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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
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Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
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Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
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By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Thomasville -- For 40 years Thomasville has agreed to provide fire protection for Thomas County. Now both parties have less than 100 days to put a new agreement in place. An increase in the county's fee could prompt them to dissolve the agreement.
Homeowners in fire districts one and two already pay taxes for the protection, and without an agreement their insurance rates would likely rise.
Barb Dooley lives in Thomas County with her husband and dozens of pet birds. Right now, in fire district two she feels safe. "We are very protected and very safe, we have a fireman that lives across the street," she said.
Negotiation will begin next week for a new joint fire service agreement between the city and county. "It's great for both parties, without the contract it would be difficult for Thomasville to continue to have the level of service that we have," said Thomasville City Manager Steve Sykes.
A big concern for homeowners in fire district two is if commissioners don't reach an agreement, insurance costs could soar. "I say it would probably increase fire premiums for homeowners insurance because what would happen if the city didn't continue to provide fire coverage and fire protection, right now the city enjoys an ISO rating of three and the lower that number the better," said Sykes.
Thomasville is asking the county for an increase in the fee they pay for fire protection. The county pays just $650,000 of the $2.5 million fire budget. With anticipated growth, mostly in the county, the city will need to increase protection.
"We have to make sure that when we fix this fee again, over the term of this contract that we don't hamstring ourselves to the point where we can't hire the fire personnel that we need to provide for this growth," said Sykes.
Dooley hopes the two can reach an agreement, because she can't afford one more increase. "That's why we moved from Florida, because taxes went up almost three thousand dollars and another two year it will probably be the same as it was in Florida."
And with a 40 year history of working together the city hopes the relationship can continue. Fire District one and two are in a 50 square mile radius around the city limits. Thomas County's own volunteer fire fighters handle coverage in fire district three.