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  • Albany woman beaten and robbed by 3 men

    Albany woman beaten and robbed by 3 men

    Thursday, October 8 2015 6:54 PM EDT2015-10-08 22:54:21 GMT
    Thursday, October 8 2015 6:54 PM EDT2015-10-08 22:54:21 GMT
    An Albany man is in custody, accused of robbing and beating a woman early Thursday morning in South Albany.More >>
    An Albany man is in custody, accused of robbing and beating a woman early Thursday morning in South Albany.More >>
  • Editorial: Thank you to public safety personnel

    Editorial: Thank you to public safety personnel

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 12:57 PM EST2015-12-30 17:57:51 GMT
    Wednesday, January 25 2017 2:39 PM EST2017-01-25 19:39:03 GMT

    We would like to thank all of the public safety personnel in Southwest Georgia who were pressed into duty because of flooding during the Christmas holiday weekend.

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    We would like to thank all of the public safety personnel in Southwest Georgia who were pressed into duty because of flooding during the Christmas holiday weekend.

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  • Editorial: Thank you for your generosity

    Editorial: Thank you for your generosity

    Wednesday, December 23 2015 5:20 PM EST2015-12-23 22:20:13 GMT
    Wednesday, December 23 2015 5:20 PM EST2015-12-23 22:20:13 GMT
    We appreciate the concern and kindness you show your neighbors when we bring you stories of people in need. More >>

    We appreciate the concern and kindness you show your neighbors when we bring you stories of people in need.

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  • Editorial: Albany's downtown development

    Editorial: Albany's downtown development

    Monday, December 21 2015 11:53 PM EST2015-12-22 04:53:23 GMT
    Monday, December 21 2015 11:53 PM EST2015-12-22 04:53:23 GMT
    Congratulations to those charged with moving things along in downtown Albany's redevelopment. More >>

    Congratulations to those charged with moving things along in downtown Albany's redevelopment.

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  • Editorial: Congratulations Colquitt County Packers

    Editorial: Congratulations Colquitt County Packers

    Thursday, December 17 2015 9:18 PM EST2015-12-18 02:18:05 GMT
    Thursday, December 17 2015 9:18 PM EST2015-12-18 02:18:04 GMT
    We want to congratulate the Colquitt County Packers on winning a second straight state championship with another perfect season.We agree with all of the Packer fans and their head coach that Colquitt County should be crowned national champions. More >>

    We want to congratulate the Colquitt County Packers on winning a second straight state championship with another perfect season.We agree with all of the Packer fans and their head coach that Colquitt County should be crowned national champions. 

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  • Editorial: Missing Moody Air Force trainees

    Editorial: Missing Moody Air Force trainees

    Thursday, December 17 2015 8:55 PM EST2015-12-18 01:55:13 GMT
    Thursday, December 17 2015 8:55 PM EST2015-12-18 01:55:12 GMT
    Many of us were stunned the Air Force waited almost 36 hours to notify the general public after learning the two Afghan air force trainees were missing from the base last week. And that they would not release the names or photos of the two students citing concerns for their safety of their families back home.More >>

    Many of us were stunned the Air Force waited almost 36 hours to notify the general public after learning the two Afghan air force trainees were missing from the base last week. And that they would not release the names or photos of the two students citing concerns for their safety of their families back home.

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  • Editorial: Shop local for the Holidays

    Editorial: Shop local for the Holidays

    Thursday, December 10 2015 5:26 PM EST2015-12-10 22:26:15 GMT
    Thursday, December 10 2015 5:26 PM EST2015-12-10 22:26:15 GMT
    Research shows that 68 out of every $100 spent in local businesses stays here in our community.More >>

    Research shows that 68 out of every $100 spent in local businesses stays here in our community.

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  • Editorial: Two Terrell Co. women keeping children warm

    Editorial: Two Terrell Co. women keeping children warm

    Tuesday, December 8 2015 11:00 PM EST2015-12-09 04:00:29 GMT
    Tuesday, December 8 2015 11:00 PM EST2015-12-09 04:00:28 GMT
    It's the time of year when we slow down our lives to think about our fellow man, but not many people actually do something about it.More >>

    It's the time of year when we slow down our lives to think about our fellow man, but not many people actually do something about it.

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  • Editorial: Meigs problems

    Editorial: Meigs problems

    Thursday, December 3 2015 3:59 PM EST2015-12-03 20:59:01 GMT
    Thursday, December 3 2015 3:59 PM EST2015-12-03 20:59:01 GMT
    The small city of Meigs seems to have a BIG problem!  We recently learned that the city and its employees no longer had an insurance carrier.More >>

    The small city of Meigs seems to have a BIG problem!  We recently learned that the city and its employees no longer had an insurance carrier.

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  • Editorial: Mark Richt

    Editorial: Mark Richt

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 9:42 PM EST2015-12-02 02:42:00 GMT
    Tuesday, December 1 2015 9:42 PM EST2015-12-02 02:42:00 GMT
    For the first time in a decade and a half, the state's flagship university is looking for a head coach for its football program.More >>

    For the first time in a decade and a half, the state's flagship university is looking for a head coach for its football program.

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  • Editorial: Capital punishment

    Editorial: Capital punishment

    Thursday, November 26 2015 3:26 PM EST2015-11-26 20:26:40 GMT
    Thursday, November 26 2015 3:26 PM EST2015-11-26 20:26:40 GMT
    The recent execution of Marcus Ray Johnson has re-opened the debate over capital punishment in our country.More >>

    The recent execution of Marcus Ray Johnson has re-opened the debate over capital punishment in our country.

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  • Editorial: Working Men INC.

    Editorial: Working Men INC.

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 8:23 PM EST2015-11-25 01:23:27 GMT
    Tuesday, November 24 2015 8:44 PM EST2015-11-25 01:44:29 GMT
    Two former felons from Camilla have started a non-profit organization to help other ex-cons become productive members of society.More >>

    Two former felons from Camilla have started a non-profit organization to help other ex-cons become productive members of society.

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  • Editorial: School bomb threats

    Editorial: School bomb threats

    Friday, November 20 2015 12:36 AM EST2015-11-20 05:36:05 GMT
    Friday, November 20 2015 12:36 AM EST2015-11-20 05:36:05 GMT
    Last week, we told you that Dougherty County's School Superintendent said he is sick of the disruptions caused by recent bomb threats.More >>

    Last week, we told you that Dougherty County's School Superintendent said he is sick of the disruptions caused by recent bomb threats.

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  • Editorial: ABAC cuts ties with police chief

    Editorial: ABAC cuts ties with police chief

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 4:56 PM EST2015-11-17 21:56:23 GMT
    Tuesday, November 17 2015 4:56 PM EST2015-11-17 21:56:23 GMT
    An embarrassing situation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College came to an appropriate end last week when the college cut ties with its veteran police chief.More >>
    An embarrassing situation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College came to an appropriate end last week when the college cut ties with its veteran police chief.More >>
  • Editorial: Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge

    Editorial: Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge

    Thursday, November 12 2015 6:28 PM EST2015-11-12 23:28:43 GMT
    Thursday, November 12 2015 6:28 PM EST2015-11-12 23:28:42 GMT
    This week we gathered on the bridge over the Flint River for a Veterans Day program and the dedication of the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge to veterans of all wars.More >>
    This week we gathered on the bridge over the Flint River for a Veterans Day program and the dedication of the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge to veterans of all wars.More >>
  • Editorial: Crime against the elderly

    Editorial: Crime against the elderly

    Tuesday, November 10 2015 10:20 PM EST2015-11-11 03:20:34 GMT
    Tuesday, November 10 2015 11:14 PM EST2015-11-11 04:14:21 GMT
    It is alarming to hear that crimes against the elderly are increasing.More >>
    It is alarming to hear that crimes against the elderly are increasing.More >>
  • Editorial: EPA's 'Waters of the United States' regulation

    Editorial: EPA's 'Waters of the United States' regulation

    Thursday, November 5 2015 9:27 PM EST2015-11-06 02:27:30 GMT
    Thursday, November 5 2015 9:27 PM EST2015-11-06 02:27:29 GMT
    The United States Senate took a stand to halt the unchecked growth of the Environmental Protection Agency, which many people think is getting too big, and too powerful. More >>
    The United States Senate took a stand to halt the unchecked growth of the Environmental Protection Agency, which many people think is getting too big, and too powerful. More >>
  • Editorial: Moultrie not hiring tobacco users

