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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
July 22, 2005
Albany- The Dougherty County School System pays people to prepare hot lunches for students.
"That's far more balanced than eating candy or drinking a soft drink," said Superintendent Sally Whatley.
But cafeteria staff may have been working too many hours for the number of mouths they were feeding. That's part of the reason school officials say they lost more than $900,000 in the nutrition program this year. Also, the number of students eating, dropped. Especially for breakfast.
"I believe some parents believe they still have to pay for breakfast," said Finance Director Robert Lloyd. "Breakfast is still free and will be free all next year."
The system began charging for lunches again last February after they had financial problems with a federal program that provided free lunches for all students.
The food deficit is now more than $3.3 million, but administrators told board members Friday that the changes are in place to fix the problem and decrease the deficit. One of the changes to the food program is to avoid any more problems with number crunching.
"Our system level accountants are overseeing the accountant at the child nutrition level," Whatley said.
They've also reduced staff hours and changed the way inventory is handled. To increase the number of students who eat, the system is working on a promotional plan and will do a survey to find out what kids want.
"There are certain foods that one school might enjoy more than the other and we'd like to give some ownership to the students for the meal programs."
So whatever the price students are paying, they like what they're getting in return.