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There and Back Again: From Drug Abuse to Faith

There and Back Again: From Drug Abuse to Faith

 

Kayla Williams grew up in a Christian home and attended church every time the doors were open. Even on vacations, she remembers the family would look for a church to attend "so I could keep up my perfect attendance in Sunday School. I didn't miss a Sunday for seven straight years."

Then, Kayla got older, and she began to drink during my high school years, later experimented with pot, pills and finally cocaine.

She said, "looking back, there was nothing traumatic in my childhood that 'led' me to abuse drugs. I hadn't been molested nor abused, but made some bad choices and wrong decisions."

And then Kayla found the Potter's House.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Hancock-Putnam
Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski
Twiggs
Sandersville
Milledgeville
Peach-Crawford
Gray-Jones
Forsyth-Monroe
Dublin
Perry 
Warner Robins
Macon
R
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These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Exercise 
    Photography 
    Scrapbooking 
    Hunting 
    Fishing 
    Couponing 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion

 

  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.

PHOTO: Ocmulgee Rises in Pulaski County

PHOTO: Ocmulgee Rises in Pulaski County

The Ocmulgee River was still rising in Pulaski Co. over the weekend.

Eastman Honored for 22 Years of Continued Support of Tree City USA

Eastman Honored for 22 Years of Continued Support of Tree City USA

Eastman received a prestigious award Friday during the annual Arbor Day Celebration.  Scott Evans, Ranger with the Forestry Commission, presented a new flag to Mrs. Bea Edge, Eastman City Manager in honor of the 22 years Eastman has been a Tree City USA with the National Arbor Day Foundation. 

“It is a great honor to present this flag to the City of Eastman”, stated Evans. “Eastman has the longest record of this award for the counties I serve ranging from the coast, to the South Carolina border.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, an Arbor Day observance.

Dodge Chamber Celebrates Arbor Day with Free Trees

Dodge Chamber Celebrates Arbor Day with Free Trees

Celebrate Arbor Day Friday, February 15th with a complimentary dogwood or red maple tree.  Established in 1872, Arbor Day encourages tree planting and proper care.  Observed throughout world, Eastman and Dodge County celebrate Arbor Day by reading a special proclamation signed by the Eastman City Council and by planting a tree.  This special recognition will be held on Friday, February 15th at 3:00 P.M. at the Eastman/Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center located at 1646 College Street in Eastman. Dogwood and red maple seedlings will be given away to the public following the ceremony.  The seedlings are compliments of the City of Eastman, the Dodge County Commissioners, and the Eastman/Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Dodge County 4-H Club will assist in distributing the seedlings.

Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol

Senator Tolleson: Report from the State Capitol

 

In week two of the legislative session, the Senate did not convene, instead it was a week dedicated to budget hearings and getting out around the community.  As always, I am dedicated to my responsibilities at the Capitol, but it’s the time I spend listening to my constituents that I enjoy the most.

Thursday, I was happy to welcome nurses from District 20 to celebrate “Nurses Day at the Capitol”.  More than 1,000 nurses from across the state met and developed legislative ideas to make their jobs more effective and less restricted by government regulations.  I had the pleasure of meeting with several nurses that expressed concerns, ideas and praises for the legislature.  These men and women have dedicated their lives to taking care of others and I remain committed to protecting their rights to access the proper tools, incentives and technology to perform their job to its full potential. 

Down South: Free Three-Month Pass for New Hunter Education Grads

Down South: Free Three-Month Pass for New Hunter Education Grads

Did you recently graduate from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunter education course?

Then you're elgible for a free, three-month pass to any of the DNR's 18 shooting ranges.

Read for full details.