    Editorial: Moultrie not hiring tobacco users

    Tuesday, November 3 2015 10:34 PM EST2015-11-04 03:34:02 GMT
    Tuesday, November 3 2015 10:34 PM EST2015-11-04 03:34:01 GMT
    The City of Moultrie will no longer hire employees who use tobacco.More >>
    The City of Moultrie will no longer hire employees who use tobacco.More >>
  • Editorial: Getting out to vote for local officials

    Editorial: Getting out to vote for local officials

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 12:07 AM EDT2015-10-28 04:07:39 GMT
    Wednesday, October 28 2015 12:07 AM EDT2015-10-28 04:07:39 GMT
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    The presidential election is a year away but there is still plenty of important races on local ballots in south Georgia next week.More >>
    The presidential election is a year away but there is still plenty of important races on local ballots in south Georgia next week.More >>
  • Editorial: Randall Study

    Editorial: Randall Study

    Thursday, October 22 2015 8:09 PM EDT2015-10-23 00:09:54 GMT
    Thursday, October 22 2015 8:09 PM EDT2015-10-23 00:09:55 GMT
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    A recent study of tourism in Albany showed our city has something to offer out of town guests but we just need to do a better job of getting people to come here.More >>
    A recent study of tourism in Albany showed our city has something to offer out of town guests but we just need to do a better job of getting people to come here.More >>
  • Editorial: City of Albany aids with SC flood relief efforts

    Editorial: City of Albany aids with SC flood relief efforts

    Tuesday, October 20 2015 7:28 PM EDT2015-10-20 23:28:59 GMT
    Tuesday, October 20 2015 7:28 PM EDT2015-10-20 23:28:59 GMT
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    As thousands of South Carolinians work to pick up the pieces after torrential flooding... We here in Southwest Georgia can't help but be reminded of the similar tragedy we suffered in 1994, flooded homes, floating cars, homes and businesses destroyed... lives lost.More >>
    As thousands of South Carolinians work to pick up the pieces after torrential flooding... We here in Southwest Georgia can't help but be reminded of the similar tragedy we suffered in 1994, flooded homes, floating cars, homes and businesses destroyed... lives lost.More >>
  • Editorial: Albany State University Homecoming

    Editorial: Albany State University Homecoming

    Thursday, October 15 2015 7:56 PM EDT2015-10-15 23:56:36 GMT
    Thursday, October 15 2015 8:01 PM EDT2015-10-16 00:01:17 GMT
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    We would like to welcome all of the Albany State alumni and fans who will be in town for this week's homecoming festivities.More >>
    We would like to welcome all of the Albany State alumni and fans who will be in town for this week's homecoming festivities.More >>
  • Editorial: First Buddy Check 10k

    Editorial: First Buddy Check 10k

    Tuesday, October 13 2015 6:36 PM EDT2015-10-13 22:36:06 GMT
    Tuesday, October 13 2015 6:36 PM EDT2015-10-13 22:36:06 GMT
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    Saturday was a great day at Chehaw Park as WALB hosted our first Buddy Check 10k and one mile races.More >>
    Saturday was a great day at Chehaw Park as WALB hosted our first Buddy Check 10k and one mile races.More >>
  • Editorial: Expecting more from Congress

    Editorial: Expecting more from Congress

    Thursday, October 8 2015 7:27 PM EDT2015-10-08 23:27:18 GMT
    Thursday, October 8 2015 7:27 PM EDT2015-10-08 23:27:18 GMT
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    Just hours before a midnight deadline last week, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open, but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.More >>
    Just hours before a midnight deadline last week, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open, but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.More >>
  • Editorial: Horse racing

    Editorial: Horse racing

    Tuesday, October 6 2015 7:50 PM EDT2015-10-06 23:50:25 GMT
    Tuesday, October 6 2015 8:03 PM EDT2015-10-07 00:03:46 GMT
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    Research shows that horse racing would grow agriculture and put money in Georgia farmers' pockets, while generating $25 million annually for need-based scholarships and University of Georgia's agriculture school. More >>
    Research shows that horse racing would grow agriculture and put money in Georgia farmers' pockets, while generating $25 million annually for need-based scholarships and University of Georgia's agriculture school. More >>
  • Editorial: Georgia Pre-K Week

    Editorial: Georgia Pre-K Week

    Thursday, October 1 2015 4:19 PM EDT2015-10-01 20:19:59 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 4:19 PM EDT2015-10-01 20:19:59 GMT
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    Next week, October 5-9, is Georgia's fifth annual Pre-K Week. Hundreds of government, community and business leaders will visit Georgia's lottery-funded Pre-K centers across the state to highlight the value of early education.More >>
    Next week, October 5-9, is Georgia's fifth annual Pre-K Week. Hundreds of government, community and business leaders will visit Georgia's lottery-funded Pre-K centers across the state to highlight the value of early education.More >>
  • Editorial: The loss of County Commissioner Jack Stone

    Editorial: The loss of County Commissioner Jack Stone

    Wednesday, September 30 2015 7:49 PM EDT2015-09-30 23:49:58 GMT
    Wednesday, September 30 2015 7:49 PM EDT2015-09-30 23:49:58 GMT
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    Dougherty County lost a faithful, long-time public servant last week.Jack Stone, who served on the county commission from District Six died Thursday.More >>
    Dougherty County lost a faithful, long-time public servant last week.Jack Stone, who served on the county commission from District Six died Thursday.More >>
  • Editorial: In support of law enforcement

    Editorial: In support of law enforcement

    Thursday, September 24 2015 6:27 PM EDT2015-09-24 22:27:20 GMT
    Thursday, September 24 2015 6:31 PM EDT2015-09-24 22:31:30 GMT
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    2015 has been a tough year for law enforcement.We've seen officers shot, and some killed, across our country.More >>
    2015 has been a tough year for law enforcement.We've seen officers shot, and some killed, across our country.More >>
  • Editorial: Salmonella Sentencing

    Editorial: Salmonella Sentencing

    Wednesday, September 23 2015 6:45 PM EDT2015-09-23 22:45:38 GMT
    Wednesday, September 23 2015 6:54 PM EDT2015-09-23 22:54:08 GMT
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    The harsh prison sentences handed down in the salmonella poisoning case have put an end to a very tragic story.More >>
    The harsh prison sentences handed down in the salmonella poisoning case have put an end to a very tragic story.More >>
  • Editorial: Scrambled law enforcement communication

    Editorial: Scrambled law enforcement communication

    Monday, September 21 2015 10:04 AM EDT2015-09-21 14:04:51 GMT
    Monday, September 21 2015 10:04 AM EDT2015-09-21 14:04:51 GMT
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    Valdosta's Police Chief has just announced the price tag on new, encrypted scanners for law enforcement.Law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments in the county have recently started to use the new scanner system which public scanners are unable to pick up.More >>
    Valdosta's Police Chief has just announced the price tag on new, encrypted scanners for law enforcement.Law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments in the county have recently started to use the new scanner system which public scanners are unable to pick up.More >>
  • Editorial: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell wins Miss America

    Editorial: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell wins Miss America

    Tuesday, September 15 2015 8:14 PM EDT2015-09-16 00:14:32 GMT
    Tuesday, September 15 2015 8:14 PM EDT2015-09-16 00:14:32 GMT
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    WALB would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell as she has been crowned our new Miss America.More >>
    WALB would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell as she has been crowned our new Miss America.More >>
  • Editorial: Kim Davis and same sex marriage

    Editorial: Kim Davis and same sex marriage

    Tuesday, September 8 2015 6:26 PM EDT2015-09-08 22:26:14 GMT
    Tuesday, September 8 2015 6:26 PM EDT2015-09-08 22:26:14 GMT
    Same sex marriage is the law of the land. Rowan County Kentucky Clerk, Kim Davis, refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples citing her religious objections to these unions. Clerk Davis, who is an elected official, took an oath to obey the laws of her state and of the United States of America.More >>
    Same sex marriage is the law of the land. Rowan County Kentucky Clerk, Kim Davis, refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples citing her religious objections to these unions. Clerk Davis, who is an elected official, took an oath to obey the laws of her state and of the United States of America.More >>
  • Editorial: Register to vote

    Editorial: Register to vote

    Thursday, September 3 2015 6:55 PM EDT2015-09-03 22:55:47 GMT
    Thursday, September 3 2015 6:59 PM EDT2015-09-03 22:59:28 GMT
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    Make sure you are signed up and ready to vote. The deadline to register is October 5th.More >>
    Make sure you are signed up and ready to vote. The deadline to register is October 5th.More >>
  • Editorial: Downtown Albany development

