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Bleckley County Teachers Spread Holiday Cheer To Young Patients

Some Bleckley County elementary school teachers paid a visit to the Children's Hospital Monday, to bring some holiday cheer.

They made Christmas ornaments with some of the young patients.

The kids had their names painted on the ornaments and decided whether they wanted a snowman or a reindeer.

Teachers also made ornaments for the children who couldn't take part.

Patient Brianna Hill says it means a lot to her that people other than her family drop by.

Bleckley Swept in Bear Brawl Tourney Games

Bleckley Swept in Bear Brawl Tourney Games

Though Rydealous Taylor had 20 points and went 5 of 8 from three-point range, the Royals shot 36 percent as a team.  BCHS suffered their first loss of the season in a 49-44 defeat to Warner Robins at Saturday's Houston County Bear Brawl.  The Lady Royals had an 11-point halftime lead versus ninth-ranked Warner Robins in their Bear Brawl opener.  A 10-0 Demonette run proved to be the difference as BC fell 56-50.

Tia Troup had 17 points.  Cam Tillman and Myesha Moore both scored 12.  Bleckley continues Bear Brawl play Monday.  The boys play at 11:30 am, girls follow.

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Santa Breaks Down What's Hot This Christmas

Santa Breaks Down What's Hot This Christmas

Jolly Ol' St. Nick has just one week until he hitches his sliegh to the reindeer, and makes his 24 hour trip around the world.

But taking a little time off before his big night, Santa Claus stopped by Weekend Mornin' to talk about what sort of toys children have asked for this year.

BCHS Sweeps Season Series from Telfair County

BCHS  Sweeps Season Series from Telfair County

The Lady Royals defense held Telfair County without a basket in the first half.  BCHS led by as many as 30 points in the second as they easily won 48-20.  Alexis Woodfaulk scored 10 points.  Brianna Webb and Brittany Chancey each added seven off the bench.

Rydealous "Spud" Taylor went 5 of 8 from three point range in the first half as the Royals led 44-14.  Taylor ended up 6 of 9 with 18 points as the Royals won 68-25.  Ken Hughes had 13 points.  Dytrez Nelson had eight assists and six of Bleckley's 20 steals.  Off the bench, Dominic Ligon had nine points and four rebounds.  Dre Pitts scored eight with four steals.

BCHS plays in the Houston County Bear Brawl Saturday.  Both teams play Warner Robins boys tipping at 2:30 pm.

Wilcox County Man Brightens Christmas for Kids With Cancer

People from Wilcox County brought Christmas to gifts to kids at Children's Hospital in Macon.

He may not ride a big red sleigh, but for kids at the Children's Hospital in Macon, you might call Andy Munden Saint Nick.

He wheeled in hundreds of gifts for kids with pediatric cancer because he knows what it's like to be in their shoes.

He had pediatric cancer at age four.

He wanted to make this holiday a little brighter for some kids spending it away from home.

Angelica Rios, 17 years old, has called the hospital home since May.

"You wouldn't really imagine that happening to you. I always thought it was a cramp in my side, but it wasn't," she says.

A seven-month battle, Rios says, she's won.

"Today is my last chemo, and I get to go home tomorrow, and I don't have to do chemo anymore."

But for other kids who'll spend the holidays fighting, they've got they're own Santa bringing christmas to their room.

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.9 Percent

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.9 Percent

Georgia's unemployment rate saw the biggest one month drop in 34 years in November.  

A Georgia Department of Labor news release says the jobless rate sits at 9.9 percent.

That's three tenths of a percentage point lower that the 10.2 percent rate in October.

One year ago, the unemployment rate for the state of Georgia hovered around 10.4 percent.

Warner Robins saw a loss of 500 jobs from November of last year to November 2011, while the Macon area added 1,100 jobs in the past year.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler credits retail hiring and more jobs in the financial and business sectors for the rise.

He says the number of jobs in the state rose to 3.8 million in November, and jobs in education and health care increased as well.

Georgia still has about 20,000 fewer jobs than it did in November of last year.