches of rain. That's more than I ever recall in my whole life."
Assistant State Climatologist Pam Knox said that recent afternoon thundershowers will break Georgia's drought cycle. Moisture in the soil will evaporate, and provide the moisture needed to develop new storms. Knox said just as the drought kept the dry air in place, now these rains will keep the afternoon showers in place. Daniel said "I hope they are right. Because it sure is nice to get a good rain. It makes you feel better, and it helps your bottom line."
The rain showers gave most South Georgia irrigation systems the last couple of days off, and farmers did not have to burn four dollar a gallon diesel fuel to pump them.
Water Resource leaders say the summer showers have recharged the aquifers, streams, and ponds, during a crop cycle when water is most critical.
Hooks Hanner Environmental Resource Center Deputy Executive Director Dave Eigenberger said "This time of year the peanuts, the cotton, and the corn is just finishing out. So anytime we get significant rainfall like the last couple of days, it helps the crops, and it takes a lot of pressure off the farmers."
Daniel said "It needs about 1 and a half or two inches of water a week, to get good pod formation and peanuts to fill out. So getting all the rain we just had is a great time for this peanut field right here."
But many South Georgians say they are not ready to say the drought is over. Eigenberger said "They always say, we're only hours away from the next drought or flood in Southwest Georgia."
But farmers say crops are already showing the benefits rain brings. While farmers enjoy the rain, water conservation leaders say this provides a great opportunity for Georgia to take the lead in developing water usage plans for future droughts.