Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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 >>
August 7, 2002
By Mitch Kimbrell
Twenty school children had to go to a hospital today after a methane gas leak at their school. Several children at Schley County Elementary School complained of nausea after going to the restroom. Hazardous materials teams say a sewage backup caused the problem. At first, it didn't seem serious.
"When I heard what was going on and what the symptoms were, I thought some of the children had gotten overheated. And then when I found out that wasn't the case, I thought, 'Well maybe it was something for breakfast.' But, that wasn't the case either," says Schley County superintendent William Johnson.
The problem was a large concentration of methane gas cause by a sewage backup at the school.
"We went in with some haz-mat out of Americus Fire Department," says Schley County Sheriff Shane Tondee. "We called them in and they had some devices that would pick up gases. And they picked up some gases inside the school around the bathroom area."
Says Schley County Fire Chief Duane Montgomery: "It's just like any other gas. I mean it's an asphyxiant. It displaces the oxygen in the atmosphere."
After the reason for the ill students was discovered, the school was evacuated and EMS arrived to take the students by ambulance to the Sumter Regional Hospital. Parents then took more students to the hospital. All the children have been treated and released.
The building's remaining pipes will be checked with video cameras for other blockage.
Students get an unexpected holiday until Monday. Parents and teachers are thankful a potential tragedy was avoided.
Work crews say they can fix the problem. Until then, Schley County High School is also closed as a precautionary measure.