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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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
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) - Fifty million retirees across the nation and in south Georgia will see their largest cost of living increase in more than two decades next year.
Average retirees will earn another $750, thanks to the annual cost of living increase in Social Security Benefits.
Tough economic times are the reason for the 5.8 percent increase in benefits. With cost increases for energy, fuel, and groceries many retirees on a fixed income have been paying out more for the basic necessities.
It's been years since Colleen Chappell retired from her job as the Radium Middle School lunch room manger, now she volunteers five days a week at the Albany Senior Center on Pine Avenue, but higher prices could cut her hours.
"The way everything is going up with the gas prices so high, it's hard to make ends meet," she said.
She's on a fixed income with her retirement and social security benefits and doesn't want money to dictate whether she continues to drive from Mitchell County to volunteer. "It keeps me young. It helps me as much as I help them."
News of an increase in social security benefits is welcome. "Since 1973, the Social Security Act has called for this economic protection to be in place so that the cost of living makes the check flow with the economy," said Charles Tennille, Social Security Administration District Manager.
To make up for tough times, retirees will see between $58 and $63 more in their checks starting in January, about $750 a year.
"So that's basically showing there's been a 5.8 percent need or increase in what the economic need would be for our beneficiaries," says Tennille.
For Colleen, it will fit the bill. "That would be wonderful, we can't be greedy we have to be thankful and I'm very well satisfied. It will help a lot."
Increases have been below three percent for all but three of the past 15 years.