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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
January 24, 2008
Albany -- Metro Albany's unemployment rate rose to more than 5% in December and charities are feeling it. Some organizations that help people say they're broke, and can't help the people calling them now.
They worry that If the economy worsens, they will have to turn away more South Georgians in need.
The sign on the front door of the Albany Outreach Center says it all. They can't help anyone with their rent or utility bills because there is no money.
Reverend Mike McAfee said "The funds are out. We want to give, but we can't give if the funds are not available to give."
Albany Outreach has been giving emergency aid for people in need for 25 years. Funded by eight of Albany's biggest churches, there is not enough to keep going. McAfee said "The support that we've received in the past is just not available to us right now, and it has not been for some time. And that breaks our heart."
Church led charities are the first line of defense in the community for people hurting financially, but donations continue to dry up, as the cost of that need gets worse.
"$25 or $50 is not going to do any good for a person who is behind on a month's rent, or have a utility bill," McAfee said
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond called the sharp rise in unemployment in Georgia "troubling... the largest statewide increase for this time period in more than 30 years."
And if the economy worsens and layoffs grow, aid organizations say little charity help will be there to keep the heat turned on, or pay for medicine.
United Way of Southwest Georgia President Dwayne Myles said "You always try to keep hope, but it's a good chance that a lot of needs won't be met if the economy continues to go the way it's going."
Albany Outreach does not know what their future holds, as donations are down and the economic future looks threatening. They worry about those in the community who soon might need help.
The Department of Human Resources has $1.6 million available to help low-income families with their heating costs. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is federally funded and families can get up to $250. To apply, call 1-800-869-1150.