Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
May 28, 2006
Albany - - Summer-time usually means work for many teenagers. While many choose to work in fast food restaurants and grocery stores, some choose to spend their summers saving people's lives.
As children take a break from the heat and splash in the pool, their eyes are watching from up above.
"People think that you're just sitting by the pool and relaxing but its not like that." 11th grader, Amanda Burnette knows first hand. She's been swimming competitively for years. And since being a lifeguard runs in her family, she decided to give it a shot.
"It's fun in the sense that you get to interact with the kids too and that's pretty cool to me."
But in order to have this fun, you have to go through extensive training - 50 hours of swim tests, endurance training and drowning rescues.
"It's great life skills. They learn a lot they have a little more certification than working fast food or mowing the grass all summer so it gives them more education, gets them ready for life," says Beth Satterfiled of the YMCA.
Satterfield says the majority of her lifeguards each summer are teeenagers. She hires about 30 a year ranging in age from 16 to 22 years old.
John Paul Peters just graduated from high school. This is a job he needs right now.
"College coming up, I need money of course."
So he comes to work with a smile knowing that his job is more than a day at the pool.
"Out here knowing that anyone can die at any second so you got to be prepared at any moment."
And as he heads to college, he'll be a step ahead of many of his peers. He'll have certification to be a lifeguard anywhere.
According to the Safe Kids Organization, drowning is one of the top two causes of accidental death among children 14 and under. 48 % of drowning deaths nationwide occur in the South.