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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 >>

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Robert McCulloh not only works outside for his job as a delivery driver, but he's also responsible for his two and a half acres of land.

McCulloh says before the rains started he would only mow once every two to three weeks. He says now with the consistent rain, he's forced to mow at least once a week.

McCulloh says every day he mows he takes two potassium pills which helps conserve energy, but most importantly helps prevent cramping.

Today temperatures once again cleared the 100 mark. McCulloh says he will never underestimate the South Georgia sun. "I started early, I got a good breakfast, drank about three bottles of water."

Anyone who works outside knows the meaning of being drenched in sweat. Emergency personnel say sweating is actually a good thing. "When you stop sweating that's a very dangerous symptom of possibly passing out," said Paramedic Ashley Posey.

Dizziness, nausea, and muscle weakness are all signs of heat exhaustion. Paramedics say if you are experiencing these symptoms, you should not try to rush the recovery. "Sip on some water, light sips, Gatorade or anything like that. Just try to cool down gradually," said Posey.

If you do work outside for a living it is important to work steady, not fast and hard. McCulloh says there have a been a few occasions where he's pushed his limits. "If you ever start cramping you need to stop. If you feel your leg muscles you need to just stop."

Emergency personnel say if you stop sweating and nothing you do seems to cool you down, that is the time to call 911.

Although everyone is susceptible to heat-related ailments, young children and the elderly run the highest risk.


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