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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Sept. 14, 2006
By now I'm sure you have been contacted by our two candidates running for Governor. Maybe it's been more than once.
As you consider a donation to their campaigns, don't forget to ask for their commitment to major improvements in our region.
What do we need the most?
In our opinion, it would be extending the Interstate through Southwest Georgia.
You've likely heard the true story that the leaders in Albany successfully lobbied against I-75 coming thru Albany, which is why it was constructed from Macon, thru Cordele, Tifton, and Valdosta.
Let's now use that same enthusiasm to correct that mistake, and get Southwest Georgia on the interstate system.
Currently, I-185 ends in Columbus at Ft. Benning. As you can see on this map, we propose extending I-185, following the course of 280 / 520, thru Dawson, connecting with 19 in Albany, and South, thru Camilla and Thomasville, intersecting with I-10.
All along this new I-185 interstate corridor, you will see the kind of growth and progress that has developed along I-75.
You need only drive on the very crowded I-75 to see how dangerous it is, and how badly this new interstate option is needed.
It would also serve as a very important hurricane evacuation route, and deliver a tremendous increase in tourism to Southwest Georgia.
We were disappointed to notice the Randall Travel Marketing Survey ordered by Albany's Chamber of Commerce for $75,000 did not highlight the need for an Interstate connection as one of the top goals we should consider working on.
Albany's downtown development, and tourism in general for Southwest Georgia, will continue to struggle until this need is addressed.
The I-185 initiative should move to the top of the agenda on all our conversations with our elected leaders.