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Bobcats Split With Flagler

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Georgia College welcomed Flagler College to the Centennial Center Thursday evening for a basketball doubleheader. The Bobcat women took out the Saints in overtime 59-51, while the Bobcat men dropped a 60-58 heartbreaker.

The GC women brought a six-game win streak into the game, while the Saints had dropped three straight. The Saints would start the game hot, jumping to a 12-0 lead in the opening minutes, but the Bobcats would pull within one at 28-27 heading into the half.

The second half would prove to be just as close, with the teams ending regulation at a 49-49 tie. The Bobcats would pull away in overtime, ending the game with a 59-51 victory. Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 18 points, including the shot that sent the game into overtime. The Saints were led offensively by Williesha Spencer who scored 17 points in 23 minutes of action. The Bobcat women improve to 5-0 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, 9-3 overall.

Georgia Power Plans to Close Lake Sinclair Plant

Georgia Power announced it plans to close its Plant Branch facility near Lake Sinclair in Putnam County by the end of 2015.

The move need approval from the state Public Service Commission.

They say economic conditions as well as envinronmental regulations were among the factors leading to its closure. "This is necessary for us to do what's in the best economic interests of our customers," says spokesperson Mike Williams. 

Plant Branch is a coal-burning facility, and the move comes as Georgia Power plans to lean towards other forms of new energy.

But, the decision also means that the 229 employees of the plant will lose their jobs, and what people in Milledgeville say is a big economic driver will be gone.

Ga. Power Wants to Shut Down Plant Branch

Georgia Power wants to shut down its coal-burning Plant Branch on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County.

Georgia Power spokesman Mark Williams says a plan to shut down 15 generating units would result in the closure of three power plants across the state.

Georgia Power announced Monday that it will request the state's public service commission to approve decertifying and retiring units at plants in Putnam, Coweta, Glynn and Chatham counties.

The company says several factors, including economic conditions and costs to comply with environmental regulations, contributed to the decision.

Williams says 480 employees will be impacted, and they'll be offered opportunities to retire or look for a new position within the company.

The company plans to shutter the units by April 16, 2015.

Georgia College Earns Sweep

The Georgia College basketball teams took both games of a basketball doubleheader from UNC Pembroke Thursday night in the Centennial Center. The women won convincingly 55-41, while the men got a late three-point play to get their victory 63-61.

The Bobcat women stay undefeated in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play at 3-0, adding a 7-3 overall mark. The GC men now stand at 6-4 with a 2-1 PBC record.

Sophomore guard Shanteona Keys paced a defensive Bobcat win with 12 points. On the men's side, senior forward Scott Ferguson capped a career night with the deciding three-point play, finishing with 28 points.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. hitting the road to North Georgia.

State Awards Contract for Forest Hill Widening

The state Department of Transportation has awarded a $8.4 million contract to a Lake City company to widen and reconstruct part of Forest Hill Road.

The project would affect a 1.7-mile stretch between Wimbish Road and Northside Drive.

The estimated completion date is March 2017.

The project has been in the works for years. Some state and local officials say the winding country road is outdated and unsafe. Some people, including some residents, say the widening is unnecessary and removes too many trees.

The state also last month awarded a $58.3 million contract for completion of a 9-mile stretch of the Fall Line Freeway.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure of Fleming Island, Fla. won the contract.

Fiscal Cliff: How Central Georgia's Congress Members Voted

Tuesday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the same version of the 'fiscal cliff' compromise approved by the U.S. Senate just one night before.

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257 congress members voted yes, 167 voted no, and 8 did not vote.

Of Central Georgia's representatives, the two Republicans - Austin Scott from District 8 and Paul Broun from District 10 - voted against. All other House Republicans in Georgia voted no as well.

Prep Basketball Scores: December 29

Here are high school basketball scores reported to 13WMAZ for December 29, 2012:

Veterans Holiday Classic:

Warner Robins 57, Worth County 27 (Girls)

Veterans 75, Worth County 64 (Boys)

Veterans 33, Rutland 30 (Girls Championship)

Warner Robins 72, Rutland 66 (Boys Championship)

Brewton Parker College Holiday Classic:

Dodge County 55, Burke County 40 (Girls)

Dodge County 64, Burke County 60 (Boys)

JB Hawkins Tournament:

Lamar County 65, Southwest 54 (Boys)

Southwest 60, Crawford County 27 (Girls) (Tournament Championship)

Central 93, Crawford County 53 (Boys Championship)

Antebellum Classic:

Baldwin 60, Thomson 52 (Boys) (3rd Place)

Cedar Shoals 51, Baldwin 25 (Girls Championship)

Bleckley County 42, Hancock 40 (Boys Championship)

Therrell 61, Eastside 55 (Boys)