Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
March 28, 2006
Thomasville- For the first time ever communities across the nation and right here in Georgia will meet the risks of underage drinking head on. Nineteen meeting are being held across Georgia and in Thomasville residents are talking about how to prevent the abuse.
A nationwide commercial shows the impact.
"Hi. My name is Lisa, I'm eight and in nine years, I'll be an alcoholic."
This is exactly what 19 meetings across Georgia and one Tuesday night in Thomasville are focusing on, the risks of underage drinking.
"Kids are going to be under a lot of peer pressure, but if the parents are involved and talk with the children to let them know that they are there for them then they can help that child with the peer pressure," said Deborah Miller, Prevention Coordinator.
It's that peer pressure that has kids experiencing their first alcoholic drink by the fifth grade. That's why this program targets kids between 10 and 17 who may see drinking as socially acceptable.
"Kids at a very early age get the exposure as a result of watching their parents, people they respect drink and they associate good times with that," said Christopher Sheffield, Certified Adiction Counselor.
A Tuesday night meeting hopes to show parents and their kids that underage drinking is not only risky but costly for their health and the state.
"Total amount of costs for the state of Georgia for everything ranging from traffic accidents to treatment, etc. is one billion 524 million dollars per year," said Sheffield.
With 72 percent of Georgia's high school students admitting to having had at least one drink the message is simple.
"Alcohol in the short term and in the long term is no good. It leads to a dead end," said Sheffield.
By getting parents, students, and the community involved this program helps to make students think twice before they pick up a bottle.
For additional help in the battle against underage substance abuse you can contact the Heritage House in Thomasville and the Sycamore Center in Albany.