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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 >>

Thomasville- Some new gear at the Thomasville Police Department and the Thomas County Sheriff's Office is aimed at officer safety; some of it helps speed up response time.

     Thomasville / Thomas County Drug agents can now go into meth labs completely sealed off from any dangerous chemicals. Commander Kevin Lee says the breathing apparatus and suits are must have pieces of equipment. "Ten years from now, if we breathe the harmful chemicals and toxic chemicals, we may develop cancer if we didn't have these suits."

     The drug squad received three sets of the gear for about $10,000. But the best part about that is, the taxpayers didn't foot the bill. "We got the money out of asset forfeiture, which is money that we seized from drug dealers," says Lee.

     The drug squad isn't the only division reaping the benefits of new equipment. The underwater recovery team has a new trailer. And it came stocked full of new gear. "We use a full face mask system. It's got voice communications which enables divers to talk topside, but also diver to diver," says team leader Tim Roberts.

     The dive team's new set-up not only consolidates their equipment, it also speeds up response time, and streamlines operations. "We pull up on scene with this particular trailer, the divers can enter the trailer, get fully suited up from head to toe, and walk out the rear of the trailer, straight into the water," says Roberts. Previously, the dive team transported their gear in patrol cars, a nuisance, and invitation for trouble with high-pressure air tanks. But now, all equipment is secure.

     The dive team's trailer and all of the equipment inside cost about $15,000. It was paid for through donations and a joint budget with the police department and sheriff's office.

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