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  • Viewpoint: New Year's Resolutions

    Viewpoint: New Year's Resolutions

    Wednesday, December 31 2014 6:04 PM EST2014-12-31 23:04:44 GMT
    Wednesday, December 31 2014 6:04 PM EST2014-12-31 23:04:44 GMT
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    We invite you to make a better new year's resolution this year…to do more than just lose 10 lbs.Make a resolution to register to vote if you are not, and if you are registered, vote every single time.96% of the incumbents were re-elected this year, in spite of the fact that 81% of U.S. citizens feel Congress is out of touch with what you want done, and how you feel.One big reason for that is only 36.4% of eligible voters show up to vote. That's the lowest turnout in 72 years.Why would you not...More >>
    We invite you to make a better new year's resolution this year…to do more than just lose 10 lbs.Make a resolution to register to vote if you are not, and if you are registered, vote every single time.96% of the incumbents were re-elected this year, in spite of the fact that 81% of U.S. citizens feel Congress is out of touch with what you want done, and how you feel.One big reason for that is only 36.4% of eligible voters show up to vote. That's the lowest turnout in 72 years.Why would you not...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Albany Civic Center

    Viewpoint: Albany Civic Center

    Tuesday, December 23 2014 4:09 PM EST2014-12-23 21:09:39 GMT
    Tuesday, December 23 2014 4:09 PM EST2014-12-23 21:09:40 GMT
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    What to do with the Albany Civic Center has been a hard to solve question in our community for a long time.However, tearing it down to build a youth sports complex is not the answer.The city already such a facility… with the Gordon Sports Complex.The city recently spent three million dollars to upgrade it.Instead of tearing down the Civic Center, the money should be spent on renovating the Civic Center and the Paul Eames Baseball Complex.Improving these long neglected facilities is the first ...More >>
    What to do with the Albany Civic Center has been a hard to solve question in our community for a long time.However, tearing it down to build a youth sports complex is not the answer.The city already such a facility… with the Gordon Sports Complex.The city recently spent three million dollars to upgrade it.Instead of tearing down the Civic Center, the money should be spent on renovating the Civic Center and the Paul Eames Baseball Complex.Improving these long neglected facilities is the first ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Wealth Gap

    Viewpoint: Wealth Gap

    Thursday, December 18 2014 4:01 PM EST2014-12-18 21:01:19 GMT
    Thursday, December 18 2014 4:01 PM EST2014-12-18 21:01:20 GMT
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    According to the latest Gallup pole, 81% of Americans feel Congress is out of touch with average citizens.Most feel Congress is not able to understand our everyday kitchen table problems and concerns.One of the big reasons is the tremendous wealth gap between average Americans and members of Congress.The annual average income in a U.S. Household is $54K compared with $175K in Congress.In 2013 the average net worth in the U.U.S.as $166K compared to over $1 million in Congress.So if you wonder ...More >>
    According to the latest Gallup pole, 81% of Americans feel Congress is out of touch with average citizens.Most feel Congress is not able to understand our everyday kitchen table problems and concerns.One of the big reasons is the tremendous wealth gap between average Americans and members of Congress.The annual average income in a U.S. Household is $54K compared with $175K in Congress.In 2013 the average net worth in the U.U.S.as $166K compared to over $1 million in Congress.So if you wonder ...More >>
  • Guest Editorial: Music of the Civil Rights era

    Guest Editorial: Music of the Civil Rights era

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 1:01 PM EST2014-12-17 18:01:53 GMT
    Wednesday, December 17 2014 1:01 PM EST2014-12-17 18:01:54 GMT
    This guest editorial is presented by Rutha M. Harris and W. Frank Wilson. Albany has a unique place in history, and the memory of that history will be bolstered by a grant to teach young people about the music that helped propel the civil rights struggle that took place here over 50 years ago.
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    This guest editorial is presented by Rutha M. Harris and W. Frank Wilson. Albany has a unique place in history, and the memory of that history will be bolstered by a grant to teach young people about the music that helped propel the civil rights struggle that took place here over 50 years ago.

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  • Viewpoint: Education Summit

    Viewpoint: Education Summit

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 6:20 PM EST2014-12-09 23:20:04 GMT
    Tuesday, December 9 2014 6:20 PM EST2014-12-09 23:20:05 GMT
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    Our local educational institutions are in the best position to help promote growth and development in South Georgia as we have seen in a very long time…maybe ever.Much of that is due to leadership. First time collaborative meetings have been held with Albany Technical College President, Anthony Parker, Darton State College Interim President Paul Jones,Albany State University Interim President Art Dunning, and Dougherty County School System Superintendent Butch Mosely. One of the many goals t...More >>
    Our local educational institutions are in the best position to help promote growth and development in South Georgia as we have seen in a very long time…maybe ever.Much of that is due to leadership. First time collaborative meetings have been held with Albany Technical College President, Anthony Parker, Darton State College Interim President Paul Jones,Albany State University Interim President Art Dunning, and Dougherty County School System Superintendent Butch Mosely. One of the many goals t...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Helping a Bulldogs Fan

    Viewpoint: Helping a Bulldogs Fan

    Thursday, December 4 2014 2:29 PM EST2014-12-04 19:29:34 GMT
    Thursday, December 4 2014 2:29 PM EST2014-12-04 19:29:35 GMT
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    Recently, we introduced you to Ervin Fulton, an Albany man who has an infectious joy about him, even though he faces a lot of challenges.Ervin and his son are visually impaired and his wife has cerebral palsy. Still, Ervin does a lot to help others in the community. So much so, he was honored with free tickets to Saturday's Georgia - Georgia Tech game through the UGA Athletic Association's Team Unselfish Giving Attitude Awards.When we told you Ervin didn't have a way to get to Athens, the sto...More >>
    Recently, we introduced you to Ervin Fulton, an Albany man who has an infectious joy about him, even though he faces a lot of challenges.Ervin and his son are visually impaired and his wife has cerebral palsy. Still, Ervin does a lot to help others in the community. So much so, he was honored with free tickets to Saturday's Georgia - Georgia Tech game through the UGA Athletic Association's Team Unselfish Giving Attitude Awards.When we told you Ervin didn't have a way to get to Athens, the sto...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Day of Giving

