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Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

02-04-05-10-11-12-13-14-15-19-23-24

(two, four, five, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, nineteen, twenty-three, twenty-four)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Midday" game were:

2-1-1-7-9

(two, one, one, seven, nine)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Midday" game were:

2-4-2-6

(two, four, two, six)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Midday' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Midday" game were:

9-4-5

(nine, four, five)

Future of Georgia's farmers markets debated after audit

ATLANTA (AP) - An audit of Georgia's farmers markets found that many are underused and more than half are losing money.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that auditors say the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the General Assembly need to re-evaluate the use of the state's nine farmers markets to determine whether the cost is worth the benefit of having the facilities.

The recommendations are from a recent report from the state Department of Audits and Accounts.

"Operational improvements are needed to ensure that the markets, as an enterprise, are operating in a more business-like manner," the report states.

State-run farmers markets are in Atlanta, Augusta, Cairo, Cordele, Macon, Moultrie, Thomasville, Savannah and Valdosta.

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say auditors may be viewing the markets in a different way than they do.

"I think it depends on what your vision of a farmers market is," Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said.

"I absolutely agree that all aspects of government should employ business principles every day," he added. "We apply business principles."

For instance: The department has looked more closely at its lease agreements for the markets and has centralized some of the accounting processes, the Atlanta newspaper reported.

Many of the administrative recommendations that were suggested during the 18-month process of the audit have been implemented, Black said.

The Legislature approved the state's borrowing of $15 million between 2014 and 2016 to improve the markets across the state, with $14 million of that money going to the Atlanta Market, the audit noted.

State farmers markets are underused by both customers and farmers, according to the audit. Of the nine markets run by the state, five of them cost more to operate than they generate in revenue.

The agriculture department has to consider the mission of the markets, said its marketing director, Jack Spruill.

"Here is the perspective difference," Spruill said. "How are these supposed to make profit, or how much are they supposed to add to the profitability as a whole of the community to give all of the agricultural community an outlet for their products?"

The markets are loved by the communities they serve, Black said.

"Ten weeks out of the year that's a very busy place," Black said. "The local community would like to have it, and the local legislative delegation would like for it to be there."

The Department of Agriculture should focus on each market, other than the one in Atlanta, and determine whether it needs to be closed, auditors said. If the department chooses not to close markets, they need investment and the department must determine if and how they can be improved and modernized.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

Episcopal church's top bishop makes visit to coastal Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - The head of the Episcopal church is helping coastal Georgia celebrate the church's first black deaconess.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was scheduled to preach Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Brunswick. Following the church service, Curry was to attend a tent revival at the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia's Honey Creek Retreat Center in neighboring Camden County.

Both events were planned in celebration of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, the first black Episcopal deaconess who founded the Good Shepherd church and built a two-room school next door. The diocese said in a news release that Alexander served the church in coastal Georgia for more than 60 years before she died in 1947.

The diocese says there are more than 18,000 Episcopalians in southeastern Georgia.

GA Lottery

ATLANTA (AP) _ These Georgia lotteries were drawn Saturday:

02-03-07-09-12-13-16-17-19-21-22-23

(two, three, seven, nine, twelve, thirteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three)

Estimated jackpot: $63 million

Estimated jackpot: $78 million

Mega Millions

Powerball

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Morning' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Saturday morning's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Morning" game were:

02-03-07-09-12-13-16-17-19-21-22-23

(two, three, seven, nine, twelve, thirteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three)

Lawmaker pushes for high school football game replays

ATLANTA (AP) - A Butler lawmaker wants to force the use of instant replays for reviews of calls in high school football playoff and championship games.

State Rep. Patty James Bentley said she filed the bill because of what happened with the Peach County High School football team back in December. That was when a controversial call cost Peach County a late-game touchdown in the state 3A football championship.

"Technology is so advanced now, there's no reason they should not have this already in place," she said, referring to the Georgia High School Association, which organizes public high school sports.

"It should not be that expensive, so they shouldn't have to pass a huge financial burden onto schools that are members of the association," said Bentley.

Bentley, a Democrat, represents part of Peach County. Republican Robert Dickey, who represents the other part, also signed House Bill 667.

GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines said he had not yet seen the bill, so it would be hard to comment on it.

But he did say instant replay has been discussed and it will be discussed again.

"We're open to anything that will make us better, but there's a whole lot that goes into that," said Hines. "People are used to seeing instant replay, or replay review, that sort of thing on TV . They've got all kinds of cameras at all kinds of angles. You've got to work out how you're going to do that."

There would need to be decisions about funding, operations, how many challenges each coach has, or if reviews would even be triggered by challenges.

Right now, calls are not reviewable or reversible under GHSA rules. And GHSA is also a member of the National Federation of State High Schools Associations, which does not allow video review, he said.

But Bentley thinks reviews at playoffs and championships are something that ought to be achievable.

"We have it on the collegiate level, we have it on the pro level, we need it at the high school level," she said.

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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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