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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.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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 >>
CUTHBERT, GA (WALB) -
Randolph County officials are trying to figure out the most efficient way to transform their buildings to be more handicap accessible. The Department of Justice is involved to make sure it happens.
Federal officials came down a year ago to look at the buildings after discovering more than a quarter of Randolph County residents have a disability. The result they say changes must be made.
Many of the buildings in Randolph County were up to date by previous standards on handicap accessibility. But, they recently learned of many small adjustments that must be made.
"Go back now and change the poundage on opening a door," said Jimmy Bradley, Randolph County Commission Chairman. "The height of a paper towel dispenser in a restroom. The new ones, you just rip it out and tear it off. They are too high. A person in a wheelchair can't reach up to rip the paper off."
More than 27 % of people in the county are disabled according to Census data. The management at New Horizons Disabilities Center says they meet with their people often to assess any issues.
"We have team meetings to set up goals and objectives. They have not indicated that there was any problems," said William Giglio of the New Horizons Center.
Some buildings will need new parking. Some will need structural changes.
One example is this wheelchair ramp at the Board of Commissioners office. They have used it for years. Now, the Department of Justice says it is too steep. This is one of the many renovations that is on the way.
Many places that have handicapped parking will need van parking. Giglio doesn't see the need. "We have lift vans that we use. We very seldom have problems with them."
Randolph County will have three years to get the projects done.
"So what we will have to do is look at the cost and carry these projects out based on what we can pay for. We want know what it will cost until we make a final decision on should we renovate a building or move people into a new building," Bradley said.
Those decisions will be made and put into action soon.
The Board of Commissioners already set aside $30,000 this year for the renovations. Over three years, the adjustments could cost a hundred thousand dollars.
Even buildings that are just a few years old will have to be renovated. They say they will do whatever it takes to comply with the Disabilities Act.