Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
August 14, 2003
Americus-- Would you turn down $315,000? That's exactly what the Americus City Council did, opting out of their share of the proposed $22-million special local options sales tax.
They were upset that only a fraction of the money was slated for city needs, the majority going instead to build a new County Courthouse.
There is little room to move in the Sumter County Clerk's office. "It's difficult we run into each other and bump into each other and have bruises often from bumping desk or I'm always running into a computer trying to scoot around," says Clerk of Courts, Nancy Smith.
Smith is less worried though about bruises than about shelf space. She is required by law to keep records in a fire-proof environment, but lack of space has forced her to store them in the basement. "So I'm probably in violation of those codes but I have no other choice."
"We felt we should have gotten more." City Councilman Walton Grant agrees the Courthouse has a lot of problems, and deserves some of the SPLOST money, but not at the expense of city needs. "I really feel like the citizens got slighted. A lot of people came to me to voice their opinion, and I agree with their opinion."
The Courthouse is the focal point of the proposed SPLOST-- costing $13 million.
For Nancy Smith, it's worth every penny. "I consider myself in crunch time right now." A space crunch that is getting worse every day. The City Council wanted six million dollars for sewer expansion and repairs on an old school.
Voters will decide on the proposed SPLOST tax September 16th.