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GBI Investigating Bleckley Co. Jail Death

The GBI is investigating an apparent suicide of an inmate at the Bleckley County jail.

A spokesman for the Bleckley sheriff's department says jail guards found the body of 21-year-old Kevin Colby Purser in his cell Thursday, just before noon.

Todd Lowery, special agent in charge of the GBI's Eastman office said Purser was last seen alive sometime that morning. Purser apparently hung himself with bedsheets, Lowery said.

The GBI is still interviewing people in the jail, and an autopsy may be performed Friday, he said.

The sheriff's department says Purser had been in the jail since Dec. 13 on a  shoplifting charge from Cochran police.

Royals Advance in Antebellum Holiday Classic

Royals Advance in Antebellum Holiday Classic

A rusty BCHS team took the floor at Baldwin High School Thursday for their first game in the Little Casears Antebellum Holiday Classic.  The Royals last played 12 days ago, winning in Dublin.  Against Cedar Shoals, the Royals trailed by as many as nine  points in the first half.

Six straight points by Rydealous Taylor in the third had what was an eight-point deficit down to two.  In the fourth, Mario Beck scored four quick points with under four minutes remaining to put Bleckley out in front.  The Panthers tied the score at 45 with 1:14 left.  Beck got free under ther goal and layed one off the glass with 4.8 seconds left.

Cedar Shoals just missed a three as BC held on 47-45.  Beck scored 18.  Taylor had 13.  Bleckley plays Thomson High School Friday at 5:30 pm in Milledgeville.

High School Football: Year-End Review Part 2

Here's part 2 of our look back at the 2012 season of high school football!

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Toys R Us
Wednesday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am-11:00 pm

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Best Buy
Wednesday: 8:00 am-10:00 pm

Home Depot
Wednesday: Stores open at 6:00 am

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Dick's Sporting Goods
Wednesday: 7:00 am-9:30 pm

Sports Authority
Wednesday: 8:00 am-9:30 pm

Lady Royals Win Big in Second Shootout Game

Lady Royals Win Big in Second Shootout Game

Dewanda Blackshear had five first half three's and 18 points, a career high as the Lady Royals Jackson, Atlanta 60-15 at halftime.  Freshman Alexis Ligon scored a career best 10 in the second half as Bleckley rolled 79-37 in their second Great Southern Shootout game Friday.

Tia Troup and N'yasia Anderson both had 12 each.  Cam Tillman scored 10.  Play concludes Saturday when BCHS plays host Westside at 9 a.m.

Santa Visits 13WMAZ

The Jolly Old Elf made a stop in Macon Sunday to talk about his plans for Christmas 2012.  He also took some time to make cookies with a few special helpers.

Bleckley Players Participate in All Star Football Game

Bleckley Players Participate in All Star Football Game

Ken Hughes, Phillip Manning, and Derrick Farrow participated in the second annual Georgia Sports Association East-West All Star Game played Saturday at the Ed Defore Sports Complex in Macon.  Royals head coach Tracy White was on the East staff headed by Putnam Head Coach Ben Reaves.

Farrow will play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All Star Game December 29 in Columbus.  He'e the first Royal to play since Zeke Rozier in 2006.