Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:22:08 GMT
When times are tough, small businesses usually take the hardest hit but when things start looking up, they're often the quickest to recover. That's exactly what the Albany Chamber of Commerce says they'veMore >>
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is using a series of Lunch and Learns during National Small Business Appreciation week to make it easier for small businesses to bounce back, by encouraging all to participate and gather the right tools.More >>
Should taxpayers pony up $500,000 to help a private company build a shooting facility in south Georgia?
That's the question before Early County commissioners. Economic developers want the county to put up a loan for the project they say will create jobs in the area. At a time when government budgets are so tight, some taxpayers aren't sure that much public money should be going to a private project.
The decision is still up in the air after the development authority asked Early County commissioners to loan $500,000 to the American International Marksmanship Academy. Supporters say the loan would help create roughly 30 jobs and improve the county's economy. Commissioners say they still have a lot of questions. So did we.
No commissioner would do an interview following the meeting. When Commissioner F.C. Wiggins put a motion on the table to authorize the loan, it didn't pass. Jody Glass and Chairman Perry Jarrett said they didn't have enough information to approve the loan.
Tom Bell attended that meeting. He thinks the Academy is a good idea, even if that means using taxpayer money to fund the facility that military, police, and everyday people would use for training.
"Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do what's best for the county," said Bell.
Some critics say members of the development authority and county commission are too close to the company. Up until a few weeks ago, Commissioner Hank Jester owned stock in the company.
Off camera, commissioners say they need more time to discuss the request. Other folks at the meeting say they want to see the academy create more jobs in Blakely, but they're concerned by the $500,000 price tag for the taxpayers.
Some people complained to us that commissioners aren't getting enough input from taxpayers.They say Thursday's 4:00 p.m. county commission meeting was held at a time when many people were still working and couldn't show up.
Commissioners likely will discuss the plan again at their next meeting Monday October 3rd at 6:00 p.m.