Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 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 >>
October 28, 2004
Mitchell County - Better fire protection can help you with your insurance bills, but it's up to Mitchell County voters to vote yes to SPLOST.
Fire departments in Mitchell County are asking voters for their support.
The extra tax money will eventually give the departments two and a half million dollars to help buy fire equipment. That equipment will not only better protect you in case of a fire, it will make homeowners insurance cheaper.
Firefighters are hoping Mitchell County voters back them up. Sale City Fire Chief Ski Smigelski says, "We're just hoping everybody backs us up on this and helps get this put through."
They want voters to say yes to SPLOST. He adds, "Right now, we have areas that don't really have fire protection."
The SPLOST money will buy new fire equipment and trucks. And the more firefighters can protect each and every home in Mitchell County, homeowners insurance will go down.
The Insurance Service Office, or ISO, can lower the county's fire rating, in turn lowering insurance premiums for homeowners. Smigelski explains, "They [inspectors] look at the fire protection and how much water we can pump on a fire. It's all based on the fire departments, what we can do to protect the property."
He adds, "The departments don't have the money to do it. We are all volunteers and it takes everything we can just to keep the doors open at the departments."
And if the SPLOST referendum passes everybody who buys something in Mitchell County helps the cause.
The one percent SPLOST will go toward nearly 30 other projects.
The 2006 SPLOST money will also help build fire substations around Mitchell County.