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Mayor Kelly Girtz Took a Bad Fall, but Don’t Worry, He’s Fine

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Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz kicked off his Fourth of July weekend with a bang.

Girtz said he was hiking with his family on Friday afternoon at Victoria Bryant State Park near Royston, about 30 miles north of Athens, when he slipped on a granite outcropping, fell backward and hit the back of his head. Feeling woozy, he had it checked out and said he was diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Girtz said he was discharged Friday evening and as of Monday was feeling fine.

He joined a long list of American elected officials who had accidents, a club most recently joined by President Joe Biden.