Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
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 >>
The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States has jumped to 64. Georgia still has no confirmed cases, but the state's Division of Health requested its share of antiviral drugs from the federal government.
Local health departments across the state expect to get some of that supply. Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation that would make it easier to get a flu shot by allowing pharmacists and nurses to give them.
The Obama Administration also asked Congress for $1.5 billion to combat flu.
When it comes to the Swine Flu, Georgia is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Health officials say it's not surprising the number of cases has jumped.
"As more people who have recently traveled recognize that they have symptoms, of course they're going to be tested so, we're going to be seeing a spike," said Southwest Georgia Public Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant.
While Georgia hasn't confirmed a case, health officials aren't waiting. The Division of Health asked the federal government for their share of the stockpile of antiviral drugs. "They have requested the 25 percent of the state's supply of the anti-virals.
And they've placed their own order for Tamiflu and Relenza. "The state has actually ordered additional doses as well," said Grant.
The local health department is also trying to convey a clear message to the public and its partners, by contacting schools like Dougherty County and emphasizing good hygiene practices.
"Our nurses and Phoebe have provided through partners hand washing stations in all of our schools and we're encouraging their use regularly especially with this threat potential," said DCSS Public Information Officer R. D. Harter.
Carnival Cruise Lines suspended stops at Mexican ports and travel agents say travelers need to decide whether they think it's safe to travel to Mexico.
"Most of the major tour operators are allowing people to postpone their trips possibly rebook them to alternate destinations," said Dennis Fenton of Your Travel Connection.
Health officials say they're prepared to take the next step if more needs to be done like opening an operations center or requiring large gatherings to be canceled.
The Southwest Georgia Health Department is readying a list of employees that could be called in the middle of the night to open an operations center if it becomes necessary.
The Centers for Disease Control says people can best protect themselves by taking precautions they were taught as kids, like frequently washing their hands. The U.S. government is being "extremely aggressive" in the steps it has taken to protect the American public. More >>