By Jim Wallace - bio | emailJanuary 5, 2009
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A well-known Albany businessman, who owned the first pro basketball team in South Georgia, was laid to rest Monday.
Seventy-seven-year-old Jimmy Matthews died Saturday. In 1990, Matthews started the Albany Sharpshooters, one of the original teams of the Global Basketball League.
Matthews owned Insurance Management Services, and had also served as Chairman of the Albany Dougherty County Aviation Commission.
He was remembered as a dedicated family man, community leader and avid Georgia Bulldogs fan.
Former UGA Coaches Vince Dooley and Ray Goff were among the hundreds who attended Matthew's funeral Monday.
An Albany deacon, who had an illustrious career in journalism, politics and business before his ordination, has died.
On Tuesday, area law enforcement agencies re-trained officers on life-saving techniques after the deadly school shooting in Florida.
A Lee County man was sentenced to life in prison after taking a plea deal in a 2008 murder.
A man is now in custody after deputies said he led drug squad agents on a chase in Thomas County Tuesday afternoon.
The Dougherty County School System is changing the way it's teaching students and it's bringing in outside help to make it happen.