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Wanted by Macon Regional Crimestoppers

Macon Regional Crimestoppers says these people are wanted on warrants in Middle Georgia. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

1. Wayne Anthony Howard:
B/M DOB 02-11-64 Age 49 510 160 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

2. Roy Dale Thompson:
W/M DOB 07-17-90 Age 22 508 130 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

3. Ronald Steven Barton:
W/M DOB 01-22-66 Age 47 506 185 lbs.
Wanted by the Crawford County Sheriff's Office for Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.

4. Albert Ray Manson:
B/M DOB 05-03-75 Age 38 604 170 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Burglary.

5. Walter Croswell Massey Jr.:
W/M DOB 10-24-67 Age 45 508 210 lbs.
Wanted by the Jones County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

State Report Card Ranks Central Ga. Schools

by Bernie O'Donnell, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- State moved to new scoring standard for school after opting out of AYP requirements with 'No Child Left Behind' exemption.

- The state average for elementary schools is 83.4; the middle school average is 81.4; and high school average is 72.6.

- The number of Central Georgia systems that beat the state averages: elementary - six; middle - eight; high school - seven.

Houston County has some of the best-performing schools in Central Georgia.

Most Bibb County schools aren't making the grade.

And some schools in Bleckley, Laurens, Washington and Jones counties drew some of the best grades when the state Department of Education released the report card for every state school.

The College and Career Ready Performance Index replaces the federal standard used until now, called Adequate Yearly Progress.

Lottery Jackpots Jump to $139M and $222M

After no winners from last week's drawings, the Mega Millions is up to $139 million, and the Powerball hit $222 million.

The Tuesday night Mega Millions drawing offers two payment options: a hefty $104 million lump sum or $5.3 million a year for 26 years, according to a release.

The Powerball drawing, Wednesday, has the same two payment options but with bigger payouts. How does getting $222 million spread out over 29 years sound? Or maybe a lump sum of about $144 million sounds better?

The odds of winning either jackpot prize are about 1 in 175 million.

Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $114M

The Mega Millions jackpot has reached $114 million because no one has hit the jackpot since March 15.

If you win the jackpot, you can choose one of two payment options: $4.3M a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or one payment worth about $86M, according to a release.

You can play the Mega Millions for $1. The drawing is tonight at 11 p.m.

The Powerball Jackpot reached $165 million. That's grown since April 3. The drawing for the $165 million is on Wednesday, May 1.

Wanted by Macon Regional Crimestoppers

 

Macon Regional Crimestoppers says these people are wanted on warrants in Middle Georgia. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

1. Jacob Akeem Williams:
B/M DOB 10-23-89 Age 23 510 160 lbs.
Wanted by the Macon Police Department for Criminal Trespass.

2. Jesse Romero:
W/M DOB 12-10-72 Age 40
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Child Molestation.

3. Corry Antonio Dudley:
B/M DOB 07-01-79 Age 33
Wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Appear.

4. Robert Daniel:
W/M DOB 02-23-68 Age 45 510 160 lbs.
Wanted by the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

5. Ryan Reeves:
B/M DOB 10-08-91 Age 21 507 130 lbs.
Wanted by the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

 

Oconee RESA Offering Non-Traditional Teacher Preparation Program

Oconee RESA Offering Non-Traditional Teacher Preparation Program

Georgia TAPP is a non-traditional Educator Preparation Program that leads to clear and renewable certificates for non-traditonal educators and technical specliast teachers in  the careers, technology, and agriculture programs.  Georgia TAPP is for individuals from other job fields who wish to teach but did not complete a teach education program, and who have never held a teaching certificiate.

A news release states Oconee RESA is now serving the following school districts:  Baldwin, Bleckley, Dodge, Dublin City, Hancock, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Putnam, Telfair, Treutlen, Washington, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson.  For more information, visit the Oconee RESA website and click on Georgia TAPP.

478 Fund Promises to Promote New Ideas with Grants

Business leaders in Bibb county have started a new fund to help promote innovation and the cultivation of ideas.

It's called the "478 Bibb Fund." It works as a micro-grant organization and will give $1,000 to what the founder is calling "great ideas," according to a press release from the College Hill Alliance.

The micro-grant is open to all Central Georgia residents, and you can apply on the 478 Bibb Fund's website.

The 478 Bibb Fund stresses that any idea can be funded, and the founders just "want to help great ideas become a reality."