Jeffersonville Mayor Sonya Mallory joined us tonight to talk about her city, and what makes it unique to Middle Georgia. Mayor Mallory says her town is full of friendly people and says if you pay a visit expect to meet some real friendly folks!
The wheels of the bus are getting set to go round and round for another school year, but there are some new rules kids need to be aware of before they take the ride to school.
Coupled with the NAACP, the Back to School Summit helped explain to the group of more than 30 students, easy ways to stay safe around a bus.
The group learned that while waiting for a bus at the bus stop, or while standing next to a bus, they now have to be at least 12 feet from the bus. The rule used to mandate they stay only 10 feet away.
Also, the kids were able to practice entering and exiting a bus, looking both ways for traffic, and see exactly just how far 12 feet really is.
Macon's NAACP President, David Booker, is also a school bus driver. He hosted Thursday's seminar for the kids, and he says he boils all the school bus-riding-rules into three easy-to-remember steps. He calls them, the One, Five, Nine.
"Rule number one is observe the same conduct as in the classroom. Rule number five, which is my main rule, is cooperate with the bus driver. Rule number nine is stay in your seat and keep your hands to yourself," Booker says.
Booker also informed the students of another, more serious rule. If the student is given three referrals between a teacher or the bus driver, because of bullying actions, they could be expelled from school for the remainder to the year.
Dr. Tom Jones at The Jones Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Wellness has seen patients with various types of diabetes for the last 32 years.
"With our obesity epidemic, we're eating ourselves to death."
He says the best way to prevent diabetes is through education and lifestyle changes.
"Everyone needs to try and change their lifestyle, beginning at an early age. Parents need to be concerned about obesity in their children. They need to have better health selections, food selections. They need to be exercising."
Charles Kline started seeing Dr. Jones about 25 years ago for his type II diabetes. He really knows the importance of staying active.
Kline says, "When I retired about 2 or 3 months ago I decided I don't want to go home and just sit down in front of a TV and eat snacks, I can't do that."
He enjoys walking, but the exercise he likes the most is cutting the grass.
"I wouldn't get a riding lawn mower for anything, I enjoy getting out there with mine and following it around everywhere it goes."
Kline continued to say, "Twenty-five years later I feel great and there's nothing I can't do."
The Jones Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Wellness offers additional information at www.thejonescenter.com.
Just because they’re not complaining about the hot weather doesn't mean your four-legged friends enjoy it. The negative health effects of just a few hours in the heat can hurt your pet in the long run.
Pet owner Chrystal Morgan of
"They play in the water a lot they drink more water. They go out later in the evenings and earlier in the morning and stay in the house most of the day," said Morgan.
Keeping the dogs inside is one option, but for those with outside dogs, hydration is even more crucial.
"Make sure they have access to clean, cool, fresh water in a clean container," said Veterinarian Technician, Susan Norsworthy of
The city of Wrightsville is under a boil water advisory tonight. The Johnson County EMA Department tells 41 NBC bacteria has been found in the water.
If you live in Wrightsville officials want you to boil water for both drinking and cooking purposes until further notice.
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