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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- There was music and dancing for the young and the old, and food, and games for the kids. The big draw at Albany's Mardi Gras celebration were the beads.

"You can't have a Mardi Gras festival without beads," said Charlene Russell.

"We have the blinky beads, and we have the speciality beads, like the motorcycles, Georgia Bulldog. They like the different beads with the different ideas about everything," said Kay Lamb of Party Plus Wedding.

This is the third Mardi Gras celebration in Albany an event that continues to grow.

"Turnout is about three times what it was last year at this point in time, last year the street was somewhat crowded from the Chamber of Commerce to Jackson, this year it's totally crowded all the way to Washington," said Phil Cannon, event coordinator.

For many it was their first time.

"See what it was all about, never been before and thought it would be fun," said Carmie Owens.

For Charlene Russell, her friend Pamela Tillman and her daughter it was an escape from boredom.

"Basically to get out of the house, and enjoy downtown because I've never really come down here just to enjoy the scenery," said Russell.

Mardi Gras Queen, Lori Love Rogers, is originally from New Orleans. She says, Albany's event is just as good as the original.

"It's just as much fun, it's food, family, and all kind of festivities and this one is a whole lot safer," said Rogers.

Organizers say, the festivities are serving their purpose.

"It's encouraging people to come together, come out here, meet some new people, say hello, and just enjoy yourself," said Cannon.

Organizers say that they're already planning next year's event which will be the first Saturday of March, 2006.

posted by jennifer.emert@walb.com