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Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a YamahaMore >>
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a Yamaha four-wheeler, and made a clean getaway.More >>
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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Belt tightening is going on everywhere, and in Thomas County they're looking at a seven and a half percent cut in the county's budget.
Every county agency will take a big hit, including the Sheriff's Office. Possible furloughs and cutbacks on employee's hours will likely be the first step.
The topic of the week for taxpayers, county agencies, and Thomas County Commissioners has been the budget.
And after three days of budget talks,a $900,000 cut back was agreed upon. But now, they arecalling for another $1 million decrease.
"We trust they're not going to have such an adverse effect that we can't do our jobs," said Sheriff Carlton Powell, who has concerns about how budget cuts will affect his agency.
"Some of it's going to require us to not have as many people at some situations as maybe we'd like to have," said Powell.
One of his biggest concerns is the short-staffed department, and not enough money in the budget to fill those open positions.
"At this time we've got two men that are overseas in the military, and we've got 6 or 8 people in the reserves that have weekend details."
But he assures the public that their safety will not be jeopardized. "We're not going to sacrifice the law enforcement. If we get to were we are not functioning properly, I will go back before the commissioners and say, here is our problem."
But employees will take some hits like drastic overtime cuts, and shorter hours. "We're looking probably at some furloughs. Probably send some people home early, somedays when we're having court."
The County manager met at the Emergency Services Center with all the department heads to come up with a plan make the $1 million reduction.
Mike Stephenson, the county manager, refused to go on camera to discuss the meeting.
The Thomas County Commission hopes to finalize the budget plan Tuesday and approve it the first week in December.