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DPH urges parents to talk to their pediatricians for guidance during baby formula shortage

May 19, 2022–7:53 a.m. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents unable to find baby formula typically used for their child to contact their pediatrician about appropriate nutritional and safe feeding alternatives. Georgia WIC is working with WIC agencies statewide, local grocers and retailers, and formula manufacturers…

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Man flees from police, ends up with four flat tires

May 18, 2022–8:22 a.m. POLK COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT A 41-year-old man is in custody after leading police on a chase in Polk County. It all started around 11:30 p.m. Monday when the Rockmart Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Kia Sedona on Highway 278 / Industrial Drive. The vehicle failed to…

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GA Attorney General Warns of Price Gouging/Scams During Baby Formula Shortage

May 17th, 2022 – 11:50 AM Georgia Attorney General’s – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning Georgia consumers to beware of price gouging and other scams in response to the nationwide baby formula shortage. “With skyrocketing inflation, record-high gas prices, and now an unprecedented shortage of baby formula made worse by the increasingly dire situation…

Georgia gas prices up 15-cents since last week

Georgia gas prices up 15-cents since last week

May 16, 2022–5:40 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices jumped 15-cents a gallon in one week. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.98 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 27 cents more than last month and $1.01 more than this time last year. It now costs motorists $59.70 to fill a 15-gallon tank of…

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Polk County Police update Most-Wanted List

May 14th, 2022 – 1:35 pm WRGA staff reports – The Polk County Police Department has updated their most wanted list to include a 36-year-old Jason Lee Timms.  Mr. Timms is wanted for the various charges stemming from an incident involving Domestic Violence that allegedly occurred on the night of May 12th.  Those charges include…

Record Early Voting Turnout Continues

Record Early Voting Turnout Continues

May 12th, 2022 – 11:35 PM Georgia Secretary of State’s Office – Early voting for the May 24 primary election continues. Floyd County voters can cast ballots at the new elections office located in the health department building on East 12th Street and at the Anthony Recreation Center in Garden Lakes between the hours of…

Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19 update

Dr. Voccio gives COVID-19 update

May 11, 2022–4:27 p.m. STAFF REPORTS COVID-19 hospitalizations have remained at their lowest since the start of the pandemic. However, cases in the United States have doubled in the past two weeks. Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest District, gave an update Wednesday morning on WRGA’s First…

GA Department of Revenue to Begin Issuing Special, One-Time Tax Refunds

GA Department of Revenue to Begin Issuing Special, One-Time Tax Refunds

May 11th, 2022 – 2:35 PM State of Georgia Press Release –  Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Department of Revenue (DOR) announced today that DOR will begin issuing special, one-time tax refunds this week. This initiative is a result of House Bill 1302, which the Georgia General Assembly recently passed, and Governor Kemp signed into…

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Floyd Medical Center gets “A” safety rating from Leapfrog

May 10, 2022–6:41 p.m. NEWS RELEASE The Leapfrog Group has awarded Floyd Medical Center and 12 other Atrium Health hospitals with top-rated “A” grades on its spring 2022 patient safety report card. The other Atrium Health hospitals that received an “A” rating in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for protecting patients from preventable harm and…

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New legislation offers stronger protection for Georgia children exposed to lead

May 10, 2022–6:25 p.m. NEWS RELEASE There is no safe amount of lead in a child’s blood. Even small amounts of lead can result in damage to the brain and nervous system, and cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties, and other medical issues – all of which may be permanent. However, legislation passed by the General Assembly and…

Georgia gas prices up 12 cents

Georgia gas prices up 12 cents

May 9, 2022–9:34 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices experienced a slight increase compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.71 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent more than a week ago, 28 cents less than last month but $1.01 more than this time last year. According…

Man Wanted in Connection to Cedartown Shooting Turns Himself in

Man Wanted in Connection to Cedartown Shooting Turns Himself in

May 9th, 2022 – 4:55 PM Staff Reports – Cedartown Police have announced that Randy McClarity Jr, who was recently sought in connection to a shooting on Thompson Street, has turned himself into authorities without incident on Monday (May 9th). According to the Cedartown Police Department officers responded to Grands Store on Main Street last…

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2022 Voters Guide

Brought to you by: Registered voters can generate a sample May 24 ballot showing all of the races in which they can vote on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Visit the My Voter Page to create a sample ballot for your district. April 25: Last day to register to vote | May 2-20: Early voting | May 7 and May…

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Polk Police: Arrests made in Hit & Run Case

May 5th, 2022 – 1:10 PM Polk County Police Department Press Release – On May 4 at 11:39 PM Polk Police officers with B Shift of the Uniformed Patrol Division executed a warrant attempt on an address on Hampton Road. Officers with B Shift ultimately arrested two subjects from this address in connection with the…

Polk Sheriff’s Office Busts Fraudulent Bond Company

Polk Sheriff’s Office Busts Fraudulent Bond Company

May 3rd, 2022 – 10:35 AM Polk County Georgia Sheriff’s Office – On March 25, 2022, Polk County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a scam involving individuals posing as affiliates with a bonding company. During the investigation, it was found that a Polk County Inmate identified as Tommy Cecil Rose was coordinating with his…

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Floyd Medical Center records 500th robotic surgery

April 28, 2022–7:43 p.m. NEWS RELEASE Atrium Health Floyd’s commitment to offering robotic surgery to local patients is being well-received. Floyd Medical Center recently performed its 500th surgery using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The hospital’s first robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System took place in November 2020. A second da…

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‘Person of interest’ in murder now in custody in Alabama

April 26, 2022–9:07 a.m. WEIS RADIO A man described as a ‘person of interest’ in the murder of a man whose body was found in a large toolbox in Polk County last month is now in custody. 39-year-old Nicholas Silvers of Gaylesville, Alabama was booked in at the Cherokee County Detention Center at around 10:35…

Georgia gas prices up a penny

Georgia gas prices up a penny

April 25, 2022–6:53 p.m. AAA SOUTH Georgia gas prices experienced a slight increase compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $3.71 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 1 cent more than a week ago, 28 cents less than last month but $1.01 more than this time last year. According…

Monday is the deadline to register to vote

Monday is the deadline to register to vote

April 24, 2022–12:02 p.m. STAFF REPORTS If you are not registered to vote in the upcoming election, Monday is the last day to do so. It’s also a good idea to check your registration status, especially if you haven’t voted in the last few cycles. The Primary Election is on May 24. Early voting begins…

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