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 >>
December 5, 2003
Albany-- There's yet another controversy brewing around Albany's Holiday Parade. The Darton College Republicans and the Dougherty County Republican Party are banned from participating. GOP leaders say they're exclusion is unfair. But, the rules are pretty clear.
Last year's Christmas parade was the first time the Darton College Republicans participated. Darton College student Liz Schillo says, "We, oh my gosh, we had a great time."
But the good times are over. The college students and the Dougherty County Republican Party have been banned from the parade.
In a news conference Friday morning, they say they weren't even allowed to apply. Dougherty County Republican Party Chairman, Donald Cole, says, "She (Liz Schillo) was told to come back Wednesday and that they might let them in but they didn't want to give us an application. At that point we said we are not going to be going through this arbitrary process here."
But, the rules are clear. The 2003 application for the parade states specifically that "No political entries will be accepted." What's not clear is how long that rule has been around. Cole says, "I don't know if that is a new rule or whether that was a different interpretation of the rule. But, the fact is we applied last year. We were in the parade last year and now this year they are saying we can't be."
A sign on the GOP float last year might be the reason why--it said "Vote Republican." Parade organizers asked them to cover the word "Vote". Some say the cover fell off during the parade. Schillo says, "I don't remember anything falling off the word vote, but if it did, we apologize."
The students who built the float are sorry--but say they were never told it was a problem. All they want now is to participate in the parade--even if that means covering up their political message.
In a phone interview, Mayor Tommy Coleman called the GOP news conference "irresponsible" in light of the racial tensions brought on by earlier controversy surrounding the Albany State University band and Confederate re-enactors.