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Editorials from 2014

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  • Viewpoint: Open Meetings Law

    Viewpoint: Open Meetings Law

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-09-09 14:00:26 GMT
    A North Georgia Mayor crossed the line when he ordered a citizen journalist to leave a Cumming City Council meeting in 2012.Now, he's paying for his mistake.Attorney General Sam Olens sued Cumming Mayor Henry Gravitt for violating Georgia's Open Meetings law and Olens won.Now, the Mayor has to fork over $12,000 to pay a fine.Georgia's Open Records and Open Meetings Laws are designed to protect you, the citizens of our state.WALB works daily to make sure South Georgia politicians, law enforcem...More >>
    A North Georgia Mayor crossed the line when he ordered a citizen journalist to leave a Cumming City Council meeting in 2012.Now, he's paying for his mistake.Attorney General Sam Olens sued Cumming Mayor Henry Gravitt for violating Georgia's Open Meetings law and Olens won.Now, the Mayor has to fork over $12,000 to pay a fine.Georgia's Open Records and Open Meetings Laws are designed to protect you, the citizens of our state.WALB works daily to make sure South Georgia politicians, law enforcem...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Lee County Firefighters

    Viewpoint: Lee County Firefighters

    Thursday, September 4 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-09-04 14:58:45 GMT
    The decision for Lee County to bring back volunteer firefighters to help in the Redbone District is a reasonable solution for a difficult problem - money.Property taxes are increasing in Lee County, for the first time in almost a decade.The volunteer firefighters, working along with their paid counterparts, will hopefully improve the fire protection rating for those in the northern end of the county.That would mean lower insurance premiums for homeowners.We also hope Lee County Commissioners ...More >>
    The decision for Lee County to bring back volunteer firefighters to help in the Redbone District is a reasonable solution for a difficult problem - money.Property taxes are increasing in Lee County, for the first time in almost a decade.The volunteer firefighters, working along with their paid counterparts, will hopefully improve the fire protection rating for those in the northern end of the county.That would mean lower insurance premiums for homeowners.We also hope Lee County Commissioners ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Worth Fire Protection

    Viewpoint: Worth Fire Protection

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:52 GMT
    Fire protection is a basic service most of you expect to get for your tax money, but some south Georgians aren't getting it.It's essentially non-existent in much of Worth County, and that has led to exorbitant insurance rates for many homeowners.Folks in the growing Lake Blackshear area organized to demand a full-time fire department. They're right to point out expensive homes there pour a lot of revenue into the county, and it's true a fire station there would lead to more growth that would ...More >>
    Fire protection is a basic service most of you expect to get for your tax money, but some south Georgians aren't getting it.It's essentially non-existent in much of Worth County, and that has led to exorbitant insurance rates for many homeowners.Folks in the growing Lake Blackshear area organized to demand a full-time fire department. They're right to point out expensive homes there pour a lot of revenue into the county, and it's true a fire station there would lead to more growth that would ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Immigration Issues

    Viewpoint: Immigration Issues

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:29:34 GMT
    The federal government, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE" has released convicted killers, who are also illegal immigrants.And it's not just a few; it's 169 of 36,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions across the country.Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren says he's disgusted by this.WSB TV reported the Obama administration claims to be "bound by a 2001 court decision that ruled immigration detention cannot be punitive or indefinite.That applies when governments refuse to tak...More >>
    The federal government, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or "ICE" has released convicted killers, who are also illegal immigrants.And it's not just a few; it's 169 of 36,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions across the country.Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren says he's disgusted by this.WSB TV reported the Obama administration claims to be "bound by a 2001 court decision that ruled immigration detention cannot be punitive or indefinite.That applies when governments refuse to tak...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Mission Change Concert

