Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –The Census Bureau named April First Census Day. To raise awareness about the importance of being counted, Valdosta leaders ceremoniously filled out their forms together Thursday.
An accurate count is important for cities and counties, because each person who isn't counted, represents about a $17,000 loss in federal funding over the next of ten years.
Community leaders and city officials filled out their census forms at a questionnaire assistance center in Valdosta Thursday and urged everyone to do the same.
"There's so much that's based upon the census, the distribution of funds for our schools for our libraries for our governments, the reapportionment of our congress. Even our local elected offices are determined, the boundaries determined," said Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson.
Lowndes County has a 48 percent census participation rate as of Thursday.
"We want 100 percent so we need everyone to get the forms that are at their house fill those forms out and mail them back in," said Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Fer-Rell Malone.
The Census form has 10 questions that takes less than 10 minutes to complete. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with anyone including law enforcement and federal agencies.
"Every time that a person does not fill a form out our community loses $1,700 a year," said Hanson.
And that adds up.
"It's definitely needed for more money to come in more jobs," said South Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness Community Case Management Director Diane West.
"Census workers are trained to knock on their door 14 times to make sure so if you don't want anyone knocking on your door mail it in fill it out by April 15," said Malone.
People who haven't mailed their forms will receive a duplicate one in the mail next week. You can also pick up forms at two "Be Counted" sites in Valdosta, City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.
Here are the 2010 Participation Rates for Lowndes County and the surrounding counties as of April 1, 2010:
National - 52%
Georgia - 47%
Lowndes - 48%
Berrien - 40%
Echols - 32%
Clinch - 36%
Lanier - 35%
Questionnaire Assistance Centers are staffed with trained Census employees who are there to help the community fill out their Census forms. Here's the three in Lowndes County.