Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
October 11, 2005
Lee County - The Southwest Georgia Therapeutic Riding Center doesn't have any employees. It operates solely through the service of volunteers.
Tara Okon says, "We had a lot of students from Albany State and Darton that used to come out and volunteer, but they can't afford to come volunteer."
Can't afford it because gas prices have skyrocketed, which has funneled down to other things. Okon says, "Our feed, our hay, everything's gone up in price, except what we've been charging everybody and we just can't keep doing that. We need help from somewhere."
And from someone like Jodi Henry, who volunteers to assist the special needs children as often as five times a week. Jodi says, "Luckily I've been blessed to have the time to do it and the Lord calls you to do it, you do it. Pure pleasure, that's really it."
But everyone could lose if the center is forced to close or reduce in size. Unless more volunteers come out and more monies are received, horses may have to be sold and fewer children would be allowed to ride.
Tara says, "Kids that really really need it are the ones that are going to be hurt the most." But everyone will benefit, if more volunteers come out. Jodi says, "I think we get a lot more out of it because it's really fulfilling. It really is."
A fulfillment that only comes when special people help those with special needs. Volunteers are needed most on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. The center is located at Hunny Pot Stables on Philema Road in Lee County.