Thursday, May 23 2013 5:19 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:19:44 GMT
One south Georgia law enforcement agency recently received much needed financial help for a mandatory upgrade. The Thomasville Police department got an $8,000 grant from the Governor's Office of HighwayMore >>
The Thomasville Police department got an $8,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:13 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:13:37 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 5:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:06:59 GMT
A south Georgia soldier is enjoying her first night with her family in months. She returned to Quitman today after a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. And she surprised her son and her mother at herMore >>
A south Georgia soldier is enjoying her first night with her family in months.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:04:16 GMT
All non-essential employees at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany have been sent home for the day due to a sudden drop in water pressure. Base officials say the water is either running extremely low orMore >>
The command is still investigating the cause of this specific leak and will provide up-to-date information to the public as well as its workforce as to the causes and preventative measures that will take place in the future.More >>
December 7, 2004
Valdosta - Tuesday, the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce told local lawmakers what they hope to get accomplished in next year's General Assembly.
Affordable health care is a problem all over the country, and Lowndes County is no exception. "We're going in the wrong direction, and more and more of our small businesses are just giving up their insurance policies and not even offering it to their employees," said Fred Wetherington.
That's why the issue tops the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce's 2005 legislative wish list. "Its not just a problem in South Georgia, but there are state policies we can work with that can help the problem," said Wetherington.
Another concern for the business community is keeping Georgia's sales tax holiday strong. Representative Ron Borders authored the bill that approved the holiday, and wants to broaden the tax-free list this year to help college students. "People coming here to set up an apartment can buy the items they need like pots, pans, dishes, blinds, ceiling fans, and get them tax free," said Borders.
Next on the Chamber's wish list is protecting our four major economic engines. Those are Valdosta State University, South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta Technical College, and Moody Air Force Base. "We're always keeping our ears to the ground on what issues may positively or negatively affect them in the General Assembly," said Wetherington.
The Chamber also wants lawmakers to support the concept of creating legal reforms to benefit businesses from excessive damage costs due to lawsuits and continue the drug free workplace insurance discount.
Our local legislators say the Chamber's needs list is reachable, and they'll work to ensure each goal is accomplished.