Monday, May 20 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:25:47 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:15:09 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Albany- Packed local restaurants are becoming a commonplace thing in Albany. "When I first moved to albany 19 years ago I think there was all of a McDonalds," says restaurant customer Deborah Tholen. "There's a lot of variety moreso now than ever," says The Rocket owner Tim Underwood.
And restaurant owners like Tim Underwood are hoping business stays on the up and up and keeps customers coming back. "There are timeframes when the restaurant business in Albany is fantastic or good and there are times when you struggle," says Underwood.
A struggle that patrons are helping to change. According to Albany, Georgia business data, there are over 50 full- service restaurants in the area. "I think they're real good. Of course The Rocket's one of my favorites," says regular Leigh Brooks. But why the sudden influx of people to restaurants in South Georgia? Patrons say its the continuous upward change.
"People come and they spend lots of money and they come from other places, they spend the night go out for dinner and that helps Albany's economy," says Brooks. "With the economy as good as it is, people are beginning to feel free about spending some money towards entertainment, and I think that's a good thing," says customer Deborah Lothen.
Owners say its the local appeal and the efforts of local organizations to build up Albany as a viable source. "It feels great. It makes you feel like what you're doing is a great thing," says general manager Terry Underwood. "There's a lot of unique things to do in Albany that are actually becoming more worldclass and or much greater than I think people think that Southwest Georgia has to offer," says Underwood.
Like the many choices of fine dining in the area--choices that are increasing over time with the building up of Albany. Fridays and Saturdays are usually the busiest nights at area restaurants but businesses also see increased sales when events like the S-I-A-C tournament are in town.