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T-SPLOST

By   /  December 18, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.     You have heard a lot lately, about the new T-SPLOST. A one-percent sales tax which will deliver infrastructure and economic development benefits for our Southwest Georgia region South Georgia has supported local SPLOST efforts many times in the past, so the concept should not [...]

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SCHOOL LUNCH INVESTIGATION

By   /  December 18, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB. SCHOOL LUNCH INVESTIGATION Monday night, Dougherty County School Board members voted to hire an independent expert to help them figure out how widespread fraud in the free lunch program is. We hope they’re serious, and we hope they follow through with a complete audit to root [...]

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University Gardens

By   /  November 9, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet If Albany leaders can’t find a use for a failed development in East Albany… they may have to repay 500-thousand dollars to the federal government. Brush and trees still stand on this land off Frank Postell Sr. Street that by now, was supposed to be home to low to moderate income housing. That hasn’t [...]

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SCHOOL RAPE

By   /  November 9, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet An Albany teenager suspected of raping a girl on school property not only remains in class, but is staring on his school’s football team. Last week, a grand jury indicted Westover High School student, 16-year old Shannon Saunders for rape. He’s accused of assaulting a 15-year old girl in the school’s auditorium last May [...]

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Open Government a Worthy Pursuit

By   /  September 22, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet Georgia Supreme Court Justices and the state’s top law enforcement official are trying to send a message about the importance of open government. This week, the High Court ordered the city of Statesboro to pay the legal fees for a group that sued the city for violating the state’s Open Meetings Act by planning [...]

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Fairness Should Trump Politics in Redistricting

By   /  September 3, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet A special session of the General Assembly is under way to approve new state and Congressional voting districts. For the first time, Republicans are in charge of the process, and they’re doing many of the things they complained about from Democrats for years. It hasn’t been a very open process. Republicans refused to get [...]

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Truth must be told about CRCT cheating

By   /  July 23, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet What was Gov. Nathan Deal thinking? As he announced the shocking results of a CRCT cheating investigation into Atlanta Public Schools, he quietly released a brief statement saying the Dougherty County investigation was over. He claimed Dougherty County schools took significant steps to address testing issues, but he refused to explain what those steps [...]

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Leaders curiously mum on Sunday sales

By   /  July 15, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet Back in 2002, Albany leaders told voters that Sunday alcohol sales would help boost the economy. This was only allowed in restaurants with at least 50 percent of their business coming from food, or hotels with 50 percent of their business in lodging. That leadership undoubtedly convinced the majority of voters to say “yes” to the [...]

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DOT wasting public money

By   /  July 9, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet Wonder why the U.S. government is $14 trillion dollars in debt? Look no further than a road project in Dougherty County. Okay, it’s not really responsible for much, if any, of the debt, but it is an example of how the government often wastes money. Crews are wrapping up a project to improve safety [...]

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Cycle of abuse tied to finances

By   /  June 22, 2011  /  Jim Wilcox  /   Comments

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Tweet 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, [...]

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