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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
We are still a month away from summer, and we've already broken some high temperature records.
And if this is any indication, hang on for a hot summer, and with the heat, come dangers.
We have to take extra precautions to protect children, the elderly and our pets.
Normally public health officials don't release heat related safety tips until July, but because of the extreme heat, they are issuing their warning early.
It's not just hot outside, it's hot and sticky, and when high temperatures and humidity mix, it makes for a dangerous combination.
"When you combine extreme temperatures and humidity then that's when the body can't sweat,"said Kitty Bishop of the SW GA Public Health.
If your body is unable to release heat, body temperatures rise."You could have nausea confusion dizziness lightheaded and then eventually pass out or have a throbbing headache," Bishop said.
Everyone should take precaution, but older adults, children and people with chronic or mental illness are most at risk.
"If you've been drinking sugary drinks, energy drinks alcoholic beverages it makes it even worse," Bishop said.
The number one protection against heat released illness and death, is good ole fashion air conditioning. "If you don't have air conditioning in your home, you can go to public places like the mall, the library"
But it's not just people who are at risk; your pets are, too. "When the humidity gets higher it gets worse, just like it is on us."
Veterinarian Dr. Charlie Deriso has already seen a couple heat related cases, "It would be dogs that were normally inside but spent the day outside and overheated."
He says make sure your pets are hydrated, "People may not realize how much their pets are drinking water right now, so you need to keep an eye on their water buckets," said Deriso.
And make sure they have a spot out of the sunlight. "When you see that dogs panting, they get very weak."
To help cool your pets down, trying dipping their paws in water or rubbing alcohol, a fan can provide some relief too, but never leave your pet in the car. It's one of the most common, and deadly mistakes.
"Even if its 10 or 15 minutes it can become a danger," Deriso said.
Heat related illness and deaths are preventable, you just have to take the proper precautions.
Some signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include headache dizziness, dry skin and a rapid pulse.
If you have any elderly relatives or friends, it's a good idea to check on them regularly and make sure they are staying cool since older individuals are more at risk.
If you suspect heat stroke in a person or an animal call emergency officials or your veterinarian right away.