State budget crisis hits Clinch Co. hard - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

State budget crisis hits Clinch Co. hard

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bank robbery suspect denied bond

    Bank robbery suspect denied bond

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:39:51 GMT
    A suspected bank robber remains in the Coffee County Jail on a probation violation warrant as the FBI and Douglas Police continue to work on charges.   We know investigators confiscated a shotgun whenMore >>
    A suspected bank robber remains in the Coffee County Jail, after he was officially charged with bank robbery, and denied bond in court.
    More >>
  • APD renews public outreach with 'java'

    APD renews public outreach with 'java'

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:34:56 GMT
    Friday morning, APD officers provided an opportunity to get to know your neighborhood law enforcers as folks got their daily cup of 'Joe,' under the Golden Arches. The Albany Police Department joinedMore >>
    Friday morning, APD officers provided an opportunity to get to know your neighborhood law enforcers as folks got their daily cup of 'Joe,' under the Golden Arches.More >>
  • Ledo Road wreck victim identified

    Ledo Road wreck victim identified

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:23:30 GMT
    A collision on Ledo Road, near hasMore >>
    A collision on Ledo Road has killed 69-year-old Pamela Johnson, near Chili's and Walmart. It happened around 1:00 Thursday afternoon. Officials said three vehicles were involved in the crash.More >>

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 9, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - As the state budget crisis continues, a south Georgia prison will close and a state-run golf course is also on the chopping block.

Both facilities are in Clinch County.  And leaders there say closing the two will shake-up their community.

The Homerville State Prison is a 200-bed facility that employees more than 60.

Effective March of next year, this prison will close it's doors in Clinch County.

"I hate to see the place close but its an older, smaller place and I realize it's a lot more expensive to run a smaller place," says Warden William Danforth.

Inmates will be transferred to Valdosta State prison.  The jobs will be moved out of the community.

"The staff will be given the opportunity to go other places if they desire to do so.  We have a facility in Lakeland and in Waycross but most of them will go to Valdosta State Prison.  The biggest thing is they are glad to still have jobs," Danforth adds.

But the prison isn't the only facility that may shut down.  The Fargo golf course is one of the proposed state parks to be closed to save the state money.  The move would ultimately delay the opening of their brand new convention center. 

"I'm disappointed because the golf course never had the opportunity to operate at the same time as the conference center and to see what the synergy will be for the two," says Andy Stone, President of Superior Pine in Fargo.

The effect could be devastating to the community.

"I believe it will impact the people who will use the conference center and the ability to bring in small business groups and meetings.  It will impact local businesses because any revenue we have in a town of 380 are well needed!"

They hope the state reconsiders and help keep revenue and jobs in Clinch County. 

The prisoners will be transferred to the new fast track facility under construction in Valdosta.

The resolution to close the golf course will go before the office of planning and budget, then to the governor for final approval.

While the decision for the prison is final, the golf course could still be saved.  Stone says the best way to help is to contact local and state representatives.

 

Powered by WorldNow