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GISA Region Meet Happens at Stratford

Thursday morning the finals happened for the GISA 2AAA track and field meet. Mount De Sales, Tattnall Square Academy and Arlington Christian Academy made up the field.

In the boys high jump competition, it came down to two guys Tyler Bagwell from Tattnall and Tyler Payne from Stratford.
Both guys pushed it to the third jump at a height of 6'1". Tyler Payne cleared that number to win the event and added an extra inch for good measure.

"Coach talked to us about coming in and just qualifying for state and that's what I was trying to do is qualify so I'm excited," Payne said. "Next week is going to be tough... there is some tough competition out there I know Bagwell and I only beat him by an inch this week so he'll be back next week."

The top four competitors in each spot head to the state track and field competition in Albany which happens at the end of next week.

Gottwals Books To Add Franchises

A small business started in Warner Robins is about to go big time.

The family owned Gottwals Books will franchise its stores across the U.S.

Shane Gottwals and his wife opened the used book store on Russell Parkway five years ago.

The business expanded to locations in Perry, Macon and Byron.

Gottwals says he knew he couldn't maintain the quality and customer service of his business managing more locations, but the franchise option allows him to keep his standards.

Gottwals said, "We basically set the rules like Chick-Fil-A or McDonalds would. We can ensure the quality is always going to be there although were not in that store."

He said people all over Georgia and as far away as Oregon have expressed an interest in a franchise.

Those stores will be called "Wall-To-Wall" books, which is Gottwals slogan.

Southwest High Students Take Part in Crime Scene Enactment

Southwest High Students Take Part in Crime Scene Enactment

Students from Southwest High School recently participated in a crime scene enactment as part of a public safety curriculum pathway. To learn more about the pathway and what the students did during the crime scene enactment, click here.

Mercer Stumbles Against Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. - The Mercer baseball team committed numerous miscues in the field that led to five unearned runs in a 6-1 loss to Kennesaw State on Wednesday evening at Stillwell Stadium.

Mercer (23-16) just couldn't find its rhythm at the plate all night long tallying just four hits, its fewest since collecting just three base knocks against Kennesaw State (24-16) back on March 17.

After Kennesaw State got things started with a run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the first, junior Jamie McMillan sliced a solo home run, his fourth of the season, to left field in the top of the second to tie things up at 1-1.

The Owls pushed across another run against Bears starter Brandon Barker in the bottom of the second after an RBI single by senior Ethan Herron gave the home team a 2-1 lead.

Clearing of Lots Near Robins AFB Behind Schedule

Bibb and Houston counties and the rest of the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority are working together to buy properties near Robins AFB to prevent encroachment.

Chan Layson, the project manager who works with the Regional Commission, says it usually takes about three weeks to knock down buildings on those lots and clean up the debris.

Layson says they've fallen about three weeks behind cleaning up lots along St. Clara Street and Zora Place. Charlene Kent, who lives off St. Clara says the neglected buildings and piles of abandoned building material the Authority has left uncleaned has attracted vagrants and looters.

"Cars are up and down this road," she said. "Where are they going? There's only three families down there, where are they going? And especially at midnight?"

Martinez Reaffirms Candidacy After Legal Problems

Irving Martinez landed on his feet after some recent brushes with the law.

During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Martinez said he's still running for the state Senate District 26 seat.

District 26 includes Twiggs and parts of Wilkinson and Bibb counties.

In December, Martinez announced plans to challenge Sen. Miriam Paris in this year's Democratic primary.

Since then, Martinez faced three different sets of charges. State Court documents show that Martinez was charged with loitering and obstruction in January.

In February, State Court records show Martinez was charged with harassing communications. In March, records show Martinez was charged with criminal trespass.

The loiter, obstruction and harassing communication charges were dismissed, State Court records show. But the records also show that Martinez pleaded guilty to the criminal trespass charge on March 13.

Norhteast Raiderette Signs with Savannah State

The Northeast Raiders have made appearances in the last two girls' state basketball tournaments. Now one senior is going to head down I-16 to continue her career.

Jerryshia Williams will play for Savannah State. Flanked by her coach and family members, the guard said her hand shook a little when she inked the deal on the dotted line.

Williams poured in sixteen points a game this season and racked up five rebounds and three steals per contest to boot.

"I feel like I made a big change as far as my 9th grade year because I'm playing better defense and my coaches are helping me get to where I need to be," Jerryshia said.

Savannah State has told Williams they expect her to become an impact player pretty quickly.

The guard has one more game in the high school ranks when she hits the court for the All-Star game in Dublin this Saturday.