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13 Ways to Get Down This Weekend

13 Ways to Get Down This Weekend

This weekend can be full of culture, love and pride in your community. Check out what's going on:

1. Preparing for a little one? Join in on Baby Care Boot Camp to learn basics about caring for your baby. That's Saturday at 1 p.m. and costs $5 to attend. See full details. Class is at 233 N. Houston Road in Warner Robins.

2. Saturday in Taylor County, you can "Race for Literacy" during a 5K run at Reynolds Ball Park. Starts at 8 p.m.

3. Friday night, you may want to head over to East Dublin for the first Catfish Tournament on Lake Oconee! Sponsored by the Lion's Club, starts at 6 p.m. See details on how to participate.

Gov. Deal Signs Youth Concussion Bill

 ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law aimed at protecting the state's youth from concussion-related injuries.

Deal stressed the importance of the "Return to Play Act" during a ceremony Tuesday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite hospital.

Deal says the bill is designed to educate parents, athletes and coaches on the risk of concussions and require those youth who are injured to receive medical attention. The bill also mandates a trained medical professional provide clearance for any athlete who suffered a concussion before returning to play.

Georgia joins 43 states with similar laws. Government estimates show that hospitals treat some 173,000 traumatic brain injuries among youth that are connected to sports and recreation activities each year.

Later Tuesday, Deal was expected to sign a boating safety bill.

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. Alexandra Dudley:
B/F DOB 11-13-88 Age 24 508 130 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for 17 counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

2. Pricilla Lynn Parker:
W/F DOB 11-17-78 Age 34 509 170 lbs.
Wanted by the Macon Police Department for Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

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. Candica Solomon:
B/F DOB 02-28-88 Age 25 502 208 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Forgery.

5. Christopher Parker:
W/M DOB 06-06-75 Age 37 511 170 lbs.
Wanted by the Macon Police Department for Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

Georgia Ranks High in 'Under Water' Homes

Thousands of Georgia homes are under water, but it's got nothing to do with flooding.

That's the phrase to describe homes that are worth less than the value of their mortgage.

Another name for that: negative equity.

That's happening across the country due to falling property values in the last five years.

An online real-estate company, Zillow, recently ran the numbers for a national study.

They said nearly 14 million homeowners across the country were "under water" at the end of 2012.

That's 27.5 percent, more than one out of four.

And Zillow said Georgia is one of the states hardest hit by declining values.

Several areas on Atlanta's southern edge have some of the nation's highest under-water rates.

State Officials Consider Cutting Deer Hunting Season

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening deer hunting season to respond to a decline in the state's deer population.

Morris News Service reports the Department of Natural Resource has learned longer deer hunting seasons have led to a significant drop in the deer population within the past decade. Officials say the deer population has dropped from about 1.4 million to less than 1 million.

John Bowers, the department's assistant chief of game management, says the department's goal is to stabilize the deer population around 1 million.

Among other regulations, the department is expected to vote in May on whether to shorten deer hunting season by 25 days.

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Bleckley Gets Dramatic Walk Off Win Versus Putnam County

Bleckley Gets Dramatic Walk Off Win Versus Putnam County

It was Putnam County who gave the Royals their only region loss.  Friday, the War Eagles looked to do it again.  Though Bleckley led through four innings on Bryant Trice's solo home run, Putnam had scored twice in the fifth to go ahead 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Austin Simmons singled with one out and went to third on Frankie Lee Mullis' double.  Simmons scored the game tying run when the Putnam catcher dropped a third strike to Tavon Ross and the ball rolled away.

Still tied at two in the ninth, Cal Young reached on an error with two outs.  Caleb Slaughter followed and connected on a two-run home run to give BCHS a 4-2 win.  Slaughter finished 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI.  Mullis went 2 for 4.

Austin Willliams struck out nine in seven and a third innings pitched.  Simmons went two and two third innings, giving up one hit for his first win.  Bleckley hosts Coffee High School Monday at 5:30 p.m.