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 >>
April 6, 2005
Dougherty County - People in southeast Dougherty County express strong opposition to city/county consolidation. "I have two governments now. The county that gets squat, and the city that gets it all," said Peter Rivero. Every speaker at Tuesday's public hearing didn't want Albany and Dougherty County to become one.
15 people attended the second public hearing the government consolidation committee is holding. And, most had made up their minds that consolidation was a bad idea before they walked in the Putney Community Center.
It didn't take long for this small, but passionate, group to cast doubt on the cost effectiveness of consolidation. "I'm not going to argue about how much money you're going to save, but I doubt I'll ever see it on my property tax bill," said Putney homeowner George Clewis.
The government consolidation committee gave the results of a study that showed $2-million a year could be saved by joining the two governments and services. But, the backlash to "one government" was fierce.
"Unless you have a strong central government, it's never going to work because what you're going to end up with is they're going to steal from one and give it to the other. Nobody is going to get anything," said attendee Peter Rivero.
"They do things different than the County. I think they're wasting money, and I just don't agree with it," said Radium Springs resident Spencer Salter.
The study also showed 100% duplication of services in several departments including public safety and suggested one police force with fewer employees could work. That too met opposition. "You are not going to be able to cut a police force down, you don't even have enough police force now to take care of Albany city," said Rivero.
6 people spoke against consolidation. All said they don't trust current city leaders with the county's money. "ATI already has that money spent six times over," said Clewis.
Committee members were quick to say they don't have the final say-so on consolidation "No, no, no. The 20 of us were appointed by the county and city county commission, and will give it back to them." But, the committee will decide how much of this public comment to include in their recommendation to Albany and Dougherty county commissioners.
Spencer Salter summed up how these southeast Dougherty residents felt, "Left-out." But, it's citizens who will make the decision on consolidation at the polls - if the plan makes it that far.