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Ga. health rankings: Hall County

Ga. health rankings: Hall County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Hall is Georgia's 17th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 23rd for quality of life, 16th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 50th for clinical care, 30th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 123rd for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Hall County:

Free dental services for Georgia children

Free dental services for Georgia children

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Dental Association will offer free dental services to local children on Friday.

It's part of Give Kids a Smile Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of good oral health. More than 350,000 children nationwide receive dental treatment on every Give Kids a Smile Day.

Several Georgia colleges and health centers will provide dental exams:

Fortis College School of Dental Hygiene
2108 Cobb Parkway SE, Smyrna

Lanier Technical College
2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood

Mercy Health Center
700 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Clinic
4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta

For more information, visit gadental.org.

Rabid skunk found in Hall County

Rabid skunk found in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County confirmed its second rabies case of 2015 last week.

A rabid skunk was found in the Grove Street area of east Hall County. It made contact with at least two dogs before it was captured.

The skunk tested positive for rabies at the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.

Positive alert signs have been posted in the area where the skunk was caught. Anyone who sees animals acting abnormally is encouraged to call Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830.

Rabid raccoon, cat found in Hall County

Rabid raccoon, cat found in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Animal Services announced Tuesday that a rabid raccoon was found in the southeastern part of the county.

The raccoon made contact with a dog near Marsh Creek Court. It was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, where it tested positive for rabies.

It was the 18th confirmed case of rabies in Hall County this year, and the second one this week. A cat was recently caught in the Tara Trail area; it tested positive for rabies Monday.

Hall County residents who see animals acting sick or abnormally are encouraged to call Animal Services at 770-531-6830.

Rabid cat found in Hall County

Rabid cat found in Hall County

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A rabid cat was recently captured in Hall County.

The cat had contact with two people in the Gillsville Highway area, according to Hall County Animal Services. It tested positive for rabies at the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur.

This is Hall County's 13th confirmed case of rabies so far this year.

Alerts will be posted near the place where the cat was found. Hall County residents who see animals acting strangely in the area are asked to call animal services at 770-531-6830.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."