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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Angry taxpayers plan to pack Tuesday night's Albany city commission meeting. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on whether to try to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit that failed to build a taxpayer backed housing project.
The South Georgia patriots are angry about what they call a lack of oversight by city leaders. They're also upset that the city may not go after $364,000 local taxpayers had to give back to the federal government. They hope they can encourage commissioners to change their minds.
Tom Knighton was born and raised in Albany. He's now a member of the political action group South Georgia Patriots and tonight, he wants action by the city commission.
He said, "It's time that they start recognizing that responsibility and realize that we want our money back, plain and simply, we want our money back."
The "we" he's referring to are city taxpayers, who refunded the federal government $364,000 for low to moderate income apartments that were never even started. The city commission has tentatively agreed not to go after cash from Cutliff Grove Family Resource Center, in exchange for a deed to the property where the development was supposed to go. Knighton says that's not enough.
He said, "It's got to be one of the most irresponsible things I've ever heard of in government, to not even make an attempt to at least recoup some of the money." But Knighton wants more than money. He wants answers.
He said, "Now I think the question is, who made those decisions? Why were they made? And as taxpayers, I think we've got a right to know."
And as the commission debates the issue tonight, he's hoping they'll make a decision that will be in the best interest of the people they serve. He said, "If the city commission decides to go after the money, try to get their money back, it will be a step moving in the right direction."
Paying back the people of Albany, who've paid the federal government for a project that was never produced.
The early briefing for the commission begins at 7:30 PM. The regular meeting is at 8 PM.