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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The wheels of development in Downtown Albany are turning once again. Wednesday, stakeholders who can bring real money and real development opportunities to the table met to discuss their plans for downtown.

Some of the people who are most able to make an impact on development in downtown Albany met in one room at the Law enforcement Center in Albany Wednesday.  Interim ADICA Director James Taylor said, "We need the bankers, the investors, the developers, the universities, the higher education institutions and property owners at the table. So, my next question is, are you at the table?"

And willing to put some money on that table.  Taylor said, "I wanted to hear from the community what they thought about downtown, whether they thought that it's worth saving, worth doing, that it's important to the city of Albany and they told me that."

Sam Shugart is a business and property owner. When asked if downtown is worth saving, he said without a doubt. "Absolutely it's worth saving. I would consider it the heart of the city. Without the heart, the body's going to fail."

But the heart doesn't have much blood pumping to it these days. Businesses have closed down. Money has dried up.  Shugart said, "I think what you've got to see is some private investors come in and be successful and with that success, is going to spawn more success." But how do you get people to invest? "Profit," said Shugart.

And that may be easier to achieve with the help of tax credits and incentives. "We want to make it, make it a project as risk free as we can, such that a developer will be willing to risk their resources and their property to do the project," said Taylor.  And put the heartbeat back in the heart of downtown.

The Georgia Department of Community affairs and the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority hosted today's meetings. They are the first in what will be a series of meetings to begin development plans downtown.


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