Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:46:18 GMT
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 >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:16:37 GMT
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 >>
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 >>
June 13, 2007
Albany-- It's been nearly three years since Albany's Flint RiverQuarium opened its doors. Could those doors close? Riverquarium leaders say that could happen if they don't increase revenue and get public funding. They're not giving up though.
One of Albany's premier attractions has been swimming along for nearly three years. New Flint Riverquarium CEO Scott Loehr only recently jumped on board.
"Met my expectations, exceeded some others," said Loehr.
Loehr went straight to work but says funding has been a challenge. He recently requested $250,000 from Dougherty County commissioners. That request was denied.
"The request was made to the county because there's a very critical need for operating funds," said Loehr.
Dwindling finances have already caused them to make cuts over the past several months. "The Riverquarium has reduced it's expenses by more than $150,000 and that has included some staff reorganization," said Loehr.
But there is good news. Attendance has been steady. There were more than 36,000 visitors between January and May. Summer visitors and summer camps give attendance a boost.
"We have one session starting Monday June 18th and it's completely filled," said Melissa Martin.
It's one of Education Manager Melissa Martin's jobs to get those visitors to keep coming back. She has to give them a reason to.
"We do have our permanent exhibits here in the main aquarium but we're always getting new animals in and we always have new changes even within our permanent exhibits," said Martin.
Frequent visitation keeps money coming in. Loehr says they not only need support of visitors. They also need continued support from local government. "Anymore cutting of expenses means we're jeopardizing the mission of this organization," said Loehr.
Without funding and growing revenue, the walls just won't stand. "If funding decreases, then programs start to go away, staff is impacted, morale certainly begins to take a turn for the worse and ultimately heaven forbid, the probability increases of having to close the facility," said Loehr.
That's not an option they want to consider so they'll do what they can to stay afloat.
Loehr says financial support from local government would help balance the budget and attract more private investors. He says for now the aquarium will work hard to sustain itself through more partners, grants, gifts, memberships and an increasing attendance numbers.