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) -
Federal budget cuts freeze a program that helps troubled students become productive members of society and helps our area's economy. Job Corps Centers nationwide have been ordered to freeze enrollment.
That includes Albany's Turner Job Corps. Congressman Sanford Bishop and Senator Johnny Isakson are among the political leaders encouraging the Department of Labor to find other ways to cut spending.
Turner job corps has a $25 million economic impact on Albany but if they aren't able to enroll more students and they're asked to cut staff that will put our area in a bad situation. For some students, Turner Job Corps is their last hope, and an opportunity to make a better living.
"Unfortunately we are not accepting students at this time, we have received calls here where the students or potential students are crying on the phone," said Calandra Jefferson business and community.
The decision to freeze enrollment came down from the federal government because of a severe budget shortfall, but locals say the freeze will have a major impact on our economy. "I had given up on life; I had let everyone else run my life, my kids are my motivation, without them I wouldn't be here," said Ashley Johnson, enrolled in program.
When she picked up the phone and called Job Corps they gave her a chance to turn it around. "I was working the graveyard shift, trying to get them in daycare and that's why I came to Turner to turn everything around," said Johnson. Turner is one of only four Job Corps centers in the country that offers a program to help single mothers like Johnson.
"I want them to have a better life than I did I don't want them to struggle," said Johnson. Johnson along with all the other current students, will be able to complete their program and go off to work. Now they are hoping lawmakers can make a difference.
"We don't know if it is temporary, or if it's permanent, but if you are right if it is permanent then that's the end of Job Corps," said Jefferson. Employees at Turner Job Corps say they will forge ahead, helping students become successful employable members of society in hopes of getting the opportunity helping many more.