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Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DECATUR, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local Cinco de Mayo eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

At Los Loros Mexican Restaurant the fish tacos are “excellent” and the margaritas are “tasty”. This neighborhood restaurant is a favorite to people who live in the area. Guest favorites include fish tacos and the beef enchilada. The signature margarita is mixed with tequila and Gran Marnier, making it the menu highlight. Visit the restaurant for their Cino de Mayo celebration at 1248 Clairmont Road in Decatur.

The Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Tucker is known for their Mega-Margaritas, great service and always fresh salsa. On Cinco de Mayo the restaurant will offer food and drink specials, however, nothing on the regular menu exceeds $15.

Newton County comes in at 54th as healthiest county in Georgia

Newton County comes in at 54th as healthiest county in Georgia

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga.

10th Annual Cheerios Challenge registration open

10th Annual Cheerios Challenge registration open

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington Family YMCA will be holding their 10th Annual Cheerios Challenge which is set for Saturday, April 16th.

Registration for this event has begun it is promising to be bigger than ever. Last year, 1.029 walkers and runners participated in the event which included a 10K/5K road race and a 1-miles fun run/walk. This year, runners can use their results at Peachtree Road Race qualifiers.

The race will start and finish at 2140 Newton Drive and the 10K will begin at 7:30a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

Registration will be open until April 12 and ranges from $15-$20.  The male and female who come in first, in both the 5K and 10K will be awarded a $100 cash price.

Race packets can be picked up from the Covington YMCA which is located at 2140 Newton Drive in Covington.  

Kerosene sold at Covington Quick Spot Possibly Contaminated

Kerosene sold at Covington Quick Spot Possibly Contaminated

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is warning consumers who purchased kerosene on or after October 21 from the Quick Spot at 10260 Hwy. 36, Covington, not to use the product in their kerosene heaters or lamps.

The kerosene is possibly contaminated with gasoline and has the potential to cause an explosion or fire if used in home heaters or lamps. Inspectors from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Fuel & Measures Division discovered the contaminated product on a routine inspection of the store.

A “stop-sale” order has been placed on the kerosene pump at the Quick Spot.  The pump will remain closed until the tank and lines have been cleaned and a new shipment has been tested and approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Consumers who purchased kerosene from the Quick Spot between Oct. 21 and Jan. 24 should return it for reimbursement.

 

Walk-In Flu Shots at Selected Locations

The Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments are now offering annual flu shots at their health centers (Buford, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Conyers, and Covington)  to everyone 6 months and older.  Both the nasal and injectable forms of the vaccine are available. 

The cost of a flu shot is $20. Methods of payments accepted include cash and credit.  Health Departments will bill Medicaid, Medicare Part B and some private insurance.  Appointments are not required.