    Viewpoint: Mission Change Concert

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:21:12 GMT
    Music will equal Change Friday night for the Albany charity, Mission Change.Six South Georgia bands will perform at a benefit concert for the organization. The concert will feature Lee County and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips as the headliner for this concert which will also help to spread the word about what Mission Change does in our community.We hope you will support this worthy cause and attend the concert at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Friday at 7.You can find ticket info on o...More >>
    Music will equal Change Friday night for the Albany charity, Mission Change.Six South Georgia bands will perform at a benefit concert for the organization. The concert will feature Lee County and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips as the headliner for this concert which will also help to spread the word about what Mission Change does in our community.We hope you will support this worthy cause and attend the concert at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Friday at 7.You can find ticket info on o...More >>
  • Viewpoint: KeepMyTV.Org

    Viewpoint: KeepMyTV.Org

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-05 12:00:23 GMT
    Because you are watching WALB News right now - maybe on cable or over satellite - there's an important issue in Congress you will want to know about.Pay TV companies, which re-sell our over the air television signal to their subscribers, are seeking new rules from Congress that could jeopardize the local TV you depend on - for live local news, weather and sports here, where we live.It is local news, after all, that you rely on each day to stay safe and informed. No cable or satellite company ...More >>
    Because you are watching WALB News right now - maybe on cable or over satellite - there's an important issue in Congress you will want to know about.Pay TV companies, which re-sell our over the air television signal to their subscribers, are seeking new rules from Congress that could jeopardize the local TV you depend on - for live local news, weather and sports here, where we live.It is local news, after all, that you rely on each day to stay safe and informed. No cable or satellite company ...More >>
  • Viewpoint: Back to School

    Viewpoint: Back to School

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:17:30 GMT
    Students are already back in school in some counties.We want to remind all drivers to be careful on our roads.More >>
    Students are already back in school in some counties.We want to remind all drivers to be careful on our roads.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Unsolved Murder

    Viewpoint: Unsolved Murder

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:28:01 GMT
    An Albany murder remains unsolved after two months, even though the victim's employer offered a two thousand dollar reward .Jeffrey Nunley was gunned down outside his house on West Whitney Avenue and police apparently have few leads.More >>
    An Albany murder remains unsolved after two months, even though the victim's employer offered a two thousand dollar reward .Jeffrey Nunley was gunned down outside his house on West Whitney Avenue and police apparently have few leads.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Remembering Alice Coachman

    Viewpoint: Remembering Alice Coachman

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:13:34 GMT
    The world lost a true trailblazer with the passing of Olympian Alice Marie Coachman-Davis.More >>
    The world lost a true trailblazer with the passing of Olympian Alice Marie Coachman-Davis.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Albany's Economic Development Commission

    Viewpoint: Albany's Economic Development Commission

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-16 02:41:16 GMT
    This week you will begin to see a multi-media advertising campaign funded by Albany's Economic Development Commission."There's only one Albany" is the title theme.More >>
    This week you will begin to see a multi-media advertising campaign funded by Albany's Economic Development Commission."There's only one Albany" is the title theme.More >>
  • Viewpoint: School Bullying

    Viewpoint: School Bullying

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-07-10 14:40:08 GMT
    The suspension of the Westover High basketball coach and the punishment of several players were necessary steps in sending an important message: bullying won't be tolerated.More >>
    The suspension of the Westover High basketball coach and the punishment of several players were necessary steps in sending an important message: bullying won't be tolerated.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Flood of '94

    Viewpoint: Flood of '94

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-08 16:57:03 GMT
    As we look back on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 94, we honor the victims who were killed and remember the survivors whose lives were changed forever.The flood was a dark time in Albany's history, yet so much light shone through. More >>
    As we look back on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 94, we honor the victims who were killed and remember the survivors whose lives were changed forever.The flood was a dark time in Albany's history, yet so much light shone through. More >>
  • Viewpoint: Rescue Smokers

