by jim Wilcox
We have to say congratulations to our Economic Development Committee, Led by Ted Clem, Barbara Rivera-Holmes, and Justin Strickland.
You can see new construction in several sites around town, that represent their hard work. Gander Mountain and Ulta are well underway near the Albany Mall.
Party City just opened and Pet Smart will be soon, in the nearby Publix shopping center. Kauffman Tires will be located behind the CVS on Slappey Blvd.
All these exciting developments represent new employment opportunities, and helps to maintain Albany’s status as the shopping hub for Southwest Georgia.
Better Brands and Phoebe Putney Hospital are investing millions of dollars in two new warehousing projects in our industrial park near our newly renovated airport.
Building on this momentum, our Chamber of Commerce is expecting to add 200 new members this week, in a membership drive. We hope you will keep all these positives in mind when talking to others, and share our optimistic outlook for the future.
Add Batteries to the Regulated Recycling List
We’re accustomed to seeing in the news that people are victimized when their Brass, copper, and aluminum is stolen by people who turn in the metal for money.
What we’re not used to seeing is citizens having the batteries stolen out of the cars by criminals who are now turning them in to recyclers or money.
And have you seen the prices for a car battery lately? Even for a small car,
they can run over $100. For trucks and heavy equipment, it’s much more.
This is becoming a serious crime, and those who steal from their neighbors are bad enough, but stealing batteries from vehicles mostly disrupts the lives of people who may be hard-pressed to buy a replacement. Recently, even charities have fallen victims to these shameless criminals.
Adding batteries to the regulated recycling list is a good way to make these thefts not quite so easy to convert to cash.
And we call of the legal system to find these criminals and lock them up.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.