Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:44:00 GMT
A Tift County cold case still haunts a family nearly 10 years a young mother's murder. It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her familyMore >>
It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her family believes someone knows who killed her, and they hope the person with that information will bring them the peace they need.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:28:33 GMT
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency: Southwest Georgia Public Health: This public resource targets communities in Southwest Georgia and includes suggestionsMore >>
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:51:04 GMT
Information from the Tift County Sheriff's Office- On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force along with the Tift County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the residence of 36More >>
The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 36 year old Daniel Eubanks, and seized over $100K in cash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:38:05 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:34:44 GMT
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds. The Albany PoliceMore >>
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public's assistance with locating Kizzie Lashay Coleman, 21. She is 5'7" and weighs 176 pounds.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany may be headed into a record-breaking weekend with tens of thousands of visitors expected for Mardi Gras. It's the 8th annual Mardi Gras weekend, called 'Rock, Roll and Run.'
50,000 people are expected to head downtown for a marathon, pro bike races, and a music festival and street party. Some of the activities will take place around the Flint River front.
It's expected to be the second biggest event in city history, with an economic impact of more than $3 million.
The Best Western is getting all their rooms ready, because they are already sold out for the big Rock Roll and Run weekend. "It's not just hotels, it's the restaurants, the events that they have going on," said Best Western Director of Sales Natasha Golden. "The Riverquarium. Different places. Brings the people. Brings the money in as well."
This weekend in Albany, the Snickers Marathon Energy Bar Marathon has already signed up 1500 runners. There will also be the Regions Bike Race, with nearly 400 pro and amateur cyclists competing.
Add in the Mardi Gras throughout downtown, and Albany will be teeming with fun. "The marathon and the bike race are still growing. We still have people coming from across the United States and other countries. It's a huge event, bringing people that wouldn't normally come here for any other reason," said Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lisa Riddle.
With thousands of people downtown, businesses are gearing up for the crowds. Cafe 230's owners will use the events to expose their new downtown restaurant. "We are capitalizing off the 50 or 60 thousand people anticipated coming, to the great city of Albany. And I want to be part of showing why they need to keep coming back." said Cafe 230 owner B. J. Fletcher.
Elements Coffee Company made sure their coffee shop was open in time for the Mardi Gras, and are stocking up to be ready for what should be hundreds of customers. "We definitely don't want to run out of anything. We want to keep all our customers happy. Being new, this could help spread the word," Shift Manager Brian Devereaux said.
Most Albany Hotels and Motels are already booked, but they are working with each other to help the visitors remember Albany for its hospitality.
"If we get exposure out there, and people see what we have got, they definitely will come back," said Hilton Garden Inn General Manager Eric Hodges.
The Albany turtle is smiling, as are all the restaurants, motel, and business owners, and the people setting up the Mardi Gras events, because the weather is forecast to be warm and sunny.
After all the cold and rain people will be ready to get out and have some fun, and the big weekend of events in Downtown Albany should be just what the Doctor ordered for people with cabin fever.
The annual event that has the largest impact on Albany's economy remains Albany State University's Homecoming weekend.