Saturday, February 2, 2008

Right Up the Road!! Spring is Coming!

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia's groundhog is predicting an early spring.

Awoken by a crowd of hundreds of fans and TV cameras, General Beauregard Lee poked his head from his antebellum mansion at 7:58 a.m. Saturday and did not see his shadow.

Yellow River Game Ranch spokeswoman Stefanie Reeves says General Lee took his time to leave his mansion, as sunrise was at 7:34 a.m.

Tradition holds that it means the region will have an early spring. Georgia would have been in for six more weeks of winter if the 15-pound furry prognosticator had seen his shadow on his veranda at Yellow River Game Ranch in the northeast Atlanta suburbs.

The Southern varmint's prediction differed, for the third year in a row, from that of his famous Northern colleague, Punxsutawney Phil, who did see his shadow, which portends six more weeks of winter.

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