Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
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 >>
October 23, 2003
Valdosta - Georgia's lottery funds are shrinking, and that's bad news for college students who receive the HOPE scholarship.
Valdosta State University Senior Angela Trimble is depending on the HOPE scholarship to finish college. "My parents have three kids in college, and if it weren't for HOPE, there's no way we could be here," said Trimble.
And she's not the only student this financial aid is putting through school. Almost half of VSU's students are HOPE recipients. "For fall semester, more than 4100 of our 10,600 students were getting HOPE," said Doug Tanner, Financial Aid Director.
Lottery revenues are down, while tuition costs and enrollment are up. Governor Sonny Perdue suggests using SAT scores as HOPE scholarship criteria. "I don't agree with that at all because I didn't have that great of an SAT score, yet my college GPA has been extremely high for four years," said Trimble.
Now lawmakers have agreed that the scholarship should no longer cover books and fees. A typical textbook at VSU costs anywhere from $25 to $75. Right now, HOPE pays for $150 in books, and students say every little bit helps. "I end up paying anywhere from $150 to $700 in books each semester, depending on my course load," said Trimble.
But financial aid directors say the cuts have to come from somewhere. "It's a shame that it has to happen, but if there's a shortfall in revenues, there's no way it can support the current expenditures.
Tanner says he doesn't think the cuts will be enough to cause a decrease in enrollment. And students like Angela can stay in school and earn their college degrees.