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Bill White heading to retirement

Bill White, who operated a successful restaurant business in East Albany, has called it quits.

He's not completely retiring, but he is getting out of the daily grind required to operate a restaurant.

White has closed White's Family Seafood Restaurant and White's Old Fashioned Barbecue, both in the 1000 block of Radium Springs Road.

White opened the restaurants in 1997 after a 30-year career as a union boilermaker.

White will continue to operate two seafood markets here. The markets are located at 312 S. Monroe St. and 1616 E. Broad Ave. and are operated by White's brother, Franklin, of Shellman.

Bill White also had a successful catering business, but has handed that off to Ole Times Buffet. He will be involved in that on a limited basis.

"I'm 71," he said. "It's just time to spend some time on my own."

Before he settles into retirement, White says he is trying to sell his property on Radium Springs Road.

The property can be divided into three separate businesses, he said.

"I own them, along with the bank, so if you know anybody interested, send them to me," he said.

HERALD HIRE: A newspaper and advertising executive currently based in North Carolina will join The Herald later this month as general manager -- the No. 2 executive position in the building.

Publisher Mike Gebhart hired John Hetzler in December after a national search. Hetzler will be responsible for advertising, circulation and IT. Gebhart will maintain responsibility for news and production.

Hetzler primarily will direct The Herald's efforts to create advertising revenue.

He will assist Gebhart who, as executive vice president of Triple Crown Media, must travel to Atlanta occasionally to direct the company's six newspapers in north Georgia.

Hetzler and his wife will be relocating from New Bern, N.C., to Albany.

He's expected to report for duty on Jan. 18.

They have one son, Zach, who is a sophomore at North Caroline State.

RETIRING: Another local business owner is moving into semi-retirement.

Mary Carrington plans to close Albany Flower Market on Dawson Road around the end of the March.

Carrington says Charlotte Faircloth, who has assisted her for more than two years, plans to open The Quail's Nest Florist and Gift at Ledo Road and Palmyra Road.

Carrington says she will work with Faircloth on a part-time basis.

HEARING: The SOWEGA Council on Aging is hosting a public hearing Jan. 26 to give area residents an opportunity to discuss issues facing the elderly.

The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. at the Department of Human Resources building at 200 Oglethorpe Blvd.

Organizers are specifically looking for ideas on how to improve services currently in place and new programs and services which could enhance the quality of life for elderly residents.

For additional information, please call (229) 432-1124.

Danny Carter can be contacted at (229) 888-9346 or e-mailed at danny.carter@albanyherald.com.