Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A huge tax hike on cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products goes into effect Wednesday. Don't expect a last minute rush on sales, though. That's because most retailers have already risen their prices to deal with the price jump. That's the case at The Tobacco Place in Albany.
There are some huge increases. The tax on cigarettes jumps 62-cents per pack. Individual cigars will go up 40 cents, but here's the whopper, tobacco by the pound, for folks who roll their own. A bag was about $16 last month. Now, with the additional, $23.53 tax, it will run you 39-bucks!
The tax increase will fund health care for children. It may help with the health of adults too, like Gena Bochette who says she's been trying to quit, now she has no choice. "They were high before, they're really high now." "What do you think about this huge increase?" "Time to quit." "Are you going to?" "Yeah. Have to. Can't afford it."
Interestingly, a recently released report suggests that the recession will actually lead to an increase in smoking. Higher Prices though, are likely to help many people kick the habit. Studies show that, for every 10% increase in the cost of cigarettes, smoking declines by 4% among adults and 7% among children.