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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
No real progress to report, Monday night, just four days before the federal government falls off that fiscal cliff.
President Obama is back at the White House. He returned from Hawaii Monday, but the House of Representatives isn't even in session.
With the nation being pushed to the brink as the fiscal cliff deadline looms, Congressman Sanford Bishop is criticizing Republicans for what he calls a lack of willingness to compromise.
"Quite frankly I'm upset, disappointed and downright disgusted. I feel like Speaker Boehner and the Republican congress wasted our precious days in the past few weeks with in-fighting and then out of frustration the speaker sent us home because they could not agree to a compromise for the good of the country," said Congressman Bishop.
At least the Senate is in session, but each side just seems to be blaming the other.
"It's the countdown to midnight, start of a new year. This year, Mister President, the American people are waiting for the ball to drop, but it's not going to be a good drop," said Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid.
Republicans are firing back, saying a rush into a compromise won't benefit Americans.
"Republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything Senate Democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. That wouldn't be fair to the American people," said Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
But Bishop says something needs to be done and quickly to avoid deep spending cuts and higher taxes for America's most vulnerable citizens.
"We need to reach a sensible compromise. We need to restore hope in American people and confidence that congress can take care of the people's business," said Congressman Bishop.
"I certainly hope that cooler heads will prevail and a census and compromised will be reached. I'm hopeful that will happen," he continued.
Now both parties have just days to come to an agreement before going over what could be a very dangerous fiscal cliff.
Without a deal by Monday night, everyone's taxes will go up and drastic spending cuts will automatically kick in.
House Speaker John Boehner now says he will call the House of Representatives back in session Sunday, just one day before the deadline.