Thursday, May 23 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:54:34 GMT
A Dougherty County rape crisis center hopes to raise $15,000 at a tasty event Thursday night at the Merry Acres Event Center. The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victimsMore >>
The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victims and roughly 150 adults every year. About two hundred people are expected to show up for the fourth annual 'Farm to Fork' Fundraiser.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
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 >>
Governor Nathan Deal Thursday signed off on new redistricting maps for the Dougherty County School Board and the Dougherty County Commission.
The maps will now head to the U-S Justice Department for approval.
The City of Albany has yet to redraw the city's six wards after getting new census numbers.
Three of the city's districts are likely to see a big upheaval.
City leaders know it won't be easy, which is why they decided to take their time redrawing the six city ward lines to meet the one man, one vote requirement of redistricting. In the next several weeks they'll be looking for citizens' help.
"The whole idea of these meetings is to let the population know what's going on what the census numbers showed us, where the population shifts have been and what we have to do to get the districts back to approximately the same population in each," said Wes Smith. Albany Assistant City Manager.
Wards one, four, and six right now meet the legal requirements as they stand today, it's wards two, three, and five where major shifts will be made from the west to the east.
"We have to find a way to shift people across, which actually comes across from ward 5 into ward 2 or ward three and across to ward two and that's what we have to accomplish," said Smith.
Digging deeper city officials say where it gets difficult is keeping streets in neighborhoods that share similarities together and a lot depends on where the city commissioner lives.
"We try to have some homogeneity in the wards that they make sense and then it will affect materially who's in the ward and who can run in that ward, because that could be important too," said Smith.
Because they can't draw someone elected in November out of their district. Which is why officials have chosen to wait until the new commission is in place after January to really get into the process.
"One of the key issues will be after the election where do the successful candidates live because that materially could affect how the boundaries are set up or someone actually being in the wrong district," said Smith.
The issue right now remains the removal of the north downtown area out of Ward 3 represented by Christopher Pike into ward two. That's likely to be discussed in length at next weeks meeting.
The first public hearing on the maps is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 PM in room 100 of the Government Center on Pine Avenue.