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Former Miss America Neva Jane Langley Fickling has died.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones confirmed Fickling, a Macon resident, died early Sunday morning.
Edward Eikner... a piano instructor who was close to Fickling says she was diagnosed with stage four cancer a year and a half ago... And had been battling the disease ever since.
Eikner says she was a great student and they became good friends they even played concerts together around the world.
She was crowned Miss America in 1953 and was the only Miss Georgia to advance and win the Miss America title.
He says she never lost that Miss America charm.
"She never ever lost that Miss America charm she had that wonderful capability of making every person she met feel really special a lot of people felt like they were her adopted son or daughter that kind of thing very gracious, charming, had a wonderful sense of humor also, loved to laugh, loved to make people laugh," says Wesleyan College professor, Edward Eikner.
Her memorial service is scheduled for tuesday at two in the afternoon at Mulberry Street Methodist Church.
The Houston County Sheriff's office is looking into a traffic accident that killed a Macon man yesterday evening.
Deputies say 62-year-old Delmar Singleton died at the Houston Medical Center after an Astro Van ran into his motorcycle.
Singleton was sitting at a red light northbound on highway 247 at the Davis Drive intersection.
James Edwards, an 80-year-old from Juliette, drove up behind Singleton's motorcycle, but failed to stop for the red light.
The van pushed the motorcycle through the intersection and Singleton was thrown from the bike.
Edwards was also taken to the Houston Medical Center but his injuries are not life threatening.
Deputies say they have charges pending against Edwards.
A shaken Texas community comes together after a deadly accident earlier in the week between a train and a parade float.
Midland residents held a candlelight vigil Saturday evening to remember victims and their families.
Tatum Guinn was there as mourners remembered.
COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE CALLING IT THE MOST TRAGIC EVENT MIDLAND HAS EVER EXPERIENCED... AND HUNDREDS CAME OUT TO BEGIN HEALING.
THOSE YOUNG AND OLD CAME TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND HONOR THE LIVES LOST.
"She said that she might cry, so I just thought I should come."
ETHAN MAGEE AND HIS MOM, LORI, DROVE UP ON THE ACCIDENT JUST MINUTES AFTER THE TRAIN CRASHED INTO THE LARGE FLOAT... CARING VETERANS AND THEIR LOVED ONES.
"I think I told Ethan something bad just happened... something really bad. We began praying while we drove."
THEY CAME OUT TO SAY A PRAYER AND SHOW RESPECT FOR THE FALLEN WAR HEROES.
"To show our support for our city, for the fallen soldiers, for the families... for anyone affected by this tragedy."
EXPRESSIONS OF PAIN AND TEAR-FILLED EYES... ONLY VISIBLE BY CANDLE LIGHT... SHOWED HOW MUCH THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY.
"Grief is terrible, but when it is shared, it is softened. Tonight, we share grief among ourselves."
"You are the people that make America proud."
AND BY CANDLE LIGHT... THE PEOPLE OF MIDLAND HONORED OUR HEROES AND BEGAN ON THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY AS A FAMILY.
Officials say the railroad signals did come on before the train crossed the intersection... And the conductor sounded the train's horn.
Cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas are underway in Egypt.
But, the violence continued to escalate.
Israel's military defense system intercepted several rockets while neighborhoods in Gaza came under fire leaving women and children dead.
Ines Ferre has the latest from New York.
An explosion lit-up the sky as it turned into Monday morning in Gaza City - day six of the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
Sunday, rescue crews rushed to free people trapped in rubble after dozens of Israeli air attacks.
Palestinian militants say 11 people - including four children - died when a missile leveled this home in Gaza..
Israeli military officials say they're now targeting homes of suspected militants and Hamas communication centers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is prepared to significantly expand its operations.
Israeli troops are staging along the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion.
President Barack Obama says avoiding a ground assault is preferable- but - Israel has a right to defend itself.
PRESIDENT OBAMA- "THERE IS NO COUNTRY ON EARTH THAT WOULD TOLERATE MISSILES RAINING DOWN ON ITS CITIZENS FROM OUTSIDE ITS BORDERS."
Cease -fire negotiations are underway.
Israeli officials say they will end attacks on Gaza if Hamas agrees to stop launching missiles.
But, warning sirens continue to go off across Israel.
And, the Israeli Military says its "Iron Dome" defense system is intercepting missiles night and day, including several headed toward Tel Aviv.
But, Sunday - some of the more than 100 missiles fired from Gaza into Israel DID hit buildings in the South.
Hamas says it won't back down until Israel agrees to open Gaza's borders.
Sources say a high-ranking official form Israel is in Egypt taking part in cease-fire negotiations.
Residents can now check wait times at their local Georgia Department of Driver Services office.
The department's web site now tracks the average time spent waiting in line at its 64 customer service locations.
Officials use the last two weeks of data to forecast expected wait times... And the information shows that Tuesday tends to be the busiest.... That may be because the DDS is generally closed Mondays.
