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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 >>
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Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
May 21, 2006
Albany -- Another happy homecoming for an Albany soldier serving in Iraq.
Twenty-one-year-old Nicholas Hudson says it's great to be surrounded by his family today, after spending eight long months in the war. Support from his family has helped him succeed with his decision to join.
It started when Hudson was just 17. He earned a GED, but wasn't ready to go back to school for college. Instead he decided to serve in the military following a family tradition. Now four years later he's ready to serve again and happy to be where he is.
Life is completely different for Nicholas Hudson.
"I was living with friends, and I was pretty much going from couch to couch. I had no job, I had no money," said Nicholas Hudson.
Now he serves in the 101st Airborne division in Fort Campbell, Alabama. Riding in these armored trucks, clearing Iraqi streets of any bombs.
"It's kind of a scary thing, I'm not scared of anything. But that's kinda one thing I don't like to do. You never know what's going to happen," said Hudson.
Being face to face with such an experience has matured him and taught him the importance of protecting others.
But his lifestyle wasn't the only thing that changed when Hudson joined the army. He married his high school sweetheart, who says it's well worth the wait when her husband is away.
"Oh my goodness, it's a rush, it's exciting. It's like falling in love all over again," said Haley Hudson.
Haley Hudson wasn't the only one happy to have their loved home.
"Of course I think about him and worry about him everyday, I worry about he's got a dangerous job, but he's a good kid, smart and just so proud of him, so proud," said father Nick Hudson.
"I think he's a wonderful person and he's just a nice guy," said niece Elizabeth Hudson.
This nice guy is glad to be home too, but he knows his goals.
"I love the military, I love everything about it. I'm going to do 20 years. I may even do more than 20. I think it's the greatest thing you can do," said Nicholas Hudson.
Hudson knows he has support from family with each step he takes in life.
Hudson is on a two week leave from duty and says he'll spend this time with his family. He says he loves to serve his country, but also loves when he gets to be with loved ones as well.
Hudson recently re-enlisted into the army and will be stationed in Afganistan after finishing his current tour in Iraq. This is his second tour.