Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:49:38 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
August 19, 2003
Albany - Beautifying downtown Albany is costing businesses big bucks. And, the city promises to speed up construction on Broad Avenue to help merchants stay in business. Right now, customers have to step over huge construction beams or cross rickety ramps to access a block of stores on Broad Avenue.
Tuesday, business owners complained to Albany commissioners about the construction of the new sidewalks. City engineers apologized for telling merchants they would target construction on only sections of the block but then tore up the entire sidewalk. One business owner is happy to see the city shifting into high gear, but hopes it's not too late.
From his store on Broad Avenue, Ron Owens has seen the landscape change over the last 50 years. But, it's never looked this bad. The Owens family owned Owens Sporting Goods for years, but sold the company. In December, Owens opened Bloch Brothers Exercise, Bicycles, and Tennis. And, business was going good.
"Business was great until a month ago," said Owens. That's when the city's Streetscape project began. Last month, the city tore up the an entire block to revamp the sidewalks and since then, business has plummeted.
"These small businesses are very vulnerable," said Owens. "It doesn't take much to knock us to our knees." Downtown merchants started complaining about customer access and pedestrian safety, and city engineers listened.
"The DOT allowed us to shut down one lane of traffic," said Albany Engineering Director Bob Alexander. "We then turned the lane into parallel parking, allowing pedestrians to walk free of traffic."
Now the city is spending thousands of dollars to speed up the work. "We're trying to renegotiate the contract so crews can work seven days a week, 12 hours a day," said Alexander. The 6 month project is on schedule and may be finished sooner than expect, if crews work overtime.
Meanwhile, Owens just hopes customers doesn't drive right by just because they can't walk right in. A walkway should be in place by Friday, but the project won't be completed until January.