    Editorial: Downtown Albany development

    Tuesday, September 1 2015 6:41 PM EDT2015-09-01 22:41:47 GMT
    Tuesday, September 1 2015 6:43 PM EDT2015-09-01 22:43:08 GMT
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    Albany city commissioners recently decided to set aside up to 5-million dollars in rebates from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to spur downtown development.  It's already paying dividends.More >>
    Albany city commissioners recently decided to set aside up to 5-million dollars in rebates from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to spur downtown development.  It's already paying dividends.More >>
  • Editorial: Bye bye, WG&L

    Editorial: Bye bye, WG&L

    Friday, August 28 2015 11:55 AM EDT2015-08-28 15:55:29 GMT
    Friday, August 28 2015 11:55 AM EDT2015-08-28 15:55:29 GMT
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    We were uneasy when Albany City Commissioners voted in January to dissolve the Water, Gas and Light Commission and form the Albany Utility Board.More >>
    We were uneasy when Albany City Commissioners voted in January to dissolve the Water, Gas and Light Commission and form the Albany Utility Board.More >>
  • Editorial: Jimmy Carter's cancer battle

    Editorial: Jimmy Carter's cancer battle

    Friday, August 28 2015 11:51 AM EDT2015-08-28 15:51:23 GMT
    Friday, August 28 2015 11:51 AM EDT2015-08-28 15:51:23 GMT
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    As a fellow Georgian, the nation's 39th president holds an even more special place in our hearts.More >>
    As a fellow Georgian, the nation's 39th president holds an even more special place in our hearts.More >>
  • Editorial: Standing with Jimmy Carter

    Editorial: Standing with Jimmy Carter

    Tuesday, August 25 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-08-25 23:08:48 GMT
    Tuesday, August 25 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-08-25 23:08:48 GMT
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    We, along with most of the country, are saddened to hear of President Jimmy Carter's recent cancer diagnosis.More >>
    We, along with most of the country, are saddened to hear of President Jimmy Carter's recent cancer diagnosis.More >>
  • Editorial: Valdosta Board of Education

    Editorial: Valdosta Board of Education

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    We are glad the Valdosta Board of Education is going to comply with the state's Open Meetings Act when it comes to hiring new employees.More >>
    We are glad the Valdosta Board of Education is going to comply with the state's Open Meetings Act when it comes to hiring new employees.More >>
  • Editorial: IRS misdeeds

    Editorial: IRS misdeeds

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    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson didn't hold back his criticism of the Internal Revenue Service, after a bipartisan report confirmed the IRS targeted conservative political groups, and worked for their union on government time.More >>
    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson didn't hold back his criticism of the Internal Revenue Service, after a bipartisan report confirmed the IRS targeted conservative political groups, and worked for their union on government time.More >>
  • Editorial: Immigration security

    Editorial: Immigration security

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    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a longtime advocate of strong border security, has co-sponsored legislation that will financially penalize local and state governments that defy federal law and become so-called “sanctuary cities” that shelter illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation.More >>
    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a longtime advocate of strong border security, has co-sponsored legislation that will financially penalize local and state governments that defy federal law and become so-called “sanctuary cities” that shelter illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation.More >>
  • Editorial: Kay Hind recognized

    Editorial: Kay Hind recognized

    Friday, August 7 2015 2:15 PM EDT2015-08-07 18:15:53 GMT
    Friday, August 7 2015 2:15 PM EDT2015-08-07 18:15:53 GMT
    Kay Hind has worked tirelessly for senior citizens for almost 50 - plus years!   More >>
    Kay Hind has worked tirelessly for senior citizens for almost 50 - plus years!   More >>
  • Editorial: Rise in Property Taxes

    Editorial: Rise in Property Taxes

    Thursday, July 23 2015 4:07 PM EDT2015-07-23 20:07:19 GMT
    Thursday, July 30 2015 6:50 PM EDT2015-07-30 22:50:22 GMT
    A lot of property owners are upset that Dougherty County Commissioners voted this week to raise property taxes.  We understand that no one wants to pay more taxes, but every now and then, increasing taxes is the right thing to do.Dougherty County leaders have been frugal, managing the county’s finances well through tough times.  They haven’t raised taxes in ten years.But that has led to a major problem.More >>
    A lot of property owners are upset that Dougherty County Commissioners voted this week to raise property taxes.  We understand that no one wants to pay more taxes, but every now and then, increasing taxes is the right thing to do.Dougherty County leaders have been frugal, managing the county’s finances well through tough times.  They haven’t raised taxes in ten years.But that has led to a major problem.More >>
  • Editorial: Graduation Rate Jumps

    Editorial: Graduation Rate Jumps

    Tuesday, July 21 2015 4:14 PM EDT2015-07-21 20:14:37 GMT
    Tuesday, July 21 2015 4:14 PM EDT2015-07-21 20:14:37 GMT
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    For years, Dougherty County’s high school graduation rate has lagged far behind the state average.Recently, the state honored two Albany schools for drastic increases.More >>
    For years, Dougherty County’s high school graduation rate has lagged far behind the state average.Recently, the state honored two Albany schools for drastic increases.More >>
  • Editorial: Rails to Trails Project

    Editorial: Rails to Trails Project

    Thursday, July 16 2015 4:41 PM EDT2015-07-16 20:41:29 GMT
    Thursday, July 16 2015 4:41 PM EDT2015-07-16 20:41:29 GMT
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    Albany and Lee County leaders haven't always gotten along or worked together well.  The new Rails to Trails project could be the catalyst to change that.More >>
    Albany and Lee County leaders haven't always gotten along or worked together well.  The new Rails to Trails project could be the catalyst to change that.More >>
  • Editorial: Albany State University Economic Impact

    Editorial: Albany State University Economic Impact

    Friday, July 10 2015 6:13 PM EDT2015-07-10 22:13:30 GMT
    Friday, July 10 2015 6:13 PM EDT2015-07-10 22:13:30 GMT
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    Albany is blessed to have institutions of higher learning. Not just for educating our citizens, but also for the economic benefit they generate.More >>
    Albany is blessed to have institutions of higher learning. Not just for educating our citizens, but also for the economic benefit they generate.More >>
  • Editorial: Same Sex Marriage

    Editorial: Same Sex Marriage

    Tuesday, July 7 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-07-07 21:00:28 GMT
    Tuesday, July 7 2015 5:00 PM EDT2015-07-07 21:00:27 GMT
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    Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens showed true leadership in announcing Georgia would abide by the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states.The attorney generals office and council of probate judges worked quickly to make sure new marriage license applications were sent to county probate judges not long after the ruling came down.Were primarily telling our probate judges, youve sworn to uphold and defend the constitut...More >>
    Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens showed true leadership in announcing Georgia would abide by the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states.The attorney generals office and council of probate judges worked quickly to make sure new marriage license applications were sent to county probate judges not long after the ruling came down.Were primarily telling our probate judges, youve sworn to uphold and defend the constitut...More >>
  • Editorial: Affordable Care Act

    Editorial: Affordable Care Act

    Thursday, July 2 2015 6:54 PM EDT2015-07-02 22:54:52 GMT
    Thursday, July 2 2015 6:54 PM EDT2015-07-02 22:54:51 GMT
    Last week The Supreme Court of the United States in a 6-3 vote, upheld the issue of federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act.Even justices Roberts and Kennedy two Republican appointees, agreed with the decision.Now that this issue has been settled once and for all, its time for the state of Georgia to move to expand Medicare and Medicaid.Georgia is one of the 16 states, colored here in Orange, where Republican leadership refused to make any change that might assist Obama Care in a...More >>
    Last week The Supreme Court of the United States in a 6-3 vote, upheld the issue of federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act.Even justices Roberts and Kennedy two Republican appointees, agreed with the decision.Now that this issue has been settled once and for all, its time for the state of Georgia to move to expand Medicare and Medicaid.Georgia is one of the 16 states, colored here in Orange, where Republican leadership refused to make any change that might assist Obama Care in a...More >>
  • Editorial: 4th of July Celebration

    Editorial: 4th of July Celebration

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 8:11 PM EDT2015-07-02 00:11:41 GMT
    Wednesday, July 1 2015 8:11 PM EDT2015-07-02 00:11:41 GMT
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    It is great news Albanys July Fourth celebration is returning to downtown this weekend.The city has done a great job planning a family oriented movie, concert and of course fireworks at the Civic Center.The planning has also included added security to prevent the problems that happened the last time the event was held downtown.The security plan has been finalized so people can expect a strong presence of police, said Phyllis Banks, APD Media Manager.The Exchange Club of Albany deserves...More >>
    It is great news Albanys July Fourth celebration is returning to downtown this weekend.The city has done a great job planning a family oriented movie, concert and of course fireworks at the Civic Center.The planning has also included added security to prevent the problems that happened the last time the event was held downtown.The security plan has been finalized so people can expect a strong presence of police, said Phyllis Banks, APD Media Manager.The Exchange Club of Albany deserves...More >>
  • Editorial: Junior Police Program

