Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Every state agency's budget is being cut by 25% for the month of June. The Governor ordered the cuts to help carry the state through the end of the fiscal year without getting into the red. Some agencies will get help from stimulus money, but not all. It's more bad news for state-funded groups already struggling to provide services after previous drastic cuts.
As unemployment rises, so too does the number of victims on the list of the Liberty House, but funds to support them are few and far between. "Every year there's just more and more and there's less that we're able to do," said Silke Deeley, who runs the Liberty House, which serves battered women and their children.
Last year, they saw a 60% increase in cases. This year, cases are up even more, but funds have been cut and more cuts are being made by the Governor. Deeley said, "Resources are drying up in other agencies that we would collaborate with. They don't have the resources either and so when they're cutting back, where do we get the funds to do what we need to do for these victims."
She's working to bring in federal stimulus dollars, but the use of that money is very specific. "When they restrict you in that way and you don't have the opportunity to spend that money even if you can access it, what good is that?"
But they'll continue to do the most good for the victims in some of life's worst moments, with the little money they do have. Deeley says one way to help with the budget cuts is for the community to offer financial support.
If you would like to contribute to the Liberty House, give them a call. That number is 439-7094.