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Children's Hospital holds Halloween bash

Halloween is for people of all ages, but it often brings such a smile to young people.

Unfortunately, kids with illnesses sometimes can't make it out for trick-or-treat, or other festivities.

That's why the Children's Hospital threw a Halloween bash for patients.

The parade started at 2pm Friday. Children were dressed as their favorite characters.

They went trick-or-treating throughout the hospital.

Those who couldn't walk, rolled along in wheelchairs or wagons.

Hospital employees joined in the festivities and dressed up.

One parent says she's grateful for all the work by hospital staff.

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Burglars hit Macon's Steinmart department store

Stein Mart department store, 4357 Forsyth Road, was burglarized just after 2 a.m. Friday.

There was damage to the front doors of the north Bibb County store, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release. Two males were seen on the store's security cameras. They grabbed clothing and left in a white Honda Accord, the news release states. The vehicle may have damage on the taillight or a lens may be broken.

Anyone with information about this incident or the white Honda Accord should contact the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

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Seafood restaurant new to Macon opens next week

Silver Bay Seafood is opening in the former Ryan's location in Macon on Presidential Parkway.

Restaurant owner Dimitrios Goumas said he's planning to open next week.

It will be the family's fourth Silver Bay Seafood location. Goumas owns a fifth restaurant, Blue Ocean Seafood, in Clinton, South Carolina.

The other Silver Bay restaurants are also located in South Carolina - Greenville, Easley and Simpsonville.

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Post-high school options at Career Fest

Sam Singleton, a senior at Rutland High School wants to become a fighter pilot once he graduates and has already done plenty of research.

"You've got to go in front of a board, you have to get letters of recommendation, you've got to score 110 or higher on your GT score and you've got to pass the flight exam," Singleton explained.

But he says coming to this year's Career Fest has shown him more choices after high school.

"[The event] Informed me of more colleges I can apply to because I'm probably gonna take a couple of semesters before I go," he said.

The Career Fest is sponsored by 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia and is designed to show high schoolers their options after graduation.

Rene Neville, a chairman for the event, says it's great way for students to network whether they want to go to college, join the military or go straight to work.

Districts working to improve school culture

Suspensions, detentions and defiance. Those are issues schools battle with daily. To help quell the issues, some Central Georgia school districts are combating it with a state program.

Within the past two years, Monroe County High School has improved punctuality through its CHAMP program. That stands for "Courteous, Honorable, Accountable, Motivated, and Prepared."

"The year before we implemented our CHAMP program, we suffered over 6,000 tardies to school," said Jim Finch, principal.

Now they're down to 3,000, in a school of 1,200 kids.

CHAMP is based on the Georgia Department of Education's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system.

Kumho executives visit factory site

Executives from the Kumho Tire Company along with a few local leaders met to map out plans for the company's job fair in Macon next week.The future site of the new plant is coming to Sofkee Industrial Park in Bibb County.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo was there, and spoke to a few people about the jobs that'll be opening up.

There's not much to the area right now, but in about a year the Kumho Tire Factory will be at this site.

Jason Ahn is the General Manager of Kumho Tire Georgia. He says Macon had exactly what they needed.

He says, "Macon-Bibb County was selected as the location of our first endorsed American manufacturing facility for many reasons, but most importantly, it's a strong workforce."