Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
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 >>
CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -
It's a miracle Matthew Bishop is standing today, and doing exercises with his wife, Barbara. Bishop had suffered a debilitating stroke on Valentine's Day, while he was sleeping.
"It was about 4:15 p.m. when I found him upstairs in bed," Barbara Bishop said. "He couldn't talk with me and didn't have much movement at all."
His wife immediately called 911. Doctors later determined that Bishop had a very large stroke on the left side of his brain.
"He was unable to move his right leg or right arm and at that point, he could not even swallow on his own," Barbara Bishop. "The left side of the brain affects all of your communication - speech, reading, writing and comprehension. He had a lot of swelling on the brain. Initially, they were not sure if Matthew was going to make it through because his brain kept swelling."
But Bishop did pull through, eventually gaining back most of his movement. But he still faces a long road to recovery. Barbara Bishop takes him to therapy three times a week to relearn occupational and speech skills.
"I've been saying a lot of prayers, which have helped because I do not think Matthew should be here right now and he is. It is amazing," his wife said.
But the recovery process is long and costly. Barbara Bishop is a stay-at-home mom and teaches Zumba part time. Bishop worked as a crane operator at the Georgia Ports. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, a baby boy on the way, and the medical bills are piling up. But Barbara said she's not worried. She's drawing support from her family, friends and faith.
"I think as long as you have God and faith on your side, you can get through anything," she said.
She hopes her husband will soon be able to go back to the Georgia Ports Authority.
There will be a fund-raiser for the family Friday night. It's a Zumbathon, which will be held at the West Chatham YMCA off of Pooler Parkway, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.