    Viewpoint: Rescue Smokers

    Friday, June 27 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-06-27 22:55:46 GMT
    As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, it's only fitting that a south Georgia BBQ team is celebrating its win on a national reality TV show, the B-B-Q Pit Masters on Destination America! AshburnMore >>
    As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, it's only fitting that a south Georgia BBQ team is celebrating its win on a national reality TV show, the B-B-Q Pit Masters on Destination America!More >>
  • Viewpoint: Food Stamp Drug Testing

    Viewpoint: Food Stamp Drug Testing

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-06-24 23:16:51 GMT
    A new state law goes into effect next week that would require Georgia food stamp recipients, suspected of drug abuse, to undergo drug testing.  But that law will never be enforced. The food stamp programMore >>
    A new state law goes into effect next week that would require Georgia food stamp recipients, suspected of drug abuse, to undergo drug testing.  But that law will never be enforced.More >>
  • Viewpoint: VA Controversy

    Viewpoint: VA Controversy

    Thursday, June 19 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-06-19 18:07:14 GMT
    Now that the Veterans Administration's been exposed for shocking practices, we think it's time to hold some employees accountable. After revelations of cooking the books at the Phoenix V. A. hospital,More >>
    Now that the Veterans Administration's been exposed for shocking practices, we think it's time to hold some employees accountable.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Manager

    Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Manager

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-06-17 22:43:00 GMT
    Albany is looking for an interim downtown manager at a critical time for downtown redevelopment. After three and a half year as downtown manager, Aaron Blair is leaving just as his great accomplishmentMore >>
    Albany is looking for an interim downtown manager at a critical time for downtown redevelopmentMore >>
  • Viewpoint: Voters Beware

    Viewpoint: Voters Beware

    Thursday, June 12 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-06-12 19:47:22 GMT
    Hello, I am Senator Freddie Powell Sims. Political campaigns for the most part should bring out a candidate's best ethical behavior. But Voters Beware! A small percentage of office seekers will say andMore >>
    Political campaigns for the most part should bring out a candidate's best ethical behavior. But Voters Beware!More >>
  • Viewpoint: Hot Weather Cars

    Viewpoint: Hot Weather Cars

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-06-10 16:58:52 GMT
    With hot weather here, it's important to remember the dangers that hot cars pose to children and animals. Monday, a two year old Atlanta girl died after climbing into a car and becoming trapped. ThereMore >>
    With hot weather here, it's important to remember the dangers that hot cars pose to children and animals.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Jaywalking

    Viewpoint: Jaywalking

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-06-10 14:58:43 GMT
    We think it is great news that Albany Police are going to write citations for those they see crossing the street illegally. Some of you might think what is commonly known as jaywalking is not a seriousMore >>
    We think it is great news that Albany Police are going to write citations for those they see crossing the street illegally.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Safe Driving

    Viewpoint: Safe Driving

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-06-10 14:18:29 GMT
    We're coming off one of the deadliest Memorial Day weekends in recent years in Georgia. 17 people were killed in car crashes over that long weekend. Additionally, AAA says the end of the school year beginsMore >>
    We're coming off one of the deadliest Memorial Day weekends in recent years in Georgia. 17 people were killed in car crashes over that long weekend.More >>
  • Viewpoint: New Farm Bill

    Viewpoint: New Farm Bill

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-06-10 14:12:48 GMT
    Congressman Sanford Bishop says our national security hinges on the health of our nation's children and he's worried that provisions in the new farm bill jeopardize both. Under the bill, school districtsMore >>
    Congressman Sanford Bishop says our national security hinges on the health of our nation's children and he's worried that provisions in the new farm bill jeopardize both.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    Thursday, May 29 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-05-29 14:38:31 GMT
    The City of Albany's sign task force recently recommended a ban on attention grabbing signs in the right of way, to promote safety behind the wheel. Flashing billboards would be prohibited, and waversMore >>
    The City of Albany's sign task force recently recommended a ban on attention grabbing signs in the right of way, to promote safety behind the wheel.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Parking in Front Yards

