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Georgians are vomiting and seeing double after taking horse de-wormer

Georgians are vomiting and seeing double after taking horse de-wormer

The misuse of an anti-parasite drug to treat or prevent Covid has spiked in recent weeks, leading to increased calls to poison centers. The CDC issued a health advisory Thursday warning doctors and the public about the use of ivermectin to treat the virus. The drug, used for roundworm infections and the mostly tropical disease known as river blindness, is not approved for Covid. The Georgia Poison Center has fielded 23 calls so far this month related to ivermectin, as compared with ‘‘less than a handful’’ in a typical year, said Gaylord Lopez, director of the center.  Many of the calls have come from people with symptoms linked to ingesting the drug. “They’re calling and telling me…
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Tom the turkey strikes again

Tom the turkey strikes again

Tom the turkey had another run-in with Kennesaw law-enforcement yesterday. This time the feathered tormenter of the police department was spotted on top of an SUV. Below is the report from Kennesaw Police officers as shared on social media. Today we received a call in reference to someone attempting to enter an auto, to either steal it or rummage through it for any valuables. As officers responded, they setup a perimeter, in case the suspect took off running when they noticed officers arriving. As more officers responded, they entered the perimeter to locate the suspect, as they approached the vehicle;…
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Kennesaw police tussle with turkey twice in one month

Kennesaw police tussle with turkey twice in one month

The saga of the Kennesaw Police Department and Tom the Turkey added a new chapter Thursday, when the rebellious fowl showed up in a Kennesaw neighborhood. Kennesaw police first encountered Tom on Jan. 21, when he was caught holding up traffic on Moonstation Road. The turkey's second encounter with police occurred yesterday when an officer was dispatched to a neighborhood. Here is the officer's description of the event as posted on Facebook. The caller stated that there was some turkey in dark clothing walking up and down the street looking at the houses, possibly casing the area for a future…
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Coronavirus doesn’t stop Georgians from buying lottery tickets

Coronavirus doesn’t stop Georgians from buying lottery tickets

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the Georgia Lottery. In fact, the lottery posted its highest sales week of the year from April 26 through May 2, Brad Bohannon, the Georgia Lottery Corp.’s vice president for government relations, told members of the Georgia House of Representatives’ Higher Education Committee Tuesday. Sales for the month of April were up $7.4 million, or 1.8%, over April of last year, Bohannon said. “We’re seeing increases for all product lines,” he said. Bohannon attributed the strong numbers despite the COVID-19 outbreak to lottery customers adapting well to online sales and to most lottery retailers remaining…
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GBI investigating theft of campaign signs in Candler County coroner’s race

GBI investigating theft of campaign signs in Candler County coroner’s race

CANDLER COUNTY -- Elections for county coroner in Georgia often become surprisingly heated and controversial. The latest controversy in a coroner's race? The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate missing campaign sings in Candler County in the coroner's race. According to the GBI, On Wednesday, April 8, Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman asked the agency to investigate allegations that political campaign signs involving the coroner’s race were being stolen in Candler County. The GBI investigation is looking into the theft allegations. The investigation is active and ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact…
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Georgia man breaks into restaurant on Christmas Day, prepares a meal and takes a nap

Georgia man breaks into restaurant on Christmas Day, prepares a meal and takes a nap

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On Christmas Day a man entered a Taco Bell through the drive-thru window, made himself a meal and then took a nap on the restaurant floor after eating. Just before leaving, the man stole a laptop and a tablet. The Gwinnett County Police Department is asking the public's help in identifying the man. According to the Gwinnett County Police Dept., at about 12:15 a.m. Dec. 25, a man approached the Taco Bell at 4880 Sugarloaf Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville and entered through the drive-thru window.  After he enters, he is seen on surveillance using the fryers to make…
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5 Strangest things that happened in Georgia in 2019

5 Strangest things that happened in Georgia in 2019

For those who live here, the Peach State is known for its characters, Southern charm, and quirks. It is also known for its fair share of strange news stories. Below is a roundup of some of this year's oddest headlines. Proving a pointThe heartbeat bill was a serious issue that drew passionate debate on both sides. Two democratic lawmakers filed protest bills to make a point about how women's health issues are handled by legislators. The protest was serious and the issue was serious, but the bills themsleves are almost Onion-worthy. The protest bill that garnered the most attention was…
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Elf on the Shelf on Georgia police department’s Naughty List