    Viewpoint: Day of Giving

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 5:35 PM EST2014-12-02 22:35:54 GMT
    Tuesday, December 2 2014 5:35 PM EST2014-12-02 22:35:55 GMT
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    More than 10 million children visit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals every year.This year, WALB is teaming up with Phoebe Putney Hospital to raise money to help these children.Today is Children's Miracle Network Day of Giving and we are asking you to help raise money for this worthy cause.Please go to our website, walb.com and you will see information on how you can help.Or, if you prefer, you can call in a donation.The number is 229-312-4483, or toll free 1-877-312-4483.Please take a mom...More >>
    More than 10 million children visit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals every year.This year, WALB is teaming up with Phoebe Putney Hospital to raise money to help these children.Today is Children's Miracle Network Day of Giving and we are asking you to help raise money for this worthy cause.Please go to our website, walb.com and you will see information on how you can help.Or, if you prefer, you can call in a donation.The number is 229-312-4483, or toll free 1-877-312-4483.Please take a mom...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Cold Temperatures

    Viewpoint: Cold Temperatures

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 5:31 PM EST2014-11-26 22:31:06 GMT
    Wednesday, November 26 2014 5:31 PM EST2014-11-26 22:31:07 GMT
    When an unusual early season arctic blast blew into south Georgia last week, the frigid temperatures put the lives of homeless people in jeopardy.Any time it gets that cold, the Albany Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army make sure anyone who needs a warm place to sleep has one, even when their shelters are full. The Rescue Mission lets people sleep in its chapel. The Salvation Army sets up cots in a room next to its shelter. Both were packed last week.On the coldest night, volunteers from A...More >>
    When an unusual early season arctic blast blew into south Georgia last week, the frigid temperatures put the lives of homeless people in jeopardy.Any time it gets that cold, the Albany Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army make sure anyone who needs a warm place to sleep has one, even when their shelters are full. The Rescue Mission lets people sleep in its chapel. The Salvation Army sets up cots in a room next to its shelter. Both were packed last week.On the coldest night, volunteers from A...More >>
  • Editorial: Dangers of Texting and Driving

    Editorial: Dangers of Texting and Driving

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 4:14 PM EST2014-11-25 21:14:04 GMT
    Tuesday, November 25 2014 4:47 PM EST2014-11-25 21:47:12 GMT
    Families across our country will spend this Thanksgiving without a loved one because of texting and driving.Caleb Sorohan of Morgan County, Georgia died while texting and driving on a Christmas shopping trip five years ago.The gifts he planned to purchase for his family were replaced with the devastating grief they're now suffering because of his death.There is no text message more important than your life or the life of someone else.Please remember....it can wait.Don't text and drive.We hope...More >>
    Families across our country will spend this Thanksgiving without a loved one because of texting and driving.Caleb Sorohan of Morgan County, Georgia died while texting and driving on a Christmas shopping trip five years ago.The gifts he planned to purchase for his family were replaced with the devastating grief they're now suffering because of his death.There is no text message more important than your life or the life of someone else.Please remember....it can wait.Don't text and drive.We hope...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Home Fire Preparedness

    Viewpoint: Home Fire Preparedness

    Thursday, November 20 2014 2:32 PM EST2014-11-20 19:32:19 GMT
    Thursday, November 20 2014 2:32 PM EST2014-11-20 19:32:20 GMT
    The two zip codes in Georgia that have the most fires that kill or seriously injure people aren't anywhere in metro Atlanta. They're right here in Albany.....31701 and 31705.The Red Cross is working to change that.Last month, the local chapter kicked off its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Boy Scouts from Troop 99 joined the door-to-door effort, handing out and installing smoke detectors in fire-prone neighborhoods.Two days after they put up an alarm at this home on Avalon Avenue... A kitche...More >>
    The two zip codes in Georgia that have the most fires that kill or seriously injure people aren't anywhere in metro Atlanta. They're right here in Albany.....31701 and 31705.The Red Cross is working to change that.Last month, the local chapter kicked off its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Boy Scouts from Troop 99 joined the door-to-door effort, handing out and installing smoke detectors in fire-prone neighborhoods.Two days after they put up an alarm at this home on Avalon Avenue... A kitche...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Crimestoppers

    Viewpoint: Crimestoppers

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 2:25 PM EST2014-11-18 19:25:31 GMT
    Tuesday, November 18 2014 2:25 PM EST2014-11-18 19:25:31 GMT
    The WALB CrimeStoppers Street Sweep broadcast was the most successful to date thanks to you, our viewers.Three of the 20 suspects on the most wanted list were caught either during our broadcast or immediately following.There will likely be more of these suspects caught in the coming days as you provided information on where 14 of these 20 suspects could be found.Our local law enforcement agencies are working hard to keep our streets safe and we appreciate your participation in helping make th...More >>
    The WALB CrimeStoppers Street Sweep broadcast was the most successful to date thanks to you, our viewers.Three of the 20 suspects on the most wanted list were caught either during our broadcast or immediately following.There will likely be more of these suspects caught in the coming days as you provided information on where 14 of these 20 suspects could be found.Our local law enforcement agencies are working hard to keep our streets safe and we appreciate your participation in helping make th...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Cartoon Controversy

    Viewpoint: Cartoon Controversy

    Thursday, November 13 2014 8:33 PM EST2014-11-14 01:33:08 GMT
    Thursday, November 13 2014 8:33 PM EST2014-11-14 01:33:09 GMT
    The suspension of West Town Elementary School Principal Lee Shiver was justified after it came to light that Shiver was responsible for posting a cartoon of students.The cartoon, posted in the teacher's break room demonstrated poor judgment by the man in charge of leading that school .Equally disturbing is the fact that he instructed a staff member, who complied, to darken the faces of the students to depict them as Black students.Our schools are reflections on our community, and faculty memb...More >>
    The suspension of West Town Elementary School Principal Lee Shiver was justified after it came to light that Shiver was responsible for posting a cartoon of students.The cartoon, posted in the teacher's break room demonstrated poor judgment by the man in charge of leading that school .Equally disturbing is the fact that he instructed a staff member, who complied, to darken the faces of the students to depict them as Black students.Our schools are reflections on our community, and faculty memb...More >>
  • Viewpoint: School Bus Dangers

    Viewpoint: School Bus Dangers

    Wednesday, November 12 2014 8:17 PM EST2014-11-13 01:17:17 GMT
    Wednesday, November 12 2014 8:17 PM EST2014-11-13 01:17:18 GMT
    Too many drivers on south Georgia roads are putting childrens' lives in danger. A WALB News 10 investigation caught drivers zipping by a school bus, even though the stop sign was deployed and children were about to get on or off the bus. Bus drivers say it happens every day.In May of 2010, a little boy in Tift County was hit and killed when a driver failed to stop for a bus. Unfortunately, it's probably just a matter of time before it happens again.We urge drivers to obey the law and always s...More >>
    Too many drivers on south Georgia roads are putting childrens' lives in danger. A WALB News 10 investigation caught drivers zipping by a school bus, even though the stop sign was deployed and children were about to get on or off the bus. Bus drivers say it happens every day.In May of 2010, a little boy in Tift County was hit and killed when a driver failed to stop for a bus. Unfortunately, it's probably just a matter of time before it happens again.We urge drivers to obey the law and always s...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Albany Tax Money

    Viewpoint: Albany Tax Money

    Thursday, November 6 2014 2:15 PM EST2014-11-06 19:15:46 GMT
    Thursday, November 6 2014 2:15 PM EST2014-11-06 19:15:47 GMT
    We all want our tax money spent wisely, and we believe Albany city leaders are trying harder to do that.This year, the city has reduced its workforce by about 50 employees mainly through attrition and early retirement. Interim City Manager Tom Berry says the cuts aren't done.Since he took over in July, he says he's started reorganizing every department in the city other than police and fire. He says the city is working to improve efficiency, customer service, and cooperation among departments...More >>
    We all want our tax money spent wisely, and we believe Albany city leaders are trying harder to do that.This year, the city has reduced its workforce by about 50 employees mainly through attrition and early retirement. Interim City Manager Tom Berry says the cuts aren't done.Since he took over in July, he says he's started reorganizing every department in the city other than police and fire. He says the city is working to improve efficiency, customer service, and cooperation among departments...More >>
  • Editorial: Highway Guardrails

    Editorial: Highway Guardrails

    Tuesday, November 4 2014 4:34 PM EST2014-11-04 21:34:23 GMT
    Tuesday, November 4 2014 4:34 PM EST2014-11-04 21:34:23 GMT
    The Georgia Department of Transportation announced last week that it was temporarily stopping companies from installing a type of highway guardrails after the federal government ordered more crash testing from the manufacturer.When we asked, The state D-O-T said it didn't know where any of these guardrails may have been installed.That information is with road contractors who choose the supplies they use from a D-O-T approved products list.However, those contractors we have been told that inst...More >>
    The Georgia Department of Transportation announced last week that it was temporarily stopping companies from installing a type of highway guardrails after the federal government ordered more crash testing from the manufacturer.When we asked, The state D-O-T said it didn't know where any of these guardrails may have been installed.That information is with road contractors who choose the supplies they use from a D-O-T approved products list.However, those contractors we have been told that inst...More >>
  • Viewpoint: GA Board of Pardons and Paroles

    Viewpoint: GA Board of Pardons and Paroles

    Thursday, October 30 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-10-30 18:52:56 GMT
    Thursday, October 30 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-10-30 18:52:57 GMT
    Our community will be safer tomorrow night thanks to steps taken by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.They will require all paroled sex offenders to be under increased supervision on Halloween.The parolees will be under dusk to dawn curfew or will be required to report to a specified location on Friday.Parole officers will also conduct compliance sweeps during the evening hours in many parts of the state.Residence searches will also be done to make sure sex offenders on parole have the...More >>
    Our community will be safer tomorrow night thanks to steps taken by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.They will require all paroled sex offenders to be under increased supervision on Halloween.The parolees will be under dusk to dawn curfew or will be required to report to a specified location on Friday.Parole officers will also conduct compliance sweeps during the evening hours in many parts of the state.Residence searches will also be done to make sure sex offenders on parole have the...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Animal Cruelty Laws

    Viewpoint: Animal Cruelty Laws

    Tuesday, October 28 2014 3:05 PM EDT2014-10-28 19:05:33 GMT
    Tuesday, October 28 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-10-28 20:03:04 GMT
    A new Georgia law now allows felony charges in cases where animals are brutalized.And an Albany woman now faces a felony charge of cruelty to animals in a case where a puppy was stabbed."To viciously and purposely grab an innocent animal and stab it should be considered a felony and I believe it does in this state," said Donna Strickland, executive director of Albany Humane Society.Previously, law enforcement could charge offenders with misdemeanors which usually means very little, if any, ja...More >>
    A new Georgia law now allows felony charges in cases where animals are brutalized.And an Albany woman now faces a felony charge of cruelty to animals in a case where a puppy was stabbed."To viciously and purposely grab an innocent animal and stab it should be considered a felony and I believe it does in this state," said Donna Strickland, executive director of Albany Humane Society.Previously, law enforcement could charge offenders with misdemeanors which usually means very little, if any, ja...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Sunday Voting

    Viewpoint: Sunday Voting

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-10-21 20:41:01 GMT
    Tuesday, October 21 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-10-21 20:41:02 GMT
    The Dougherty County Board of Elections is to be commended for listening to the community and allowing Sunday voting for the first time ever.That means those in Dougherty County whose jobs will not allow them to make it to the polls on election day have two chances to vote this coming weekend.Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said,"So that Saturday we'll be there from 9 until 4 in the afternoon and we'll close up and open up again on that Sunday from 1 until 5, so that will be a weekend o...More >>
    The Dougherty County Board of Elections is to be commended for listening to the community and allowing Sunday voting for the first time ever.That means those in Dougherty County whose jobs will not allow them to make it to the polls on election day have two chances to vote this coming weekend.Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said,"So that Saturday we'll be there from 9 until 4 in the afternoon and we'll close up and open up again on that Sunday from 1 until 5, so that will be a weekend o...More >>
  • Viewpoint: City Ordinances