    Viewpoint: Parking in Front Yards

    Thursday, May 29 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-05-29 14:37:07 GMT
    Albany city commissioners are about to decide whether neighborhoods could ban residents from parking their own cars in their own front yards. The city can already force you to cut your grass if it getsMore >>
     Albany city commissioners are about to decide whether neighborhoods could ban residents from parking their own cars in their own front yards.More >>
  • Viewpoint: CrimeStoppers Street Sweep

    Viewpoint: CrimeStoppers Street Sweep

    Thursday, May 29 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-05-29 14:36:05 GMT
    The WALB CrimeStoppers Street Sweep resulted in dozens of tips on South Georgia fugitives. Officers from several law enforcement agencies and CrimeStoppers volunteers manned the phones Monday night asMore >>
    The WALB CrimeStoppers Street Sweep resulted in dozens of tips on South Georgia fugitives.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Bad School Bus Drivers

    Viewpoint: Bad School Bus Drivers

    Thursday, May 29 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-05-29 14:35:00 GMT
    A WALB News 10 investigation uncovered school bus drivers behaving badly. Dougherty County School officials believe they had a problem with drivers claiming hours they didn't really work, speeding, andMore >>
    A WALB News 10 investigation uncovered school bus drivers behaving badly.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Voter Participation

    Viewpoint: Voter Participation

    Thursday, May 29 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-05-29 14:33:16 GMT
    Of the nearly 50-thousand registered voters in Dougherty County, only 11-thousand 242 bothered to vote Tuesday. That's about 22 percent. Voter participation was even lower in the county-wide commissionMore >>
    Of the nearly 50-thousand registered voters in Dougherty County, only 11-thousand 242 bothered to vote Tuesday.More >>
  • Viewpoint: War Monument Vandalism

    Viewpoint: War Monument Vandalism

    Thursday, May 29 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-05-29 14:32:17 GMT
    Whoever vandalized the war monuments in downtown Albany wanted publicity and they got it. It's a crime that was planned to coincide with Memorial Day weekend, so it would have maximum effect. And itMore >>
    Whoever vandalized the war monuments in downtown Albany wanted publicity and they got it.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Tow Truck Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Tow Truck Ordinance

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-05-13 22:45:06 GMT
    Albany Commissioners are considering an ordinance that will allow the city to charge tow truck companies 20 dollars anytime dispatchers have to call a tow truck. While we commend the city for lookingMore >>
    Albany Commissioners are considering an ordinance that will allow the city to charge tow truck companies 20 dollars anytime dispatchers have to call a tow truck.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Transformation

    Viewpoint: Downtown Albany Transformation

    Friday, April 25 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-04-25 14:01:15 GMT
    Downtown Albany leaders have said for years, private development will be the key to transforming downtown Albany. That long-awaited investment may finally be coming. Recently, the Albany Dougherty InnerMore >>
    Downtown Albany leaders have said for years, private development will be the key to transforming downtown Albany. That long-awaited investment may finally be coming.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dougherty County School System

    Viewpoint: Dougherty County School System

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:48:11 GMT
    Encouraging news that things are improving within the Dougherty County School System. The system posted a four point four gain in the College and Career Readiness Index that measures school and studentMore >>
    Encouraging news that things are improving within the Dougherty County School System.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Marijuana Oil

    Viewpoint: Marijuana Oil

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:52:27 GMT
    Gov. Nathan Deal is doing what state legislators wouldn't do taking steps to possibly allow the use of cannibus oil to treat debilitating seizures. The governor wants clinical trials to study medicalMore >>
    Gov. Nathan Deal is doing what state legislators wouldn't do taking steps to possibly allow the use of cannibus oil to treat debilitating seizures.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Illegal Dumping

    Viewpoint: Illegal Dumping

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:08:22 GMT
    What a disgrace that someone illegally dumped more than 200 tires on some property in South Albany. The tires were dumped near the Norfolk Southern Railroad property. Thanks to the law-breaking dumpers,More >>
    What a disgrace that someone illegally dumped more than 200 tires on some property in South Albany.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Irwin County School Gun Scare

