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Explaining the Regional Transportation SPLOST

Wednesday on Eyewitness News Mornin', 13WMAZ's Randall Savage talked to Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton about what would have to happen for an eleven county Central Georgia region to collect a regional transportation tax.

If approved, Staton says it could generate more than $748 million to fund transportation projects in the Middle Georgia Regional Commission's 11 counties.

Those counties include Bibb, Houston, Baldwin, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Pulaski, Twiggs, and Wilkinson.

Staton says collection would begin on Jan. 1, 2013.

Voters will decide on the issue July 31.

Bleckley Football Player Signs with Valdosta State

Bleckley Football Player Signs with Valdosta State

Though Zack Moe missed the final three games of his career, he still caught 34 passes for 601 yards and five touchdowns as a two-year starter for the Royals. 

Tuesday, he ensured his career would continue as Moe signed with Division II Valdosta State. 

Though Moe will play wide receiver for the Blazers, he was also skilled as a defensive back in high school. 

On defense, Moe had 70 tackles (two for losses) 21 assists, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.

BCHS Track Athletes Qualify for State

BCHS Track Athletes Qualify for State

AA East Sectionals were held Saturday at Lamar County High School.  The top eight field event participants, top eight runners from distance races, and top eight combined times from other races (IE: 400-meter dash) qulaified for state.  Eight Bleckley atheltes were amongst those who qualified.  (all results courtesy ga.milesplit.com)

Jessi Young- Third in pole vault
Alice Arnold-  Fourth in pole vault
Madison Powell- Eighth in the 1600 meter run
Megan Wade-  Fifth in the 3200 meter run
Samantha Miller- Seventh in the 3200 meter run

Jacob Echols- Fifth in pole vault
Joseph Arnold - Sixth in pole vault
Chase McCulley-  Eighth in 1600 meter run, seventh in 3200 meter run

Girls state is May 3-5 in Albany.  Boys state is May 10-12 in Jefferson.


Boys and Girls Club of Dodge County May Close

The Eastman-Dodge County  Boys and Girls Club's status has been unclear for the last week or so with parents and advisory board members in a state of confusion. According to reports, the money is not there. According to the region director, staff have had to be let go and members who have not been paid need to be turned away.

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Air Show Features Blue Angels

Air Show Features Blue Angels

ROBINS, AFB., GA.--The Air Show lineup features performers including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-18 Hornets, the C-130 Hercules, and the Air Force F-22 Raptor.

The air show is free and open to the public and starts at 11:30 a.m.

You can park at the Macon Airport, McConnell-Talbert Stadium and Anchor Glass and then catch bus transportation to the show. The shuttle starts at 9:45 a.m. both days and gates open at 10 a.m.

The shuttle runs until 5 p.m.

See the Dos and Donts of attending.

RELATED | See where to park for the Robins Air Show

PHOTOS | Blue Angels Arrive at Robins AFB

Bleckley Board Of Education Hires Coach, Band Director

The Bleckley Board Of Education hired John Chance as a teacher and coach at a special called meeting held Tuesday evening. 

According to his bio, on robinsfootball.com, Chance has coached at Warner Robins High School since 2005.  His duties this year were ninth grade assistant football coach and assistant boys basketball coach.  Chance has been a football assistant coach at both Westside-Macon and Perry.  Also hired was Scott Matthews as band director for Bleckley County High and Bleckley County Middle School.  Matthews has been band director at Rutland High School.  He replaces Louis Foster, who will retire at the end of the school year.

BCHS Soccer Team to Host Pike County in Round One of Playoffs

The Royals soccer team will host Pike County (#4, 4-AA) on May 3 in round one of the state playoffs.  Game time is 6 p.m.