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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A program to help at-risk south Georgia kids make it to college is building on its early success.
The Valdosta Early College Academy begins it's second year tomorrow. It's a partnership between the Valdosta City School System and Valdosta State University to bring out the best in students.
Valdosta State University's Defensive Line Coach Earl Chambers taught kids how to eat healthy as part of the Valdosta Early College Academy's orientation week.
The students left soon after to show off their classrooms to their parents.
"I'm just looking forward to great success and the preparation for college as well," said Sherly Baker, academy parent. "The atmosphere here is good so it just gets her ready for it."
Her daughter Gabrielle is entering the sixth grade at the academy. Principal Ingrid Hall reflects on how proud she is of the last year's CRCT results.
"100 percent of our students passed in english language arts and 96 percent passed in reading," said Ingrid Hall, Principal of Valdosta Early College Academy. "We had really great results in math and science and we beat the system."
In addition, students had to write their very own autobiography and this year they'll gain even more skills in a program called writing-to-win. Eventually the school will be grades 6-12. This year seventh grade has been added.
"We're very big on technology," added Hall. "That's the benefit to being on campus at Valdosta State University."
The academy is housed at the university's Dewar College of Education building. Students are also learning how to use IPODs to get information they've missed.
"Students are able to take academic content and relate it to real life," continued Hall.
The early schools target students who are at-risk learners with potential and are the first generation of high school or college in their families.
VSU's education program works with kids on concepts they're having trouble with and tutors them. The academy and all other Valdosta City Schools begin tomorrow.