Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 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 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thomasville- Part of Broad Street is blocked off because several downtown buildings are getting a face lift.
The brief lane change on Broad Street is better than the possible alternatives. Two buildings there were in such need of structural support that they were in danger of falling apart onto the pavement below. And after a little digging, that's what sparked a major revitalization effort.
There's a different type of beeping on Broad Street now. And Thomasville's downtown development authority director says it's the sound of revitalization. Sharlene Celaya has traveled the country for years helping to jump start small towns. "I not only care about Thomasville, I care about every small town in America," she says.
The Broad Street project started out as a minor rehab. Then it blossomed into a major restoration. "The cracks that we thought were tiny cracks turned out to be cavernous cracks with huge support problems," says Celaya.
Now the project is expected to cost more than $100,000. But it's a cooperative effort. The development authority offers grants to downtown building owners. "It's a real incentive to our merchants when they know that they can come and get some help when they need to fix their building," says Celaya.
The revitalization isn't just about beautifying downtown. It's about developing Thomasville's economy through mandatory historic preservation. "At first there was a little resistance. People were afraid because it was something new and they didn't want someone telling them what they could and couldn't do with their property," says Celaya.
But now, the rubble and the construction mess symbolizes increased property values, so most business owners embrace it. "Every town has its own individual look, its own history, and that's what needs to be preserved," says Celaya. Something that she describes as an escape from "Generica."
Another major aspect of this revitalization is that the development authority is trying to boost Thomasville into a 24 hour city. Celaya says that, typically, Thomasville has only been a 9 to 5 kind of place. They're starting by building lofts and apartments above some of the businesses downtown. From there, the development authority is hoping to attract more restaurants, and possibly even some clubs for nightlife.
Developers say they don't want to create a fake, gaudy type of city. They simply want to preserve Thomasville's original splendor.