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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 >>

 By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's a night for Benjamin Daniel and his best friend to celebrate. They're  both 20-years-old and have been able to walk their whole lives, until recently.

On June 7th, Daniel fell asleep at the wheel while driving home from work. He crashed into a tree. He broke his neck in four places, crushed vertebra in his back, and punctured and collapsed his lungs.

"Everything up until now seems like a dream," Daniel said. "It as a very scary and humbling experience."

An experience Daniel can share with his best friend Chad Blakey who got into a motorcycle wreck just seven months before. It paralyzed him from the waist down too.

"Especially with him being my best friend and knowing what he was going to go through -I know how hard it is," Blakey said.

Now that they're both recovering, several bands that are friends with Daniel played at the Barn tonight in Pelham to raise money to build him a customized van.

Daniel's brother- Wes Daniel who is also in a band says the wreck has brought the family closer to God and each other.

"One at a time, Ben overcomes each prognosis.," Daniel said. "We have faith in him and we put our faith in the power above."

Daniel has already been able to move his arms and hands more than doctors predicted which allows him to operate the hand-drive chair. His next goal is to eventually drive on his own.

The total cost for Daniel's medical bills is $1.2 million. Insurance is paying about 75 percent. In January, Daniel will go back to Atlanta for six weeks of rehab.


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