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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 >>
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  • 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 >>

April 30

 Lee County- Equestrian Monty Latham is practicing for a big event.

"Horse show," said Monty.

Saturday, he'll be one of 64 riders taking part in a special equestrian meet at Lee County's Hunny Pot Stables.

"They are all special needs children and adults from age three to 68," said Gretchen Gay, volunteer coordinator at the stables.

Every week, Monty comes here to the Southwest Georgia Therapeutic Riding Center for a therapy session with his favorite horse.

But federal and state budget cuts could leave the Albany Advocacy Resource Center without enough money to pay for this therapy.

"The end of July, the first of August is when we'll find out," said Tara Okon, the center's director. "We're hoping the money will be somewhere."

The riding center serves more than 260 special needs children and adults from school systems and service agencies throughout southwest Georgia. The therapy helps them physically and emotionally.

"A lot of these people, it helps there self-esteem so much," Okon said.

"The therapy that they get out here, they don't realize they're getting," Gay said. "They come out here and they smile from ear to ear."

And center volunteers say an increase in donations will help keep those smiles on faces such as Monty's.

The Riding Center is run totally by volunteers.  No one gets a salary.  You can sponsor a rider or a horse. If you'd like to make a donation or become a volunteer, call the Southwest Georgia Riding Center at 434-9087.

posted at 11:45 p.m. by ben.roberts@walb.com