Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
November 10, 2004
Thomas County - Chuck McDonald has worked for the Thomas County Sheriff's Department more than four years. On Wednesday, he's one of only four deputies on patrol. He says, "It's around 575-580, which is a lot of square miles with four deputies patrolling."
There's a lot of work that goes into keeping Thomas County safe. "A good bit of your off days," says McDonald, "you're at court working extra." Going above and beyond the call of duty, for less compensation than they think they deserve.
McDonald says, "I don't think you could find a Deputy with the county that is unhappy with the job they've got, it's just the pay right now." As of January 1st, 2004, starting pay for a Deputy in Thomas County was only $9.30, starting pay for an officer within the city of Thomasville is $11.91 an hour, that's a difference of more than $5,000 per year.
"I'd made a study of surrounding areas and we were starting our deputies considerably lower," says Sheriff Carlton Powell. The starting pay for Deputies was raised earlier this year, but it's still not where the Sheriff believes it needs to be, money he thinks the taxpayers would gladly provide.
"If you provide good services," says Powell, "they don't complain too much about the money things."
And even though their pay is low, officers like Deputy McDonald don't complain either, because he says, "To me the county's the best place to work for." A place he'll continue to work, and hopefully soon, for a little more pay.
The Thomas County Commission will hold a budget workshop that is open to the public next Tuesday, at 9AM at the Elijah Hill Building in Thomasville.