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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 >>

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –"Pull up your pants!" That's the message Commissioner Tommie Postell and other city leaders are trying to send with a new public indecency ordinance.

Among other issues, tickets can be issued to men and women wearing pants or skirts three inches below the thigh. Those against sagging are concerned about e-coli and other bacteria coming out of places they shouldn't.

Some students feel like this new ordinance is a double standard for men. Sagging pants may soon be against the law.

"I don't personally do it, but I don't think it should be an ordinance against it. I think that's going against your freedom of expression," said Darton college student Derrick Brown.

He expresses himself through his clothes. "Some days I like to be professional, other days I like to wear cardigans and T-shirts. Some days I like to wear basketball shorts,"said Brown.

Although he doesn't sag, the freedom of choice is important to him."Personally that's just the way I wear my clothes. That's my persona and it's the way I choose to dress. If some people do, they should be allowed to," said Brown.  

The public indecency ordinance will give police the authority to ticket any man or woman wearing pants three inches below the thigh. "If they don't buy it, how can they tell you what to wear?," said Darton college student Lacy Jones.

"I think it will be kind of hard for police to enforce it. I think it will be racial profiling also, because you'll have to look at people's backside and figure out how low is it?"

Is it a double standard to give men tickets while some women wear revealing clothes? "It is a double standard for men and women. Women wear short shorts and show cleavage and there's no law against that. So why a law against men wearing sagging pants," said Brown.  

Lacy Jones feels like her outfit today makes her look great. "Because I buy it, and that's what I wanted to wear. And this is what I felt like wearing today," said Jones.

What you choose to wear can be offending to some people. "So you just have to respect what people's decision and what their wishes are, that's what part of being an American is," said Brown.  

To sag or not to sag that is the question? The Mayor plans to proceed with caution on this issue to make sure the city is well within it's legal rights.

On November 2nd at 8:30am, the city will hear from residents on what you think. For more information on the ordinance visit http://www.albany.ga.us.

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