Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
June 4 , 2003 by Karen Collier
Albany-- Governor Sonny Perdue has signed a bill that will increase cigarette tax in Georgia by 25-cents per pack. The Governor says the tax is to help cover the $1.75 billion expense the state now pays for smoking-related illnesses.
April Martin is a former smoker who quit for her health, but the increasing price of cigarettes contributed to her decision. "When I quit, it was really, when the price had started going up for the first time, about $4.00 a pack. That really made me know it was easier to quit for me then, because I couldn't really afford it."
The price of cigarettes is about to go up again. Governor Sonny Perdue signed a tobacco tax increase Wednesday. The new tax will increase each pack of cigarettes by 25-cents, meaning that a carton of cigarettes will cost two dollars more than it does now.
Business owner J. R. Culp doesn't believe the extra tax will affect cigarette sales. "Well, I've talked to a lot of people in the last week about it and they said they'll just have to pay it and keep on smoking."
But April believes smokers may want to rethink their smoking and spending habits. "If they're on a budget like you know, most people that I know, then it probably will make a big difference it probably will help them quit the habit altogether."
Hitting smokers in the pocketbook may be the only way to convince some of them to quit. The tax will go into effect July first.