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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
October 14, 2003
Albany-- Not many people like laundry day, but what if you had 56 football players to keep in clean uniforms that must look like new for every game? Then, you’d sign Walter Anderson to your team.
Talk about a laundry nightmare with all that ground in-dirt, along with grass stains, and no telling what else gets ground into a football player’s uniform during a game. When the going gets tough, the Albany State University Rams call on Walter Anderson to do the dirty work.
“Fifty-six players’ uniforms,” says Walter Anderson, staff assistant at Albany State University. He is responsible for at least 336 pieces of clothing each week-- jerseys, shorts, T-shirts, pants and socks, a whole team’s laundry.
It takes about 15 hours spread over three days to wash and dry all those clothes, a job with a persistent occupational hazard. “Smell,” says Walter as he loads a special washing machine with dirty jerseys that have sat overnight.
He uses a pre-wash to handle those really nose-turning smells and hard stains, followed by bleach, detergent and fabric softener pumped for five gallon white pails.
Walter Anderson believes clean uniforms influence how the players play. “If a player looks good, they play good,” says Walter. He keeps up with the latest in sports uniform cleaning. “Each year there is a new detergent or fabric softener or something to help wash uniforms,” says Walter.
He has a secret for keeping the jerseys looking so bright. He air-dries them, saying a drier causes them to shrink, lose color and cause the numbers to peel. Walter hangs each jersey on a metal hanger in an equipment room lined with wooden shelves for shoes, and long pipes suspended from the ceiling to hold the jerseys.
One jersey brings back memories. “In 1988, offensive line, center,” says Walter with a smile. He wore number 62 for the Albany State’s Golden Rams. That's a number that remains special, a number that hasn’t been worn in three seasons.
“The person who gets that number must be an excellent player,” says Walter looking at a number 62 jersey. Since he handles the jerseys, he can influence who gets his old number.
Walter Anderson keeps his team nice looking, remembering the good old days. “Being with the team and the coaching staff,” says Walter, while keeping in touch with a memory.
Walter Anderson has help. Four students work with him keep the team looking good during the football season.