Thursday, May 23 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:54:34 GMT
A Dougherty County rape crisis center hopes to raise $15,000 at a tasty event Thursday night at the Merry Acres Event Center. The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victimsMore >>
The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victims and roughly 150 adults every year. About two hundred people are expected to show up for the fourth annual 'Farm to Fork' Fundraiser.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
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 >>
August 9, 2002
The Newton Police Chief is fired, leaving only one part-time police officer.
The Newton City Council voted Thursday night to get rid of Police Chief Toney Allegood. The Newton Police Department has been shrinking over the past four months. At least four part-time officers have quit, and now the city has fired Police Chief Toney Allegood.
Allegood says no one wanted to work against pressures from the city, but he still wants to know why he was fired. "I asked for a reason, and they never gave me a reason."
A City council woman says he was hired illegally by the Mayor.
Four months after getting hired, Newton Police Chief Toney Allegood is cleaning out his desk fired by city council. We wanted to know why the city decided to fire Chief Allegood.
When we caught up with Councilwoman Mammie Lanier, she was running a cash register at a local grocery store: "That's city business and I'm at work right now."
But, the city wants to know why that was a decision by the council? Mammie: It was a decision by three people who voted and... I'm at work right now. I can't discuss city business, thank you."
It's a touchy subject. The former chief says Mayor B. B. Johnson asked him to work for the police department. "Certain city councilmen have went against the police department," Allegood says.
He wants answers from those who voted against him. When we told Ms. Lanier that the mayor said she never heard a reason, she said: "I thank you for this film. If it needs to be discussed, you guys need to come to the meeting and we'll talk about it."
Later, Mammie Lanier referred us to the city ordinance, which states:
"The Police Chief shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with the advice and consent of City Council..."
Lanier says the council was never notified prior to the hire. "If it was an illegal hire and they knew it, why didn't they do something about it at the first meeting, second meeting or third one?" asked a surprised Allegood.
For now, Allegood is tying up lose ends. Until the city decides who will take his place, the City of Newton will have empty police cars. The Baker County Sheriff's Department will take the city police calls for now, but they're short staffed, too.