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School gives "Snack Sacks" for hungry students

When the lunch bell sounds at Perry Primary students make their way into its cafeteria for a hot meal.

But not every pair of little feet that walk those hallways is headed for a hearty meal when they head home for the weekend.

"It's not fair that one child has all of these benefits of life and another child has so little, so we do everything we can to make up that gap," Perry Primary's Principal Elgin Mayfield said.

It's why Perry Primary became one three Houston County Schools to offer nutritious food over the weekend to those who might otherwise go without.

Surprised to know hunger is a problem in Houston? Principal Mayfield says he's seen the issues for years.

"There's some wonderful professionals who live in Houston County, and there are also a high number of poverty families that live in Houston County," Mayfield said.

Spring Fling Day 18: Office Supplies

Spring Fling Day 18: Office Supplies

Welcome to the Spring Fling. Join us every day in April to start flinging the clutter from your life!


Staples, paper clips and notepads, oh my! Today go through any office supplies you might have in your house or your office. Do you have more paper clips that one human could ever use? Is the junk drawer overflowing with pens, half of which don’t work? Purge what you truly don’t need or won’t use in the foreseeable future.  Consider donating your overflow to local schools or churches or other nonprofits.


Now go flinging!  Please come back and tell me how many office supplies you were able to fling today.


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UGA extension releases cotton weed control guidelines

UGA extension releases cotton weed control guidelines

The Dooly County UGA extension has released programs for Controlling Glyphosate Resistant Palmer Amaranth in Cotton.

In a blog post, Jay Porter says it's important for "not just the present, but for the future of weed control in cotton."

Porter warns that not closely following the guidelines could prevent cotton growth in the future.

Read: Cotton weed control guidelines

I-75 rest area to close for a month in Dooly County

I-75 rest area to close for a month in Dooly County

An I-75 rest area closes for a month in Dooly County.

According to a release, that's on I-75 Northbound at mile marker 107 and will be closed from April 21 through May 20.

The release cites safety factors for both crews and drivers.

Rapraeger free on probation, for now

Rachel Rapraeger, the woman who admitted giving women false mammogram results, has gotten a temporary reprieve from detention.

Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says Rapraeger is out on probation until there's space for her at one of Georgia's Probation Detention Centers, or PDCs. Only three of 12 PDCs accepts female inmates.

On Tuesday, Rapraeger admitted she told more than 1,200 women their mammograms came back clean, even though they were never read by a doctor.

Rapraeger pleaded guilty to ten counts of reckless conduct and one count of computer forgery. Judge Katharine Lumsden sentenced her to one year's probation for each reckless conduct count, and up to six months in a state detention center.

Job opening in Perry

Job opening in Perry

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

Rapraeger pleads guilty, sentenced in superior court


Rachel Michelle Rapraeger was accused of telling more than 1200 women their mammograms came back clean, although a doctor never read the results.

The case has been going on for a few years, and many thought Rapraeger would see a trial by jury, but instead she was offered a plea agreement.

Her attorney, Floyd Buford told 13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet if it did go to trial, the prosecution would have a tough time, because there was a lack of evidence.