Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Citing the timing of the results of an investigation into what he called unintentional human error concerning mileage reimbursements, John Fretti said that he would not enter the race for Valdosta's next mayoral term.
Here is the letter that Fretti issued Thursday--
Dear Constituents, Supporters, Family, and Friends;
With most sincere gratitude, I thank you for eight years as your Mayor. Together, we have embraced positive change, weathered tough financial times, supported local troops serving their country abroad as well as local veterans, and welcomed the beginning of what I hope will be an ongoing economic revitalization.
We also had our largest growth in population in the history of this city. The resiliency of this community is the backbone of its successes yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and it has been an honor to be a part of Valdosta's story.
After much consideration and with the support of my family, I have decided that my role in the next chapter is as fellow citizen, business owner, family man, and friend.
With some sadness but also confidence in my decision, I announce that I will not be seeking reelection to the Office of Mayor.
Many of you have expressed your support as I have confronted my local accuser in the wake of an unintentional human error, resulting in duplicate mileage reimbursement requests to the city and state for travels as an ambassador of our community.
Upon discovery of this error, I immediately repaid the state board on which I serve for all mileage expenses.
Eight months later due to political attack of these actions, I proactively invited the appropriate authorities to investigate and audit the validity of my actions. The results of this invited investigation have taken longer than I could ever have anticipated.
Just this week, I was informed that our District Attorney may not have those results available until the weeks surrounding qualifying. The timing of this is both unexpected and unfortunate.
Out of consideration for the people of this city, I desire to see a mayoral race unhindered by distractions. For that reason as well as for personal ones, I will be voting along with you, but my name will not be on the ballot.
I call on each of you to engage in this year's election, meet your candidates, and participate in the process. I call on you to vote every time you have an opportunity to go to the voting booth. I call on those of you who love this city as I do to consider how you may be called to serve.
Having never lost a precinct in two city wide elections, I feel it is of vital importance to remember that when you serve, you serve all.
My wife, Robin, and I look forward to serving you, our family, and employees as I return to private life. Most of all, I thank you for the honor of being your Mayor and for fighting the good fight along with us.