Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
November 25, 2003
Albany - Atlanta-based, Bell South, is discontinuing pay phone services and all of its pay phone will be gone by the middle of next year. Cell phones, pagers, and prepaid phone cards have made the need for pay phones nearly obsolete.
"Some people rely on these phones calls to make emergency calls. Some people don't have cell phones, they rely on pay phones to get messages across," said Carl Tweedy.
Tweedy, like many people, can't afford a cell phone and hates to hear the pay phones are being removed. "I sometimes use pay phones twice or three times a day to call back to the office, especially if I can't find a place and need directions."
Albany city leaders realized that many people still rely on pay phones. So they ask other companies to take over services on the pay phones located on city property. But, they didn't have any luck.
"We did make an effort to find a vendor to continue the service," said Mayor Tommy Coleman. "But apparently, it's very expensive. The companies know they'll lose money just like Bell South and don't want to do it."
Bell South has been operating fewer and fewer pay phones over the last 5 years. Cell phones, pagers, and even the Internet are taking the place of coin-operate phones. "I'm sure it will be a burden on poor people, frankly. One wonders where they'll use a phone," said Coleman.
So Carl says he'll soon be forced to do something he doesn't look forward to. "Now, I'll have to turn my cell phone back on which will be expense," said Tweedy.
You can expect to see the Bell South phones removed by about summertime.