Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
October 8, 2002
A 40-thousand dollars bond is set for a Stone Mountain mother who is charged with murder and cruelty to children after her three-year-old daughter dies in a hot car. The mother, 28-year-old Nakia Burgess, claims she couldn't find affordable child care. Single mothers here in Southwest Georgia can relate, but say there's no excuse, all you have to do is look.
Kids need a whole lot of attention, especially kids with special needs. Twenty-five-year-old Gloria Graham's two-year-old son, Ghermir, has cerebral palsy. She says it's difficult to find affordable child care. Graham says, "No one really had a lot of information about a program that would pay for if for you completely."
That's where Head Start comes in. It's free child care. Head Start Executive Director, Eliza Spurling, explains, "Head Start allows ten percent with special needs."
Melony Hicks has also enrolled her three-year-old girl, Daishana Carter. She has heart and lung problems. Hicks says, "Now that she's in Head Start, I think, I know, I can hold a job now."
The Stone Mountain mother made a mistake that cost her her girl's life. These mothers understand what she was going through. Graham says, "I can understand her going to extreme. It's tough to decide between job and caring for child. Job can help you do better for the child." Hicks says, "I understand she needed her job to take care of her children, but my children are my number one priority. I look to children first."
These single mothers say every parent should go the extra mile to find affordable day care, like Head Start.
Head Start is a non-profit organization that serves more than 700 kids in Dougherty County, but there are several centers around Southwest Georgia.
Eligibility is based on family income. Head Start also provides diapers and meals for free. They get money from Federal grants.