Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 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 >>
January 4, 2008
Albany -- The freezing temperatures in South Georgia the last three days have been miserable for people, and their cars.
Wrecker service companies and auto repair shops have seen their business skyrocket, as the cold weather causes many cars and trucks to freeze up and break down.
Another car that would not start because of the cold weather is towed to an auto shop. For wrecker drivers, the freezing temperatures have meant a lot of overtime. Wrecker Driver John Galbert said "late nights, early mornings."
Temperatures in the 20's for three straight nights have made many South Georgia vehicles break down, and kept the wrecker services hopping. Galbert said "it's been pretty steady. We have been running anywhere from 40 to 60 to 70 calls a day."
And that is just one of the wrecker services in Albany. South Georgians don't usually winterize their cars, and the auto repair shops getting these cars to fix, say that could cost thousands of dollars. Albany Radiator Manager Jason Inmon said "blow the tanks off your radiator, freeze your radiator, and freeze your motor up. And that's expensive to repair? You would have to get a whole new motor."
Galbert said "got jelled up batteries, cold starts, people's anti freeze in their radiator is not right. Just causing a lot of problems in their vehicles."
And it's not just cars, diesel big rigs are also freezing up in this cold snap. Big truck experts told us today that these rigs may be more susceptible to the cold. Quality Wrecker Service Driver Tommy Coulter said "we've have some with dead batteries, frozen brakes, just having a lot of trouble when it's cold like this."
The forecast is for warmer temperatures, but the wrecker drivers say they know they will stay busy for several more days towing in broken down cars. Galbert said "you are also going to have a lot of people who are postponing having anything done because of the cold. Which will keep us busy."
The average cost for a tow is from $60 to $130. Repair shop owners say it only costs about $50 to winterize your car once a year, and it could save you a lot of headaches.