Coming up next week, The ALDON (Albany-Dougherty National) prayer committee will sponsor the 39th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.
This year’s speaker will be Dr. Mel Blackaby, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Jonesboro.
The breakfast will be held Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Hilton Garden Inn, on Front Street in Albany. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m.
The purpose of the breakfast is to join in prayer with others for our city, nation, and world. The committee believes that prayer is the key to bringing about positive change that will ensure a productive and safe future.
As a result of this program and others the committee hopes to keep this community united with its local, state and national leaders.
The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was begun in 1973 by the Albany Chapter of the Christian Business Men’s Committee”. This organization was chartered in 1967 as a part of a national committee, whose purpose was to bring together the business and professional leaders of Albany, into unity with the elected officials of the community.
We hope you will support this very successful annual event.
The motivational program will present a vision for the future, which promotes open and honest communication for both groups.
For Tickets Contact: Wanda Mitchell Ph: 435-7930 firstname.lastname@example.org
State lawmakers are debating a bill that will keep nonviolent juvenile offenders out of youth detention centers, like the one located here in Albany.
Nearly 1,400 juveniles who committed nonviolent offenses were locked up in Georgia last year, at a cost in the millions.
If we can keep kids out of these facilities if they don’t really need to be separated from society, the financial savings could be tremendous.
There is also the matter of preventing youngsters who are not yet hardened criminals, or who committed less serious infractions, from be kept with those who may victimize them.
The proposed bill will also make sure that a juvenile offender who turns 18 while serving their time won’t go to prison– with an adult population of hardened criminals.
If the bill becomes law, it will create a new process called Child in Need of Services, to oversee juveniles who are considered low or no risk.
We say this is a step in the right direction, and we’d like to see serious debate on the issue.
Unless there’s an unforeseen downside, it sounds like a great idea…
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.