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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 >>

June 13, 2005

Valdosta - A bouquet of flowers lays along the train tracks where 18-year-old Shakeria Fleming and 21-year-old Kayla Brooklin lost their lives late Friday night. "This is one of the worst railway collisions I've seen in a while," said Sgt. Earl Durrance.

The girls were headed west on Floyd Street when Fleming's Buick Reagle crossed paths with a Norfolk Southern train. Police aren't sure if she was trying to beat the train or didn't see or hear it coming. "They didn't appear to be stopping for the train, the car actually appeared to be accelerating as they reached the crossing," said Durrance.

The intersection where the girls were hit has a stop sign, but there aren't any railroad crossing arms. That's something people who live in this neighborhood want changed. "Some people are gonna take chances on their life and try to bypass the train," said Larry Trapp.

Larry Trapp lives about two blocks from the accident site, and says these streets are full of traffic trying to get ahead of the train. Since this is the only intersection in the neighborhood without crossing arms, a lot of people head this way hoping to get across the tracks in time. "We definitely need a guard down there for the safety and protection of the people in this community," said Trapp.

The girls' deaths are a painful reminder to stop at all railroad crossings, whether there's crossing arms, a stop sign, or no signs at all. "It might take five minutes or so for the train to pass, but its well worth it to wait just a couple of minutes," said Durrance.

"This is just a disaster for this community," said Trapp. A disaster that will hopefully prevent other drivers from doing the same.

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