Julie Bragg's Swim School is a Macon institution, but it isn't for the faint of heart. Her techniques seem harsh at first, especially for those who can't bear to toss their own crying kids in a pool. Not even the death of her own sons has made Bragg miss a summer of teaching in 44 years. Today she teaches the children of children she taught years ago.
For teachers and students all over the state, summer is over. One teacher returned to her classroom as a new mom. Many educators aim for summer due dates so they can stay home with their babies longer or without taking maternity leave.
Summer enrollment is down at the University of Georgia. UGA enrolled 13,854 students this summer, a decrease of 958 students. Registrar Jan Hathcote says the economy may have played a role in the decline. Enrollment was also down last year. The school is examining data as it becomes available to determine the reasons.
A scorching heat wave has broken temperature records in at least four Georgia cities. The National Weather Service reported Sunday that temperatures reached 105 degrees in Atlanta, breaking a record of 99 degrees set in 1954. It was even hotter in Athens, where the thermometers reached 108 degrees, beating a record set in 1927 by five degrees.
New rules for dogs on St. Simons Island are drawing both cheers and jeers from dog lovers. On the one hand, Glynn County officials are banning dogs on the island's beach this summer when the sand is most popular, during the day. On the other hand, they're giving dog owners the discretion to unleash their dogs and let them roam free in the mornings and evenings.
Some public school workers employed by private companies say, they got a nasty surprise a few weeks ago. State labor officials last year proposed eliminating a policy that allowed such workers to collect jobless benefits over the summer. The workers say, they didn't find out about the change until recently. Union officials say, the workers now face months without income.
A central Georgia county will resume spraying for mosquitoes after an earlier decision to end the program to cut costs. Bibb County commissioners decided Tuesday to bring back the program after hearing feedback from residents.
Savannah-Chatham Metro police are taking the city's top investigative officer and putting him in charge of patrol. The leadership shake-up follows a crime spike that led to four murders in a two-week period. Other violent crimes also increased as temperatures climbed at the end of June.