Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
January 1, 2008
Albany - Members of an Albany Church that was torched early yesterday morning, come together for worship, even though they no longer have a building to call home. It was seriously damaged yesterday morning after someone apparently set it on fire.
While investigators try to figure out who would commit such a heinous crime, the church is now trying to figure out where it will house it's school children when classes resume next week.
Whoever thought that burning up Metropolitan Baptist Church would burn the spirits of those who worship there, was wrong. Just one day after their church was set on fire, members came together this afternoon to praise God for their blessings. "We look forward to tomorrow and we stay focused on the Christ," said Pastor Joseph Howard. He says he's truly amazed that someone would be so cruel as to torch a house of worship. "It's really sad to know that someone would do such a thing."
Not having a building to worship in, isn't stopping the members from gathering together. Mt. Hebron opened its doors to them today. But it could present a problem next week, when children report back for the daycare, preschool and 1st through 5th grade classes. "That's our greatest area of concern," said Howard, "How the school and daycare will survive."
And while church members search for a building where students can receive their lessons, they may be learning some of their own. "Hopefully it will unite the church and have the people to come together and not have hatred in their hearts," said Pastor Edward Heath of Mt. Hebron. "Really show that person love and that the church can unite and continue to go forward." Starting off the new year on a positive note, even in the face of tragedy.
Once a temporary location for the school is found, parents will be notified.
Police still have not identified any suspects in the case. A $10,000 reward is being offered by the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office for information. You can call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.