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Peach County 'Tops Off' New Hospital

Community and medical leaders gathered in Byron for the "topping off" ceremony for its new Peach County Regional Medical Center.

It was called "topping off" because the last pieces of the frame of the building were now finished, although construction will not be complete until next summer, when officials hope to open the new facility.

Don Faulk, CEO of the Medical Center of Central Georgia, said getting a hospital in the area has been years in the making, and that the topping-off was a culmination of hard work. 

He said that people had wanted a newer medical center for great care in the Peach County area for a long time.

The hospital is a joint project of the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Peach County Regional Medical Center.

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.

What questions remain in your mind regarding the Supreme Court's decision? 

We are working to explore how this affects you. 

Comment below in the Comment Section to share your thoughts.  

Red Cross in 'Emergency Need' for Blood Donations

The American Red Cross says they're at emergency levels in their blood supply.

According to a news release, nationwide they project 50,000 fewer donations in June than they expected.

The Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross says there are half as many blood products in inventory as there was this time last year.

They attribute that to unseasonably warm weather letting people start their summer activities earlier, and officials says people aren't taking to time to give blood and platelets.

The Red Cross says all blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B Negative and A negative.

Because of the shortage, the Red Cross is extending hours at donations center and encouraging all eligible donors to take time to give.

To make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org.

Peach County Public Health Ratings in June

Peach County Public Health Ratings in June

See how restaurants in your area rate with the Georgia Department of Health. These ratings are from June.

One rating is listed for June in Peach County.

Pash's Family Dining got a 100 on their health inspection.

Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal Among Top Five Least Healthy

Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal Among Top Five Least Healthy


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A Chick-fil-A kids meal is among the five worst fast food kids meals that claim to be healthy, according to a new report released Thursday.

The report, which was commissioned by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says Chick-fil-A's Grilled Nuggets Kids Meal contains the same amount of cholesterol as a McDonald's Big Mac.

Simulation of a Stroke Survivor's Daily Challenges

For Michael Jennings, it happened at work.

"I was able to get to the hospital fast and they were able to reverse the issue, the blockage," says Jennings from Byron.

But for 7 year old Jacob DeJournett, it came in his sleep.

"I had six strokes. Four in the back of my head and one right here," says Jacob, as he points to the side of his head.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S and the leading cause of long term disability, according to the American Heart Association.

"When I first got up, I couldn't walk because my foot would be dragging on the floor," says Jacob.

"If you watch him, he'll be walking down the hall, and he'll trip, or his eyesight has become a big issue," says mother Sara DeJournett from Warner Robins.

Mbata Presents Research to the Georgia Peanut Commission

Mbata Presents Research to the Georgia Peanut Commission


The National Peanut Board marks March as National Peanut Month. Annually, Georgia farmers produce nearly 42 percent of the nation’s favorite cash crop which ends up in snacks, lunchboxes and dinner tables across the country. The beloved plant, however, is under attack by insect Pangaeus bilineatus. This peanut burrowing beetle devours the mature pod, damaging produce and eating away at farmers’ livelihoods.

Recently, Dr. George Mbata, Fort Valley State University’s biology chair, and David Shapiro-Ilan, a USDA-ARS, Southeast Fruit and Tree Nut Research Unit researcher, presented a progress report on new methods to control the insect during the Georgia Peanut Commission’s annual meeting held on the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus.