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How these dogs helped lower UNG students’ stress levels Blue, a massive Great Pyrenees dog, walked a couple of steps and flopped down at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus's student center on Wednesday, Dec. Within seconds, a group of students swarmed around him, giving him praise and belly rubs.

Wet Week Ahead - Now Habersham As we head steadily into December a very wet, active pattern is setting up across the southeastern US. This will bring plenty of rain/clouds to the area with multiple systems bringing rain chances this week. First up a wedge will be in place across the region today with low clouds and patchy rain lasting much of the day.

Murmurs of Bias and Delayed Justice in Washington County But almost two years after the conclusion of the trial, the same judge who made personal remarks about Napoleon during his sentencing hearing has, along with the state, delayed the appeals process as a whole and failed to meet deadlines set by the court in a timely manner.

Sexual Assault Investigation in Summerville "While we will not be discussing this social media post or its contents, we do want to inform the public that on the evening of December 5th that a sexual assault against a female in her 20's was reported to have occurred in a heavily wooded area adjacent to the Summerville Housing Authority apartments located at Oak Street and McGinnis Circle.

Fire crews in DeKalb fight flames at Chamblee business Firefighters in DeKalb County worked for hours to get flames under control at a business in Chamblee…

Test Test Related Stories testtest testtest PSA: Emergency alert test on TuesdayPublic service announcement for national emergency alert system.

5 injured in crash on Ga. 400 400 northbound just south of Holcomb Bridge Road, according to Roswell police spokeswoman Sgt. Britney Rodgers. The five people involved in the wreck are stable, Rodgers said. No other details about the wreck were released. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

GA House Special Committee on Economic Growth to Hold Next Meeting in Columbus During the meeting, the general public will have the opportunity to share ideas to boost economic growth throughout Georgia.

36 Georgia companies named GLOBE Award winners Kemp on Friday to announce the winners of Georgia's sixth annual GLOBE Awards at an event at the Capitol. This state-led awards program highlights companies that entered into a new international market in the previous year. The 36 companies who were honored collectively exported to 90 new countries in 2018.

Georgia Ports Rail Cargo Jumps 30% in 3 Years Over the same period, the Authority has increased the annual capacity at the Port of Savannah from 5 million to 5.5 million TEUs.

FAA Proposes $3.9 Million Civil Penalty Against The Boeing Co. The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a civil penalty of more than $3.9 million against The Boeing Co. for installing nonconforming components on approximately 133 aircraft, which Boeing subsequently presented as ready for airworthiness certification.

USDA: SNAP Restored to Idea of "a Second Chance, Not A Way of Life" The rule, the administration says, restores the system to what Congress intended: assistance through difficult times, not a way of life. "Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch.

EGRMC Recognizes Employees of the Year Clinical Leader of the Year: Burke Basquin, BS, Pharm D, has been with East Georgia Regional Medical Center for twenty years, and leads the hospital's Pharmacy Department.

HIV Testing, Treatment, Prevention Not Reaching Enough Americans Far too many Americans with HIV are unaware that they have it. Far too few have the virus under control through effective treatment. And far too few Americans are taking the daily pill that prevents HIV.

5 former VA employees plead guilty to stealing federal funds set aside for veterans Five former VA employees pleaded guilty theft charges from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Federal Court. Michele Whaley, age 53, of Alliance, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of federal funds totaling approximately $71,247.

Daughter of Olympic bombing victim: ‘It was a terrible, terrible day’ Fallon Stubbs often touches her sister’s hands.

Column: When Christmas returns, so do my questions about Mary Two of my favorite songs of the Christmas season are "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "Mary Did You Know?" They always remind me of the different meanings Christmas has for me and many people.

Opinion: Why Forsyth County's proposed changes to tree, erosion ordinances are necessary I totally disagree with Mr. Phil Dacosta's letter in the Sunday, Dec. 1 issue of the Forsyth County News where he takes issue with the Board of Commissioners proposed stricter requirements to the Tree Protection and Replacement Ordinance and the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Ordinance.

Opinion: Why Gov. Brian Kemp is smart to defy Trump, but it won't work Brian Kemp tapped business executive Kelly Loeffler to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson in defiance of President Donald Trump. Trump and his surrogates made it crystal clear that they wanted Kemp to choose Trump's second-favorite Georgia sycophant, U.S.

Column: It's time to refocus students and workforce on technology Packages delivered by drones. Medical procedures performed by robots. Students taking online courses from teachers who are multiple time zones away. Self-driving trucks able to zip through traffic. Talking to Siri, Alexa and a host of other smart devices to provide intelligent information and guidance.

Extension: Program designed to help prevent type 2 diabetes One in three American adults has prediabetes. If you have prediabetes, you are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious disease. Also, those diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes are at greater risk for additional chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke.

Ronda Rich: Working hard and eating poor Glimpses back to childhood always bring forth an odd remembrance of some kind. Sometimes when I go into our kitchen at night, I will think of the kitchen in my childhood home. At least once a week, we had pinto beans for supper, usually accompanied by potatoes fried in the black iron skillet and a cake of cornbread baked in another iron skillet.

Mike Tasos: Do something nice for someone this Christmas A president who's got it together and not taking money for what he's doing. Despite being battered, he speaks to full houses. Popular. Effective. Patriotic. People, with the exception of a traitorous mob and its followers, believe. You're right Nancy, let's impeach the guy.

Annette Baker is Lanier Tech's 2020 Instructor of the Year Annette Baker, program director and instructor for the Lanier Technical College Health Information Management Technology, has been named the College's Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year award winner for 2020.

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