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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 >>
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  • 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 >>
ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

With summer here, more of us are looking to cool off by getting in the water.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says minorities are most at risk for drowning.

One Albany group is helping to bridge that gap by teaching all kids how to swim. Drowning is the number one cause of death for toddlers.  

Nearly 80% of teens and adults who drown are males, and African Americans are more likely not to know how to swim. 

"It's not that they can't swim they just need the opportunity to learn to swim." said Boys and Girls Club Pool Manager Bobby Savage.

The Boys and Girls Club in Albany is offering free swimming lessons this summer.  

Each child is at a different level.

Savage said. "Seeing where they are so we know where we need to go with them."

Deonna Powell says she didn't start learning to swim until she was 12. Now she is considering joining the swimming team at her school

"If you can't swim you shouldn't be close to the water unless you know how to swim." said Deonna Powell.

Taking precautions is vital to water safety  "It only takes a quick second to drown make sure you know how to swim to prevent disasters." said Timothy Allen.

Drowning deaths are preventable.

The CDC says learn to swim use barriers around swimming pools, make sure there is an adult supervisor at all times, use a buddy system, wear a life jacket where required and learn CPR.

"Being safe around water is just as important as knowing how to swim" said Savage. The Boys and Girls Club summer swim enrichment program offers classes for kids from 6-18.

The Boys and Girls Clubs offers swimming lessons from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at their pool at North Jefferson Street.

A free swim begins at 1:00 p.m..

 

 

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