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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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Santamaria, Hatchett Discuss the Issues at Tea Party Rally

     More than 50 people attended the "We the People" rally in Dublin Saturday afternoon.

     The Tea Party of Middle Georgia organized the event and invited some local candidates for public office to speak and answer some questions.

     The open forum featured Georgia House candidates Matt Hatchett and Pablo Santamaria.

The two are on opposite tickets for the November election and are vying for the District 143 seat.  Earlier this year, Democrat Dubose Porter retired from District 143 to run for Governor.

In his opening statement to the crowd, Santamaria, a doctor in Laurens County, described himself as a conservative Democrat and said he's not about the politics.

"I'm not bought and sold," Santamaria told the audience, saying he turned down thousands of dollars from some Democratic fundraisers because he didn't completely agree with their views.

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.

Target Practice May Have Caused Wrightsville Death

It may have been a stray bullet from target practice that killed a Wrightsville woman over the weekend.

According Agent Greg Harvey with Eastman GBI office, someone came forward saying they were doing target practice within 200 yards of Gina Smith's home.

Johnson County Sheriff Rusty Oxford says the 47-year-old was killed Sunday when a stray bullet entered the side of her home, passed through some walls and struck her in the chest as she worked on laundry.

Harvey says they're still waiting on an autopsy report, and won't rule anything out at this point.  He says they have the weapon used for target practice and will compare any slugs found in Smith's body.

Oxford says it happened at 112 Lawrence Road in Wrightsville, between 1 and 1:30 p.m.  He says Smith called 911 herself.

He says she was found on her porch when they arrived and was pronounced dead on the scene by the coroner.

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Laurens Sheriff Investigating Teacher-Student Relationship

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating a possible inappropriate relationship between a high school teacher and a student.

In a news release, they say the case involves a pornographic video text allegedly sent by the teacher to the student. Major Keith Golden says the case involves a male teacher and a 16-year-old female student.

The release says last Wednesday, Sept. 29, school officials notified a school resource officer of the possible inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student at West Laurens High School.

Deputies got a search warrant and seized a computer from the teacher's Laurens County home on Friday, the release says.

They say the teacher is on leave and has not been arrested.

On Friday, Supt. Jerry Hatcher would say only that a school employee will be off the job while authorities investigate an off-campus incident. He would not discuss the case further.




West Laurens Accident Victim Identified

A Laurens County woman died in a wreck Friday morning after dropping a child off at West Laurens High School.

Nathan Stanley, assistant county coroner, said the victim is 36-year-old Susan Swartz of Dublin. He said she was pronounced dead at the Medical Center of Central Georgia around 10:40 a.m.

The accident happened around 8 a.m. at the intersection of Dublin-Eastman and Springhaven roads, according to Sr. Trooper Mark Bracewell of the Georgia State Patrol.

He said the woman ran a stop sign and collided with another car.

Two children and the driver of the other car were taken to a local hospital for possible injuries.

Bracewell had no further information on the wreck.

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


DA: Guilty Plea Put Laurens Man Out of Dog Business

A Laurens County man is out of the dog-selling business after a guilty plea this week.


That's according to Craig Fraser, district attorney for the Dublin Circuit.


He says Roland "Monty" Loyd pleaded guilty Thursday to drug and animal cruelty charges.


One year ago, Laurens County deputies raided Loyd's home and seized about 100 dogs. They said many were chained up and poorly fed.


At the time, investigators said they were looking into reports of dogfighting.


Fraser says they found no evidence that Loyd was running dog fights, but they believe he was selling dogs to people who did.


When investigators raided a dogfighting ring in Treutlen County, he said, they found records that said Loyd had sold them dogs.

Loyd was also accused of selling marijuana and methamphetamine in 2004 and 2008.