Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
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. This may seem like a regularMore >>
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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
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 >>
An order was issued Thursday by the U. S. Federal Court in Albany, halting the upcoming Sumter County School Board elections.
The issue is the current district lines, and the process of re-drawing them.
Sumter resident William Byrd's attorney Bill Calhoun filed the suit last month, citing school board district lines, claiming that they are unconstitutional, because they have not been re-apportioned, based on 2010 census numbers.
Calhoun said this is just the first step in the process.
"The court can draw some districts on a remedial basis or interim basis. Those will be districts that will be used until the legislature takes some sort of action in the future," said Calhoun.
Sumter School Board attorney Maurice King, Jr. said, "There are some people who are upset with what the majority of the board is doing, and the way to change that is to go out and win an election. You can't win an election if you don't have one. So I don't understand the strategy," he said.
King says it's up to the school board to decide if an appeal will be filed. He added that the school board district lines were re-drawn in August 2010 to configure with current census numbers. The Department of Justice had 90 days to approve those lines.
The re-drawn lines at the time included 5 districts and 2 at-large districts.
King says typically the approval is made by the DOJ in less than 60 days, but it took longer than that time frame for the approval to be made.
The board decided to stay with the 9 districts drawn up in accordance to the 2000 census figures.
Elections will be suspended for districts one, two, four & six.
The lines will be re-drawn in federal court and could be completed before the general election in November.
Because the school board are non-partisan, King says that will bring out more voters anyway.