    Viewpoint: Irwin County School Gun Scare

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:39:13 GMT
    A potentially dangerous situation was quickly defused Tuesday when an Irwin County teacher intercepted a former student on campus. School administrators tell us they were alerted on facebook Monday thatMore >>
    A potentially dangerous situation was quickly defused Tuesday when an Irwin County teacher intercepted a former student on campus.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dr. Mosely Permanent Hire

    Viewpoint: Dr. Mosely Permanent Hire

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-04-08 18:05:51 GMT
    Dougherty County School Board members made a wise decision when they voted Monday to hire interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely permanently. More than a year ago, Mosely took over a demoralized schoolMore >>
    Dougherty County School Board members made a wise decision when they voted Monday to hire interim superintendent Dr. David Mosely permanently.More >>
  • Viewpoint: New Storm Water Fee

    Viewpoint: New Storm Water Fee

    Thursday, April 3 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-04-03 15:21:28 GMT
    Property owners in Albany are about to start paying a new storm water fee to pay for mandated upgrades to the drainage system. City leaders designed the fee structure so that everyone would pay their fairMore >>
    Property owners in Albany are about to start paying a new storm water fee to pay for mandated upgrades to the drainage system.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Lady Rams Success

    Viewpoint: Lady Rams Success

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:46:30 GMT
    Congratulations to the Albany State women's basketball team for a tremendous season. The Lady Rams won 22 games and earned their first bid to the N-C-Double A Division 2 Tournament the first time in 16More >>
    Congratulations to the Albany State women's basketball team for a tremendous season.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Tobacco Ban on Campus

    Viewpoint: Tobacco Ban on Campus

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:37:21 GMT
    It was welcome news that The Georgia Board of Regents banned all forms of tobacco on University System of Georgia property.  The policy applies to all employees, students, contractors, subcontractorsMore >>
    It was welcome news that The Georgia Board of Regents banned all forms of tobacco on University System of Georgia property.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Sign Ordinance

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-03-25 21:50:09 GMT
    The city of Albany's sign ordinance is designed to help keep the community attractive. But we hope city leaders will give thoughtful consideration to how the rules are written, and ensure they don't hurtMore >>
    The city of Albany's sign ordinance is designed to help keep the community attractive.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Pre-K Programs

    Viewpoint: Pre-K Programs

    Thursday, March 20 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-03-20 22:30:11 GMT
    Georgia is lucky to have one of the best pre-k programs in the country.  New research by experts at the University of North Carolina just confirmed that. And parents know it. These parents camped outMore >>
    Georgia is lucky to have one of the best pre-k programs in the country.  New research by experts at the University of North Carolina just confirmed that. And parents know it.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Dr. Leroy Bynum Jr.'s Departure

    Viewpoint: Dr. Leroy Bynum Jr.'s Departure

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-03-18 18:52:13 GMT
    After 22 years, Albany, GA is losing a talented musician and leader to Albany, NY.  The College of St. Rose recently announced that Dr. Leroy Bynum, Jr. will be the new dean of that college's School ofMore >>
    After 22 years, Albany, GA is losing a talented musician and leader to Albany, NY.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Remembering Donnie Haralson

    Viewpoint: Remembering Donnie Haralson

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-03-12 17:50:48 GMT
    As the citizens of Crisp County struggle with the death of their beloved sheriff Donnie Haralson, they are at least afforded comfort in knowing that their county is in good hands. Longtime and loyal ChiefMore >>
    As the citizens of Crisp County struggle with the death of their beloved sheriff Donnie Haralson, they are at least afforded comfort in knowing that their county is in good hands.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Deepening Savannah Harbor

