Hall County's rabies epidemic apparently isn't taking a break for the holidays. The number of confirmed cases this year has now climbed to 43.
According to Hall County Animal Control, on Dec. 10 a skunk came into contact with a dog in the Claude Parks Road area of North Hall. The skunk's remains were sent Monday to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which confirmed Tuesday that the skunk was infected with rabies.
Editor's note: State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, currently is in Iraq as a U.S. Air Force Reserve chaplain. He began his service there in September. He is reporting weekly on the activities at his location. His e-mail address is email@example.com. Next week, Collins' column will run on Christmas Day instead of the usual Tuesday.
December 23, 2008|
Rep. Doug Collins
For The Times
The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the stabbing of a 16-year-old gang member. They believe the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon on Bob Bryant Road, is the result of an altercation between members of two known street gangs: Mexican Vatos Society and La Onda.
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem, but a dry and neglected tree can be.
Although tax collections have been slow in coming, Gainesville school system's finance director said the system likely will be able to pay off its more than $7.5 million tax anticipation note by the year's end.