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Special-Needs Child Left On School Bus For Hours

A Macon parent says she's angry her special-needs child was left on a Jones County school bus for more than 6 hours.

Marlene Porter said her 10-year-old autistic son Aaron was picked up around 6:30 am, and remained on the bus until about 1 p.m. School officials told her the bus driver was in a hurry to see her husband in the hospital, and neglected to do a head count when the children got off the bus at Dames Ferry Elementary School.

Porter says her son doesn't speak, so he couldn't alert anyone for help while he was buckled up in the school bus.

"If it had been me leaving my child somewhere, I'd be locked up," said Porter. "I'm mad. I don't know who to blame. I'm mad at the bus driver. If she was in that big of a hurry she shouldn't have been driving the bus."

Porter took Aaron to the emergency room for an evaluation because he has ADHD and severe autism, and she says he seemed distressed.

Film Festival Deadline About a Month Away

Film Festival Deadline About a Month Away

Anyone working on a film submission has about a month left before the JOCO Film Festival submission deadline.

The JOCO Film Festival deadline is March 8.

Click for registration forms and copyright information.

Prep Scores: January 26

Prep Scores:  January 26

High school basketball scores as reported to 13WMAZ:

Windsor 83, Citizen Christian 77 (Boys)

Bleckley Co. 85, Macon County 56 (Girls)

Bleckley Co. 55, Macon Co. 53 OT (Boys)

Dublin 91, East Laurens 42 (Girls)

Dublin 56, East Laurens 51 (Boys)

West Laurens 77, Wheeler Co. 40 (Boys)

Baldwin Co. 61, Jones Co. 45 (Girls)

Jones Co. 57, Baldwin Co. 55 OT (Boys)

Mary Persons 62, Jackson 37 (Girls)

Howard 56, Central 40 (Girls)

Central 75, Howard 60 (Boys)

Northside 44, Warner Robins 41 (Girls)

Warner Robins 78, Northside 60 (Boys)

Northeast 43, Taylor Co. 39 (Girls)

Taylor Co. 83, Northeast 70 (Boys)




Locan Credit Union Accepting Scholarship Applications

Locan Credit Union Accepting Scholarship Applications

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union is now accepting applications for the 2013 Most Excellent Senior Team (MEST) Scholarship.

Five high school seniors will be awarded a four year, $4,000.00 scholarship. The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, March 22nd. Guidelines and applications may be found on Robins Federal Credit Union’s website, www.robinsfcu.org, or picked up at any of Robins Federal Credit Union’s 19 branch locations.

Robins Federal Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Federal currently provides financial services to over 145,000 members, with assets exceeding $1.8 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Pre-K Registration Open Through February First

Pre-K Registration Open Through February First

Jones County pre-k registration opened January 7 and remains open through February 1.

For eligibility, children should be four years old on or before September 1, 2013.

You'll need a copy of your child's birth certificate for registration.


Gov. Deal Plans to Increase HOPE Funding

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to increase funding for the HOPE Scholarship program after the start of the 2013 legislative session Monday.

WSB-TV reports Deal is looking to increase funding to the scholarship program by 3 percent because of growing Georgia Lottery revenues.

The program's budget was cut two years ago and students who were offered full scholarships received 90 percent of their tuition.

The HOPE Scholarship program also funds pre-kindergarten programs in the state.

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Telegraph's Publisher Leaving to Head United Way

Telegraph publisher George McCanless is leaving the newspaper next month to head to the United Way of Central Georgia.

That's according to a news release from the United Way.

McCanless will become president and CEO of the local United Way. The agency serves local charities in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties.

He replaces Ron Watson, who retires at the end of 2012 after 28 years as president and CEO.

McCanless has been the Telegraph's publisher since 2008. The newspaper credits him with guiding the partnership with Mercer University that created the new Center for Collaborative Journalism.

The United Way's statement: