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Consolidation, T-SPLOST Debate and Forum Tonight

Residents of Macon and Bibb County are encouraged to attend a debate Thursday night on the upcoming consolidation vote as well as the T-SPLOST.

Joe Allen is one of the organizers of the event.  He says many local elected officials will be on hand for the debate on both issues.  There will also be a question and answer period.

The debate and forum will be held Thursday, July 12th at 7pm at the Lake Wildwood Clubhouse.  Visitors will need to enter through the Zebulon Road gate.

T-SPLOST Project Lists for Central Georgia Districts

On July 31, people all over Georgia will vote whether to approve a 10-year penny tax to fund transportation projects around the state.

This Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) would generate an estimated $18.67 billion total over 10 years.

It would pay for projects in communities throughout 12 districts, including four that involve Central Georgia counties. 

DEBATE: T-SPLOST PROS AND CONS

Here are the approved lists for the projects, broken down by county, that the T-SPLOST would fund if it is approved.

Central Georgia Region includes Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Crawford, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Baldwin and Putnam counties. 

Lots Happening with Lady Royals Softball Team and the Diamond Club

Lots Happening with Lady Royals Softball Team and the Diamond Club

The Lady Royals softball team, who went to the elite eight for the second time in school history last year *First since converting to fastpitch* have been busy preparing for the 2012 season. 

Starting Monday, players who've been participating in summer workouts (including returning team members) will travel to Forsyth to play in the PawPrint Classic hosted by Mary Persons High School. 

Tryouts for the 2012 team will start July 23 at 9 am at the high school softball field.  Anyone wishing to try out must have a current physical on file.  Call Coach Janice Bryan at 478-230-3057 with any questions. 

Ben Jones Explains Differences in Summer T-Storms

13WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones takes a look at the differences in the types of thunder storms typically seen during the summer months.

Watch his explanation in the video player above.

Kenyan wins Atlanta's Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA (AP) -- Peter Kirui of Kenya has won the 43rd annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

Kirui's unofficial time of 27 minutes, 36 seconds ties the fourth-fastest time in race history. It is the first Peachtree victory for the 24-year-old.

The defending men's champion, Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, finished eighth.

The top women's racer was Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, who also claimed her first victory in the 6.2-mile race on Wednesday. Daska's unofficial time was 32 minutes and 21 seconds.

Central Georgia's own Henley Dean of Cochran also ran the race. The 11 year-old clocked 53:43 to take home 25th in her age group of 14 and under.

Missing Two-Year-Old Found Safe

A missing two-year-old has been found safely.

That's according to Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh.

She says two-year-old Sanyah Williams was reported missing late Sunday night.

The little girl was found just before 1 a.m. Monday asleep at a relative's house, according to Pugh.

She did not have any other details on the case.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Some people in Central Georgia already follow these tips. Meagan Kusz of Macon said she regularly wears loose-fitting light colored dresses.

"It's really keeping me cool I think anything heavier would be unbearable I really don't feel that horrible right now," said Kusz.

But others we talked to said they have to break certain tips like construction workers, who have to strenuous work outside.

"We work outside putting in gas lines we have to stay in the sun all the time, so just can't avoid it," said Scott Chamberland of Macon.

But Chamberland said he combats heat on the job by drinking plenty of cold water and taking breaks.

However, a few Central Georgians said they just hope that the heat eases up soon.

"I like it in small doses, if we can get some clouds and some wind that would be nice," said Valerie Pollock of Warner Robins.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency has these tips on how to prepare for extreme heat: