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Special Election Will Fill Sellier's Seat

Fort Valley State Rep. Tony Sellier died last night after complications from surgery. He was 65.

That's according to Peach County coroner Kerry Rooks and Sellier's Republican colleague Rep. Allen Peake.

Peake, who said he spoke to Sellier's wife, said Sellier became dehydrated after a medical procedure about a week ago. He apparently died of congestive heart failure, Peake said.

Rooks said Sellier died Tuesday night at Peach County Medical Center.

Arrangements include two visitations Friday at th Byron Municipal Complex. The first begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The second will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary service immediately folling the 7 p.m. visitation.

Funeral services will be held at St. Juliana's Catholic Church in Fort Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made either to the American Cancer Society or a favored charity.

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13 Days of Giving Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters

13 Days of Giving: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Heart of Georgia serves children in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson Counties.  

They have been providing help for community kids since 1953.   Children who have mentors go to school more often, get higher grades, get along with others better, and have higher levels of self esteem.

To help with this project you can volunteer to be a mentor, or donate holiday items for families.

For more information on how you can help with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, call 478-745-3984, e-mail agency@bbbsheartga.org or visit www.bbbsheartga.org

We'll have more on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

Forsyth Parade to Take Place Thursday Night

The 21st Annual Hometown Holidays Parade will take place Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., in downtown Forsyth, presented by The Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce along with Subway of Forsyth.

This year’s theme is “A Storybook Season” and floats will be decorated for the holidays with characters from children’s books. All proceeds from the parade will be donated to the Monroe County Library.

The Hometown Holidays Parade Committee asks everyone to be cautious around the construction in downtown Forsyth.

There will be walkways and places for spectators to stand, but the active construction sites will be barricaded. The city has asked everyone not to stand or sit in roped off areas.

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.


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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.)

Central Ga. Farmers Eligible for Drought Disaster Loans

Governor Sonny Perdue's office announced that 151 counties in Georgia -- including all in Central Georgia -- have been designated Federal drought disaster areas, making farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

The Governor said he asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make the designation due to drought and excessive heat from July 1 until now.

According to the Governor's office, the USDA found that at least one farm in each of 151 Georgia counties sustained a 30 percent or greater production loss due to drought conditions.

The disaster designation allows farmers in those counties to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Contact your county's FSA office for information about emergency loans.