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Ga. Labor Department Closing Eastman Career Center

Unemployed people in the Eastman area will have to travel farther soon for job-hunting help.

The Georgia Department of Labor says it's closing seven regional career centers on July 1, including the one in Eastman.

"In order for us to keep more individuals more of our employees in the field which is where they really count most, we're going to have to make some cost-saving measures to continue to provide service for the money that we're still alloted," said Commissioner Mark Butler of the Georgia Department of Labor.

In a news release, they say people who use that office can get services at their Dublin office, about 32 miles away. The Eastman office serves people in Bleckley, Dodge, Wilcox and Telfair counties. They all have unemployment in the double digits.

Eastman Career Center to Close

Eastman Career Center to Close

Thursday, April 12, the Georgia Department of Labor announced that it will not renew the lease for the office place that currently houses its Eastman Career Center.

According to the release, those Georgians who have been served by the GDOL Eastman Career Center, commonly called “the unemployment office” can receive services at the nearby Dublin Career Center beginning on July 1.

MSC President to Speak at MGC Community Forum

MSC President to Speak at MGC Community Forum

COCHRAN, GA. – Macon State College President Dr. Jeffery Allbritten will speak at the Second Annual Middle Georgia College Lecture Series and Community Forum on April 25 at 5:00 p.m. in Walker Hall on the Cochran campus.

Dr. Allbritten will speak to students and community members about his vision for the new consolidated institution. Dr. Allbritten and MGC President Dr. Michael Stoy will take questions from the audience after the lecture. A reception will immediately follow the event.

The MGC Foundation Series brings speakers who are experts in their fields to campus where they share their expertise and experiences with MGC students, alumni, and community members. For more information, contact Jennifer Barfield at 478-934-6417 or at jbarfield@mgc.edu.

Royals Keep Subregion Title Hopes Alive with Win at Dublin

Royals Keep Subregion Title Hopes Alive with Win at Dublin

Dylan Churchwell had two hits including an RBI single and pitched his first complete game of the season as Bleckely kept hold to second place in 3B-AA with a 3-1 win at Dublin Tuesday.  Churchwell went 2 from 4 at the plate and gave up one run, five hits, and one walk over seven innings.  Frankie Lee Mullis went 1 for 2 with a sac fly.

With two games left in the regular season, both BCHS and Dodge have 5-2 subregion records thanks to East Lauren's 9-5 win versus the Indians Tuesday.  Dodge has the tiebreaker over Bleckley due to head to head.   The Falcons are currently 3-4 in 3B-AA.  The Royals host ELHS Friday for senior night.  JV play at 4 p.m. with varsity to follow.  Senior night activities will take place between games.

Dodge Deputy to Lead Task Force

Dodge Deputy to Lead Task Force

Captain Tony Winborn of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has been named as the Assistant Area Coordinator for the South Central Traffic Enforcement Network (SCTEN) of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

The South Central Network covers forty-five (45) different law enforcement agencies in twelve (12) Middle Georgia Counties including Dodge, Bleckley, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Laurens, Emanuel, Johnson, Treutlen, Toombs, Washington, and Wilkinson Counties.

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Bleckley Primary Students Named Young Authors

Bleckley Primary Students Named Young Authors

James Carieny, 6, a kindergarten student at Bleckley County Primary School, said that he likes to write about “everything.”

Mishayla Brown, 8, a second grade student at BCPS, said that she loves to “write and make ideas about stuff, and make books.”

Joshua Gilbert, 7, a first grade student at BCPS, said that he “likes to write and draw, and I make notebook books.”

Hawkinsville Marine Tony Mullis Running Again

One year ago Friday, a Hawkinsville Marine set out on a mission to clear explosives in a northern Afghan town.

He left that day filled with the pride of just becoming a father. His son was born the night before.

Mullis would not come back from that mission the same man. He did make it to the only place he ever wants to be, and that's home.

The Hawkinsville High school stadium brings back many memories for Tony and Jeannie Mullis. It is where they met, and where they want their son, who turned a year old Thursday, to go to school.

Father and son are inseparable now, but Tony heard Cason's first cries over a satellite phone, while he was in Afghanistan.

Mullis said, "It was sad, because I wasn't there, but I was happy because I have son."