Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
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 >>
August 30, 2006
Albany - - Many Southwest Georgians are on alert after a Dougherty County man died from the West Nile Virus. Georgia's only two confirmed cases of the mosquito-transmitted virus are both in Dougherty County.
We've heard a lot about the West Nile Virus, but not many people know exactly what it is. "This area is a wet area and we were dry for a significant portion of the summer and then we had a lot of rain. It's hot, it's warm, it's a place where mosquitos would breed," says Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant.
That's how you get it, from a mosquito bite. But you can have the virus and not even know it. "In most people, it causes no symptoms of all. In 80% of people, there are no symptoms."
Less than 20% of the time, people can have headaches, fevers, and flu-like symptoms. Less than 1 percent of the time, symptoms can include stiff neck, vision loss, and death. But health workers say don't panic if you're bitten by a mosquito tomorrow.
"I certainly wouldn't want that person to freak out and run to the emergency room. Even if you have some mild symptoms, that's not a reason to rush to the emergency room."
Dr. Grant says if you experience prolonged symptoms like high fevers and headaches that won't go away, or if you become disoriented, that's when you should see your doctor. At that point, he or she can perform a blood test or examine your spinal fluid.
Within three to 15 days of the symptoms, the doctor will usually know whether you have the virus.
"My hope though is that we can end this right now and only have two cases in Dougherty county for this season and there are no other cases."
Tomorrow, health experts from the county and state will meet with the public to educate you about West Nile and how to make sure you stay safe.