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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.
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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 >>
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Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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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 >>
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
Some election candidates in south Georgia have been campaigning for more than a year now.
Tuesday's primary runoff will mark the end of some elections. And this whole process can take a toll on the candidates.
Dennis Reese was one of three men mired in a contentious Tift County Sheriff election. He says there is a lot of work that goes into it.
"It can be very overwhelming financially, mentally, even physically. A lot of people don't even realize that it can be very overwhelming," Reese said.
Between speaking engagements, knocking on doors, and waving from the street, many sacrifices had to be made including a good night's sleep.
"I probably got anywhere from five to six hours," Reese said. "I was always constantly going, constantly thinking, preparing the next day if I had a speech, going down my list of who I am going to see tomorrow and the next day. So, it's really never ending."
That never ending schedule has kept many candidates with their feet planted on Tift Avenue for long hours.
For seemingly months, candidates have occupied street corners during their campaigns- so much so that tax commissioner candidates have joked that they should start charging property taxes there.
As with any big life decision, these candidates consulted people who have done it before. Reese remembers a conversation with retiring sheriff Gary Vowell.
"When I went to him and talked to him and told him that that is what I wanted to do," said Reese. "His response was, "are you sure you want to take on a task like that?' I said, yes sir, that is what I want."
And these candidates must consider more than themselves.
"But, it takes an effect on their family as well especially if you have young kids," said Reese. "They go through that. They hurt when you hurt."
But, they say it is all worth it to benefit Tift County residents.
Dennis Reese lost to Steve Wood and Gene Scarbrough who are in Tuesday's run-off. Reese says he does not have any regrets about his campaign and says there's a chance he could run for office again in the future.