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Bleckley, Dodge, Pulaski Jobless Rates Released

Bleckley, Dodge, Pulaski Jobless Rates Released

The jobless rate for Bleckley in December 2012 was 14.6 percent, Dodge's was 11.5 percent and Pulaski's was 10.3 percent.

That's compared to Georgia's unemployment rate of 8.8 percent.

According to a state news release, unemployment rose to 9.2 percent from November's 8.7 percent rate, but it was down from December 2011 when the rate was 9.5 percent.

Officials claim the rise comes from a combination of factors, including a "slight increase" in new layoffs and a reduction in the area work force.

The uptick reflects a similar statewide trend. However, the jobless rate across Georgia only rose one-tenth of percentage point while metro Macon's rate jumped five-tenths of a percentage point.

RELATED | Unemployment in Georgia Rises in December 2012

Dodge County Detour Scheduled at Railroad Crossing

Dodge County Detour Scheduled at Railroad Crossing

If you're traveling through Eastman, expect a detour starting Thursday.

The railroad crossing on State Route 46 and State Route 117 in Eastman closes for about four hours Thursday, January 10 starting at 8 a.m., according to a Norfolk Southern railroad news release.

The detour uses Norman Street, 9th Avenue and US 23/State Route 87.

The company has scheduled emergency repairs.

Young Eagles Flight Program in Eastman

Young Eagles Flight Program in Eastman

Kids Become Young Eagles Recently, three Dodge County middle schoolers became the first Young Eagles at the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport. Ryan Clements, Ethan Gonzales, and Aiden Greer participated in the program new to Dodge County and coordinated by Charlie Spratt from Middle Georgia College Aviation College.

The Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 1.6 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.

Contractors to Close I-75 Lane for Road Work Through Dooly County

Contractors to Close I-75 Lane for Road Work Through Dooly County

GDOT expects crews to close an I-75 Northbound lane through Dooly and Crisp counties nightly this week.

That's slated for 7 p.m.-7 a.m. nightly on Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 3-6. The lane closure is planned between mile markers 104 and 105.

Maintenance Scheduled in Pulaski County

Maintenance Scheduled in Pulaski County

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces routine maintenance activities planned for this week in Pulaski County.  

The scheduled activity is expected to only require shoulder or median lane closures.

Crews are slated to repair pipes on SR 27 and SR 11 this week between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Chamber and Community Leaders Updated During Key Meetings

Chamber and Community Leaders Updated During Key Meetings

On Monday, August 20,2012, Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission hosted a regional meeting to discuss the “Next Steps” after regional passage of the 2010 Transportation Investment Act (TIA) implementation also known as Regional T-SPLOST.