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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Florala Police Department re- ported the following arrests for Febru- ary 14-20, 2018: Joseph A. Martin - possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia Stuart Smith - possession of mari- juana II, possession of drug parapher- nalia Boss Thames - warrant April Huffmac - theft of property II ***All subjects listed above are in- nocent until proven guilty in a court of law. m N N FEBRUARY 16 2:58 pm - County Road 4, Florala - po- lice call. 6:34 pm - AL Hwy 55 & Birge Nest Dr, FIo- rala - fire call FEBRUARY 17 9:21 am - Sixth St, Florala - police call 11:29 am - Seventh St, Florala - EMS call 10:59 pm Cahnon Dr, 'Paxton - police call FEBRUARY 18 7:17 am - Sixth St, COVINGTON ( OUNTY E.911 Report For Florala Area Florala - police call 7:40 am - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - police call 7:47 am- Goldenrod Ave, Florala- EMS call. 11:22 am- Fifth Ave, Florala - police call 11:23 am - Sixth Ave, Florala - police call 12:02 pm - Sixth St, Florala - EMS call 1:13 pm - Eucalyptus Ave, Florala - police call 1:27 pm - Goldenrod Ave, Florala .- EMS call 5:17 pm - Fourth St, Florala - police call 5:49 pm - Ninth St, Florala - police call 8:49 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - fire call FEBRUARY 19 5:25 am - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - EMS call . 802 am - Sixth Ave, Florala ' police call 8:28 am - Juniper St, Lockhart- EMS call 8:57 am - Dewight Stone Ave, Florala - police call 11:10 am - Fifth Ave & Cypress St, Florala - police call 12:59 pm - Eighth St, Florala - police call 1:55 .Pm - Dewight Stone Ave, Florala - police call 5:39 pm - Azalea Ave, Florala - EMS call 6:41 pm - Sixth St & Smyrna Rd, Florala - police call 7:55 pm Sixth St, Florala - police call- 9:32 pm - Smyrna Rd, Florala - police call 9:44 pm - Ninth Ave, Florala -police call Healthmark Health utters Super-flu and you According to the Cen- ters for Disease Control (CDC), the average flu season lasts about 16 weeks, or four months. As of Feb. 10, the na- tion stood at 12 consec- utive weeks of elevated flu levels. Obviously, passed the nasty season of the winter of 2014- 2015. The CDC said the amount of suspected flu cases at doctor's of- rices and hospital emer- gency rooms last week matched that seen in 2009, when a new swine there is at least another flu pandemic swept the month of flu season to world and panicked endure, many people. !!ii i!ii i! iiiiil Unfortunately, this Dan Jernigan, M.D seasons worst strain- director of the influenza H3N2 - is not just any division of the CDCs flu. H3N2 severely af- National Center for Im- ~i~i~i~!l~~ feats children and the munization, said the elderly. AsofFeb. 10, at CDC often sees differ- least 63 children have ent parts of the country : '::':::: died. experiencing elevated Centers for Disease flu levels, but for weeks i Control and Preven- "the entire country has tion acting Director Dr. been experiencing lots i Anne Schuchat noted of flu, all at the same I i that the number of hos- time." As of Jan. 20, the pitalizations was theamount of out:patient ~,~~9~~! highest the center has visits for flu was 6.6 "S~ 4 ~ ~'~ ever encountered. This percent, surpassing the flu season, hospitaliza- 2.2 percent national SPF eJ{JEm E.i tion rates have sur- baseline. 'This is the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, which peaked at 7.7 percent," said Dr. Jernigan. Florida has certainly not been spared from the ill effects of H3N2. In January, 82 out- breaks were reported in Florida for a total of 241 this flu season. The out- breaks were located in 33 counties, including Walton. Two flu-related pediatric deaths were reported in Florida last week, bringing the total to five children killed this season. The Florida Department of Health says flu deaths will con- tinue to rise in the state over the coming weeks, which means the cur- rent flu crisis is not over. "Even though we are in the latter part of the average flu season, it's still a good idea to get a flu shot," said Dr. Tom Roberts of Healthmark Regional Medical Cen- ter. "The vaccine can usually reduce the risk of flu illness by 50-60 percent, but even if the vaccine is less effective on a particular strain, it still provides partial protection and can re- duce the severity of the illness." If a person has been around someone with the flu and becomes ill, see a physician as soon as possible. Medications are much more effective when taken early in the flu cycle. "Drink lots of fluids, stay home, rest and avoid being around other people," said Dr. Roberts. For more idformation, contact the Healthmark Walk-In Clinic, (850) 951-4500. Healthmark Clinic 7 ; i!~ :.~:: Dr. Mark Hash Internal Medicine Healthmark Walk-In Clinic accepts Tri-Care Medicare Medicaid and most major insurance plans Dr. Tom Roberts Family Practice Healthmark is open Saturday 8 am - Noon Dr. Ed Tenewitz General Surgery Dr. Scott Haufe Pain Management Veterans serving Veterans We Care for Mia Williams Your Nurse Practitioner Affordable, quality health care is available right here at home. We offer CT Scans, UltraSound, MRI and Lab Services, too. Call or stop by today for your next appointment. HEALTHMARK WALK-IN CLINIC 4413 U.S. Hwy. 331 South DeFuniak Springs, Florida (850) 951-4556 www.healthmarkregional:com same weekend (Refer- ence: Act 2012-256), ADOR has compiled a list of all cities and counties participating in the 2018 Severe Weath- er Preparedness Tax Holiday. The city and county listing is avail- able at https://revenue. tent/uploads/2017/05/ SWHoliday 2018.pdf. During this tax ex- empt time period, con- sumers, like you, will be able to buy all sorts of severe weather pre- paredness items free from Alabama State Sales Tax and Local sales tax. Restock emergen- cy supplies in homes, workplaces and vehi- cles during this three- day tax holiday. Certain emergency prepared- ness items will be ex- empt from the state's 4-percent state sales tax. In Covington County the participating areas are the City of Opp and the Town of Red Level as well as retailers in Covington County. In these areas, local taxes will also be waived for these items. The Covington Coun- ty Emergency Manage- ment Agency wants everyone to be pre- pared. This tax relief will enable residents to purchase all kinds of items that you might need during or after a severe weather event. It is recommended to have enough supplies in emergency kits to last 72 hours following a disaster. DON'T WAIT UN- TILL THE EVENT HAPPENS!! BE PRE- PARED AHEAD OF TIME!!! Here are some of the items that you might need: Items that have a sales price of $60 or less per item: Batteries: AAA-cell batteries, AA-cell bat- teries, C-cell batteries, FROM FRONT D-cell batteries, 6-volt batteries, 9-volt batter- ies. (NOTE: coin batter- ies, automobile batter- ies, and boat batteries are not exempt.) Cellular phone bat- tery / Cellular phone charger Portable serf-pow- ered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weather-band radio or NOAA weather radio Portable serf-pow- ered light source, in- cludingbattery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks Tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flex- ible, waterproof sheet- ing Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie- down kits Duct tape Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window cover- ings Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container Non-electric can opener Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice Serf-contained first aid kit / Fire extin- guisher ! Smoke detec- tor / Carbon monoxide detector Gas or diesel fuel tank or container Items that have a sales price of $1,000 or less: Portable genera- tors and power cords For any questions re- garding this State Sales Tax Holiday, feel free to call the Covington County EMA office at 334-428-2670.