They Said It… April 13, 2014

QUOTES: Words worth repeating

These are some memorable quotes from recent Albany Herald articles.

On the development of the SOWEGA Council on Aging, Executive Director Kay Hind says she grown with the organization. “This organization started out with me and one other lady trying to help individuals,” Hind said. “We’ve come a long way. The Council on Aging has grown, and I’m proud to say I’ve grown with it. It’s like a lady said a few years back after we finished one of our planned events: ‘That was almost worth getting old for.’”

“My Easter basket revolves around Christ, because He rose for us and He’s the reason for Easter. The Easter bunny is fun and games and the Easter bunny brings us presents, but ultimately my kids will know that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Easter,” Keri Johnson, mother of Caleb, 9, and Emily, 3, while shopping for Easter items recently.

After the Dougherty County Board of Education voted to remove the “interim” from his title, Dougherty County Superintendent Butch Mosely said, “I’m glad it’s over. We still have lots of work to do, but the future does look brighter. We have already established a long-range plan and it will take us three years to get back on track. This is probably my last rodeo and I want our parents to take pride that we will put good teachers in every classroom. I want this system to be a source of pride for Dougherty County.”

“I believe in this project,” Patrick Plettner of Shandon Development Properties of Charlotte, N.C., told the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority Board about a plan to bring more than $49 million in private investment to downtown. “I’ve been working on it for the last four years, and in that time I’ve made 49 trips to Albany. I wouldn’t be driving down here if I didn’t think this development was possible.” The agreement would require ADICA to ultimately expend $337,000 in funding for pre-development planning and consulting of 115.7 acres of land in downtown Albany, chiefly along the Flint River.

On the same topic … “I hear people say all the time ‘downtown will never be what it was,’” David Prisant, ADICA board member said. “I don’t want it to be what it was. I just don’t think this is the crap-shoot some people are saying.”