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) -
One of Albany's biggest weekends of the year is here. Tens of thousands of people are expected downtown Saturday for the Mardi Gras Street Festival. And thousands of out of town visitors are here for the annual Albany Marathon.
The race starts at 7:00AM, and because of high water from the Flint in Riverfront Park, it will finish in a new location, outside the Thronateeska Heritage Center. This will be the first time the city has used the new finish line, but runners shouldn't worry because this new route has been officially certified for Boston.
More than 1,400 runners are expected to cross this finish line. "Basically tomorrow morning this area is gonna be packed with people. We're gonna have spectators, we're gonna have runners and we're gonna have volunteers," said Lisa Riddle, Albany Marathon Board Member.
Mars, Miller/Coors and other sponsors will be set up at the finish line along with a hospitality tent offering massages. Awards will also be handed out near the back of Roosevelt Avenue. While workers set up the finish line, vendors were getting ready for the 11th annual Mardi Gras festival.
The city shut down parts of Pine Street, Front street and Broad Avenue around noon for the setup but this year's festival will have 25 fewer vendors. "We downsized it because we were starting to get a lot of complaints about duplicating merchandise, and the vendors weren't making as much money," said Phil Cannon, Lead Organizer.
Cannon expects more than 40,000 people will make it out to this year's event --- about ten thousand fewer than last year. Cold temperatures are to blame for the expected drop in attendance -- but at least blankets will be ready for the runners once they cross the finish line.
Volunteers and spectators should dress heavy for Saturday and expect very chilly temperatures. People should also arrive early and park behind the fire station or the courthouse.