Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Should teachers be allowed to carry guns in schools? It's a debate being sparked by last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. It's a controversial question, and one legislators and former educators in South Georgia are weighing in on.
Lawmakers across the country are looking at ways that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting could have been prevented. A common discussion among people now is whether teachers and, or administrators should carry guns in schools.
Senator Freddie Powell Sims is not only a Georgia legislator, she also worked in education for 30 years. She believes security needs to be increased, but does not think educators should carry a weapon.
"If you have armed, trained personnel in every building then that's probably the way we're going to have to go. And that's the reality of it and I know people don't want to live in an armed state, but in order to protect our children, who are the most vulnerable, and cannot protect themselves, we're going to have to start being reasonable and not just look at this as an isolated incident because this is happening far all too frequently in our society."
Former Representative John White also disagrees. "We shouldn't go off the deep end here and arm everybody because one guy who had a mental problem had the wrong gun and did some damage unfortunately."
Instead, White believes we need to look more closely at the weapons we allow.
Adam Lanza, the gunman at Sandy Hook is believed to have used a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle, which is a civilian version of the military's M-16. It is similar to the weapon used in a recent shopping mall shooting in Oregon and other deadly attacks around the country.
"What I think the legislators around the country should do and the president and the congress is to stop the flow of guns, of that type, into this country and from manufacturers of those guns."
White also believes that clips which hold 20 or 30 rounds shouldn't be made available to the average citizen.
Some suggest that as we look at the idea of more security in schools, we also address mental health and perhaps offer tests or programs for those students who may need it.