Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
May 3, 2006
Albany -- Albany commissioners are cracking down on businesses that sell alcohol to underaged customers.
Under proposed changes to the City's alcohol ordinance, if a business owner has his license revoked or suspended, he cannot re-apply for another license for a year. The new rules would also prevent a business owner from changing the name on the alcohol license to get around a revocation.
At Jack's Grill and Bar, bartender Amanda Griffin says she cards anyone who looks younger than 30. And she won't hesitate to kick out an underage customer who tries to order alcohol, because she know the repercussions of breaking the rules.
"I could get fired," she said. "The owner could get fined and get his liquor license taken away."
Stopping underage drinking is also a challenge at Break-time Pub and Billiard where many customers aren't 21.
Owner Sam Shugart says his bartenders are taught to always ask for ID and how to spot fakes. "If I walk in here or anybody else involved and see someone drinking that's underage, not only do we ask them to leave, or call the police, but also the employee would be instantly terminated."
But Shugart still feels some of the proposed changes to the city's alcohol ordinance are unfair. Now, city commissioners have leeway as to how long they will suspend, or if they will revoke the alcohol license of a violating business.
But commissioners want stricter guidelines. The first proposed change would mandate if a business has its alcohol license revoked or suspended, it can not apply for another license for 12 months.
Shugart says for first time violators, that's too harsh. "I think they should probably have some guidelines, maybe three months. Certainly three months worth of sales would get somebody attention."
Commissioners will also not allow repeat offenders, like Bald Eagle Foods on Ledo Road, to simply apply for another alcohol license under a new holder's name.
Shugart agrees with that change. "I do think the fact that you can't reapply under a different name or form a ghost company is a good idea. If someone disregards the law to the point where they get their license suspended, then you shouldn't be able to turn right around a reapply."
Another change would prohibit the license holder, at the time of the violation, from getting another license for a year, even if he changes locations or jobs.
Commissioners know they will face opposition from business owners like Shugart, but some say the stricter rules will stop tragic accidents that can happen when alcohol lands in the hands of a teenager.
Commissioners plan to vote on the proposed changes to the alcohol ordinance May 23rd.