    Editorial: Junior Police Program

    Thursday, June 25 2015 5:30 PM EDT2015-06-25 21:30:03 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 5:45 PM EDT2015-06-25 21:45:37 GMT
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    In recent months, we've seen stories in the news about violent, even deadly interactions between citizens and police. Some have sparked riots in other parts of the country.In many cases, there is a disconnect between the job police have to do, and the public they're sworn to protect.Last week, teenagers in Thomasville got a chance to see what it truly means to be a police officer.For the entire week, kids joined the Junior Law Enforcement program to get a behind the scenes look at a day in th...More >>
    In recent months, we've seen stories in the news about violent, even deadly interactions between citizens and police. Some have sparked riots in other parts of the country.In many cases, there is a disconnect between the job police have to do, and the public they're sworn to protect.Last week, teenagers in Thomasville got a chance to see what it truly means to be a police officer.For the entire week, kids joined the Junior Law Enforcement program to get a behind the scenes look at a day in th...More >>
  • Editorial: Dylann Roof's Reaction

    Editorial: Dylann Roof's Reaction

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 5:48 PM EDT2015-06-23 21:48:08 GMT
    Tuesday, June 23 2015 5:48 PM EDT2015-06-23 21:48:08 GMT
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    Dylann Roof is now charged with 9 counts of murder after confessing to killing 9 innocent people in a downtown Charleston church.According to a report, Roof told officers he wanted to quote " kill black people to start a race war".We can all be proud to say Roof's horrendous acts of evil have instead started an avalanche of love.In the midst of all this heart break across our country, it has been so encouraging to see people from all walks of life coming together to love one another.Black, wh...More >>
    Dylann Roof is now charged with 9 counts of murder after confessing to killing 9 innocent people in a downtown Charleston church.According to a report, Roof told officers he wanted to quote " kill black people to start a race war".We can all be proud to say Roof's horrendous acts of evil have instead started an avalanche of love.In the midst of all this heart break across our country, it has been so encouraging to see people from all walks of life coming together to love one another.Black, wh...More >>
  • Editorial: Disposing of American Flags

    Editorial: Disposing of American Flags

    Thursday, June 18 2015 5:40 PM EDT2015-06-18 21:40:02 GMT
    Thursday, June 18 2015 5:40 PM EDT2015-06-18 21:40:02 GMT
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    Many of us take pride in displaying the American Flag in front of our homes and businesses. But when it comes time to replace that flag, make sure you dispose of it the right way.We commend Advanced Disposal in donating flags to the Boy Scouts, American Legion and other civic groups who make sure they are retired the proper way.David Dent "We saw this wasn't being handled properly. We thought this is a way we could step in and be a part of our community. Take care of our American flag the way...More >>
    Many of us take pride in displaying the American Flag in front of our homes and businesses. But when it comes time to replace that flag, make sure you dispose of it the right way.We commend Advanced Disposal in donating flags to the Boy Scouts, American Legion and other civic groups who make sure they are retired the proper way.David Dent "We saw this wasn't being handled properly. We thought this is a way we could step in and be a part of our community. Take care of our American flag the way...More >>
  • Editorial: Change Has Come

    Editorial: Change Has Come

    Wednesday, June 17 2015 2:54 PM EDT2015-06-17 18:54:50 GMT
    Wednesday, June 17 2015 4:43 PM EDT2015-06-17 20:43:08 GMT
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    Change has come to Albany and Dougherty County as we say farewell to three dedicated public servants.Major Bill Berry with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, Fire Chief James Carswell, and Jim Vaught, Deputy Director of the Albany-Dougherty Emergency Management Agency are retiring.Carswell and Berry both have over 40 years of service in firefighting and law enforcement respectively.Vaught served as Deputy EMA director for eight years after retiring from the United States Marine Corps.All three h...More >>
    Change has come to Albany and Dougherty County as we say farewell to three dedicated public servants.Major Bill Berry with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, Fire Chief James Carswell, and Jim Vaught, Deputy Director of the Albany-Dougherty Emergency Management Agency are retiring.Carswell and Berry both have over 40 years of service in firefighting and law enforcement respectively.Vaught served as Deputy EMA director for eight years after retiring from the United States Marine Corps.All three h...More >>
  • Editorial: City Manager Position

    Editorial: City Manager Position

    Thursday, June 11 2015 4:09 PM EDT2015-06-11 20:09:56 GMT
    Thursday, June 11 2015 4:09 PM EDT2015-06-11 20:09:56 GMT
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    Albany city leaders owe taxpayers an explanation.They offered the downtown manager job to a candidate without publicizing the offer and before completing an in-depth background check. Once that check was completed, city leaders put the offer on hold, but only after sending the candidate a 3-thousand dollar check for moving expenses.City attorney Nathan Davis is dodging our questions about why the job offer was kept secret.We also want to know what happened to that 3-thousand dollars, whether ...More >>
    Albany city leaders owe taxpayers an explanation.They offered the downtown manager job to a candidate without publicizing the offer and before completing an in-depth background check. Once that check was completed, city leaders put the offer on hold, but only after sending the candidate a 3-thousand dollar check for moving expenses.City attorney Nathan Davis is dodging our questions about why the job offer was kept secret.We also want to know what happened to that 3-thousand dollars, whether ...More >>
  • Editorial: Albany City Government

    Editorial: Albany City Government

    Thursday, June 4 2015 3:52 PM EDT2015-06-04 19:52:27 GMT
    Thursday, June 4 2015 3:52 PM EDT2015-06-04 19:52:26 GMT
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    Albany City leaders just filled the two most important jobs in city government.We have more confidence in one hire than the other.Michael Persley has what it takes to be an excellent police chief.He worked his way up through the ranks over more than 20 years, serving in multiple leadership roles.He has been open and honest with the public and the media and is committed to this community and this country, serving as a Captain in the National Guard.Sharon Subadan is about to start as the new ci...More >>
    Albany City leaders just filled the two most important jobs in city government.We have more confidence in one hire than the other.Michael Persley has what it takes to be an excellent police chief.He worked his way up through the ranks over more than 20 years, serving in multiple leadership roles.He has been open and honest with the public and the media and is committed to this community and this country, serving as a Captain in the National Guard.Sharon Subadan is about to start as the new ci...More >>
  • Editorial: Helping Local Charities

    Editorial: Helping Local Charities

    Tuesday, June 2 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-06-02 18:57:26 GMT
    Tuesday, June 2 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-06-02 18:57:26 GMT
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    It is very concerning that several local charitable organizations are struggling to raise money.Especially, since many of these groups work with kids in our community after school and during summer vacation.These organizations are still doing what they can to meet the needs of those they serve but they need our help.One way is sponsoring a child in the current Boys Girls Club fundraiser.Also Girls Inc. will soon announce a critical fundraiser to support their efforts and the United Way annua...More >>
    It is very concerning that several local charitable organizations are struggling to raise money.Especially, since many of these groups work with kids in our community after school and during summer vacation.These organizations are still doing what they can to meet the needs of those they serve but they need our help.One way is sponsoring a child in the current Boys Girls Club fundraiser.Also Girls Inc. will soon announce a critical fundraiser to support their efforts and the United Way annua...More >>
  • Editorial: Learning from Canada

    Editorial: Learning from Canada

    Thursday, May 28 2015 4:00 PM EDT2015-05-28 20:00:53 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 4:36 PM EDT2015-05-28 20:36:59 GMT
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    Sometimes great ideas originate in California, and make their way east. Here is one that started in Canada, and we hope it makes its way SOUTH.After government regulations became so cumbersome that business was nearly crushed by them in British Columbia, they decided that for every NEW law that was enacted, TWO old ones had to be deleted.In Canada at large, the legislature cut that, deleting one old law for every new law.This is an idea we desperately need in America, where no one knows exact...More >>
    Sometimes great ideas originate in California, and make their way east. Here is one that started in Canada, and we hope it makes its way SOUTH.After government regulations became so cumbersome that business was nearly crushed by them in British Columbia, they decided that for every NEW law that was enacted, TWO old ones had to be deleted.In Canada at large, the legislature cut that, deleting one old law for every new law.This is an idea we desperately need in America, where no one knows exact...More >>
  • Editorial: Security Cameras

