A new mandated heat-conditioning period has many Georgia football programs starting practices a week early. They want players ready to practice in pads starting Wednesday, the first day it’s allowed. New Georgia High School Association rules mandate each football player gets five days of practices limited to two hours before he can even put on pads. The idea is to give athletes a chance to acclimate to the heat, humidity and intense activity.
An elderly couple was found dead in the yard of their farm in Cochran on Saturday. A third person died Monday in Twiggs County after suffering a heart attack. The coroner says heat was a factor. Health officials are telling people to drink fluids, check on the elderly, and stay inside.