    Viewpoint: City Ordinances

    Thursday, October 16 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-10-16 19:23:09 GMT
    Thursday, October 16 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-10-16 19:23:10 GMT
    If you live in Albany, you've likely seen the huge new Family Dollar store being built at the corner of 3rd Ave. and North Slappey.Not surprisingly, there been complaints about the building going up there.The Planning Director says local ordinances allow for the construction because it's Zoned C-1.While we are certainly in favor of new businesses opening in Albany, we believe it's critical to protect the historical integrity and beauty of our city.While the new Family Dollar will be bricked t...More >>
    If you live in Albany, you've likely seen the huge new Family Dollar store being built at the corner of 3rd Ave. and North Slappey.Not surprisingly, there been complaints about the building going up there.The Planning Director says local ordinances allow for the construction because it's Zoned C-1.While we are certainly in favor of new businesses opening in Albany, we believe it's critical to protect the historical integrity and beauty of our city.While the new Family Dollar will be bricked t...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Parking

    Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Parking

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-10-14 18:06:32 GMT
    Tuesday, October 14 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-10-14 18:06:33 GMT
    Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher is pushing for some changes to the city's strict downtown parking rules.We believe it is time to make some changes to these rules so that downtown visitors can have more time to shop and dine."It's just something that I think is outdated, it's been on the books a long time. It's not going to mean anything economically to the community. It's not that big of a money maker to even worry about that," said B.J. FletcherThe city does offer areas in downtown wh...More >>
    Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher is pushing for some changes to the city's strict downtown parking rules.We believe it is time to make some changes to these rules so that downtown visitors can have more time to shop and dine."It's just something that I think is outdated, it's been on the books a long time. It's not going to mean anything economically to the community. It's not that big of a money maker to even worry about that," said B.J. FletcherThe city does offer areas in downtown wh...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Graceway Recovery Center

    Viewpoint: Graceway Recovery Center

    Thursday, October 9 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-10-09 18:07:49 GMT
    Thursday, October 9 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-10-09 18:10:00 GMT
    Graceway Recovery center in Albany now offers group sessions for family members and friends of addicts.The six week program is designed to help families cope with a loved one's addiction."Watching them die slowly, sometimes quickly, it's a very painful thing. And there are better ways than others to handle that situation and that's what these groups are for because a lot of people are suffering from addiction who might not be the addict," said Andy Martin.The program will teach families and f...More >>
    Graceway Recovery center in Albany now offers group sessions for family members and friends of addicts.The six week program is designed to help families cope with a loved one's addiction."Watching them die slowly, sometimes quickly, it's a very painful thing. And there are better ways than others to handle that situation and that's what these groups are for because a lot of people are suffering from addiction who might not be the addict," said Andy Martin.The program will teach families and f...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Child Safety Seats

    Viewpoint: Child Safety Seats

    Tuesday, October 7 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-10-07 18:03:21 GMT
    Tuesday, October 7 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-10-07 19:11:10 GMT
    Triple-A reports that three out of four child safety car seats are improperly installed.And, as Operation Mini Thunder revealed in South Georgia, many parents aren't even using child safety seats.Forty-nine violations were handed out in a three day period in Dougherty County in August.Under Georgia law, a first conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than 50 dollars, and a second conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than 100 dollars.One thousand children die every year in car...More >>
    Triple-A reports that three out of four child safety car seats are improperly installed.And, as Operation Mini Thunder revealed in South Georgia, many parents aren't even using child safety seats.Forty-nine violations were handed out in a three day period in Dougherty County in August.Under Georgia law, a first conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than 50 dollars, and a second conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than 100 dollars.One thousand children die every year in car...More >>
  • Viewpoint: General Election

    Viewpoint: General Election

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-09-30 18:00:06 GMT
    Tuesday, September 30 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-09-30 18:00:08 GMT
    The Dougherty County Board of Elections should re-think its decision to not allow voters to cast ballots on Sunday for the November 4th general election.The Board of Elections says the cost of 11-hundred dollars and the availability of mail-in ballots were two of the reasons why they decided not to approve Sunday voting.It is money well spent though in allowing everyone the chance to vote when their jobs or other issues prevent them from being at the polls on election day.Dougherty County wil...More >>
    The Dougherty County Board of Elections should re-think its decision to not allow voters to cast ballots on Sunday for the November 4th general election.The Board of Elections says the cost of 11-hundred dollars and the availability of mail-in ballots were two of the reasons why they decided not to approve Sunday voting.It is money well spent though in allowing everyone the chance to vote when their jobs or other issues prevent them from being at the polls on election day.Dougherty County wil...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Prison Re-Entry Program

    Viewpoint: Prison Re-Entry Program

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-09-24 22:29:08 GMT
    Thursday, September 25 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-09-25 16:00:26 GMT
    Twenty five percent of prisoners released in Georgia end up back behind bars as repeat offenders.A new program launched by Governor Nathan Deal aims to keep ex-cons on the right path and out of prison.The goal is to have them emerge from prison with the ability to work and provide for themselves."We want to make sure that we do everything and make sure that they have all the resources necessary to come out and be successful, productive citizens in the community," said Dougherty County Reentry...More >>
    Twenty five percent of prisoners released in Georgia end up back behind bars as repeat offenders.A new program launched by Governor Nathan Deal aims to keep ex-cons on the right path and out of prison.The goal is to have them emerge from prison with the ability to work and provide for themselves."We want to make sure that we do everything and make sure that they have all the resources necessary to come out and be successful, productive citizens in the community," said Dougherty County Reentry...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Salmonella Trial Concludes

    Viewpoint: Salmonella Trial Concludes

    Tuesday, September 23 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-09-23 14:31:01 GMT
    Tuesday, September 23 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-09-23 14:31:02 GMT
    Friday, a federal jury in Albany handed down convictions in a trial that we hope serves as a warning for food companies across the country.Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and his brother Michael could spend the rest of their lives in prison for knowingly shipping salmonella tainted products that led to a deadly nationwide outbreak.We thank the south Georgians who gave up nearly two months of their lives to serve on the jury in the long and tedious trial.We're glad the fede...More >>
    Friday, a federal jury in Albany handed down convictions in a trial that we hope serves as a warning for food companies across the country.Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and his brother Michael could spend the rest of their lives in prison for knowingly shipping salmonella tainted products that led to a deadly nationwide outbreak.We thank the south Georgians who gave up nearly two months of their lives to serve on the jury in the long and tedious trial.We're glad the fede...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Americus City Council

