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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The graduation rate of students in some Southwest Georgia counties is at 50%. It's a known fact that people with a GED or a diploma make more than those without it.
An Albany man is volunteering his services to help better educate the community. Umam Abdul Aqal teaches GED classes and tutors students in his free time.
He supplies the books, pen and paper, and the students just have to bring their brain.
"I came for the gates test, to get more knowledge for it," said student Rico Smart.
"I've failed it three times. The first time it was free and the others cost me $600 a piece," said student Tony Gilbert. The Regents end-of-course writing exam at ASU can be pretty challenging.
"Before I take any more classes, I wanted to come and get more help with it," said Gilbert.
By failing that test, it can hold you back. "I wouldn't say the test is, but this writing skill is holding me back. So if I can get this skill down; I can advance in my career," said Gilbert.
Rico Smart's career path is to teach high school math. Before that can happen he must successful complete the teaching test for elementary and high school."For me to be able to teach it, I figured it's going to be questions on the test from high school,"said Smart.
That's where the Umam's class comes into play. "The vibe I get from him, and how he speaks lets me know, he's into helping me one on one," said Gilbert.
"Just in seeing things I haven't seen in a while, it's going to trigger my memory. Yea, it's going to be very helpful," said Smart. Helping to better educate the community is the main goal.
"If there's something you can give back, then you can't complain without doing something about it," said Umam Abdul Akil. Better educated people makes southwest Georgia a better place.
These classes are free of charge. The GED skills are taught Monday and Wednesday from 10 am to 1pm at the public library.
If your interested in attending please call Mr. Abdul-Aqil at (229) 435-5306.