ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The “news” can often be dark and grim. But in 2019, there were bright spots, or what we’ve dubbed “Good News.”
WALB has compiled the most-read “Good News” stories for 2019.
In WALB’s very first “Good News” story, two paramedics noticed a duck hooked to a fishing line during the Fishing Rodeo at the Jimmy Carter Welcome Center.
They quickly sprung into action and saved the duck.
Jalen Smith arrived to his high school graduation in style.
Smith, a Valdosta High senior, won a brand new car in a raffle.
He was one of 350 students that entered their name to win the car.
The Moultrie community came together to raise thousands for a 7-year-old that was hit by a car while riding his bike.
The community put a massive amount of support behind Tripp DeMott.
One of his classmates made signs and put up a lemonade stand.
The stand brought out thousands of people and raised over $3,000 for DeMott. The stand was just one of many efforts.
All across the city, members of the community could be seen wearing their #TrippStrong t-shirts, #TrippStrong bracelets and sporting red bows on their mailboxes to show their support for Tripp and his family.
The Moultrie and Doerun police departments were each awarded thousands of dollars in grants for lifesaving equipment.
The grants were for a new utility vehicle, being able to provide lifesaving assistance in emergencies, among other first aid equipment.
Four Dougherty County inmates got their GEDs back in June.
Family and friends celebrated as each one received their diploma.
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul told the graduates that everyone has a future. He said he hopes they will take their GED and find a job when they are no longer behind bars.
Chris Gay, an Albany native, won a gold medal in the 2-way canopy formation event at the U.S. Parachute Association National Parachuting Championships in Raeford, North Carolina.
The win earned him a spot on the U.S. Parachute Team, the nation’s most elite athletes, that will compete at the 2020 World Parachuting Championships.
A Monroe High School teacher and cheerleading coach got students excited to go back to school with a rap video that went viral on Facebook.
Audrianna Cobb is a third year history teacher. In the video, she was joined by the Monroe High cheerleaders and Callie Evans, a second year Economics teacher.
Phoebe hosted its annual volunteer appreciation dinner to recognize the community servants who donated their time and talents to benefit Phoebe patients.
They awarded two volunteers the Lillian B. Allison Volunteer of the Year Award.
They also introduced a new award, the Jim Hill Volunteer of the Year Award.
“Baby Stormy” celebrated her first birthday in October.
She was born at just 27 weeks, during Hurricane Michael in Early County in October 2018.
Doctors said she was not even two pounds when she was born prematurely. They said her mom, Kanesha Stovall, walked more than a mile from her house trying to get to the hospital.
Joni Patten turned the aftermath of Hurricane Michael’s wrath into art.
She turned a tree that was downed from the hurricane near her home in Dawson into a crafty creature.