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T-SPLOST Project Lists for Central Georgia Districts

On July 31, people all over Georgia will vote whether to approve a 10-year penny tax to fund transportation projects around the state.

This Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) would generate an estimated $18.67 billion total over 10 years.

It would pay for projects in communities throughout 12 districts, including four that involve Central Georgia counties. 


Here are the approved lists for the projects, broken down by county, that the T-SPLOST would fund if it is approved.

Central Georgia Region includes Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Crawford, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Baldwin and Putnam counties. 

Ben Jones Explains Differences in Summer T-Storms

13WMAZ's Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones takes a look at the differences in the types of thunder storms typically seen during the summer months.

Watch his explanation in the video player above.

Tri-County Reacts to the 2.7 Magnitude Earthquake

It was as if nothing happened.

"I didn't hear, feel or see anything about it," says Francis Lavelle, a student in Milledgeville. 

The ground briefly shook around 10 p.m. but most of the people that 13WMAZ's Judy Le talked to in Milledgeville, Sandersville, and Sparta had no idea.

"I didn't even know it happened until I saw the news this morning," says Courtney Timmerman a college student in Milledgeville. 

"I didn't feel any tremors, the only thing that we had was a little rainstorm yesterday," says Gwendolyn Edwards who works in Sparta. 

Russel Riner, the Washington County EMA, says people could feel a tremble around Linton Road on the Washington-Hancock County Line.

The few people who felt the little quake refused to talk on camera, except for Bobby Bacon.

"The ground was shaking and my porch was trembling a little bit," he says.

One thing is for sure, the news of the rumble took everyone by surprise.

Missing Two-Year-Old Found Safe

A missing two-year-old has been found safely.

That's according to Warner Robins police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh.

She says two-year-old Sanyah Williams was reported missing late Sunday night.

The little girl was found just before 1 a.m. Monday asleep at a relative's house, according to Pugh.

She did not have any other details on the case.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Some people in Central Georgia already follow these tips. Meagan Kusz of Macon said she regularly wears loose-fitting light colored dresses.

"It's really keeping me cool I think anything heavier would be unbearable I really don't feel that horrible right now," said Kusz.

But others we talked to said they have to break certain tips like construction workers, who have to strenuous work outside.

"We work outside putting in gas lines we have to stay in the sun all the time, so just can't avoid it," said Scott Chamberland of Macon.

But Chamberland said he combats heat on the job by drinking plenty of cold water and taking breaks.

However, a few Central Georgians said they just hope that the heat eases up soon.

"I like it in small doses, if we can get some clouds and some wind that would be nice," said Valerie Pollock of Warner Robins.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency has these tips on how to prepare for extreme heat:

Macon Ties All-Time Record: 108 Degrees

Saturday's high temperature soared to 108 degrees in Macon. That ties the all-time record high for the city first set on July 13, 1980.

An Excessive Heat Warning is now in effect for eastern portions of Central Georgia through 9 p.m. this evening.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for Monday.

13WMAZ Meteorologist John Boyer forecasts another record-breaking 104 degree high for Macon on Sunday . The record for this date is 103 degrees, set in 1954.

The National Weather Service says the heat index could hit 105 to 110 today.

The weather service described it as "a dangerous heat wave."

The weather service warns you to avoid the heat, take precautions and watch out for pets, children and the elderly.

Lake Sinclair Boat Accident Sends Five to Hospital

Five people were taken to the hospital after a boat accident on Lake Sinclair on Tuesday night, according to a Georgia Department of Natural Resources news release says.

A bass boat hit a pontoon boat a little after 11:30 p.m. in Rooty Creek on Lake Sinclair, says First Class Josh Copelan of DNR Wildlife Resources Division in the news release.

Two people fell off the pontoon boat in the accident. The three people in the bass boat pulled them out of the water into their boat.

They called Putnam County 911 and met an ambulance at a boat ramp. 

Five people were treated at the The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, including all four people from the pontoon boat.

Two people in the accident have been released from the hospital, no word on the condition of the other three.

Copelan says it does not appear that alcohol was involved. The incident is under investigation and no charges have been filed.