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Eastman Fire Ruled Accidental

A fire that destroyed two Eastman businesses Wednesday afternoon was ruled accidental.

Fire officials say the fire apparently broke out in the attic of Soo's Fashion Shop on 3rd Street and Main Street around noon and spread to a nearby diner -- the Lunch Box Club at Roy's.  

There was a firewall between the Lunch Box and a third business, which officials say was able to help them stop it before it spread to the entire street.

A third business, Jonathan's Salon, suffered smoke and water damage. Other businesses may also have suffered some damage.

Glen Allen, spokesman for the state Insurance and Fire Commissioner, says the fire was electrical in nature.

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Prep Hoops Scores For February 20

Here are your prep basketball tournament scores reported to 13WMAZ for Wednesday, February 20:

GISA AAA State - Girls:

Mt. de Sales 46 John Milledge 36

Westfield 47 Pinewood 43

Bulloch 41 Stratford 35

Tattnall 42 Westminster 21

GISA AA State - Girls:

Gatewood 58 Sherwood 32

Flint River 43 Brentwood 37

Frederica 46 Piedmont 36

Trinity Christian 51 LaGrange 45

Westwood 61 Covenant 42

Terrell 52 Monsignor Donovan 40

Arlington 71 Memorial Day 24

Briarwood 67 SW Georgia 24

GISA A State - Girls

Twiggs Academy 46 Oak Mountain 39

GHSA AAAAA State - Boys

Windsor Forest 69 Northside 60

Richmond Hill 63 Jones Co. 61

Construction Begins on Natural Gas Extension in Dodge County

Construction Begins on Natural Gas Extension in Dodge County

Construction on a natural gas project along Airport Road has begun this week in Dodge County.

According to Atlanta Gas Light, the current situation with natural gas in the airport area, which includes several industries and the Eastman Campus of Middle Georgia State College, already uses much of the natural gas that the current pipeline provides – hence hindering the possibility of new industries – small or large, and residential housing from coming to the area. The addition of a 4” high pressure line insures new and existing industries have adequate gas for their operations, allowing Dodge County to grow economically and industrially as more natural gas and other utilities will be available to support the growing interest in the Eastman Aviation campus of Middle Georgia State College, the Center of Innovation for Aerospace, and the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport.

Royals Advance to Second Round of State

Royals Advance to Second Round of State

Two years ago, BCHS saw their season end in Thomasville at the hands of the Bulldogs.  Wednesday, the Royals hosted Thomasville looking to shake off Saturday's region championship game loss.

Up eight after one, the Royal offense had just one basket in the second.  But six of ten foul shooting helped keep the lead.  Rydealous Taylor scored the first eight of the third as BC went up by double digits.   Taylo's bucket broke what had been a 3:45 span without a basket in the fourth, spurring a 15-3 run to end the game as Bleckley advanced to the sweet 16 for the second straigth year 62-45.  Foul shooting was 15 of 26.

Mario Beck scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.  Taylor finished with 21.  Round two will be Saturday  at Westside-Augusta Saurday at 5 pm.  The Lady Royals host Dublin Friday at 6 in round two of state.

Eyewitness Describes the Downtown Eastman Fire

Retired Eastman police officer Jimmy Joines gave 13WMAZ his eyewitness account of the fire that consumed two downtown Eastman businesses. 

The attached video also includes photos Joines took and footage courtesy of Ashley Campbell and Daniel Hinson.

FOR MORE | Fire Destroys Two Eastman Businesses

Wright Named Dodge County High School's February Student of the Month

Wright Named Dodge County High School's February Student of the Month

Dodge County High School named Taranesha Wright February Student of the Month. Nominated by Mrs. Laura Ryals, Taranesha was presented a $25 gift certificate good at participating Chamber members by Rebecca McWilliam on behalf of Eastman/Dodge County Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsored by Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Dodge County High School, the Student of the Month program recognizes students for their academic acheivements.

For more information, please contact Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

Lady Royals Advance in State Playoffs

Lady Royals Advance in State Playoffs

For the first time since the current BCHS was built, a girls state basketball game was played as the Lady Royals hosted Cook County.  Despite a 20-point first quarter, Bleckley scored just eight in the second and ten in the third.  Cook tied the score at 38 in the fourth. 

N'yasia Anderson hit a three with 4:36 left in the game to spur a 16-4 run.  BCHS went on to win 54-42.  Foul shooting was 11 of 29 (38 percent.)  Tia Troup scored 11 of her team leading 21 points in the second half.  Friday's second round game will be versus Dublin at 6 p.m.  The Royals host Thomasville Wednesday at 6 p.m.