Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
May 23, 2005
Albany- The temperature's hot and we're spending a lot more time outdoors.
We're also spending more to keep cool when we're indoors.
"My electric bill may run about $134," said WG&L customer Donald Bouie.
Water Gas & Light Commission and Georgia Power are both raising rates. Monday night, WG&L officials got some feedback from the people who are paying the bills.
"We have questions about how it's used and where's it going," Bouie said.
The rate increases are only for the four summer months.
"But for the other 8 months, the rates do go down to offset the increase in the summer time," said John Vansant, director of fiscal affairs for WG&L.
So what you spend this year should be about the same as in previous years. For people who just can't pay their bills, there is help available. WG&L's Hope program will help with the utility bills of people who qualify, but that help is available only once. Also, a DFACS employee who works through WG&L can offer assistance to someone once every 18 months.
No matter who your utility company is, agencies such as Albany Outreach, the Salvation Army and the Neighborhood Service Center offer help if you're struggling to pay your bills.
The people who can pay every month still want to know if there are programs that can help conserve, like sending a signal to your thermometer to cut it off when it gets close to peak times.
That's an idea officials can survey customers on to find out who's interested.
"Maybe when they present that to residents, they might be in agreement," Bouie said.
Until then, the reality is people will be paying more.