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Leadership Dodge tours Dodge County Hospital

Leadership Dodge tours Dodge County Hospital

In June, the 2014 Leadership Dodge class attended a session on local healthcare.  Ken Rogers of Eastman Drugs discussed how communities benefit from having both smaller-scale local independent pharmacies and larger commercial pharmacies.

The next speaker, Melissa Brantley from the Health Department District Office, spoke on the numerous programs that they provide to the local community.

The group then traveled to Dodge County Physical Therapy and the Dodge County Hospital where they toured both facilities. The Dodge County Hospital provided lunch and spoke to the group about how they operate and how health care finances have changed in the last few years.

During the June session, the class learned that Dodge County has a strong healthcare system, thanks to many dedicated groups and organizations. The next Leadership Dodge session is Agriculture Day in August.

Pilot Club of Cochran Business of the Year announced

Pilot Club of Cochran Business of the Year announced

The Pilot Club of Cochran announced that Heartland EMS was their 2013-14 Business of the Year.  In a news release, Heartland was praised for their support of the Pilot Club as well as community.  They are owned by Bill and Vickie Cheek.

To learn more about the Pilot Club of Cochran, visit their Facebook page.

Job Openings in Eastman

Job Openings in Eastman

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ to share several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

Starbucks to raise prices on drinks, bagged coffee

Starbucks to raise prices on drinks, bagged coffee

NEW YORK (CBS) - Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week, and customers can also soon expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets.

The Seattle-based chain also raised prices on some of the drinks sold in its cafes a year ago. The latest hikes don't seem to be driven purely by the surging bean costs that have pressured other coffee sellers to raise prices, however, since Starbucks has said it already locked in its coffee contracts for the rest of this fiscal year and much of the next.

In March, CEO Howard Schultz said during an interview with Fox Business that Starbucks had no intentions of raising its prices.

Job opening in Eastman

Job opening in Eastman

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

Jobless rates for Bleckley, Dodge, Pulaski in April

Jobless rates for Bleckley, Dodge, Pulaski in April

Unemployment in Central Georgia has declined again since March.

According to a release, the Central Georgia area's jobless rate fell to 7 percent in April, down from March's 7.3 percent.

Bleckley's jobless rate was 11.8 percent, Dodge County's was 8.6 percent and Pulaski County's was 8.1 percent for April.

A year ago in April 2013, Central Georgia's regional jobless rate reached 8.3 percent.

What's really wrong with Wal-Mart

What's really wrong with Wal-Mart

By Matt Krantz, USA TODAY

Shares of Wal-Mart aren’t just struggling because the company missed first quarter earnings forecasts, although that didn’t help.