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ELECTION DAY | Last Minute Voter Information

ELECTION DAY | Last Minute Voter Information

Tuesday marks Election Day.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

When you go to vote, be sure to take your Georgia license, passport or military photo ID. You'll need to show that before voting.

If you need to doublecheck your polling location, enter your information and the database will show you where you're registered.

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Eatonton's Olympian Shines in London

 What happens when you win a gold medal at age eighteen?

"Once I accomplished my ultimate goal, I really didn't know where to go after that," says US Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock.

Hancock grew up in Eatonton with a family that loved sports. Around age 10 he made the transition from baseball and other, more popular activities, to competitive shooting. 

By age 11 he was hooked and started making a name for himself on the range.

He won the skeet shooting gold medal in Beijing and feels it might take perfection to repeat in London. Perfection would be 150 of 150 clay targets four inches in diameter, from a distance of 65 to 67 meters, fired out of "houses" from both low and high angles.

"There have been tons of perfect scores shot recently, the world is just getting better," he says. "That's why my scores over the past eight months have been higher than they ever have before. It inspires me to improve."

Blizzards to Blow in Money for Children's Hospitals

The Children's Miracle Network hopes donations will pour in on Thursday for the seventh annual Miracle Treat Day.

"On Miracle Treat Day, Dairy Queen donates a portion of the proceeds from all Blizzard sales to the Children's Hospital in the market they are working in," says Kathy Tolbert with the Children's Hospital in Macon.

Dairy Queens throughout the United States and Canada will help make life a little sweeter for those kids.

Tolbert says, "It's something they get excited about every year. The staff, the nurses, the physicians look forward to it every year. It's a fun event for the community and for the kids at our hospital."

Over $15,000 in donations piled up last year, and they hope at least $1,000 more than that will sprinkle in with this year's event.

All of the money raised in central Georgia will help the Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon buy equipment and start new projects.

1,000 Georgia Power Customers Without Power

A representative from Georgia Power says 1,000 people in the Forest Lake area, near the Baldwin/Putnam County line, are without power.

She says it shouldn't take long to restore the power, but the technicians haven't been able to assess the damage yet because they're battling flooding and other weather conditions.  

Gearing Up for Operation Back to School

The first day of class is inching closer, which means it's time for 13WMAZ's Operation Back to School.

This year, the Mary Persons softball team will jump on board to help kids gear up for the year.

The players say it's important to have the full line-up of back to school supplies.

Eighth-grader Alexis Passmore says, "It just helps you with individual subjects, like the right kind of paper helps you for what you need and it's how you can get through school."

That's why the team plans to step up to the plate and help out with Operation Back to School.

"It kind of just makes me proud to help because they might now know what to get and I'll just help them out to get to school and be successful in what they do," says Passmore.

On Thursday, 13WMAZ's employees will stack their coverage and stand out at Walmarts all across central Georgia.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Baldwin, Wilkinson, Hancock and Washington counties are under a severe-thunderstorm warning until 5:30 p.m.

Crawford and Taylor counties are under a severe-thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m.

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

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Jones and Baldwin counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service says a storm capable of causing quarter-sized hail and 60 mph winds is northwest of Gray and moving west.

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