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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- The South Georgia Wildcats are preparing for their first game. "It's great to be out here. I think the fellas are excited and just ready to get this thing on," says Wildcats Head Coach Chris Siegfried.

 They'll practice hard for the next few weeks before their home opener and even in the last few hours before kickoff. "For the players, they'll be busy doing their pre-game stuff," says Siegfried.

But for the fans it's going to be a total experience. The parking lot on the corner of Front Street and Whitney is full of RV's now but come April 9th, officials want the lot full of cheering fans. "We hope that it will be packed to the max, that we have to turn them away and they cant get in," says Civic Center Director Matty Goddard.

 Friday, city commissioners decided to waive the Open Container Ordinance for all arena football games to encourage fans to come out for fun in the parking lot. But Civic Center Director Matty Goddard isn't calling it tailgating. "We're just saying a restricted area so that fans can come in to enjoy a nice, festive type of atmosphere, a safe environment," says Goddard.

A controlled environment with food and beverages. This will assist police with crowd control and prevent tailgating throughout the parking lot. "This will be better than having everyone scattered about the lots, instead we'll have one area where people come in," says Goddard.

Either way, Wildcats' Coach Chris Sigfried says early fans add an extra dimension. "It's a tradition in arena football to have the fans come in early," says Siegfried.

And they want thousands of fans to join in on the old tradition for a new addition to South Georgia.  Goddard says, "We want people to come out and have their booster club or whatever they do outside, we want them to do it."

 As long as it's safe and under control.

posted by len.kiese@walb.com