Tuesday, March 11 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-03-11 12:54:22 GMT
QUITMAN, GA - The Langdale Company will host the 32nd Annual Langdale FFA Forestry Field Day at Southwind Sporting Clays in Quitman, Georgia on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in conjunction with the Georgia FFAMore >>
Approximately 250 FFA members from schools all across south Georgia will participate in the event. The Forestry Field Day event is a competitive activity that test student's skills and knowledge in the area of forest management.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:32:21 GMT
Kids in the Albany area are just hours away from the 2014 "Get A Life" teen maze, an event that shows students the rewards and consequences of their decisions in real life situations. The two day eventMore >>
Kids in the Albany area will get to experience 2014 "Get A Life" teen maze, an event that shows students the rewards and consequences of their decisions in real life situationsMore >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-03-11 08:13:27 GMT
A truck theft was caught on camera, and tonight the owner is offering a reward to get his ride back. In the video seen above you can see someone pulling away from the Moultrie Walmart in David Cass's whiteMore >>
A truck theft was caught on camera, and tonight the owner is offering a reward to get his ride back.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:49:06 GMT
A Mitchell County family needs help to recover from a devastating fire. Fire broke out in this home on Jerusalem Church Road in Sale City around four this morning. A smoke alarm woke up Mikey NewsomeMore >>
A Mitchell County family needs help to recover from a devastating fire.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:39:37 GMT
A warning to watch out for copperheads. A new study shows the number of those poisonous snakes is on the rise in south Georgia as the population of king snakes declines.King snakes aren't poisonous, butMore >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The vote for consolidating Albany and Dougherty County is nearing. But one county commissioner said he can't vote to pass the issue along to the citizens because the vote won't be fair.
Commissioner Jack Stone says the way the vote has to take place will basically cancel out what unincorporated voters want regarding consolidation.
If and when city and county residents get a chance to vote on consolidation, this is how it will happen.
There will be only one vote, but people who live within the city will have their vote counted twice. Once for the city, another for the county. That's because they pay taxes in both, but Commissioner Stone says that isn't fair.
Dougherty County Chairman Jeff Sinyard wants to see the consolidation issue decided soon. "I'd like to see the charter move forward so that the people have a chance to vote."
Commissioner Jack Stone has repeatedly said he wants the people to vote, too, but not the way it must take place per state law, where people who live in the city get to vote on a city referendum and a county referendum.
Stone says that means people city residents will decide the entire issue, even if the majority in the unincorporated area vote the opposite way. "If you live in the unincorporated area, no matter how you vote, your vote's not going to count, you've got to depend on downtown to go along with you. It's not a fair situation whatsoever."
For him to change his mind, the state would have to change the law. That won't happen before the county is set to vote on the issue, hopefully by the end of October, which Sinyard hopes will result in the people getting to vote.
"The ultimate goal of the meeting today and the process over the next six or so weeks is to come up with a charter and will give the citizens something that they can vote on that they have some faith in."
Though finding faith in the way that vote takes place, may take a little longer. The charter must pass in both the city and the county in order for consolidation to take place.
Chairman Sinyard also would like for the city and county to vote on the charter simultaneously, though the city has not yet ironed out an exact schedule to move forward.