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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 >>
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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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Chehaw Park officials say they want a simple, small water playground. But some city and county leaders dream of much bigger, more extravagant and expensive water play area.
Savannah Manes and her friends from Eufaula, Alabama say a water playground at Chehaw would be awesome.
Manes said "Definitely, it's really hot today. It's been nice to play in the water."
Albany's Mayor says he supports a large water park at Chehaw.
Dr. Willie Adams said "No question about it. We are blessed with all the water and we don't have a water park." But you think it's coming. It's going to happen? Adams said "Oh, yea, I think so."
Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter said "This probably is the kind of area that we could come in and not have a huge impact."
But Chehaw leaders say their thoughts are more of a small water playground to go along with their current playground.
Porter said "Something relatively simple, relatively low cost. We could put that in out here, and see how people like it. Then if it grows, it can grow into something bigger down the road."
But he says a huge water park would not be keeping with their mission of a South Georgia natural park and zoo.
Porter said "We could have roller coasters and circus rides, but Chehaw has no intention of moving in that direction. The big water park like you would see down at Wild Adventures with wave pools and water slides, I have a hard time imagining us moving in that direction."
But there has been talk for years that taking advantage of Chehaw's water resources with a big water park. Park attendance is up 9 percent over last year, and some civic leaders think the big water park would be a winning economic development idea.
Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said "It could grow our economy. Provide a few jobs. I think with the right company that would be willing to make that investment I think it's got enormous potential, quite frankly."
But Chehaw officials say that should be up to a private business to develop, but not at their park. They are studying a small playground and fountain feature that they hope will be ready by next summer. Savannah and her friends say that sounds like a great idea to them.
But of course money is a factor. Porter says there is no money allocated yet to build the water playground, and the Park Authority has not OK'd the idea.
Chehaw leaders are also considering building more campgrounds and cabins closer to the river.