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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 >>

Albany-- Environmental groups are pressuring Washington to make truckers retrofit their older engines so they run cleaner.

The Clean Air Task Force says more than 20,000 Americans die prematurely every year because of emissions from old diesel engines. But the cost to you could be staggering, and truckers have mixed feelings because of the costs.

John Mumert owns his 1997 Freightliner diesel truck, but could not afford to install new emission equipment on it. "Even the big companies can't afford to do all that. It's a lot of money to put all the emissions on the new trucks," he said. 

Mumert picked up a load of beer at Miller Brewing, and will haul it to Nashville, Tennessee. He said the cost of retrofitting a truck would be too much for an independent operator. "If you try to make them put more than they can into the truck, especially with the price of fuel, a lot of guys will just park them."

New diesels have to met tougher emission standards. But enviornmental groups say unless the million of older trucks on America's roads are forced to improve their engines to met those standards, the air will remain polluted.

Trucker Randy Gosa agrees. "If it will help the enviornment, Yes sir I sure believe in it."

But Mumert said it would be a waste of money for little gain. "The modern day motor is about 200 percent more efficient than what they are considering, so it's a waste of time."

If all diesel trucks, buses, and construction equipment were forced to retrofit their engines, the cost would be passed on to you in increased prices for almost everything. But enviornmental groups ask what price can you put on cleaner air to breathe, and a longer life.

New York City has the worst diesel emission levels in the nation. It's estimated the fumes contribute to the early deaths of 200,000 people a year.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com