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Audition to Be a Junior Journalist

It's that time again. We are beginning our search for the next 10 13WMAZ Junior Journalists. If you think your child has what it takes, here's what you need to know.

The child auditioning must be born between August 1, 1998 and August 1, 2001. You must bring proof of date of birth to the audition.

We will hold two rounds of open auditions for children born in that date range.

Monday, April 4
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Galleria Mall

Tuesday, April 5
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum of Arts and Sciences

Severe Threat for Central Georgia Tonight

A strong cold front will be pushing through the Southeast tonight and early tomorrow bringing the threat of severe weather to the Peach State, including Central Georgia.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to start moving in late tonight, probably around midnight. Heavy rain is expected along with the possibility of strong to severe storms. The biggest threat for Central Georgia will be high winds, but large hail and an isolated tornado isn't out of the question. Rain and storms should move out by tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned to 13WMAZ and 13wmaz.com for the latest on this severe weather threat.

Bleckley Rallies Past East Laurens for Win

Since 2005, the Royals baseball team had never lost to East Laurens at home.  Friday night, that streak was in danger.  The Falcons led 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh and had held Bleckley's offense to just one hit.  It was in the bottom of the seventh when BCHS began its comeback.  Kyle Brown led off with a double.  Cody Jones singled with one out.  Kace Kirkpatrick got a two-out single to score Brown and pinch-runner Justin Chambers to tie the game at 3.

In the bottom of the eighth, a hit by Dusty Jones spun past the East Laurens right fielder and toward the corner.  Jones came around to score on an inside the park home run to give Bleckley a 4-3 win.  Jones finished 2 for 4.  Kirkpatrick went eight inning, scattering eight hits.  He struck out five with no walks.

BCHS Football Assistant Coach Resigns to Take Head Coaching Position

Stacy Nobles, the strength and conditioning coach as well as the secondary and running backs coach for BCHS, has left to become the head football coach at West Laurens High School. 

His resignation was approved by the board of education at their March 16 meeting. 

Nobles was a member of the Bleckley coaching staff for three years. 

He is a Laurens County native and former assistant coach with the Raiders.

BCMS Teacher/Coach finalist for Parent to Parent of Georgia Impact Award

BCMS Teacher/Coach finalist for Parent to Parent of Georgia Impact Award

Bleckley Middle School seventh grade social studies teacher and baseball coach Phillip Hart is a finalist for the Educational Impact Award sponsored by Parent to Parent of Georgia. 

Parent to Parent provides support to families of children with special needs.  According to the organization's website, Impact Awards "recognize individuals whose actions demonstrate, support, or lead to inclusion of individuals with disabilities so they can meaningfully participate in all aspects of life. Award winners exemplify respect and dignity for everyone, regardless of ability, and work to ensure that others embrace these same ideas."

Hart's work with special needs children includes assisting with the Buddy Ball baseball game for special needs children played yearly at the rec.

Milan Man Dies in Mechanial Shop Explosion

A 66-year-old Milan man died after a propane tank exploded at his mechanical shop located outside of Rhine on Will Reeves Road, according to Captain Tony Winborn of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, Charles Campbell was found dead around 4:30 p.m. Thursday when firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to the incident.

Winborn says a leaking propane tank caused the accident, and the explosion is believed to be an accident.

He says the investigation is ongoing.

Sheila Wilcox and her son Zyan Mckever were Campbell's long-time neighbors.

Wilcox says she saw Campbell earlier Thursday on the way to his mechanical shop, which is down the road from her home. 

She says he was a popular person in the community and described him as a jokester and a friend who was always willing to lend a hand.

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Okefenokee Foresty Field Day

Bleckley FFA Forestry Team Wins Okefenokee Foresty Field Day

The Bleckley FFA Forestry Team won the Okefenokee Forestry Field Day held Thursday in Folkston.  Bleckley competed against 15 other schools from across the state.  Indvididuals placing in events were: Gabe Outlaw: First, Reforestation.  Spencer Kirkpatrick: First, Ocular Estimation.  Jon Googe: First, Sawtimer Estimation.  Evan Bennett, First, Soil Sampling.  Jessica Sewell: Second, TSI.  Ricky Sikes: Second, Tree ID.  Drew Grimsley: Third, Hand Compass.  Brandon Nobles: Third, Land Management.  

The team has one final field day before region April 19.