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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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
1100 freshmen are reporting to Albany State University this week. A record for an incoming class.
Today Dougherty County and University law enforcement talked frankly to them about crime in Albany.
Most of these new Albany State freshmen are 18 to 20 years old, most away from home for the first time. So law enforcement leaders wanted to make sure they knew how to avoid becoming a crime victim. Or ending up in the jail themselves.
Columbus native Janecia Hill, one of Albany State's new freshmen, says she heard about Albany's crime rate before enrolling.
Hill said "I'm a little scared, a little worried. But I'm sure the police on this campus, they reassured us that everything was going to be all right."
Bradford Austin from Adairsville said he also feels safe at Albany State.
Austin said "I know the crime rate down here, but I have a God that protects me, so I am not worried about it all."
Hill, Austin, and most of the 1100other freshman heard law enforcement give lessons on crime and safety at Albany State. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said college students are often targets for criminals.
Sproul said "They don't think somebody is taking their identity from them or steal their identity or break into their car, or break into their dorm room. So we've gone over some of those things."
He also brought inmate uniforms that are worn at the Dougherty County jail to show the students what could happen if they become the law breakers, especially becoming involved in drugs.
Albany State University Police Chief John Fields said "They need to worry about temptation, peer pressure. Don't worry about your safety on campus."
Albany State is rated one of the safest campuses in Georgia's University system. But law enforcement wants these students to learn to protect themselves.
Hill said "Definitely I think people should be cautious of their safety and their surroundings, especially females, of where they are going. "
And to make good choices to keep themselves out of trouble.
Austin said "Got to protect myself. Be cautious of the people I surround myself with."
Because law enforcement leaders want these 1100 freshmen to have the best four years of their life, without being involved in crime.
More than two-thirds of this freshman class is from outside of Albany, and new to the community.
Law enforcers also talked to students about what to do in case of tornadoes or other emergencies.