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Georgia's One-Time Tag Tax Brings Changes March 1st

There are a few changes coming your way March 1st when the state's new title tax law rolls out.

If you own a car in Georgia right now, you pay an annual excise tax on your vehicle tags that comes due once a year on your birthday.

They call it the "birthday tax."

Come March 1st, that will start to change.

The new tag law allows car owners who bought or are buying a vehicle between Jan 1st 2012 and March 1st 2013 a choice to opt in to the one-time title tax.

"It's only if you're purchasing a vehicle you're going to be paying this fee," says Houston County Tax Commissioner Mark Kushinka.

People who bought a car after March 1st will now pay a one-time tax.

But this doesn't mean the birthday tax is disappearing altogether.

"If you have a vehicle that you've had for years and are paying a birthday tax, you will continue paying that birthday tax until you get rid of that vehicle," he says.

Middle Georgia College Defeats Chattahoochee Tech

Middle Georgia College topped Chattahoochee Tech Tuesday night 74-72 in overtime.

GHSA Girls State Playoffs: 1st Round

Here are scores from the GHSA girls state basketball playoffs from February 19 as reported to 13WMAZ:

Class AA:

Bleckley County 54, Cook County 42

Taylor County 68, Early County 48

Dublin 74, Vidalia 46

Laney 77, Toombs County 16

Pelham 48  Northeast 30

Class AAA:

Southwest 66, Thomson 33

Dodge County 54, Peach County 50

Washington Co. 67  Carver 26

Class AAAA:

Dougherty 72, Griffin 66 OT

Mary Persons 54, Wayne County 39

Howard 54, Hephzibah 42

Monroe 80, Riverdale 61

Cross Creek 58  Baldwin 33

South Effingham 55  Veterans 40

Class AAAAA:

Ware County 67, Warner Robins 48

Northside WR 59, Glynn Academy 52 OT

Class AA Boys:

Macon Co. 54  Pelham 51

Baseball, Softball Registration Starting at Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department.

Baseball, Softball Registration Starting at Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department.

The Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department announced Tuesaday they are signing up children for the upcoming baseball and softball season now through March 15.  Cost is $45 per child, $40 for each additoinal child for age groups 4-12.  The draft and coaches meeting is set for March 19 and Opening Day will be April 6.  Call the rec. department office at 478-934-3225 for more information.

Rally Comes Up Short as BCHS Loses Baseball Opener

Rally Comes Up Short as BCHS Loses Baseball Opener

The Royals baseball team had lost three of their four last games to Hawkinsville going into Monday's opener at Red Devil field.  Already down two after two and a half innings, HHS scored five in the third and four in the fourth to go up 11-0.

Ridge Warren had a two-run double as part of a seven-run outburtst that cut the BC deficit to four.  Frankie Lee Mullis' RBI groundout in the sixth made it 11-8.  Tavon Ross' fourth walk of the game with two outs in the seventh  would not produce another run in an 11-8 loss.  The eight runs were aided by 11 Red Devil walks and a pair of errors.

Mullis finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Bleckley plays at Veterans High School Thursday.  Start time is 5:55 p.m.

Bleckley Relay For Life Meeting Location Changed

Bleckley Relay For Life Meeting Location Changed

Thursday's regularly scheduled Bleckley Relay For Life meeting has been moved to the Cochran Dairy Queen at 6:30 p.m. 

Those involved with the relay and interested in getting involved are encouraged to attend.

Job Fair Scheduled for Dodge, Telfair, Bleckley, and Surrounding Counties

Job Fair Scheduled for Dodge, Telfair, Bleckley, and Surrounding Counties

Learn how to get your GED or a Degree with Oconee Fall Line Technical College and Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center

OFTC/LOIC will be waiving its application fee

during the Expo for attendees!

Meet potential employers!

Many employers will be onsite to take employment applications.

Suggested items to bring:


High School Diploma*GED

College Diploma

Social Security Card

Driver’s License

Birth Certificate

Georgia Work Ready Certificate

Sponsored by: Telfair County Chamber of Commerce

and the Georgia Department of Labor, Eastman, GA