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Church To Hold Autism Awareness Forum

Church To Hold Autism Awareness Forum

Cochran First United Methodist Church will hold an Autism Awareness Forum March 9 from 6-7 p.m.  The forum will be conducted by Bridgette Amo Morton of Puzzle Pieces Intervention Center in Ceterville. 

No cost to attend, donations are appreciated to help fund a scholarship through PPIC for needy children needing ABA (Applied Behavorial Analysis) sessions. 

Childcare will be provided on a limited basis.  Email Dell Daniels, delldaniels@yahoo.com with name, phone number, email, and if you'll need childcare, or call the church office at 478-934-6942 to register.  In the release from the church, those needing childcare are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

Dr. Stringer & Eastman Surgical Associates Join Dodge Chamber

Dr. Stringer & Eastman Surgical Associates Join Dodge Chamber

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, members of the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member, Dr. Edward “Chip” Stringer and the staff of Eastman Surgical Associates during a plaque presentation.

“The Chamber of Commerce thanks Dr. Stringer for his investment in the economic and physical health of the Dodge County community,” welcomed Stephanie Burton, Vice Chair Member Services, Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Dr. Stringer and his staff at 478-374-1409 or stop by their location at 829 Plaza Drive.

Tri-County Area Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Tri-County Area Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Bleckley County's jobless rate was 15.1 percent in February compared to Pulaski County's 9.6 percent and Dodge's 11.1 percent. Georgia's was 8.6 percent and metro Macon's was nine percent.  

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

RELATED | Macon's Unemployment Up in January 2013

Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Heavy Rainfall Causes Sewage Spill in Eastman

The city of Eastman reports a spill of 12,000 gallons of raw sewage from the Legion Drive lift station.   According to a news release, rainfall of more than three inches caused the spill.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the local health department have been notified and authorities are monitoring the stream and have a placed a sign at the spill site.

For more information about the spill, call (478) 374-7721.

There and Back Again: From Drug Abuse to Faith

There and Back Again: From Drug Abuse to Faith


Kayla Williams grew up in a Christian home and attended church every time the doors were open. Even on vacations, she remembers the family would look for a church to attend "so I could keep up my perfect attendance in Sunday School. I didn't miss a Sunday for seven straight years."

Then, Kayla got older, and she began to drink during my high school years, later experimented with pot, pills and finally cocaine.

She said, "looking back, there was nothing traumatic in my childhood that 'led' me to abuse drugs. I hadn't been molested nor abused, but made some bad choices and wrong decisions."

And then Kayla found the Potter's House.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Warner Robins
obins AFB

These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion


  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.