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Eatonton's Olympian Shines in London

 What happens when you win a gold medal at age eighteen?

"Once I accomplished my ultimate goal, I really didn't know where to go after that," says US Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock.

Hancock grew up in Eatonton with a family that loved sports. Around age 10 he made the transition from baseball and other, more popular activities, to competitive shooting. 

By age 11 he was hooked and started making a name for himself on the range.

He won the skeet shooting gold medal in Beijing and feels it might take perfection to repeat in London. Perfection would be 150 of 150 clay targets four inches in diameter, from a distance of 65 to 67 meters, fired out of "houses" from both low and high angles.

"There have been tons of perfect scores shot recently, the world is just getting better," he says. "That's why my scores over the past eight months have been higher than they ever have before. It inspires me to improve."

Hancock County Unemployment Rate Hits 18 Percent

Hancock County Unemployment Rate Hits 18 Percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Putnam County hit 10.6 percent. That's compared to metro Macon's 10.1 percent in June. 

That's up from 9.4 percent in May. 

The rate was 10.6 percent in June 2011.

The rate increased because 758 new job seekers entered the labor force, but were unable to find work, pushing unemployment up 883.  

Metro Warner Robins' jobless rate rose to 8.1 percent in June, compared to May's 7.4 percent. In June 2011, the rate was 8.2 percent.

Metro Athens and metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rates at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

Putnam County Unemployment Rate Hits 10.6 Percent

Putnam County Unemployment Rate Hits 10.6 Percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Putnam County hit 10.6 percent. That's compared to metro Macon's 10.1 percent in June. 

That's up from 9.4 percent in May. 

The rate was 10.6 percent in June 2011.

The rate increased because 758 new job seekers entered the labor force, but were unable to find work, pushing unemployment up 883.  

Metro Warner Robins' jobless rate rose to 8.1 percent in June, compared to May's 7.4 percent. In June 2011, the rate was 8.2 percent.

Metro Athens and metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rates at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

Blizzards to Blow in Money for Children's Hospitals

The Children's Miracle Network hopes donations will pour in on Thursday for the seventh annual Miracle Treat Day.

"On Miracle Treat Day, Dairy Queen donates a portion of the proceeds from all Blizzard sales to the Children's Hospital in the market they are working in," says Kathy Tolbert with the Children's Hospital in Macon.

Dairy Queens throughout the United States and Canada will help make life a little sweeter for those kids.

Tolbert says, "It's something they get excited about every year. The staff, the nurses, the physicians look forward to it every year. It's a fun event for the community and for the kids at our hospital."

Over $15,000 in donations piled up last year, and they hope at least $1,000 more than that will sprinkle in with this year's event.

All of the money raised in central Georgia will help the Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon buy equipment and start new projects.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Baldwin, Wilkinson, Hancock and Washington counties are under a severe-thunderstorm warning until 5:30 p.m.

Crawford and Taylor counties are under a severe-thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.

Processional Route for Eatonton Soldier Set

A processional is planned for Eatonton's soldier, Spc. Erica Alecksen, Wednesday, according to a Putnam County Sheriff's Office news release.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office escort leaves the Greensboro airport at around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.

If you'd like to line up for the processional, the escort will go up Highway 44 to Eatonton, stay straight onto Sumter Avenue, turn right on Madison Ave., and circle around the front of the courthouse, then exit onto Jefferson Ave where the final stop is at First United Methodist Church's Great Hall.

The memorial service is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at First United Methodist Church.

Funeral Postponed for Putnam County Soldier

Saturday's scheduled funeral for a Putnam County soldier killed in Afghanistan has been postponed.

That's according to Lydia Ivanditti, aunt of Army Specialist, Erica Alecksen, of the 978th Military Police Brigade.

Alecksen and five other soldiers were killed earlier this week when a roadside bomb struck a tank in Wardak Province.

Ivanditti reports that the Department of Defense was unable to make arrangements to return Alecksen's body to Eatonton in time for Saturday's funeral.

Her family still plans to hold visitation at her grandparents' home on North Madison Street, Eatonton.

We'll report the updated funeral arrangements as soon as details are available.