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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
October 20, 2004
Albany - A minister is challenging a six year veteran of the Georgia senate in the 12th district. Democratic incumbent Michael Meyer von Bremen and Republican Joe Thomas have opposing views on issues ranging from gay marriage to tort reform.
Three term Senator and Albany attorney Michael Meyer von Bremen says his political experience will help south Georgians now more than ever with at least 22 new Senators heading to the state Capital.
"That means one-third of our Senators will be brand new," said Meyer von Bremen. "If you don't have some kind of experience there, people will be running around with their heads chopped off."
Meyer von Bremen says Georgia's newest challenge is combating the skyrocketing cost of health care and preventive care is one answer. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out it's a lot cheaper to teach someone how to treat their diabetic condition rather than have them go into diabetic coma and incur that hospital expense."
Republican Candidate Joe Thomas agrees health care is a major concern but has another remedy - Tort Reform. He says the high cost of liability insurance is running good doctors out of business.
"Liability cost add some $60-billion to $100-billion a year to health care in this country which causes insurance premiums and the cost of health care to skyrocket," said Thomas. "We got to look at this tort reform and bring about some workable solution."
Thomas a minister, husband, father of five, and Camilla native says he may not have political experience, but he knows what south Georgians need.
"I've moved among this district for the past nine months to hear the concerns of the constituents. I don't think experience will be a problem."
Thomas switched to the Republican party this year because he says he didn't feel the democratic party was supporting him. He hopes to cut wasteful spending and is against gay marriage. "Marriage is between and woman and a man. I have strong convictions about that," said Thomas.
Meyer von Bremen voted to put the amendment to ban gay marriage on the November ballot to allow voters to decide. "That was the overwhelming desire of the people in my district," said Meyer Von Bremen.
The 12th district includes Dougherty, Calhoun, Clay, Terrell, Quitman, Randolph, and Mitchell counties. That's ten of thousands of voters who'll decide between experience or a fresh voice for Georgia government.