Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
January 29, 2004
Sumter --For young adults sent to jail --life when they're released is sometimes harder than being behind bars. Those without job skills are more likely to return to a life of crime. One program in Sumter county is helping young offenders get past their obstacles.
From the confident rhythm of his hands you'd guess 20-year-old LaReginald Johnson had been cutting hair all his life. "I used to mess up a lot of people's head but now I got to the point I can just do it,"says Johnson. Getting to that point took time, which Johnson has had plenty of. He has been housed at the Sumter Youth Development Campus since age 17. Now through a new program he's learning a skill to use when he leaves.
"These kids are beautiful kids they just need direction,"says Tosh Sevier of Albany, who helped start the program. The program that teaches those behind bars barber and cosmotology skills.
Many take Sevier's classes seriously because they see cutting hair as an accessible and legal way make money after they're released. "I come and ask my kids how they are doing today and what are some of your concerns?,"says Sevier. "What do you see in your surrounding that needs to be changed."
That kind of mentoring has been the key the programs success. "I have learned people skills,"says particapte Johnny Smith. "If they come at me wrong I know how to come to them right," says Smith.
LaReginald will be released in March and through the help of Sevier will have his own barber chair at shop in Albany. "I could have gone out there and got lock back up but he has been with me and mentored me and he got me straight,"says Johnson refering to Sevier.
The barber program is one of many career programs offered on the Youth Campus. They are actively seeking other professionals willing to help with career training.