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Bleckley Survives Second-Half Scare Versus Swainsboro

Bleckley Survives Second-Half Scare Versus Swainsboro

Tavon Ross a pair of touchdown runs as well as two touchdow passes and Blake Lucas banged home a career-long 47 yard field goal as Bleckley carried to the dressing room a 32-13 halftime lead versus Swainsboro.  However, things would get interesting in the second half.  Three Royals did not play due to injury.  Zack Moe (who caught one of Ross's touchdowns) went out with a deep thigh bruise.  Frankie Mullis suffered a hip pointer.  Mario McClendon spent the second half on crutches due to a sprained ankle.

South Georgia's Big Brothers Big Sisters Closing

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Georgia Inc., which has matched children to mentors in more than 40 south Georgia counties, has announced that it will close.

The closing will affect Big Brother Big Sister programs in Crisp, Dooly, Pulaski and Wilcox counties.

Board President James Nixon said in a statement that the agency has been unable to meet financial commitment to providing ongoing volunteer recruiting, careful matching of mentors and mentoring support.

The group said it began the process of closing this week, but would stay open long enough to inform parents of children in the program and their mentors of the decision.

Nixon expressed appreciation to people who have supported their work "to help children in south Georgia facing adversity beat the odds for the past 32 years."

The Jones Zone: Week 9

Ben and Lorra have made their picks for this week's Jones Zone!

You can see their picks and make your own on the Jones Zone page.

Lady Royals Advance to Softball Elite Eight

Lady Royals Advance to Softball Elite Eight

Wednesday was the second straight time Bleckley had played in softball's Sweet 16.  Last year, the Lady Royals were swept in Hazlehurst by Jeff Davis.  This time, BC was at home.  Their opponent was Appling County.  The Lady Pirates eliminated Berrien County who entered the postseason ranked second in AA.

Game one was scoreless for six innings.  Both pitchers had managed to get out of jams including Marlee Bryan getting a strikeout in the fifth to end a bases loaded, two out situation in the fifth.  In the bottom of the seventh, Lana Maddox's two out single scored Kaylin Jones who had walked.  BCHS won 1-0.  Maddox finished 2 for 4.

Eastman Man Named 13WMAZ Contributor of the Week

Watch the video to hear about Robert Graham of Eastman's blogging experience for 13WMAZ's Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski Where You Live site.

If you'd like to post information for your organization/community, or would just like to blog, email whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

DealChicken Launches in Central Georgia

Gannett, the parent company of 13WMAZ, launches DealChicken.com in Central Georgia on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

DealChicken.com hand-plucks the top neighborhood businesses and then cultivates the best local deals. The site delivers those deals to members via email, so subscribers can find values to do, see, eat and buy, at deeply discounted prices.

DealChicken began in Phoenix in 2010 and has expanded to more than 50 cities across the country. 

Our DealChicken representatives joined us in the studio on Eyewitness News Mornin' to explain how it works.

People can sign up for daily deal e-mails from the link at http://www.dealchicken.com/macon-ga.  

Early Voting Under Way in Central Georgia

Early voting is under way around Central Georgia for Nov. 8 city and county elections.

In Bibb County, that means people can vote on the $190 million SPLOST question.

There are mayor's races in Unadilla, Vienna, Sparta, Wrightsville, Dublin, Montezuma, Forsyth, Byron, Eatonton, Reynolds, Soperton, Jeffersonville and Alamo. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert won this summer's Democratic primary but faces a write-in opponent.

Dozens of cities are deciding council races or other local posts.

Voters can decide questions on Sunday alcohol sales in Macon, Warner Robins, Centerville, Perry, Vienna, Oglethorpe, Forsyth, Fort Valley and Eatonton,


And Johnson County is also voting on a SPLOST.

For voting hours and places, check with your local board of elections.