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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Valdosta - If you've driven down Patterson Street near Valdosta State University, chances are you've had to stop for students. And if you're a student, you've probably had to dodge a few vehicles. "There's a lot of cars during lunch going through here pretty fast, so you kind of have to go out to the middle, then go to the second part of the road before you completely cross," said Ashleigh Collins.
As traffic counts, and the college continues to grow, things are bound to get worse. "Traffic counts are approaching 16 to 18,000 cars a day and the student population is 11,000," said City Engineer Von Shipman.
That's why engineers are proposing a new traffic improvement plan around the college. The plan starts with adding new traffic lights to help slow the vehicles down. "We'll be installing a new signal at Georgia and Alden and at Azalea and Baytree," said Shipman.
Right now, there's only two areas around the college designated for students to cross Patterson Street. But city engineers want to add two more crosswalks to make it a little safer. "They're going out into the center turn lane, waiting for gaps to run across the road, and we have near misses daily," said Shipman.
The improved traffic plan also includes some one-waying. "The major change that will affect most people will be the one-waying of Oak Street from Baytree to Moore," said Shipman.
And while construction may cause some inconvenience for a short time, Shipman promises it will be worth the hassle. "I think by the start of fall semester, we'll see a much improved traffic flow that will result in safety first, convenience second," said Shipman.
He hopes city council approves the traffic plan before an accident occurs, and a pedestrian pays the ultimate price.
Council will vote on the plan at their meeting Thursday night at 5:30.