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Decatur boy plays trumpet for hospital workers

A 12-year-old Decatur boy is using his music to thank healthcare workers at a nearby hospital for all they’re doing to fight COVID-19. Nearly every night for the past month, Jason Zgonc has been playing his trumpet at shift-change at Emory Decatur Hospital. He’s only missed a couple of nights, so far, due to weather. Karen Zgonc Jason Zgonc outside Emory Decatur Hospital. Close Decatur boy plays… → Read More

Local butchers and meat processors becoming popular during pandemic

With grocery stores and even Costco now limiting the amount of meat customers can buy, many people are now turning to local butchers and meat processors. Angela Haas and her husband live just up the road from Findley’s Butcher Shop in Cartersville. They have been regulars who like to buy local. “It’s been really convenient to know we can come here any time and it’s been really nice with the… → Read More

Atlanta man survives COVID-19, part of clinical trial

An Atlanta man who survived COVID-19 is telling his story of survival and the drug he believes may have saved his life. On April 19, Bill Clark was wheeled out of Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital with a line of doctors and nurses applauding him with the theme to “Rocky” playing in the background. The 57-year-old attorney had checked in just four days earlier. “I honestly cannot do justice trying to… → Read More

Volunteers needed for recovery in Murray County tornadoes

With seven people dead and 23 others injured in what is believed to be two tornadoes that hit adjacent mobile home communities in Murray County Sunday night, emergency personnel are now turning to recovery mode. Fire and EMA director Dwayne Bain says that calls from the public have been pouring in with offers of help. Anyone interested can meet at Bagley Middle School Tuesday at noon to do just… → Read More

Metro ER doctor improvises with shortage of N95 masks

A metro Atlanta emergency room doctor is doing what he can to keep himself and those he works with safe from COVID 19. Dr. Mehrdod Ehteshami has already had to treat patients with the virus and is worried the limited supply of personal protection equipment will soon run out. So, he’s taken a MacGyver approach to keeping his N95 mask functional as long as possible. “I actually went to a home… → Read More

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary opens April 3rd

More than three years after a beloved game ranch in Gwinnett County closed, it’s about to reopen with a new look, many new animals, and new faces giving it life. Jonathon and Katy Ordway bought the Yellow River Game Ranch not long after it was forced to close due to declining conditions. The couple, who live just a few miles away, wanted it preserved for their growing young family and have put… → Read More

Body of missing hiker found in Dawson County

After three days of searching along the Appalachian Trail in Dawson County, the body of a missing hiker has been found not far from where the trail begins at Amicalola Falls State Park. Eddie Noonkester, 60, began his hike Friday but called a friend Sunday around 11 a.m. saying he was having medical issues. He then called 911 himself 30 minutes later saying he was disoriented. Courtesy to WSB… → Read More

Search resumes for missing hiker

Search and rescuers will resume their efforts this morning along the Appalachian Trail in Dawson County looking for a missing North Carolina man. Eddie Noonkester began his hike Friday at Amicalola Falls State Park, but called a friend Sunday saying he was having medical issues. The friend in turn called 911. The 60-year-old then called 911 himself about 30 minutes later but couldn't give… → Read More

Friendly, black coyote captured in East Cobb

For a week, Vanessa Prior’s Great Pyrenees named Ruth Bader has had a friend--a black coyote that researchers have been tracking since late December when it was first spotted in Smyrna. It ended up in Prior’s backyard in East Cobb, where for a week it would show up every morning to play with Ruth Bader. “(They were) playing together and jumping in the pool and chasing each other,” she tells… → Read More

North Georgia County becomes latest to become 2nd Amendment Sanctuary

Gilmer County becomes the latest to declare itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary in a growing movement across the country to protect gun rights. The movement started in wake of anti-gun legislation being considered by the Virginia Legislature. Jason Williamson of Ellijay joined a packed Gilmer County commission meeting Thursday night to present a petition with 700 signatures. “It is clear that… → Read More

Ciara visits students at Gwinnett high school

Students at a Gwinnett County high school that focuses on technology get a special visit from Grammy-award winning artist Ciara. The 9th grade coding class at Paul Duke STEM High School had no idea the Atlanta singer/songwriter would be visiting their class Monday. They’ve been using her songs to learn to write code. “It’s absolutely incredible and amazing to know you that guys are learning to… → Read More

Kelly Loeffler is Georgia's new U.S. Senator

Amid his crowded office, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that business woman Kelly Loeffler will replace U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in Washington. “Kelly Loeffler will stand with our President, Sen. Perdue, and their allies in the House and Senate to keep America great,” he told the crowd. Loeffler is the first female U.S. Senator in the state in over 100 years. Kemp says his unorthodox way of accepting… → Read More

Gov. Kemp unveils health plan for state's poor

Gov. Brian Kemp unveils his plan to bring access to health coverage to more low-income Georgians. The plan called Georgia Pathways could potentially benefit 408,000 in the state who fall below 100 percent of the federal poverty level—just over $12, 000 a year. But only as many as 50,000 per year are expected to be eligible based on a requirement of 80 hours a month for work, volunteering or… → Read More

Stolen dog reunited with owners

A Rockdale County couple is thankful to have their dog back after thieves broke into their home while they were at church Sunday and took him. Alton McCollough and his wife left at 8:30 a.m. and returned around 1:30 p.m. to find their home had been broken into. “The house was ransacked. They had gone through all the drawers just pulling stuff out and throwing them on the floor. We searched for… → Read More

State lawmaker proposes legislation to regulate vape products

With at least one death reported and 10 others suffering from vaping-related illnesses in Georgia, a state lawmaker from Gwinnett County plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session to regulate vape and e-cigarette products. Rep. Bonnie Rich (R-Suwanee), who has teenagers herself, worries about the accessibility of such products to young people. She wants ID required for all online… → Read More

Dog missing for six months reunited with Woodstock family

A Woodstock family, who had given up hope they’d ever see their beloved dog again after he went missing six months ago, now has him back thanks to social media. >>LISTEN TO SANDRA PARRISH’S FULL ON-AIR REPORT BELOW. Danny and Diana Prince were heartbroken when their nine-year-old golden lab-mix Duncan escaped during a thunderstorm on March 9. After searching for days, they were contacted… → Read More

Triathlon community comes together to find missing dog in Cobb County

A well-loved member of the metro Atlanta’s triathlon community dies suddenly leaving behind her husband and twin infant sons. On top of it, the couple’s beloved dog escapes during the chaos. Now, the community is coming together to in an all-out effort to find it. >>LISTEN TO SANDRA PARRISH’S FULL ON-AIR REPORT BELOW. Bethany Rutledge, just 37, was looking forward to her sons’ first… → Read More

New high school opens as Gwinnett students return to class

As Gwinnett County students head back to class today, a new high school opens its doors that could help launch students into a career in healthcare. The new state-of-the-art McClure Health Science High School in Duluth looks more like a medical facility than a high school and will give students hands-on training in the medical field. >>LISTEN TO SANDRA PARRISH’S FULL ON-AIR REPORT BELOW.… → Read More

The 182nd Campmeeting underway in Cobb

In the center of east Cobb County, maybe 50 yards from busy Roswell Road, sits what has been preserved more than 180 years--an arbor where the faithful gather for 10 days every summer to sing hymns and worship. >>LISTEN TO SANDRA PARRISH’S FULL ON-AIR REPORT BELOW. The Marietta Campground was founded by four farmers who gave 10 acres of land each to have a dedicated place to worship and… → Read More

Devon Gales gets keys to new home

Devon Gales, the Southern University football player paralyzed during a game against the University of Georgia in 2015, is finally in his brand-new handicap-accessible home in Jackson County. Those who have supported the family the past four years gathered at the home in the Traditions of Braselton subdivision as Gales and his parents were given the keys. Gales has his own wing in the home which… → Read More