    Viewpoint: Americus City Council

    Thursday, September 18 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-18 17:18:52 GMT
    Thursday, September 18 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-18 17:18:53 GMT
    The Americus City Council is considering taking away what should be a citizen's basic right. Council members voted to draft an ordinance that would prohibit any member of the public from addressing the council during meetings. They would have to present any concerns in writing instead.City leaders say a handful of vocal critics repeatedly use the platform to attack council members personally. Anyone who runs for public office should expect public criticism, but if people are abusing their rig...More >>
    The Americus City Council is considering taking away what should be a citizen's basic right. Council members voted to draft an ordinance that would prohibit any member of the public from addressing the council during meetings. They would have to present any concerns in writing instead.City leaders say a handful of vocal critics repeatedly use the platform to attack council members personally. Anyone who runs for public office should expect public criticism, but if people are abusing their rig...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Open Meetings Law

    Viewpoint: Open Meetings Law

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:13:19 GMT
    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-09 14:00:26 GMT
    A North Georgia Mayor crossed the line when he ordered a citizen journalist to leave a Cumming City Council meeting in 2012.Now, he's paying for his mistake.Attorney General Sam Olens sued Cumming Mayor Henry Gravitt for violating Georgia's Open Meetings law and Olens won.Now, the Mayor has to fork over $12,000 to pay a fine.Georgia's Open Records and Open Meetings Laws are designed to protect you, the citizens of our state.WALB works daily to make sure South Georgia politicians, law enforcem...More >>
    A North Georgia Mayor crossed the line when he ordered a citizen journalist to leave a Cumming City Council meeting in 2012.Now, he's paying for his mistake.Attorney General Sam Olens sued Cumming Mayor Henry Gravitt for violating Georgia's Open Meetings law and Olens won.Now, the Mayor has to fork over $12,000 to pay a fine.Georgia's Open Records and Open Meetings Laws are designed to protect you, the citizens of our state.WALB works daily to make sure South Georgia politicians, law enforcem...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Lee County Firefighters

    Viewpoint: Lee County Firefighters

    Thursday, September 4 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-09-04 14:58:43 GMT
    Thursday, September 4 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-09-04 14:58:45 GMT
    The decision for Lee County to bring back volunteer firefighters to help in the Redbone District is a reasonable solution for a difficult problem - money.Property taxes are increasing in Lee County, for the first time in almost a decade.The volunteer firefighters, working along with their paid counterparts, will hopefully improve the fire protection rating for those in the northern end of the county.That would mean lower insurance premiums for homeowners.We also hope Lee County Commissioners ...More >>
    The decision for Lee County to bring back volunteer firefighters to help in the Redbone District is a reasonable solution for a difficult problem - money.Property taxes are increasing in Lee County, for the first time in almost a decade.The volunteer firefighters, working along with their paid counterparts, will hopefully improve the fire protection rating for those in the northern end of the county.That would mean lower insurance premiums for homeowners.We also hope Lee County Commissioners ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Worth Fire Protection

    Viewpoint: Worth Fire Protection

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:51 GMT
    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:52 GMT
    Fire protection is a basic service most of you expect to get for your tax money, but some south Georgians aren't getting it.It's essentially non-existent in much of Worth County, and that has led to exorbitant insurance rates for many homeowners.Folks in the growing Lake Blackshear area organized to demand a full-time fire department. They're right to point out expensive homes there pour a lot of revenue into the county, and it's true a fire station there would lead to more growth that would ...More >>
    Fire protection is a basic service most of you expect to get for your tax money, but some south Georgians aren't getting it.It's essentially non-existent in much of Worth County, and that has led to exorbitant insurance rates for many homeowners.Folks in the growing Lake Blackshear area organized to demand a full-time fire department. They're right to point out expensive homes there pour a lot of revenue into the county, and it's true a fire station there would lead to more growth that would ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Immigration Issues

    Viewpoint: Immigration Issues

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:29:33 GMT
    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:29:34 GMT
    The federal government, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE" has released convicted killers, who are also illegal immigrants.And it's not just a few; it's 169 of 36,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions across the country.Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren says he's disgusted by this.WSB TV reported the Obama administration claims to be "bound by a 2001 court decision that ruled immigration detention cannot be punitive or indefinite.That applies when governments refuse to tak...More >>
    The federal government, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE" has released convicted killers, who are also illegal immigrants.And it's not just a few; it's 169 of 36,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions across the country.Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren says he's disgusted by this.WSB TV reported the Obama administration claims to be "bound by a 2001 court decision that ruled immigration detention cannot be punitive or indefinite.That applies when governments refuse to tak...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Mission Change Concert

    Viewpoint: Mission Change Concert

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:40:55 GMT
    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:21:12 GMT
    Music will equal Change Friday night for the Albany charity, Mission Change.Six South Georgia bands will perform at a benefit concert for the organization. The concert will feature Lee County and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips as the headliner for this concert which will also help to spread the word about what Mission Change does in our community.We hope you will support this worthy cause and attend the concert at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Friday at 7.You can find ticket info on o...More >>
    Music will equal Change Friday night for the Albany charity, Mission Change.Six South Georgia bands will perform at a benefit concert for the organization. The concert will feature Lee County and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips as the headliner for this concert which will also help to spread the word about what Mission Change does in our community.We hope you will support this worthy cause and attend the concert at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Friday at 7.You can find ticket info on o...More >>
  • Viewpoint: KeepMyTV.Org

    Viewpoint: KeepMyTV.Org

    Monday, August 4 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-04 22:46:00 GMT
    Tuesday, August 5 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-05 12:00:23 GMT
    Because you are watching WALB News right now - maybe on cable or over satellite - there's an important issue in Congress you will want to know about.Pay TV companies, which re-sell our over the air television signal to their subscribers, are seeking new rules from Congress that could jeopardize the local TV you depend on - for live local news, weather and sports here, where we live.It is local news, after all, that you rely on each day to stay safe and informed. No cable or satellite company ...More >>
    Because you are watching WALB News right now - maybe on cable or over satellite - there's an important issue in Congress you will want to know about.Pay TV companies, which re-sell our over the air television signal to their subscribers, are seeking new rules from Congress that could jeopardize the local TV you depend on - for live local news, weather and sports here, where we live.It is local news, after all, that you rely on each day to stay safe and informed. No cable or satellite company ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Back to School

