Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Blakely-- The Early county school system says the 1% sales tax, will hopefully raise $13 million over the next five years. That money will go to completing some much needed projects in schools there.
If Tuesday's E-SPLOST vote is approved, it will be the third renewal of the optional tax. Early county superintendent Betty Orange says it's been a great help with the $7 million its raised already. "It has helped to keep our buildings in good condition, and help with repairs. Also it provided funding to do construction for new schools," she says.
Orange says if voters choose to continue the extra 1% sales tax, they'll be doing their county a great favor, at a small cost to them. "It allows every person who shops in Blakely, Early county to have an opportunity to help fund education, and it helps take the burden off of the taxpayers," Orange says.
Even local shopkeepers don't seem to mind the extra tax tacked on to their sales. Bob Hall, owner of Hall Drug Company says, "the way I feel about SPLOST is, it's just a good way for the community to provide the education that is needed, especially in this area."
The school system has a list of projects they need funding for. A new gymnasium for Early county High School is the top priority. "We have roofing needs at the high school. We need to replace the current roof at the high school," adds Orange. They'll also allocate money for technology in the classrooms, and security equipment, including fencing for their campuses.
Store owners say most shoppers won't even notice a pinch in their wallet. "I never had anybody to question the tax. I don't think very many people are very much aware of it," comments Hall.
If the renewal of the current SPLOST is not approved, it will expire December 31st, this year.