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Jones Zone Heads Into Week 7

Ben and Lorra GO head-to-head each week picking their game winners -- and you have a chance to weigh in!

As week 5 came to an end, Ben unveiled his new "strategy" but hasn't really said what it is! In a surprising turnaround of events, Ben managed to pick better than Lorra, by one.

And after both picking against Perry in Week 4, the Panthers have turned it around, winning two and a row. Ben and Lorra made sure to apologize during their week 5 picks.

Will this extra win help Ben? What about that new strategy of his?

The tally as we head into week 7 look like this:

Lorra: 11-7
Ben: 7-11

How will this week turn out? Vote now!

8-Foot-Long Snake Found in Wilcox County Yard

Ray Childs found a surprise Sunday morning while cleaning the backyard of his home on Alley Avenue in Rochelle.

Childs found a snake stretched out on his lawn.

He said it was 8 feet long.

UPDATE: Jason Clark at Southeastern Reptile Rescue identified the snake as a plain bellied water snake. It's harmless and a protected species in Georgia. Killing one could net a $1,000 fine or a year in jail.

Childs' niece, Selina Wallace told 13WMAZ the snake didn't attack anyone. Childs was able to kill the snake using a stick that had a nail attached to it.

After he missed the snake's head on the first swing, the snake moved a little bit, but Childs was able to kill it on the second try.  Childs then burned the snake and removed it from his yard.

Wallace sent us these two pictures of the snake.  She says the family was surprised because they live in a residential neighborhood in Rochelle.

Central Georgia Mayor's Races Underway

Macon-Bibb and Warner Robins aren't the only places in Central Georgia that will elect a mayor this fall.

Races are also underway in Fort Valley, Gordon, Gray, Ivey, Marshallville, Milledgeville and Roberta.

Those cities all have mayor's races on the ballot for Nov. 5.

The races, city by city:

Fort Valley: Barbara Williams is challenging longtime mayor John Stumbo.

Gordon: Mary Lue is running against incumbent Kenneth Turner.

Gray: Incumbent Gus Wilson also faces a challenger, Stephen Tingen.

Ivey: Daniel Lee Pope is challenging incumbent mayor Ann Evans.

Marshalville: There are three candidates for mayor: Valerie Davis, William Massee and Steve Lane.

Milledgeville: Mayor Richard Bentley is challenged by John W. Grant Jr. He is the father of the former state senator, Johnny Grant.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black Cooks Chicken and Dessert

Agriculture Comissioner Gary Black dropped by the studio today to whip up some smoked chicken and apple crisp for dessert.

The recipe for Gigi's Apple Crisp is as follows:

  • 6 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 sticks butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine apples, water and lemon juice in an lightly greased 8x8 inch baking dish. In a bowl combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour in the butter and stir to make a crumbly mixture. Spread mixture evenly over apples, bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and browned.

Meteor Shower Coming Monday Evening

By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

The Draconid meteor shower will sweep across U.S. skies early Monday evening just after sunset.

Although not among the showiest showers of the year, the Draconids stand out for one reason: Unlike most meteor showers, they are best seen in the evening rather than before dawn. That makes them a great introduction to sky-watching because they don't require getting up early.

The shower this year should also be good watching because the moon is waxing and won't reflect enough light to significantly interfere with the display.

Some Draconids should also be visible just after sunset Tuesday evening, but that display is not expected to be as large.

Last year's Draconid shower was especially lively, which means this year the meteors are likely to be a little more sedate, according to EarthSky, a science news blog.

The Government Shutdown: Contacting your Federal Leaders

During the partial government shutdown and the rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act, many have heard calls to "contact your congressional representative".

So how do you go about that, at a time when many government agencies and offices are hobbled by increased workloads and reduced staff?

13WMAZ Thursday went online and took to the phones to contact Washington offices for all congressmen representing Central Georgia as well as the state's two senators.  While we were at it, we checked out the White House's website too.

Frank Malloy explains what we found. 

Meanwhile, here are the phone listings for your representatives:

Rep. John Barrow (D) District 12- (202) 225-2823

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) District 2- (202) 225-3631

Rep. Paul Broun (R) District 10- (202) 225-4101

Rep. Austin Scott (R) District 8- (202) 225-6531 



Week 6: Jones Zone

Ben and Lorra GO head-to-head each week picking their game winners -- and you have a chance to weigh in!

With week 5 in the books, Lorra's lead over Ben continues to lengthen. However, last week they tied. Both turned in a losing record at one win and two losses.

Will Ben ever be able to make a comeback?

The tally as we head into week 6 look like this:

Lorra: 10-5
Ben: 5-10

Dooly vs. Hawkinsville

W. Robins vs. Jones. Co

Central vs. Southwest

How will this week turn out? Vote now!