Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
How are you feeling about the economy?
A new poll shows many business owners are still nervous.
The survey shows a sharp decline in the number of small business owners in metro Atlanta who are planning to hire more workers.
Some business owners in South Georgia say they're no different as a shaky economy and political uncertainty play a role.
Restaurant owner BJ Fletcher says hiring more staff over the holiday season is unlikely to happen.
"We're battling higher fuel cost, higher food cost. We don't know what new regulations are going be on healthcare or taxes," said Fletcher.
A survey of small businesses in Atlanta shows only 18% plan to hire over the next six months. That's down from 34% in the spring.
Fletcher says fewer people are coming to her for work as well.
"This is the first time I'm not having as many people come looking for part-time jobs. I don't know if they've given up or just been beaten down," said Fletcher.
Fletcher is not alone. We've talked to other small business owners who say they probably won't hire employees over the holiday period, especially with the presidential election around the corner and uncertainty of healthcare reform.
"Everybody that signs a check says healthcare is a big issue especially if you have a certain amount of employees and that's going to make a difference," said Fletcher.
She hopes the economy and other matters such as healthcare reform become clearer, so she can conduct her business accordingly.
"I can't push it on to consumers because they can cook for themselves or they don't have to go out," said Fletcher.
"This is the hardest time I've ever known for small business owners. Small business owners are the backbone of the community and of this country," she continued.
Fletcher says she'll stay optimistic and hopes employers will start hiring more soon.
That survey also showed 54% of small business owners believe they are worse off now than in 2007 when the economic officially began. 23% said they're better off.