    Viewpoint: Deepening Savannah Harbor

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-03-11 20:25:50 GMT
    President Obama's latest budget outline doesn't include money to deepen Savannah's harbor. Even Vice President Joe Biden vowed that the harbor project would be done,  quote:  "Come hell or high water."  AndMore >>
    President Obama's latest budget outline doesn't include money to deepen Savannah's harbor.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Home Stretch of Georgia Legislature

    Viewpoint: Home Stretch of Georgia Legislature

    Friday, March 7 2014 11:50 PM EST2014-03-08 04:50:02 GMT
    As the Georgia Legislature enters the home stretch in the 2014 session,  it is a relief House Bill One appears dead after failing to make it out of the House of Representatives before Monday's crossoverMore >>
    As the Georgia Legislature enters the home stretch in the 2014 session,  it is a relief House Bill One appears dead after failing to make it out of the House of Representatives before Monday's crossover day.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Colon Rectal Cancer

    Viewpoint: Colon Rectal Cancer

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 5:23 PM EST2014-03-05 22:23:18 GMT
    March is colon rectal cancer awareness month and WALB is partnering with the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia to raise awareness. Colon rectal cancer is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer in Georgia,More >>
    March is colon rectal cancer awareness month and WALB is partnering with the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia to raise awareness.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Tattoo Parlors Downtown

    Viewpoint: Tattoo Parlors Downtown

    Thursday, February 27 2014 2:32 PM EST2014-02-27 19:32:12 GMT
    We applaud the Albany City Commission for striking down part of an old ordinance that prohibits tattoo parlors from operating in downtown Albany. Tattoo parlors of today have progressed beyond their oldMore >>
    We applaud the Albany City Commission for striking down part of an old ordinance that prohibits tattoo parlors from operating in downtown Albany.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Police Low Salaries

    Viewpoint: Police Low Salaries

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 4:43 PM EST2014-02-25 21:43:49 GMT
    The Dougherty County Police Chief says low salaries are prompting more officers to leave the department, putting public safety at risk. Chief Jackie Battle told county commissioners Monday 14 officersMore >>
    The Dougherty County Police Chief says low salaries are prompting more officers to leave the department, putting public safety at risk.More >>
  • Viewpoint: High School Reclassification

    Viewpoint: High School Reclassification

    Thursday, February 20 2014 3:07 PM EST2014-02-20 20:07:02 GMT
    The latest round of reclassification by the Georgia High School Association drew complaints. The expansion to six classes and the growth of metro Atlanta have made it increasingly difficult to classifyMore >>
    The latest round of reclassification by the Georgia High School Association drew complaints.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Big Read

    Viewpoint: Big Read

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 7:12 AM EST2014-02-19 12:12:15 GMT
    Once again, our community is participating in the "BIG READ, "  an initiative  to restore reading to the center of American culture.  Albany State University, in collaboration with the Dougherty CountyMore >>
    Once again, our community is participating in the "BIG READ, "  an initiative  to restore reading to the center of American culture.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Second Winter Storm

    Viewpoint: Second Winter Storm

    Thursday, February 13 2014 3:01 PM EST2014-02-13 20:01:42 GMT
    When a second winter storm approached our state this week, the response by our leaders was vastly different than two weeks ago. This time, the governor quickly declared a state of emergency and askedMore >>
    When a second winter storm approached our state this week, the response by our leaders was vastly different than two weeks ago.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Second Chance for Felons

    Viewpoint: Second Chance for Felons

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 3:04 PM EST2014-02-11 20:04:33 GMT
    We like to say everyone deserves a second chance, but too often, Georgians convicted of crimes don't get one.   Many people who paid their debt and want to lead productive lives find it impossible toMore >>
    We like to say everyone deserves a second chance, but too often, Georgians convicted of crimes don't get one.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Pit Bull Ordinance

