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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
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Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Fitzgerald-- A South Georgia auto-parts plant faces closure. On Friday, the Delphi Corporation asked a federal bankruptcy court to void its labor contracts. The plan could do away with nearly 300 high paying in Fitzgerald.
The Delphi Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in October. Now, they announce 21 of 29 plants will either close or be sold as part of a restructuring plan. If the Fitzgerald plant closes, it would affect those inside and outside the plant.
At Floyd's in Fitzgerald, the past eight years have been spent cutting up the ribs and serving up the barbeque. "Good food and good customers," says owner Ronny Cantrell. But amidst the the food on Friday night, customer discussions went past the macaroni and cheese to talks of economics.
"Everybody's curious as to what's going to happen out there you know," says customer Ron Paulk.
The Fitzgerald Delphi plant means a lot of dollars and cents for Floyd's owner Ronny Cantrell. "About 20 percent of my business is from Delphi," says Cantrell. Employees from the plant eat at Floyd's for breakfast, lunch and dinner but Cantrell isn't mainly worried about his business. He's concerned about the employees and the community.
"They've been for 20 something years and I think it's going to be a big impact on the community," says Cantrell.
"For the number of employees that they have, it'll just be a big hurt on the town to have that many people lose a job all at one time," says Paulk.
Ron Paulk has lived in Fitzgerald for more than 40 years. He's seen many businesses come and go but feels Delphi leaving would deliver the biggest blow. "The community spent a long time putting that together twenty or so years ago," says Paulk, "A lot of people have put their career into Delphi."
Delphi discussions around town have many hopeful that there will be some good news soon. "There's some rumors that there's another company that's going to come and buy it out so I hope that happens," says Cantrell.
But if it doesn't happen, restaurants like Floyd's will not only miss some finances but lots of familiar faces. "Very much, and I've made a lot of friends out there too," says Cantrell. Friends that could be out of a job, but Cantrell is pulling for them and still making sure they have a good meal.
Economic Development Director John Flythe says if the plant closes, it will be bad for the area but they'll try to place employees in other good paying jobs. They'll also work hard to generate an interest in the plant from big industries.
Mayor Gerald Thompson tells WALB that the plant could be sold soon. He's not sure who the potential buyer is but he says the city will pursue it seriously.