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Shutdown: Meals on Wheels Funds Run Low

    Some Central Georgia seniors might also feel the effects of the shutdown soon.

    Meals on Wheels is funded mostly by the federal government, and it's on a tight budget. 

   After October 15, if the shutdown continues, directors of programs in Central Georgia plan to send out 30-day notices about reduced or terminated services.

     For example, that means more than 1,100 people in Bibb, Jones, Monroe, and Crawford counties are at risk of losing their meals. 

     Cynthia Gray is one of those people. 

     She's lived at McAfee Towers, a senior center, for the past two years. 

     Gray says she depends on the two meals she receives every weekday to survive.

Wrightsville Woman Helps Navigate Health Care Insurance

They're called Navigators and their role is to help steer people through the new healthcare insurance marketplace.

Tammy Allen is one of 12 certified University of Georgia Health Navigators in the entire state.
"Outreach and education specialists that will be informing people how to use the new marketplace," she says.

Under the new health care law, navigators help people learn about health insurance options. 

"We've had federal training, state training, and also the University of Georgia training," Allen says. 

She covers eleven Central Georgia counties: Jasper, Putnam, Jones, Baldwin, Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Peach, Houston, Laurens and Johnson.   

Allen says it's not overwhelming because she has the help of her local extension agencies. 

Shutdown: No Additional Funds for WIC Program

If the shutdown continues, it may hit families who depend on a federal nutrition-assistance program.

WIC or Women, Infants, and Children is for low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum, or have children up to age five.

Without WIC vouchers, Delmetria Matthews says she would spend more than $200 on formula for her newborn.

It's money the 20-year-old single mother does not have but will have to find if the government shutdown continues.

There's enough money to run the program for about two weeks.

That's two more weeks of food for both Matthews and her baby. 

"If they shut down WIC, i'm going to cry. Oh i'm going to cry," she says.

The Georgia Department of Public Health issued this statement: "At this time, Georgia WIC is operating business as usual.  The Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia WIC are working on steps to keep WIC operating for as long as possible."

The Gothard Sisters Bring Fierce Fiddlin' to Theatre Dublin

The Gothard Sisters Bring Fierce Fiddlin' to Theatre Dublin

On Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 7:30 p,m,, The Gothard Sisters bring their fierce, fast fiddling and a splash of lively step dancing to Theatre Dublin. A production of the Dublin-Laurens Art Council, The Gothard Sisters will make you wish you were Irish!

Greta, Willow and Solana Gothard began classical violin training and competitve Irish dancing at a young age, leading them to leadership positions in the local youth symphonies and to the Irish Dancing World Championships, where they competed in the solo category three years in a row. In 2007, the sisters were on a Seattle-based Irish dance team that placed second at the World Championships in Scotland.

With their additional talents on guitar, Bodh ran, voice, and their love for music, The Gothard Sisters are sure to get your feet dancing!

Football Scores from September 28th

GHSA Football

Northside WR 54,  Lakeside-Evans 26  F

Westside  23,  West Laurens  13   F


NCAA Football

Fort Valley State  35,  Benedict 30   F

Georgia Southern   23,  Chattanooga 21  F

Mercer  31, Drake  17  F

Georgia  44, LSU  41  F

GMC 48,  Iowa Western CC  38  F

Deleware St.  24,  Savannah St. 22  F

13 Tidbits You May Not Remember About 13WMAZ

Today, September 27, 2013, as 13WMAZ celebrates its 60-year anniversary, we take a look back at where we started.

1. WMAZ began as a radio station at Mercer University in Macon in 1922.

2. The first program director and chief announcer, Carey Pickard, came up with the slogan: Watch Mercer Attain Zenith.

Pickard was a 1930 Mercer graduate and at one point later served 10 years as an FBI agent, according to his memoir "A Charmed Life." 

3. When he was in college, he worked part-time for WMAZ. He says the station was built by the Mercer Physics department dean at the time.

4. In Pickard's memoir, he says he created WMAZ's slogan in a poem he wrote for Mercer's student paper, The Cluster, probably around 1925.

What a Federal Shutdown Means for Central Ga.

We could be facing a government shutdown, because once again Republicans and Democrats are at odds over spending and so far haven't agreed on a budget for the next year.

So if a shutdown actually happens next Tuesday, October first, what could that mean for you here in Central Georgia?

13WMAZ has been asking a lot of questions about what a shut down could mean to both federal employees and the general public.

We called Robins Air Force Base.  The defense department told base leaders to be ready, but no one could explain what those preparations are.