In May of this year, six family members were involved in a serious car accident in Worth County in which a 10-year-old was killed. The surviving five are recovering from the physical damages, but not nearly as quickly as the medical bills are piling up. And so, as they so often do, The Remaining Few Motorcycle Club stepped in to lend a hand. The club held a poker run, which included the site of the crash; a car and bike show, and lots of food and fun for the family. A goal was set to raise $5,000 for the family but, when the day was done, the tally was $8,200.

Albany Search & Rescue has decided to restart its Explorers, an organization for young people ages 14 to 20 years old. The all-volunteer program will teach about search and rescue but also expose participants to emergency medical services, fire fighting, law enforcement, map reading and much more. While there will undoubtedly be plenty of kids interested in such a fun, active, educational and healthy way to spend their spare time, adult volunteers are needed. Call Jo Luke at (229) 338-6768 for details -- it might be that you learn something useful also.

He is a physician, a deliverer of babies and the mayor of Albany. Willie Adams Jr. has a history of hard work and dedication to families of this community -- a long history. At the recent Community Service Award Banquet at Albany State University, Adams was honored for all he has done. From caring for patients, serving on numerous boards to a two-term stint as mayor, it seems there is always someone in the path of his assistance. Thank you, Willie Adams, and thank you, ASU, for reminding everyone about his many contributions to fellow citizens.

Not one person likes litter, but very few do anything about it. Albany Rotary Club President Steve Allen is an exception. "No Butts Please" is Allen's pet project that means just what it says. Partnering with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful, club members battled the heat for their first litter removal last week along the west Liberty Expressway ramp at Nottingham Way. Allen's plan calls for five additional cleanups. Thank you so much.

On Sept. 27 there will be an election of officers for the steering committee to guide the creation of Dougherty County College and Career Academy, a new charter school. As a charter school, the governing board will not be the same as the public school system. Darrel Ealum best described just who and what the steering committee and its officers need to be when he said, "We are looking for the best and brightest among business and education leaders in our community to help guide the process." That indeed sounds like a solid plan.

There are no slow weeks for law enforcement agencies these day but some are busier than others. On Friday, Aug. 19, a plan came together. With the cooperation of several agencies, nearly 400 warrants were executed against more than 50 Crips Gang members right here in Albany. New charges were made against some gang members already incarcerated and new arrests removed additional gangsters from the streets. In an apparent attempt to retaliate for the reduction in force made upon the Crips, a few of the remaining genius members fired at an Albany Police car while it was occupied by an officer. How'd that go? Not too well for the six or so newly arrested suspects. Spearheaded by the Albany Police Department Gang Unit, this removal of a large number of gang members from Albany streets deserves a super-sized "thumbs up!"