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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 >>
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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 >>
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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) - Dougherty county commissioners question whether women and minority owned businesses will fall through the cracks of the newly restructured Small and Disadvantaged business office.
That office was dismantled last month after the city and school board pulled their funding. The office will now focus on helping all small businesses instead of just those that are minority-owned.
Employees in that office say most small businesses in our area are owned by women or minorities. And by helping all small businesses, they would be helped indirectly. But commissioners say this is no guaranteed.
The transition continues within the office of Small and Disadvantaged Business. "It'll have more teeth in it than the situation that we have now. We will have a lot more control," said county commissioner, Jack Stone.
Contractors placing bids on government projects will now be required to subcontract a specific percentage of their work to locally based small businesses. "The bottom line is it will bring more small businesses and jobs here to our local area," said Stone.
"The downside and worst case scenerio is that all of those businesses could be something other than minority businesses. And that is a real concern, and something I can not support," said county commissioner, Gloria Gaines.
Businesses providing goods or services would be pulled from seven surrounding counties. Businesses working on construction projects would choose from a larger pool.
"We are talking about 28 counties. So that money could definitely be going outside of Albany and Dougherty," said Gaines.
Pinky Modeste is the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged business, and says based on demographics she is confident that minority businesses would still benefit.
"Based on the disparity study it can be done, and it can be done very well because the availability is here," said Modeste.
But commissioners say they want to see results. "The proof is in the pudding, and we have to see that," said Gaines.
Results that only will only come with time. "After we do it and get into place and do it for years, we can look at where we are at," said Stone.
Six people will lose their jobs during the Small Business Office reorganization as it goes from a department of seven to an office of one.
The Dougherty County Commission will make the changes to the Small Business Office official when they vote on the budget June 29th.