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DeKalb County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

DECATUR, GA -- The DeKalb County Board of Health reports its first human case of West Nile Virus in the county. This is the fifth human case in Georgia. The individual is a 39-year-old male who lives in Decatur and is currently in the hospital with some paralysis.

As of August 31, 26 states have reported 177 cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It is very unfortunate that one of our DeKalb residents has developed West Nile Virus. However, I hope this will remind everyone to continue using precautions to avoid mosquito bites," said S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health.

The DeKalb County Board of Health advises people to take the following precautions againist being bitten by mosquitoes:

* Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus are most active.

Price Faces Possible House Ethics Investigation on Wall Street Vote

WASHINGTON -- House investigators recommended Tuesday that Rep. Tom Price, (R) GA 6th District, and two other lawmakers be further investigated to determine whether political contributions were improperly linked to votes on a huge financial overhaul bill.

The independent House Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) recommended that the member-run House ethics committee pursue potential rules violations by Price and fellow Republican John Campbell of California, as well as Democrat Joseph Crowley of New York.

The ethics office recommended no further investigation of five other lawmakers in the same probe. They are Democratic Reps. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Mel Watt of North Carolina; and Republicans Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Chris Lee of New York, and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.

Ethics investigators are trying to find out if Price took money from Wall Street in Dec., 2009, to vote against the Wall Street reforms.

Gallery Marks Katrina Anniversary with "X"

Dunwoody, GA -- The five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is being remembered in a unique way at an art gallery in Dunwoody.

The Spruill Gallery is featuring the work of an Atlanta artist who uses the "X" mark as a visual reminder of the symbols used by rescue workers after searching buildings for victims.

"I think it's very stirring," said artist Elyse Defoor, who painted a big orange "X" on the outside of the gallery. "I feel like five years later, it feels appropriate."

Defoor started painting her "X.U.ME" collection after seeing the devastation firsthand. 

"It was like a vast sea of "x" marks that appeared before me, and I was haunted by them," she said. "I could not get them out of my mind."

DeFoor's work is featured in a new exhibit at the Spruill Gallery called "Katrina: 5 Years of Reflection."

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press


Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Mother Forced to Leave Critically Ill Child

ATLANTA -- "I don't even know how to put it into words," Petra Gooding said while sitting on the couch outside the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Her daughter is inside, in total isolation, fighting life-threatening complications from her treatment.

Petra does not know how she will explain to her child that she may have to leave her. Seven-year-old Niamh is battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

The mother and daughter came to Children's from Barbados last November, their private insurance paying for Niamh's treatment. They applied to extend their visas because Niamh is so ill and, having just recently received a bone marrow transplant, unable to be moved.

"They gave my daughter the six-month extension but did not give it to me," Petra said.

New Village Church to Call Dunwoody Home

DUNWOODY, GA -- On Sunday, September 12, the Village Church of Dunwoody will hold its first service. This new church will preach a simple yet fundamental message to its congregation: one of caring.

Jim Reiter, former pastor of Dunwoody Community Church, will be the lead pastor of the Village Church. Services will focus on worship music and a contemporary sermon that