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'Walk a Human' raises awareness on euthanasia, neutering


Ocmulgee Traders and the Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare teamed up to create "Walk a Human Wednesdays."

Every week, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., anyone can take a dog on a walk in front of the Ocmulgee Traders market on Poplar Street.

"People are just not aware of this many animals we get in the shelter," said Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare director Sarah Tenon,"We can publicize it once, but we don't have a place where it goes on and on, where people can see it it stays in their front view."

Tenon says every week, animals are put on a euthanasia list, due to lack of space.

This week, all 27 animals on the list were either rescued or adopted.

Tenon also says the amount of stray animals taken into the shelter can be lowered if owners spay and neuter their pets.

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Macon man sentenced in double fire homicide


Superior Court Judge Tripp Self on Wednesday sentenced Anthony Braswell to 12 years with seven to serve for his role in the 2008 fire that killed two children.

He was also sentenced to five years for false statements to be served concurrently.

District Attorney David Cooke said Braswell's sentence resulted from a plea agreement. Cooke said it came four years after Shawntrice Murray was sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to arson and two counts of murder.

Hezekiah Harris, 2, and Tydarious Harris, 4, died in the July 2008 fire on Moseley Avenue. Prosecutors said gasoline was poured on the porch and set fire.

Cooke said the case against Latosha Wyche, a third defendant, is still pending.


Central Georgia Tech gets $3.2 million grant


Central Georgia Technical College announced Tuesday they will receive more than 3 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education.

The money comes from the First in the World Grant, which encourages using innovative techniques to improve graduation rates and class affordability.

CGTC's Vice President of Academic Affairs Amy Holloway says she hopes a 3.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help keep those students enrolled, by giving the school the opportunity to add more "success coaches."

"To have somebody who works with our instructors to make sure that those students attend class, monitors their success and their progress and really works as an advocate for those students," she says.

Foster Bell, director of the Academic Success Center, says running into a recent graduate proves those opportunities make all the difference.

Last call at Macon's Grant's Lounge? Not so fast


Today was supposed to be last call at Macon's historic Grant's Lounge.

Not so fast, one of the bar's owners told 13WMAZ on Wednesday.

After five people were shot outside of the Poplar Street bar a few week's ago, bar owner Edward Grant and landlord Gene Dunwody Sr. of Dunwody Beeland Architects announced they were going to close the business for a period of time and make changes.

Dunwody says many downtown business owners came to him after the shooting concerned about loitering outside of the bar and other problems with the clientele.

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Fall Fling Day 1: Plastic Storage Containers

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Welcome to the Fall Fling. Join us every day in October to start flinging the clutter from your life!

 

Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness


You might be seeing a little more pink around Macon. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Monday morning, nurses from the Breast Care Center Navicent painted pink ribbons on cars, free of charge.

They're encouraging participants to get screened for cancer annually, because early detection is the most important factor for survival.

The pink ribbon is a sign of support for those affected by breast cancer, and a reminder that it touches everyone.

"It's basically just the sign of breast cancer awareness," says Nurse Manager of the Breast Care Center Jill Hancock, "When people see that it might remind them, 'Oh yeah, I need to go get my screening mammogram.' Or, it might be in memory of someone that they know that has breast cancer, it might be a sign of them being a survivor of breast cancer. It's just the universal symbol."

Argument over cat ends with gun shots in west Bibb


A Macon woman received a firearms citation Tuesday and will appear in court, after allegedly firing gunshots while arguing with her neighbor about a cat.

Lt. Sean DeFoe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Department said at 10:11 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of shots fired on James Place in Lake Wildwood.

Krystal Grant told officers she had been having a long-running argument with her neighbor, Lisa Roberts, about her cat that would occasionally go into Roberts' back yard.

On Tuesday night, Grant texted Roberts about the situation, and then called her mother to discuss the issue over the phone.

Grant told officers that, while she was still on the phone with her mother, she went outside to get something from her Jeep.

When Grant stepped outside, her neighbor allegedly screamed at her, and Grant heard gun shots.