Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:22:08 GMT
When times are tough, small businesses usually take the hardest hit but when things start looking up, they're often the quickest to recover. That's exactly what the Albany Chamber of Commerce says they'veMore >>
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is using a series of Lunch and Learns during National Small Business Appreciation week to make it easier for small businesses to bounce back, by encouraging all to participate and gather the right tools.More >>
August 16, 2005
Albany -- With the start of the school year, first year teachers are getting settled into their new jobs. But statistics show that 40 percent of them will change professions within five years. Now Southwest Georgia school are working to keep their teachers in education.
36 year old Anna Miller feels right at home teaching Algebra at Westover High School. Miller said "They're great kids. Behavior is good. All expectations are good."
Miller graduated from Westover herself in 1988. She was a human resources manager for an Albany electric company, when she decided she wanted to teach. Miller said her new co-workers help impressed her. Miller said "Coming from the business world, a lot of times it's take after self, look after self. Here they are very supportive."
33 year old Natalie Thomas has her health science technology class helping the American Red Cross with their blood drive. Thomas said "You have to maintain their interest. There are so many distractions."
A nurse, Thomas decided she wanted to teach, and has been able to combine her two loves. She says her mentor assigned by the school has helped guide her through the first weeks. Thomas said "Assist me to settling in to teaching. Thus far all the experiences have been good."
Westover High Principal Gene Melvin said Georgia has worked hard to recruit professionals like Thomas and Miller to teaching. Now the school system wants to make sure they want to stay. Melvin said "If they are the people we are looking for, we want to keep them as long as we possibly can."
The first year on any job can be the hardest, but Miller said she has had only one surprise so far back at her alma mater. Miller said " The school lunches are excellent. Far better than I remembered them being."
Georgia is trying to ease an expected teacher shortage, by better preparing and backing their new teachers as they hit the classrooms. Thomas said "I think that I will stick with this."
So that less educators quit after those first years.
Both teachers say pay was not a big consideration in their career changes. First year teachers in Dougherty County make about 30- thousand dollars a year.