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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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Diners who enjoy having a glass of wine with their meal may now be more apt to buy a whole bottle when out to dinner. "A lot of them may have been hesitant because they didn't want to consume the whole bottle at the time of their meal. This way it allows them to cork it and take it with them," said Victor Mitchell, owner of Fishbonz Restaurant in Thomasville.
The new law states that if the customer has consumed part of their bottle of wine, they can take it home if it's securely resealed and placed in a locked trunk or glove box inside a bag or container with a dated receipt. "You pay $20-30 for a bottle of wine, and most people drink half a bottle, they purchase it they need to bring it home with them. Because again, things are pretty expensive and if you pay for it you deserve to keep it," said Mike Gammons.
Restaurant owners hope the law will help their wine sales. "We already do about 60% wine sales per table now, hopefully it will help us increase that," said Mitchell.
Another law giving Georgians freedom with their alcohol: limousine services will be able to sell alcoholic beverages to their customers. "I think it will make it easier, simpler, more convenient for the consumer," said Gammons.
Convenience seems to be key. Georgians can now buy wine on the phone or over the internet from wineries. As long as the person who signs for the delivery can prove their of legal drinking age.
So what do Georgians think of their new buying privileges? "I think Georgia's keeping up with the times. What people need to really realize is you got to be careful with alcohol and driving," pointed out Gammons.
Some say the laws will only help, making consumers not in such a hurry to finish that bottle of wine before they leave.
A new DUI law also goes into effect tomorrow that will extend the window in which DUI offenses are counted. The old law allowed the courts only a five year window to capture DUI offenses before handing down stiffer punishments; the new law gives the court ten years to count a drunk driver's convictions. The 4th DUI becomes a felony.