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Today's 13 Days of Giving Spotlight: Project Giving

From December 1-13 we're highlighting a different local organization on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
We'll show how you can volunteer, donate or give back to make the holidays a little brighter.

Today, we're highlighting Project Giving, an all-volunteer, organization building "Bridges of Hope" for families who are suffering from chronic medical illnesses.

To help with Project Giving during the holiday season, join the family Christmas adoption project.

To learn more: visit www.projectgiving.net, e-mail info@projectgiving.net or call 478-224-HOPE.


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McFadden Wins Seat on Ga. Appeals Court

ATLANTA (AP) -- Attorney Chris McFadden has won a runoff for an open seat on Georgia's Appeals Court.

Unofficial returns Tuesday showed the 53-year-old attorney won
62 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Antoinette Davis with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

His victory marked a come-from-behind win in the nonpartisan,
statewide race. McFadden finished behind Davis in the Nov. 2
general election. But since neither candidate won 50 percent plus one vote, they were forced into a runoff.

McFadden has a law office in Decatur.

During the race, he emphasized his two decades of experience
handling legal appeals in Georgia. He co-wrote a legal reference
book on appellate practice in the state.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Nahmias Wins Runoff to Keep Ga. Supreme Court Seat

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias 
has won a runoff election to keep his seat on the bench.

Unofficial returns Tuesday showed Nahmias winning 67 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for challenger Tammy Lynn Adkins with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

The two candidates were forced into a runoff since neither
candidate won 50 percent plus one vote in the general election.
Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Nahmias to the state's
high court in August 2009. He previously served as a U.S. attorney and a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Adkins is a divorce lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for the Court
of Appeals in 2008. She did not raise money and did little
campaigning before the general election.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Local Organizations Organize Christmas Gifts for Local Children

Jones County Cruisers Car Club in cooperation with The Department of Family and Children Services are working toward ensuring that every child in Jones County has a gift under the Christmas tree.

The organizations are asking contributors to place new, unwrapped gifts in the drop-off location boxes.

Drop-off Locations:

Jones County Government Center
State Bank of Gray
Ace Hardware of Gray
Chamber of Commerce (W.E. Knox Civic Center)
Ingles of Gray

Cash donations are also accepted by calling Tim Stewart at 478-361-8117.

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Chamber Announces Eye Care Ribbon Cutting

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce will welcome new business and new Chamber member, Cathy's Eye Care on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. during a ribbon cutting.

Cathy's Eye Care is located at 4288 Gray Hwy.


Chamber to Host 21st Annual Dinner

This year, instead of a speaker, The Grapevine Band will perform after the Annual Dinner program. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. dinner will begin.

Central Ga. Farmers Eligible for Drought Disaster Loans

Governor Sonny Perdue's office announced that 151 counties in Georgia -- including all in Central Georgia -- have been designated Federal drought disaster areas, making farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

The Governor said he asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make the designation due to drought and excessive heat from July 1 until now.

According to the Governor's office, the USDA found that at least one farm in each of 151 Georgia counties sustained a 30 percent or greater production loss due to drought conditions.

The disaster designation allows farmers in those counties to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Contact your county's FSA office for information about emergency loans.