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 >>
Georgia's unemployment rate went up slightly in June. Many employers say the government doesn't make it easy for them to grow.
They took concerns about jobs to Congressman Jack Kingston Tuesday.
Some employers in Lowndes County say they're hiring but unemployment insurance is a job killer.
"One of the employers said applicants will frequently show up in flip flops and T-shirts trying to throw the interview so they won't be hired but they can check the box they tried," said Congressman Kingston.
Some employers say some of the unemployed are being paid under the table. You can have 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.
"As congress votes on extending benefits I think we need to change that," said Congressman Kingston.
From unemployment to too many conflicting regulations leave many employers frustrated.
"You almost get in trouble when you loan money," said Jeff Hanson. "You get in trouble if you don't."
Jeff Hanson of Southwest Georgia Bank says they have several employees just trying to keep up on the different bulletins from entities like state banking agencies, the federal reserve and the FDIC.
"That's not what we want to be doing," said Hanson. "We want to be loaning money, helping small businesses grow and hiring our own people."
Jack Kingston says some solutions to a tough economy include regulation reform to drilling our own oil.
"If we could just bring gas down a dollar that would be a huge economic boom," said Kingston.
Some 60 folks voiced their struggles to Congressman Kingston. He'll take their concerns with him to Capitol Hill.
Congressman Kingston says to he'd also like to simplify the tax code so people and businesses don't have to spend so much money to comply with complex rules.