Staying Safe During A Storm

Lightning: What You Need to Know. NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area! If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up. Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder. Indoor Lightning Safety: Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls. Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips: If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk: Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks; Never lie flat on the ground; Never shelter under an isolated tree; Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter; Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water and Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

Staying Safe in the Sun

July 3rd is known as stay out of the sun day. That is a hard rule to commit too and especially for children so let’s try to stay as safe as we can. has some great advice. The weather is warming up, the days are longer and there’s more time to be outside doing all kinds of fun things! But if you’re going to be out in the sun, especially on a hot day, you need to stay safe. Let’s find out how. Don’t Feel the Burn. Even though the sun is hot, it does cool things. It keeps us warm. It makes flowers and plants grow. It even gives us vitamin D so we can better absorb calcium into our bodies for strong bones. It does all these things by sending down light, which includes invisible ultraviolet (say: ul-trah-VYE-uh-lit) rays. These are also called UV rays. Some ultraviolet rays pass through air and clouds and penetrate the skin. When your skin’s been exposed to too many of these rays, you get what’s known as a sunburn. Ouch! Some people get a sunburn faster than others because of their coloring. If you have blond or red hair, light-colored skin, and light-colored eyes, you’ll tend to get a sunburn more quickly than someone with dark eyes and skin. That’s because you have less melanin (say: MEL-uh-nun). Melanin is a chemical in the skin that protects it from sun damage by reflecting and absorbing UV rays. People with darker skin have more melanin, but even if you have dark hair, dark eyes, or darker-toned skin, you can still get a sunburn. It will just take a little bit longer. Sunburns look bad and feel worse. They can cause blisters on your skin. They can keep you inside feeling sore when everyone else is outside having fun. They increase your chance of getting wrinkly when you get older. And worst of all, they can lead to skin cancer when you are an adult. Because getting wrinkles and getting sick don’t happen right away, they can seem like things that could never happen to you. But you still need to be careful.

Supporting the Cordele – Crisp Chamber of Commerce and Enjoying Fireworks this Fourth of July

The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce will be operating a Phantom Fireworks Sales Stand now through July 4th in the parking lot of the strip plaza located at 1211 E. 16th Ave in Cordele by the Wal-Mart Store. The fireworks sales stand will be open 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Proceeds from the sale of the fireworks will be used to fund various Chamber activities and programs. Phantom Fireworks is one of the largest retailers of consumer 1.4G fireworks in the nation, operating some 80 permanent fireworks retail facilities in 16 states and over 1,400 temporary sales venues in 18 states. Additionally, Phantom Fireworks sells to major chain stores. Phantom’s line of high-quality products includes Phantom exclusive brands such as Phantom Fireworks, Wolf Pack, Silver Salute, The Grucci Collection and Smile More products featuring Roman Atwood. Phantom Firework has all varieties of consumer fireworks including novelties, fountains, various ground-based items, wheels, rockets, reloadable mortar kits, shells, mine cakes, and various assortment packs. Founded over 40 years ago, Phantom Fireworks, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, is America’s premier consumer fireworks retailer. Phantom has built a reputation for quality, value, and selection that has set the standard in the consumer fireworks industry. Phantom® brand products are known and appreciated by fireworks enthusiasts from coast to coast.

Donation Made to Crisp Regional Foundation

Connie Carney, Alissa Wright, and Stella Bailey, members of the Cordele Community-League, presented a donation to Crisp Regional Foundation Chairman Noel Williams and Crisp Regional CEO Steven Gautney! This gift was given to benefit the Foundation’s current oncology campaign to renovate an existing area of the hospital for a brand new Medical Oncology Department! The Cordele-Crisp Community League has pledged to give the CRH Foundation $25,000 towards this campaign! Thank you CCCL for all that you do in the community and giving back to Crisp Regional! This campaign is in effect through December 2017 and construction will begin this Summer.

Cordele’s Walls Drafted by Rays

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) – Former Crisp County star Taylor Walls has a decision to make. The Florida State All-American shortstop and team captain was selected 79th overall in the MLB Draft Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Rays. “Blessed to have this opportunity! Thank you @RaysBaseball,” Walls tweeted Tuesday afternoon. Walls struggled early in the 2017 season, but has rebounded to a .276 batting average and is second in the nation in walks. He capped off Florida State’s run to the College World Series by reaching base all seven of his plate appearances in a 19-0 rout over Sam Houston State to clinch a Super Regional sweep. Only a junior, Walls could return to Tallahassee if he chooses to. The former Cougar star was an All-American in 2016 after batting .355 with six homer and 46 RBI. He also led the Seminoles with 59 walks that season. For now, Walls and the Seminoles have business to tend to in Omaha. FSU is making their first CWS appearance since 2012, and opens double elimination play Saturday against LSU.