Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A tax watchdog group is looking for a few good political newcomers. The Dougherty County Taxpayers Association is hosting an open forum to recruit candidates for three Albany City Commission seats up for election in November. They'll also talk about the status of a lawsuit they filed against the County for property reassessments.
The Dougherty County taxpayers association started two years ago, to fight what they called unfair tax assessments on property. That's not the only fight they've picked and right now, they are working to replace elected leadership in Albany and Dougherty County.
Richard Thomas said, "The mantra of our meeting tomorrow night is, if not now, when?" When will folks stop just complaining about Government and get involved.
"Our greatest problem right now is overcoming public apathy," said Thomas, "and people who are sitting home on their sofas watching TV and complaining about what's going on without getting involved."
Thomas says that's what he's working to correct. He wants to come up with a solid base of candidates to run for local government spots. He said, "Democrat, republican, independent, it doesn't matter. We're just looking for good solid people who act responsible, are fiscally conservative and share our views of what Albany can be."
Three city commission seats are up for election this fall. Ward II, currently held by commissioner Dorothy Hubbard, Ward Five, held by Bob Langstaff and Ward III, held by Morris Gurr who announced last week, he will not seek reelection.
"The purpose of this meeting is to have an open forum with every concerned citizen that's not happy with the direction that Albany and Dougherty County is going."
He says it's not just property taxes that have people upset. It's the crime rate, the sign ordinance, government employees being investigated for abuse of power among other things. Thomas said, "People are upset. They're upset. They're really upset. And it's not just the sign ordinance, it's the culmination of all these different issues in the last 12-18 months that have stirred people up."
As the spokesman for the taxpayers organization, I asked Richard Thomas if he was considering a run for public office. He says he thinks he's better rallying behind the group and finding people to run, but has no desire to run for office himself.
One person who is considering a run for city Commission is Insurance Agent Jay Kimbro. He would run against Ward Five Commissioner Bob Langstaff, who told us today he will seek re-election. The open taxpayers forum will be held tomorrow night at seven at the Merry Acres conference center.