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Georgia’s Lyme Disease Mystery Continues
Todd Young gave little thought to the tiny tick he found burrowed into his scalp two years ago.

“It was at the back of my head, at the hairline,” the Cherokee County trapper and taxidermist recalled. “I just pulled it off. That’s what I always did.”

The tick, he figures, likely dropped onto his clothing as he worked outside his taxidermy shop in Canton in mid-April of 2013.

Three weeks later, when Young developed sudden aches, chills and a stubborn fever, it never occurred to him that his discomfort could be linked to Lyme disease—an ailment typically associated with the Northeast.

“I got really bad flu-like symptoms, with the fatigue,” he said. “But I knew it wasn’t flu season.”

He also noticed pus oozing from a simple scratch he had gotten from briars while hog hunting.

“That told me my immune system was down,” he...

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My memories of hunting the ruffed grouse in Georgia’s high mountains began back in 1956 when I was taken under the wing and taught about a great game bird. The grouse hunter who I was taught by was none other than Arthur (Fats) Truelove, of Hall County. Ask any Georgia grouse hunter, from years past, and they probably knew or have heard of Fats Truelove’s grouse hunting. Arthur was born into a hunting family back in 1923. This family raised cotton in...

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