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Fort Valley State University Quarterback Suspended

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) starting quarterback Eugene Smith has been suspended from the team for violation of team rules according to announcement made earlier today by Wildcat Head Coach Donald Pittman. 

Smith’s suspension is immediate and means that the junior will not participate nor represent FVSU in the team’s first appearance in the Pioneer Bowl on Saturday, December 4th in Columbus, Georgia.

“Our team rules are designed to make every player accountable to his teammates, the institution, and most of all to himself,” Pittman said.  “Since a large part of our mission is to foster the personal growth of our players and groom them into mature role models, we take very seriously any infraction of our rules that run contrary to this goal.”

Smith’s suspension comes just days prior to the football season finale for FVSU.  The Wildcats will meet the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s College at 1 p.m. in Pioneer Bowl XII. 

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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.


Winters Takes Macon Circuit DA Post

Greg Winters defeated David Cooke to become the next district attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit.

With 99 percent of the precincts counted, Winters had 60 percent of the vote, Cooke 40 percent. Those returns show Winters with 7,682 votes to 5,190 for Cooke.

As results came in, Winters, a former baseball player, clung to an old saying, "it's not over until it's over."

When it was over, Winters joined the well wishers in celebrating his victory.

"We're celebrating tonight, and I'm having a good time right now," he said.

Winters also commended Cooke, calling him a tough opponent.

"David ran a good race, and he's a good candidate," Winters said. "But obviously, I'm excited. I want to thank the voters for coming back out. I'm glad the rain held off so people could get back out and vote."

Simms Beats Barnes for Bibb Superior Judge Post

Howard Simms won a Superior Court judgeship in the Macon Judicial Circuit Tuesday.

With 99 percent of the precincts counted, Simms had 68 percent of the vote, Jim Barnes 32 percent.

Earlier in the campaign, Barnes said he's taking a stand against the rising crime rate.

"I think the main concern in the community is the violence that we've been having and we need to do something about that," Barnes said.

Simms, a former district attorney, said his experience qualifies him for the judgeship.

Barnes is a public defender in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. Simms is the former Bibb County district attorney.

The runoff winner succeeds Judge Lamar Sizemore, who didn't seek re-election this year.

The Macon Judicial Circuit covers Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.


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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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Nahmias Wins Runoff to Keep Ga. Supreme Court Seat

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias 
has won a runoff election to keep his seat on the bench.

Unofficial returns Tuesday showed Nahmias winning 67 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for challenger Tammy Lynn Adkins with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

The two candidates were forced into a runoff since neither
candidate won 50 percent plus one vote in the general election.
Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Nahmias to the state's
high court in August 2009. He previously served as a U.S. attorney and a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Adkins is a divorce lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for the Court
of Appeals in 2008. She did not raise money and did little
campaigning before the general election.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Crawford Superior Court Runoff Results

In the Crawford County Superior Court Clerk runoff, Ryan Johnson wins with 53% of the vote.  Jennifer Beach got 47%.