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Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.More >>
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Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
January 30, 2007
Albany - A lot of towns have a gathering place where day laborers gather in hopes of getting work. In Albany, it's called the Dray Line and it's been around for years. But some say the Dray line is bad for business and the city needs to enforce laws already in place.
Day laborers have stood at the corner of Roosevelt and Washington since the '40's trying to find work. Earl Jackson is one of them. He gets here every morning at 7:00 and waits. He says, "Any day, it all depends on who comes. Some days don't nothing come. Some days some come. It ain't guaranteed, ain't promised to you." Jackson says he's just trying to find a job, earn a living.
He says, "Sometimes we catch breaks, sometimes we don't."
But where he's trying to catch that break is a problem for some downtown merchants. "I believe it's an eyesore to the community," says Steve Brimberry. He says though the Dray Line may offer a helping hand to a select few, it's a stumbling block for the community.
Brimberry says, "We're catering to six or seven people and it looks bad for all the other progress."
The area at Roosevelt and Washington is unsightly. There's litter on the ground, a fire almost constantly burning in a barrel, but are the day laborers who gather here for work, really doing any harm?
Mary Beth Hobby says, "No, they are not doing any harm that I've seen. We work across the street from them. They are nice and polite gentlemen when we see them. They stay to themselves, they keep to themselves. Does it look bad, yeah, but are they harmful? Not that I've seen."
But there are laws being broken. Littering, burning trash piles and treated wood. Brimberry says people were even using the bathroom on the empty lot, in plain site.
Brimberry says, "We even provide them an outhouse." A city ordered toilet. He says there's too much tolerance for people junking up the city when there needs to be more enforcement. He says, "Codes have been in place to take care of and we're not doing anything about it."
Assistant City Manager James Taylor says they are doing something about it though. Reviewing the ordinances and reaching out to local churches and community centers to see how they can help the dray line workers while satisfying downtown stakeholders.
In 2003, the city did try to clean up the Dray Line. The chairs and tables were cleaned out and signs were posted warning the day workers not to stay there past noon. Those strict guidelines didn't last very long, and the signs are now simply ignored.