    Editorial: Security Cameras

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 3:04 PM EDT2015-05-26 19:04:51 GMT
    Tuesday, May 26 2015 3:04 PM EDT2015-05-26 19:04:52 GMT
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    Two recent disclosures that security cameras were in place but not operational are a little unsettling.Although there were no incidents at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, a recent WALB news story revealed that the parking lot cameras were not functional. The seven cameras have been installed for three months but the video cannot be recorded until the Airport Commission buys the needed software. We have also recently discovered the security cameras downtown were not working during a la...More >>
    Two recent disclosures that security cameras were in place but not operational are a little unsettling.Although there were no incidents at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, a recent WALB news story revealed that the parking lot cameras were not functional. The seven cameras have been installed for three months but the video cannot be recorded until the Airport Commission buys the needed software. We have also recently discovered the security cameras downtown were not working during a la...More >>
  • Editorial: Cape Day is a great Idea

    Editorial: Cape Day is a great Idea

    Thursday, May 21 2015 5:47 PM EDT2015-05-21 21:47:21 GMT
    Thursday, May 21 2015 9:27 PM EDT2015-05-22 01:27:09 GMT
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    We salute an 8th grade class in Lee County for their support of a classmate who was bullied for wearing a cape to school.More >>
    We salute an 8th grade class in Lee County for their support of a classmate who was bullied for wearing a cape to school.More >>
  • Editorial: Tommy Postell's Comments

    Editorial: Tommy Postell's Comments

    Tuesday, May 19 2015 5:48 PM EDT2015-05-19 21:48:13 GMT
    Tuesday, May 19 2015 6:26 PM EDT2015-05-19 22:26:09 GMT
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    Once again Albany City Commissioner Tommy Postell has embarrassed the city with his off the wall comments.Postell said Albany's gang task force has deteriorated under a woman's leadership, and that “THEY,” clearly meaning any woman, should not be in charge.Rarely has something so insulting and ignorant been spoken at a City Commission meeting. The Mayor and other commissioners should strongly condemn this inappropriate language.In addition to the sexist comment itself, who does Postell think ...More >>
    Once again Albany City Commissioner Tommy Postell has embarrassed the city with his off the wall comments.Postell said Albany's gang task force has deteriorated under a woman's leadership, and that “THEY,” clearly meaning any woman, should not be in charge.Rarely has something so insulting and ignorant been spoken at a City Commission meeting. The Mayor and other commissioners should strongly condemn this inappropriate language.In addition to the sexist comment itself, who does Postell think ...More >>
  • Editorial: Police Department Vacancy

    Editorial: Police Department Vacancy

    Thursday, May 14 2015 2:29 PM EDT2015-05-14 18:29:02 GMT
    Thursday, May 14 2015 2:29 PM EDT2015-05-14 18:29:02 GMT
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    We agree with the decision of interim city manager Tom Berry to promote from within the police department to fill the office of chief.Berry is right when he says such a move will improve morale in the department.It also may help APD retain officers who now know their good work has a better chance of being rewarded through promotions here in Albany than other departments.Promoting from within will also insure the improvements made by chief John Proctor will continue.We thank chief Proctor for ...More >>
    We agree with the decision of interim city manager Tom Berry to promote from within the police department to fill the office of chief.Berry is right when he says such a move will improve morale in the department.It also may help APD retain officers who now know their good work has a better chance of being rewarded through promotions here in Albany than other departments.Promoting from within will also insure the improvements made by chief John Proctor will continue.We thank chief Proctor for ...More >>
  • Editorial: What Happened to Brandon?

    Editorial: What Happened to Brandon?

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 4:48 PM EDT2015-05-12 20:48:21 GMT
    Tuesday, May 12 2015 7:35 PM EDT2015-05-12 23:35:13 GMT
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    A recent WALB News 10 investigation took a close look at the ongoing investigation into the mysterious death of 10 year-old Brandon Price and why no one has been charged a year after his death.We also uncovered recent changes to state law regarding home schooled students. Local school systems used to get monthly progress reports on home schoolers. Now, they can't even keep a list of those students.Brandon was registered with the state as a home schooler, but no local or state education offici...More >>
    A recent WALB News 10 investigation took a close look at the ongoing investigation into the mysterious death of 10 year-old Brandon Price and why no one has been charged a year after his death.We also uncovered recent changes to state law regarding home schooled students. Local school systems used to get monthly progress reports on home schoolers. Now, they can't even keep a list of those students.Brandon was registered with the state as a home schooler, but no local or state education offici...More >>
  • Editorial: Remembering L.C. Chandler

    Editorial: Remembering L.C. Chandler

    Thursday, May 7 2015 2:59 PM EDT2015-05-07 18:59:19 GMT
    Thursday, May 7 2015 2:59 PM EDT2015-05-07 18:59:19 GMT
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    The WALB family thanks you, our viewers, for kind expressions of sympathy you have expressed following the untimely death of our weekend sports anchor and reporter L.C. Chandler.So many of you have emailed, posted messages of support, and shared your fondness of L-C. He fit in perfectly with our WALB family from day one. We will all remember his infectious smile... his passion for sports... and his spot-on impression of President Obama! L-C was a great friend and an outstanding co-worker.Our...More >>
    The WALB family thanks you, our viewers, for kind expressions of sympathy you have expressed following the untimely death of our weekend sports anchor and reporter L.C. Chandler.So many of you have emailed, posted messages of support, and shared your fondness of L-C. He fit in perfectly with our WALB family from day one. We will all remember his infectious smile... his passion for sports... and his spot-on impression of President Obama! L-C was a great friend and an outstanding co-worker.Our...More >>
  • Editorial: Small Business Week

    Editorial: Small Business Week

    Monday, May 4 2015 4:42 PM EDT2015-05-04 20:42:55 GMT
    Monday, May 4 2015 4:48 PM EDT2015-05-04 20:48:52 GMT
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    Today, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off Celebrate Small Business Week, during which the chamber promotes the impact of small businesses, which help create jobs, grow jobs and reinvest in our community.Small businesses are the backbone of commerce in America. In Georgia, 78 percent of all businesses have fewer than 10 employees, and 95 percent of businesses have fewer than 50 employees.The chamber is passionate about promoting our small businesses. This year, we launched our Thin...More >>
    Today, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off Celebrate Small Business Week, during which the chamber promotes the impact of small businesses, which help create jobs, grow jobs and reinvest in our community.Small businesses are the backbone of commerce in America. In Georgia, 78 percent of all businesses have fewer than 10 employees, and 95 percent of businesses have fewer than 50 employees.The chamber is passionate about promoting our small businesses. This year, we launched our Thin...More >>
  • Editorial: City Commission Troubles

    Editorial: City Commission Troubles

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 2:25 PM EDT2015-04-28 18:25:04 GMT
    Tuesday, April 28 2015 2:30 PM EDT2015-04-28 18:30:25 GMT
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    It is troubling that some of our city commissioners are not better informed about our local business community.Commissioner Howard was surprised the KIA dealership relocated to Lee County, when most knew years ago, when The Murphy Automotive group purchased KIA,They were going to move it next door to its Toyota store for logistical reasons, and had nothing to do with the actions of Dougherty or Lee County.Another referenced the Cooper tire plant closing in 2008, as if that has anything to do ...More >>
    It is troubling that some of our city commissioners are not better informed about our local business community.Commissioner Howard was surprised the KIA dealership relocated to Lee County, when most knew years ago, when The Murphy Automotive group purchased KIA,They were going to move it next door to its Toyota store for logistical reasons, and had nothing to do with the actions of Dougherty or Lee County.Another referenced the Cooper tire plant closing in 2008, as if that has anything to do ...More >>
  • Editorial: American Flag Controversy

    Editorial: American Flag Controversy

    Thursday, April 23 2015 5:09 PM EDT2015-04-23 21:09:49 GMT
    Thursday, April 23 2015 5:09 PM EDT2015-04-23 21:09:49 GMT
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    Southwest Georgia has recently been catapulted into the national spotlight over the issue of free speech and our American Flag. It has also provided an opportunity for us all to refamiliarize ourselves with our First Amendment law.Air Force Veteran Michelle Manhart was recently taken into custody on the campus of Valdosta State University for taking the flag away from protesters who were walking on it. Almost 26 years ago, by a vote of five to four, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the A...More >>
    Southwest Georgia has recently been catapulted into the national spotlight over the issue of free speech and our American Flag. It has also provided an opportunity for us all to refamiliarize ourselves with our First Amendment law.Air Force Veteran Michelle Manhart was recently taken into custody on the campus of Valdosta State University for taking the flag away from protesters who were walking on it. Almost 26 years ago, by a vote of five to four, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the A...More >>
  • Editorial: Pride in Southwest Georgia Musical Artists

