Monroe County firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion while battling a house fire that left a High Falls family homeless. The blaze took over the home on Unionville Road around 10am Saturday. The residents weren't injured, but fire investigators said the home was destroyed.
Firefighters fought the flames for several hours in the hot temperatures. Three of the firefighters were treated on the scene for heat exhaustion and a fourth was taken to the hospital for further treatment. He was released a few hours later.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Governor Nathan Deal announced the winner of the Georgia License Plate Design Contest on Monday. There was some confusion in July regarding the "In God We Trust" sticker, but after a re-do the final votes are in for the official 2012 car tag.
"I can't believe it happened actually, when I got the call I was just like hallelujah, I was so, so happy," says Forsyth winner Linda Sosebee.
Two of Sosebee's designs made it to the top three, but the winning plate is actually her favorite.
"That was my first design that I actually created, I spent a good while on it, probably 20-25 hours on that."
She admits that it may be more detailed than what people want, but it's how she sees Georgia.
"It's the cultivated fields, it's definitely the peach tree, it's peaches because that's what they wanted for the state and it was the colors."
The winning design received more than 34,000 online votes. The new tag is scheduled to begin production in the fall.
"I think as an artist you really put yourself out there and I'm putting myself out there to be seen and it's really nice when people respond in a positive way."
Secretary of State Brian Kemp will hold a news conference tomorrow at 9 am to announce his final decision on the long disputed border war between Bibb and Monroe Counties.
Millions of dollars in tax revenue are at stake in this long standing dispute. According to a land survey done in 2009 by Terry Scarborough, the Monroe County line should be farther south. Bibb County officials claim the survey was done incorrectly.
In March attorneys for both counties argued in front of Administrative Law Judge Jim Sherrill for 3 days. Both sides presented hundreds of pieces of evidence and called expert witnesses.
In the end Judge Sherrill sided with Monroe County. He released a 17 page recommendation to Secretary of State Brian Kemp in favor of Monroe County.
Earlier this summer Kemp toured the disputed ferry landings for himself to better understand what each side was arguing.
The decision will take place at the Secretary of State's Professional Licensing Boards Division.