Thursday, May 23 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:54:34 GMT
A Dougherty County rape crisis center hopes to raise $15,000 at a tasty event Thursday night at the Merry Acres Event Center. The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victimsMore >>
The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victims and roughly 150 adults every year. About two hundred people are expected to show up for the fourth annual 'Farm to Fork' Fundraiser.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
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 >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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 >>
April 2, 2008
Albany -- A Public Works crew can clean this graffiti with the scrub of a brush, but the stains on the community are harder to remove.
"Its an economic development downturn. People don't feel safe when they see graffiti," said Executive Director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, Judy Bowles.
Graffiti not only plays on the community's emotions, but also costs them. "We have a crew here that you and I as taxpayers are paying for, and there suppose to be somewhere else," said Bowles.
And it wasn't cheap. "We've had to buy special graffiti removal which is very expensive. It's an acid and dangerous to use. So we are using gloves and a mask," said Bowles.
The city spent about $500 on this clean up project. The gangsters who caused this mess probably spent about a dollar on a can of spray paint. "The entire process is expensive and somebody has probably taken less than a minute to put it up there," said Bowles.
There are also nine officers on the Albany Police Department whose sole purpose is to take on gang crime and vandalism.
"It costs when we have to focus our man power on gang issues when they can be in another area where we are having a lot of burglaries or a lot of copper thefts," said Albany Police Lieutenant James Williams.
But officers say it will take more than just tax dollars and man power to fight crime. "We have seen a decrease this month then last month. And I contribute that to the citizens getting involved," said Williams.
Citizens whose efforts will drive out crime and keep Albany beautiful and safe.