    Editorial: Pride in Southwest Georgia Musical Artists

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 2:23 PM EDT2015-04-21 18:23:41 GMT
    Tuesday, April 21 2015 2:23 PM EDT2015-04-21 18:23:42 GMT
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    Southwest Georgia music fans are boasting with pride after Lee County's Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell of Bronwood were both winners at the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music awards. These awards are well deserved as both Luke and Cole have worked many years to reach the top. They are also two of several south Georgians who have made it big in Nashville as performers and song writers. Luke and Cole are also an inspiration to the talented musicians here, who are working hard to ach...More >>
    Southwest Georgia music fans are boasting with pride after Lee County's Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell of Bronwood were both winners at the 50th anniversary of the Academy of Country Music awards. These awards are well deserved as both Luke and Cole have worked many years to reach the top. They are also two of several south Georgians who have made it big in Nashville as performers and song writers. Luke and Cole are also an inspiration to the talented musicians here, who are working hard to ach...More >>
  • Editorial: Baseball Safety

    Editorial: Baseball Safety

    Thursday, April 9 2015 2:00 PM EDT2015-04-09 18:00:38 GMT
    Thursday, April 9 2015 2:00 PM EDT2015-04-09 18:00:38 GMT
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    Since the death of Valdosta High baseball player Colton Shaw, several area high schools including Valdosta High have built fences to protect players and coaches in the dugouts at their fields.We believe it is time for all state high school athletic associations to require their members to install protective barriers for their baseball and softball dugouts. With baseballs and softballs leaving the field of play, no one is ever completely safe at a baseball or softball game.However we believe d...More >>
    Since the death of Valdosta High baseball player Colton Shaw, several area high schools including Valdosta High have built fences to protect players and coaches in the dugouts at their fields.We believe it is time for all state high school athletic associations to require their members to install protective barriers for their baseball and softball dugouts. With baseballs and softballs leaving the field of play, no one is ever completely safe at a baseball or softball game.However we believe d...More >>
  • Editorial: Mercedes Benz Bill

    Editorial: Mercedes Benz Bill

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 4:14 PM EDT2015-04-07 20:14:22 GMT
    Tuesday, April 7 2015 4:14 PM EDT2015-04-07 20:14:24 GMT
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    In the closing moments of the Georgia General Assembly session last week, Republican leaders in Atlanta showed why so many of us don't often trust politicians.They broke their own rules to force a vote on a previously unseen bill that will give tax breaks to well-paid employees of Mercedes Benz. The state already gave Mercedes more than 20-million dollars in tax breaks to lure the company's U-S headquarters from New Jersey to metro Atlanta. At least the Governor and other leaders were willing...More >>
    In the closing moments of the Georgia General Assembly session last week, Republican leaders in Atlanta showed why so many of us don't often trust politicians.They broke their own rules to force a vote on a previously unseen bill that will give tax breaks to well-paid employees of Mercedes Benz. The state already gave Mercedes more than 20-million dollars in tax breaks to lure the company's U-S headquarters from New Jersey to metro Atlanta. At least the Governor and other leaders were willing...More >>
  • Editorial: Pink Walk for Breast Cancer

    Editorial: Pink Walk for Breast Cancer

    Thursday, April 2 2015 6:19 PM EDT2015-04-02 22:19:04 GMT
    Thursday, April 2 2015 6:19 PM EDT2015-04-02 22:19:05 GMT
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    BMW of Albany and our community have plenty to be proud of after the Pink Walk for Breast Cancer. In just its third year, close to 900 people came out to walk and to show their support for family and friends who have had to battle this deadly disease. Donations are still coming in and organizers are closing in on the 60-thousand dollar mark with the money staying here to help cancer patients at Phoebe Putney Hospital. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work on this great cause and we ...More >>
    BMW of Albany and our community have plenty to be proud of after the Pink Walk for Breast Cancer. In just its third year, close to 900 people came out to walk and to show their support for family and friends who have had to battle this deadly disease. Donations are still coming in and organizers are closing in on the 60-thousand dollar mark with the money staying here to help cancer patients at Phoebe Putney Hospital. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work on this great cause and we ...More >>
  • Editorial: State Highway Problems

    Editorial: State Highway Problems

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 4:06 PM EDT2015-03-31 20:06:28 GMT
    Tuesday, March 31 2015 5:26 PM EDT2015-03-31 21:26:20 GMT
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    Thousands of outdated and potentially dangerous guardrails line Georgia highways, but dysfunction in Washington could make replacing them difficult.Guardrails with what's called B-C-T end treatments were supposed to be removed years ago. The Georgia Department of Transportation failed by not following through but is now trying to fix the problems.G-DOT mapped every mile of interstate in Georgia and found about 2-thousand of the guardrails… including some on I-75 in our area. The D.O.T. is no...More >>
    Thousands of outdated and potentially dangerous guardrails line Georgia highways, but dysfunction in Washington could make replacing them difficult.Guardrails with what's called B-C-T end treatments were supposed to be removed years ago. The Georgia Department of Transportation failed by not following through but is now trying to fix the problems.G-DOT mapped every mile of interstate in Georgia and found about 2-thousand of the guardrails… including some on I-75 in our area. The D.O.T. is no...More >>
  • Editorial: Proctor and Gamble Donation

    Editorial: Proctor and Gamble Donation

    Thursday, March 26 2015 6:01 PM EDT2015-03-26 22:01:35 GMT
    Thursday, March 26 2015 6:06 PM EDT2015-03-26 22:06:07 GMT
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    It's something many of us may take for granted but it is a great gesture from Procter and Gamble to donate a year's supply of toilet papers to 100 fire houses across our nation.The Albany Fire Department is one of those lucky 100 stations thanks to one of their own.The department was chosen based on a social media post from a firefighter on how much he loved working for the Albany Fire Department.It is a great to hear that morale in our fire department is so good and it will get even better w...More >>
    It's something many of us may take for granted but it is a great gesture from Procter and Gamble to donate a year's supply of toilet papers to 100 fire houses across our nation.The Albany Fire Department is one of those lucky 100 stations thanks to one of their own.The department was chosen based on a social media post from a firefighter on how much he loved working for the Albany Fire Department.It is a great to hear that morale in our fire department is so good and it will get even better w...More >>
  • Editorial: Ban the Box

    Editorial: Ban the Box

    Thursday, March 19 2015 11:49 PM EDT2015-03-20 03:49:16 GMT
    Thursday, March 19 2015 11:49 PM EDT2015-03-20 03:49:17 GMT
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    This week, the Albany City Commission joined the Dougherty County Commission and the State of Georgia in approving the ban the box initiative. That means those government entities will no longer have a box on their job applications asking applicants whether they've been convicted of a crime.Governor Nathan Deal has asked private businesses to join in as well. It's part of his ongoing criminal justice reform plan, and we think it's a good idea.It doesn't mean job candidates won't undergo backg...More >>
    This week, the Albany City Commission joined the Dougherty County Commission and the State of Georgia in approving the ban the box initiative. That means those government entities will no longer have a box on their job applications asking applicants whether they've been convicted of a crime.Governor Nathan Deal has asked private businesses to join in as well. It's part of his ongoing criminal justice reform plan, and we think it's a good idea.It doesn't mean job candidates won't undergo backg...More >>
  • Editorial: Kick Butts Day

    Editorial: Kick Butts Day

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 10:38 PM EDT2015-03-18 02:38:53 GMT
    Tuesday, March 17 2015 10:38 PM EDT2015-03-18 02:38:55 GMT
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    This year, Kick Butts Day is Wednesday March 18. Many of our area schools will host events and speakers to encourage and empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. There will be over 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States.We have made great strides in the fight against tobacco. But every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers.Tobacco use is the leading ca...More >>
    This year, Kick Butts Day is Wednesday March 18. Many of our area schools will host events and speakers to encourage and empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. There will be over 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States.We have made great strides in the fight against tobacco. But every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers.Tobacco use is the leading ca...More >>
  • Editorial: South Georgia Winners

    Editorial: South Georgia Winners

    Thursday, March 12 2015 2:24 PM EDT2015-03-12 18:24:36 GMT
    Thursday, March 12 2015 2:24 PM EDT2015-03-12 18:24:37 GMT
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    South Georgia can be proud of several teams from our area that earned some impressive hardware last week.Half a dozen teams won championships in various tournaments.WALB wants to congratulate:The Albany State lady Rams, for winning the SIAC titleThe Lady Jets of South Georgia Tech, for winning their state and district tournamentThe Seminole County Boys for winning the AA title.The Calhoun County Boys who won the Class A public titleThe Deerfield Windsor Boys who won the GISA AAA titleAnd the...More >>
    South Georgia can be proud of several teams from our area that earned some impressive hardware last week.Half a dozen teams won championships in various tournaments.WALB wants to congratulate:The Albany State lady Rams, for winning the SIAC titleThe Lady Jets of South Georgia Tech, for winning their state and district tournamentThe Seminole County Boys for winning the AA title.The Calhoun County Boys who won the Class A public titleThe Deerfield Windsor Boys who won the GISA AAA titleAnd the...More >>
  • Editorial: Albany Marathon

