Morning Roundup: Hiker rescued, storms topple trees

Hiker rescued after fall in stable condition

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say a man who fell about 25 feet while hiking on a trail near a north Georgia waterfall is in stable condition.

Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford tells The Times of Gainesville that the 22-year-old was in stable condition Monday afternoon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

A state helicopter rescued the hiker, a Cumming man whose name wasn't released, after Friday's accident near Cochran Falls in Dawson County. Rescuers put the hiker on a stretcher, and a helicopter from the Department of Natural Resources hoisted him into the air.


Storms topple trees, rip down power lines

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Crews are clearing toppled trees and trying to restore power after storms rolled through Georgia overnight.

A Georgia Power spokesman tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 12,500 customers were without power due to downed trees and power lines on Monday afternoon. About 11,000 of them were in metro Atlanta.

WSB Radio reports that the numbers of those without power had fallen to 1,200 statewide and about 500 in metro Atlanta by 11 p.m. Monday.

In White County in northeast Georgia, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday morning. Radar and river gauge readings indicated flooding in the northeast part of the county.

In Johns Creek outside Atlanta, a tree fell in front of Wilson Creek Elementary School, closing a stretch of Wilson Road for a time.


Trial to begin in killing of 2 police officers

DECATUR, Ga. — A murder trial is set to begin for a man accused of gunning down two police officers outside Atlanta in 2008.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a jury was seated Monday afternoon, with the trial expected to begin Tuesday for William Maurice Woodard. He's accused of killing DeKalb County police officers Eric Barker and Ricky Bryant.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 34-year-old Woodard.


Georgia Southern students approve 'green' fee

ATLANTA — Georgia Southern University students have volunteered to pay $10 per semester to enhance environmental initiatives on the Statesboro campus.

The Georgia Board of Regents will now consider the fee, along with two additional athletics support fees that students endorsed in a campus-wide referendum.

Out of the 9,400 students voting, 74 percent approved of the environmental assessment, which would about $400,000 annually. The money would finance campus projects such a retro-fitting buildings to allow more efficient use of energy and water. The university also would direct some of the money to marketing the school's environmental emphasis and new hires for the GSU Center for Sustainability.

If Regents approve the fee, it will go into effect for the fall 2013 semester.


Ga. school nurses preparing to give flu shots

MACON, Ga. — School nurses across Georgia are getting ready to hold special clinics to help more students get their flu shots.

The Georgia Association of School Nurses and the Georgia Department of Public Health are working together to boost immunization among the state's school children. Carol Darsey, the president of the school nurses group, says flu shot clinics will be starting this month.

Darsey says not every Georgia school will administer flu shots, but 17 of the state's 18 health districts are participating. Parents should get a letter if their child's school is participating.

Health officials say giving flu shots at school should reduce the number of days missed by sick children. Students with health coverage who get the shots will have their insurance billed. Uninsured students will get vaccinated for free.

Woodard has pleaded not guilty, and maintains that he wrestled a gun away from one of the officers and fired upon them in self-defense.