Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
November 26, 2002
Albany-- A Dougherty County woman gets probation for molesting her two young children. During sentencing, the Judge said she is as much a victim as anyone who has ever been in his court.
Attorney Craig Mathis pleading for his client, 29-year-old Virgie Holmes. She was convicted last week of six counts of child molestation and abuse. Prosecutors say Holmes molested her two young sons and allowed her grandfather to abuse them.
But at sentencing, several family members told how the grandfather, Lloyd Phelps, had also molested them. They said Holmes, who is mentally diminished, was not able to protect herself or her children from Phelps. He is now in the Southwestern State Regional Hospital in Thomasville.
"She has been the victim of threats and coercion of a man who I wish I had standing before me now," said Judge Loring Gray. Judge Gray sentenced Holmes to ten years probation and counseling. "In 17 years on the bench, I can think of no case where the defendant is so much a victim," said Judge Gray.
Holmes' mother, Peggy Mainor, said her family is joining together to end generations of abuse. "My family is going to get help. Anytime we think there is a problem we'll call a family conference," said Mainor. "We'll get it on the table and dealt with immediately, instead of shoving it under the rug like this child abuse thing has been done for years."
The two sons will remain in the custody of their father. But his family says they are concerned about visits with Virgie Holmes. Lloyd Phelps was arrested two years ago for child molestation, when he was 75-years-old.