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CHARTER SCHOOLS

By   /  April 1, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet You’ll get a chance to decide whether to change the state Constitution to make it easier to start charter schools.  Both the state House and Senate passed a Constitutional amendment referendum that will go on the ballot in November.  It would clarify state law after the state Supreme Court ruled the Georgia Charter Schools [...]

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Gordy Gruhl 1,000 Wins Tribute

By   /  March 26, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Any time a coach reaches a win total that ends with two zeroes is a significant accomplishment. However, there are not many coaches who have three zeroes in the last three digits of their career win total. Deerfield-Windsor basketball coach Gordy Gruhl become one of the few high school coaches in Georgia history [...]

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Gun Sales and Carry Permits Skyrocket

By   /  March 18, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet South Georgia firearm dealers say they are having a hard time keeping guns in stock, because of skyrocketing sales. Probate Judges in the area say they’re seeing increased numbers of people applying for gun carry permits. State legislators raised the price for carry permits from $50 to $70 last year, but that has not [...]

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Federal Gas Tax Proposal

By   /  March 9, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet   Ninth District Republican Congressman Tom Graves did an editorial in the AJC recently that caught our attention, and it’s a good example of government out of control. Graves said that the three cents per gallon gas tax that started in 1956 to build the Interstate road system was supposed to go to a [...]

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GOOD SURVEILLANCE

By   /  February 27, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /   Comments

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Tweet   Hardly a week, or even a day, goes by on our news that we don’t show you surveillance video of criminals in action.  Often, when we show you the video, it leads directly to an arrest. But this kind of video serves an even more important purpose.  It can prevent crime.  Recently, Dougherty [...]

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MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST:

By   /  February 16, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet 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 [...]

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Dog Responsibility

By   /  February 9, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet   Rarely a week goes by that we don’t hear about a dog attacking a human or another animal. While occasionally the aggressive dogs are strays, more often, they are someone’s pet. In one of the more recent attacks, a chow mauled a tiny Yorkie mix, while its owner stood nearby. Now, the owner [...]

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College Costs

By   /  January 27, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.   The Georgia Student Finance Commission told lawmakers recently that lottery proceeds cannot keep up with the demand for scholarships. That means the financial burden on the student and his family will increase, and it’s no wonder. The problem is that the cost of higher education [...]

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Streamline Government

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.     Governor Nathan Deal announced an idea to do something that we think is long overdue in state and federal government:  consolidate and streamline government agencies. When times were good, and everybody who wanted a job had one, we could carry the inefficiency that government [...]

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Cheating found on CRCT

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.     Well the report is in and we all now know there was not only cheating on Dougherty County CRCT tests…there was wide-spread cheating. Long before the governor appointed special investigators to set up shop in town to get to the bottom of the test [...]

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