Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
July 21, 2005
Valdosta - People who live in these homes are considered county residents now, but as of August 1st, they were set to be annexed into the city. That was the plan until Thursday, when a judge granted a preliminary injunction to postpone the annexation. "Its an effort to make sure all the legal avenues are properly followed before the annexation goes into effect," said Pope Langdale.
Pope Langdale represents three men, including Hoot Gibson, who refuse to become part of the city. "What the city's doing is unconstitutional, its not necessary, its unfair," said Gibson.
A little over 1,200 county residents would be effected by the annexation, and 240 students would eventually transfer from county to city schools. Gibson says it would disrupt both school systems and spread manpower thin at the already short handed police department, but city leaders disagree. "These are islands within the existing city, so our officers are already driving them them, around them," said City Manager Larry Hanson.
Another issue of concern is fire protection. The city fire department relies on hydrants, but because the county doesn't have a public water system, those islands don't have hydrants and they have to rely on tanker trucks.
But city leaders say that shouldn't be a problem. "Based upon having over 2,00 fire hydrants in the city, we're within 1,000 feet of every island and every truck we have has a minimum of 1,000 feet of hose, so we can serve every island with our existing infrastructure," said Hanson.
The judge put the plans on hold for now until the city can make more plans to accommodate the people effected. But Gibson and hundreds of other island residents say they aren't stopping until the annexation is stopped for good. "It's an uphill battle but one that can be won," said Gibson.
It will take about 15 million dollars in infrastructure improvements to accommodate all the county islands. City leaders already have some of that money set aside, and the rest will be paid for with future SPLOST funds.