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The Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and its community partners will hold a bone marrow registry drive Friday.
People who are battling Leukemia, Lymphoma, Sickle Cell and other blood-related diseases need bone marrow from genetically matched donors.
Austin Lewis shows you how you can join the bone marrow registry.
Nancy White, the director of Oncology at Medical Center of Central Georgia...shows us where the bone marrow registry drive will take place.
For people to be part of the National Bone Marrow Registry...you need to do two things fill out the consent form
White: "The process is so simple you come and consent."
Austin Lewis, @austin13wmaz: "I just want to give you and idea of how easy it is to join the marrow registry I;m here with Christine, now Christine what do I need to do, just open your mouth. And that's it."
White: "And then you have a cheek swab."
For this drive Friday, they are looking for adults between 18 and 44 in good health and are willing to donate to someone who is a genetic match.
Nancy White: "And it's important to get an ethnic and genetic match we really need African-Americans to register and again a lot of times the family members are the first ones to step up but you might not have a family match."
White says they hope Friday's drive will add more Central Georgians to the registry.
Nancy White: "We have a lot of blood cancers in this area and it's very important that we again step up to the plate for our community and that our local citizenship registers so that we have an adequate bank of possibilities out there."
So that when the smallest of our community fight blood-related diseases...they will have the resources to win.
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
The bone marrow drive will kick off on June 14th from 7 to 10 am. And pick up again that afternoon from 3 to 6.
It will happen at the Medical Center's Ambulatory Surgery Center lobby in Macon.
The 20-13 Georgia Peach Festival brings in a lot of visitors each year.
Festival officials are expecting around 10-thousand visitors.
That also means it's good for local businesses.
The festival was held in fort valley this week.
Streets were closed off around downtown and vendors set up shop on the sidewalks.
Some local businesses noticed an increase in foot traffic meant an increase in sales.
Glennice (glen-es) Dugger, Owner of Brooklyn's Unlimited in downtown Fort Valley took advantage of the festival and marked her entire store down 50-percent.
Glennice Dugger: "The peach festival is the perfect opportunity for all of the vendors and especially myself to bring in the local residents to see what we have to offer because we have everything for every woman."
Dugger says she noticed her sales increase since the start of the festival.
The world's largest peach cobbler was the main attraction at the Georgia Peach festival.
Crowds waited in line for over an hour to taste the cobbler.
Head chef, Rich Bennett says the recipe includes 150 pounds of sugar and flour... 32 gallons of milk... and 75 pounds of peaches and butter.
He says the recipe has changed a little over 20 plus years.
This year, the cooking crew changed the oven by using metal sheets to provide indirect heat to the bottom of the pan giving the cobbler a crunchier crust.
Rich Bennett, Head Chef, World's Largest Peach Cobbler: "People are just really amazed that something that big can be cooked. They get a kick out of how we prepare it."
Hollie Saeger, Perry: "We've come every year since 2008, and it's really good so we stand in line an hour before they serve it. It's really good."
Bennett says it took 8 hours for the cobbler to cook.
The annual Daylilly festival wrapped up today in Gray.
The two day festival is sponsored by Gray Station Better Hometown as an effort to bring fun and entertainment to the community.
This year... more than 100 vendors set up shop offering handmade items, clothes and daylillies.
There was also a car show and live music.
Kids were attracted to a train ride and water slides.
Board members of Gray Station Better Hometown were expecting a crowd of around 5 thousand people to turnout.
Lisa Feagin, Gray Station Better Hometown: "Everybody comes together and you see people you haven't seen in a while and you meet new people and people from other areas."
Mike Hufstetler, Milledgeville: "I've been in Afghanistan for several years and I'm home now and trying to experience life like a normal person and wanted to come out and attend the festival here in Gray."
Admission to the festival cost one dollar.
Proceeds will benefit revitalization efforts in downtown Gray.
An Airtran baggage handler from Stone Mountain is behind bars today accused of taking money to sneak drugs and weapons on planes.
The U-S attorney's office says they arrested Rasondo Norris after finding out he'd help bring contraband onto airplanes using his security clearance to by-pass security.
Special agents went undercover and say Norris passed along several items he thought to be drugs, money, and guns for $600 to $800 dollars each time.
Norris now faces up to life in prison and $15 million dollars in fines.
An actress with ties to Georgia is now in jail - accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and new york mayor Michael Bloomberg.
According to the movie website "i-m-d-b".. Shannon guess Richardson appeared in many t-v shows and movies produced in Georgia including the Walking Dead and the Vampire Diaries.
The pregnant mother of five originally accused her soon-to be ex-husband of sending the letters but investigators cleared him of any wrong-doing.
The main campus of Santa Monica College remains closed after a gunman went on a shooting spree Friday killing four people and injuring five others.
CBS's Erica Ferrari has the latest on the investigation from New York.
RIFLE IN HAND - THIS SURVEILLANCE PHOTO SHOWS THE MAN POLICE SAY WENT ON A SHOOTING RAMPAGE ACROSS SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA FRIDAY- INVESTIGATORS LAID OUT THE CACHE OF WEAPONS AND BODY ARMOR HE USED...
Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks/ Santa Monica Police: "the suspect was dressed in all black, he was armed with a 223 semi automatic, he was in possession of several magazines."
SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE KILLED. THE INVESTIGATION SPANNING ACROSS NINE CRIME SCENES... BUT IT APPEARS IT STARTED HERE... POLICE SOURCES SAY THE SUSPECT GUNNED DOWN HIS OWN FATHER AND BROTHER-AND TORCHED THE HOUSE--BEFORE LEAVING THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HE SHOT THIS WOMAN IN HER CAR...
INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SUSPECT THEN CARJACKED ANOTHER WOMAN AND DEMANDED HE TAKE HER TO SANTA MONICA COLLEGE...
Chief Seabrooks: "he told her he would kill her. She was obviously terrified."
ON THE WAY HE FIRED INDISCRIMINTLY.. AT A CITY BUS WOUNDING PEOPLE ON BOARD...AND AT THIS SUV..KILLING 68 YEAR OLD CARLOS NAVARRO FRANCO.
POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT THEN OPENED FIRE ON CAMPUS KILLING ANOTHER VICTIM.
JOE ORCUTT CAME FACE TO FACE WITH THE GUNMAN.
JOE ORCUTT / WITNESS" " I jumped out of the way just as I saw him panning and I heard a whoosh go by my head"
FINALLY-AFTER AN EXCHANGE OF BULLETS-- POLICE SHOT AND KILLED THE GUNMAN.
AUTHORITIES SAY THE SHOOTER PLANNED THE ATTACK BUT THEY STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT MOTIVATED HIM.
Police are waiting to release the shooter's name until all of his family members are notified.
Family and friends of a missing teacher in New Orleans broke down in tears today (saturday) as a months-long search appears to have come to a tragic end.
Authorities say a police diver has found the car of Terrilyn Monette in Bayou St. John, a waterway that runs through the city.
A female body was found inside the car -- police believe it is the body of Monette.
Monette's family and friends have held a number of vigils in the community since her disappearance in early march.
Many of them struggled to describe what looks like a sad end to an emotional last few months.
Demetria Isidore: "Unbelievable. We were out here and they searched these waters the first week -- the guys from Texas searched the waters. I don't know what to say. Unbelievable. We never thought that it would end this way."
Monette's car was towed to the coroners office for an autopsy to positively identify the body found inside.
Authorities say the results will likely take several weeks.
The crane operator wanted for involuntary manslaughter in the deadly Philadelphia building collapse is now in police custody.
Authorities say 42-year-old Sean Benschop turned himself in earlier today (saturday).
Benschop will be charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter -- 13 counts of reckless endangerment and one count of "risking a catastrophe."
Six people were killed and 13 others injured when a four-story wall collapsed on a thrift store in downtown philadelphia on wednesday.
A law enforcement source tells cnn that benschop was found to have marijuana and pain medication in his body after the collapse.
President Obama met with China's president this weekend in California. The two leaders discussed many issues including cyber security.
Cbs' Chip Reid has more from San Diego.
Next week the justice department is expected to begin consideration of a criminal investigation into the leaks.
This comes just days after the president suggested the department may have gone too far in aggressively investigating past leaks to reporters.
Nelson Mandela has been hospitalized four times in the past six months.
But for the first time Presidential Spokesman Mac Maharaj says his condition is being described as serious.
Mandela's condition has stabilized since he was admitted into a hospital in Pretoria.
Doctor's say he can now breathe on his own.
Mandela has battled a recurring lung infection for 25 years, ever since he contracted tuberculosis in prison.
Mandela's worsening condition caused his wife to cancel a speaking engagement today in London.
They were trying to get a birds-eye view of the beautiful Colorado landscape.
But instead, dozens of hot air balloon riders got an up-close look at the ground, as their balloons crash-landed.
Strong, shifting winds caused four hot air balloons to crash in the Denver area Saturday.
Amazingly, there were no serious injuries. Six people reported neck, ankle and back pains.
The balloons were part of a cluster of seven or eight balloons that were trying to head east.
But the wind pushed them south and quickly.
One pilot crashed in the suburb of Arvada dragging along a highway for about 100 yards before finally coming to a stop.
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