Back to profile

J.D. Sumner

Stories by J.D.

Tease photo

City wants more information on CVB, Chamber relationship

The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau spends $86,000 to supplement the salaries of three chamber employees.

Tease photo

Miller, Mars and P&G winners in EDC's annual Industry Celebration breakfast

An annual Economic Development Commission-sponsored breakfast honors local industries.

Tease photo

RiverQuarium, Darton partner for 5k Color Run and music festival

Officials from the Flint RiverQuarium and Darton State College are planning to host Albany's first 5k color-run and music festival.

Tease photo

Brothers behind Sherwood films forming independent company

Sherwood Baptist Church's film ministry will continue to operate despite the loss of Alex and Stephen Kendrick.

Tease photo

On the Job with Haryl Dabney

While Haryl Dabney's profession may technically involve working at L2Networks, you might as well add professional juggler to his list of skills.

Tease photo

Boot-legged electricity ignites morning fire

No one was injured in the fire, Albany Fire Department officials say.

Tease photo

FAA to delay closing Albany airport tower

Albany officials say the successful operation of the municipal airport is crucial for economic development.

Tease photo

City manager doubles reward for info on Albany murders

Two men were shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on March 17.

Tease photo

School kids taken for medical evaluation following bus wreck

The driver of the car was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Tease photo

Crime blotter - April 2, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 40 incidents.

Tease photo

Band's stolen trailer found

More than $20,000 worth of band equipment inside the trailer is still missing.

Tease photo

Crash injures two - VIDEO ADDED

Dougherty EMS workers move one of the people involved in an crash at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Pine Avenue to an ambulance Tuesday morning. Two people were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after the crash that involved a white Chevy 1500 Pickup truck and a black Toyota Highlander. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Tease photo

Dozens targeted in multi-agency drug bust

At least 13 people are arrested Tuesday morning.

Tease photo

Crime blotter with Map: April 3, 2013

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 23 incidents Monday.

Tease photo

DA, police have suspects in drive-by killings

William Davis and Desmond Williams were killed in a drive-by shooting March 17.

Tease photo

District Attorney: Serious threats uncommon for local prosecutors

The Kaufman County, Texas, district attorney and his wife were discovered with fatal gunshot wounds at their home near Forney, Texas, on Saturday.

Tease photo

Smallcakes franchise coming to Albany

The cupcakery has more than 80 different flavors available.

Tease photo

Boler: Primary mission is focus on customers

Ken Boler is The Albany Herald's newly appointed general sales manager,

Tease photo

On the job with Jim Vaught

Deputy Dougherty County Emergency Management Director Jim Vaught is an interesting character. After 27 years in the Marine Corps, the Harley Fatboy-riding leatherneck continued his public service in a variety of different ways — ending in his current role as the county’s top disaster planning specialist.

Tease photo

Albany Herald carrier shot at while on his morning delivery route

A newspaper carrier for the Albany Herald was shot at while making his rounds early Friday morning, police officials say.

Tease photo

Serial arsonist prompts evacuation of Albany Heights

Fire officials say they have a number of suspects they’re interviewing but no charges have been filed.

Tease photo

Sumter County fire chief indicted in South Carolina

John Ekaitis was the chief of the Hardeeville, S.C. Fire Department from 2003 to 2007.

Tease photo

City on lesbian and gay rights: 'We follow state's lead'

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on two major gay rights issue this summer.

Tease photo

High court reverses Albany gang conviction

Prosecutors vow to retry Jones for his role in the August 2009 shooting at Carver Pool.

Tease photo

Law enforcers learn to handle mentally ill

According to statistics, it costs seven times more to treat mentally ill prisoners than the cost for private care.

Tease photo

On the Job with Wes Smith

With 27 years of municipal government under his belt, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith has seen a lot during his tenure in Albany. He’s handled flood recovery, political scandals and has managed to balance a home life that includes a wife and four children.

Tease photo

Downtown churches collaborate for Holy Week services

Services this week will start each day at 12:15 p.m. at Hines Memorial CME Church on North Madison Street.

Tease photo

Technology brings new level of convenience to craft fairs

New levels of convenience for customers and safety for vendors does come at a price, however.

There is one annoying facet of craft-fair shopping that has plagued consumers as long as people have had hand-made wares to sell.

Tease photo

Top chamber official resigns

An Albany chamber official accepts a position in a community where her son can continue to receive therapy for autism.

Tease photo

Consular and trade officials take tour of Thrush

Representatives of 23 countries are taking a three-day tour of Southwest Georgia this week.

Tease photo

Chamber drops to three-star accreditation

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce was given a five-star rating after its last evaluation in 2007.

Tease photo

First trafficking defendants make court appearances

An indictment lodged against nine defendants charged with cocaine trafficking remains under seal.

Tease photo

Cairo man pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

Federal agents say they found images and videos of prepubescent children on discs seized from a suspect's home.

Tease photo

VIPs from across the globe to visit Albany today

Local officials hope that a tour of Southwest Georgia cities leads to further investment in the area.

Tease photo

First of nine in cocaine trafficking conspiracy make court appearances

The first three defendants in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy case brought by the federal government appeared in court Tuesday

Tease photo

Two die in drive-by shooting

Police on alert for possible retaliation

Albany police are on alert for a possible retaliation for Sunday’s shooting.

Tease photo

On the Job with Chris Hardy

In this week's On the Job, Chris Hardy talks about his personal and professional life; his dream of escaping to Hawaii and his addiction to golf.

Tease photo

Albany woman convicted of public assistance fraud

Five years on probation, more than $5,000 in resitution and a $1,000 fine await Carol Johnson.

Tease photo

Brothers charged in armed robbery

Two armed men robbed the Family Dollar on East Oglethorpe Boulevard, police officials say.

Tease photo

Hotel/Motel tax passes on second vote

A controversial Fulton County bill fails by one vote to pass.

Tease photo

Link Up concert set for Friday

The annual concert is a collaboration between the Albany Symphony and Carnegie Hall.

Tease photo

Trial starts for woman accused of public assistance fraud

The trial of an Albany woman accused of covering up her marriage so that she could receive public housing assistance from the state started in earnest Wednesday with lawyers completing opening statements and the state calling its first witnesses.

Assembly passes Tift namesake resolution

Henry Harding Tift was the nephew of Albany's founder, Nelson Tift.

Tease photo

Fulton County spat prompts lawmakers to table Albany Hotel/motel tax bill

A bill that was originally passed by the Georgia House of Representatives but then lumped into a package that was up for reconsideration Monday has now been tabled by lawmakers in a move one local representative says is akin to holding all of the state's local legislation "hostage."

Tease photo

Judge grants request for 'Big Daddy's' hearing

A controversial night club that was stripped of its liquor license by the Albany City Commission will continue to serve patrons until a March 27 hearing after a court order handed down in late February.

Tease photo

Albany hotel/motel tax tied up in Fulton County political wrangling

A House Bill set to be voted on Monday will determine if Dougherty County’s hotel/motel tax will increase.

Tease photo

Hospital authority bill fails to meet crossover deadline

The bill remains viable for the legislative session next year.

Tease photo

Airport officials working on appeal to avoid tower shutdown

Airport officials are busy filing appeals to a decision handed down by the federal government to shutter the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport's tower control center due to sequester-related cuts.

Tease photo

Smithsonian to bring black history presentation to ASU

The symposium is set Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school’s student center.

Tease photo

Snickers Marathon among nation's top two races with Boston Qualifiers

Albany's Snickers Marathon had the second-highest percentage of runners finish with a Boston Marathon qualifying-time in the nation, officials say.