Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:44:00 GMT
A Tift County cold case still haunts a family nearly 10 years a young mother's murder. It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her familyMore >>
It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her family believes someone knows who killed her, and they hope the person with that information will bring them the peace they need.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:28:33 GMT
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency: Southwest Georgia Public Health: This public resource targets communities in Southwest Georgia and includes suggestionsMore >>
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:51:04 GMT
Information from the Tift County Sheriff's Office- On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force along with the Tift County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the residence of 36More >>
The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 36 year old Daniel Eubanks, and seized over $100K in cash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:38:05 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:34:44 GMT
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds. The Albany PoliceMore >>
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
We could be in for a rough flu season.
It's a little early but Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is already seeing an influx of people showing up at the emergency center with flu symptoms.
Dozens of people have been diagnosed with the flu already this season and Phoebe's seeing about a 30 percent increase in patients.
Thursday night, doctors are urging you to be careful and get your flu shot.
At Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, doctors are running numerous flu tests a day and seeing positive results.
"We have seen 1000 patients this week, that is way over and above what we would normally see, I was told that yesterday alone we had 40 positive flu tests," said Dr. Joel Holcombe, Phoebe Putney Emergency Medicine Physician.
Flu season has made it's way to Southwest Georgia early this year, meaning some people might not have had the chance to get their flu vaccine yet.
The majority of flu cases they have seen have been in people who did not get the vaccine.
"It is good to get the vaccine in the fall because the typical flu season is January or February, not in October, November like we are seeing currently," said Holcombe.
Health officials are not sure where it is coming from but they say it only takes one person to bring it in to the community.
"Avoid contact with other people, use good hand hygiene especially when you are visiting someone in the hospital who has the flu, there are alcohol stations throughout the hospital you can alcohol your hands off," said Holcombe.
Holcombe says with an outbreak this early, it could mean an even worse flu season.
"We could nip this in the bud, but as many people as we have seen in the last week that have been positive on our flu testing, it is a big worry whether we are going to have an even worse season or not," said Holcombe.
The flu strains have been identified by the CDC and are all included in this year's flu vaccine.
He hopes this early outbreak will convince those who have not gotten their vaccine, to go ahead and get one.
You can get a flu shot from the health department and most pharmacies for about $25.