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Mercer Accepts Bid To Postseason Tourney

MACON, Ga. - Mercer Athletics Director Jim Cole announced Tuesday that the men's basketball team is set to host a first round game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament after accepting a bid extended by the organization's selection committee. Mercer's opening game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip at the University Center on March 13.

Tickets are set to go on sale Wednesday morning at a base price of $10 per seat.

"We're extremely excited to be playing March basketball here at the University Center," Cole said. "It's a testament to the strength of our program and support from the middle-Georgia community that we've earned the right to host a first round game."

Prep Scores For March 5

Here are your prep sports scores reported to 13WMAZ for Monday, March 5.

Prep Baseball:

GISA

Windsor 21  Griffin Christian 7

GHSA

Mary Persons 4  Crawford Co. 1

Prep Soccer:

GHSA

Mary Persons 6  Rutland 2

GOP Supporters Vouch for Candidates on Eyewitness News

On the Super Tuesday edition of Eyewitness News Mornin', we heard from four Republicans, each supporting different candidates for the GOP nomination. 

Maurice Atkinson is a Central Georgia conservative who believes Newt Gingrich is best equipped to navigate tough financial times because of his experience in Washington.

Ron Paul's Campaign Chairman for Georgia's 8th Congressional District, Heath Clark of Warner Robins, says his candidate is the only one who represents a fresh perspective.

Liz Carter lives in the Atlanta area and made her own run for congress in 2010.  She said Tuesday that Mitt Romney is the only candidate who hasn't been a part of excessive spending and corruption.

Tim Echols is Georgia's Public Service Commissioner.  He spoke as a supporter of Rick Santorum, saying that Santorum best exemplifies a commitment to religious liberty and a dedication to second amendment rights.

Schools Commemorate Black History Month

Schools Commemorate Black History Month

Several of the District’s schools commemorated Black History Month with programs in February. To learn more about how schools celebrated, click here.

SWAT Team Training Kicks Off in Macon

Nearly 300 officers an deputies from across the state came out Monday ready to give a training conference their best shot.

To kick off day one of the three day conference, the officials fired a round during a hostage situation set up.

"They're competing in a hostage situation to better their handgun skills," says organizer Dennis Valone.

The course features ten targets, Valone says five are the good guys, the other five, the bad.

"The good guys are the white targets, the bad guys are the ones that have a shirt on," says Waycross Police Officer Trent Gibbs.

Valone says they brought the event to Macon because of its central location.

"The facilities for training have been superb between Bibb County Sheriff's Office and Macon PD and Warner Robins PD. We have plenty of space to allow our conference to keep going," he says.

The conference runs through Wednesday.

Macon-Bibb Consolidation Passes Ga. House

Georgia's House of Representatives on Monday approved House Bill 1171, which would merge Macon and Bibb County.

State Rep. Allen Peake says the bill was passed without changes.

Now it goes to the Georgia Senate, where Peake says he expects minor changes.

Previous consolidation bills have made it through the House, but failed there due to the opposition of Macon state Sen. Robert Brown.

Brown left the Senate in 2011 and later died last year. His replacement, Miriam Paris, is expected to support the bill.

 

City, County Leaders Question Consolidation

Bibb County Commissioner Elmo Richardson sent out an email Friday calling for changes in the Macon-Bibb consolidation bill

Then on Monday he said he has retracted the email.

Richardson's original email was sent to the Bibb County legislative delegation, his fellow commissioners, other local officials and some Macon media figures.

The county finance-committee chairman wrote that the consolidation bill is "39 pages of good intentions, but presents more questions than answers. I have several very significant concerns."

They included the size of the nine-member county commission, which he called too big, the cost of collecting garbage countywide, and how the county could absorb the city of Macon's debt.

He questioned whether the combined city and county budgets could be cut by 20 percent over the next seven years, as required by the bill.