WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 10-26-23


The Fort Oglethorpe Police Department is asking for assistance locating Janice Abney.  Abney has been reported missing.  She was last seen on October 18th.  If you have any information on Mrs. Abney’s whereabouts, contact the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department.

Georgia’s lieutenant governor said yesterday that he wants to pay teachers $10,000 a year to encourage them to carry guns in schools.  Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, speaking at Austin Road Elementary School in Winder on Wednesday, said he wants the state to spend more money on school safety, including paying for teachers and other non-officers to take firearms training, and paying teachers who hold a firearms training certificate an annual stipend.  His plan also calls for stricter standards for already-required school safety plans and boosting money the state gives schools to hire school resource officers with police certification. Salary and benefits for such officers can cost $80,000 or more.

A multistate salmonella outbreak has caused at least 73 illnesses across 22 states, including 15 hospitalizations, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC has issued a food safety alert for certain diced onion products from Gills Onions that have been linked to the outbreak, and the company has issued a voluntarily recall. People should not eat or serve the recalled onions or foods made with the onions.  Products include some lots of diced yellow onions (3-pound bags and 8-ounce cups), diced celery and onions (8-ounce cups), and diced red onions (8-ounce cups).  The affected lots had use-by dates between August 8 and August 28 and are no longer being sold in stores. But the CDC recommends checking freezers and refrigerators for any of these products so that they can be thrown out or returned. Any items or surfaces that may have touched the recalled onion products should be washed and sanitized with hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.

 A Georgia state agency received more than 177,000 applications for housing subsidies, but only 13,000 of those will actually join a waiting list that leads to aid.  The Georgia Department of Community Affairs took applications for its Housing Choice Voucher program online for four days last week, the first time people who would like to live in the 149 counties served by the program have been invited to apply since 2021.  The department is now reviewing applications to determine if they are complete and people are eligible, and removing duplicate applications.  The department will use a lottery to select 13,000 eligible applicants for the waiting list and rank them in the order in which applicants will receive assistance. The department will then begin awarding them vouchers as they become available.