News 3 Neighbors: Jimmy Connally - WRBL

Recent stories

News 3 Neighbors: Jimmy Connally

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

   Jimmy Connally has become a fixture at Allen Elementary School.  He's the official greeter who welcomes students as they come in the door each morning Monday through Friday.

   Jimmy says, "I enjoy it because I fell and broke my back and can't walk without assistance, so it gives me something to do."

   He lives just five doors down the street from the school.  His volunteer efforts started some four years ago when he noticed an exterior wall that needed attention.  Jimmy asked if it would be okay if he pressure washed it, which he did.

   Jimmy also got the ball rolling on improving the school's landscaping.  He helped get grass growing in front of the school and helped spread a bunch of pine straw.  The tables and umbrellas that adorn the entrance to the school is another project Jimmy was involved in.

   Angi Idel is the principal at Allen Elementary.  She said once Mr. Jimmy started doing the work outside, they became friends.  "I saw he had such a good heart and so we just invited him to come in.  The rest is history."

   Once classes begin, Jimmy checks in the students who get there late.  When asked what he enjoys most about volunteering at Allen, Jimmy says, "Getting high fives.  I get a lot of hugs.  I get to interact with them (students).  A lot of them will come talk to you."

   Idel describes Mr. Jimmy as more like a grandfather and a friend to the students.  "They trust him.  They love him.  And I think it does them a world of good to see him."

   When reflecting on his role at Allen, Jimmy says, "As you and I both know, if you don't give, you don't get.  I'm a firm believer in that.  If you don't give back, you don't get." 

   Idel says, "We are thankful for him, very thankful that's he's willing to give his time to come in and to play an important role in the lives of our children everyday."

   Jimmy does have a personal connection to Allen Elementary.  That's where is son attended school.

Nominate your neighbor

  • News 3 Neighbors Nomination

    Do you know someone that is doing good? Nominate them as a News 3 Neighbor and WRBL News 3's Phil Scoggins may profile them!

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission. It will be reviewed by our staff. Be sure to watch each Monday night at 6/5c as Phil Scoggins introduces us to our outstanding neighbors.

Phil Scoggins

After taking 16-year break from broadcasting, Phil rejoined WRBL as a news anchor where he has been ever since. More>>

  • News 3 NeighborsMore>>

  • News 3 Neighbors: WWII Veteran "Shorty" Ogburn

    News 3 Neighbors: WWII Veteran "Shorty" Ogburn

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:49:30 GMT
    World War II veteran Earnest "Shorty" Ogburn receives a home renovation from the Cataula VFW.World War II veteran Earnest "Shorty" Ogburn receives a home renovation from the Cataula VFW.
    Earnest "Shorty" Ogburn has been living in the same house in Cataula for 45 years. Over the weekend his home underwent extensive renovations thanks to volunteers with the Cataula VFW. Darrell Sullivan is a lifetime member of that post andwas the team captain for the renovation project. Sullivan says, "Shorty is a World War II veteran. He's been shot multiple times with small arms and with shrapnel. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war twice." The weekend rain was not a deterrent for ...
    Earnest "Shorty" Ogburn has been living in the same house in Cataula for 45 years. Over the weekend his home underwent extensive renovations thanks to volunteers with the Cataula VFW. Darrell Sullivan is a lifetime member of that post andwas the team captain for the renovation project. Sullivan says, "Shorty is a World War II veteran. He's been shot multiple times with small arms and with shrapnel. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war twice." The weekend rain was not a deterrent for ...
  • News 3 Neighbors: Callaway Gardens train returns

    News 3 Neighbors: Callaway Gardens train returns

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:47:03 GMT
    All aboard! After a four year absence, the Callaway Gardens train has returned.All aboard! After a four year absence, the Callaway Gardens train has returned.
    It's a sound that's been missing at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach for four years. The train is back! Only this one is trackless and runs on electricity. It's the brainchild of a pair of Pine Mountain residents, City Councilor Warren Aldrich and retired railroad man Curtis Bray. Aldrich says he got the idea watching TV one night. "I was very impressed with the train as it was shown on TV, went to bed that night and before I went to sleep, I got to thinking...train, Callaway, and so forth....
    It's a sound that's been missing at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake Beach for four years. The train is back! Only this one is trackless and runs on electricity. It's the brainchild of a pair of Pine Mountain residents, City Councilor Warren Aldrich and retired railroad man Curtis Bray. Aldrich says he got the idea watching TV one night. "I was very impressed with the train as it was shown on TV, went to bed that night and before I went to sleep, I got to thinking...train, Callaway, and so forth....
  • News 3 Neighbors: Miami Dolphins Linebacker Philip Wheeler

    News 3 Neighbors: Miami Dolphins Linebacker Philip Wheeler

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-05-07 04:05:07 GMT
    When professional athletes return to their hometown to give back, it's a magical moment. Such was the case recently when former Shaw High School football player Philip Wheeler visited students at WRBL Partner in Education Loyd Elementary at Fort Benning. Students at Loyd probably felt like they were at a football camp. Smiths Station freshman football coach Charles Flowers brought some of his players to give students an up close and personal look at the gear used to play the game. The players...
    When professional athletes return to their hometown to give back, it's a magical moment. Such was the case recently when former Shaw High School football player Philip Wheeler visited students at WRBL Partner in Education Loyd Elementary at Fort Benning. Students at Loyd probably felt like they were at a football camp. Smiths Station freshman football coach Charles Flowers brought some of his players to give students an up close and personal look at the gear used to play the game. The players...
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Opelika Circle K robbed

    PHOTOS: Opelika Circle K robbed

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:30:44 GMT
    Opelika police release images showing Thursday's robbery at a Circle K.Opelika police release images showing Thursday's robbery at a Circle K.

    Opelika police hope someone will recognize robbery suspects and call authorities.

    Opelika police hope someone will recognize robbery suspects and call authorities.

  • Columbus police searching for armed robbery suspect

    Columbus police searching for armed robbery suspect

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:09:17 GMT
    Columbus police need your help identifying a man who they say robbed two businesses Saturday evening. They say a black man was wearing all black but no mask when he pulled a silver handgun on the cashier at Weems Food Mart on Weems road just around 7 p.m. Saturday night.
    Columbus police need your help identifying a man who they say robbed two businesses Saturday evening. They say a black man was wearing all black but no mask when he pulled a silver handgun on the cashier at Weems Food Mart on Weems road just around 7 p.m. Saturday night.
  • Scott Hill hired as President and CEO of Columbus Regional

    Scott Hill hired as President and CEO of Columbus Regional

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:02 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:02:24 GMT
    Scott Hill, has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Regional Health, the company announced Thursday. 
    Scott Hill, has been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Regional Health, the company announced Thursday. 
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.