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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
March 13, 2008
Albany -- The skyrocketing cost of diesel fuel is hurting some South Georgia businesses.
Kenny Freeman opened his truck repair shop, Kenny's Truck, Trailer, and Welding Repair in 1999, but says business has never been slower. Freeman said "I'm really worried it could come down to that. I'd have to shut my doors."
And Kenny says the problem is the soaring price of diesel fuel. Most of his customers own and operate their trucks, and many have stopped running because of the high cost of fuel. So Kenny had to lay off most of his workers. Freeman said "we had 11 employees, and we're down to keeping a two and a half or three man crew."
Diesel fuel costs are near four dollars a gallon, but the pay many truckers get to haul freight aren't keeping pace. Kenny says many of his trucking customers are running without service. Freeman said "that man told me he could not remember the last time he changed the oil in his truck. He could not afford to."
And Freeman said those cutbacks make for dangers on the roads for everyone. Freeman said " And having a blowout. He would dummy the tire out and ride with one missing. It's ridiculous, it's unsafe."
Freeman said many of his former customers have parked their trucks, leaving him in a bind. But he knows without those trucks hauling goods to stores, prices for food and all goods will continue to go up, and shortages could begin. Freeman said "that is the whole cycle of the gas war. And I don't know when it's going to stop or how it's going to stop. I just want it to stop."
Stop before more South Georgia businesses are forced into layoffs. Freeman says his business has gone from about 11 customers a day to maybe three.
He says his competitors and businesses such as parts dealers are also feeling the effect of high fuel costs.