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by Wild Bill posted May 21 2015 3:17PM

SOURCE LEDGER ENQUIRER COLUMBUS GA.

As he tried on his cap and gown for the first time last week, LaMarieous Franklin said, "It's like I'm speechless."




His actions have spoken louder than his words.

May 22, this Central High School senior will celebrate beating the odds as he becomes the first male in his family to graduate.

LaMarieous, 18, and his younger brothers, 7 and 9, live with their single mother in a Phenix City public housing complex. The summer before LaMarieous started ninth grade, his mother moved the family here from Union Springs to live closer to relatives and have a better chance to find a job to which she could walk because she didn't have a car.

Tasha Franklin braids hair, recycles cans and babysits to earn some money but still doesn't have a full-time job or a car. She does, however, have hope LaMarieous has broken the cycle that trapped their family and many of their peers.

"Sometimes, I want to cry, I'm so proud of him," she said. "No matter how hard it gets, he keeps trying. … I often pray that someday I can be rich, but I'm already rich to see my oldest son graduate."

Environment

LaMarieous used to be afraid the drugs and violence in his neighborhood would count him as another victim. When he passed a bunch of guys hanging out, smoking and drinking, he would try to walk as tough as he could and pray, "Oh, Lord, please do not let these people do something to me."

They never messed with him.

"I guess they see that I was going to school and doing the right thing," he said. "My neighbors tell me how proud

of me they are."

LaMarieous praises Central for giving him a positive environment.

"When I got here, there were more opportunities," he said. "My old school in Union Springs (Bulloch County High School) isn't as structured as Central. I wasn't exposed to success as much as I am here."

Such as the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. LaMarieous became the battalion operations officer as a junior. He was a lieutenant when he left the program last year to take dual-enrollment classes. He earned a scholarship to pay for the English 101 credit from Chattahoochee Valley Community College. "I might find somebody to pay for English 102 by next week," he said.

LaMarieous attended the prestigious Boys State summer program last year at the University of Alabama, where he joined other outstanding students selected for their leadership, hard work, strong morals and activities. He liked the campus so much, he made it his goal to attend college there.

But the effort to overcome his circumstances almost proved too much to take.

Background of woe

LaMarieous explained the circuitous background of woe almost in one breath.

"The only person who had a car in my family was my grandmother," he said. "She was working at that casino in Shorter, but when it was closed down she lost her job. Then my aunt hit a deer in her car. Then I had an uncle in jail. So nobody had a car.

"It was really, really tough. Then my grandmother started working at a nursing home, doing CNA classes, and saved up to buy a car from an auction. Then one morning, somebody stole her car.

"Then everybody was carless again, except my aunt, so my grandmother started using her car. My other aunt still didn't have a car, so we all tried to use that one car. Impossible."

But he found a possibility. The spring semester of his sophomore year, he started working after school at the Piggly Wiggly on 13th Street in Phenix City. He could walk the 1.6 miles between home and the supermarket.

Store manager Patsy Taylor called LaMarieous "a very sharp young man that wants to make something out of himself. … He walked every day in the rain or whatever, that young'un was here."

The job helped him pay his family's bills and save enough money to buy a 1996 Nissan Altima. The job and car boosted his self-image.

"It made me feel very good and very independent," he said. It also allowed him to pay the favor forward by giving other friends rides.

"I learned that I'm a very hard worker," he said, "but I probably need to work harder at not giving myself away in the face. Customer service, that's a very tough job. I learned that, no matter what a customer says, always be polite and keep my composure."

But he couldn't keep his grades up, so he quit the job during the fall of his junior year.

"If I wasn't at work, I was doing something with ROTC and trying to balance school and maintain a car," he said. "It was too much."

Without the job, he couldn't afford to drive the car. So he went back to Piggly Wiggly last April after getting his grade-point average back to a 3.0.

"I really needed the money," he said.

'Downhill from there'

But his car broke down in November, and "it just all went downhill from there," he said. "I wasn't really focused on schoolwork like I should have been. I started staying at home more and missed school days. I was tired. I walked to work and walked the entire time at work and had to walk home. I was too tired to do the homework, then I would stay home to do the homework. Then I started comparing myself to other people, and I was really depressed."

The confident young man who strode tall -- who even walked 5 miles to school when he missed the bus or couldn't get a ride -- suddenly started shuffling with his head down.

"I was embarrassed to have to walk to work," he said.

LaMarieous wanted to quit school and buy a bus ticket to … to … well, he didn't care where.

"I was just going to go somewhere and not come back," he said.

And he wasn't going to tell anybody.

"I guess I thought I could run away from problems," he said.

But first, one day this winter, LaMarieous visited a lawyer's office across from the Piggly Wiggly and asked about becoming emancipated and dropping out of school.

