Worth County


Unemployment figures for March show decrease in Albany, Southwest Georgia

March unemployment rates are 7.2 percent in metro Albany, 7.1 percent in Southwest Georgia

The metro area rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 200 from 4,928 in February. The rate declined in the region as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 409 from 10,685 in the month prior, partially because employers laid off fewer workers, officials with the Labor Department said.

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Peanut entomologist seeks help via statewide survey

Input sought from more than 3,500 peanut producers

The survey can be accessed online through a link on the Georgia Peanut Commission’s website at www.gapeanuts.com.

Police seek Sylvester bandit

Sylvester thief used small handgun to rob store employee at dumpster

A grocery clerk in Sylvester is robbed at gunpoint near a dumpster behind a store Wednesday night.

Albany Tech, city of Albany host Career Transition Fair

Event is aimed at workers and retireees who want to pursue a second career

Albany Technical College and the city of Albany will offer a Career Transition Fair 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.

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Treatment effective for blackberry disease

Orange cane blotch problems put growers out of business

During the fungicide trials that led to the discovery of the efficacy of ProPhyt, UGA researchers sprayed 13 fungicides on a commercial blackberry farm in Lanier County. The results, showing ProPhyt as the most effective, were distributed to local producers. Growers throughout the Southeast now use the fungicide.

Albany Almanac - April 7, 2015

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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Two men arrested in Worth County for separate assault incidents

Keithdrick Johnson, Demarcus Wright, arrested on assault charges in unrelated cases

Police officials said Keithdrick Johnson, 39, was arrested at 10:45 a.m. on Monday after turning himself in at the Worth County Sheriff’s Office. Sylvester police were looking for Johnson, who was wanted for aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated sodomy and battery, in connection to an incident that took place in Sylvester on March 22.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - March 27-April 3, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices March 27 through April 3.

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Tifton research shows shading boosts bell pepper crop

High temperatures can lead to scalding on bell peppers, vegetables

Similar shading systems were used in Spain and Israel, places with similar climates as Georgia, and succeeded.

Sylvester police seek suspect in early-morning shooting

Sylvester gunshot victim escapes to nightclub for safety

Alvin Jackson is shot in Sylvester and runs to a nearby nightclub for safety.

Public health officials encouraging vigilance with rabies

Raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats, bobcats and coyotes among wild animals known to harbor disease

During the spring, as the weather is getting warmer, more wild animals are stirring and more people and pets are spending time outdoors, increasing the potential for rabies exposure.

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Pink Moon again a 'blood moon' with full lunar eclipse Saturday

Albany area sky-watchers will not be able to see the full lunar eclipse

The third of a series of four consecutive biannual lunar eclipses will occur Saturday morning. Unfortunately for sky-watchers in Southwest Georgia, the moon will set before it fully enters Earth’s shadow. Weather permitting, however, the final lunar eclipse in the tetrad in September should be prime viewing in the Albany area.

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Distractions for teen drivers worse than previously thought

Albany traffic officers say teen drivers too distracted

A study by AAA and the University of Iowa finds teen driver distractions to be four times worse than earlier believed.

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Veterans demonstrate for better health care in Albany

Demonstrators say money is primary concern of VA officials

A small contingent of U.S. military veterans demonstrated Wdnesday for better VA health care services.

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Two face meth charges in Worth County

GBI destroys inactive Poulan meth lab

Worth County deputies and Poulan police arrest two in a methamphetamine case.