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 >>
Albany- Dougherty County Schools don't have a choice. Every day 153 buses make sure 11 thousand riders have a way to and from school, but at what price.
"This time this year compared to last year, we're paying about 72 cents more a gallon for diesel and gasoline, but the buses are diesel," said Dr. Sally Whatley, Superintendent Dougherty County Schools.
That adds up, and it's pushing the transportation budget toward empty.
"It could put us in excess of 150 thousand dollars over budget," said Whatley.
Administrators say, it's not an issue they can control. They'll just handle it as best they can.
"It is frustrating and it's one of those things that is hard to know how to budget, but obviously it's increased our budget beyond what we were anticipating," said Whatley.
The district does have a contract similar to the cities and they pay $1.84 and $1.96 for diesel and gasoline.
"You always anticipate fluctuation in prices but we couldn't have expected paying 72 cents more," said Whatley.
It's something they're seriously thinking about when it comes to planning for next school year.
"We will budget for next year looking at the prices now which are excessive for us, but we've got to get our children to school," said Whatley.
The good and bad news is, while it will affect the district's operating expenses it won't be at the cost of the students education.
"That's the main thing that we do, provide quality education for our children and so that's always going to be the top priority," said Whatley.
Eleven thousand of the district's 17 thousand students use buses to get to and from Dougherty Counties schools.