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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
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A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
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Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
August 1, 2002
by Ashley Harper
There's no doubt where Jackie Figeroa will be this weekend. You'll find her at Valdosta's Colonial mall, taking advantage of Georgia's tax free weekend.
"I have three boys so its alot of shopping to do and the tax free weekend will help me out alot," says Figeroa.
At the end of each summer, Jackie and her children head to the mall to shop for back to school items. But this shopping trip will be a little more cost efficient.
"The average household will save anywhere from $300 to $500," says Greg Small, Sears manager.
But consumers aren't the only one's benefiting from tax-free shopping.
"Some of the big computer retailers last year saw a 100 fold increase in sales," says Representative Ron Borders.
Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, and are bringing in extra employees to provide the best in customer service.
"We'll be staffed like its Christmas in July," says Small.
And retailers expect this year's crowd to be bigger than ever, since shopping in Florida won't be tax free.
"We'll retain those dollars in Valdosta because people will be coming up from Florida and our other border communities," says Borders.
With back to school being less than a month away, state officials and retailers hope this weekend will kick off a greatyear for Georgiaschools and businesses.