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Bleckley Native Hall to Miss Month for Wichita State

Bleckley Native Hall to Miss Month for Wichita State

Bleckle native Carl Hall, current scoring leader for Wichita State at 13.9 points a game, will be out about one month due to thumb surgery, the school website goshockers.com announced Tuesday. 

Hall injured the thumb at practice over the weekend.  To read the site article, click here.

Lady Royals Unable to Rally in Great Southern Shootout Opener

Lady Royals Unable to Rally in Great Southern Shootout Opener

A cold second quarter versus Howard Tuesday at the Great Southern Shootout caused what was a three-point deficit to balloon to 13 by halftime.  Down 16 in the third, Tia Troup scored five of her 18 points as Bleckley got within 37-30 going to the fourth. 

Down three with a little over four minutes left, N'yasia Anderson's bucket as time expired was the only basket over final four plus minutes in a 50-44 loss.

Anderson scored 14  BCHS plays Jackson, Atlanta Friday.  Tip time is noon at Westside High School.

Prep Basketball Scores For December 18

Here are prep basketball scores reported to 13WMAZ for Tuesday, December 18:

Girls:

Jones Co. 72  Twiggs Co. 27

Northside 41  Perry 26

Great Southern Shootout @ Westside

Howard 50  Bleckley Co.  44

Cross Creek 56  Maynard Jackson 16

Dougherty 52  Taylor Co. 47

Great Southern Shootout @ Weaver Middle

West Laurens 56  Northeast 42

Rutland 48  Marion Co. 25

Boys

Tattnall 58  Central Fellowship 44 

Jones Co. 70  Twiggs Co. 58

Baldwin 44  Hancock Central 38

Northside 79  Perry 76

Newtown Shooting Prompts Bibb Schools to Review Safety Plan

In light of the Newtown shooting, Bibb County schools and surrounding counties are taking a closer look at security measures and emergency plans.

13WMAZ's Judy Le talked to nearly a dozen school districts about current building security measures and improvements some plan to make.

The message from all the superintendents she received was universal -- to make sure students are safe. In Crawford County, drills will be postponed to lighten the stress among students and staff. In Bleckley, there was an emphasis on locked doors and in Monroe, reminders were sent to check I.D. badges.

Three months ago, the Bibb County school district reached out to Save Havens International, a Juliette-based organization, to comb through security policies. 

Director of Risk Management, David Gowan, says improvements will be implemented by the new year. The biggest change will be a new emergency response plan.

Three Dodge Softball Players Named State Team Honorable Mentions

Three Dodge Softball Players Named State Team Honorable Mentions

Three Dodge County girls received honorable mentions on the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All State Softball Team, first reported by The Telegraph.

They are: outfielder Claire Greer, catcher Blakelyn Bundick, and pitcher Katie Selph.

Royals Rally as Bleckley and Dublin Split Games

Royals Rally as Bleckley and Dublin Split Games

Dewanda Blackshear had one three in the first quarter of Saturday's game in Dublin.  In the fourth, she had five straight points, including a three with 35 seconds left, to give the Lady Royals a 37-36 lead.  Dublin though would win on a tip in with three seconds remaining 37-36.  Blackshear finished with a season high 12. 

Despite a 15-point second quarter by Rydealous Taylor, the Royals found themselves down six to Dublin at halftime.  Seven points by Ken Hughes and six by D'Andre Pitts helped rally BC to a 51-47 lead after three.  Pitts had a three with a little over four minutes left in the game to break a 56-56 tie.  It was part of a 13-6 finish in a 70-63 win.

Taylor finished with 28.  Mario Beck scored 19.  Hughes had all of his 13 points in the second half.  The Lady Royals begin play at the Westside Shootout in Macon Tuesday.  Their first opponent is Howard High School at 4 pm.

It Takes A Village Christmas

This Christmas season got a little brighter for a group of foster kids in Warner Robins.  

More than 30 children received gifts from the Dr. Hodges' It Takes A Village Foundation.

Village Christmas allows children in foster care, and others in need, to spend a day playing games and snacking on their favorite foods.  

The foundation teaches a group of teenagers entrepreneurial skills, and allows them to build their own businesses for profit. Foundation students also give 50 percent of their earnings to support charity.  

"When a kid's Christmas list consists of an alarm clock and a night light, their life is absolutely tougher than the kids whose Christmas list is the Xbox 360", said Staci Mordew, Education Director of Dr. Hodges' It Takes A Village Foundation.

Founder, Dr. Vernard Hodges added, "It's always good to be able to give back to the kids and the community."