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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

Tens of thousands without power in Central Georgia

Tens of thousands without power in Central Georgia

Tens of thousands of people are without power in Central Georgia this morning.

About 10,000 people are without power in Bibb County, 10,000 people in Baldwin County and more than 500 in Jones County, according to Georgia Power's map alone.

More than 11,000 of Washington EMC's 15,000 customers don't have power due to blown transformers and downed trees. Washington EMC services Washington, Johnson, Hancock, Baldwin, Warren, Laurens, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, and Wilkinson counties.

Ice storm brings power outages

Ice storm brings power outages

Georgia utility companies say more than 177,000 customers were without power as ice coated trees brought branches and power lines down.

Georgia Power reported that more than 104,000 customers were without power shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

More than 71,000 of them were in metro Atlanta. Another 29,000 customers were in eastern Georgia; and 1,340 were without power in parts of west Georgia.

Winter storm watch for Central Georgia

Winter storm watch for Central Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of central Georgia beginning Tuesday morning until Wednesday afternoon.

A wintry mix is expected for central and southern parts of the state beginning Tuesday afternoon. Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow are likely Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

Scamming targeting Byron drivers

Scamming targeting Byron drivers

Byron police say they're looking for two men they say are targeting travelers and the elderly with a car-repair scam.

A police news release says the men spray brake fluid behind people's back tires. They tell the drivers they have a brake-line leak and that the car is dangerous to drive.

They also tell the drivers that they are mechanics at Jeff Smith Ford and Chevrolet in Byron, and one presents a fake ID.

Christmas tree recycling in Warner Robins

Christmas tree recycling in Warner Robins

Recycle your Christmas tree in Houston County in exchange for a free tree seedling.

On Saturday, you can bring your Christmas tree to be chipped into mulch at Flint Energies on Maple Street from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. if you want a free tree seedling, according to a news release.

If you do not want the seedling, you can drop your tree off at Maple Street anytime after Christmas.

Flint Energies awards $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers

Flint Energies awards $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants to teachers

Flint Energies and its philanthropic arm, the Flint Energies Foundation awarded a total of $20,000 to teachers for creative and innovative lesson plans in the eighth year of the co-op’s Bright Ideas program.

Winning teachers were surprised in their classrooms by the Bright Ideas Prize Brigade representatives from Flint Energies with flowers, balloons, gift bags and “big” checks on November 5 and 12 and December 11.  The Bright Ideas program distributes grants of up to $1,000 for teachers to implement creative, innovative projects or lessons with students.  The grants are not available for professional development or SmartBoard or iPad requests.

This year $20,000 in Bright Ideas grants were given to 23 winning teachers and their team members at schools in Houston, Crawford, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, and Upson counties.