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UPDATE: Putnam Co. deputy shot in the eye


Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Deputy Barak Wood is being treated at a hospital in Athens and still has a bullet in his eye.

A woman called 911 Wednesday night saying her daughter was being held against her will. Wood and another deputy responded. When the suspect, Donovan Ray Dann, saw the deputies he ran and Wood gave chase.

Dann fired shots at Wood striking him in the eye, Sills said. Wood fired several shots at Dann, but missed, Sills said.

Cochran hires City Manager.

The City of Cochran announced Tuesday the hiring of Richard Newbern as city manager.  He was approved at a special city council meeting held Monday.  Newbern will begin work December 15.  He replaces Ray Gibson who resigned this summer.  To read Newbern's resume, click here.

Gresston cleans up after storms damaged property.


We're seeing more cleanup from those Sunday night storms that swept through much of Central Georgia, including the Dodge County community of Gresston.

Charidy Parkerson's home was damaged by high winds.

A small shed in her back yard was demolished.

Debris is scattered around her neighbor's property.

Her trampoline was found in pieces.

A camper was flipped over by the wind and rolled several times.

The wind also picked-up the roof of her porch and carried it away.

Former Bleckley football player receives all conference honor.

Former Royal Zack Moe was announced this past Wednesday as an honorable mention to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All Conference Team.  Moe, a sophmore, played defensive back for the Anderson (Indiana) University Ravens.  This season he had 79 total tackles, including 53 solo tackles, and four interceptions.

***Stats courtesy Anderson University webite***

Three Royal football players selected to East-West All Star game.

Three members of the BCHS football team were selcted this week for the Georgia Sports Association East-West All Star Game.  They are Shamar Slappy, Antavis Robertson, and Tije'a Randall.  The game will be December 20 at the Ed Defore Sports Complex with a 1 pm kickoff.

Former Lady Royal has good game in Middle Georgia State win.

Former Lady Royal has good game in Middle Georgia State win.

Former BCHS basketball player Tia Troup had 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists as Middle Georgia State College moved to 4-0 on the season with an 81-55 home victory Wednesday night.  MGA hosts Bethel University Saturday at 2 pm.

Bleckley girl scolded for dyeing hair returns to school

Bleckley County freshman Maegan Galloway is back at school Wednesday - and she's less blue.

She dyed her hair over the weekend and said an administrator told her she couldn't return to school until she returned her hair to a natural color because the bright blue was "distracting."

Her mother told 13WMAZ that principal Trey Belflower called Tuesday night saying Maegan could return to school and keep the blue just as long as it was toned down.

Her blue hair sparked a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #savetheblue which garnered a lot of support for the student - and her bright blue hair.

Maegan said she had no idea the Twitter campaign would blow up like it did.