    Editorial: Albany Marathon

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 2:13 PM EDT2015-03-10 18:13:13 GMT
    Tuesday, March 10 2015 2:13 PM EDT2015-03-10 18:13:18 GMT
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    The 9th annual Albany Marathon... run through the streets of the Good Life City Saturday... may have been the most successful yet. More than 15-hundred racers took part in the marathon and half-marathon, and more than 17-hundred volunteers helped pull it all off without a hitch.Albany has gained a sparkling reputation in the running world as a great place to race. Comments from visitors before, during, and after the race were almost universally positive.Runners praised the organizers and volu...More >>
    The 9th annual Albany Marathon... run through the streets of the Good Life City Saturday... may have been the most successful yet. More than 15-hundred racers took part in the marathon and half-marathon, and more than 17-hundred volunteers helped pull it all off without a hitch.Albany has gained a sparkling reputation in the running world as a great place to race. Comments from visitors before, during, and after the race were almost universally positive.Runners praised the organizers and volu...More >>
  • Editorial: Car Crashes Into Buildings

    Editorial: Car Crashes Into Buildings

    Thursday, March 5 2015 3:13 PM EST2015-03-05 20:13:43 GMT
    Thursday, March 5 2015 3:13 PM EST2015-03-05 20:13:44 GMT
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    It may seem like a rare occurrence, but cars hit buildings more often than we think. Last week in Florida, Lily Juliette Quintus was only 4-years old - and was killed in Kindercare - when without warning, a car blasted right thru the classroom wall…12 others were seriously injured.According to a new study, an average of 60 cars crash into buildings every day - resulting in nearly 500 deaths a year.That's more than get killed in private plane crashes, in tornadoes, in earthquakes, and more tha...More >>
    It may seem like a rare occurrence, but cars hit buildings more often than we think. Last week in Florida, Lily Juliette Quintus was only 4-years old - and was killed in Kindercare - when without warning, a car blasted right thru the classroom wall…12 others were seriously injured.According to a new study, an average of 60 cars crash into buildings every day - resulting in nearly 500 deaths a year.That's more than get killed in private plane crashes, in tornadoes, in earthquakes, and more tha...More >>
  • Editorial: Officer Involved Shooting

    Editorial: Officer Involved Shooting

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 3:00 PM EST2015-03-03 20:00:19 GMT
    Wednesday, March 4 2015 8:48 AM EST2015-03-04 13:48:45 GMT
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    Sheriff Jeff Hobby is the top law officer in Worth County. Apparently, he believes he's above the law.This officer, who is sworn to uphold ALL the laws of Georgia, has taken an illegal stance in refusing to release the name of a deputy who shot and killed a woman.More >>
    Sheriff Jeff Hobby is the top law officer in Worth County. Apparently, he believes he's above the law.This officer, who is sworn to uphold ALL the laws of Georgia, has taken an illegal stance in refusing to release the name of a deputy who shot and killed a woman.More >>
  • Editorial: 50th Anniversary of Selma

    Editorial: 50th Anniversary of Selma

    Thursday, February 26 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-02-26 19:35:44 GMT
    Thursday, February 26 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-02-26 19:35:45 GMT
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    As we recognize the 50th anniversary of Selma, we reflect on the role that South Georgia, particularly Albany, played in the civil rights movement.On November 17, 1961… a group of local black leaders met at the home of an Albany dentist and organized the Albany Movement.The three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act.This anniversary is an important reminder of the sacrifices that were made f...More >>
    As we recognize the 50th anniversary of Selma, we reflect on the role that South Georgia, particularly Albany, played in the civil rights movement.On November 17, 1961… a group of local black leaders met at the home of an Albany dentist and organized the Albany Movement.The three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement and led to the passage that year of the Voting Rights Act.This anniversary is an important reminder of the sacrifices that were made f...More >>
  • Editorial: Albany City Manager

    Editorial: Albany City Manager

    Friday, February 20 2015 3:30 PM EST2015-02-20 20:30:26 GMT
    Friday, February 20 2015 3:30 PM EST2015-02-20 20:30:27 GMT
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    Open government is better government. We hope Albany city leaders learned that lesson the hard way this week.Meeting behind closed doors, city commissioners and interim city manager Tom Berry cooked up a scheme essentially to hire a new city manager without conducting any kind of search.They created the unnecessary position of deputy city manager. Berry planned to hire former Assistant City Manager Lonnie Ballard then recommend him to take over as city manager later this year.The whole proces...More >>
    Open government is better government. We hope Albany city leaders learned that lesson the hard way this week.Meeting behind closed doors, city commissioners and interim city manager Tom Berry cooked up a scheme essentially to hire a new city manager without conducting any kind of search.They created the unnecessary position of deputy city manager. Berry planned to hire former Assistant City Manager Lonnie Ballard then recommend him to take over as city manager later this year.The whole proces...More >>
  • Editorial: New Energy Plant

    Editorial: New Energy Plant

    Thursday, February 19 2015 4:06 PM EST2015-02-19 21:06:09 GMT
    Thursday, February 19 2015 4:10 PM EST2015-02-19 21:10:52 GMT
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    It's great news that Procter and Gamble and Constellation are building a Biomass renewable energy plant here.The plant will increase P-and-G's use of renewable energy and help the company obtain 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources in five years.It will mean 500 construction jobs and between 50 and 75 permanent jobs.We view this new plant as another PG investment in our community and as a reflection that the company is committed to South Georgia.And that benefits us all.Copyr...More >>
    It's great news that Procter and Gamble and Constellation are building a Biomass renewable energy plant here.The plant will increase P-and-G's use of renewable energy and help the company obtain 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources in five years.It will mean 500 construction jobs and between 50 and 75 permanent jobs.We view this new plant as another PG investment in our community and as a reflection that the company is committed to South Georgia.And that benefits us all.Copyr...More >>
  • Editorial: South Georgia's Own

    Editorial: South Georgia's Own

    Friday, February 13 2015 1:01 PM EST2015-02-13 18:01:05 GMT
    Friday, February 13 2015 2:07 PM EST2015-02-13 19:07:20 GMT
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    Last Week, the town of Ocilla celebrated the memory of a native son whose songs you've heard, but didn't know was a south Georgian. Dave Prater was half the Sam and Dave duo who had some big soul hits in the 1960's.But there are many accomplished people from our area, and we ought to tout them.Lee County natives Luke Bryan, Buster Posey, and Phillip Phillips are mentioned in the news frequently.Albanians Deion Branch and Ricardo Lockette have about half a dozen super bowls between them.Cairo ...More >>
    Last Week, the town of Ocilla celebrated the memory of a native son whose songs you've heard, but didn't know was a south Georgian. Dave Prater was half the Sam and Dave duo who had some big soul hits in the 1960's.But there are many accomplished people from our area, and we ought to tout them.Lee County natives Luke Bryan, Buster Posey, and Phillip Phillips are mentioned in the news frequently.Albanians Deion Branch and Ricardo Lockette have about half a dozen super bowls between them.Cairo ...More >>
  • Editorial: Measles Outbreak

    Editorial: Measles Outbreak

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 11:46 PM EST2015-02-11 04:46:26 GMT
    Tuesday, February 10 2015 11:46 PM EST2015-02-11 04:46:28 GMT
    The nation has been dealing with the worst measles outbreak in more than a decade and now, that outbreak has made its way into Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the state's first reported case of measles since 2012. The infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S. and is being cared for at a hospital in Atlanta .Although there is much debate about the side effects from the measles vaccine, there is a call from President Obama, other lawmakers, from ...More >>
    The nation has been dealing with the worst measles outbreak in more than a decade and now, that outbreak has made its way into Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the state's first reported case of measles since 2012. The infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S. and is being cared for at a hospital in Atlanta .Although there is much debate about the side effects from the measles vaccine, there is a call from President Obama, other lawmakers, from ...More >>
  • Editorial: Man of the Year Award

