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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
February 3, 2003
Albany - On Saturday, the world watched as Columbia fell apart in the skies over Texas. Many of the eyes glued to the television that day were those of children. On Monday, South Georgia teachers urged students to talk about the disaster and cope with the loss of some of America's most admired heroes - Astronauts.
Doral McGhee tackled the unwanted task of explaining yet another national tragedy to her fifth graders at Morningside Elementary. "Many of the kids are depressed by the Columbia disaster. We want to encourage them to talk about the accident," said McGhee.
The students observed a moment of silence for the seven astronauts that were killed Saturday. Class time was spent talking about the disaster. "I was sad for the astronauts and their families," said fifth grader Kimberly Stallworth. "But, accidents happen and the astronauts knew the trip would be dangerous. They did what they loved to do."
McGhee is asking her students to write essays about the accident so they can express their fears and concerns. Across town, the subject was the same in the high-technology class at Westover High School.
"I want these students to know the world lost many vital scientific experiments along with the crew on Columbia," said teacher Susan Mercer. The high-tech class of 1999 shared a special bond with the Shuttle Colombia. The space ship housed their prized scientific experiment.
"Our butterfly experiment went up in the shuttle. We studied the metamorphosis of butterflies in space," said advisor Paula Noble. "The experiment was a success and so was the 1999 space voyage." But, that luck wasn't on board Saturday.
"I want students to remember the people on the shuttle and how they felt when they heard the tragic news," said Mercer. "They need to learn from the crews teamwork and passion of learning and take that lesson with them wherever they go." Even in death, the astronauts taught students a lesson with their passion for learning and dreaming.
The high-technology class was planning to watched the STS-114 Shuttle lift-off on February 28th at Cape Canaveral. Of course, that trip was canceled.