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Voters to Decide Runoffs, Bibb School Board Races

Voting continues until 7 p.m. for runoff races across Central Georgia and three school board races.

On the ballot in various counties: congressional races, county races and seats in the Georgia General Assembly.

Bibb County voters will also decide three board of education races, delayed for three weeks due to a lawsuit over district lines.

These are the school board races. All candidates are Democrats.

District 1, Michael McKeever,incumbent Ella Carter, Brenda Sutton
District 2, Angel Davis Hopper, Alan Patrick Taylor, Thelma Dillard.
District 3, Merritt Johnson, incumbent Susan Sipe.

These runoff races are on the Aug. 21 ballot in various counties

Voters in Crawford, Macon, Peach, Dooly and Taylor counties and most of Bibb County will decide a Republican primary in the 2nd congressional district between Rick Allen and John House. The winner will run against incumbent Sanford Bishop.

A Day in the Life of Eatonton's Olympian

Vincent Hancock started the day with a bang giving folks a shooting demonstration and sharing helpful tips for aspiring shooters. To some people in Eatonton, Hancock is more than an Olympian; he's an inspiration.

Scotty McFaddin, who knew Hancock when he first started shooting, says, "He's been an ambassador for the United States, this area, and shooting sports."

From skeet discs sailing to a sign unveiling. Hancock met with members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at the Putnam and Hancock County line. When Hancock won his first gold in Beijing, they placed a sign there welcoming folks to the "home of Vincent Hancock." Saturday, they added on a commemoration to Hancock's second gold medal in London.

Hancock then made a pit-stop at his parent's home to spend time with his wife, children, and family.

"They've given me the life that I know, and they've helped mold me into the person that I've always wanted to become," he says.

Bands Sought for Savannah's 2nd Rock Marathon

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Organizers of Savannah's second Rock 'n' Roll Marathon are seeking local bands to provide the event's live soundtrack.

The road race that brought 30,300 visitors to Georgia's oldest city is returning Nov. 3. Organizers tout the fun of running as live bands perform on stages set up along the course.

The Savannah Morning News reports organizers are seeking 40 bands to fill slots on 24 stages throughout the city.

Savannah's first Rock 'n' Roll Marathon last November was billed as one of the city's largest ever tourist events. A study conducted after the event estimated it brought $17.9 million in direct spending.

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Eatonton Welcomes Hancock Home Aug. 18

Eatonton welcomes two-time Olympic gold medalist Vince Hancock home on Aug. 18.

That's according to Bonnie Simmons of the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce.

She said the city will host a celebration for the Olympic skeet-shooting champ next Saturday.

It will feature a parade, a meet-and-greet with autographs and a shooting demonstration. The day will end with a concert at Eatonton's Plaza Arts Center.

She said the exact schedule for the day is still being worked out. We'll report that schedule as soon as more details are available.

Hancock is an Eatonton native and a U.S. Army soldier currently stationed at Fort Benning. He won gold medals at both Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

 

 

 

The Beginning of an Olympic Dream in Eatonton

With each pull of the trigger, Junior Olympian Dania Vizzi gets one step closer to reaching her dreams of becoming a skeet shooting champion.

She, along with other shooters from around the world, travel to Eatonton to develop their skills in the same place where two-time gold medalist Vincent Hancock got his start.

"This really truly is a field of dreams," says Hancock's father Craig, who built the shooting range in his backyard when his son was twelve years old.

Hancock followed his dreams and returned to Georgia Monday as the first shooter to win gold in two consecutive Olympics.

Vizzi says, "It makes me see what I want to strive for and what it takes to get there."

Vincent's father says is takes good aim, not just at the clay discs, but also at the long-term targets.

Job Opening in Sparta

Job Opening in Sparta

Each Thursday, a representative from the Georgia Department of Labor visits 13WMAZ and discusses the current job market, listing several open jobs in the Central Georgia area. We air this segment at 5 p.m. We showcase other available jobs on the Thursday morning show as well. We update the jobs listed here each week.

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. You can also check out other jobs on the Georgia Department of Labor's website.

Lucas, Paris Discuss Issues at 13WMAZ

On Thursday, 13WMAZ hosted a discussion between incumbent Miriam Paris and challenger David Lucas.

Both are Macon Democrats

 

They're facing off in an Aug. 21 runoff.

Paris is a former Macon City Council president and Lucas is a longtime state representative.

They discussed their track records, the issues and Macon politics.