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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- It's a typical evening in Riverfront Park. Kids playing, people enjoying the view, some setting out down the Greenway Trail.

"It looks so clean coming along here," said Geneva Odom, who had just finished walking the trail Tuesday afternoon.

But if you look closer, it's more like the trail to trash. "Citizens need to take responsibility for what they're doing," said Judy Bowles, executive director of Keep Albany/Dougherty Beautiful.

But the people who left this Coke can, beer can and popcorn paper don't seem to care. "When we do that anywhere in our community, we're making a statement about our community," Bowles said.

It gets worse. Just steps away from the sidewalk, it's easy to see illegal dumping has been a problem for a while. Bowles organizes volunteers during the year who help move some of this trash, so solid waste workers can get it out of here.

"We have to have everything piled up, so that they can get it and it has to be separated according to items."

Like tires and old piles of metal. But getting rid of junk like an old truck bed can take more work.

"So it costs you and I as taxpayers a lot of additional money for people that illegally dump in a place where they're not supposed to be."

A place where they're dumping old appliances and just about anything else they don't want. Meanwhile, the people who love the park the most are paying for it.

"We've got a beautiful atmosphere here that people can come to and relax and if it's dirty, people can't relax," said Michael Idowu, who was spending the afternoon at Riverfront Tuesday.

"We want to try to keep the place clean and decent so people will be able to walk and want to come down here," Odom said.

Down to the river to enjoy a trash-free evening in the heart of the Good Life City.

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