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Jones County Restores Assistant DA Position

For nearly a month, the Jones County district attorney's office was short-staffed because of budget cuts. 

In a meeting Tuesday night, the Commissioners unanimously voted to revive the office with $72,400. 

That's enough for the D.A, Fred Bright, to hire an assistant district attorney.

RELATED: Budget Cuts Leave D.A Shorthanded

His two A.D.A's were cut from the budget during the Pamela Moss murder trial. 

This was the third time Bright asked the commissioners to refund the position.

It will be a state-paid, county reimbursed A.D.A who will work in Jones County.

"I've got somebody in mind. I'd like to hire this person November 1st. We are drowning across the hall: empty desks, everyone in private practice. I'm looking to rebuild my office," Bright said.

Central Georgia Mayor's Races Underway

Macon-Bibb and Warner Robins aren't the only places in Central Georgia that will elect a mayor this fall.

Races are also underway in Fort Valley, Gordon, Gray, Ivey, Marshallville, Milledgeville and Roberta.

Those cities all have mayor's races on the ballot for Nov. 5.

The races, city by city:

Fort Valley: Barbara Williams is challenging longtime mayor John Stumbo.

Gordon: Mary Lue is running against incumbent Kenneth Turner.

Gray: Incumbent Gus Wilson also faces a challenger, Stephen Tingen.

Ivey: Daniel Lee Pope is challenging incumbent mayor Ann Evans.

Marshalville: There are three candidates for mayor: Valerie Davis, William Massee and Steve Lane.

Milledgeville: Mayor Richard Bentley is challenged by John W. Grant Jr. He is the father of the former state senator, Johnny Grant.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black Cooks Chicken and Dessert

Agriculture Comissioner Gary Black dropped by the studio today to whip up some smoked chicken and apple crisp for dessert.

The recipe for Gigi's Apple Crisp is as follows:

  • 6 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine apples, water and lemon juice in an lightly greased 8x8 inch baking dish. In a bowl combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour in the butter and stir to make a crumbly mixture. Spread mixture evenly over apples, bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and browned.

The Government Shutdown: Contacting your Federal Leaders

During the partial government shutdown and the rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act, many have heard calls to "contact your congressional representative".

So how do you go about that, at a time when many government agencies and offices are hobbled by increased workloads and reduced staff?

13WMAZ Thursday went online and took to the phones to contact Washington offices for all congressmen representing Central Georgia as well as the state's two senators.  While we were at it, we checked out the White House's website too.

Frank Malloy explains what we found. 

Meanwhile, here are the phone listings for your representatives:

Rep. John Barrow (D) District 12- (202) 225-2823

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) District 2- (202) 225-3631

Rep. Paul Broun (R) District 10- (202) 225-4101

Rep. Austin Scott (R) District 8- (202) 225-6531 



Week 6: Jones Zone

Ben and Lorra GO head-to-head each week picking their game winners -- and you have a chance to weigh in!

With week 5 in the books, Lorra's lead over Ben continues to lengthen. However, last week they tied. Both turned in a losing record at one win and two losses.

Will Ben ever be able to make a comeback?

The tally as we head into week 6 look like this:

Lorra: 10-5
Ben: 5-10

Dooly vs. Hawkinsville

W. Robins vs. Jones. Co

Central vs. Southwest

How will this week turn out? Vote now!



Shutdown: Meals on Wheels Funds Run Low

    Some Central Georgia seniors might also feel the effects of the shutdown soon.

    Meals on Wheels is funded mostly by the federal government, and it's on a tight budget. 

   After October 15, if the shutdown continues, directors of programs in Central Georgia plan to send out 30-day notices about reduced or terminated services.

     For example, that means more than 1,100 people in Bibb, Jones, Monroe, and Crawford counties are at risk of losing their meals. 

     Cynthia Gray is one of those people. 

     She's lived at McAfee Towers, a senior center, for the past two years. 

     Gray says she depends on the two meals she receives every weekday to survive.

Jones County Deputy Shoots 10-Month-Old Dog

Ammo, a 10-month-old pitbull-mastiff puppy is making a recovery after being shot point blank in the head by a Jones County deputy.

Sgt. David Little shot the 65-pound dog while on a call to arrest a man for a stolen car.

On September 22nd, Ammo's owner, Anna Peed, went to the Sheriff's Office to turn in her cousin, who brought the car to her home.

Her roommate, Kyle Sewall was at their Chapman Road house when the deputies arrived.

Sewall says Ammo was wagging her tail and sniffing around the car at the time the deputy got out of the car.

In a news release, Sgt. Little says the dog charged him, and he was "forced to make a split second decision" because his main focus was on arresting the suspect.

An internal investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Office found Little's actions were justified.