Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
August 1, 2002
Al Meritt watches closely as a USDA inspector and tobacco company executives comb through his crop.
"First letter is stalk position, second letter quality, third is color," the USDA inspector Eve explains.
Those three grades adding up to the price per pound Merritt will get for his tobacco under a contract to directly sell to Brown and Williamson.
"I think it's a workable system, seems to work good for us, seems to get us a little better price than the old system," Merritt says.
That old system, auctions, in place since 1929. Though they look to be on their way out, they aren't completely gone, and the government is trying to revive them.
Just a mile away in Coffee County from the tobacco grading site, one of 14 Tobacco Stabilization Marketing Centers across the country operated by federal co-ops.
"Rather than just go out of business, stabilization thought they'd support the tobacco auction system, they had a vote on it farmers voted 80 percent for it," Tom Lewis, director of the marketing center says.
But right now, Merritt says direct contracts not only mean convenience, but more cash.
"I can't put it on the auction system and take less for it."
The 55-year-tobacco veteran worried for future farmers without price support.
"Think would be disastorous for young farmers, will have to sell for a lot less once the government gets out of it,"
The other Federal Marketing Center in Georgia is in Statesboro. They had the first auction Monday. They cancelled the auction in Douglas today because they say tobacco is being harvested later this year than normal.