City Beat

CITY BEAT: KUHLE, HORN WIN RE-ELECTION TO CITY COUNCIL, CULP WINS THIRD SEAT

            • DECATUR City Council Incumbents Chuck Kuhle and David Horn won re-election in Tuesday’s election with Ed Culp handily winning the third open seat.  Culp will replace long-time councilman Pat McDaniel who is retiring from the council.      Less than 6,000 ballots were cast in a community of 48,132 registered…

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EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT: GASPING FOR BREATH IS A DANGEROUS WAY TO LIVE

         DURING THE past year, about the time that COVID-19 changed our world, I noticed that I was developing shortness of breath. Over the years I’ve walked all over downtown and played full-court basketball in local gyms for decades. I never had any problem breathing. I prided myself on being in fairly good shape…

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IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT WEEK COVERING THE CITY BEAT

       After it appeared that an antibiotic for pneumonia, which appeared on an x-ray of my lungs wasn’t working, my doctor decided Friday morning for more tests and lab work. After completing that move, and heading back to the newspaper office, I received a call from my doctor’s office that I should immediately go to…

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CITY BEAT: ONLINE PURCHASE SCAMS BECOME RISKIEST IN WAKE OF COVID-19 SHOPPING

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a report last week informing the public that online purchase scams have become riskiest scam in the wake of COVID-19. Adults ages 18–24 reported the highest median losses ($150) and the highest likelihood of loss (56.6%) to BBB Scam TrackerSM in 2020. Previously, older age groups consistently…

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CITY BEAT: YOU STILL NEED TO WEAR A MASK AFTER BEING VACCINATED FOR COVID-19

         • As vaccination numbers slowly increase in Macon County and across the nation, some people who have received their shot apparently believe they can quit wearing a mask or practicing social distancing. Vaccines are one of the most important tools in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and early indicators show that they are…

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