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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
The Broad Avenue bridge was condemned two and a half years ago. Now it's nothing more than a concrete kudzu patch.
Prep work will begin next spring to tear down the bridge, but until then, it's an eyesore covered with wild weed.
The Kudzu is a couple of feet thick, spreading from one side of the bridge to anther and even heading out to the street.
The Japanese weed that spreads like wildfire. "The further it's allowed to grow, the more difficult and expensive it will be to control over time," said Mark's Greenhouse Nursery Manager Martin Edwards.
Edwards says if kudzu is not treated early it can become a lingering nuisance. "It can grow up to and sometimes more than one foot in a 24 hour period under ideal growing conditions."
The kudzu is progressing so fast, it has almost made its way a quarter up the bridge, almost even engulfing a lamp post. Edwards says if the kudzu grows and reaches to other areas such as the Turtle Park playground it will consume the nearby tree and shrubs just as it did the light pole, causing headaches for residents and city workers.
It is very invasive and it will choke out, if left uncheck, it will choke out shrubs, trees and other vegetation. Edwards says the kudzu problem could have been worse, but the hot, dry summer likely slowed down its growth.
We checked with city officials. They say since the state owns the bridge, it is the responsibility of the State DOT to maintain the kudzu. The Broad Avenue Bridge is nearly 90 years old.
The DOT will accept bids in November and begin site prep work in the spring.