Tuesday, March 11 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-11 12:54:22 GMT
QUITMAN, GA - The Langdale Company will host the 32nd Annual Langdale FFA Forestry Field Day at Southwind Sporting Clays in Quitman, Georgia on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in conjunction with the Georgia FFAMore >>
Approximately 250 FFA members from schools all across south Georgia will participate in the event. The Forestry Field Day event is a competitive activity that test student's skills and knowledge in the area of forest management.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:32:21 GMT
Kids in the Albany area are just hours away from the 2014 "Get A Life" teen maze, an event that shows students the rewards and consequences of their decisions in real life situations. The two day eventMore >>
Kids in the Albany area will get to experience 2014 "Get A Life" teen maze, an event that shows students the rewards and consequences of their decisions in real life situationsMore >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-03-11 08:13:27 GMT
A truck theft was caught on camera, and tonight the owner is offering a reward to get his ride back. In the video seen above you can see someone pulling away from the Moultrie Walmart in David Cass's whiteMore >>
A truck theft was caught on camera, and tonight the owner is offering a reward to get his ride back.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:49:06 GMT
A Mitchell County family needs help to recover from a devastating fire. Fire broke out in this home on Jerusalem Church Road in Sale City around four this morning. A smoke alarm woke up Mikey NewsomeMore >>
A Mitchell County family needs help to recover from a devastating fire.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:39:37 GMT
A warning to watch out for copperheads. A new study shows the number of those poisonous snakes is on the rise in south Georgia as the population of king snakes declines.King snakes aren't poisonous, butMore >>
Harvey Updyke, the man who is accused of poisoning the iconic oak trees on the campus of Auburn University, took a deal Friday afternoon and agreed to plead guilty.
Lee County District Attorney Robbie Treese announced the deal, saying Updyke withdrew his plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Damage to an Agriculture Facility, a class C felony.
Updyke was sentenced to three years and remains incarcerated until he finishes serving at least six months.
After being released, Updyke will be under supervised probation for a five year period.
As part of the plea deal, Updyke's probation will require him to abide by a 7 p.m. curfew, and he is forbidden to attend any collegiate athletic event. He is also banned from entering any property owned by Auburn University.
Updyke is also ordered not to speak with any member of the media.
Restitution costs have not yet been determined, DA Treese said. But he added that whatever the cost is to Updyke, it will be doubled under the Alabama Farm Animal, Crop and Research Facilities Protection Act.
"We have a significant number of violent felonies awaiting trial in Lee County," DA Treese said, "and I could not in good conscience justify financing a three week trial merely to arrive at no better a resolution."
Reese said the trial, which was to be held in Elmore County, would have forced the state to pay for transportation and lodging for as many as 50 witnesses, not including the fees that would have been required by experts.
Harvey Updyke, a die-hard fan of the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide, caught the attention of the nation after he called into a popular sports talk show months after the 2010 Iron Bowl win by the Auburn Tigers.
Updyke, who went by the alias "Al from Dadeville" claimed to have poisoned the oaks with a herbicide known as Spike 80DF as a way of getting back at the Tigers for disrespecting his team.
Officials with the University's Agriculture Department immediately began testing the soil around the trees and confirmed the presence of the chemical. Unsuccessful efforts were made to save the trees, which are considered a symbol of the University. The last time the trees will be rolled will be during the Auburn Tigers' A-Day game on April 20. They'll then be removed pending a permanent replacement.