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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
Fruit and vegetable farming brings more than 1 billion dollars into Georgia every year, but now the future of the industry is up in the air with the new immigration law in place. So how has that affected growers in our state?
Alan Bradley has been selling produce on Albany's northwest side for about two years.
"I have watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, squash," he said.
He says that business is good, driven by a desire of people to eat healthier and shop locally. One of his biggest sellers is the watermelons.
"The cantaloupes and watermelons are coming from Terrell County," said Bradley.
The watermelons sold here may come from Terrell County, but the undisputed king of watermelons is Crisp County.
Tucker Price is the UGA Extension Agent for Crisp County. He said, "Crisp County has more acres of watermelons than any other county in Georgia."
But here too the storm clouds are gathering, threatening this sweet crop. And it's not due to the heat. After all, explains Price, "watermelons are a hot weather crop."
That's because of the new immigration law that took effect July 1st.
Watermelons are a labor intensive crop.
Every day, people line up to go into the fields to pick the melons and many of these workers are immigrants. But the new bill passed earlier this year hurt farmers that grow crops like watermelons by taking away some of that labor force. So far, this year's crop has not been heavily impacted as some others:
Price said, "the watermelon crop overall has been good."
Charles Hall from the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association says that there has been an impact. How much of an impact is the question.
The answers will come in the next few weeks, with a survey of growers being conducted by the University of Georgia. Overall, the new immigration bill has not had a great impact on the prices that farmers are getting for watermelons.
Price said, "the prices have held steady."
And so far, it hasn't hurt the stands that sell that produce too much.
Bradley said, "nah, it's been pretty good."
But the concern is that more of these sweet melons will turn sour long before finding their way to a stand like this one in the future.
Hall said that the surveys are going out to their member growers soon, and should be in their mailboxes in the next week or so. He's hoping that they take the time to fill it out, so that his association can use the data that they gather to work with the General Assembly on getting their concerns dealt with in next year's session.
The Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is looking to get the surveys back by October 1st. A few days ago a federal judge halted enforcement on some parts of the new bill, but the majority of it went into effect on July 1st.
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