Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
March 13, 2007
Albany - A 1% sales tax over the next six years in Dougherty County will provide $95 Million for public schools. That money will finance the renovation of nine schools in the system and provide students with the most up to date technology. It won't make the price you pay at stores go up, the tax is a continuation, so you won't feel the squeeze, but students will reap the benefits.
Maybe you weren't even aware there was a special election next week, but Billie and Susan Price did. They actually showed up early to vote. Billie Price said, "I love all the kids around here. No matter whose children they are, they need an education."
The best education your money can buy, and it's already bought quite a bit. With the $170 Million that's been collected through SPLOST I and II, six new schools have been built in the county and there's one on the way. Each high school has new athletic complexes and an emergency weather response system is being installed. But more work is to be done.
"What is a penny here and there to support our kids, to invest in our kids and to invest in our childrens future?" asked Reverend Lorenzo Heard. He says he supports the SPLOST because if we don't invest in our kids, we're not investing in our community. Heard said, "we've got to make sure that we invest in them, that we give them the best places to learn to make sure they're sharp and that they are intellectually growing."
With this sales tax, eight schools will be renovated, new computers will be placed in classrooms and the safety system will be upgraded. And here's some good news: by adding this special tax money, even visitors to the community will help pay for the updates, so local taxpayers don't have to foot the entire bill.
Heard adds, "It just makes sense that people are going to come shop in our stores and stay in our hotels, it just makes sense to let them also help us build new schools and advance technology for our kids because they are important."
The Prices have already done their part and hope you'll vote in favor of the SPLOST as well. Susan said, "To help their children."
A SPLOST rally will be held tonight at six at Thronateeksa Heritage Center to spread more information on the sales tax and encourage people to vote.