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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 >>

Lee County - A South Georgia Soldier, just back from Iraq on leave, will get married Tuesday in a most unusual ceremony. This soldier from the desert will be wed on a frozen ice cap, surrounded by penguins.

Trey Johnson and Abby Shealy say Orlando is very special to them. A born romantic, Trey proposed to Abby in October there, with the help of a dolphin at Discovery Cove. "As the dolphin comes up, he gives her a buoy. She raised back to throw it, and catches her name on the buoy, and rotates, and sees it's my proposal to her to marry me. And she says 'yes,'" Johnson said.

Besides being a romantic, Trey Johnson is a Private First Class with the Army's Third Infantry Division. An artillery Forward observer, Johnson was on the front lines during the invasion of Iraq.

Now in his second tour, he is stationed near Tikrit. Abby is very proud of her fiance. "It's important what he is doing," she says. "He's fighting for what we need to be doing.We've got a lot of things here that they don't have."

Tuesday in Orlando, Trey and Abby will get married in the Penguin Encounter at Seaworld. Abby said, "They are doing this as a gift. They appreciate what he is doing, so they are going to give us this chance."

Trey has two weeks before he has to return to Iraq. "I'm know I got it coming. There ain't nothing I can do to get around it. Go back over there, do what I got to do, get back home again," said Trey.

"It's hard for him to be gone," said Shealy. "But he is coming back this time, and then that's it. He is getting out of the military after this, and he will be home for good."

Trey will have to spend six more months in Iraq, then he plans to leave the Army. His dream is to move to North Carolina, to train for a job in NASCAR, and start a family.

Johnson said he is proud of the work the American military is doing in Iraq, with the Iraqi people helping build their new country everyday.

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