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Dublin Woman Donates Bone Marrow to Stranger

DUBLIN, Ga. -- For 22-year-old Dorrie Garner, life is full of golden opportunities.

"I think that everybody is given gifts, and the purpose of those gifts is to turn around and help and love and strengthen those in need," said Garner.

The University of Georgia senior has found ways to give back though mission trips to Peru, Costa Rica, New York and Los Angeles, but managed to come across the chance to try to save someone dying from cancer.

Garner took a cheek swab test at UGA, and though others doubted her bone marrow would match up with someone in need, Garner knew better.

"I had people tell me 'you won't get a phone call' 'it's very rare, the statistics are very low that you'll get called' and I believed I would be called," recalled Garner laughing.

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Kids Yule Love: Day 4 of 13 Days of Giving

Kids Yule Love: Day 4 of 13 Days of Giving

Kids Yule Love is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 and its mission is to provide Christmas presents and a message of hope to the less fortunate children in the Middle Georgia area.

Kids Yule Love partners with businesses in the Middle Georgia area who either want to become a sponsor or a  Kids Yule Love drop point.  Kids Yule Love also serves people throughout the year with Baskets of Joy at Easter, Kids School Tools during the school year & the Smoke Detector Program. 

You can help by donating Christmas toys, volunteer or give donations for other programs throughout the year.

Learn more at http://www.kidsyulelove.com or call 478-741-3032.

We'll have more on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Washington Coal Plant

A public hearing on pollution levels for proposed Plant Washington coal-fired plant will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Ridge Road Elementary School.

Georgians for Smart Energy (GSE) will host an information session at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will conduct a public hearing about Plant Washington.

Proposed by Power4Georgians, LLC, the coal-fired power plant would be located near Sandersville in Central Ga.

The hearing subject is the water withdrawal permit and the water discharge permits (NPDES permit).

According to a news release, if Plant Washington is built, the water would be piped in 30 miles from the Oconee River and draw from 15 groundwater wells near the proposed plant site.

GSE is a coalition of energy, citizen and environmental organizations from across Georgia, including Washington County residents.

OCMA Kidz Interact and Learn about Canine Development Program

OCMA Kidz Interact and Learn about Canine Development Program

Dublin VA Medical Center (VAMC) has partnered with Auburn University as part of a Detection Canine Development Program.

The canine training involves several phases. The Dublin VAMC is involved in the canines' socialization process.

Last week, the Oconee Community Mentoring Association mentees (OCMA Kidz) went to the Dublin VAMC for a controlled interaction with the puppies.

According to OCMA President and Youth Coordinator Chris Johnson, The OCMA Kidz learned about the Detection Canine Development Program and also learned about responsibilities involved in pet care.


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Glenwood Parade to Take Place

The City of Glenwood's Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.

There are no entry fees. Register a float, car, truck, walkers, bands, horses and 4-wheelers with City Hall by calling 912-523-5223.

Today's 13 Days of Giving Spotlight: Project Giving

From December 1-13 we're highlighting a different local organization on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
We'll show how you can volunteer, donate or give back to make the holidays a little brighter.

Today, we're highlighting Project Giving, an all-volunteer, organization building "Bridges of Hope" for families who are suffering from chronic medical illnesses.

To help with Project Giving during the holiday season, join the family Christmas adoption project.

To learn more: visit www.projectgiving.net, e-mail info@projectgiving.net or call 478-224-HOPE.


McFadden Wins Seat on Ga. Appeals Court

ATLANTA (AP) -- Attorney Chris McFadden has won a runoff for an open seat on Georgia's Appeals Court.

Unofficial returns Tuesday showed the 53-year-old attorney won
62 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Antoinette Davis with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

His victory marked a come-from-behind win in the nonpartisan,
statewide race. McFadden finished behind Davis in the Nov. 2
general election. But since neither candidate won 50 percent plus one vote, they were forced into a runoff.

McFadden has a law office in Decatur.

During the race, he emphasized his two decades of experience
handling legal appeals in Georgia. He co-wrote a legal reference
book on appellate practice in the state.

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