Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
March 13, 2007
Thomasville -- Thomas Countians can vote to continue or cancel their one cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, starting this week. Early voting began yesterday and will continue through Friday.
The current local option sales tax for county and city schools in Thomas County was approved back in 2002.
The school systems are asking voters to continue that one cent sales tax, hoping to raise $48 million for capital projects for their schools.
If the ballot for continuing the Thomas County SPLOST looks lengthy, it is. But there's a lot to cover. "Both of the school systems have specific capital needs, like the county schools are going to retire some debt from the previous SPLOST," says David Cone, Chairman of the Concerned Citizens for Better Schools.
With money from the last approved SPLOST, the county school system built Thomas County Middle School and next to it, Hand in Hand primary school.
Because of rising cost in steel and concrete, the construction of those buildings cost around $11 million more than was expected.
If approved, SPLOST would generate around $32.3 million for county schools. City schools also have big plans for the money.
"In the city there's going to be some new buildings built, their classrooms are overcrowded and they're going to expand some of that and they're going to do some renovations to some athletic facilities," said Cone.
The $15.7 million the city schools would receive would also allow them to get some additional buses. SPLOST needs a majority vote to pass.
The special election is on Tuesday but Thomas Countians don't have to wait to cast their ballot. Early voting runs through Friday.
"There will be no absentee voting or early voting the day before election on Monday, if you do not do early voting you will vote at your precinct on Tuesday," said Superintendent of Elections Judge Vickie Burnette.
If approved the 1 cent sales tax would continue in Thomas County for the next five years, and could raise up to $48 million.
SPLOST isn't the only item on the agenda for the special election. Meigs residents will also vote on who will fill two vacant city council seats, and also choose a new mayor.