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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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
April 10, 2008
Albany -- While the 2007 U.S. Farm Bill extension met delay after delay on Capitol Hill, Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle found themselves in a struggle over spending.
But in the midst of that struggle are local food banks that rely on the farm bill for federal funding.
"There's been a significant decrease in the amount of bonus commodities out of on the market that the food banks are able to procure and give to our agency that our on the front lines of fighting hunger," said Food Bank of Southwest Georgia President & CEO Brett Kirkland.
More than 300 partner agencies, from soup kitchens to churches, depend on the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia for donations. But while food banks are low on supply, they're also high on demand. And it's placing the hurt on the nation's hungry, including here in Southwest Georgia
"We serve a wide area. About half-a-million folks. And there's about 110,000 living at or below the poverty level and about 30,000 of those are children. So we've got a big task in front of us," said Kirkland.
But despite the shortage of federal funding, Kirkland remains optimistic that when the April 18th deadline for the 2008 Farm Bill reaches it's final outcome, it will bring increased funding, and bring more food back to the near empty shelves.
He said, "This farm bill is probably going to add about $250 million of commodities to the market which would be just an unbelievable opportunity for us as food banks."
The 2002 Farm Bill expired Septempber 30, 2007, but was extended several times to March 15.But President Bush has said that the House and Senate are asking for more U.S. Farm Bill money than he's willing to approve.
The Food Bank of Southwest Georgia says that it's state food funding has been plentiful, but they also rely on heavily on private donations. For more information on how you can donate, click on the link below.