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In Some Places, Halloween Comes Early

Many Central Georgia communities, including Macon and Warner Robins, will hold trick-or-treat activities on Saturday, Oct. 30.

But depending on where you live, little ghouls and goblins could be visiting on Friday or Sunday nights.

In Forsyth, Halloween comes a little early on Friday, Oct. 29.

Children were already getting in the Halloween spirit on Wednesday at Forsyth United Methodist Church.

They dressed up in costumes, visited a 'spooky room', and made themed crafts.

And that's just the beginning for children in Forsyth.

Pre-kindergarten children in the city will have the chance to trick-or-treat with their schools at participating businesses in the downtown area Friday morning.

Elementary school kids will have the same opportunity Friday evening from 5:30-7:30.

 According to Mayor Tye Howard, all children are invited to trick-or-treat in Forsyth on Saturday, Oct. 31. 

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Accident Blocks I-75 South in Monroe County

A major accident has blocked all lanes of Interstate 75 south in Monroe County.

The accident happened when an SUV flipped near mile marker 183, between Forsyth and Bolingbroke, said dispatcher David Mills at the Georgia State Patrol post in Forsyth.

Two ambulances have been sent to the scene, but there's no word on injuries.

The Georgia Department of Transportation estimates it will take until around 3 p.m. to clear the scene.

Drivers should avoid the area.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.

Thousands Sample Fried Green Tomatoes, Take in Arts & Crafts in Juliette

Thousands of visitors flock to Juliette year-round to see the filming site of the 1991 movie "Fried Green Tomatoes."

Sunday wrapped up the Green Tomato Festival, a two-day event that draws thousands to the town over the weekend.  Tourism Dir. Karen Manus-Pennings says a typical crowd ranges between 3,000 to 5,000 visitors.

People filled the downtown streets Sunday afternoon.  They checked out live music and sampled tasty snacks from vendors, as they walked the world-famous movie location.

Festival organizers say the event is a celebration of the film that rejuvenated the town, but festival-goers will tell you, there's more to it than just the fried snack.

For Deborah and Charles Brazelton, from Byron, their funnel cakes drew a crowd.

Joanne Moon and her husband, who run the downtown shop "The Honeycomb," attracted people with their locally-produced honey.

DNR Warns Drivers to Watch for Deer

Deer hunting season is underway and that means deer sightings are more likely, according to the Dept. of Natural Resources.

It says drivers need to look out for more deer and not just on rural roads.

"I've hit one inside Forsyth city limits," said Charles Miller, Monroe Co. Deputy Sheriff. 

Miller's been with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for 13 years and in the past three years, he says he's worked the night shift.

Miller says the hours of nighttime driving haven't helped his deer-accident track record.

"In this car that you see behind me," Miller says, pointing to his patrol car, "I have four confirmed kills with deer."

The car is mostly repaired after his most recent accident two weeks ago, but some evidence still remains.

"You can still see deer hair right here on my bumper," he said, wiping it off with his finger.

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Marshall, Scott Clash in GPB Debate

13WMAZ will re-broadcast Sunday night's Eighth Congressional District debate tonight at 5:23 p.m., right after Eyewitness News at 5.

Central Georgia congressional candidates questioned each other and fielded questions from journalists at Sunday's Atlanta Press Club debates in Atlanta.

13WMAZ's Frank Malloy moderated the meeting between incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall and Republican challenger Austin Scott.

Scott says the economy takes top priority and he wants the government to do more to create private sector jobs.

He said, "Stop the discussions about cap and trade." That's the proposed plan to limit greenhouse-gas emissions and allow companies that exceed the limits to trade with each other for credits.

Marshall says he supported efforts like the stimulus bill and thinks efforts to prevent economic collapse are working. Now, he says he wants government to back off on spending. 

Mary Persons High Marching Band Banned from Dancing


The show you usually see from the Mary Person's High School Marching Band won't be the same.


Some students in the band say they've been told they cannot dance during their shows.


13WMAZ received several e-mails from students who said their band director, Jim Blanton, informed them they could no longer dance during performances. The e-mails said Monroe County Superintendent Anthony Pack called the dancing "trashy."


Senior cymbals player Dustin Pope, said the message was mainly geared toward the band's drumline.  He says the group is simply swaying side to side.

13WMAZ captured a few seconds of the band performing in the stands during our HighsShoolSports.net Fooball Friday Night Coverage.  Watch a clip of the band performing this season on the right side of the page.

Some students called the county administration's view "old-fashioned."