    Viewpoint: Pit Bull Ordinance

    Thursday, January 30 2014 3:17 PM EST2014-01-30 20:17:57 GMT
    City leaders say statistical data and recent dog attacks in our area warrant new rules. They say the new proposed ordinance improves public safety.  Mayor Hubbard was hopeful the commission would approveMore >>
    City leaders say statistical data and recent dog attacks in our area warrant new rules. They say the new proposed ordinance improves public safety.More >>
  • Viewpoint: No Pay Raise for School Board

    Viewpoint: No Pay Raise for School Board

    Thursday, January 23 2014 4:17 PM EST2014-01-23 21:17:40 GMT
    Dougherty County School Board members apparently won't get the big raise they wanted. Last summer, the board voted 4 to 3 to increase their pay from $250 a month to $1000 a month.   But they can't getMore >>
    Dougherty County School Board members apparently won't get the big raise they wanted. Last summer, the board voted 4 to 3 to increase their pay from $250 a month to $1000 a month.More >>
  • Viewpoint: GBI Support

    Viewpoint: GBI Support

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 2:31 PM EST2014-01-21 19:31:32 GMT
    You hear us mention the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the news almost nightly. The GBI is an elite team of highly trained investigators who offer assistance to local law enforcement agencies. TheyMore >>
    You hear us mention the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the news almost nightly. The GBI is an elite team of highly trained investigators who offer assistance to local law enforcement agencies.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Early General Assembly Session

    Viewpoint: Early General Assembly Session

    Thursday, January 16 2014 2:16 PM EST2014-01-16 19:16:33 GMT
    The 2014 Georgia General Assembly session kicked off this week. Lawmakers promise a faster than usual session.  Why do they plan to get their business done more quickly?  So they can get back home toMore >>
    The 2014 Georgia General Assembly session kicked off this week. Lawmakers promise a faster than usual session.More >>
  • Viewpoint: City-County Consolidation

    Viewpoint: City-County Consolidation

    Tuesday, January 14 2014 2:21 PM EST2014-01-14 19:21:07 GMT
    Last week, the Chamber released the most recent survey of members asked to vote for issues we should address this year. One question with 90% voting yes, "does the business community support allowingMore >>
    Last week, the Chamber released the most recent survey of members asked to vote for issues we should address this year.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Shelters Stepping Up During The Cold Snap

    Viewpoint: Shelters Stepping Up During The Cold Snap

    Thursday, January 9 2014 3:21 PM EST2014-01-09 20:21:34 GMT
    When temperatures dropped to dangerously low levels this week, most of us probably just put an extra blanket on the bed or an extra layer of clothing on before going outside.  But some people in southMore >>
    When temperatures dropped to dangerously low levels this week, most of us probably just put an extra blanket on the bed or an extra layer of clothing on before going outside.  But some people in south Georgia don't have that luxury.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Reflecting on 2013

    Viewpoint: Reflecting on 2013

    Friday, January 3 2014 11:53 AM EST2014-01-03 16:53:07 GMT
    As we begin the new year, we should also take time to reflect on the past year.  How did your year go? Did you do the things you planned to do in 2013? Did your resolutions come true? Or were they pushedMore >>
    As we begin the new year, we should also take time to reflect on the past year.  How did your year go? Did you do the things you planned to do in 2013? Did your resolutions come true?More >>
  • Viewpoint: Good Planning for Inclement Weather

    Viewpoint: Good Planning for Inclement Weather

    The ice and snow that fell in South Georgia this week were little more than just an inconvenience. And that's thanks to good planning. Our emergency and public safety leaders were well-prepared and workedMore >>
    The ice and snow that fell in South Georgia this week were little more than just an inconvenience. And that's thanks to good planning.More >>
  • Viewpoint: Albany Super Bowl Winner

    Viewpoint: Albany Super Bowl Winner

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 10:46 AM EST2014-02-05 15:46:44 GMT
    Albany is now home to another Super Bowl champion. Like New England's Deion Branch, Seattle Seahawk receiver Ricardo Lockette also played his high school football at Monroe High. Ricardo's road the SuperMore >>
    Albany is now home to another Super Bowl champion.More >>
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