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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 >>

September 20, 2002

Albany-- Unemployment in the metro Atlanta area continued to grow in August. But more people found jobs in South Georgia.

Savannah had the biggest growth in Georgia with 1,400 new jobs last month. Albany was second with 500 new jobs. The Labor Department says that shows South Georgia is leading the economic recovery.

Alexis Smith is looking for a job while she finishes college. She is interviewing at CallTech, which is hiring. Smith said "Everything's been slow in the economy. It's a lot better on the young and older alike with jobs being available now."

CallTech filled 80 new jobs this month, and continues hiring. They are having to compete against other companies looking for the best people. Human Resources Coordinator Bridgett Wright said "I just recently came from the Atlanta area, and when I first moved back to Albany, it was very difficult. But that was 6 months ago, and it has progressed a lot since then."

Michael Flowers with the State Labor Department says jobs are growing in Albany. New businesses are moving to Albany, and away from metro Atlanta. "Some of the businesses really don't want to get into that hassle of the metropolitan area. With the advent of the computer you can do a lot of business outside the metro area, and be very successful."

Flowers says South Georgia economic growth will mushroom, bringing more new jobs in the future. "We're seeing pretty much growth in all sectors of our economy. It's slow growth, we're not booming like we want to be. But we're seeing an increase."

More people were without jobs last month in Atlanta, Athens, and Columbus, while South Georgia shows positive economic growth. CallTech says they plan to hire another 100 workers by November.

 Currently they employ 210 people at their Albany call center.

 

posted at 5:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com