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Grant Helps Curb Dropouts at Dodge County High

The new year brings big bucks for Dodge County High School. Tuesday he school receives a $100,000 check from AT&T.

The school uses the money to help kids graduate.

"The thing that makes me the proudest is the fact that it's positively impacted children's lives," said Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis.

It's called the Success Cadres Program. For the last four years, 20 at-risk teens each year have joined.

"This group of students, most of whom failed two grades before they came to high school, and research indicates at that point that student are on track to drop out," she said.

The goal is to change that, said Dennis, and a $400,000 grant from AT&T helped target those students by focusing on math, reading and study skills.

"It has helped us with faculty and staff," she said. "We've had a teacher and a para-professional who have been specifically able to work with these children."

13 Days of Giving

We spotlighted 13 local causes during our 13 Days of Giving. See their stories here.

9/11 Survivor Wins Hawkinsville Fitness Center

Charlice Noble-Jones was selected from a pool of 2,000 applicants win a Snap Fitness gym she's opening in Hawkinsville.

But this isn't the first time she beat the odds.

She survived the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Ten years ago, she lived in New York City and worked for Deutsche Bank.

"Another guy over my left shoulder said that a plane is about to hit the building and that was all the warning we had," said Noble-Jones.

She says she remembers that day from 10 years ago every day.

"You could hear the bodies as they landed on top of buildings and it was just minutes. It felt like forever, but it was just minutes," said Noble-Jones.

She talked about some scary moments for her and how she pulled through it all at her Snap Fitness Gym in Hawkinsville.

"I was not running to survive. I thought I was running to find a place for my mom to find my body," said Noble-Jones.

Bleckley Falls in Veteran's Tourney Finale

Bleckley Falls in Veteran's Tourney Finale

The Royals led Luella High School 39-37 going into the fourth quarter of Thursday's championship game of the Veteran's High School Holiday Tournament. 

Luella would tie the game and go up by four points.  A Rydealous Taylor three with about 2:57 left made it 50-49 Lions. 

Bleckley though would go scoreless the rest of the game as they lost 56-49.  BC went just 14 of 28 from the free throw line and committed 26 turnovers.

Taylor finished with 20 points and seven rebounds.  He joined Mario Beck on the all-tournament team.  Beck had 10 boards.  Ken Hughes scored 13 with nine rebounds.  Regular season play resumes Tuesday at Wicox County.  Varsity start time is 6 p.m.

Bleckley Edges Veterans to Advance to Tourney Title Game

Bleckley Edges Veterans to Advance to Tourney Title Game

Rydealous Taylor scored 15 points, Mario Beck had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Ken Hughes finished with a double double (10 points, 10 rebounds) as the Royals edged host Veterans High School 64-63 to advance to the title game of the VHS Holiday Tournament. 

With 3:30 left, Bleckley led 57-51.  Veterans would chip away at the lead as BCHS went 6 for 11 from the foul line and was held without a basket over the final three plus minutes. 

Up 64-61 with two seconds left, a Warhawk player deflected the inbounds pass.  After VHS made two free throws, BC simply inbounded the ball as the final .2 ticked off.

The Royals play Luella High School for first place Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

13WMAZ Christmas Cuties Sweepstakes

13WMAZ Christmas Cuties Sweepstakes

The entry period has ended. Stay tuned for the announcement of our winner!

The entry deadline was December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. 

You must be 18 years or older to enter. No professional studio photos.

For official rules click here.

See the photo gallery of Christmas Cuties submissions.

Bleckley Boys Open Veteran's Christmas Tourney with Win

Bleckley Boys Open Veteran's Christmas Tourney with Win

It was a rough Houston County Bear Braw for the Royals.  BCHS went 1 and 2 in tournament games and averaged just 47 points per game after averaging 59 in their first six.  Tuesday the team looked to get off to a better start versus Perry in the Veteran's High School Christmas Tournament. 

Trailing 10-7 after one quarter, BCHS took control with a 15-4 run.  Up nine to begin the third, Perry got within two before a 10-2 finish made it 40-30 going to the fourth.

Leading 42-30, the Panthers went on a 15-4 run to go ahead 45-42 with 4:17 remaining.  Rydealous Taylor answered with a three. 

He would hit another and Mario Beck scored 11 points as BCHS ended the game on a 19-6 run to win 61-51.  Bleckley shot 53 percent from the field.  Beck had 25 points and seven rebounds.  Taylor scored 10.  BC will play the winner of Veterans High School and Hawkinsville Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.