Monday, May 20 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:25:47 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:15:09 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
August 30, 2004
Thomas County-- For Joann Smith, being a foster parent is a family tradition.
"My brother and his wife are doing it," she said. "I'm doing it. I have another sister that was fostering, now she's just adopting, then I got another sister that's gonna start."
Four years ago, after raising her three children, Smith decided to open her home to foster kids. Since then, more than 25 children have left their fingerprints in her heart and all over her home.
"My first ones I had, oh my gosh. When they left, seems like they took part of me with them. I cried, and I cried, and I cried."
In addition to the emotional strain fostering creates, there is also a financial strain. One Smith believes the state should help ease. Foster parents currently receive less than $15.00 per day to care for each child. "It is really not enough to see that these childrens' needs are met."
In the past four years, there has only been one increase in the amount they receive, so it is likely Smith will continue to dip into her own pocket to provide for the five foster children she currently takes care of.
Smith says, "It's worth it, if it wasn't I wouldn't have been doing it for the four year that I have. It's worth it."
Worth providing them with food, clothing, shelter and most importantly the love many of them have never known.