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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.



Late Field Goal Boots Bleckley to Win Over Laney

Late Field Goal Boots Bleckley to Win Over Laney

RThe Royals were 0-3 versus Laney going into Friday's contest played in Augusta.  A win would give them a 4-3 record for the first time since 2006 plus help in their quest to make the playoffs.  Bleckley appeared to be well on their way to doing that in the third quarter.  Touchdown runs by Dytrez Nelson and Tavon Ross as well as a Ross to Zack Moe touchdown catch put BC up 35-20 going to the fourth quarter.

Laney QB Leo myers rallied the Wildcats.  He conntected on a touchdown pass from a bounced ball and ha d  39-yard run to pu LCL (Lucy C Laney) ahead.  Bleckley  answered.  With 24 seconds left, a 28-yard field goal by Blake Lucas gave the Royals  38-36 win.  Ross ran for 177 on 24 carries.  Dytrez Nelson had 70 yards on 15 carries/  Both were part of a ground game that amassed 270 yards.

BCHS hosts Swainsboro Friday at 7:30 pm.

Lady Royals Advance in State Softball Playoffs

Lady Royals Advance in State Softball Playoffs

Third-ranked Bleckley welcomed Crawford County to Cochran Wednesday for round one of the AA state softball playoffs. 

Though offense was slow coming, BCHS got enough and a good pitching performance to advance.  Emmie Meadows fifth-inning single provided the margin of victory as the Lady Royals won the first game 3-1.  She, along with Taylor Little and Lindsey Dabbs were all 1 for 2.

Taylor Little had a solo home run and Katie Simmons had an RBI single as BC took the second game 4-0.  SunnyKate Darsey was 2 for 3 with a double and 1 RBI.  Little, Simmons, and Lana Maddox were all 2 for 4.  Maddox had a double and scored a run in the first.  Kaylin Jones was 2 for 3 with a double.

Bleckley advances to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.  They host Appling County October 19.  Game times are 4 and 6 pm.

Winds Level Former Rochelle Church

Thursday night's high winds leveled a 100-year-old church building.

It's the former Kramer United Methodist Church, on Kramer Church Road near Rochelle.

The building was constructed in 1911, but not used as a church since 1988.

Owner James Lee said he used it for storage.

According to Captain Cody Beecher with the Rochelle Police Department, damage has ranged from trees down on side roads to damages to houses and vehicles.

High winds knocked over a gas pump at the Marathon station on Main Street. (see video)

"One man had a tree fall on his truck at the Morning Side Cemetery," Beecher said.

Beecher said he saw houses affected by the storm on Grady Street as well as Railroad Avenue.

PHOTOS: Wilcox storm damage sent in by viewers.