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Macon Native Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery

by Chris Horne, 13WMAZ.com


- Macon native Brad Carter had a pacemaker implanted in his brain to treat hand tremors.

- It was the 500th time UCLA performed the treatment, but it was the first they live-tweeted.

- His story and the videos have made their way around the world.

If he looks familiar, that's probably because Brad Carter has been on "CSI: NY" and "The Mentalist" and "Dexter" and "True Blood." 

But there's a good chance he'll be more famous now for his most recent screen work.

Elementary Students Learning About Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Elementary Students Learning About Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Many of the District's elementary schools have participated this year in the fresh fruits and vegetables program. Through the program, students have been introduced to different fruits and vegetables during the year.

Some of the items students have learned more about and tasted include lemon plums, mangoes, papayas, watermelon radishes, and dragon fruit. They've also learned more about many items they enjoy each day, such as a variety of apples and oranges, strawberries, pineapples, grapes, watermelons, and cantaloupes.

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union recently held fundraisers in branches across the mid-state in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Robins Federal Credit Union branches in Baldwin, Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach Counties created teams, raised funds and participated in their county’s Relay for Life events. Over 100 employees participated in the events in their respective counties, and $51,319.02 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

“We are proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Our staff really enjoys the three month fundraising drive each year. It allows them to work together, and have fun while doing something great in our community.  We value our partnership with the American Cancer Society, and could not be more pleased with the result of this year’s fundraising drives” says John Rhea, President/CEO. 

Springdale Pre-K Students Spending Time in School Garden

Springdale Pre-K Students Spending Time in School Garden

The School Nutrition Program has been working with a Pre-K class at Springdale Elementary School on a school garden this year.

Staff put in several above-ground beds where the students have planted items such as lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, and herbs. Items harvested from the garden have been used to make salads for the students.

"The students have really enjoyed the gardens and are learning so many things from this project," said Theresa Cantrell, a Site Support Manager for the District.

Ingram-Pye, Nutrition Employees Earn Walk Georgia Honors

Ingram-Pye, Nutrition Employees Earn Walk Georgia Honors

Ingram-Pye Elementary School and School Nutrition Program employees were named winners of the District’s Walk Georgia challenge for the 2012-2013 school year.

Walk Georgia is a program sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and its partners. Program goals are for participants to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and more physically fit, and to have fun doing so. Participants were asked to set a goal of walking 10 miles each of the 12 weeks of the program.

The winner of the Walk Georgia School Vertical Team Challenge Cup was Ingram-Pye Elementary School, which had 22 participants. The school will keep the Challenge Cup until the next Walk Georgia event, when team members will need to defend it to keep it.

Those from Ingram-Pye who worked to win the trophy include:

Mary Berry-Brown

Kelsey Born

Paula Bradley

Sherrie Caldwell

Jacqueline Carter

Karen Cromer

Laurinda Curtis

Jones Elementary Students Experience Farm Life

Jones Elementary Students Experience Farm Life

Pre-K and kindergarten students at Jones Elementary School took part recently in Farm Day.

Guests Naomi Davis of Davis Farms in Roberta and Amy Bean of The Little Farm in Gray shared stories with students about life on a farm. Students had the opportunity to partake in a semi-farm experience with baby chicks, and fruit and vegetable planting.

Central Georgians Talk Preventive Breast Exams

We hear all the statistics about the likelihood of you or someone you know being diagnosed.

When Angelina Jolie's announcement made worldwide news, 13WMAZ's Judy Le went out in Central Georgia to put the statistics in terms of real mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.

One in eight women has a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"I had an aunt who had breast cancer and who died when I was 11," says Marsha Gainey of Macon.

"My great great grandmother had it and it's crap. It's not good at all," says Macy Schack of Byron.

It's the most common cancer among women in the United States. 

Here are some ways to take control of the disease before it takes control of you.

If you're in your early 20's, start examining your breasts yourself to find lumps.

In your 30's, get clinical breast exams every three years and your doctor's advice.