The lawyer dissuaded him and helped LaMarieous realize how close he was to graduating and having a path to a brighter future.

"I was tired of being strong," he thought. "I can't do this."

So he gave his supporters at Central the chance to help him.

Jenny Kite, the senior counselor at Central, called LaMarieous "a fine young man who has so much potential. … He had come too far and worked too hard to just throw it all away.

"We worked out a game plan for him to get back on track in order to finish high school."

Sun and son rising

LaMarieous scored a 21 on the ACT and was accepted into Alabama, where he plans to major in accounting or finance.

"I really want to own a business," he said. He isn't sure which kind of industry, "but I want it to be like a conglomerate and something that people would need."

He earned a scholarship from the Hudson Family Foundation, plus other financial aid, such as a Pell Grant.

And he'll get to room with his best friend, Diondre Threatts, who was inspired by watching LaMarieous persevere.

"He encouraged me to do better," Threatts said. "He's a very strong-minded person. He can look back and see where he came from and where he got to."

LaMarieous learned to not take on too much at one time and to not worry about stuff he can't control.

He used to wish he could live in a better environment. Now, he uses that notion as motivation to succeed.

"I stayed true to myself," he said. "Even though I saw a lot of people doing bad things, I knew that's not me."

Last year as a junior, LaMarieous, the student who was speechless after trying on his cap and gown last week, won first place in the county and district in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.

Then he turned his speech into an essay that won first place in the state in the Sons of the American Revolution Knight Essay Contest. In his essay, "Sunset or Sunrise -- You Decide," LaMarieous wrote:

"At the Constitutional Convention, it is noted that Benjamin Franklin couldn't determine whether the image on the chair used by George Washington represented the dawn of a new day, or dusk and darkness coming on the land.

"Once the constitution was finally approved and signed on September seventeenth, Franklin said, 'Now, I have the happiness to know that it is a rising, not a setting, sun.'"

LaMarieous has shown he is a rising sun -- and son.

"He always wanted to do better," said Tasha, his mother, who read to him as early as her pregnancy.

When he graduates with his fellow Red Devils in Garrett-Harrison Stadium, LaMarieous said, "I think I may be a bit emotional, considering everything that's happened. I'll be excited to go to Alabama, but I'll also be kind of sad. Every morning I wake up, I realize I'm getting closer. Oh, man. I can't believe it.

"I'm more self-confident because I know that I actually endured. I made it to this day."

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow him on Twitter @MarkRiceLE.

by Wild Bill posted May 8 2015 3:27PM
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by Wild Bill posted May 5 2015 4:08PM

05-05-15

An explosion sent 4 people to the hospital in Jeff Davis County Tuesday afternoon. Emergency workers say the explosion happened at Hazlehurst Wood Pellets on Hulett Wooten Farms Road in Jeff Davis County. Crews from multiple agencies from surrounding Counties were called in to help.

Emergency personnel at the scene say that two people were airlifted from Jeff Davis Hospital to the Augusta Burn Center.

Firefighters at the scene say these fires are very hard to extinguish because of the location but they are trying to get the water directly on the fire.

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by Wild Bill posted May 5 2015 3:31PM

Overview:
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms developing along a weak surface trough of low pressure that is situated over the Bahamas. Computer model guidance suggests that these thunderstorms will move slowly northward and low pressure will gradually organize over the Gulf Stream waters well offshore of the northeast Florida and southeast Georgia coasts on Wednesday or Thursday, possibly acquiring subtropical or even tropical characteristics late this week if this potential low pressure center remains over the warmer Gulf Stream waters. A majority of the longer-term computer guidance suggests that weak steering currents will prevail over the southeastern United States and the western Atlantic Ocean late this week through the upcoming weekend, which could result in a decrease in northward motion of this potential subtropical/tropical system near the Carolinas.


Local Impacts:
If current computer model guidance is correct, then this developing low pressure center would remain over the Atlantic waters well offshore of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia through Thursday. The main hazard would be an increasing threat (possibly high risk) for rip currents at area beaches and small craft advisory conditions in the offshore waters beyond 20 nautical miles, mainly due to seas of 7 to 9 feet, with occasional seas up to 11 feet, through Thursday. If low pressure organizes more quickly than anticipated, then there could be a few high tide cycles that would create minor beach erosion through late Wednesday before winds become offshore and gradually decrease.

Confidence Level:

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting a low chance (20%) of subtropical or tropical formation during the next 48 hours, with a medium chance (40%) of subtropical or tropical formation through the next 5 days. The National Hurricane Center has changed the probabilities for its color-coded categories in the Tropical Weather Outlook for this season. These changes and all other product changes/updates are described (as well as attached to this email) at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/news/20150326_pa_2015seasonChanges.pdf


Stay Tuned:
Check out the latest coastal waters forecasts, rip current statements and graphical updates at:
www.weather.gov/jax

Updates:
The next e-mail update will be sent on Wednesday.

