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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Monarch Butterfly Garden at Radium Springs was dedicated Tuesday morning.
New botanicals are a collaborative effort between Dougherty County, Albany Technical College, and Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners.
Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Deacon Ri Lamb, of St. John & St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Pastor H. C. Boyd, Shiloh Baptist Church and Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes were joined by Master Gardener Larry Sellers.
"To be able to come in and keep this, restore it, and maintain this beauty for generations to see verses this just going away, just being something on the side of the road, says a lot about southwest Georgia, about this community, about how we think about those falling behind us," says Dougherty County Commissioner, Jeff Sinyard.
Albany's Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden is a certified "Pollinator Habitat" by Monarchs Across Georgia, a part of the Environmental Alliance of Georgia.
Master Gardener Suzanna McIntosh, a sponsor of the project said that the garden is another unique point of pride for Albany and Dougherty County, and will aid in the education and scientific expansion of Albany's young people.
A Master Gardener R & D Monarch Butterfly Pollinator Garden Committee was formed in early 2011 with Suzanna MacIntosh and Larry Sellers as co-chairs and members Patsy Andrae, Dale Aycock, Joe Cliff, Norman Hannibal, Patsy Stripling, and Henrietta Tharpe.
The Southwest Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers are coordinated through the Dougherty County Extension Office under CEA James Morgan.
There is a 10 county area including Baker, Clay, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Randolph, Schley, Sumter, Terrell, and Tift counties. Many of the Master Gardeners belong to the Southwest Georgia Master Gardeners Association and this year's President is Phyl Strawbridge.
Tallahassee's Apalachee Audubon and their Monarch Pollinator Garden at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge inspired the garden. Apalachee Audubon Past President Ed Gartner and Board Member Ann Bruce have been great sources of encouragement and help.
The 24th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival will be held at St. Marks NWR on Oct. 27, 2012,
The garden has recently been certified with the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's Monarch's Across Georgia program as a "Pollinator Habitat". At the Dedication Master Gardener Larry Sellers will present the certification and a sign with help from Southwest Georgia Master Gardener Association President Phyl Strawbridge and Dougherty County Cooperative Extension Agent James Morgan.
Master Gardeners will give "First Saturday Walks" at the garden on Nov. 3 and Dec.1 from 10 until noon. For more information Phone: (229) 436-7216.