Sumter County says no to drugs - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Sumter County says no to drugs

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Thomasville woman celebrates 100th Birthday

    Thomasville woman celebrates 100th Birthday

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:57:34 GMT
    A Thomasville woman is celebrating her 100th birthday. Irene Manning celebrates her 100th Birthday today. Friends and family threw her a birthday party at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville. Her grandson saysMore >>
    A Thomasville woman is celebrating her 100th birthday. Irene Manning celebrates her 100th Birthday today. Friends and family threw her a birthday party at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville. Her grandson saysMore >>
  • Easter Bunny visits hospitalized children

    Easter Bunny visits hospitalized children

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:52:00 GMT
    The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today.   The Dougherty County Police Department partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to deliver stuffed Easter Bunnies to childrenMore >>
    The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today.   The Dougherty County Police Department partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to deliver stuffed Easter Bunnies to childrenMore >>
  • Storm clean up is underway at wildlife rehabilitation center

    Storm clean up is underway at wildlife rehabilitation center

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:46:45 GMT
    Storm Clean up is underway at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Thomasville.   Sierra Dorpinghouse is all geared up and ready to help with clean up after Friday's storm damaged several animal cagesMore >>
    Storm Clean up is underway at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Thomasville.   Sierra Dorpinghouse is all geared up and ready to help with clean up after Friday's storm damaged several animal cagesMore >>

August 25, 2007

Americus -- In a time when headlines are often filled with drug raids and drug related crimes, people in Sumter County are proud as they launch a fight against drugs.

The Sumter County Boys and Girls Club gymnasium was filled with music, dancing, and games Saturday. But the good time had by all event was actually a collaborative fight in the war on drugs. 

"We know that drugs are out there, but we do everything we can to reach the kids before the drugs do," said Johnny Byrd of the Sumter County Boys and Girls Club.

Hundreds gathered along with dozens of exhibitors at the Americus Community Resource Fair. Aimed at building drug awareness, the first annual event was co-sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club and the Georgia Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

It was an important event for 7th grader Tyrone Pride.  He said, "Drugs aren't good for you. They will lead you down the wrong path. I don't do drugs. They might make you get addicted. Groups like the Boys & Girls Club are good for you. It helps you stay drug free."

Keeping kids like Tyrone safe from drugs is one of the main goals of law enforcement agencies. Local drugs task force agents, along with drug sniffing dog Janie, were on hand to provide vital information necessary in keeping kids safe from drugs.

"Basically, a lot of our young people and teenagers are getting exposed to different types of drugs in the environment, and different types of paraphernalia by the older generation," said Sumter County Drug Task Force Sgt. Prurince Dice.

Keeping the community safe and drug free was the message felt and heard by all. For mother of two Barbara Smith, community awareness is key in drug prevention. She said, "This event is helping the community to know about drugs, which they then take back to their home, and teach their children continuously."

But when the tables were down and the balloons fell to the ground, one very important lesson was learned by many Sumter County kids who screamed, "Say no to drugs!"

A valuable lesson indeed.

Organizers hope to make this an annual event. If you would like more information on the Sumter County Boys and Girls Clubs and other upcoming events, you can call them at 229-924-0414.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=DrugFreeEvent/cf

Powered by WorldNow