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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.

WEEK 4: Your Football Scores

Here are your scores from around the area.

Downtown Dublin to Host St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival

Downtown Dublin to Host St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival

The 49th Annual Dublin Laurens St. Patrick’s Festival Committee is excited to announce that the St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled for Super Saturday, March 22, 2014, will be held at the New Bicentennial Plaza and the Market on Madison.

A combined effort between the City of Dublin and the Festival Committee led to this change in venue. The event also has the support of the Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council and the Downtown Development Authority. With all the additional support, the Festival Committee is looking forward to the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival ever.

Tara Bradshaw, Arts and Crafts Festival Chairman, is hard at work contacting vendors for this event. She and her committee are planning for a larger number of vendors to fill the space behind Theatre Dublin, the Market on Madison, and adjacent side streets.