Ge­or­gia ground­hog sees shadow, pre­dict­ing more win­ter

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL -

Ge­or­gia’s celebrity ground­hog is pre­dict­ing win­ter will stick around.

WSB-TV re­ports that Gen. Beau­re­gard Lee saw his shadow Satur­day at his home at Dauset Trails Na­ture Cen­ter in Jack­son, which sup­pos­edly in­di­cates six more weeks of win­ter.

The furry weather pre­dic­tor moved to Jack­son last year from his long­time home at Yel­low River Game Ranch in Lil­burn.

The Ge­or­gia ground­hog’s pre­dic­tion puts him at odds with his more fa­mous coun­ter­part in Penn­syl­va­nia. Punx­sutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW’-nee) Phil didn’t see his shadow.

The Ground­hog Day tra­di­tion has its ori­gin in a Ger­man legend that says if a furry ro­dent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, win­ter con­tin­ues. If not, spring comes early.

/ Kevin Myrick

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDGE CRANE: A ban­ner was hung out last week to honor one of Polk County’s own who con­tin­ues to serve on the bench. Judge Jean Crane cel­e­brated her birthday last week, and court­house of­fi­cials hon­ored her mile­stone year on the front of Polk County Court­house No. 2 in Cedar­town.

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