Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A proposal that circumvents city and county leaders and takes the issue of consolidating Albany and Dougherty County to the voters is stalled as city and county leaders weigh in.
We first told you Monday that state Representative Ed Rynders proposed a bill that would let citizens vote.
There are both city and county offices in the government center and some of the services citizens receive have already been consolidated, but there are varying opinions on whether all of those services should be combined.
Tuesday the Albany-Dougherty Chamber of Commerce polled their legislative affairs committee and local businesses, they also voted to support the legislation to let voters choose with the stipulation local leaders support the issue.
On the street it seems most people in Albany and Dougherty County want their say on consolidating the two governments.
"I think the people here should ought to be able to vote on it," said Charlie Coleman.
"Because the people's opinions count," said Alisha Bryant.
"Most of the residents here are concerned about the city and what goes on, trying to get involved and stay involved and I think we should have a say in what goes on," said Dwayne Walker.
Some of them just don't like the way the state leaders went around local government.
"Yes they should, but I still think they should have talked it over first with the city officials before they just threw it out, it's sort of like they got sucker-punched," Marcia Smith said.
Representative Carol Fullerton told us she agreed to co-sponsored the bill Thursday and she supports consolidation. But now she says if local leaders don't agree to it, she'll pull her support.
Representative Ed Rynders is willing to make the language fit what local leaders want, but says inaction isn't acceptable.
"If they feel like there's something that there's a reason we need to re-look at it, then certainly I'm open minded but they're going to have to present a compelling reason on why we shouldn't move forward," Rynders said.
I asked Representative Ed Rynders how long he would take input from city and county leaders before he took action and asked the legislature to consider this measure. He didn't have an answer for that question but still said he intends to give the votes a chance to weigh in on this issue.
Representative Carol Fullerton said she is getting calls from city and county leaders and is working with them, hoping to reach an agreement.