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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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
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 >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
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 >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
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 >>
February 25, 2007
Albany - - Many members of the faith community in South Georgia say they buy Governor Perdue's plan to give state funding to more faith-based organizations. The controversial plan has been shot down three times by the Legislature, but along with his supporters Perdue will push to make it a reality during this session.
When people praise at their sanctuary of choice, the fellowship often continues outside of the church's doors.
"We've done after school tutorial programs, we've done adult literacy, GED program, SAT prep, we even did a science project with NASA and all of that was with grant money," says Daniel Simmons, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist.
He says his church has received government funds for public service. He feels churches who offer public service can get a boost under the governor's plan.
Shelly Brown and Melanie Tomlinson attend Sherwood Baptist Church.
"A lot of times churches depend on people to just give money, they don't get any support. Sometimes people don't give and when you don't get money coming in, there's not much you can do going out," Brown says.
She says her church has several community programs - one where members provide breakfast at the Drayline, another where members counsel pregnant women considering abortion.
They feel when it comes to helping mankind, there is no separation between church and state.
"Our government is founded on religion and God. Our founding fathers began this nation on believing in God and what he had done for them so I don't see a problem with that," Tomlinson says.
Curtis Dixon who serves as the Deacon Chair of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church says his church is organizing a Family Development Task Force to help children with their academic studies and steer them away from doing wrong. He feels state money would surely help.
"Gangs are not the way to show love. The church is the place where love is shown."
Simmons feels the church has the responsibility to continue serving the public.
"One of the passages that we use is Matthew 25 when Jesus says we will be judged on judgement day by how well we've ministered to the least of those in our community and so we have to do it," he says.
With or without funding from the state.
Currently Georgia law prohibits the state from giving money to churches. Opponents of the governor's plan say it could lead the way for government vouchers to private schools. The plan needs to be approved by two thirds of both the House and Senate.