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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 >>

August 14, 2004

Albany- Saturday morning the Salvation Army disaster services volunteers were in bed sleeping, but by Sunday they will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to hurricane victims in Florida.

"This is a mobile kitchen, and we'll set the kitchen up and serve meals out of that," says Commanding Officer, Major James Amburgey.

With $4,000 in food and drinks, the unit will cook and distribute up to 2,500 meals a day.

Crew members will head to Tampa first and then go on to some of the hardest hit areas. They say they're ready, but the images on TV do little to prepare them for what they'll see first-hand.

"When you're there it just overwhelms you, especially at first. When you look at a home destroyed that someone's life," Amburgey says.

"Just to look at the devastation and know that there's anything that we can do to help that's going to be very, very rewarding for me," adds volunteer Pam Barkley.

It will be a special reward for Barkley. She was called to serve on her birthday.

"I just said you know it will be a birthday I will remember, and I can celebrate a birthday any day and this is much more important," she says.

All of the crew members are expecting to gain something by giving to others.

"There's a lot of joy in helping people. They come in sometimes in tears, brokenhearted, lost everything and a lot of them don't know where they're going to get their next meal," Amburgey says.

But, as long as the Salvation Army and their mobile kitchen are there, the hurricane victims won't have to worry.

The Albany Salvation Army crew is just one of ten in the state that was called to head to Florida. They are planning to stay in Florida for ten days.

South Georgia Red Cross disaster relief volunteers are also headed to Florida. The Red Cross in Albany received the call Saturday afternoon.

Husband and wife team Johnny and Crump Libby have been on 24 disasters. Saturday they packed up and are taking one of the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles to Tampa.

Posted at 5:10 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com