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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
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A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Governor Nathan Deal's effort to save the hope scholarship has Pre-K teachers losing hope. The legislation would cut six hour days down to just four for students.
That would cost some teachers thousands of dollars a year. Normally teachers have eight hour days but that would change to just five.
Some in favor of the bill say they have to cut something in order to keep Hope Scholarship. But teachers feel like education is always the first on lawmakers list to get the ax.
Most Pre-K teachers aren't in it just for the money. "I love being with kids. I love to see their face; when they can finally recognize their name," said Dawn Starling.
"Teachers that are used to getting paid $40,000 a year will take a 15,000 cut. Most teachers can't afford it; because they have bills and kids," said Rebecca Nutt.
Starling and Nutt teach Pre-K in Turner County. And losing those two hours of class time will affect their pocketbooks.
"My husband and I have talked about selling our house and renting. We've talked about getting rid of cable and cell phones," said Rebecca Nutt.
"My husband mentioned I might have to find a part-time job after school is over," said Starling.
Teachers feel like this is just another attack on education. "It's nice to know that Mars has water. But it's not benefiting us here. Let's put that money back into education," said Starling.
"If it goes from a six to four; I'll have to find someone to pick my son up or he might have to stay with me all day," said Nutt.
By the time kids get to kindergarten; they're expected to already know shapes, colors, and social skills. "Pre-K teaches all that. We teach fundamentals, ABC's just about anything you can imagine," said Starling.
"So if they don't get the full day, they'll go into KinderGarden not prepared." These students getting cut are our future.
Teachers are planning a protest against a smaller day of school. They're asking everyone to call your local representative and tell them to leave Pre-K education alone.
Turner Pre-K teachers have made a Facebook page named Protect Georgia's Full Day Pre K program.