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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.



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.