Georgia is giving cops, firefighters and first-responders $1,000 bonuses

Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston Monday announced the next step in state Republican leadership’s commitment to prioritize public safety. The state will offer one-time $1,000 bonuses to nearly 81,000 police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders throughout Georgia,

Everything you need to know about getting a COVID-19 booster shot

The Gist: The CDC has formally made its recommendations on the booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines. In Georgia, the state department of public health is following that guidance. First thing’s first: The guidance only applies to the Pfizer vaccine. If you

UGA faculty members are planning to impose a mask mandate

 The University System of Georgia is trying to fend off a rebellion from a group of University of Georgia faculty determined to impose a mask mandate in violation of system policy. A letter from Jeffrey Bennetzen, a geneticist at UGA, dated Sept.

Turtles stolen from Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

JOHNS CREEK — Autrey Mill Nature Preserve in Johns Creek is asking for your help finding five box turtles that were stolen from the preserve over the weekend. The five box turtles were stolen out of their enclosure. If you have any

Brian Kemp teams up with Monica Kaufman Pearson to encourage vaccines

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp have teamed up with beloved Georgia broadcaster, WSB-TV’s Monica Kaufman Pearson, for an important video announcement about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine and

One dead after shooting in Norcross lounge parking lot

NORCROSS — The Gwinnett Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in the parking lot of 4771 Britt Rd.   Shortly after 2:50 am, an off-duty officer working security at a karaoke restaurant heard shots being fired nearby. The off-duty officer drove through the

Georgia colleges report decrease in COVID-19 cases

New cases of COVID-19 on University System of Georgia campuses started to come down this week after increasing at the beginning of the fall semester. The number of positive tests reported at nine schools – including the University of Georgia and Georgia

Here’s how Georgia students did on the SAT

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia public-school students outperformed their counterparts in the nation’s public schools on the SAT. The mean score of 1077 Georgia students recorded was 39 points higher than the national average for public-school students.  According to

Most coronavirus outbreaks in Georgia are happening at schools

About 60 percent of current Covid outbreaks in Georgia are occurring in K-12 schools across the state, public health officials said Tuesday. That’s seven times more than the child outbreaks in previous virus surges, Cherie Drenzek, the state epidemiologist, told the board

Taliaferro County’s public school shut down due to COVID

Due to students and faculty members either having tested positive or being in close proximity to people who have tested positive for COVID, Taliaferro County’s one public school is shutting down at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday and Friday instruction will be virtual.

Vaccine mandate may stop nurse job jumping

Georgia hospital officials were scrambling Friday to gauge the impact of President Biden’s order for health care workers to get vaccinated for Covid-19. The mandate would apply to health care facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients – virtually all hospitals –

Gorillas at Zoo Atlanta test positive for COVID-19

The Gist: Several of Zoo Atlanta’s Gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Zoo officials. Zoo Atlanta has received presumptive positive test results indicating that members of its western lowland gorilla troops are positive for the COVID-19 virus.  How They Got

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