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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 >>

July 19, 2006

Bainbridge-   Turnout for primary elections is notoriously low. Only about 21 percent of Georgia's 4.2 million voters cast ballots yesterday and some South Georgia counties had even lower turnout.  For example, in Lowndes County, only 12 percent of eligible voters went to the polls.

Lunch conversation at Chef Jay's Bistro in Cathy Cox's home town of Bainbridge centered on election results and a lack of turn out even in Cox's home town.

"It's a poor excuse, but it's my excuse, first one thing then another, hot, tired, work," said Tim Sims, of Bainbridge.

"I worked all day yesterday and I was kind of busy at work and I just didn't get there in time, I wanted to, though," said Shelley Perkins of Bainbridge.

Not surprisingly, turnout in many south Georgia counties was low, but in Cox's home district officials thought it would be higher than 24 percent.

"We were a little bit surprised by the low turnout, we were expecting a big turnout but I guess being that it was summer vacation, hot, the turn out was kind of low this time. We were very surprised," said Erica Hamilton, Decatur County Clerk of Elections.

By contrast, Mark Taylor's hometown, Albany, beat the state voter turnout average.

"We had a 33 percent turn out which we think is really good for an off year or primary. Our voters do turn out, we appreciate that too," said Carolyn Hatcher, Dougherty Co.Elections Supervisor.

Trends show the counties closest to the Florida line had much lower turnout, many just above 20 percent and some like Lowndes County as low as 12 percent. Voters who didn't cast ballots say they've got only themselves to blame.

"I don't reckon there is a good reason for people not to do their civic responsibility. They complain about who's in office, but they don't take the time to vote so, I can't say nothing," said Sims.

With the governor's seat at stake this fall, elections officials hope the turnout come November will improve.  There are four statewide runoff races and several on the local level as well.

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