    Viewpoint: Back to School

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:16:16 GMT
    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:16:16 GMT
    Students are already back in school in some counties.We want to remind all drivers to be careful on our roads.More >>
    Students are already back in school in some counties.We want to remind all drivers to be careful on our roads.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Unsolved Murder

    Viewpoint: Unsolved Murder

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:28:00 GMT
    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:28:00 GMT
    An Albany murder remains unsolved after two months, even though the victim's employer offered a two thousand dollar reward .Jeffrey Nunley was gunned down outside his house on West Whitney Avenue and police apparently have few leads.More >>
    An Albany murder remains unsolved after two months, even though the victim's employer offered a two thousand dollar reward .Jeffrey Nunley was gunned down outside his house on West Whitney Avenue and police apparently have few leads.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Remembering Alice Coachman

    Viewpoint: Remembering Alice Coachman

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:13:34 GMT
    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:13:34 GMT
    The world lost a true trailblazer with the passing of Olympian Alice Marie Coachman-Davis.More >>
    The world lost a true trailblazer with the passing of Olympian Alice Marie Coachman-Davis.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Albany's Economic Development Commission

    Viewpoint: Albany's Economic Development Commission

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:41:16 GMT
    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:41:16 GMT
    This week you will begin to see a multi-media advertising campaign funded by Albany's Economic Development Commission."There's only one Albany" is the title theme.More >>
    This week you will begin to see a multi-media advertising campaign funded by Albany's Economic Development Commission."There's only one Albany" is the title theme.More >>
  • Viewpoint: School Bullying

    Viewpoint: School Bullying

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-07-10 14:39:44 GMT
    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-07-10 14:40:08 GMT
    The suspension of the Westover High basketball coach and the punishment of several players were necessary steps in sending an important message: bullying won't be tolerated.More >>
    The suspension of the Westover High basketball coach and the punishment of several players were necessary steps in sending an important message: bullying won't be tolerated.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Flood of '94

    Viewpoint: Flood of '94

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-08 16:57:02 GMT
    Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-08 16:57:03 GMT
    As we look back on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 94, we honor the victims who were killed and remember the survivors whose lives were changed forever.The flood was a dark time in Albany's history, yet so much light shone through. More >>
    As we look back on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 94, we honor the victims who were killed and remember the survivors whose lives were changed forever.The flood was a dark time in Albany's history, yet so much light shone through. More >>
  • Viewpoint: Rescue Smokers

    Viewpoint: Rescue Smokers

    As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, it's only fitting that a south Georgia BBQ team is celebrating its win on a national reality TV show, the B-B-Q Pit Masters on Destination America! AshburnMore >>
    As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, it's only fitting that a south Georgia BBQ team is celebrating its win on a national reality TV show, the B-B-Q Pit Masters on Destination America!More >>
  • Viewpoint: Food Stamp Drug Testing

    Viewpoint: Food Stamp Drug Testing

    A new state law goes into effect next week that would require Georgia food stamp recipients, suspected of drug abuse, to undergo drug testing.  But that law will never be enforced. The food stamp programMore >>
    A new state law goes into effect next week that would require Georgia food stamp recipients, suspected of drug abuse, to undergo drug testing.  But that law will never be enforced.More >>
  • Viewpoint: VA Controversy

    Viewpoint: VA Controversy

    Now that the Veterans Administration's been exposed for shocking practices, we think it's time to hold some employees accountable. After revelations of cooking the books at the Phoenix V. A. hospital,More >>
    Now that the Veterans Administration's been exposed for shocking practices, we think it's time to hold some employees accountable.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Manager

    Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Manager

    Albany is looking for an interim downtown manager at a critical time for downtown redevelopment. After three and a half year as downtown manager, Aaron Blair is leaving just as his great accomplishmentMore >>
    Albany is looking for an interim downtown manager at a critical time for downtown redevelopmentMore >>
  • Viewpoint: Voters Beware

    Viewpoint: Voters Beware

    Hello, I am Senator Freddie Powell Sims. Political campaigns for the most part should bring out a candidate's best ethical behavior. But Voters Beware! A small percentage of office seekers will say andMore >>
    Political campaigns for the most part should bring out a candidate's best ethical behavior. But Voters Beware!More >>
  • Viewpoint: Hot Weather Cars

    Viewpoint: Hot Weather Cars

    With hot weather here, it's important to remember the dangers that hot cars pose to children and animals. Monday, a two year old Atlanta girl died after climbing into a car and becoming trapped. ThereMore >>
    With hot weather here, it's important to remember the dangers that hot cars pose to children and animals.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Jaywalking

    Viewpoint: Jaywalking

    We think it is great news that Albany Police are going to write citations for those they see crossing the street illegally. Some of you might think what is commonly known as jaywalking is not a seriousMore >>
    We think it is great news that Albany Police are going to write citations for those they see crossing the street illegally.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Safe Driving

    Viewpoint: Safe Driving

    We're coming off one of the deadliest Memorial Day weekends in recent years in Georgia. 17 people were killed in car crashes over that long weekend. Additionally, AAA says the end of the school year beginsMore >>
    We're coming off one of the deadliest Memorial Day weekends in recent years in Georgia. 17 people were killed in car crashes over that long weekend.More >>
  • Viewpoint: New Farm Bill

    Viewpoint: New Farm Bill

    Congressman Sanford Bishop says our national security hinges on the health of our nation's children and he's worried that provisions in the new farm bill jeopardize both. Under the bill, school districtsMore >>
    Congressman Sanford Bishop says our national security hinges on the health of our nation's children and he's worried that provisions in the new farm bill jeopardize both.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    The City of Albany's sign task force recently recommended a ban on attention grabbing signs in the right of way, to promote safety behind the wheel. Flashing billboards would be prohibited, and waversMore >>
    The City of Albany's sign task force recently recommended a ban on attention grabbing signs in the right of way, to promote safety behind the wheel.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Parking in Front Yards

    Viewpoint: Parking in Front Yards

    Albany city commissioners are about to decide whether neighborhoods could ban residents from parking their own cars in their own front yards. The city can already force you to cut your grass if it getsMore >>
     Albany city commissioners are about to decide whether neighborhoods could ban residents from parking their own cars in their own front yards.More >>
  • Viewpoint: CrimeStoppers Street Sweep

