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Central Georgia Hospital Staff Experiences Stroke Simulation

The month of May is Stroke Awareness Month, and the staff at the Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital got a feeling of what their patients go through after surviving a stroke.

Tuesday, during the simulation, staffers were patched up to decrease vision. They were also weighed down by their legs, making it difficult to walk, and limited to using one hand for activities.

"It's always interesting to see how people respond to seeing how patients with a stroke, [deal with] the things that they have to go through," explained occupational therapist Tamara White.

Organizers say stroke awareness is important to Central Georgia because the Southeastern part of the U.S. has the highest death rates due to stroke. They say the key to keeping stroke away is exercise and diet.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled at the Bibb-Jones County Line

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled at the Bibb-Jones County Line

Mosquito spraying happens tonight in the Shirley Hills and Wood Valley areas as well as in south Bibb County.

That's from 7-11 p.m. in these areas:

 

SHIRLEY HILLS/WOOD VALLEY

Bound by the following streets, roads, landmarks or bodies of water.

BORDERS:                

  • NORTH--the Bibb Co./Jones Co. line.
  • WEST--a line from the Ocmulgee River past the Masonic Home north to the Bibb Co./Jones Co. line past Upper River Rd.
  • SOUTH--I-75 north of the I-16 interchange south to I-16 to Spring St.
  • EAST--North Ave. to Gray Hwy. to the Bibb Co./Jones Co. line.

and in South Bibb County:

 

Bound by the following streets, roads, landmarks or bodies of water.

BORDERS:    

600 lbs. of Prescription Drugs Collected in Dropoff Day

Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration invited you to drop off unneeded prescription drugs.

In Central Georgia, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office collected over 600 pounds of "expired, unused and wanted prescription drugs," according to a release.

The Zebulon Road dropoff location netted over 200 pounds of pharmaceuticals.

In Georgia, 12,605 pounds were collected in all.

Officials advise that flushing old prescriptions down the toilet poses potential health and safety threats.

'Kentucky Derby' Comes to Macon

'Kentucky Derby' Comes to Macon

Don your hats and seersucker suits for a Kentucky Derby-themed party in Macon Saturday.

This will be the Seventh Annual Celebrate HOPE: An Evening at the Races" at the Idle Hour Country Club. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits Jay's Hope, an organization providing support to families battling childhood cancer, according to a release.

Read the full release:

 

On Saturday, May 4th guests will be dining on Kentucky Derby themed food, wearing their hats and seersucker suits and cheering on their favorite filly. But they won’t be at Churchill Downs, instead they’ll be enjoying the "Run for the Roses" at the "7th annual Celebrate HOPE: An Evening at the Races" at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon. Doors open at 5 pm.

The event benefits the Jay’s HOPE Foundation, the only organization in Middle Georgia that provides direct support to families battling childhood cancer.

Paddleboarders Stand Up for the Cure

Every spring thousands of Central Georgians do a Relay for Life event to help raise money for breast cancer.

This year, there is a twist to the classic theme that has folks walking around a track.

Personal trainer Dana Thomason Bittenbender has friends in California.  Bittenbender says Macon and Newport Beach will team up in a solidarity event. 

"Macon, Georgia, believe it or not, is the first city to do this," she said with a smile.

Saturday, folks in both cities will get on boards and work their way through the water.

Bittenbender says paddling is taking off as a sport.

But of course the bigger issue is remembering and helping out people with cancer.

Macon Beer Festival Tickets on Sale

Macon Beer Festival Tickets on Sale

Tickets to the Macon Beer Festival are now on sale. The event is set for August 24!

The event raises money for Pints for Prostrates, an organization that works to educate and advocate against prostate cancer.

Buy tickets online.

Presciption-Drug Take-Back Program is Saturday

Presciption-Drug Take-Back Program is Saturday

People in Central  Georgia can to dispose of unwanted prescription medication during Saturday's national prescription drug take-back day.
    
Saturday, April 27, there will be several locations taking your unwanted and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of them.

Cleaning out medicine cabinets and securing medications will reduce the chance of someone abusing prescription medication that is not intended for them, and will protect surplus drugs from theft.

Take-Back events will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Macon, Forsyth, Eastman and Eatonton .