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Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
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Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
May 4, 2004
Ft. Benning, GA-- A Dougherty High School graduate got his diploma and joined the Army.
Corporal Ron Simmons is now 24-years-old. He spent the past year fighting terrorism in Iraq. This wasn't his first time away from home for the military, but it was his first time in combat.
"My son is Corporal Ron Simmons in 608th, my only son," said Jackie Simmons. And his only son is five-year-old Darion Simmons. "I love it when he come home," says little Darion.
Grandma asks, "And what are you going to do when he comes home?"
Darion: "He's going to hug me and kiss me."
"Hug you and kiss you all over." Jackie said, "I always had faith that God would bring him home safely."
Corporal Simmons is inside a commercial plane, about to land at Ft. Benning. And what does Darion miss the most about seeing daddy? "We doing guy stuff. Watching TV and playing games."
Games. Exactly what his dad hasn't been playing. For the past year, the Albany soldier was fighting terrorism in Iraq.
In the line of anxious soldiers, Corporal Simmons' army boots finally touch Georgia land. He remembers "A lot of crazy noises at night. Explosions. Gunshots. A couple of aircraft going down. I'm just glad to be here," said Ron.
But, his family wasn't allowed to get as close as we could. "It's been a long journey," Ron said. "All my comrades made it home safely. No casualties from my unit."
They survived a year, but it will be at least an hour and a half before they can set eyes on their families. "That's all I've been hearing the whole year. He wants to do guy stuff, everything is guy stuff. I'll find out what he wants to do, and we'll do it." The soldier's have to get on a bus to check in at Ft. Benning. "The emotions, I can't explain it. I'm just ready to go," Ron said.
Finally, the sound of the troops heard echoing down the street. They are a block away. Little Darion and his family waiting, and waiting, and waiting.
Simmons is ninth in line, and then the joyous, tearful reunion. One son trying to comfort his own. "He's probably the oldest 24-year-old, with what he's seen and what all the other troops have seen," says Jackie.
Corporal Simmons will soon leave the military behind. This soldier doesn't want to miss another second of his son's life. "This will be the first birthday I'll get to see this year," said Ron. "I'll get out in November, and his birthday is in December."
Making it easier to do things like this, guy stuff. Corporal Ron Simmons has been deployed numerous times, including Germany, Kosovo and of course the latest, in Iraq.