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December Almanac

From snow to tornadoes, Meteorologist John Boyer explains what December weather can bring to Central Georgia.  He also takes a look ahead at the climate predictions and important astronomical events.

Bleckley Sweeps Home Basketball Opener

Bleckley Sweeps Home Basketball Opener

Tia Troup scored 18 points and Ieisha Gainey added 12 as the Lady Royals rolled over Telfair County 76-17 at home Tuesday. 

Mario Beck had 19 points with 13 boards and Marcus Mack had 12 points with six assists as the Royals won 56-39. 

Bleckley outrebounded the Trojans 41-25 and hit seven three pointers. 

BCHS plays at Hawkinsville Friday. 

Tip time is 6 p.m.

Snow Chance? 'No Need to Push the Panic Button'

Our morning meteorologist David Ernst has been talking with you on Facebook about the chance of a light rain-snow mix overnight.

Here was his advice:

"Even though we're talking about the potential for some snow to mix with rain overnight/tomorrow morning...no need to push the panic button for this one. Temps will be too warm for anything to stick."

Monroe County's Emergency Management Agency used a little humor to try to ease the public's concerns.

On their Facebook page, they wrote:

"Ok, before everyone rushes to the grocery stores for milk and bread, please pay special attention to the forecasts, Winter Apocalypse 2011 isn't happening this week."

Tripp Family Light Display

The Tripp family from Yonkers, Ga. put up over 100,000 Christmas lights. Joey Tripp stopped by Weekend Mornin' to invite everyone out to see the display.

For more information, check out their website.

Send Your Shopping Photos

Take a Black Friday photo or video from your smartphone and send it to eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com. We might show it on TV.

Telfair Prison Fight Blamed on 'Illegal Cell Phones'

The state Department of Corrections says "illegal cell phones" in prison were the cause of Monday night's fight at the Telfair State Prison.

Two dorms are still on lockdown after a major fight,  according to Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan.

She says three inmates were taken to the hospital, and two are in stable condition.

According to the news release, state Commissioner Brian Owens said,  "This incident brings to light the serious dangers of cell phones in our prison system.

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Education

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Education

Education is a huge part of the economy in Dodge County.

In fact, the total impact of the education industry within our county may be immeasurable. Recently, Leadership Dodge learned just how critical the various institutes of learning are to the future of our youth and growth of our work force. Assembling at the Board of Education, leaders were quickly immersed in current education issues, budget challenges, and future initiatives in our county.

The group heard from Bufurd Hicks, the Interim Director of the Heart of Georgia RESA. No stranger to Dodge County, Mr. Hicks recounted several intriguing stories drawn from more than 40 years as an educator, principal, and superintendent. Our local RESA services 10 surrounding counties and two colleges, providing a variety of services that otherwise would not be afforded to our students or teachers.