Elf on the Shelf on Georgia police department’s Naughty List

ELLIJAY -- Much like many families throughout the nation, the City of Ellijay has an Elf on the Shelf. The city's resident holiday mischief maker is named Stitches, and his most recent act of holiday foolery may have landed him on the Ellijay Police Department's naughty list. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, Stitches was caught on camera vandalizing the sign in front of the police department. "Never before seen scene footage from security cameras caught Stitches in an act of revenge for officers’ intervention in his attack on the Christmas tree. We can’t confirm this detail,…
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Halloween Shocker: Georgia’s favorite Halloween candy will surprise you

Halloween Shocker: Georgia’s favorite Halloween candy will surprise you

An annual report on each state's favorite Halloween candy has revealed that Georgia's children may be disappointed at Halloween this year. What is the Peach State's favorite candy, according to the report? If you're a chocolate lover, be prepared for a shock. Georgia's favorite candy is, apparently, Twizzlers. Specifically, Georgian's like the Strawberry Lemonade variety. With Halloween being just days away, Influenster, the leading product reviews platform, today announced those Halloween treats that have people buzzing across the nation. With 40 million product reviews written by nearly six million members, Influenster has access to a wealth of data and insights that…
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Dunwoody Police Prepare for Polar Plunge

Dunwoody Police Prepare for Polar Plunge

Some Dunwoody police officers are preparing themselves for the annual spectacle of the Polar Plunge. For those who may be unfamiliar, the Polar Plunge is an event -- usually held for a charity -- where participants throw themselves into a body of water during the winter months. This year, the Dunwoody Police Department will be among those participating in the 2019 Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Georgia. The event will take place on Saturday Feb. 23 ay 1 p.m. at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park. The police department has set a goal of raising $10,000 this year. You can donate…
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Georgia’s Groundhog Gen. Beauregard Lee sees shadow despite 60 degree temperatures

Georgia’s Groundhog Gen. Beauregard Lee sees shadow despite 60 degree temperatures

Georgia's own groundhog Gen. Beauregard Lee emerged from his new home at the Dauset Trails Nature center in Jackson Georgia and declared through his proxies that he had seen his shadow. According to Groundhog Day lore, this means six more weeks will be tacked on to winter. However, the good general's prognostications should be taken with a grain of salt. Despite his previous owners at the Yellow River Game Ranch's declaration that he is 94 percent accurate, he has missed some major calls in the past. In 1993, Lee predicted an early spring, and Georgia instead was hit with a…
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5 of the strangest things that happened in Georgia in 2018

5 of the strangest things that happened in Georgia in 2018

The Cows Are Coming Home... on the Interstate Why did the cow cross the road? To Git to the Chikin, maybe? On three separate occasions in 2018, cows got loose on Atlanta's interstates. Atlantans were asking "who let the cows out" in May, June and October as the livestock made their way around the city without regard to traffic. According to the Associated Press, the chaos that ensued in October's bovine bungle caused multiple car accidents, at least one injured driver and the deaths of at least seven cows. Nessie washes up on the shores of Savannah In March, The…
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Man robs convenience store after clerk asks for his ID while buying cigarettes

Man robs convenience store after clerk asks for his ID while buying cigarettes

A bizarre armed robbery at a Georgia convenience store last week involved an unusual response to a request for identification and a wardrobe change. Here is how the events played out, according to the Gwinnett County Police: Last week, a man walked into a convenience store in Gwinnett County's Rockbridge community and asks for a pack of cigarettes. When the store clerk asks for his ID, the man said he did not have it and walked out of the store. He was wearing a white t-shirt at the time. Ten minutes later, the same man returns wearing a red hat…
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Gyrocopter crashes in Gordon County

Gyrocopter crashes in Gordon County

Sheriff's deputies in Gordon County were dispatched to private property in a rural area near McDaniel Station/Darby Road in southern Gordon County Friday night in response to a report of an aircraft accident. When deputies arrived they discovered the wreckage of a small ‘gyrocopter,’ a rotary-wing aircraft, in an open field. Gordon County fire/rescue and emergency medical personnel also responded to the scene. The pilot was taken to the local hospital by private vehicle, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the crash has not been determined. Deputies notified the Federal Aviation Administration who will conduct…
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Only in Georgia: We don’t want your sea monsters, fake snakes, or old tires

Only in Georgia: We don’t want your sea monsters, fake snakes, or old tires

As anyone who has lived in Georgia for even a short amount of time can attest, the peach state has its fair share of quirky people and zany news stories. Here is a rundown of some of the wildest things that have happened recently in Georgia: The carcass of a sea monster washed up on the shore of the Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge, according to The Savannah Morning News. While the slithery snake-like organism does resemble the fabled Loch Ness Monster, it is more than likely a shark that started decomposing quite a while ago. Speaking of slithery, a…
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