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 15, 2006
Albany - It's disheartening news for hurricane Katrina evacuees still living here in Albany. A government audit shows FEMA inadvertently handed out as much as 1.4 billion dollars in hurricane recovery money to scam artists. Thousands of people, including prison inmates, ripped off FEMA and used disaster money to buy everything from football tickets to a sex change operation.
Hurricane evacuee Tarek Posey was shocked to find out FEMA stop paying his rent at the old Boyette Village in Albany, where dozens of hurricane evacuees moved in December.
"They just sent me the papers saying I'm a little behind. I've got to get down to the bottom of that."
Posey understood FEMA was going to pay the rent for up to a year.
"When you think you've one got one problem, then there's another one, then another one, then another."
Now he's scrambling to get answers from FEMA and worried he'll have to move out. But he has no where to go. So news that FEMA gave criminals and scammers as much as $1.4-billion in hurricane assistance funds, without verifying their residency or need, makes him sick.
"Frustration, a little anger. What can I say. Here's people who don't really need it and here I am, I need it. I can't get it, and I'm going through so much hassle to get it."
Like most evacuees, Posey struggled to find a job. He worked in construction for a while. But now he has no steady paycheck coming in. He received just one $2,000 emergency check from FEMA after the storm, and the government paid his rent for four months. But he's dealt with endless paperwork and hassle for that help.
"Look what they are sending me through: these changes, paperwork and formalities."
Yet without much work, many others profited off of one of the nation's worst disaster.
"I think that's pretty messed up. I think that's pretty fouled up."
The new FEMA director Donna Dannels said the agency made a decision to help as many as we could right after the storm. She says now FEMA will identify those people who were either paid in error or scammed the government and "deal with that."