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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The FDA says those caffeinated alcohol beverages are dangerous.The government says if the makers don't change the formulas, they'll have to stop selling them.
From the outside it looks like just another energy drink, "It tastes like a Monster energy drink, you can taste a little bite of alcohol but its almost covered completely," said J.J Prince.
But on the inside, this 23.5 ounce can contains as much alcohol as four cans of beer and about as much caffeine as a couple cups of coffee. "I drank three of them in an hour and a half because they taste so good you just want to drink them that fast, but I wasn't ready for it at all." he said.
Experts say the combination of alcohol and caffeine can mask the effects of alcohol and leave drinkers unaware of just how drunk they really are.
Prince says he found out the hard way just how powerful these drinks really are. "I don't really remember anything because it gets you that kind of blackout drunk," said Prince.
This week, the Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to the makers of those drinks calling them "unsafe", and gave makers 15 days to change the formula or they will be yanked off the shelf.
But despite the health warnings, these drinks are becoming more popular everyday at the BP station on Slappey. Michael Grier says they sell almost forty cans a day. "We sold a few of them already this morning," he said.
He says the fruity flavors, and reasonable prices leave people coming back for more. "Most of the time they buy them one at a time but I often see them come back the same day and buy another one," he said.
But Prince warns those wanting to try the drink to listen to the experts, "Stay away, don't do it, it is a bad road to go down," he said.
Because the experience is not worth it in the end.
The maker of one of those drinks, Four Loko, announced yesterday that it will remove the caffeine and other energy boosters from the formula. The company's founders say they believe the mix is safe, but that they are up against a 'politically charged regulatory environment'. The makers of Joose also announced they are also taking caffeine, taurine and ginseng out of the formula.
Those drinks are already banned in New York, Washington, Utah, Michigan and Oklahoma.