Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
July 10, 2006
Albany -- A political newcomer is challenging incumbent Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. John Burr says the County is spending too much money on aesthetic improvements downtown and not enough on the elderly and poor.
Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard says his experience is needed to bring new jobs and businesses to Albany and to deter more manufacturers from shutting down. Incumbent Jeff Sinyard says one of Dougherty County's largest hurdles is preventing more manufacturers from shutting down. "Manufacturing right now is probably at the lowest it's ever been in our country's modern era."
Sinyard says it will take a good transportation network, more industrial sites, a skilled workforce and sound infrastructure to lure prospective businesses to town and keep current ones here. "Once we get them here, we have to utilize all of our positives to let them know we can put your plant here and you can compete with the rest of the world."
Sinyard says his decades of experience as economic development commission chairman will allow him to continue growing jobs and businesses. He says he's work to bring new businesses, like CallTech and Flint River Services, to town and fought to keep the marine base off the BRAC closure list.
Sinyard says he supported the growth of auto row and is excited about a superstore coming to east Albany. "I believe once you get the right anchor and right shopping center in place, more businesses will come then more people will come."
But Sinyard's challenger, John Burr, said Sinyard and the entire county commission have overlooked east Albany -- especially its roads and residents. "All the alleys need to be paved. When you go up to northwest Albany, the alleys look like thoroughfares over there. But the people of east Albany put in just as much money as the people in northwest Albany. We much have a level playing field."
Burr opposes high dollar sales tax projects such as the downtown hotel and the Oglethorpe Arch. "They are frivolously spending our money."
He says the law needs to be change to allow sales tax money to be spent on senior citizens and the poor. "When it comes to the senior citizens and the poor people, they want to know where is the money going to come from. All this money comes from taxpayers."
And Burr suggests building a canning or water bottling plant in Albany to create new jobs. "Why not create jobs here for our people who are graduating from ASU, Darton and Albany Tech?" said Burr.
So when voters head to the polls to choose a Dougherty County commission chairman, they'll have to decide between a twenty year politician who says experience is key to growing Albany and a political newcomer who says its time for a change.
John Burr is a reverend and a retired CPA and engineer. Jeff Sinyard is the owner of Adams Exterminators.