Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
October 12, 2007
Thomasville-- For many people, learning to read is a step that comes as a small child, and they typically go on through school to get their high school diploma. But not everyone is so fortunate.
Thomas County Library system Director Nancy Tillinghast says more than a third of the people in the county never graduate high school. "That is based on someone who is 16 years and older who does not have their high school diploma," she says.
But the Literate Community Program and Southwest Georgia Tech want everyone to know that it's not too late. "I know its a little awkward after you've been out of school. We've had people who are grandmothers come in and work with their granddaughters," Tillinghast says.
Fast food restaurants in Thomasville are helping get the word out. Along with the food, they're serving up information about the adult literacy programs offered on placemats given out on every tray. Tillinghast says, "I think these people are very interested in the community and wanting to, its a very important thing to raise the literacy level in Thomas County."
Tillighast says a major barrier for many people is the idea it will cost them money to go back to school. "Its free, it doesn's cost them anything to come and take the classes and they can get their GED."
And if the literacy rate improves, its more than the individuals who benefit from it. "Businesses are looking for an educated work force and if you have an educated one you'll have more businesses coming," says Tillinghast. And that's an A plus for the whole community.
The only part of those adult literacy classes that costs money is getting your GED. But the rotary club and other organizations are sponsoring scholarships for those who need assistance.