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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

August 2, 2006

Valdosta - Amanda Kozak first participated in pageants her senior year in high school to try to get scholarship money for her education at Valdosta State University.  "I had the Hope Scholarship, but all the room and board fees as well," said Miss Georgia Amanda Kozak.

Four years later she won the Miss Georgia competition.

Since winning the crown a little over a month ago, Kozak has been making appearances all over the state.  "I've been doing a lot of driving. I have a Tahoe that I got and every 5,000 miles I get a new Tahoe. The last Miss Georgia went through 9 of them, so that will give you an idea of how much traveling I really need to do," Kozak exclaimed.

Friends, family, and supporters turned out at a banquet held in her honor to celebrate her first return home since she won the crown.  Here, Valdosta Mayor John Fretti surprised her with some special gifts.

"I gave her only the third key to the city that I've presented to anyone in my 3 years of office, and we also presented her with a mock-up of the sign that will be displayed at the six or seven strategic locations entering city limits," said Mayor Fretti.

The signs will be hung for the remainder of her reign as Miss Georgia.  That is, unless she wins the Miss America pageant this January.  "She could become Miss America, so immediately she wouldn't be Miss Georgia anymore. So we'll change the sign," the Mayor said.

As for Kozak's original mission to raise scholarship money, she's earned almost $30,000.00 to continue her education.

She is currently living in Savannah where she is training for the Miss America competition to be held at the end of January.

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