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3 rabies cases reported in Rockdale County

3 rabies cases reported in Rockdale County

CONYERS, Ga. -- At least three people were bitten by rabid animals in Rockdale County in the past few weeks.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said one case involved a raccoon, which bit someone in the Saxony Drive area near McDonough Highway. The other two animals were foxes; one was found in the Pembroke subdivision off Highway 212, while the other incident happened on George Place NE.

Henry County, which is adjacent to Rockdale, has also reported a large number of rabies cases. One entire neighborhood is under a rabies quarantine.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival returns to Conyers

Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival returns to Conyers

CONYERS, Ga. -- The sixth annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival will swoop into Rockdale County this weekend.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26. It will be held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Events and festivities include wild animal exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities and more.

Admission is $5 per person; children ages 4 and under get in free.

For more information, visit bighaynescreekwildlifefestival.com.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art-B-Que, Family Dig and Derby Day

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art-B-Que, Family Dig and Derby Day

DECATUR, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The fourth annual Art-B-Que will be held, this weekend, in the Avondale Estates. This two day festival features food, music, art and fun. This year, acts include: Noot d’Noot, Nine Inch Neils, AM Gold, Mule and Skinner MacQueen. The festival is free of charge. The festival will be held at Railroad Art District, which is located at 2846 Franklin Street in Atlanta.

Fernbank Museum is holding a variety of special archaeology programming throughout May in celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month. On Saturday, May 7, the museum will hold “a family dig for archaeology-themed activities that focus on Native American crafts and technologies”. The dig is included in museum admission and is free to museum members. The dig will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

LOCAL PROFILE: Hard Labor Creek Spot

RUTLEDGE, Ga. – Who knew a state park, had so many attractions in such a small town? Who knew you could have big fun for little funds about 40 miles outside of the "big city"? The folks at Hard Labor State Park have figured out a way. Tucked away in quaint Rutledge, the park is best known for its golf course; however, it has many exciting attractions including a beach, boat rental, canoeing, pedal boating, campgrounds, a full stocked stable and 22 miles of equestrian trails.

The 18-hole-golf course is described as “beautiful and challenging” the green fee Monday-Thursday is $36, Friday it’s $46 and on weekends and holidays the fee is $45. The fee includes a golf cart. Call ahead for tee times.

Aside from golf, for families the parks biggest attraction is their lakeside beach. The “swimming beach” opens, next weekend, on May 14. The beach is free to park visitors who have already paid their $5 parking charge.

Fly Fishing Clinic at Panola Mountain State Park

Fly Fishing Clinic at Panola Mountain State Park

CONYERS -- The Panola Mountain State Park is hosting an afternoon Fly Fishing Clinic on March 6th. Fly Fishing season officially begins on April 1st and this clinic is your opportunity to learn to Fly Fish, on the cusp of the season.

The clinic starts at 2:00 p.m. and cost $15 or $12, if you register with your own gear. Advanced registation is required and can be done at www.gastateparks.org.

Panola Mountain State Park is located at  2600 Highway 155, Southwest in Stockbridge.