Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:44:24 GMT
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:34 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:34:01 GMT
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.The Albany Housing Authority is still working on a plan that could bring up to 30-millionMore >>
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:05:52 GMT
Five months after the mysterious murder of a Coffee County woman, people gathered Tuesday night in Douglas to remember her and to launch a community effort to make sure her case isn't forgotten. FriendsMore >>
People gather to bring attention to one of many unsolved murders of women in Coffee County.More >>
January 16, 2007
Albany - Albany City Commissioners vote to double their salaries and triple the Mayor's. Right now, commissioners make $7200 a year. The Mayor makes a thousand dollars more, but they say that's not enough.
City Manager Alfred Lott says the elected officials haven't gotten a substantial raise since 1987. On Tuesday, commissioners voted to increase their pay to $15,000 a year and the mayor's to $25,000.
Compare that to the city of Roswell which is similar in size to Albany. The part-time Mayor there earns $40,000 a year and each commissioner makes $18,000. But Roswell's annual budget is almost $20 Million more than Albany's.
Cities with similar budgets have salaries more in line with Albany's.
Commission Tommie Postell says, "get some qualified people that want to run and you want people to run for the position, not to be paid, but to do the service and not have to spend their own monies."
Mayor Willie Adams says, "I personally went into this situation realizing what the pay was, certainly I'm not pushing for pay myself, but I think it's very appropriate for somebody that succeeds me that get adequately paid."
Tuesday's vote isn't final. Commissioner Jon Howard voted no, Bob Langstaff abstained. Everyone else, including the Mayor, voted in favor of the raises. If approved, the raises won't go into effect until next January.