Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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 >>
June 5, 2006
Albany - Dougherty County property owners likely will pay lower taxes even though employees will get higher pay. On Monday, the finance committee presented the proposed budget to the commission. For the first time in years, it allows for merit raises.
It doesn't take much to see that the cost of living is on the rise, just look at gas prices. That's why commissioners feel that Dougherty County employees deserve a Cost of living raise. "Of course, the main concern was being sure we were able to give our employees increase in salary, which we have included 2.5% Cost of living, for each and every employee," says Finance Chairman Lamar Hudgins. And for each and every employee that meets the requirements, they'll receive another raise. He says, "2.5% merit increases, and that was very important."
And the finance committee was able to provide the money without raising property taxes. The millage rate actually went down. Hudgins says, "A tax cut is a tax cut, but it means we're still being prudent, and trying to be sure our citizens get the most for their tax dollars." And are protected. Six new public safety positions are included, one each for the Sheriff's office, juvenile court and public defender's office. The budget will also pay for a child felony prosecution team, once paid for by Open Arms. Hudgins says, "Dougherty County is not going to waiver on this prosecution of child offenders."
But the budget isn't final yet. Commissioners can continue to make changes until it's adopted. Commissioners will vote to pass the budget at a regularly scheduled meeting June 26th