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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 >>
October 6, 2006
Albany -- Friday, Bocce and softball competitions started, but at times it seemed like the goal was not to see who would win, but who could have the most fun.
Ashley Butler isn't much of a talker, but she's an amazing athlete. She even gave me some tips on how to throw a Bocce Ball.
She likes to win, but winning isn't Ashley's only concern. Her mom, Anita, says Ashley's really here to have a good time. "Oh I think it's probably one of the most important things in her life, for her to get out and meet friends."
Friends of all ages, from all across the state. Walter Norman, another Bocce contender, is from Milledgeville. "It's great, good. I love it. It's exciting, a good time."
Not just for the athletes. Walt says, you'll have fun as well, cheering him on. "Everybody clap, everybody say come on Walt Norman, 'you win.'"
But during a break in bocce, you may want to swing over to another sport-- softball. "We're out here to play softball." For what? "For the special Olympics." Sixteen-year-old Steven Gunter can't hide his excitement for the games. He calls it, "Really fun. 100% fun."
And 100% effort playing the games, in their own special way. Right now, though, the athletes are probably getting ready for the opening ceremony, which kicks off at 7:30 at the Albany Civic Center.
All events are free, and organizers encourage fans to pack the stands and support the 1,200 special Olympians competing in Albany this weekend.
All those athletes and their families will bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Dougherty County. Visitors will spend money on hotels, food, gasoline, and shopping in town this weekend, making close to a half a million dollar economic impact.
In between competitions, they'll also be spending money on entertainment. "We've got a pretty large weekend," says Sara Underdown of the convention and Visitor's Bureau. "We're real excited to have our hotels so busy and to know that the restaurants and all the shopping venues will be busy this weekend as well."
In addition to the Special Olympics, there's also a home game for Albany State and an equestrian event bringing in more visitors.