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Local Volunteer Firefighters Need Your Vote to Win Grant

Local Volunteer Firefighters Need Your Vote to Win Grant

All-volunteer Deepstep Fire Department in Washington County needs your help.

They're in the running to win a grant contest from State Farm Insurance, but they need your Facebook vote.

The grant would land the fire department new equipment such as a four-wheel drive SUV for first responders and rescue calls. That'd be a $25,000 grant.

Forty out of 200 competitors will win a grant.

You'd be "Lucky" to Have Her

You'd be "Lucky" to Have Her

This sweet girl, Lucky- a german sheppard mix, has been at the shelter since November 2012. She is the most loving dog ever! This girl is truely LUCKY (thats where we got her name!) to be alive- she was found with a collar embedded very deep in her neck and not in the best of health. With the help of a local vet and some TLC from us shelter workers, she has made a full recovery and is ready for her forever home! 

Trivia Night to Benefit Relay for Life

Trivia Night to Benefit Relay for Life

Join up for Trivia Night on April 15 for a fun night benefitting Relay for Life in Sandersville.

Make-A-Wish Sends Sandersville Boy to WrestleMania

Make-A-Wish Sends Sandersville Boy to WrestleMania

Sanderville's own eight-year-old of James gets a special experience thanks to Make-A-Wish and WWE.

He gets to travel to New Jersey with his family for a full week of events with WrestleMania. He'll get to meet WWE celebrities and get their autographs and he'll also be inducted into the Circle of Champions and then attend the event, Fan Axxess.

Read the full release:


Make-A-Wish® Georgia, with the help of longtime supporter, WWE®, is sending eight-year-old James of Sandersville, Georgia, to WrestleMania® 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, April 7. James is part of a group of 38 kids with life-threatening medical conditions from around the world who wished to attend sports entertainment’s biggest event.

Washington Co. Jobless Rate Above Georgia Average

Washington Co. Jobless Rate Above Georgia Average

Washington County's jobless rate was 11.4 percent in February compared to the state's 8.6 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

RELATED | Macon's Unemployment Up in January 2013

Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Warner Robins
obins AFB

These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion


  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.

Trivia Tuesday to Benefit Relay for Life

Trivia Tuesday to Benefit Relay for Life

Test your skills with trivia on Tuesday at Maricela's in Sandersville. It's all for Relay for Life.

That's from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Five rounds of questions in a number of categories, prizes and music.

$5 per person to play in teams of up to four.

There's a chance to order from Maricela's food and drink menu, too.

Call 478-456-5397 for details.