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Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
September 18, 2007
Americus - - Six months after a tornado destroyed a hospital and damaged dozens of businesses and hundreds of homes, Sumter County voters decided to give recovery efforts a boost. They voted to continue paying an extra penny sales tax. Much of the revenue will help with tornado recovery.
The sales tax extension will bring in $25 million over the next six years. More than four million of that will go to tornado recovery efforts. People we spoke with say it's necessary.
March 1st is a day no one in Americus will soon forget. A deadly tornado's aftermath makes it hard for them to.
"Were still rebuilding," says Jody Wade, head of the Sumter Disaster Recovery Team.
His volunteers are helping to restore several tornado victims' homes. Wade himself took to the polls Tuesday to vote on a penny sales tax to help fund additional tornado recovery.
"I voted for it because I wanted to see the infrastructure in Americus and Sumter County bolstered."
More than 87 % of voters agreed with him. They overwhelmingly passed the referendum.
"Of course the hospital is going to need this money over the next few years as they rebuild," says Sumter County Administrator Lynn Taylor.
Three million dollars will go towards the re-construction of Sumter Regional Hospital. That's not all.
"The Reese Park School is the first priority for the city of Americus," she says.
The historical school will get more than a million dollars to house community programs.
For Wade, it's a bill taxpayers should pay with pride. "We as a county need to put back into our community and through a sales tax, everybody gets to participate in that," he says.
The new tax won't be a huge pinch since the county is already paying a penny sales tax. That old one will expire and the new one will essentially replace it, starting in January of 2009.
More than 1,400 Sumter County voters went to the polls Tuesday. The hospital and the old school will start receiving money in March 2009.