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Kasey Lairsey, 6, beats the heat as he enjoys a slice of cold watermelon after a cool swim in the Flint River at Riverbend Park in Mitchell County Saturday afternoon. Officials say that it is important to stay cool and hydrated during the hot summer days in Southwest Georgia. Temperatures will remain in the 90s throughout the next week.

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