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EMAs: Avoid River Until Water Level Recedes

Central Georgia EMA directors warn that people should avoid the rivers for recreation until the water levels fall.

In a joint news release, Monroe, Bibb, Jones, Butts and Jasper County EMA directors agreed that people need to "err on the side of caution and not get into the local rivers until they have receded."

"Dangers lie under these fast moving waters and if experience has taught us anything, it's that Mother Nature while majestic at times, will be unforgiving," according to the release. 


Prep Playoff Scores For February 22

Here are your GHSA and GISA State basketball playoff scores reported to 13WMAZ for Friday, February 22:


Forest Park 39  Northside 30


Howard 49  Monroe, Albany 48

Mary Persons 56  Dougherty 46

Woodland 60  Cross Creek 55


Southwest 63  Douglass 49

Washington Co. 62  Tattnall Co. 43

Chapel Hill 44, Dodge County 38


Bleckley Co. 67  Dublin 60

Laney 60  Taylor Co. 28

GHSA A Girls:

Claxton 46  Treutlen 35

Turner Co. 45  Hancock-Central 31


Westfield 45  Deerfield 32

Mount de Sales 36  Brookwood 23

Tattnall 49  Holy Spirit 23

GISA AA Girls:

Baldwin DA: Death-Penalty Process is 'Mind-Boggling'

   Capital punishment is reserved for "the worst of the worst," said the district attorney who says he has the highest number of death penalty convictions in Georgia.

    Fred Bright is the District Attorney for the Ocmulgee District, which includes Baldwin, Hancock,  Jones, Putnam and Wilkinson counties.

    Lorra Lynch Jones asked why he thinks execution is an effective choice For those who commit the worst of violent crimes.

    Lorra Lynch Jones: "Now when you're taking a look at whether to seek the death penalty in a case, what legal factors are you looking at?"

Georgia's One-Time Tag Tax Brings Changes March 1st

There are a few changes coming your way March 1st when the state's new title tax law rolls out.

If you own a car in Georgia right now, you pay an annual excise tax on your vehicle tags that comes due once a year on your birthday.

They call it the "birthday tax."

Come March 1st, that will start to change.

The new tag law allows car owners who bought or are buying a vehicle between Jan 1st 2012 and March 1st 2013 a choice to opt in to the one-time title tax.

"It's only if you're purchasing a vehicle you're going to be paying this fee," says Houston County Tax Commissioner Mark Kushinka.

People who bought a car after March 1st will now pay a one-time tax.

But this doesn't mean the birthday tax is disappearing altogether.

"If you have a vehicle that you've had for years and are paying a birthday tax, you will continue paying that birthday tax until you get rid of that vehicle," he says.

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. Photographs and information provided by Macon Regional Crimestoppers and presented as a public service.

1. Margaret L. Cox:
B/F DOB 03-21-60 Age 52 508 175 lbs.
Wanted by the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

2. Joseph Walter Pagan:
W/M DOB 07-22-73 Age 39 510 150 lbs.
Wanted by the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office for Armed Robbery.

3. Rickey Jerome Collier:
B/M DOB 06-26-85 Age 27 507 140 lbs.
Wanted by the Fort Valley Police Department for Battery.

4. Howard Paul Hayes:
W/M DOB 09-05-83 Age 29 601 175 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for a Bench Warrant.

Multiple Reports of Traffic Accidents

The weather may have contributed to several traffic accidents across Central Georgia Monday morning.

Law enforcement agencies were busy with crashes, including an overturned tractor trailer truck at the Putnam-Jones County line. Traffic around the area on Hwy 129 was diverted and the driver of the truck had to be cut-out of his cab. He was taken to a Macon area hospital and his condition is not known.

Fallen trees were also a problem. One tree fell across Hwy 49 in Jones County at the entrance to Mattie Wells Elementary school and Hampton Lake subdivision.    

Crews with a chainsaw were called to clear that debris.   

First Friday with Bill Sirmon

Kid Friendly Veggie Spaghetti Sauce

Sauté finely chopped onion in neutral tasting oil in Dutch oven or 6 qt pot

Add crushed garlic (if desired), sauté 30 seconds.

1 can/jar favorite spaghetti sauce

1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning blend

1 bag defrosted frozen vegetable blend (blend in blender if children need fooling)

Cook slowly over med-low heat 10 minutes to let flavors blend.

Serve over short pasta (Rotini, macaroni, ziti, etc) so it can be eaten with a spoon.

As children learn to eat this flavorful blend, increase flavors slowly by adding more Italian seasonings or more garlic or bell pepper.

Between the tomato sauce and vegetables, this will help children get close to a full day's requirement of veggies all by itself.