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BCHS Sweeps Macon County in Return to Region Play

BCHS Sweeps Macon County in Return to Region Play

With the holidays ending and school starting back Tuesday, regular season basketball play resumed.  Friday, BCHS traveled to Montezuma to take on Macon County.  Dewanda Blackshear scored 14 of her career-high 25 points in the second quarter that saw the Lady Royals open up a 51-18 lead.

They would go on to win 93-29, topping the record-setting 79 points scored against Jackson Atlanta.  Tia Troup scored 15.  Mario Beck had eight points in each of the first two quarters as the Royals led 31-20 at halftime.  Up 18 going to the fourth, the Bulldogs got within 10 but Bleckley pulled away 62-46.

Beck scored 24.  Rydealous Taylor had 11 of his 15 points in the second half. 

BC plays at West Laurens Saturday.  JV tip at 3 p.m. with varsity to follow.

A Tale of Comebacks as Royals, Raiders Split Games

A Tale of Comebacks as Royals, Raiders Split Games

For the first time since the two schools were region foes in 2005-06, Bleckley and West Laurens met in basketball action Saturday at the Raiders SaddleDome.  It was a story of comebacks as one team from each school rallied to win.

N'yaia Anderson's 14th point of the first half with three seconds left gave the Lady Royals a 35-18 halftime lead.  Four Lady Raider three-point shots helpd cut the deficit to five going to the fourth.  WL went ahead with 53 seconds left.  One of two Bleckley free throws with eight seconds left cut a two-point deficit to one.  A quick foul, then one of two free throws again mad it a two-point game.  BC's last second shot was short as they lost 66-64.

Anderson finished with 17.  Dewanda Blackshear had 11.  Cam Tillman scored 10.

Prep Basketball Scores For January 4

Here are your prep basketball scores reported to 13WMAZ for Friday, January 4:


Northeast 57  Taylor Co. 43

Hancock-Central 27  FPD 26

Southwest 56  Central 38

Warner Robins 43  Westside 34

Veterans 46 Jones Co. 25

Bleckley Co. 93  Macon Co. 29

Pinewood 31  Stratford 26

Dodge Co. 62  Swainsboro 28

Northside 51  Houston Co. 39


Hancock-Central 57  FPD 50

Hawkinsville 77 St. Anne-Pacelli 47

Central 67  Southwest 49

Crisp Co. 43  Cairo 32

Northside 69  Houston Co. 64

Macon Area Christian 69  Tattnall 43

Stratford 72  Pinewood 34

Bleckley Co. 62  Macon Co. 46

Dodge Co. 64  Swainsboro 53

Taylor Co. 59  Northeast 55

Westside 51  Warner Robins 38

Veterans 63  Jones Co. 57


Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department Basketball Opening Day Moved

Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department Basketball Opening Day Moved

Opening Day for basketball at the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department has been moved from January 7 to 12.  Start time is 10 a.m.

Rep. Scott: the Fiscal Fight Is Not Over

Congressman Austin Scott told 13WMAZ Wednesday a fight over taxes and spending is not over, despite the House vote regarding the fiscal cliff late Tuesday.

Even though the legislation approved by the Senate and House resolved some automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, the first-term Republican acknowledged Congress and President Barack Obama will have more to deal with in the next several months, including the proposed defense cuts and sequestration. 

"Under this bill the sequester has been delayed 60 days. The sequester would have a major impact on Robins Air Force Base and both parties promised people that the sequester would never happen," according to Scott.

Speaker of the House John Boehner supported the package Tuesday night while Scott opposed it.

Ga. Plans Tunnels as Safe Road Crossings for Bears

JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials are planning to add a half-dozen bear tunnels beneath a highway in what will be a first-of-its-kind project for the state.

According to a 2010 news release, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources estimates some 300 bears thrive in and around the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Ocmulgee and Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Areas.

Jeremy Busby, a project manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation, says preliminary plans have already been completed.

He says the state is now buying land along State Route 96.

Busby says the idea is similar to wildlife crossings designed for endangered panthers in Florida and other structures in some parts of the western U.S. They allow animals to cross beneath the highway without being struck by the cars and trucks zooming by overhead.

T-SPLOST Starts in 13 Central Ga. Counties

2013 brings a sales tax hike for 13 Central Georgia counties.

They are all part of the three districts that approved the new Transportation-SPLOST that starts up Jan. 1.

Those districts will impose a penny sales tax for the next 10 years to fund regional transportation projects. That means people will spend an extra penny for every $1 on most purchases.

People in 12 districts statewide voted on July 31 and most of them voted against the T-SPLOST. Three Georgia districts approved the penny tax, and all three of them include Central Georgia counties.

They are:

Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Region includes Laurens, Johnson, Treutlen, Wheeler, Telfair, Dodge, Bleckley and Wilcox counties

River Valley Region includes Taylor, Macon and Dooly counties

Central Savannah River Region includes Hancock and Washington counties