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More Rain Means More Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes seem to be enjoying this warmer weather almost as much as we are.

With the recent rain, there are pools of stagnant water that make great homes for those pesky bugs.

This summer, the mosquito population has increased because of rain. It's so bad that some families move their fun indoors.

"When the babies tell you go go, you know it's bad," says Sandrea McCornell, who brought her children to Amerson Water Works Park.

9-year-old Madison Burns from Warner Robins says she's always getting bitten by mosquitoes. 

The complaints are up. Bibb County Mosquito spraying coordinator, Joe Bridges, already used 800 gallons of repellent.

"This is a little bit more than we already use," he says.

Mosquitoes breed in places with standing water.

Why is it that certain people seem to suffer from the pests more than others?

There is a lot of research out there on the topic.

House Fire in Jones County Kills Elderly Woman

A woman is dead and two people are injured after a fire broke out at a home in Gray.  It happened at 140 East Clinton St. The fatal morning house fire was ruled to be accidental. 

Fire investigators with Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner say the victim of this house fire was 80-year-old Sarah Clements. 

They also report that their investigation revealed that the fire began in the kitchen area as a result of unattended cooking. They report there was no evidence of a working smoke alarm. 

13WMAZ talked to the two of firefighters who rescued Clements from the burning home. 

"It was all touch-and-feel. There was no visibility, zero visibility. The only thing you could see was the orange glow of the fire from the other room," said Travis Touhy, a firefighter with Jones County Fire Department.   

One Dead, 2 Hurt After House Fire in Gray

A woman is dead and two people are injured after a fire broke out at a home in Gray.  It happened at 140 East Clinton St.

Firefighters got to the scene at about 9:28 Thursday morning.  When they arrived the fire was already burning and there was heavy damage.  An elderly woman was trapped inside in her bed.  Firefighters rescued her and she was taken to the hospital where she later died.

A firefighter was also injured and he was taken to the hospital as well. 

The building was a one-story historic home over 100 years old.

Ga. Officials Promote Child Care Rating Program

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials are encouraging early child care and education programs to sign up for the state's system that rates their facilities and help parents make informed decisions.

Gov. Nathan Deal discussed the state's first Quality Rated child care programs Tuesday at the capitol.

The voluntary system assesses the quality of child care programs through a star-rating system.

In 2012, officials hoped for 700 programs to sign up. Nearly 1,100 joined Quality Rated last year.

Ratings first went public on July 1. Within the first two weeks, the rating website had more than 3,000 visits.

About 1,300 early care programs currently participate. Officials plan to heavily promote the program throughout the state to encourage more programs to join.

Quality Rated programs are eligible for free professional development, technical assistance and financial incentive packages.

Ga. City Spars With National Gun Control Group

ATLANTA (AP) - A tiny Georgia city and a national gun control group are facing off in a legal battle over a law requiring gun ownership.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in May filed a federal lawsuit against Nelson, a city of 1,300 residents north of Atlanta. The gun control advocates are challenging the constitutionality of the law and trying to discourage copycat measures.

The City Council adopted the Family Protection Ordinance on April 1. It requires every head of household to own a gun and ammunition but exempts convicted felons, the disabled and anyone who objects to gun ownership.

City officials have said they never intended to enforce the ordinance.

Both sides are gathering documents and making procedural court filings. The city's lawyer says he hopes to reach a settlement.

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Walmart, Lane Southern Orchards to Sell More Local Peaches

Walmart, Lane Southern Orchards to Sell More Local Peaches

Walmart says they are doubling the amount of Georgia peaches that you can find at area stores.

On Wednesday, company executives toured Lane Southern Orchards checking out peaches from the stem to packing, and finally, to the shelf of their store in Forsyth.

Dorn Wenninger, Walmart's Vice President of Produce, said 1.6 million pounds of Lane's peaches will go to their stores in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Lane Southern Orchards said all of their peaches are produced within 30 miles away from Peach, Crawford, Taylor, and Macon Counties.

Walmart says this is all part of focusing on putting more local produce into stores.

"It's about value," said Wenninger. "There is no more efficient means to get produce to a store when it is grown in that same community close to the store. So you're saving in food miles, and that's really important as the price of fuel goes up."

Glover Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

A former Bibb County political candidate and local party chairman pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge Monday. 

Danny Glover pleaded guilty in Jones County Probate Court, according to Gail Broach, the chief deputy clerk.

A probate judge ordered Glover to pay a fine of more than $1,000, work 40 hours community service and go on probation for a year. He'll pay a $44 court fee and undergo a substance evaluation.