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Red Cross Struggling in Rural Counties

They're often the first people to respond when disaster strikes, providing food, shelter, and aid to victims and first responders.

But in Middle Georgia, American Red Cross leaders say they're desperate for help.

In fact, Peggy Bentz, who works at the Dublin branch says thirteen of their counties - Baldwin, Bleckley, Hancock, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson have zero volunteers.

Even Bibb County only has two, as does Crawford. Wilcox, Pulaski, Dodge, Wilcox, Jasper, and Johnson each only have one.

That means when fires or other disasters happen in those counties, instead having someone that can quickly get to the scene, they have to rely on the volunteers from Laurens County, which depending on the location, could take hours.

Roberta Concert to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

Roberta Concert to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

A concert featuring New Grace and The Whisnants  benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

That's set for March 2 at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education Auditorium in Roberta.

Call 478-935-8163 for information.

Peach County Restaurant Ratings

Peach County Restaurant Ratings

See which restaurants in your area were inspected and how they rated on their last health inspection with the Georgia Department of Health since January 25.

  • 86-Domino's
  • 59-Peking Gourmet

Three Midstate Hospitals Asking Kids to Stay Away

This winter's flu season has been so severe,  three Central Georgia hospitals are asking children under 12 to stay away.

The request from Central Georgia Health Systems affects Macon's Medical Center of Central Georgia, Peach County Hospital and the Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital.

Effective immediately, people under 12 will not be allowed to visit.

They say that's because the flu is hitting young people particularly hard.

Of course, they also say that anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay out of public places -- like work, school or theaters.

Their full statement:

Interactive: Find a Flu Shot Near You

Enter your zipcode below to find a flu shot in your area.

The flu has hit 47 states, including Georgia.

Central Georgia Fights Flu Season

It's an early flu season for Georgia, and possibly a severe one.

13WMAZ found out from one parent what she's doing to keep her child safe and well.

We also talked with a Macon pediatrician who says this flu season has kept him busy. Watch the video.








Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?


In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.