Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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 >>
April 13, 2004
Albany-- The Riverquarium was supposed to have opened in July, but now it won't open until Labor Day weekend. But the executive director insists the delay is not because of any fire code violations.
The Flint Riverquarium structure is pretty much complete. It the inside and the details that construction crews are really focusing on now. But if you look across the street at the Adventure Center, you can see a lot of work still needs to be done.
Construction on the Flint Riverquarium is full speed ahead, and there would have been little problem having it completed by original mid-July date. "When we open this facility we want to make a good first impression on visitors, and that means by having the Adventure Center open and available," said Executive Director Doug Noble.
Noble says the pushing back the opening of both buildings has nothing to do with code violations. "If anybody has a misconception that fire codes or failing to meet fire codes is an issue in the decision to wait until Labor Day weekend to open, that's absolutely, positively wrong, because it's not."
Spokesmen from the State Fire Marshals Office say that inspectors last checked the construction project on April 6th, and found no major violations, but only discussed some additional safety measures. Nothing out of the ordinary for the building of a facility of that magnitude and complexity.
So, what has plagued the construction of the 15,000 square foot Adventure Center? The increasing cost and lack of availability of steel. "There are little issues like that have entered into a loss of a week here a loss of a week there." But Noble assures that come Labor Day weekend, Albanians will definitely have something to brag about.
Along with the IWERKS theatre the Adventure Center will hold an exhibition hall capable of supporting live animals and a wet-lab for teachers and classrooms. The Riverquarium project costs more than $28 million.