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Cycle of abuse tied to finances

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Domestic violence is always very tragic to report, and is even more serious when it involves a judge who sits in judgment over others. We have reported only the facts in the case of Judge Willie Weaver.

Police said they were called to a domestic dispute on May 22. At Palmyra Hospital his wife, Vester, was treated for her injuries, receiving six stitches over her eye. Her left eye was bloodshot, and a black mark forming underneath her eye.

She told the officer her husband was intoxicated and hit her with a beer bottle

Her mother told officers this is an ongoing problem. Three supervisors called by the officer also met with her at the hospital. The matter was turned over to the GBI for further investigation. Another fact is police were called to their home in January for a dispute.

The question now is why did his wife, Vester, wait 11 days before speaking out to say he didn’t hit her? Professionals who deal with domestic violence cases know why …

the battered wife is pressured to drop the charges, sadly even by friends and family.

She knows she may need financial support from her husband and the support for her children.

Sad to say, many remain in an abusive relationship because they feel they have no options. Tell everyone there are always options better than living in fear and danger for you and your children. If he hit you once, it will happen again.



Major eyesores:

1 down, 1 to go

Albany’s biggest eyesore remains in limbo. The Heritage House Hotel has been empty since 1995.

Earlier this year, city leaders finally thought they had it worked out to demolish the remains of the building, but the owners appealed, and it’s still tied up in court. So this dangerous, dilapidated monstrosity has blighted one of Albany’s busiest throughways for over 15 years.  It looks worse now than ever.

Contrast this scene with another former eyesore that has been transformed into open space. The old Pritchett Ford building, once a haven for drugs and gang activity, was demolished in April. Oxford Construction crews kept the dust down, dealt with asbestos in the building, and recycled what they could.  Neighboring businesses says the demolition is a welcome sight.

Oxford Construction plans to level the lot and sell the property. And judging by the construction of a new Walgreens and Zaxby’s in the immediate area, they shouldn’t have to wait long for a buyer.

This is a model of urban renewal, and what a joy it would be to see this kind of transformation occur on Oglethorpe Boulevard.



Feds should resolve

immigration debacle


Like Arizona, Georgia’s fruit and vegetable growers are feeling the heat, and we’re not just talking about the drought. The state’s new immigration law is cutting off something as important as rainfall — a labor force to harvest their crops.

The new law does not take effect for another couple of weeks, but workers are already leaving the state in anticipation of the new restrictions. One of two things will happen quickly: some crops will spoil in the fields or farmers will pay much more for labor. And our consumer prices will increase dramatically.

You have heard about the controversy. We demand a secure border with Mexico,

but we also want cheap labor supplied by migrant workers. Like it or not, farmers have used, for too long now, undocumented or illegal workers to hold down prices. The federal government should have fixed this problem with a national policy years ago. Leaving it to be solved by each state allows workers in Georgia to just move next door to Alabama, or Florida, leaving us hanging.

The Georgia Agribusiness Council is now conducting a survey of farmers,

but this process is way late to help the immediate need for workers. We need an immediate solution to a streamlined guest worker program in Georgia.

Jim Wilcox1Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.

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