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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
Hancock-Putnam
Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski
Twiggs
Sandersville
Milledgeville
Peach-Crawford
Gray-Jones
Forsyth-Monroe
Dublin
Perry 
Warner Robins
Macon
R
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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: 
    Exercise 
    Photography 
    Scrapbooking 
    Hunting 
    Fishing 
    Couponing 
    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.

Bleckley School System Recognized for Serving Local Foods

Bleckley School System Recognized for Serving Local Foods

The Bleckley School System was one of several to be recognized in a ceremony on March 5 at the state capitol.  Bleckley received the "Golden Radish" award for their participation in the "5 Million Meals" challenge, a program designed to get more locally grown food into school cafeterias.

Bleckley School Nutrition Director Dr. Kathy Peavy was on hand to receive the honor, a news release states. 

The award was preented by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and Agriculture Secretary Gary Black.  Bleckley participates in the "Feed My School For A Week" program in conjunction 19with the Georiga Department of Agriculture that features a week of Georgia Grown foods. 

This year, Bleckley Primary will have a week of locally grown/Georgia grown foods May 6-10.

To learn more about nutrition programs in Bleckley County, call the office at 478-934-2821.

BCHS HOSA Member To Attend National Convention

BCHS HOSA Member To Attend National Convention

The Bleckley County High School HOSA (Health Occupational Students Assocation) attended the state HOSA Leadership Conference this past weekend in Athens. 

Senior Ashley Burton placed first in sports medicine competition. 

As a result, Burton won $500 to compete at the HOSA National Convention June 26-29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Red Cross Struggling in Rural Counties

They're often the first people to respond when disaster strikes, providing food, shelter, and aid to victims and first responders.

But in Middle Georgia, American Red Cross leaders say they're desperate for help.

In fact, Peggy Bentz, who works at the Dublin branch says thirteen of their counties - Baldwin, Bleckley, Hancock, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson have zero volunteers.

Even Bibb County only has two, as does Crawford. Wilcox, Pulaski, Dodge, Wilcox, Jasper, and Johnson each only have one.

That means when fires or other disasters happen in those counties, instead having someone that can quickly get to the scene, they have to rely on the volunteers from Laurens County, which depending on the location, could take hours.