Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The Inspector General's Office is remaining quiet about what could happen to the Dougherty County school board after state officials alerted them about the numerous problems plaguing the system.
No one is sure what will come of this new move, but one thing is clear- after being under close watch by the state, the Dougherty County school system can now expect more scrutiny than ever before.
Since May, the Dougherty County school board has been faced with investigations into questionable spending of federal money and close scrutiny from the state. Currently state officials have frozen more than $20 million in funds.
"Frankly I don't see that as a bad thing, just like I don't see them putting us on high risk status as a bad thing. Because the board and the administration have to work through that in order to reestablish the trust of the community," said DCSS member David Maschke.
The audit committee of the State Board of Education referred the Dougherty County School system to inspector general's office, alerting them of several problems, including lack of internal controls, poor management and failure to follow policies and procedures, just to name a few.
"This, according to those who keep the archives, is the first time the State of Georgia has ever had to refer to something to the inspector general," said Audit Chairman Larry Winter.
And such unusual circumstance has everyone guessing about what could happen. "I think the operative word is inspector. And I think that with regard to the federal programs and federal funds that we would receive that the system can expect rather close scrutiny, increased and close scrutiny from both the state and federal government," said DCSS attorney Tommy Coleman.
As of right now, Coleman says no one has been contacted by the inspector general's office, and they gave us no comment. "They are probably uninformed, completely uniformed, other than the documents they have received from the Georgia Department of Education about what to expect. And so when they evaluate those I'm sure they'll be knocking at our door and asking for certain things," Coleman said.
Coleman says the school system will have to be ready to provide any information state or federal officials may request. Coleman says more effort will be needed from the employees within the school system to provide appropriate documents and information once the feds make a move.