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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the days become cooler, people are more likely to crank up the heat. It's important to remember a few safety tips during fire prevention week that can save lies.
Caption Marty Leverett with the Albany fire Department has been fighting fires for years. He said this time of year is dangerous because people are turning on heaters they haven't used in months.
"Usually you get a smell so you want to go ahead and get them serviced for the winter time,"Leverett said.
Particles tend to build up in the heaters which can spark a fire. Leverett said as daylight savings approaches, it's always a good reminder to change batteries in the smoke alarm.
"Also it's a good time to have your fireplace serviced so you don't have any fires in your fireplace," Leverett explained.
WALB caught up with second grade teacher Nancy Carson who was laying pine straw in her flower bed. Carson said her brother recently cleaned the fireplace for her and her cat Bella to enjoy. She only had spider webbs inside because she had a cap on her chimney. It's something that Leverett recommends.
"when I go to bed I always make sure the screen is up and the fire is pushed back and it's usually not a blazing fire at that time," Carson said.
Even though Carson doesn't have a fire alarm, she plans on installing one soon. She thinks the hallway would be the best location because it's in the center of her home.
As Leverett continues to educate people about fire safety, Carson will do the same and educate her students about simple ways to prevent fires.
The fire department responded to several heat-related fires last winter. Leverett said many of them were due to space heaters. It's important for people who own space heaters to keep them away from other fabrics to prevent a fire.