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 31, 2003
Valdosta - Who will be our next mayor? According to Superior Court Judge Joe Bishop, John Fretti and Benny Mitcham are the only qualified candidates. "I'm glad this is finally out of the courts opinion now and into the voters hands," said Fretti.
With four days left until the election, the candidates are campaigning stronger than ever. For John Fretti, that means planning an economic boom in the city. "We need to grow as a city, but also help the communities in our MSA area grow" said Fretti. "They may have things to offer industries that we don't, but if they succeed, we succeed."
His opponent, Benny Mitcham says his major concerns are beautifying the city and improving education.
"I was amazed to learn how many people in this region don't have a high school education," said Mitcham. "We need to provide a more educated workforce for industries coming in."
An important issue for both candidates is traffic management. As the city grows, they want to ensure traveling is safe and convenient for motorists.
"Especially around Ashley and Patterson streets, that is a heavily traveled area, and we need to look at what we can do to detour some of that traffic as more people move to this area," said Mitcham.
Whoever wins the election will have big shoes to fill. The late Mayor James Rainwater served the city as mayor for 16 years.
"I think that if I'm allowed to serve as mayor, it would be an honor to follow Jimmy. I don't want to take away from what he did for the city, I only want to add to his legacy."
Both candidates have big plans for the city, but who gets to put them into action will be decided by the voters on Tuesday.