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Bibb County Hosts Forum on Animal Shelter Tonight

The public is invited to speak their minds tonight about the proposed Bibb County animal shelter.

Commissioner Joe Allen is hosting the town hall event at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event is planned to discuss the proposed location of the new animal shelter.

Last week, commissioners approved a recommendation to build the new shelter off Fulton Mill Road near Eisenhower Parkway.

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Other attendees will include Bibb Chairman Sam Hart, Commissioner Lonzy Edwards, animal welfare Director Sarah Tenon, and architect Gene Dunwody. 

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is at 5455 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Macon, GA 31216. 

Macon Police Asking for Help in Cook Killing

Macon police are asking for the public's help in solving last week's death of Christine Patton Cook.

The 87-year-old woman was found dead early last Thursday in her home on General Lee Drive. An autopsy said she was smothered.

In a news release Monday, police said information from the public has helped them establish an apparent timeline for her death.

"We request that anyone who had contact with Mrs. Cook recently - or heard, saw, or noticed anything suspicious in the neighborhood in the hours, days or weeks prior to the murder, contact our investigators," the release says.

Anyone with information on the case can contact Macon police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.



Macon Man Dies After Being Shot By Girlfriend

According to Bibb County Coroner, Leon Jones, a Macon man died this afternoon after being shot in the head by his girlfriend.

Macon police say a woman shot a man in the head, then told officers that the man accidentally shot himself.

Police spokeswoman Melanie Hoffman said charges against 22-year-old Shondrinka Walker have been upgraded to murder after 47-year-old Terrific Woolfolk was pronounced dead earlier Sunday.

A police news release says a woman called and said a man had accidentally shot himself. Officers found Woolfolk inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say it happened around 5:45 p.m. Saturday on the 2400 Block of D Street. That's off Eisenhower Parkway and Felton Avenue.

Walker eventually told police that she shot Woofolk during an argument, the release says.

Walker is in the Bibb County jail, charged with murder.

New Rules to Protect Today's Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America organization has been the headlines this week after releasing files showing decades of sexual abuse cover-ups. Now there are new rules in place to minimize the risk of sexual abuse to young Scouts.  
According to the Boy Scouts of America website, adults have to go through five steps before becoming volunteers: a chartered organization reference check, an application, a criminal background check, an ineligible volunteer file check and adult youth leader youth protection.
13WMAZ went to the Cub Scouts Fall Family Festival in Byron to discuss that issue with a few families. 

Cindy Whiddon of Macon and her son Andrew took part in the weekend event. She said that she loves scouting because it's teaching her son valuable life lessons like keeping nature clean.

Whiddon said, as a parent, she's glad that the organization is screening its volunteers better now.  

Orange Team Prevails 52-47 in Men's Basketball Preseason Scrimmage

MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer men's basketball team ramped up its preparation for the 2012-13 season with its annual Orange and White game on Sunday afternoon at Stratford Academy.

The squad was split into two teams for the contest, which featured two 15-minute periods. Bud Thomas, T.J. Hallice, Langston Hall, Chris Smith, Daniel Coursey, Anthony White, Jr. and Darious Moten comprised the Orange team while Travis Smith, Kevin Canevari, Jakob Gollon, Jibri Bryan, Monty Brown, Dylan Poston, Ike Nwamu and Lawrence Brown made up the White team.

Thomas led the victorious Orange team in scoring with 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native also went 2-of-4 from three-point territory and contributed three rebounds and two steals in a winning effort.

Merle Norman Customers Pamper for Charity

Merle Norman customers in North Macon pampered themselves for a good cause. 

Jay's Hope partnered with Merle Norman, off Zebulon Road, to host 'Brows that Wow' where today's proceeds go to charity. 

For 15 dollars or more, customers received an eyebrow wax, eye makeup makeover, hand treatment, and mini massage.

This is the second time owner, Linda Brambila, teamed up with Jay's Hope. 

She says it's all about giving back to the community.

"Brow waxing is my strong suit, it's something I do well. It's something I can give back to the community that way to help my time be part of the community," she says.

Brambila raised $900 last year during the a six hour day. This year, she raised $550 for Jay's Hope.

Bears Wrap Up No. 2 Seed; Fall at FGCU 1-0

FT. MYERS, Fla. - All the Mercer women's soccer team needed was a draw in Sunday's final regular season match at Florida Gulf Coast to secure the team's first Atlantic Sun regular season championship since 2008.

Unfortunately, the Bears allowed an FGCU goal in the 56th minute and could not find the equalizer as the Eagles took the match 1-0 to secure the top overall seed in the A-Sun Championship and their second-straight regular season title.

"It was a great battle between the two top teams in the conference," head coach Tony Economopoulos said. "It could have gone either way, but you have to give them credit. They are a great team."