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Fire Guts Dodge County Home

People in Dodge County are trying to help out a man who's helped many in the community.


A fire early Sunday destroyed the home of firefighter Mark Sheffield.

"One side of the house caved in and the roof had fell in.  There was nothing left, everything was burning," said Sheffield.

Capt. Tony Winborn of the Dodge County Sheriff's Department says it happened between 4 and 5 a.m. at Sheffield's home on Gum Swamp Road.

Sheffield says he can't believe his home is gone.  He says he has been to a lot of house fires but never thought something it would happen to him.

Winborn said fire officials think the fire may have been caused by a short-circuit from a fan. No one was injured.

Sheffield says his family was out of the house and with friends and family when the fire occured.

He says the outpouring of love from the community is overwhelming.

Prep Baseball Scores For Thursday, May 12

Hawkinsville knocked off Metter to advance into the GHSA State Baseball Quarterfinals Thursday night.

Tyler Keen tossed a complete game and Vince Fissler hammered a two run triple as the Red Devils eliminated Metter 7-3 in Hawkinsville.

The Red Devils will play Treutlen in the quarterfinals next Tueday at Hawkinsville.

Thursday's Results:

Hawkinsville 7  Metter 3 (Hawkinsville wins series 2-1)

West Laurens 15  Crisp Co. 4 (West Laurens wins series 2-1)

Prep Baseball Scores For Wednesday, May 11

Scores from GHSA State Baseball Second Round Games played on Wednesday, May 11:

Mary Persons 2  Harlem 1

Mary Persons 13  Harlem 2 (MP wins series 2-0)

Treutlen 9  Bacon Co. 8

Treutlen 8  Bacon Co. 0 (Treutlen wins series 2-0)

Effingham Co. 10 Northside 5

Effingham Co. 4  Northside 0 (Effingham wins series 2-0)

Appling Co. 2  Dodge Co. 1

Appling Co. 8  Dodge Co. 6 (Appling win series 2-0)

Metter 4  Hawkinsville 1  (11 innings)

Hawkinsville 4  Metter 2 (Series tied at 1)

West Laurens 3  Crisp Co. 1

Crisp Co. 7  West Laurens 5 (Series tied at 1)

Milan Woman Killed in Car Wreck

A car accident Sunday afternoon killed a 50-year-old woman, and injured a 28-year-old man, both from Milan.

The Georgia State Patrol says 50-year-old Lisa Churchwell was killed in the wreck.

The accident happened on GA 30 in Telfair County around 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

Officers say Jonathon Piper, the 28-year-old, was turning left out of a private drive off of GA 30 and struck the rear of Churchwell's vehicle.

The Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team with the Georgia State Patrol is investigating.

The Relay does go on: Bleckley Relay for Life held.

The Relay does go on: Bleckley Relay for Life held.

With gas and food prices high, fundraising of any kind is difficult.  Even for the American Cancer Society.  This year's Relay for Life held at Middle Georgia College's NeSmith Soccer Field was somewhat smaller in terms of participation and money raised.  But it didn't stop the hundreds who did attend from continuing the Relay's purpose of "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back."

This year's theme was "Cancer doesn't take a holiday."  Team campsite were decorated in holiday themes ranging from the Fourth of July to Cinco De Mayo.  Each had food and other entertainment options.  For most of the night, participants celebrated the survivors.  When the lights began to fade, and luminary bags lit up around the track, it was time to remember.  A solemn luminary ceremony paid tribute to those who have survived as well as those who lost the fight against cancer.

Hawkinsville Marine Says He Will Walk Again

A Hawkinsville Marine says he will walk again, despite losing portions of both legs.

CPL Tony Mullis was injured April 6th in Afghanistan and is now recovering at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

His wife, Jeanie and their one-month-old son Cason, came home to Hawkinsville for a short visit.

Thursday, 13WMAZ went to Jeanie's mother's home in Hawkinsville to speak with Jeanie and Tony through skype technology.

From the computer screen, Tony said to his son, "Hey man. Hey buddy."

Cason was born April 5th in Hawkinsville. The next day, the explosion in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan shattered his dad's legs.

As Cason and Jeanie rested in the hospital, Tony and marines form the 2nd Combat Engineering Battalion searched abandoned buildings in Afghanistan.

BCHS Boys Fall in Second Round of Soccer Playoffs

BCHS Boys Fall in Second Round of Soccer Playoffs

The BCHS boys soccer team had not played an overtime game this season.  Wednesday's state second round opponent Toombs County was there on an overtime win versus Putnam County.  For Bleckley, their first OT game would prove to be a frustrating one. 

Toombs took the lead with 25:36 left in the first.  Marty Souza's goal tied things at 38:19 of the second.  That capped all scoring, so the game went to overtime.

With just 33 seconds left in the second five-minute session, the Bulldogs scored.  The goal was not without controversy as a Bleckley player was down on the other end of the field.  Play was allowed to continue.  BC's season ended with a 2-1 loss.  Their final record is 10-6.