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Task force to make DFCS head report to governor

Task force to make DFCS head report to governor

(WXIA) -- Gov. Nathan Deal's office is preparing an announcement on changes to organizational structure at the Division of Family and Children Services, sources tell 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom.

According to the sources, DFCS will be separate from DHS and the head of DFCS will report directly to the governor instead of the commissioner.

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested. 

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Agronomist: Hold off on peanut planting; soil temperatures not stable

Peanut planters are cautioned not to plant too early this year.

According to the UGA extension's blog, UGA Agronomist Dr. Scott Tubbs says growers should be careful due to "strong possibilities for a cold front to drop soil temperatures rapidly."

Related: Peanut farm goes Sriracha

Tubbs urges growers to exercise patience, despite the few days with temperatures in the 80s.

Read the full blog post for detailed peanut-growing advice.

Related: Georgia Peanut Commission's 2014 Peanut Outlook

Bleckley Relay for Life May 2

Bleckley Relay for Life May 2

Bleckley Relay for Life will be May 2 at NeSmith Stadium (Middle Georgia State College Soccer Field) starting at 7 pm.  The stadium is located just off US 23 near the bypass.  

The theme for this year's relay is "Carnival for a Cure." There will be food, games, and local entertainment.  

Money raised will benefit people in Bleckley County battling cancer and their families.

For more information, contact  relay chair Linda Warren, 478-298-2252.

Wendy's to freshen up salad line

Wendy's to freshen up salad line

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Wendy's has big plans to return to its salad days.

On Tuesday, the burger chain will announce the March 17 national rollout of two new menu items to its salad lineup: an Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and a BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. Also, Wendy's will announce plans to add more fresh veggies — cucumbers and red peppers — to its spiffed-up side salads,

Winter storm watch for Central Georgia

Winter storm watch for Central Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of central Georgia beginning Tuesday morning until Wednesday afternoon.

A wintry mix is expected for central and southern parts of the state beginning Tuesday afternoon. Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow are likely Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

Hospital to hold diabetes cooking school

Hospital to hold diabetes cooking school

Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville will hold the Right Bright Diabetes Cooking School begining January 20.  It's sponsored by the hospital, the UGA Extension Office and UGA Archway Partnership and is free.  A promotional flyer states "Learn to prepare delicious meals and snacks to control or prevent diabetes and other diseases."  Classes include deserts for special occassions, portion control and seven ways to control your blood pressure.

Each class runs from 5:30-7:30 pm.   After February 24, there will be two classes per month March-May, all held in the hospital training room.  Pre registration is required, call 478-987-2028 to reserve your spot.  Taylor Regional Hospital is located at 790 US 341.