Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
April 22, 2008
Valdosta - A new bill could help launch Georgia out of it's economic slump.
House Bill 1273 would offer job tax credits to qualified businesses.
If approved, Valdosta City leaders believe it will help them create more employment opportunities and help recruit retailers to the area.
Like the land is on James Road. It's an area that has had no success in bringing in revenue or attracting industries. Perhaps it's too close to the highway or to far away to conveniently travel.
But city leaders in Valdosta have plans to develop it into a new retail hub and hope a house bill will help them attract business to this location.
"We believe its going to have an immediate effect on helping us generate additional retail and commercial business in Valdosta," says Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson.
Since the area is in economic distress, it would qualify for job tax credit under House Bill 1273.
That means if a retailer moves in, he'll get a $3500 tax credit for every employee he hires for five years. "Getting a $3500 tax credit per employee is a significant economic boost for areas that are struggling," says State Senator Tim Golden.
The James Road project expects to create 400 new jobs, meaning the retailers that move in will get a $7 million tax break.
That's a huge incentive to attract retailers, create jobs and revitalize the area. "This could be the difference between a retail store relocating to Valdosta or any where in the state of Georgia or some other state," Hanson says.
Golden agrees. "We need the bill now. It's great stimulus at a perfect time During a slowing economy to give these employers and retail sectors a boost right now.
And hopefully help stimulate the economy state wide.
Governor Perdue has 30 days to either sign or veto the bill. If he doesn't act, it will become law.