ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new farmers market is opening in Albany.
Husband and wife duo, the Butlers, have come back to their hometown after years away to try to help solve a problem here; The lack of available healthy foods.
Oranges, melons and potatoes, normally expensive and out of reach for many in Albany living in areas out of walking distance from any grocery stores.
“There’s a definite need for food and fresh produce in the community. There’s a number of food deserts in the Albany area," said Damon Butler, with Bill’s Farmers Market.
Which is why Twala Mathis-Butler and her Husband Damon Butler, have opened Bill’s Farmers Market.
“We’re just trying to offer healthy products to the community,” said Twala.
The Butlers, originally from Albany, moved away years ago for Twala’s job in the army. But after 30 years, they’ve decided to come back and serve the city, she said gave them their start.
“Being able to come back home and to actually be able to be a part of the community and help in any way my husband and I can means a great deal,” said Twala.
To be as accessible as possible, the market will take EBT cards, as well. And now they’re looking to expand their reach, talking about possible partnerships within Dougherty County through farmers who grow here locally.
“A place where people can get fresh food on a consistent and reoccurring basis,” Damon said.
Bill’s Farmers Market is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 306 Moultrie Road.
Dougherty County commissioners said more money is needed to keep the heating and cooling system working in the Albany Government Center.
The county has been working on the building since September of last year in an almost $2 million project.
Dougherty County commissioners just approved extra funding of nearly $30,000 on Monday in what they called an emergency purchase.
County Administrator Mike McCoy said the heating and air unit is on its last leg.
Now, the county needs to spend over $26,000 to replace it.
This is in addition to the $1.9 million they’re spending on the current upgrades.
“The presentation of the building, it has definitely been upgraded, been approved and I think the citizens will be served by this building for many years to come,” said McCoy.
The county awarded RHS Heating and Cooling out of Albany the $26,000 contract.
McCoy expects the Government Center repairs to be completed in April.
If you still have questions about TSPLOST, this Thursday is your last chance to have them answered by city and county officials.
If you live in Dougherty County, you can vote yes or no for the 1 cent sales tax increase on March 19.
The extra tax would go to fund transportation projects in the city and county and it’s estimated to bring in an additional $80 million over the next five years.
But this Thursday is the last town hall meeting to discuss the pros and cons of TSPLOST.
“It’s up to the people, to either vote it up or down, but we just want to make sure they have good information, so they can make a rational and a good and wise decision based on what their needs are if there are any,” said District 6 Commissioner Anthony Jones.
The meeting will be this Thursday at 6 pm at 1125 Antioch Road.