Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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 >>
April 28, 2003
Albany-- The Southwest Georgia Council on Aging provides transportation for thousands of people. Just last year, they made 100,000 trips, dropping off meals, taking people to the doctor, and driving folks to the senior centers in 14 counties.
Now, the Department of Transportation is taking away the money and putting it towards the new Regional Transit Program.
"No I wouldn't say any old driver can do this, you have to be trained," said SOWEGA Driver Terry Burks.
Terry Burks isn't any old bus driver. He shuttles seniors where they have to go, he knows each by name and if they need special assistance. "They definitely know who I am. I think they feel comfortable when I come get them," said Burks. "I was really shocked they had given our contract and our money to a for profit business."
SOWEGA Council on Aging director Kay Hind says she found out last week that a state hired contractor will take over the transportation services they've been providing for 30 years. Hind is concerned the for-profit contractor doesn't know what they are getting into.
"Often when you go to pick someone up you find they have fallen or even dead. Are there drivers going to be able to deal with this situation?"
"That's the key is SOWEGA RDC and vendor work out these issues so every issue is addressed," said Transportation Planner Brad Sheffield.
Sheffield insists there will be no difference in services, or even drivers, when the changes take effect July first.
And that will be a good thing for seniors who are used to seeing the same friendly face when they need a ride. The 29 drivers who work for the Council on Aging will get first priority for jobs under the new contractor.
The new Regional Transit Program takes effect July first.