Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Police say a body found floating on the Apalachicola River Sunday night is that of missing Albany man 34-year-old John Slappey.
More than a month ago strong currents pulled Slappey over a spillway at the Jim Woodruff Dam when he was duck hunting with his brother on Lake Seminole. Sunday night, a Florida Wish and Wildlife Ranger found Slappey's body. They made the discovery while searching for another men who disappeared on Apalachicola yesterday.
They were searching for one man, but found another. And it's bittersweet for the Slappey family. Although finding the body gives them a sense of closure, it re-opened painful wounds today as the reality of it all sunk in.
Sunday night just before 10, search crews found a body floating on the Apalachicola river in Liberty county, about 30 miles south of the Jim Woodruff Dam. Florida Officials say it's 34-year-old John Slappey although that's not who they were looking for.
A few hours earlier Sunday evening two men from Alta, Florida were in a boating accident. Their boat sank in the cold, flooded river. One man survived, the other is still missing. That's why search teams were in the water.
Monday an autopsy was performed on the body and police received a positive identity at 6pm. A reality that's tough for family members to grasp.
"It opened the wound up, everybody's still upset," said Slappey's brother Alan Dismuke.
Slappey's brother Alan Dismuke says at least now they can give him a proper burial. A little bit of closure, but no less of a tragedy.
"We found him, so we can put a cap on it now, but we still miss him, that's never going to change," said Dismuke.
And although the search is over, the family says they'll never forget the people who spent the past 35 days searching.
"Words will never express our appreciation, I'm glad they found him. These are special people," said Dismuke. Special people searching for a special man who was loved by many. And will finally rest in peace.
A PRIVATE graveside service for John Slappey will be held Thursday morning at Floral Memory. The man searchers were looking for yesterday, 48-year-old Ernest Prevatte of Florida, is still missing on the Apalachicola River.