Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
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 >>
Several small businesses shut down recently in Lee County, but economic developers say the area continues to attract new businesses.
The Moma's Pizza locations in Leesburg and on Philema Road in Albany closed Sunday. Beef O'Brady's shut down recently, and the Region's Bank branch on Highway 19 will close later this year. But leaders remain optimistic.
Those job losses come at a time of high unemployment, but economic development officials you're always going to have business turnover.
While they hate to see these businesses close their, they see some economic promise in the future.
The American Jobs Act didn't come soon enough. At lunch, the Moma's Pizza on Highway 19 in Leesburg was dark, along with the location on Philema Road. A manager told us employees found out Sunday they're out of a job.
Economic Development officials say it's tough to say goodbye to small businesses. "It really rips my heart out to see a small entrepreneur, investors decide to move on, because I used to be one myself," said Lee County Economic Development Director Winston Oxford.
Region's Bank in Leesburg recently sent letters to customers informing them, the branch would close December 9th. The new Chick-Fil-A that should have broken ground this month in the Lee Crossing Plaza has been pushed into next year. While these are some of the casualties of the economy, there are success stories.
The new Pizza Hut, only open a month, but has found success with delivery and walk in business.
"I'd say twice or three times as much as we expected, which is a good thing," said Dexter Jordan, Pizza Hut Shift Manager.
In the same plaza, Swirl frozen yogurt is going in and another unnamed store has committed to the plaza, leaving just one vacancy. Other businesses are also seriously considering locations in Lee County.
"I've experienced some very serious activity and inquiries from actually four national chains that do not have a presence in the Albany market at present and they're considering coming and investing in the Albany market over the next year," said Oxford.
Which includes Lee County. It's a small sign, that Dougherty and Lee Counties might be making some headway even as officials say the economy remains unstable.
"I feel their pain, but I also feel a little optimisms in the air, I feel like, I'm not saying that we really made the turn but there's some good things happening I believe as far as being considered," said Oxford.
That could mean new jobs on the way for those left unemployed by recent closings.
Believe it or not Albany/Lee County market actually has the second strongest retail pull in the state. Meaning businesses here pull in customers from Worth, Terrell, and other counties, which is a draw for business.
Albany will also add several new businesses soon including a Buffalo Wild Wings, a new downtown sports bar called Booters, and a new banquet facility and convention space downtown.