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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
January 14, 2008
Albany - - Dougherty County School bus drivers say they're still not satisfied with how the bus system is ran. Last year, several bus drivers walked out for a day. Since then, the school board has met with them to try to work out some of the concerns. Monday, the board made a decision that some fear will only make things worse.
This is Mary Richardson's 25th year as a bus driver.
"Right now its worse than I've ever seen it."
So she's serving as the President of the local drivers union to make changes. This month, the union wrote a letter to school superintendent Sally Whatley addressing a number of concerns, including poor management and bus safety.
Last month, one driver says he was attacked trying to break up a fight.
"He called for help. He really wanted security to come and there were a lot of questions asked. Then they told him to go and see if he could separate it," Richardson explains.
He did and the next day found out he broke his hand as a result. Workers comp has been denied and the board hasn't decided whether to help with the emergency room bill.
"One reason it's not running smoothly is because of leadership," Richardson says about the bus system.
Monday, the board voted four to three to hire Rick Wheeler to serve as a consultant. But members James Bush, Willie Weaver and Dave Maschke voted against it. Wheeler just retired as Fleet Manager with the Bus system back in November.
"Give a grace period. Maybe six months or so," Bush says.
Maschke says many of the problems with the bus system didn't happen overnight and Bush adds a lack of good leadership in the past has resulted in the current situation.
"I could not in good conscious vote for someone who is part of the problem," he said.
Now drivers like Richardson feel nothing will change at all.
"Pretty bad shape right now," she says.
And many bus drivers who showed up approached Board Chair Mike Wyndom pleading to make more beneficial changes.
"It's all about favoritism," one driver said.
The Board has a transportation committee charged with addressing the drivers' concerns. The three members of that committee voted against hiring the consultant but were outnumbered. They say they'll continue to try to help the drivers.