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Dodge County Ranger Accused of Assaulting Wife

A state Georgia Department of Natural Resources ranger was arrested in Dodge County Monday and charged with assaulting his wife.

Cpl. Johnny Ashe, a former "Officer of the Year" for the state agency, is charged with domestic battery and making terroristic threats, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

His wife allegedly told authorities that Ashe threatened to break her hand if she didn't take her ring off, then threw a gun at her, demanding she use it on him.

According to an incident report, Ashe tried to force the gun into his wife's hand and said the only way she could stop him was "to shoot me or kill me."

The report says Ashe shoved her down on the bed, "buried his elbow in her shoulder and hit her with his fist in the face."

Storms Force Cancellation of Ballgames

Storms Force Cancellation of Ballgames

Tuesday's rain and thunderstorms forced cancellation of all church league softball games in Bleckley County.  Play resumes Thursday at all three fields (House Of Grace, Ruth, Limestone) at 6:30 pm.  All invitational all star tournament games scheduled for Tuesday at the Eastman-Dodge County Rec. Department were postponed.  Games will resume Wednesday. 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Canceled

The severe thunderstorm watch has been canceled for Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler and Wilcox.

People in those counties should continue to monitor the weather conditions for changes.

Check back with 13WMAZ. com for updates on this story today.


Faircloth Makes History at Cochran Motor Speedway

Ben Faircloth made history Sat. night June 2, 2012 at Cochran Motor Speedway by winning the Inaugural American Dirt Series "Late Model Super 7" /Arlene Pittman Memorial Race.

Faircloth, a second generation driver from Swainsboro, Ga. posted the fastest time in qualifying, picked up the G.W.R. Racing Engines bonus award for the pole position, then led the fastest 24-car field flag-to-flag winning the race in front of a standing room only crowd of race fans. Brandon Overton of Martinez driving on Faircloth's bumper the entire 40 laps, settled for second. Jeremy Faircloth (Ben's Brother) a car length back placed third, Robert "Bloom Diekemper of Bloomingdale was fourth, with Hunter Peacock of Macon fifth. Brad Comer of Gray picked up the 7th place bonus by finishing in that position.

This race was first of seven American Dirt Series scheduled this season . The next race a 40-lap, $2,000 to win will be held at Dublin-441 Speedway on June 23rd.

Middle Georgia State College Seeking Input on Mascot, School Colors

Middle Georgia State College, the merged Middle Gerogia College and Macon State University, is seeking community imput on the selection of a new mascot and school colors. 

A news release issued Thursday states that process is starting  now so that invidividuals can make suggestions, allow the suggestions to be discussed in July by a sub-committee of the consolidation implementation committee, then create another survey with ten "semi-finalist" mascots and color combinations that people will be be able to vote on in August. 

From there, a final five will be chosen and a mascot/color combination will be chosen by either the college president or implimentation committee.  An announcement on the new colors and mascot is set for September 1.  All this is being done now to have the mascot and colors ready for MGSC's launch in January 2013, the release states.

Central Georgia Counties Rated by Health, Economy

A recent study commissioned by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation ranked Georgia counties based on the combined factors of health status and economic vitality.

RELATED |Macon County Tries to Climb Economic Ladder  

Among central Georgia counties, Houston County received the top ranking, followed by Monroe and Jones Counties.  Pulaski and Putnam round out the top five. 

Macon County was ranked dead last not only Central Georgia, but in the state as a whole.  The bottom five in central Georgia also include Wilkinson, Wilcox, Crisp and Telfair counties.  A complete list of the power ratings for Central Georgia is featured below. 

1)     1.  Houston (Score: 15.5; State rank - 10)