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Squirrel Hunting Season to Open This Week

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say squirrel hunting season will begin this week.
Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says squirrel season begins Thursday and runs through the end of February. Cummings says hunters can pursue gray and fox squirrels and the maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter.
Officials say gray squirrels are the more abundant species and can be found in both hardwood and mixed pine/hardwood forests.
Fox squirrels can range from silver-gray to solid black, and are found mostly in mixed pine/hardwood habitats - especially in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions.
Chief of Game Management John Bowers says aside from being a Georgia tradition, squirrel hunting is an effective way to introduce young people to game hunting while being engaged in an inexpensive outdoor activity.

13 Signs School is Back

13 Signs School is Back

Summer is over for students, teachers and faculty and school is back!

1. Your teacher friends have lamented about their summer ending in Facebook statuses.

2. You find yourself maneuvering around Sonny Carter Elementary School's parent traffic when trying to turn left into Chick-Fil-A.

3. You wake up to find that your whole Facebook news feed is photos of children with backpacks on their front doorstep.

4. You can hear yourself think at the public pool.

5. If you are late to work, it is now possible you will get stuck behind a constantly stopping school bus for most of your commute.

6. You drive down Feagin Mill Road and end up sitting in traffic on Feagin Mill Road while parents attempt to pick up their middle-schoolers.

7. You can now easily find your favorite office pens on sale at the front of the mega stores.

8. Suspiciously gleeful adults...as well as tearful ones, wandering the aisles at Kroger.

Redfish with Mango Salsa

Redfish with Mango Salsa

2 lbs Redfish portions

3/4 mango, peeled and cut into small cubes

1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 long green mild pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter

In a medium-size mixing bowl combine mango, tomato, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.  Set salsa aside.  Cook fish by one of the following methods then top with salsa and serve hot.

Cooking Methods:

Grill: Place fish on grill about 4" from coals.  Baste with melted butter and grill for about 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

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.

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.

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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Walmart, Lane Southern Orchards to Sell More Local Peaches

Walmart, Lane Southern Orchards to Sell More Local Peaches

Walmart says they are doubling the amount of Georgia peaches that you can find at area stores.

On Wednesday, company executives toured Lane Southern Orchards checking out peaches from the stem to packing, and finally, to the shelf of their store in Forsyth.

Dorn Wenninger, Walmart's Vice President of Produce, said 1.6 million pounds of Lane's peaches will go to their stores in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Lane Southern Orchards said all of their peaches are produced within 30 miles away from Peach, Crawford, Taylor, and Macon Counties.

Walmart says this is all part of focusing on putting more local produce into stores.

"It's about value," said Wenninger. "There is no more efficient means to get produce to a store when it is grown in that same community close to the store. So you're saving in food miles, and that's really important as the price of fuel goes up."