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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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
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 >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
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 >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
Nearly a thousand people filled Mathis City Auditorium to honor and celebrate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior for the 28th annual MLK Junior Commemorative Committee's Youth Program
"It's very important to me that they know who Dr. King is and remember his legacy, the legacy that he's left for us," said attendant, Jamie Christopher.
Through singing, dancing, and poetry, children showcased their talents as a tribute to Dr. King. Keynote Speaker Brandon McCrae says today's holiday was even more special with the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
"I believe it was divinely orchestrated to even be this way," said McCrae.
McCrae says honoring this day is important for African Americans to remember their struggle to get equality. "I know in the black community we lack a lot of not giving honor, and credence and reverence to those that came before us."
And the children are proud to recite what they've learned.
"Martin Luther King set us free, and he fought for us," said 4th grader, Jalen Hudson.
"I learned about Dr. Martin Luther King and what he's done for African Americans, and how he paved the way for us," said 7th grader, Joaelle Christopher.
McCrae says Dr. King's legacy should be recognized by all people not just by African Americans.
"As a community whether it be black, white, hispanic, jew, gentile, the coming together, the bible says forsake not to assimilate yourselves of the saints, so its always good to come together and commemorate what you've been through," said McCrae.
The ceremony ended with an inspiring performance by the signing group The Sharper 5.
More then a dozen children's groups performed. This year's theme was "A View From The Mountain," inspired by one of Dr. King's speeches.