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Additional Information Resources:

NWS Jacksonville Contact Numbers: (800) 499-1594, ext. 1

NWS Jacksonville Webpage: weather.gov/jax

NWS Jacksoville Facebook: facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Jacksonville.gov

NWS Jacksonville Twitter: twitter.com/NWSJacksonville

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by Wild Bill posted Apr 20 2015 3:54PM

(THE BLAZE) When she saw protesters disrespecting the flag, she took matters into her own hands.

She didn’t let up even when the cops got involved.

Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart was detained — but not charged — in Georgia after an altercation in which she took a flag from Valdosta State University protesters who were stepping on it, the Valdosta Daily Times reported.

Video from the scene shows Manhart debating with the protesters as she clutches the tattered flag in her hands.

“This flag actually belongs to the entire United States,” Manhart asserts as the protesters argue that she stole their property.

READ MORE HERE!

 

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by Wild Bill posted Apr 20 2015 3:26PM
..Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect Now through 6 pm EDT...
 
Synopsis & Timing
 
Scattered strong to severe storms will track eastward across Northeast Florida this afternoon and during the early evening, with isolated severe thunderstorm potential across Southeast Georgia.  Thunderstorms will push offshore and southeast of the region during the early evening hours, trailed by lingering rainfall during the evening hours with gradual cessation from northwest to southeast through the night. 
 
These storms have had a history of producing wind damage across the Florida panhandle this morning. 

 
 

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Severe Thunderstorm Potential Impacts
  • Winds: Gusts up to 60 mph
  • Hail: up to 1 inch
  • Locally heavy rainfall 
  • Frequent Lightning
 
 
Please call us directly with any specific questions and/or concerns for your local area. 
 
Best regards, 
Angie Enyedi 
 

Additional Information Resources:

NWS Jacksonville Contact Numbers:  (800) 499-1594, ext. 1  & (904) 741-4370, ext. 4

NWS Jacksonville Webpage:  weather.gov/jax

NWS Jacksoville Facebook:  facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Jacksonville.gov

NWS Jacksonville Twitter:   twitter.com/NWSJacksonville

Sign up for Weather Alerts:  inws.wrh.noaa.gov/
AHPS River Forecasts:  water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=jax

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by Wild Bill posted Apr 19 2015 1:13PM

Tornado Watch SOURCE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 79
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
105 PM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

TORNADO WATCH 79 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EDT FOR THE
 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

GAC001-003-005-025-029-031-033-039-043-049-051-065-069-073-101-
103-107-109-127-161-165-173-179-181-183-185-189-191-209-229-245-
251-267-271-279-283-299-305-309-200000-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0079.150419T1705Z-150420T0000Z/

GA
.    GEORGIA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

APPLING              ATKINSON            BACON
BRANTLEY             BRYAN               BULLOCH
BURKE                CAMDEN              CANDLER
CHARLTON             CHATHAM             CLINCH
COFFEE               COLUMBIA            ECHOLS
EFFINGHAM            EMANUEL             EVANS
GLYNN                JEFF DAVIS          JENKINS
LANIER               LIBERTY             LINCOLN
LONG                 LOWNDES             MCDUFFIE
MCINTOSH             MONTGOMERY          PIERCE
RICHMOND             SCREVEN             TATTNALL
TELFAIR              TOOMBS              TREUTLEN
WARE                 WAYNE               WHEELER
$$



 

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
JACKSONVILLE FL 103 PM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

AMZ450-452-454-470-472-474-FLZ020>025-030>033-035>038-040-124-125-
GAZ132>136-149>154-162>166-201715-
COASTAL WATERS FROM ALTAMAHA SOUND TO FERNANDINA BEACH FL OUT
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM FERNANDINA BEACH TO ST. AUGUSTINE FL OUT
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM ST. AUGUSTINE TO FLAGLER BEACH FL OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM ALTAMAHA SOUND GA TO FERNANDINA BEACH FL FROM 20 TO
60 NM-
WATERS FROM FERNANDINA BEACH TO ST. AUGUSTINE FL FROM 20 TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM ST. AUGUSTINE TO FLAGLER BEACH FL FROM 20 TO 60 NM-
HAMILTON-SUWANNEE-COLUMBIA-BAKER-INLAND NASSAU-INLAND DUVAL-UNION-
BRADFORD-CLAY-ST. JOHNS-GILCHRIST-ALACHUA-PUTNAM-FLAGLER-MARION-
COASTAL NASSAU-COASTAL DUVAL-COFFEE-JEFF DAVIS-BACON-APPLING-
WAYNE-ATKINSON-WARE-PIERCE-BRANTLEY-INLAND GLYNN-COASTAL GLYNN-
ECHOLS-CLINCH-CHARLTON-INLAND CAMDEN-COASTAL CAMDEN-
103 PM EDT SUN APR 19 2015

...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM THIS EVENING FOR ALL OF
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND PORTIONS OF NORTH FLORIDA...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHEAST FLORIDA...
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...

TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 79 HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A LARGE PART OF NORTH
FLORIDA AND ALL OF SOUTHEAST GEORGIA INCLUDING THE ADJACENT
COASTAL WATERS. THIS WATCH INCLUDES THE JACKSONVILLE METRO AREA.

A STRONG DISTURBANCE ALOFT MOVING TOWARDS OUR REGION WILL DEVELOP
A SQUALL LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WHICH MOVE INTO INTERIOR
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND THE WESTERN SUWANNEE VALLEY BY THE EARLY TO
MID AFTERNOON HOURS AND ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA DURING
MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE
POSSIBLE ALONG THIS SQUALL LINE AS IT PROGRESSES THROUGH INLAND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND ALONG THE INTERSTATE 10 CORRIDOR IN
NORTHEAST FLORIDA THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON HOURS. THE MAIN
CONCERNS FROM THIS ACTIVITY WILL BE DAMAGING WIND GUSTS...HAIL...
HEAVY DOWNPOURS...AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING STRIKES.

THERE IS A CONTINUED MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT THE AREA BEACHES
TODAY DUE TO A LINGER SWELL.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...

ISOLATED STRONG TO ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE
ON MONDAY AFTERNOON AS A DISTURBANCE MOVES IN FROM THE GULF OUT
AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. HAIL...STRONG AND DAMAGING WINDS...
AND FREQUENT LIGHTNING WILL BE THE MAIN CONCERNS WITH THIS ACTIVITY.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS REQUESTED IN AND NEAR THE WATCH AREA
INCLUDING ALL OF SOUTHEAST GEORGIA THE JACKSONVILLE METRO AREA AND
THE SUWANNEE VALLEY.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
IN JACKSONVILLE WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET AT WEATHER.GOV/JAX.

$$

SANDRIK

by Wild Bill posted Apr 7 2015 4:22PM
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by Nick posted Apr 1 2015 9:35AM
On Monday, Jason Aldean was just a few signatures away from one of his new dream collaborators at the U.S. launch of the new Tidal streaming music service. At the end of the press announcement, Jason inked a contract with several stars including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Madonna, Kanye West, Jack White and Daft Punk.
One of the last stars to sign the declaration was Rihanna, whom Jason hopes to work with one day.
Here's what Jason had to say....
“I think there’s a ton of people I’d love to work with still you know, I mean, Rihanna or Adele or [Justin] Timberlake, I mean, any of those guys, I’m a huge fan of all them and really talented in their own way and what they do and what they bring to the table. I’d love to work with any of them.”
by Wild Bill posted Mar 31 2015 11:20AM
...Strong Storms Possible through Mid Evening...
 
Synopsis & Timing
We will have a potential of strong storms late this afternoon through mid-evening , mainly north of interstate 10 and mainly west of Georgia and Florida state route 301 across portions of the interior northeast Florida and interior Southeast Georgia.  A few strong storms will be possible as an upper level disturbance migrates from central Georgia this late morning to the coastal regions of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida by mid evening.  Some of the stronger storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. ​
Scattered Thunderstorms may initially develop northwest of a line from Lakeland to Waycross to Baxley Georgia this mid-afternoon. The storms are expected to increase in areal coverage by late afternoon and spread south and east across into inland SE Georgia and the Suwannee River Valley of NE Florida. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to track to the east toward the coast this mid evening, but in a much more debilitated fashion.  


 
 

​

 
Storm Hazards:
A few strong storms are possible from late this afternoon through this mid evening where small hail and gusty winds will be possible in a few of the strong storms that develop. The main hazards from strong storms will be brief gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph and hail just shy of the size of quarters (particularly across the Suwannee Valley and interior Southeast Georgia).  Lightning and locally heavy rainfall can be expected in all thunderstorms. 
Please call us directly with any specific questions and/or concerns for your local area. 
 
Best regards,


Scott C. Cordero
 
 
Meteorologist In Charge
National Weather Service
13701 Fang Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32218 
 
Additional Information Resources:
NWS Jacksonville Contact Numbers:  (800) 499-1594, ext. 1  & (904) 741-4370, ext. 4
NWS Jacksonville Webpage:  weather.gov/jax
NWS Jacksoville Facebook:  facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Jacksonville.gov
NWS Jacksonville Twitter:   twitter.com/NWSJacksonville
Sign up for Weather Alerts:  inws.wrh.noaa.gov/
AHPS River Forecasts:  water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=jax
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