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My Teacher is Tops

One Central Georgia teacher goes the extra mile for her kindergarten students.

This week's My Teacher's Tops report brings you to Pulaski County Elementary School.

Brandi Lowe was speechless when Junior Journalist, Kayla Singletary surprised her with 13WMAZ's top teacher award.

Lowe has been teaching for six years and says at first she didn't think she would like it. "Now I'm completely in love with the profession. I love teaching these kids I feel like and I tell them all the time when you're at school I'm your mama. when you're away from your mama I'll be the one that will take care of you," says Lowe. 

Classes have only been in session for two months, and Lowe has two big accomplishments.  She was named Teacher of the Year for her school and My Teacher is Tops.  Her students agree she deserves the honor.

"Because she teaches good." says Claire Bentley.

Send us your fair photos and video!

Send us your fair photos and video!

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Paddlers Hit the River in Hawkinsville

More than 100 people dropped their canoes and kayaks in the river this weekend to promote the 54 mile Ocmulgee River Blue Way.

It runs from Twiggs to Pulaski County.

Paddlers made the journey, which took about six hours, at their own pace.

It ended at Mile Branch Landing in Hawkinsville.

Organizers says the event brought out first timers to professionals, and it was a great way to get out to enjoy the fresh air and the river.

"People are looking for ways for entertainment, very economical entertainment, and you know to get outdoors and enjoy nature and so forth," said Lamar Phillips with the Georgia Canoeing Association.

They say they plan to make the paddle an annual event.

Royals Run Past Screven for Homecoming Win

Royals Run Past Screven for Homecoming Win

Tavon Ross rushed for 192 yards on 20 carries, scored three rushing touchdowns, and had a touchdown pass to Jaquante Burns, as Bleckley celebrated Homecoming with a 49-21 win over Screven County. 

The Royals rushed for 358 on 50 carries. 

Ken Hughesr rushed for two scores, he had 61 yards on 11 carries. 

Dytrez Nelson ran for 96 yards on 14 carries. 

Fullback Jeremy Marshall carried the offensive load for Screven.  He had 20 carries and ran for 180 of the Gamecocks 259 rushing yards. 

Johnson also scored twice.  BCHS is currently second in Region 3-AA.  They'll try to hold on to that position October 14 when the Royals play at Laney. 

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Georgia National Fair Opens Today

 The Georgia National Fair in Perry begins with a sneak peek today.

The gates open at 3 p.m.

Today, admission for adults and seniors is $5; children 10 and under, free with paying adult.

The fair's opening ceremonies are at 4 p.m. and there's a free outdoor concert, featuring The Spinners with The Grapevine, at 7 p.m.

As usual, the national fair features rides, food, animal and craft shows and nightly fireworks.

 The Georgia National Fair officially opens Friday and will run through Oct. 16th.

For more information on the Georgia National Fair visit: www.georgianationalfair.com

Cochran's Mayor Defends Himself On Theft Charge

Cochran's mayor on Wednesday defended himself against a charge of stealing over 25 pieces of city-owned plastic pipe.

Clifford Avant says he asked some people to take the pipe to his church after the city's field superintendent said the city had no use for the pipe.

He told 13WMAZ, "I was told it was unusable and worthless. I chose to find a useful purpose for it." He said he saved Cochran the cost of dumping the pipe.

He said he would not comment further, on the advice of his lawyer.

But he said he thinks the charge resulted from a political rift with a city council member, whom he would not identify.

Avant also said his inital reaction to the arrest was surprise. 

"I had officers that were upset they were having to do that and process somebody for something that is, really, I mean in my opinion ridiculous, that it's come to this," he said.

Developing Leaders for our Community: Leadership Dodge

Developing Leaders for our Community: Leadership Dodge

The Eastman/Dodge County Chamber of Commerce held the initial Leadership Dodge session for the class of 2011-2012 on September 13th with a focus on team-building. Held at the new Chamber building in Eastman, the session was facilitated by Jim Lovett of the Georgia Power Company.  Mr. Lovett presented the class with an overview of economic development, and challenged them to examine the assets and changes facing Dodge County and to suggest possible solutions. Role-playing exercises further enhanced the session by challenging the class to develop real-life cooperative strategies for dealing with scenarios faced by city and county officials, governmental agencies, and community organizations.  Ms. Judy Madden, Chamber executive director, addressed the class in the afternoon with an overview of program goals, the agenda for the year, as well as expectations of participants.  Sgt. Major Steven Greer volunteered to serve as the class secretary.