Van Crashes Through Wall of “Title World” in LaFayette

FORT OGLETHORPE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF A VAN CRASHING THROUGH THE WALL OF A BUSINESS AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAFAYETTE ROAD AND HIGHWAY 2-A.
THE FORMER PIZZA HUT BUILDING… NOW OWNED BY A LOAN OFFICE CALLED “TITLE WORLD”… SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE IN THE 5:40 PM ACCIDENT MONDAY.  THE DRIVER OF THE VAN SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.
THE VAN CRASHED INTO THE BUSINESS AND PENETRATED SEVERAL FEET BEFORE COMING TO A STOP.

 

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Agriculture Education

Lawmakers in Georgia want to introduce students as young as kindergarten to agriculture education.  The aim behind the new guidelines is to encourage students to seek careers in the state’s largest industry – agriculture.

Georgia’s agriculture industry adds about $75 billion to the economy each year and provides jobs for more than 400,000 people.

The program will begin with 20 Georgia elementary schools that will roll out the agricultural education courses.

The Georgia Legislature approved the agricultural education curriculum for elementary schools during the 2018 legislative session. Teachers across the state are now working with the Georgia Department of Education to finalize lesson plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

State Sen. John Wilkinson, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee and is co-chair of the education committee, said the lessons will prepare students for careers in agriculture and give young people a greater respect for the food they eat.

“There was a time where the majority or people were involved in farms,” said Wilkinson, R-Toccoa. “As we get farther and farther away from the farm, a lot of our young people think food comes from a grocery store. We thought it would be good for all our students to at least have an idea of where their food comes from and what it takes to produce it. A lot of times, we take our food for granted. It’s really easy to do.”

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Trion Rec Dept Sign-Ups

The Trion Recreation has released information about sign-ups for football, soccer, volleyball and cheer-leading. Sign-ups will start this Saturday, July 13 and go through Saturday, August 3.  For all sports, a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be on file with the Trion Recreation Department.

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103 Years of Age and Making History

A woman who is 103 years young just made history, winning the gold medal in a track race.

It took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico where folks in their golden years faced off in a senior games competition.

Julia ‘Hurricane” Hawkins just won the gold in both the 50-meter dash and the 100-meter dash in the women’s 100-plus division.

The Louisiana native began running at the age of 100 after she had to give up biking.

She set a record two years ago in the 100-meter for her age group.

She earned the nickname “hurricane” and is the oldest woman to compete on an American track according to the National Senior Games Association.

“I hope I can inspire them to be healthy and to realize that you can still be doing it at this kind of age,” Hawkins said. “Every day when you’re 103 is a miracle.”

Hawkins told reporters she gets most of her exercise working in her garden and advises folks to just keep busy and moving to stay young

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Girl Contracts Flesh Eating Disease While Swimming in Florida

A 12-year-old Indiana girl is lucky to be alive after she contracted a life-threatening flesh-eating disease while swimming at a beach in Florida.

Kylei Brown and her family were having a nice vacation in Destin, Florida when toward the end of their time, Kylei began complaining about pain in her leg. By the time Kylei’s family returned to their home in Indiana, the 12-year-old girl’s leg had swollen and she was running a fever.

Kylei’s mom, Michelle, called a doctor to set up an appointment, but he urged her to immediately take her daughter to the emergency room

“When they told me we needed to go home and pack bags and get to Riley [Hospital for Children, in Indianapolis], my anxiety went from 0 to 110,” Michelle said. “I knew something was wrong.”

Doctors initially believed Kylei had suffered a blot clot in her leg, but after some tests, they determined that Kylei had actually contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis and needed emergency surgery to remove the infection.

“The emergency surgery was to hopefully save her leg, but more importantly, to save her life,” Michelle said.

“It started from a scuff on her toe, a scrape on her toe, and it almost cost her her life,” Brown said.

Fortunately, Kylei has returned home, but still has a needle in her arm for antibiotics and her leg is wrapped. She’s also started therapy to help her walk again.

“It’s just so hard seeing friends and family on the beach and having fun, because we were there doing the same thing and I almost lost her,” Michelle Brown said.

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Scam Warning from U. S. Marshals Service

The U.S. Marshals Service is alerting citizens of a nationwide upsurge of scams in which callers pose as U.S. Marshals or U.S. Marshals Service employees and threaten to arrest or demand financial information for a variety of alleged crimes.

Scammers pressure citizens to provide confidential data, which could potentially lead to identity theft and fraud.

The calls, which threaten recipients with fines and jail time if they do not comply, are fraudulent and are not connected with the U.S. Marshals Service.

“U.S. Marshals or other federal court employees will never contact someone to demand payment or personal information over the phone,” said David Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “While these callers may sound legitimate, we urge people to question the validity of their claims and to never provide financial data or personal information over the phone.”

The U.S. Marshals Service urges people to report the calls to their local FBI office and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

Tips from the U.S. Marshals Service:

  • U.S. Marshals will never ask for credit/debit card/gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers for any purpose.
  • Do not divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • You can remain anonymous when filing a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Authenticate the call by calling the agency the caller said they represented.

7th Case of Measles in Georgia

Georgia state health officials are reporting an additional confirmed case of measles in an unvaccinated metro Atlanta resident who recently traveled overseas.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is notifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and may be at increased risk for developing measles. This is the seventh confirmed case of measles in Georgia in 2019.

“Anyone planning international travel should be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before leaving,” said Cherie Drenzek, DVM., MS, chief science officer and state epidemiologist, Georgia Department of Public Health. “Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who have not been vaccinated or are not immune will also become infected.”

The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine is safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93 percent effective.

From January 1 to June 13, 2019, 1,044 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.