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In Some Places, Halloween Comes Early

Many Central Georgia communities, including Macon and Warner Robins, will hold trick-or-treat activities on Saturday, Oct. 30.

But depending on where you live, little ghouls and goblins could be visiting on Friday or Sunday nights.

In Forsyth, Halloween comes a little early on Friday, Oct. 29.

Children were already getting in the Halloween spirit on Wednesday at Forsyth United Methodist Church.

They dressed up in costumes, visited a 'spooky room', and made themed crafts.

And that's just the beginning for children in Forsyth.

Pre-kindergarten children in the city will have the chance to trick-or-treat with their schools at participating businesses in the downtown area Friday morning.

Elementary school kids will have the same opportunity Friday evening from 5:30-7:30.

 According to Mayor Tye Howard, all children are invited to trick-or-treat in Forsyth on Saturday, Oct. 31. 

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Robins Says Weekend Ranger Drills Will Bring Noise, Air Traffic

 

People who live around Robins Air Force Base may notice the sound of explosives and low-flying air traffic from a special nighttime training exercise this weekend.

A Robins news release says the training will take place between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Monday.

It will involve the Army's 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Benning; the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky.; and Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

People living on or near the base may hear explosives and increased air traffic from helicopters and aircraft, the base says.

 

 

Storm Drops Golf-Ball Sized Hail in Houston

A severe-thunderstorm swept through Houston and Twiggs counties, dumping large hail.

The two counties were under a tornado warning for about 20 minutes, around 3 p.m. That means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar.

People in Bonaire and Kathleen reported golf-ball sized hail.

Tim Taylor of Houston Lake Road in Kathleen reported that heavy hail rained down for about 45 seconds. He said there was little damage aside from some downed limbs.

The Houston County EMA office said there were no damage reports and no confirmed tornado sightings.

 

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on today's weather.

Central Georgia Wrestlers Travel To Iowa In Search Of Titles

The wrestling season is off to an early start in Central Georgia. At Mid State Wrestling Academy in Bolingbroke, a group of students from the surrounding schools come to this small, tucked-away gym to train and prepare for their biggest accomplishment yet. On October 28, seven students from FPD, Mount de Sales, Howard, Perry, and Dublin Middle School will travel to Iowa to join the rest of their Georgia teammates as a part of Team Georgia in the USA Wrestling's Preseason Nationals in Iowa.

Two-time GISA wrestling champion Cole Wheeler from FPD hopes to continue his success during his transition from GISA to GHSA. John Cook, GISA state runner-up, follows from Mount de Sales to make this a GISA powerhouse team.  Tripp Gregory from Mount de Sales, Colter DeWees and Mason Graham from Howard, Trevor Red from Perry, and William Johnson from Dublin Middle round out the seven participants from Central Georgia.

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Lady Panthers Prep for Elite 8

We visited with the Perry Lady Panthers Tuesday afternoon as they practiced for their big series with Allatoona High this Thursday.The Perry team enters the Elite Eight with a 21-14-1 record. All 14 of the losses came from teams that were in the playoffs

 Coach Lorne Tucker brought out the big guns with the pitching machine to help simulate the premier pitching he expects his team to see with the final 8 remaining teams and he says it can only bring success to his team.

Tucker says, "The last couple of games we played I dont feel that we faced the quality pitching so we beefed it up today. And the girls are a little bit frustrated because of that but its only gonna make them better. But they are starting to make more contact now and its easier to adjust to the low 50s than to adjust to the low 60s so were gonna attack it from the top side."

The last time the Lady Panthers reached the Elite Eight was 2002.

Students Say No To Drugs With a Fashion Statement

Students at Mossy Creek Middle School put on a tacky fashion show for their "Don't be Wacky, Drugs are Tacky" Day.

In part of the National Red Ribbon Week schools in Houston County have planned activities each day of the week for students in light of drug prevention.

Faculty and students with the best tacky outfit competed in a fashion show and the students voted with cheers on who wore the best outfit overall.

The students say they have enjoyed the week of fun activities.

"I get to be colorful and wear everything that I never get to wear to school," said Ansley Berry.

Seventh-grade teacher Heather Adams says she wants the students to have fun, but not forget what the week is about.

Adams says they have been talking with the students about drug and alcohol prevention, and they try to make sure the students stay focused on the issue.

Three Houston Schools Miss AYP

Three Houston County schools missed making adequate yearly progress this year, the state Department of Education says.

That's three more than last year.

The state says 33 of 36 Houston schools made AYP. That's up from 32 this summer. In June, the state said Warner Robins High School was on track to miss AYP, but Friday's final results factor in summer graduations and test re-takes.

Northside High, Perry High and the Houston County Career and Technology Center all missed AYP in the final results announced Friday.

Last year, all of the district's schools made AYP.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.