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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Better Business Bureau, serving East Alabama, West and Southwest Georgia offers a warning to citizens who may feel the need to help people affected by tropical storm Sandy.
If the phone rings and the caller says they're collecting money to help those victims, you should be alert that scammers may try to play on our sympathies.
Here's their advice-
Wise Giving Alliance offers the following tips to help donors decide where to direct donations to assist hurricane Sandy victims:
1. Be wary of claims that 100% of donations will assist relief victims. If a charity claims 100% of collected funds will be assisting hurricane victims, the truth is that the organization is probably still incurring fund raising and administrative expenses.
2. Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the Sandy-affected area. See if the charity's website clearly describes what the charity can do to address immediate needs. Unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers to provide assistance quickly.
3. Avoid the "middleman" charity. Some charities may be raising money to pass along to relief organizations. If so, you may want to consider "avoiding the middleman" and giving directly to those that have a presence in the region.
4. Question gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations. The organization needs the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid properly. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans. Be wary of those who are not experienced in disaster relief assistance.
5. Be cautious when giving online. Avoid emails and social media posts that claim to link to a relief organization. If you want to donate, go directly to the charity's website.