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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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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 >>
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A south Georgia hospital hits a medical milestone. Archbold's Oncology Center in Thomasville recently treated its 600th patient using Gamma Knife, a precise instrument that uses radiation to treat brain abnormalities.
It all started when he was seven. Blake Woodward, now 21, was diagnosed with a pituitary adenoma, a benign prolactin tumor. "I would just be sitting at home or at school and I would have very bad headaches. I don't know why it happened, I just got headaches. So I would always have to go to Atlanta. Have a lot of MRIs," said Woodward.
For the next 14 years Woodward continued to have the painful headaches. Woodward looked to neurosurgeon Dr. Gerald Kadis to cure these symptoms related to his pituitary abnormality. "And then he decided he was going to go through with the Gamma Knife treatment which I think for him was a walk in the park. He came in, got his treatment, listened to his Frank Sinatra while the thing was going on, and than he was home for lunch. I think he was pretty happy about that," said Kadis.
Woodward is no stranger to surgery. When he was 16 he was in a major car accident, resulting in severe brain injury. Woodward endured more than 16 surgical procedures.
He says the Gamma Knife procedure was so painless, he went to work the same day. "Cause I got the surgery around during lunch time. I had to be there around 10:30. Got done around 1:30 and after that I came back here and packed up some shoes and sent them off to the UPS man."
Dr. Kadis says this procedure opened the door for thousands of patients. "And I lot of them are poor surgical candidates anyway. Heart troubles make them an anesthetic risk, on anti-coagulants, renal failure. All of these patients can be treated with Gamma Knife that formally we wouldn't be able to treat."
Woodward says he's been feeling great since his procedure. He says he doesn't get headaches anymore and prays that he never will again.
Nearly seven years after implementing the program, Archbold's Gamma Knife Center remains the only one of its kind in south Georgia.