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Lane Participates in Worldwide Day of Play

Lane Participates in Worldwide Day of Play

Students at Lane Elementary School participated in the one-minute Worldwide Day of Play fitness break event on September 26. Pictured with first grade students are Nutrition Manager Lori Swanner, P.E. Coach Robert Woods, Principal and Lynn Stephens.

Hartley Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety

Hartley Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety

During the week of  October 6-12, Hartley Elementary School helped spread the word about Fire Prevention Week and how it was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, a tragic  incident in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Media Specialist Latricia Riggins read the book "Firehouse" by Mark Teague to Rachel Broussard's Pre-K class.

On Monday, October 21, guests from Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Station 8 visited the school and allowed the Pre-K students to tour the fire truck. The firefighters also talked to students about fire safety.

Students Receive Flu Vaccinations

Students Receive Flu Vaccinations

The Bibb County School District, in partnership with the North Central Health District and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, again offered the flu vaccine to students. Nurses from the Macon-Bibb County Health Department visited schools throughout the District to administer the flu vaccine Monday, October 21, through Friday, November 1.

"The school district has a program for coordinated health for our students and our employees, and the flu vaccination program that we're initiating every year is part of the effort by the school district to do everything we can to keep our students and our employees healthy," said Director of Safety and Risk Management David Gowan.

Letters and consent forms were sent home with students for participation in the flu vaccination program. Students were required to submit a signed consent form to receive the flu vaccination, which was available by nasal mist or shot.

Georgia College Receives $325,000 Healthy Living Grant

"Okra, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, basil."

These are just a few of Linda McKnight's favorite things.

She grows them in the plot of land she bought in Milledgeville's community garden off Harrisburg Road for ten dollars a year.

Those who garden here say they're reaping what they sow.

"It makes us happy to know hey, this came from the garden," Barbara Vann said. "When you see the price of collards, which are a staple around here, it'll make you want to plant your own!"

The garden was created through a grant awarded to Georgia College's Center for Health and Social Issues (CHSI).

The original $500,000 grant was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation over a four-year period, beginning in 2010.

Dr. Jim Lidstone, director of CHSI, says he was "nervous" since that funding was set to expire on December 15.

Lane Elementary Fifth-Graders to Serve as Fire Marshals

Lane Elementary Fifth-Graders to Serve as Fire Marshals

Eight fifth-graders are serving as Lane Elementary School fire marshals for the 2013-2014 school year. Fire marshals are selected by the fifth grade teachers and they serve for the entire year.

Each fire marshal is assigned to a post that they man as soon as they hear the fire alarm.

After all of the students exit the school, the fire marshals close the doors and take up the student counts from the teachers.

Fire marshals for this year include Amori Stephens, Marissa Floyd, Srushti Patel, Jordan Nesbitt, Keeland Thomas, Anisa Davis, Branesha Gooden, and Kenyatte Hopkins.

Obama's Team to Clarify Health Care Penalties

David Jackson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is seeking to clarify penalty rules for people who delay signing up for coverage under the new health care law.

Simply put: People who wait until the end of the initial enrollment period - March 31 - will not be penalized.

The Obama administration is preparing legal guidance to address a confusion of dates in the law, which says people must sign up by the 15th of one month to receive coverage on the first of the next month.

That means someone who signed up after Feb. 15 would not be covered until April 1 - and the law also says that people who go three months without coverage are subject to penalties, $95 or 1% of income, whichever is higher.

That is not the case, the White House says.

New MCCG Robotics Procedure Helps Throat Cancer Patients


That's how many people are affected by throat cancer each year in the United States.

71-year-old Bobby Upchurch was one of them. 

"I  had a mouth full of blood, so I come on to the emergency room, and that's when they determined I had throat cancer," Upchurch said.

Upchurch was the Medical Center's first patient to get throat surgery through the new Transoral Robotic Surgery procedure.

The Medical Center used the daVinci robot since 2007.

But August was the first time they used it to operate on a patient with throat cancer.

Without the robot, Dr. Bobby Newman says he would have to cut the jawbone to get access to the back part of the tongue, causing a longer and more painful recovery.

Because of a 3-D camera and the robot's ability to reach where human hands can't, Newman says, "there are fewer incisions and fewer areas to cause problems with swallowing."

The procedure isn't without controversy.