    Viewpoint: CrimeStoppers Street Sweep

    The WALB CrimeStoppers Street Sweep resulted in dozens of tips on South Georgia fugitives. Officers from several law enforcement agencies and CrimeStoppers volunteers manned the phones Monday night asMore >>
    The WALB CrimeStoppers Street Sweep resulted in dozens of tips on South Georgia fugitives.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Bad School Bus Drivers

    Viewpoint: Bad School Bus Drivers

    A WALB News 10 investigation uncovered school bus drivers behaving badly. Dougherty County School officials believe they had a problem with drivers claiming hours they didn't really work, speeding, andMore >>
    A WALB News 10 investigation uncovered school bus drivers behaving badly.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Voter Participation

    Viewpoint: Voter Participation

    Of the nearly 50-thousand registered voters in Dougherty County, only 11-thousand 242 bothered to vote Tuesday. That's about 22 percent. Voter participation was even lower in the county-wide commissionMore >>
    Of the nearly 50-thousand registered voters in Dougherty County, only 11-thousand 242 bothered to vote Tuesday.More >>
  • Viewpoint: War Monument Vandalism

    Viewpoint: War Monument Vandalism

    Whoever vandalized the war monuments in downtown Albany wanted publicity and they got it. It's a crime that was planned to coincide with Memorial Day weekend, so it would have maximum effect. And itMore >>
    Whoever vandalized the war monuments in downtown Albany wanted publicity and they got it.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Tow Truck Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Tow Truck Ordinance

    Albany Commissioners are considering an ordinance that will allow the city to charge tow truck companies 20 dollars anytime dispatchers have to call a tow truck. While we commend the city for lookingMore >>
    Albany Commissioners are considering an ordinance that will allow the city to charge tow truck companies 20 dollars anytime dispatchers have to call a tow truck.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Transformation

    Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Transformation

    Downtown Albany leaders have said for years, private development will be the key to transforming downtown Albany. That long-awaited investment may finally be coming. Recently, the Albany Dougherty InnerMore >>
    Downtown Albany leaders have said for years, private development will be the key to transforming downtown Albany. That long-awaited investment may finally be coming.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dougherty County School System

    Viewpoint: Dougherty County School System

    Encouraging news that things are improving within the Dougherty County School System. The system posted a four point four gain in the College and Career Readiness Index that measures school and studentMore >>
    Encouraging news that things are improving within the Dougherty County School System.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Marijuana Oil

    Viewpoint: Marijuana Oil

    Gov. Nathan Deal is doing what state legislators wouldn't do taking steps to possibly allow the use of cannibus oil to treat debilitating seizures. The governor wants clinical trials to study medicalMore >>
    Gov. Nathan Deal is doing what state legislators wouldn't do taking steps to possibly allow the use of cannibus oil to treat debilitating seizures.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Illegal Dumping

    Viewpoint: Illegal Dumping

    What a disgrace that someone illegally dumped more than 200 tires on some property in South Albany. The tires were dumped near the Norfolk Southern Railroad property. Thanks to the law-breaking dumpers,More >>
    What a disgrace that someone illegally dumped more than 200 tires on some property in South Albany.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Irwin County School Gun Scare

    Viewpoint: Irwin County School Gun Scare

    A potentially dangerous situation was quickly defused Tuesday when an Irwin County teacher intercepted a former student on campus. School administrators tell us they were alerted on facebook Monday thatMore >>
    A potentially dangerous situation was quickly defused Tuesday when an Irwin County teacher intercepted a former student on campus.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dr. Mosely Permanent Hire

    Viewpoint: Dr. Mosely Permanent Hire

    Dougherty County School Board members made a wise decision when they voted Monday to hire interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely permanently. More than a year ago, Mosely took over a demoralized schoolMore >>
    Dougherty County School Board members made a wise decision when they voted Monday to hire interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely permanently.More >>
  • Viewpoint: New Storm Water Fee

    Viewpoint: New Storm Water Fee

    Property owners in Albany are about to start paying a new storm water fee to pay for mandated upgrades to the drainage system. City leaders designed the fee structure so that everyone would pay their fairMore >>
    Property owners in Albany are about to start paying a new storm water fee to pay for mandated upgrades to the drainage system.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Lady Rams Success

    Viewpoint: Lady Rams Success

    Congratulations to the Albany State women's basketball team for a tremendous season. The Lady Rams won 22 games and earned their first bid to the N-C-Double A Division 2 Tournament the first time in 16More >>
    Congratulations to the Albany State women's basketball team for a tremendous season.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Tobacco Ban on Campus

    Viewpoint: Tobacco Ban on Campus

    It was welcome news that The Georgia Board of Regents banned all forms of tobacco on University System of Georgia property.  The policy applies to all employees, students, contractors, subcontractorsMore >>
    It was welcome news that The Georgia Board of Regents banned all forms of tobacco on University System of Georgia property.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    The city of Albany's sign ordinance is designed to help keep the community attractive. But we hope city leaders will give thoughtful consideration to how the rules are written, and ensure they don't hurtMore >>
    The city of Albany's sign ordinance is designed to help keep the community attractive.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Pre-K Programs

    Viewpoint: Pre-K Programs

    Georgia is lucky to have one of the best pre-k programs in the country.  New research by experts at the University of North Carolina just confirmed that. And parents know it. These parents camped outMore >>
    Georgia is lucky to have one of the best pre-k programs in the country.  New research by experts at the University of North Carolina just confirmed that. And parents know it.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dr. Leroy Bynum Jr.'s Departure

    Viewpoint: Dr. Leroy Bynum Jr.'s Departure

    After 22 years, Albany, GA is losing a talented musician and leader to Albany, NY.  The College of St. Rose recently announced that Dr. Leroy Bynum, Jr. will be the new dean of that college's School ofMore >>
    After 22 years, Albany, GA is losing a talented musician and leader to Albany, NY.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Remembering Donnie Haralson

    Viewpoint: Remembering Donnie Haralson

    As the citizens of Crisp County struggle with the death of their beloved sheriff Donnie Haralson, they are at least afforded comfort in knowing that their county is in good hands. Longtime and loyal ChiefMore >>
    As the citizens of Crisp County struggle with the death of their beloved sheriff Donnie Haralson, they are at least afforded comfort in knowing that their county is in good hands.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Deepening Savannah Harbor

    Viewpoint: Deepening Savannah Harbor

    President Obama's latest budget outline doesn't include money to deepen Savannah's harbor. Even Vice President Joe Biden vowed that the harbor project would be done,  quote:  "Come hell or high water."  AndMore >>
    President Obama's latest budget outline doesn't include money to deepen Savannah's harbor.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Home Stretch of Georgia Legislature

    Viewpoint: Home Stretch of Georgia Legislature

    As the Georgia Legislature enters the home stretch in the 2014 session,  it is a relief House Bill One appears dead after failing to make it out of the House of Representatives before Monday's crossoverMore >>
    As the Georgia Legislature enters the home stretch in the 2014 session,  it is a relief House Bill One appears dead after failing to make it out of the House of Representatives before Monday's crossover day.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Tattoo Parlors Downtown

    Viewpoint: Tattoo Parlors Downtown

    We applaud the Albany City Commission for striking down part of an old ordinance that prohibits tattoo parlors from operating in downtown Albany. Tattoo parlors of today have progressed beyond their oldMore >>
    We applaud the Albany City Commission for striking down part of an old ordinance that prohibits tattoo parlors from operating in downtown Albany.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Police Low Salaries

    Viewpoint: Police Low Salaries

    The Dougherty County Police Chief says low salaries are prompting more officers to leave the department, putting public safety at risk. Chief Jackie Battle told county commissioners Monday 14 officersMore >>
    The Dougherty County Police Chief says low salaries are prompting more officers to leave the department, putting public safety at risk.More >>
  • Viewpoint: High School Reclassification

    Viewpoint: High School Reclassification

    The latest round of reclassification by the Georgia High School Association drew complaints. The expansion to six classes and the growth of metro Atlanta have made it increasingly difficult to classifyMore >>
    The latest round of reclassification by the Georgia High School Association drew complaints.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Big Read

    Viewpoint: Big Read

    Once again, our community is participating in the "BIG READ, "  an initiative  to restore reading to the center of American culture.  Albany State University, in collaboration with the Dougherty CountyMore >>
    Once again, our community is participating in the "BIG READ, "  an initiative  to restore reading to the center of American culture.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Second Winter Storm

    Viewpoint: Second Winter Storm

    When a second winter storm approached our state this week, the response by our leaders was vastly different than two weeks ago. This time, the governor quickly declared a state of emergency and askedMore >>
    When a second winter storm approached our state this week, the response by our leaders was vastly different than two weeks ago.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Second Chance for Felons

    Viewpoint: Second Chance for Felons

    We like to say everyone deserves a second chance, but too often, Georgians convicted of crimes don't get one.   Many people who paid their debt and want to lead productive lives find it impossible toMore >>
    We like to say everyone deserves a second chance, but too often, Georgians convicted of crimes don't get one.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Ankle Monitoring Investigation

    Viewpoint: Ankle Monitoring Investigation

    You've likely seen our WALB News 10 investigation this week about two murder suspects who had previously been released from jail and ordered to wear ankle monitors. They were supposedly being monitoredMore >>
    You've likely seen our WALB News 10 investigation this week about two murder suspects who had previously been released from jail and ordered to wear ankle monitors.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Good Planning for Inclement Weather

    Viewpoint: Good Planning for Inclement Weather

    The ice and snow that fell in South Georgia this week were little more than just an inconvenience. And that's thanks to good planning. Our emergency and public safety leaders were well-prepared and workedMore >>
    The ice and snow that fell in South Georgia this week were little more than just an inconvenience. And that's thanks to good planning.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Albany Super Bowl Winner

    Viewpoint: Albany Super Bowl Winner

    Albany is now home to another Super Bowl champion. Like New England's Deion Branch, Seattle Seahawk receiver Ricardo Lockette also played his high school football at Monroe High. Ricardo's road the SuperMore >>
    Albany is now home to another Super Bowl champion.More >>
  • Viewpoint: No Pay Raise for School Board

    Viewpoint: No Pay Raise for School Board

    Dougherty County School Board members apparently won't get the big raise they wanted. Last summer, the board voted 4 to 3 to increase their pay from $250 a month to $1000 a month.   But they can't getMore >>
    Dougherty County School Board members apparently won't get the big raise they wanted. Last summer, the board voted 4 to 3 to increase their pay from $250 a month to $1000 a month.More >>
  • Viewpoint: GBI Support

    Viewpoint: GBI Support

    You hear us mention the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the news almost nightly. The GBI is an elite team of highly trained investigators who offer assistance to local law enforcement agencies. TheyMore >>
    You hear us mention the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the news almost nightly. The GBI is an elite team of highly trained investigators who offer assistance to local law enforcement agencies.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Early General Assembly Session

    Viewpoint: Early General Assembly Session

    The 2014 Georgia General Assembly session kicked off this week. Lawmakers promise a faster than usual session.  Why do they plan to get their business done more quickly?  So they can get back home toMore >>
    The 2014 Georgia General Assembly session kicked off this week. Lawmakers promise a faster than usual session.More >>
  • Viewpoint: City-County Consolidation

    Viewpoint: City-County Consolidation

    Last week, the Chamber released the most recent survey of members asked to vote for issues we should address this year. One question with 90% voting yes, "does the business community support allowingMore >>
    Last week, the Chamber released the most recent survey of members asked to vote for issues we should address this year.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Shelters Stepping Up During The Cold Snap

    Viewpoint: Shelters Stepping Up During The Cold Snap

    When temperatures dropped to dangerously low levels this week, most of us probably just put an extra blanket on the bed or an extra layer of clothing on before going outside.  But some people in southMore >>
    When temperatures dropped to dangerously low levels this week, most of us probably just put an extra blanket on the bed or an extra layer of clothing on before going outside.  But some people in south Georgia don't have that luxury.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Reflecting on 2013

    Viewpoint: Reflecting on 2013

    As we begin the new year, we should also take time to reflect on the past year.  How did your year go? Did you do the things you planned to do in 2013? Did your resolutions come true? Or were they pushedMore >>
    As we begin the new year, we should also take time to reflect on the past year.  How did your year go? Did you do the things you planned to do in 2013? Did your resolutions come true?More >>
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