    Editorial: Man of the Year Award

    Thursday, February 5 2015 2:39 PM EST2015-02-05 19:39:45 GMT
    Thursday, February 5 2015 2:46 PM EST2015-02-05 19:46:58 GMT
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    The New England Patriots weren't the only winners at this year's Super Bowl. Former Randolph-Clay and University of Georgia football star Thomas Davis won the NFL's prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The Shellman native is a very worthy recipient with his foundation that helps underprivileged children in his hometown of Shellman and in the Charlotte area where he of course plays football. From handing out Christmas presents to providing scholarships, Thomas Davis is working...More >>
    The New England Patriots weren't the only winners at this year's Super Bowl. Former Randolph-Clay and University of Georgia football star Thomas Davis won the NFL's prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. The Shellman native is a very worthy recipient with his foundation that helps underprivileged children in his hometown of Shellman and in the Charlotte area where he of course plays football. From handing out Christmas presents to providing scholarships, Thomas Davis is working...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Viewpoint: Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 11:45 PM EST2015-02-04 04:45:46 GMT
    Tuesday, February 3 2015 11:45 PM EST2015-02-04 04:45:47 GMT
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    It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. Monday, we teamed up with Midland Weather Radios and Publix to help you stay ahead of the storm.Hundreds of you dropped by Monday afternoon to buy a new weather alert radio. Dozens more brought your current radios from home to get checked out to make sure they're working and are programmed to give you the warnings you need. Meteorologists Yolanda Amadeo and Chris Zelman were there to give weather safety advice and program those radios along with ...More >>
    It's Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia. Monday, we teamed up with Midland Weather Radios and Publix to help you stay ahead of the storm.Hundreds of you dropped by Monday afternoon to buy a new weather alert radio. Dozens more brought your current radios from home to get checked out to make sure they're working and are programmed to give you the warnings you need. Meteorologists Yolanda Amadeo and Chris Zelman were there to give weather safety advice and program those radios along with ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Arena Football to Albany

    Viewpoint: Arena Football to Albany

    Thursday, January 29 2015 12:08 PM EST2015-01-29 17:08:47 GMT
    Thursday, January 29 2015 12:08 PM EST2015-01-29 17:08:49 GMT
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    It is good news that the X-League Indoor Football League has announced it will have an expansion team in Albany next year.The problem with the news is the local ownership group Threeforty Creative doesn't have a place to play.The city says negotiations for the soon to be named team to play in the Albany Civic Center are in the preliminary stage.We hope these negotiations can move quickly and a deal that is fair for both sides is reached soon since indoor football has proven to be very popular...More >>
    It is good news that the X-League Indoor Football League has announced it will have an expansion team in Albany next year.The problem with the news is the local ownership group Threeforty Creative doesn't have a place to play.The city says negotiations for the soon to be named team to play in the Albany Civic Center are in the preliminary stage.We hope these negotiations can move quickly and a deal that is fair for both sides is reached soon since indoor football has proven to be very popular...More >>
  • Editorial: Be safe from home fires

    Editorial: Be safe from home fires

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 2:10 PM EST2015-01-27 19:10:54 GMT
    Tuesday, January 27 2015 2:12 PM EST2015-01-27 19:12:47 GMT
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    The Southwest Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross continues its fire preparedness campaign, giving away smoke detectors in Albany.More >>
    The Southwest Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross continues its fire preparedness campaign, giving away smoke detectors in Albany.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Night for Hope

    Viewpoint: Night for Hope

    Thursday, January 22 2015 2:08 PM EST2015-01-22 19:08:12 GMT
    Thursday, January 22 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-01-22 19:22:05 GMT
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    The 2015 'Night for Hope" will be held February 14th and WALB's own Ruthie Garner will be honored!Ruthie's recent year-long battle with a rare cancer gave her a very powerful voice for cancer awareness.She has even agreed to serve in the leadership by becoming a part of the organization's Board of Directors.The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia exists to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia through community-based services, education, research and outreach.10...More >>
    The 2015 'Night for Hope" will be held February 14th and WALB's own Ruthie Garner will be honored!Ruthie's recent year-long battle with a rare cancer gave her a very powerful voice for cancer awareness.She has even agreed to serve in the leadership by becoming a part of the organization's Board of Directors.The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia exists to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia through community-based services, education, research and outreach.10...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Medical Marijuana Bill

    Viewpoint: Medical Marijuana Bill

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 10:43 AM EST2015-01-20 15:43:31 GMT
    Tuesday, January 20 2015 10:57 AM EST2015-01-20 15:57:57 GMT
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    The 2015 General Assembly session has begun and one of the leading issues getting a lot of attention this session will be medical marijuana.A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat children with severe seizures nearly became law last year, after several families left the state to live in states where the use of medicinal marijuana is not a crime. .Most south Georgia lawmakers say they support the idea but won't commit to supporting the bill until they see the final version.This year's version...More >>
    The 2015 General Assembly session has begun and one of the leading issues getting a lot of attention this session will be medical marijuana.A bill to legalize cannabis oil to treat children with severe seizures nearly became law last year, after several families left the state to live in states where the use of medicinal marijuana is not a crime. .Most south Georgia lawmakers say they support the idea but won't commit to supporting the bill until they see the final version.This year's version...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Law Against Hoodies

    Viewpoint: Law Against Hoodies

    Thursday, January 15 2015 2:33 PM EST2015-01-15 19:33:48 GMT
    Thursday, January 15 2015 2:33 PM EST2015-01-15 19:33:49 GMT
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    An Oklahoma lawmaker stirred up controversy with a proposed bill that would make hoodies illegal in public.State Sen. Don Barrington's says his bill is meant to give some safety to the public, not take rights away. While it's understandable that some businesses prohibit patrons from covering their heads, it's over-reaching for this lawmaker to extend that ban to the public streets.While hoodies are often associated with criminals, plenty of law-abiding citizens wear them for warmth and comfor...More >>
    An Oklahoma lawmaker stirred up controversy with a proposed bill that would make hoodies illegal in public.State Sen. Don Barrington's says his bill is meant to give some safety to the public, not take rights away. While it's understandable that some businesses prohibit patrons from covering their heads, it's over-reaching for this lawmaker to extend that ban to the public streets.While hoodies are often associated with criminals, plenty of law-abiding citizens wear them for warmth and comfor...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Chambliss' Farewell

    Viewpoint: Chambliss' Farewell

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-01-13 19:22:55 GMT
    Tuesday, January 13 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-01-13 19:22:57 GMT
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    New members of Congress were sworn in last week, and for the first time in 20-years, a strong voice for south Georgia is missing in Washington.After 8 years in the House and 12 in the Senate, Moultrie Republican Saxby Chambliss didn't run for re-election. He stood up for veterans and farmers and our national security during his time in Washington.With hyper-partisanship paralyzing Congress, Chambliss was one of the few people there willing to work across the aisle to get things done, but he n...More >>
    New members of Congress were sworn in last week, and for the first time in 20-years, a strong voice for south Georgia is missing in Washington.After 8 years in the House and 12 in the Senate, Moultrie Republican Saxby Chambliss didn't run for re-election. He stood up for veterans and farmers and our national security during his time in Washington.With hyper-partisanship paralyzing Congress, Chambliss was one of the few people there willing to work across the aisle to get things done, but he n...More >>
  • Viewpoint: New Year's Resolutions

    Viewpoint: New Year's Resolutions

    Thursday, January 8 2015 11:16 AM EST2015-01-08 16:16:20 GMT
    Thursday, January 8 2015 11:16 AM EST2015-01-08 16:16:22 GMT
    Very often we set personal goals for the New Year that are career or finance centered. But as we reflect on recent circumstances in our country, perhaps we should redirect some of our focus toward more relationship-centered goals. It's easy to see that much of the conflict we see is rooted in a lack of understanding of one another.Here are a few tips to help break down barriers and improve our ability to relate to one another...1) First of all, suspend judgment about people who you don't know...More >>
    Very often we set personal goals for the New Year that are career or finance centered. But as we reflect on recent circumstances in our country, perhaps we should redirect some of our focus toward more relationship-centered goals. It's easy to see that much of the conflict we see is rooted in a lack of understanding of one another.Here are a few tips to help break down barriers and improve our ability to relate to one another...1) First of all, suspend judgment about people who you don't know...More >>
  • Editorial: Albany teen wrongfully jailed

    Editorial: Albany teen wrongfully jailed

    Wednesday, January 7 2015 9:46 AM EST2015-01-07 14:46:24 GMT
    Wednesday, January 7 2015 9:56 AM EST2015-01-07 14:56:00 GMT
    17-year-old Richard Hayes was held in jail for 16 months, even though the city knew he was not guilty of the charges against him.More >>
    17-year-old Richard Hayes was held in jail for 16 months, even though the city knew he was not guilty of the charges against him.More >>
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