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Wanted: Olympic portraits by kids

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We're counting down to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

As we get closer to the games, we want your kids to get involved. Have your child draw and color his or her favorite Olympic Portrait. Portraits can include the rings, the torch, a favorite athlete or even the new Olympic Stadium in London.

Beginning July 23, 102, we will feature a different portrait each day on Good Morning Jacksonville though the closing ceremony on August 12th.

Simply email your child's photo to olympicportraits@firstcoastnews.com and be sure to watch Good Morning Jacksonville at 5:20 a.m. and 6:20 a.m.

USS Georgia to make homecoming at Kings Bay

KINGS BAY, Ga. -- This Sunday, sailors aboard the USS Georgia will return home.
    
The Ohio-class guided missile submarine will port at Kings Bay.
    
The ship and its crew had been deployed 14 months performing mission in the European and African Command Areas.

Federal prisoner shot in Kingsland dies

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A federal prisoner housed at the D. Ray James prison in Folkston, Georgia, who was shot in the parking lot of a medical facility in Kingsland has died at Shands Jacksonville.

Larry Marcell Jr. was at a medical office pavilion on Gross Avenue when he was shot, according to a news release from Kingsland Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Todd Tetterton.

Tetterton said several calls to the Camden County 911 Dispatch reported that a shooting had taken place. The callers also told police officers from the private prison were involved and that a prisoner was wounded. No one else was injured.

Marcell, 33, was being taken to the medical pavilion for routine medical treatment. He and two other inmates from the prison were in a secure prisoner transport van. Two corrections officers accompanied the three prisoners, Tetterton said.

Bat tests positive for rabies in St. Marys

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. -- The Camden County Health Department is urging all residents to protect themselves from rabies after a bat in St. Marys tested positive.

If a bat is seen during the day, or in a place where they are not normally found, it should be avoided, as it might be rabid, according to a release from the CCHD.

Residents are encouraged to call Animal Control for assistance with "bat-proofing" their home. Rabies is also spread by animals such as skunks, racoons and foxes.

The CCHD offers these tips to protect against rabies:

- Keep vaccinations up to date for all dogs, cats and ferrets.
- Do not bring wild animals into your home. Call Animal Control for assistance with sick animals.
- Do not attract wild animals by leaving pet food or open garbage cans out overnight.

Evacuations stand a 3rd day as Ga. river floods

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Dozens of residents in Georgia's southeast corner remain cut off from their homes by floodwaters in Camden County, where the St. Marys River continues to rise.

Georgia DNR offers assistance to residents along St. Marys River

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- As the St. Marys River rose to 23.2 feet, double its flood stage of 12 feet, Georgia Department of Natural Resources officers assisted residents and law enforcement agencies affected by these rushing waters after Tropical Storm Debby.

Several South Georgia residents were stranded as GA 185 and GA 121 were covered by water. Cpl. Jason Shipes and Sgt. Patrick Dupree were able to reach 20 flooded homes by using jon boats, according to a release from the DNR.

Other rangers delivered bottled water to residents who refused to leave their homes. Cpl. Shipes also helped a man who was trying to swim to his boat and could not reach it.

Charlton County Sheriff Dobie Connor requested the DNR's assistance in case more residents chose to leave their homes.

The DNR urges residents to use extreme caution until flood waters recede.

St. Marys River flooding at historic levels

St. Marys, Ga. -- The St. Marys River is flooding to historic proportion because of the heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby. The National Weather Service in Jacksonville has issued a river flood emergency for the St. Marys River in Camden County until further notice. Residents who live along the St. Marys River are at risk for flooding from high water levels and the fast flowing river. Authorities are expecting the flooding in areas that do not normally flood along the length of the river.

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