Family missing while hiking near Blue Ridge Parkway found safe

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Family missing while hiking near Blue Ridge Parkway found safe

A family who did not return from their hike on North Carolina’s Art Loeb Trail has been found safe, officials say. A mom, dad and child failed to return from their hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on Monday. Search crews closed Black Balsam to search for the family who were reported missing by concerned family members around 8:45 p.m. Monday evening.

Search crews located the family around noon on Tuesday. They suffered only minor injuries. The family told rescue crews their cell phones died Monday night. Fortunately, they carried a whistle, which helped searchers locate them. 

Know a great conservation teacher in GA? Nominations for Conservation Teacher of the Year are open

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, forth- or fifth-grade teacher who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences, the agency said in a news release. Science specialists covering those grade levels are also encouraged to apply.

The Conservation Teacher of the Year grant recognizes and aids an outstanding teacher who uses Georgia’s native wildlife and habitats as the context for learning, DNR outreach coordinator Linda May said. The deadline to apply is August. 20, 2020. For more information visit georgiawildlife.com/TeachingConservationGrant. 

Woman out for a jog finds decomposing human head

File this under things you don’t want to come across while running. A woman in St. Petersburg, Florida came upon a decomposing human head on the side of the road while she was out for a run on Tuesday. The runner told police she ran the same route on Sunday and didn’t see anything suspicious, leading authorities to believe the incident occurred within 48 hours of the gruesome discovery.

“We are asking the public if they saw anything suspicious, to let us know,” St. Petersburg Policy Public Information Officer Yolanda Fernandez told CNN. “We’ve had a few tips come in and we’re tracking them down.” 

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