100-million children around the world will receive a Christmas present this year. Judy Le has that story.
For a weekend...the Byron United Methodist Church turned into Santa's Workshop.
Sarah King-"So that children who don't have Christmas will be able to have one Christmas."
Operation Christmas Child was in full swing...collecting as many shoe boxes as possible.
Coordinator Elaine Barfield says, "we put hygiene items, school supplies, little toys, clothes, anything you can put in that little shoebox that doesn't leak."
This program is in its 16th year and has grown with each passing holiday. So far...Coordinator Elaine Barfield counted almost 42-thousand boxes. That's right on track for her biggest goal yet.
Elaine- "Just think about it, 100-million shoe boxes for these kids."
She's expecting a shipment of 25-thousand shoe boxes by the last collection day. That means more elves to create...pack...and load the shipments to Atlanta. Form there...Samaritan's Purse...a christian charity..will distribute the packages.
Emmy King "I hope some of them might go to Africa because I hear a lot of things on the news that people are hungry"
Elaine- "We go into asian countries, african countries, we go into south america. And we have began to go into countries that are non-christian countries"
Presents will be shipped to 13 countries. Some shoe boxes are even tracked with a barcode. That allows the giver to know where the boxes are received.
Elaine- "when you pack a box, they ask you to give a donation of seven dollars for the shipping. Can you imagine sending a package this side to the other side of the world for seven dollars?"
Presents are scheduled to be delivered by mid-december.
Judy Le 13WMAZ eyewitness news.
The Byron United Methodist Church is the largest collection center in the southeastern that includes Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Monday is the last day to donate shoe boxes. For more information, check out our web story at 13wmaz.com
Whether you're a first-time Thanksgiving cook or the family's expert chef... smartphone and tablet apps can make your dinner preps easier or just more fun.
Karin Caifa has this week's Clicked In.
FOR THOSE TASKED WITH HOSTING A THANKSGIVING MEAL, GIVE THANKS FOR SOME APPS THAT CAN MAKE COOKING A LITTLE EASIER.
THE THANKSGIVING MENU MAKER APP FROM FINE COOKING FOR IPAD DOES JUST WHAT IT IMPLIES. RECIPES RANGE FROM STARTERS TO DESSERTS. CREATE A SHOPPING LIST OF INGREDIENTS, AND MAKE A SCHEDULE OF WHAT TO BUY AND WHAT TO COOK WHEN. THERE'S EVEN A THANKSGIVING 9-1-1 FEATURE WITH THE MOST COMMON TURKEY DAY TROUBLES AND HOW TO FIX THEM.
COOKS TACKLING TURKEY FOR THE FIRST TIME CAN TRY THE CHOW THANKSGIVING DINNER COACH. THE APP HAS STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MOST POPULAR THANKSGIVING DISHES - FROM BUYING ITEMS IN THE SUPERMARKET TO STUFFING THEM IN THE OVEN.
THE THANKSGIVING RECIPES APP FOR ANDROID ALSO INCLUDES INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MAIN DISH AND MANY TRADITIONAL SIDES.
AND TURKEY TITAN BUTTERBALL TAKES ITS THANKSGIVING DAY HOTLINE HIGH-TECH, WITH THE BUTTERBALL COOKBOOK PLUS APP. IN ADDITION TO ANSWERING COMMON TURKEY QUESTIONS, THERE ARE HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS AND RECIPES. THE APP EVEN RESPONDS TO VOICE COMMANDS SO CHEFS CAN AVOID SMUDGES ON THEIR SCREENS.
Everyday you trust that the things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family but when those products don't work the way they should... The company issues a recall to protect your.
KidCo is recalling their PeaPod Travel Tents because infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress... And become entrapped between the mattress and the tent... And can suffocate.
The company is aware of one death of a five month old baby... And six other incident reports.
The small portable sleep tents... Are marked for use by infants from birth to three years... Were sold at juvenile specialty stores... And online at amazon dot com from January 2005 to the present for up to one hundred dollars.
For more information call (855) 847-8600.
Dolan Northwest is recalling their ceiling mounted light fixtures because the socket wire insulation can degrade leading to charged wires becoming exposed... posing a fire and electric shock hazard.
The company has received two reports of defective light fixtures.
The lights were sold at Builders Lighting and Globe Lighting from September 2008 to September 2009 for thirty-two dollars.
For more information call (888) 213-5758.
John Deere is recalling their Utility vehicles powered by Kawasaki Engines because the fuel filters can leak posing a fire hazard.
No incidents have been reported... But the recall involves John Deere T-H. T-S.. And T-x model Gator.
They were sold at John Deere dealers nationwide from November 2011 to August 20-12 from 6-thousand to 94-hundred dollars.
For more information call (800) 537-8233.
That's it for this week's recalls for more information on recalled products visit our website... 13WMAZ dot com look for the Features dropdown menu on our homepage and select recalls.
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