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 >>
March 14, 2006
Valdosta - Ken and Christine Payton are putting the finishing touches on their new home. They moved to Valdosta three months ago, and couldn’t be happier with their choice for retirement. "We love the community, we love the people here and how they’ve accepted us," said Ken.
They’ve got great weather and don’t have to worry with the hurricanes they faced in South Florida, but Georgia does have one setback. "We’re concerned about the state income tax and I think its not very friendly toward the relocation of retirees," said Ken.
A bill just passed by the Georgia Senate could ease those concerns. The proposal excludes retirement income of up to $75,000 from state income tax for Georgians between 63 and 70 years old, and those over 70 would get a tax break on income of up to $100,000. "I think it would be a major move on their part, a very positive move and it would affect his state in a great many ways," said Ken.
Representatives from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce agree. They say a state income tax break would be a big incentive in recruiting retirees to our area. "Taxes are one of the seven factors that retirees normally look at when they’re looking for a location, so this would be a major plus for us," said Alison Stokes, Triple Crown Hometown Director.
The Payton’s have about a dozen friends in Florida who are considering joining them in Valdosta, but they’re waiting to see what happens with this bill. If it fails, they’ll probably go elsewhere, and the Paytons may too. "We’re going to look at it and live here and if it affects our disposable income too much, we’ll probably move out of the state," said Ken.
They’re hoping lawmakers will vote in favor of the proposal, so they can stay in the community they’ve learned to call home.