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'Need for Speed' Takes Over Macon

Crews and cars started rolling into place early Wednesday morning for the filming of "Need for Speed," a major motion picture based on the video game of the same name.

13WMAZ's Kenny Burgamy was on the scene at Fountain Car Wash where production crews were setting up for some high-speed chase scenes.

Linda Cannon's Vidalia Onion Casserole

5 medium onions, sliced thinly

1/2 cup butter

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup grated cheddar

1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers

4 tablespoons half and half

1 teaspoon Nature's Seasoning

Welcome Center Launches Community Academy

Welcome Center Launches Community Academy

The District's Welcome Center recently launched the Community Academy, a community based resource designed to provide invaluable opportunities for parents and community constituents. The theme for the Community Academy is "An engaged community dedicated to education." All workshops and materials are provided at no cost to participants.

In October 2012, the Welcome Center launched the Parent Academy, which provides eight-week courses to help parents sharpen their skills as they participate with their children in meeting the challenges of 21st century education. Dr. Terrance Smith, the District's Coordinator of Parent Education, said the Community Academy will work in tandem with the Parent Academy to benefit interested community members.

Friends Make Over Macon Woman's Backyard

A Macon mother and her family went on vacation and came back to a backyard they didn't recognize.

That's because friends and a group of volunteers worked tirelessly to transform her backyard into an oasis.

The idea came about when friends wanted to give Wendie Cheek a gift that would bring her peace. The backyard transformation for the Cheek family had to be put on hold as Wendie battled a disease.

"She got diagnosed with another tumor and had to go in for more treatment, so that kind of got stopped short and it sort of left the backyard in a disaster area," said Matthew Cheek of Macon, who is also Wendie's brother-in-law.

"With Wendie possibly going into treatment again, we wanted her to have a place where her and her family can go and chill and enjoy and just relax, just forget about everything else," said P.J. Flores of Macon, who spearheaded the idea of the backyard makeover.

Friday Storm Bringing Potential High Wind Gusts

Friday Storm Bringing Potential High Wind Gusts

A line of storms heads into Macon, Gray and Eatonton, possibly bringing in 50 mph wind gusts.

Not severe, but enough to cause isolated wind damage, 13WMAZ Meteorologist John Boyer says.

After the storm passes, let us know if you have any wind damage by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com

Suspicious Man Put Heritage Elementary on Lockdown Thursday

School officials locked down Heritage Elementary early Thursday morning after a suspicious man was found wandering the campus.

Donald Porter, spokesman for Bibb County schools, confirmed to 13WMAZ that a Heritage staff member saw the man and contacted campus security but did not see a weapon.

A suspicious vehicle was also seen on campus, Porter says.

Campus police put Heritage on a preventive lock-down and confronted the suspicious man, who fled the campus into the woods.

The school grounds and the surrounding neighborhoods were searched until police determined the vehicle and individual were no longer in the area.

The lock-down was lifted by 8:35 a.m.

The school did have campus police on heightened security throughout the day as kindergarten through second grades celebrated Field Day outside. 

SPOTTED | New Frozen Yogurt Shop Coming to North Macon

SPOTTED | New Frozen Yogurt Shop Coming to North Macon

Peach Swirl appears to be opening soon off of Bass Road. 

This is in the shopping center with Publix and Ginger Michelle's on Bowman Road at the Bass Plantation shopping center.