Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
March 31, 2006
Cairo- Georgia's 18.6-billion dollar budget for next year places an emphasis on education. With almost three quarters of the new revenue funneled to schools, teachers in south Georgia give state legislators an A on their 2007 budget.
If it were a test, state legislators would have passed. The new Georgia 2007 budget places a strong emphasis on education, starting with a four percent increase in teacher salaries.
"I think it's important because I'm afraid we might lose some of our best teachers to another industry if they're not paid a fair wage," said Helen Martineau, a second grade teacher.
Last year, teachers only got a two percent increase and that applied to only half the year. They say, this administration is finally taking notice of their efforts.
"We've kind of gone on to a dry spell where we have not been receiving that many raises so our averages have dropped," said Patsy Clark, Principal East Side Elementary.
The state also agreed to spend 10 million dollars to supply each teacher with a 100 dollar gift card they can use to buy supplies. Something they say will go a long way towards learning in the classroom.
"Teachers spend more time with their children than parents do so it's a very important job and they've never been recognized for the excellent job that they do raising their children," said Clark.
In this election year, the Governor has said education is a top priority, something teachers learned some time ago. The state legislature will also provide 15 million dollars for a dropout prevention program to keep kids in school. The state budget takes effect July 1st.