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Area unemployment rates fall

Area unemployment rates fall

Central Georgia's unemployment rate continues to dip, falling from 7.8 to 7.7 percent from December to January.

The rate has declined mostly because the amount of new layoffs decreased by 41 percent, according to a release.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.

Dodge Co. Airport Authority to Sell River Land

Dodge Co. Airport Authority to Sell River Land

The Heart of Georgia Regional Airport Authority met this morning in a special called meeting to handle a proposed river land sale.

The river land has been the subject of recent debate and legal actions between the Airport Authority and the Dodge County Commissioners. The said a tract of land apparently borders property at the river where the new boat landing is being built. When the Airport Authority announced and advertised to sell the property some time ago, the Dodge County Commissioners objected to the sale and had their attorney obtain a court injunction, issued by Judge Sara Wall, preventing the Authority from selling the property. 

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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:

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187 years and counting: Hawkinsville Church Celebrates Homecoming

187 years and counting: Hawkinsville Church Celebrates Homecoming

They've come along way ... the First Baptist Church of Haynesville, located on Ga. 341 S in between Hawkinsville and Perry, celebrates its 187th homecoming celebration at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

And Senior Pastor David B. Fisher is excited. Fisher said, "We've come a long way - we're an old church but we have a new vision."

The Bradys, a Southern Gospel music group from Dothan, Alabama, will be the special musical guests at the event. With more than 20 years in the music industry, their songs have been consistently on the charts and aired on radio stations across the country. Their song, "Here I Am," was performed by The Hoppers and received two song of the decade and year awards, and was nominated  for a Dove award in the 1990s.

Census Data: What You Expected?

Census Data: What You Expected?

The United States Census data from 2010 was released Thursday. Bleckley, Dodge and Pulaski counties grew in population size.

Bleckley County grew 12 percent from 11,666 folks to 13,063.

Dodge County grew 14 percent. In 2000, 19,171 people were counted in the census. In 2010's census, 21,796 people were counted.

Pulaski County grew by 25 percent: from a population of 9,588  in 2000 to 12,010 in 2010.

Are you surprised by the growth in your county? What factors do you think contributed to the growth in population?

View the 2010 U.S. Census Interactive Map.