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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.
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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 >>
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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.
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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 >>
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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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two years ago Albany ranked fourth in the state in retail sales per household, but now the market may have reached a plateau.
Realtors and Developers say Albany's growth over the last ten years is beginning to taper off and economic conditions aren't helping. While commercial businesses are still interested in southwest Georgia many of them are putting plans on hold for at least a year. Developers say, psychology may have a lot to do with it.
Forrester Crossing sits at one of the busiest intersections in Lee County. Over the last month, it appears as if construction on the site that will hold 18 business condominium has slowed, but it hasn't.
"We're still on our construction schedule, we've never even moved off of it at all. We've got all the infrastructure in sewer, water, fiber optics, all the stuff that comes along with that kind of a development," said William Hancock, Webb Properties.
Two primary tenants have committed to the site, but others like a drug store who has expressed interest is now holding back, developers say many are watching economic conditions and don't like what they're seeing.
"A lot of the retailers we're seeing are putting things off to 2009 for their decision looking out at their business plans and that kind of stuff," said Hancock.
After ten years of strong commercial development in the Albany market, that growth is slowing and the high price of gas and construction materials for new development are also taking a toll.
"It had to have an adjustment at some point and while Albany hasn't reached a point of overbuilding, it had to reach a point where it plateaued off some," said Larry Walden, Walden & Kirkland Realtors.
William Hancock says some of it is psychological, coming from high fuel prices and the mortgage situation.
"We've been hit with a double whammy that is going to have an affect and you've got to make your business models conscious of that stuff," said Hancock.
That's why developers say they're not speculating and are becoming more user driven, building only where retailers have made firm commitments.
Next week, the developer for The Shops at Walden Place plan to announce two new retailers.