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Eyewitness News Midday on 13.3 Today and Friday

While CBS brings you March Madness coverage on 13WMAZ Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16, there's another way to watch Eyewitness News Midday.

We'll be on the air at noon on 13.3, our Forecast First Weather Channel, with your top headlines, full weather forecast, and live coverage from Macon's Old Book Sale at the Centreplex. That's channel 113 on Cox Advanced Cable.

Other programming notes: Eyewitness News at 5 and 11 could also be delayed.

Eyewitness News at 6 will air as scheduled.

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BCHS Beats Dublin in Subregion Opener

BCHS beats Dublin in subregion opener.

Bleckley took advantage of four Dublin errors and 10 walks by Irish pitching in an 11-0 win at Bush Perry Field Tuesday. 

Cochran Lithonia Plant Set to Close

A lighting plant that's been a fixture in the Cochran community for nearly 40 years is set to close its doors by the fall.

The Lithonia Lighting plant in Cochran will close within six months, putting more than 440 people out of work.

Workers at the plant swing by the gas station on Dykes Street everyday.

It's just across the street from the lighting plant, and its owner, Baliram Raveleker, says the employees keep him busy.

"I'm scared if they're closing because it'll hurt my business," he says.

Friday, he says the station was flooded with questions and disbelief.

"Stop it!" A Lithonia employee said when he heard the news.

13WMAZ's Amy Aubert spoke with several Lithonia employees who didn't want to be shown on camera, but say in a meeting Friday morning, they were read a letter that said the Cochran location would be closing within six months.

Cochran Mayor, Willie Basley says it's a move that will hit Cochran hard.

Cochran Lithonia Lighting Plant to Close

A lighting-fixture plant in Cochran will close this year, putting more than 400 people out of work, employees said.

Workers at the Lithonia Lighting plant were notified in a meeting Friday morning.

The company distributed a letter to employees, saying the plant will close within six months.

They said the plant would close in six months.

Employees were told that the Lithonia, which also owns a factory in Mexico, is shifting the work elsewhere.

The company cut about 500 jobs in 2010, about half its workforce.

Officials at Lithonia Lighting and its parent company, Acuity Brands, could not be reached for comment.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.

Bleckley Falls at Howard

Bleckley Falls at Howard

For the second straight game, the Royals committed three errors. 

Bleckley's offense was held to six hits in a 9-2 loss to Howard Wednesday at the Ed Defore Sports Complex. 

Caleb Slaughter was 2 for 3 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI. 

Chastain Coleman was 1 for 2.  Subregion play begins March at Dublin.  JV play at 4 pm with varsity to follow.

Prep Scores For March 7

Here are your prep sports scores reported to 13WMAZ for Wednesday, March 7, 2012:

GHSA State Basketball @ Macon Coliseum

Class A Girls Semi-finals:

Wesleyan 55  Taylor Co. 40

SW Atlanta Christian 68  Charlton Co. 39

Class A Boys Semi-finals:

Athens Christian 46  Turner Co. 44

Whitefield Academy 75  Lanier Co. 62

GHSA State Basketball @ Gwinnett Arena

Class AAA Girls Semi-finals:

SW DeKalb 51  Jonesboro 35

Miller Grove 42  Alcovy 34

Class AAA Boys Semi-finals:

SW DeKalb 74  N. Clayton 67

Miller Grove 70  Jonesboro 49

GHSA Baseball

Howard 9  Bleckley Co. 2

BCHS Soccer Teams Sweep East Laurens at Home

BCHS Soccer Teams Sweep East Laurens at Home

Taylor Craig had two goals via penalty kicks, one in regulation, the other in overtime, and Ashley Burton also had an overtime penalty kick as the Lady Royals won 3-1.  

Marty Souza had a first half goal, Thomas Lopez scored twice, and Blake Lucas scored in the second half as the Royals won 4-0. 

The girls play Thursday in Screven County.  Both teams will be in action versus Southeast Bulloch March 16.  Game times are 5 and 7 p.m.