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 >>
April 19, 2004
Dawson-- A man sentenced to 11 years behind bars for failing to clean up his lawn is back in court tonight.
Protesters have been outside the Municipal Court courtroom, upset over what they call an excessive sentence. Two weeks ago, Judge Henry Williams sentenced 50-year-old Willie McCray to 4,260 days in jail, or a fine of more than $7,000, all over a nuisance violation for a messy yard.
All of the junk has been cleaned up. Apparently his family removed appliances that were littering McCray's lawn shortly after he was jailed-- appliances he was fixing to earn some extra money.
After McCray was ordered repeatedly to clean up his yard. He disobeyed those orders, and two weeks ago, his 142-month probation was revoked and he was put behind bars. Protesters say they believe in the laws that govern Dawson, but also believe the punishment for breaking the law should be within reason.
"I think we should obey the law. I am 100 percent for the law. I would not want to live in Terrell County without the law. But I think the law should be just and fair," said NAACP Member Lucius Holloway.
Judge Williams ordered that McCray be let out of the jail last week because of health problems. He is scheduled to go before the judge sometime tonight.
The protesters are handing out leaflets entitled "A notice to persons appearing in Municipal Court". It reminds people that they have a right to trial by jury, therefore a person appearing before Judge Williams in Municipal Court can instead take his or her case to Superior Court.
The City Clerk says tonight is a light docket, but Willie McCray's case is near the end. The judge could reorder the cases though, but court has been known to last until after midnight, so it's hard to say when. We'll have more from the courtroom tonight at 11:00.