Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Funeral services will be held Thursday for a man who drowned trying to save a child's life.
11-year-old Joshua Perry and his rescuer, 23-year-old D. J. Vinson both drowned Sunday evening in the Flint River.
Witnesses tell of a harrowing rescue attempt, and how a frantic, drowning little boy managed to overpower the grown man who was trying to save him.
DNR rangers say it's never a good idea to go into the water after someone who's drowning.
When you look at the Flint River, it's hard to see the hidden dangers underneath. Think of the water churning like your clothes dryer. Constantly spinning, the action can pull you under water and hold you there, trapping you. It happened to one of the experienced divers Sunday during the rescue and it's why the experts say you should avoid swimming in areas like these and never go in the water after someone.
The Flint River is a popular spot for fishermen and can look attractive to swimmers from the surface, but underneath conditions can make it a dangerous place for both.
"In some cases the water depth's is going to be a lot deeper than it looks. Today it looks like it might be six seven foot all the way across, but there are going to be deep areas," Said Cpl. Scott Carroll of the Department of Natural Resources.
In those deep areas, strong currents, but those currents can also be troublesome in shallow water, rolling over rocks visible at the surface.
"It can actually trap somebody up under that and constantly rolling that person and disorienting somebody and causing them not to even know what's up from down," said Carroll.
When someone's in trouble, Aquatic directors say there a good motto to follow.
"Reach, throw, or row, don't go," said Lee YMCA Branch Development Director Judy Powell.
That means throw something that will float to the person in distress and encourage them to swim to shore. If there's nothing to throw, a broom, a jump rope, or even a branch can be placed in the water before you put yourself near them, because their first reaction is to grab whatever comes near them.
" There's already one person in trouble and there could be two people in trouble so you want to try to keep yourself on the land or on the deck and reach for them or throw something to them," said Powell.
Department of Natural Resources Rangers say the conditions in the Flint River change every day. Tomorrow the river won't be the same as it is today. That's why they discourage swimming in especially this portion of the river and anywhere there isn't lifeguard supervision.
The YMCA encourages everyone to learn to swim and they say it's never to late to learn, they offer classes from pre-school to adult.