Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The war on terror continues and many Georgians continue to join the fight. An Albany police officer is now another step closer to temporarily trading her crime-fighting badge for combat.
It's going to be extra tough though. Not long ago, she and her husband welcomed a new baby to the world. As she leaves Albany and her child behind, she hopes for the best.
On a Friday afternoon, a small baby was asleep to the world around him. With his small, sleeping eyes, little Ricky Alonzo Lewis III simply has no idea. "He just turned three months old January 16th," said Jasmine Lewis.
Some big family changes are coming for the newborn. "Yup, gotta leave him behind," said Lewis.
His proud mother Jasmine Lewis will soon head to Fort Gordon. "I have to go off to training," said Lewis. Both Jasmine and her husband Ricky, Jr. are specialists with the Army National Guard. He left a week ago for training. She's a few days behind.
"It's just not as easy as most parents think it is. To leave behind your son, it's just not that easy," said a tearful Lewis. It's definitely hard and with that tough decision comes another one--who to leave a son with as both his Mom and Dad head away.
"I knew one day she would go off and make a life for herself so I accepted that a long time ago," said Lewis' mother Idella Waye.
So with some acceptance, some grandparent's lives will now change. "It's going to be changing a lot. I feel like I'm going backwards instead of forwards because I have my grandson and we'll be seeing after him until she gets back," said Waye.
But they say it's a change that's worth it. "We've got to step up to the plate," said Lewis' father Clifford Waye, "I'm proud of our 21-year-old daughter over there and we as parents just have to be grandparents and take on the responsibility and raise our grandson."
It makes it a little easier for a young mother. "It makes me feel a lot better. It gives me a chance to focus on my job and do what I have to do," said Lewis.
It's easier, but far from easy. So with a few tears from both mother and son, both will soon begin a life-changing journey apart. Only one of them truly knows the sacrifice right now.