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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
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The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
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A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
March 4, 2003
It's lined with books, filled with gas, and ready to go. But the bookmobile that serves Tift and four surrounding counties hasn't left the garage in months.
"That's access to books people would have won't have now," Coastal Plains Region Library Director Teresa Cole said.
That's because to get the bookmobile out of park and onto the road, they'd have to hire a driver, and that's not something they have the money to do right now.
"People don't realize how much we depend on state funds," Cole said. "Books are expensive and we have to buy them."
The Bookmobile serving Tift, Turner, Irwin, Berrien and Cook Counties checked out 17,000 books last year. It's parked at least until the new budget takes effect in July.
The problems at the Coastal Plains Region libraries go further than just the bookmobile, they've run out of state money to buy new books until the new fiscal year begins in July, and then they are expecting budget cuts to get worse.
"Twenty years ago, books were $11, now they are $30. The funding is similar to what it was then, with cuts it's even lower."
Without the bookmobile, children will have to travel to the library to grab a book, once there they likely won't be finding the newest of the new.
"We're supposed to be the reading capital. That's real bad for Tifton," Walter Mathis said.
But a reality, South Georgia libraries are facing.