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More Rain Means More Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes seem to be enjoying this warmer weather almost as much as we are.

With the recent rain, there are pools of stagnant water that make great homes for those pesky bugs.

This summer, the mosquito population has increased because of rain. It's so bad that some families move their fun indoors.

"When the babies tell you go go, you know it's bad," says Sandrea McCornell, who brought her children to Amerson Water Works Park.

9-year-old Madison Burns from Warner Robins says she's always getting bitten by mosquitoes. 

The complaints are up. Bibb County Mosquito spraying coordinator, Joe Bridges, already used 800 gallons of repellent.

"This is a little bit more than we already use," he says.

Mosquitoes breed in places with standing water.

Why is it that certain people seem to suffer from the pests more than others?

There is a lot of research out there on the topic.

Cool Critters Live at Dauset Trails in Jackson

 

Right up I-75, there is a nature preserve where you can take the kids, ride your bike, or just enjoy some peace under the shade of the trees.

You never know what will swim by or stare you down at Dauset Trails nature preserve.

A winding animal trail will put you in front of quite a few critters.

These are animals that aren't healthy enough to go back into the wild. Dauset is their permanent home.

Gordon Respess has worked as a naturalist for nineteen years at Dauset.

"Most of the animals we get here are from the Department of Natural Resources or other licensed wildlife rehabilitators," Respess explained.

Respess added, of course folks have their favorite spots.

"The mammals birds of prey and reptiles are what kids like to see," he said.

Ah, yes, the reptiles, where you can see the alligators get comfy, and figure out that a cottonmouth isn't something you would want to get close to in your backyard.

Attacks Give Pit Bulls Bad Name

Once again pit bulls are making headlines in Macon.

In May, a Bibb deputy killed two pit bulls that attacked a 69-year-old woman. 

This past weekend in South Macon, police shot another two for killing a small puppy being walked by two men.

But not everyone believes these animals are vicious.

Wade Pritchett of Forsyth has had Atticus for four years. 

He says he was once skeptical of the breed because of its reputation. 

Pit bulls top the list of dogs recognized as more likely to attack and cause injury.  

In Bibb County, there were 124 dog bites reported this year though June. And about one in five were caused by pit bulls and pit bull mixes. 

But Pritchett says Atticus couldn't hurt a fly.

Ga. Officials Promote Child Care Rating Program

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials are encouraging early child care and education programs to sign up for the state's system that rates their facilities and help parents make informed decisions.

Gov. Nathan Deal discussed the state's first Quality Rated child care programs Tuesday at the capitol.

The voluntary system assesses the quality of child care programs through a star-rating system.

In 2012, officials hoped for 700 programs to sign up. Nearly 1,100 joined Quality Rated last year.

Ratings first went public on July 1. Within the first two weeks, the rating website had more than 3,000 visits.

About 1,300 early care programs currently participate. Officials plan to heavily promote the program throughout the state to encourage more programs to join.

Quality Rated programs are eligible for free professional development, technical assistance and financial incentive packages.

'Operation Back to School' Resumes Today

School is back in session in just a few short weeks. To help children in Central Georgia, 13WMAZ is teaming up with Communities in Schools and Walmart to sponsor Operation Back to School.

Operation Back to School is a school supply drive that directly benefits kids in need in our local communities. From July 15 through Aug. 18, donation barrels or bins will be located at the front of Walmart stores in Macon, Warner Robins, Forsyth, Perry, Milledgeville and Dublin. We need your help to fill them all up!

Simply pick up a few extra school supplies while you shop and drop them in the barrels on your way out. All supplies go to children in the community in which they are collected.

Here is a list of Walmart locations where you can donate:

Macon Walmart Supercenter Store #1076
1401 Gray Highway
Macon, GA 31211

Macon Walmart Supercenter Store #1153
6020 Harrison Road
Macon, GA 31206

MP Hosts 7-on-7 Passing Camp

FORSYTH - Preseason High School football camp begins on July 25th and about a dozen football teams got together for a one day passing camp at Mary Persons this afternoon counting down the days to full pads.

Mary Persons Head Coach Brian Nelson invited 13 schools in addition to his own his squad to compete in 7 on 7 passing drills. The camp was held on the former campus of Monroe Academy in Forsyth. Ten teams battled across 5 divided fields, working on offensive and defensive strategies against the pass, getting ready for the season ahead.

Nelson explains, "The purpose for us is to give our kids a chance to compete and see some different looks as well as some different teams. We're also trying to get out of here and grow some cohesiveness and work on our team chemistry. Of course kids are getting after it. Anytime you put a football out here and keep score, kids are going to compete. I tell our kids all the time, if its worth playing then its work winning.

Ga. City Spars With National Gun Control Group

ATLANTA (AP) - A tiny Georgia city and a national gun control group are facing off in a legal battle over a law requiring gun ownership.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in May filed a federal lawsuit against Nelson, a city of 1,300 residents north of Atlanta. The gun control advocates are challenging the constitutionality of the law and trying to discourage copycat measures.

The City Council adopted the Family Protection Ordinance on April 1. It requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition but exempts convicted felons, the disabled and anyone who objects to gun ownership.

City officials have said they never intended to enforce the ordinance.

Both sides are gathering documents and making procedural court filings. The city's lawyer says he hopes to reach a settlement.

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