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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
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The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
October 30, 2006
Americus-- Every seat in Georgia's General Assembly is up for grabs but there's little mystery in most of those races.
Most incumbents don't face any opposition in the General Election. One of the few exceptions in our area is the District 134 House seat. Two Sumter County men say they have what it takes to represent South Georgia in Atlanta.
The two candidates for District 134 are working hard for a seat in Georgia's General Assembly. Mike Cheokas is knocking on doors, on a mission to keep his seat.
"I think it's a noble and worthwhile mission. Serving the people of this district is paramount as far as I'm concerned," said Cheokas. Two years ago, Cheokas was elected as the representative for the district that serves people in Sumter, Schley, Marion and Tolbert counties. He calls himself an advocate for rural Georgia.
"I have to be twice as loud, twice as vocal to make sure I get the message out," said Cheokas. His message includes improving healthcare, agriculture and education in the state. These are important issues that he feels make it important to have a Democratic voice in Atlanta.
"As far as higher education, healthcare and economic development, you look at the state of Georgia and we're constantly growing. It's because of the foundations that the Democratic Party put in place," said Cheokas.
But his opponent disagrees. "I'm a Republican candidate for this district and I believe to move our district forward, we need to be in touch with the leadership up there," said Gerald Smith.
Republican Gerald Smith is getting his name out there, shaking hands with voters. However, this isn't the first time. "We ran against each other two years ago and it was real close. It's going to be real close again I predict," said Smith.
Like his opponent, Smith also touts education and agriculture as priorities. Another top issue he'd like to get a handle on if elected is illegal immigration.
"So we don't get overrun with people coming in our country to take over our healthcare and education system," said Smith. He says it's a national issue but states can end up paying for it. He's pretty confident that he'll be able to address the issue in the next legislative session.
"I believe that with the issues that we bring to the table, we will be successful and we will take our seat at the table in Atlanta," said Smith. So he'll keep shaking hands and asking for votes. The incumbent will keep knocking on doors and taking notes from potential voters.
"I work for them and I'm applying for that job again," said Cheokas. The results on November 7th will be the ultimate deciding factor.
Only nine state house races and three state senate races in our area will be decided on election day. In all the other General Assembly races, only one candidate is running.